Shine on: Gems and jewels for the holidays, part 1
Curator's Corner, 11/5/2011

Hang on to your (golden) hat with Lancôme

I thought long and hard whether this palette should make it into the Museum.  At last I finally decided against it.  However, there is a great story behind it.  After narrating a documentary on an Icelandic boy living with autism, actress Kate Winslet started a foundation dedicated to improving these children's lives - the Golden Hat Foundation, named after a poem written by the boy in the film.  You can see the whole story at the Lancôme website.

So here is the highlighting palette embossed with a golden hat:


There's also a beautiful red lipstick with the hat design and Kate's signature on the case:

Golden hat lipstick
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On the one hand, it's always great to see a makeup product that gives its proceeds to charity.  On the other hand, this design is very...literal. Which is the ultimate reason I passed on this.  Still, it's a nice idea for a very worthy cause.

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