Color Connection #8
Beauty highlights and trend round-up, 2012

MM Curator's picks and pans for 2012

Now that Christmas is over, it's time to reflect on the past year and start gearing up for 2013.  As I did last year, I want to take some time to look back at my three favorite and least favorite collections/items from the year. 


We'll start with my top three.


1.  Paul & Joe Meow collection.





Sophie Albou knows how to properly celebrate 10-year anniversaries!  In honor of their beauty line turning 10,  Paul & Joe released an extensive collection filled with wonderful little details.  Three words:  Cat-shaped blushes.


2. Mamechiyo for Shu Uemura.





Kimono designer Mamechiyo created some truly beautiful and representative designs for Shu Uemura's best-selling cleansing oils.


3.  Andy Warhol and NARS.





Come on, it’s no surprise how much I adored this collection!  I devoted two lengthy blog posts to it, one giveaway and one special exhibition.  I do hope NARS has more art collaborations up their sleeve for 2013.


And now for my pans for this year.


1.  Guerlain Cruel Gardenia highlighter.



So boring – this was basically a replica of Laura Mercier’s previously released Rose Rendezvous palette, both in color and design.  How about some originality?


2.  Estée Lauder Mad Men collection.

This wasn’t really very much of a collection – only 2 pieces, and both were quite lackluster in terms of the great inspiration the company had to work with.  While it wasn’t totally awful (see the last item in this list for that), it wasn’t all that creative.  I was pretty disappointed.


3.  YSL Facebook palette.


YSL.facebook palette

My scorn for this abomination knows no bounds, and I think I’d still feel that way even if I didn’t hate Facebook as much as I do.  I won’t repeat my issues with this palette now, but you can read the full rant here if you’re so inclined.


What were your favorite 2012 collections/items?  And your least favorite?  Take a spin through the archives and let me know!

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