Maybe it's all the planning and research I'm doing for my trip to Paris next year, but I'm drawn to anything French these days. Naturally when I saw this collection I had to have every item, especially after finding out the illustrations were done by French artist Nathalie Lété. Each one shows a Paris landmark or neighborhood.
Rose D'or blush, featuring the Eiffel Tower:
Sadly, Asos.com was out of stock of one of the eye shadows (Blanc Diaphane, which has an awesome picture of the Arc d'Triomphe) and 2 of the blushes (Lilas D'or and Ambre D'or) and Ulta doesn't seem to be carrying them, so I wasn't able to get my hands on those. (A note about ordering from Asos: it must be some weird UK thing that allows you to place items in your cart only and submit your order, only to get an email a few hours later telling you your items are out of stock. The same thing happened with my fiance when he ordered some Grenson boots from a UK site - he was able to hit the submit button but got a notice later saying they weren't available. It's VERY frustrating! I'd rather know up front the items aren't available rather being able to add them to my shopping cart.) Anyway, here are stock pics of those:
(images from asos.com)
Whenever an artist collaborates on a collection I'm anxious to see their regular work to see if there's any resemblance between what they created for a brand and their own oeuvre. After looking at her website, I don't think there was anyone more appropriate to do illustrations for this historic French brand than Parisian Nathalie Lété. She seems to have struck a perfect balance of whimsical and chic, playful and sophisticated, and so much of her work pays homage to her hometown.
You can also see her affinity for nature in these lovely prints ("Botanica")
and this rug, simply titled "Jardin". These stylized flowers and
butterflies definitely made their way into the Bourjois collection.
Finally, these chocolates have a similar concept overall to the Bourjois collection:
(images from nathalie-lete.com)