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8 interesting fall makeup finds

Eight Interesting fall makeup finds: The sheer volume of beauty products that arrive on store shelves in the next eight weeks can be a little overwhelming. Even veteran beauty editors can struggle to make sense of what is launching and when. What I’ve learned over the past decade is that some of the best products get lost or overlooked. Beauty companies rarely invest advertising dollars in makeup launches as the sales are small in comparison to skincare and fragrance. So unless you are carefully looking at ecomm sites and visiting stores, you can miss them.


I’ve had the opportunity to look at all the Fall collections and spotted eight interesting items that I think are really cool. It could be a colour or a formula. But I believe these products are worth a second look.


ysl couture browYSL Mascara Couture Brow

You can thank Cara Delevingne for the global brow trend. YSL Creative Makeup Director Lloyd Simmonds has worked with Cara for years so it is no surprise that he’s created a product that allows you to fix, structure and intensify your brows for up to 24 hours. Its buildable formula is made of gelifying fixators and semi-opague pigments adapted to all brow hair colours to offer optimal comfort, ultra-long hold and a variation in the intensity of your desired look. Its subtle 3-D gloss effect gives a natural sense of volume. Its available in two shades: Glazed Brown and Ash Blonde.


What I like about the wand is that it is precise enough to grab even the smallest brow hairs. Start by creating a soft, even base all along the eyebrow. Then brush upwards to define the shape. End by accentuating the brow arch thanks to the tip of the brush to give strong character to your eye look.


anna sui bb cream

Anna Sui Illuminating BB Cream

This is one of the most buzz-worthy makeup products in Japan right now. New York fashion designer Anna Sui has developed a truly great BB cream. “I was inspired by the idea of this stylish boho girl who is a free spirit during the day, and has an air of allure and intrigue about her at night. The final result is something that transforms easily from day to night,” says Anna.

anna sui illuminating bb cream

This formula acts as a primer and foundation while providing nourishing skincare. Two types of stable oils have been combined to enhance skin’s smoothness and glow. Small amounts of perfectly-pore-sized spherical powder particles are infused into the formula, for light but ample coverage. Lychee Honey Extract is the key ingredient to create hydrated and soft skin. The cream is available in light beige and medium beige.

mac mineralize lip glass in lap dog


MAC Haute Dog Mineralize Glass in Lap Dog

I’m always on the lookout for the best nude gloss and this one comes pretty close. It’s called Lap Dog and is a pale light pink/nude. It’s one of the best of the fall season. Shop early for this one as it will sell out quickly.


chanel nail lacquerChanel Le Vernis Nail Colour in #669 Chataigne


You won’t believe this but the inspiration for Chanel’s trio of fall nail lacquers is a black and red ocellated turkey feather! No joke. The star shade is called Chataigne and it is a mysterious and cool hue that reveals chocolate shimmers in the light.

chanel fall lookYou can see the Chanel model sporting this colour in the collection photo. The finish is high shine, but if you prefer a more matte effect, there is a Top Coat Velvet that creates a more muted texture.

lancome arliner 24H in amethyst

Lancome Artliner 24H Bold Colour Precision Eyeliner in Amethyst

I’ve been a big fan of Lancome’s Artliner for years. Not only is it easy to use, the formula dries quickly and truly does last a full day. (It quickly comes off by using Bi-Facil makeup remover.) This month we see Artliner in a handful of eye-popping colours. I particularly like Amethyst. This will come in handy if you want to recreate any catwalk beauty looks for fall. There were so many quirky eye designs. I call the trend “eclectic eyes”.

estee lauder doublewear to go foundation

Estee Lauder Double Wear to Go Compact Foundation

This just may be Estee Lauder’s sleeper hit of the season. The wildly popular Double Wear Foundation now comes in a handy compact version – perfect for travel and on-the-go touch-ups. This is the foundation I recommend for anyone traveling to a very humid and hot climate. The makeup really stands up to humidity. One Twitter friend went to a wedding in Cuba and said the temperature was so hot. This was the only foundation that didn’t move all night!

arden liquid eyeliner

Elizabeth Arden Beautiful Colour High Intensity Liquid Eyeliner

The biggest beauty trend for fall will be eyes rimmed in liner or khol. I saw it in dozens and dozens of shows. What I like is that you can make this look work for any age. Meryl Streep rocks this look in her new movie where she plays a bar band singer. Arden’s sleep pen version is very easy to use as well.

nars velvet shadow stick

NARS Velvet Shadow Stick in Flibuste

What I admire about Francois Nars is he spends more time in the lab than he does back stage at fashion shows. He’s always thinking of how to make makeup easier and more enjoyable to use. So you’ll see him develop textures and formulas that glide on skin. These new Shadow Sticks are perfect for anyone who struggles with eye makeup. Very well done.


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    Wendy Lam-Vechi
    April 30, 2023 at 5:33 am

    I am so curious about YSL Mascara Couture Brow. I never knew such thing existed. I barely have any brow and want to consider tattooing brows onto my face but this sounds like the next best thing

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    August 23, 2015 at 7:26 pm

    love to try it

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    Catherine M
    August 21, 2015 at 12:58 pm

    I love a great stick shadow. Can’t wait to try NARS Velvet Shadow Stick in Flibuste! Thank you Dave for awesome info on new fall products!!

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    Susan Olah
    August 21, 2015 at 6:52 am

    A lot of exciting products. Super excited about the Estee Lauder Compact. I have been using the liquid for years and love it.

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    Dawn Duty
    August 20, 2015 at 9:45 pm

    Would love to try some new ones

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    Louann Smith
    August 20, 2015 at 9:12 pm


    Twitter: louanntexas

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    August 20, 2015 at 4:49 am


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    Aliah Talusan
    August 20, 2015 at 12:29 am

    lovely products!

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    Susy Brown
    August 19, 2015 at 9:01 pm

    Thanks Dave for shining light on these unsung heroes! It’s like a back stage look at the make up industry gems that are must-haves for any beauty aficionado! Bravo!

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    Shawna F.
    August 19, 2015 at 8:42 pm

    Sooo looking forward to seeing some swatches from the MAC Haute Dog collection.

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    Christine Broughton
    August 19, 2015 at 1:34 pm

    Can’t wait to try these new #Fall Products.

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    September Dee
    August 19, 2015 at 1:33 pm

    You can’t go wrong with the Dior Artliner. So easy to use and lasts. The Chanel nail polish Chataigne (Chestnut) looks so posh!!!

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    Nicole Bertram
    August 19, 2015 at 12:48 pm

    Fab products! Compliments to you! Will try some!

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    August 19, 2015 at 12:12 pm

    beautiful selections!


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    Louann Smith
    August 19, 2015 at 11:14 am

    Perfect! @louanntexas

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    Christina Ventimiglia
    August 19, 2015 at 10:50 am

    Beautiful review. I actually didn’t know Double wear is now available to go. Love the look.

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    August 19, 2015 at 10:37 am

    Uh oh, looks like I may need to carve out some space in my cosmetics drawer…these products look very enticing.

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    Pau Jose
    August 19, 2015 at 10:21 am

    I would love to try the Elizabeth Arden liquid eyeliner!

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    beth lutz
    August 19, 2015 at 8:55 am

    I really know that the MAC lipgloss is sooo me. I’m a huge fan of nudes. I also really would love to try the compact makeup from Estee Lauder.

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    August 19, 2015 at 8:16 am

    Lovely collection..would be fun to try. D

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    Louisa Santoro
    August 19, 2015 at 7:38 am

    I love trying new products when they are launched

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    August 19, 2015 at 7:31 am

    love the ysl mascara!

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    Christine Northrop
    August 19, 2015 at 7:24 am

    love the Chanel nail polish colour

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