|Above: The iconic Slim Aarons photograph, "Poolside Gossip," emblazoned on the stunning case that houses the collection.|
Earlier this month, I made mention of an impending release from Napoleon Perdis; I am thrilled to finally share its debut! Blending the classic sophistication of past with very au courant shades of the present, the Slim Aarons LE Collection is now available.
Inspired by famed American society photographer Slim Aaron's image, "Poolside Gossip," the collection features a finely-curated selection of products that bronze, highlight and enhance in a jet-setting, effortless and luxurious manner. The color palette gloriously brings to mind the energy and aesthetic of some of my favorite classic films of the 1950's and 1960's including Pillow Talk, High Society, Bonjour Tristesse, The Umbrellas of Cherbourg and Valley of the Dolls, causing me to long for a more sophisticated, technicolor time in history.
Kindly scroll on for a wealth of details, swatches and images of the Slim Aarons Collection on the face as well as an exclusive coupon code for Beauty Professor readers and the Bottom Line...
|Above: The zippered case contains a generous mirror|
The LE Slim Aarons Collection contains:
- A highlighter in Champagne Days
- A bronzer in Matte Bronze
- A Creme Lipstick in Entitled
|Above: The Champagne Days highlighter is light and creamy, imparting a gorgeous light beige sheen that looks radiantly natural on the face.|
|Above: The Matte Bronze bronzer has a light brown-meets-tan tone that is perfect for contouring and warming up the complexion. It is ultra finely-milled and glides on the cheeks with ease; I adore this formula and know I'll be wearing it all summer!|
|Above: Swatches of all three products in direct sunlight...magnifique, no?|
|Above: The Two-Faced Eyeliner Duos have thick and thin application options for maximum control and versatility.|
In addition to the LE Slim Aaron's case, the collection also includes the Two-Faced Eyeliner Duo in three distinctly marvelous shades. This dual ended liner boasts an angled end for bold strokes and an uber-fine tip for precise cat eyes and winged edges. I love the bold pigmentation and celluloid transparency of these beauties...they glide on smoothly and, once set, stay in place for hours.
- Power is a rich mahogany brown.
- High Society is a bright, light, Tiffany blue.
- Privilege is a vibrant medium green.
|Above: The dual-sided nature of the Two-Faced eyeliner...this is High Society.|
|Above: Both sides of all three shades swatched in direct sunlight.|
|Above: All five shades of the Stroke of Genius Liquid Cashmere Foundation in sample pots.|
Although not a part of the Slim Aarons Collection, I also wanted to discuss the newly-released Stroke of Genius Liquid Cashmere Foundation, especially since I am wearing it in the subsequent images. Available at Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom and, of course, NapoleonPerdis.com, this medium coverage formula looks and feels like velvet on the skin. I am particularly impressed by its soft-focus finish and significant lasting power (I've been touch-up free for the last eight hours...even as I type this!). It comes in five shades, swatched below; for my current summer NC 25-27 skin, I require equal parts 2B and 3 to create the ideal shade.
- #1: Very light neutral beige for fair skin in the N/NW/NC 10-15 range
- #2: Light yellow beige for light skin with warm undertones in the N/NC 20-23 range
- #2B: Light neutral beige for light skin with neutral to rosy undertones in the N/NW 20-25 range
- #3: Medium yellow beige for medium skin with neutral to warm undertones in the N/NC 27-30 range
- #4: Medium dark beige for medium dark skin with neutral undertones in the N/NW/NC 35+ range
|Above: Swatches of all five shades in outdoor lighting.|
|Above: Swatches of all five shades in direct sunlight.|
|Above: A closeup of the entire look.|
|Above: For the eyes, I blended Power along my lower lash line and swept High Society, followed by Privilege on my upper lash line for a dramatic, winged look.|
|Above: I experimented with the double line by adding sweep of high society along my crease (which I subsequently smudged for a watercolor effect) and brought it to meet the winged tip of my lower two lines.|
|Above: Entitled alone on the lips...this is creamy and opaque and wears beautifully for hours.|
|Above: I think this image best reflects the luminescent properties of the Champagne Days highlighter...a subtle glow, indeed. I applied it to my lower brow bones, upper cheek bones, down the bridge of the nose and put a touch on my cupid's bow.|
|Above: Sometimes one can only capture the full effect when laying down!|
|Above: The full face.|
|Above: Side view.|
|Above: Taken in natural, indoor lighting.|
Bottom Line: The Napoleon Perdis Slim Aarons Collection is undeniably special. From the keepsake case to the simple poolside sophistication of the products, the warmer months are the perfect time to indulge in this luxuriousness. Also, from June 25th-July 24th, 2014, Beauty Professor readers making USA purchases can receive 30% off of their purchase of $50 or more made through NapoleonPerdis.com!
Simply type in the code BPROFNP30 upon checkout...see Terms and Conditions below! For reference, some of my favorite Napoleon Perdis products include the Auto Pilot BBB Cream (reviewed HERE), the Luminous Lip Veils in Overcoat (reviewed HERE) and Caramel Kiss, the Matte Eye Ink (reviewed HERE) and the China Doll Gel Eyeliner (reviewed HERE). Happy Shopping ; )
Good things ahead on BP including more foundation, a haircare post and new product procurements galore!
xx and hope your week is going well,
--The Beauty Professor
TERMS AND CONDITIONS: Discount code valid from to 11:59PM PDT . Valid only on USA purchases made through NapoleonPerdis.com. Limited to one-time use only and cannot be combined with any other offer. Excludes gifts, sets, limited edition items -- including the Slim Aarons Poolside Gossip Collection -- makeup brushes and already discounted items.
**PR samples provided for review, however, as always, all of my opinions are expressly and unequivocally my own.
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