By Fiona McKim
When it comes to designer collaborations, L’Oréal Paris has form. In recent years the French megabrand has collaborated with some of the world’s coolest designer labels including Balmain and Isabel Marant (incidentally still my favourite lipstick collection of 2018, if you can hunt any down on Ebay)
Now the high fashion meets high street beauty magic is continuing with what's set to be the most exciting collaboration yet – Karl Lagerfeld X L’Oréal Paris.
The collection, which was initiated by the legendary designer before he sadly passed away in February, lands on ASOS.com September 20th and is a celebration of everything that we love about the great, late man himself – a bit of edginess, plenty of Parisian chicness plus a soupçon of cheeky humour combined to create something supremely desirable.
“This line of makeup truly reflects the Karl Lagerfeld brand universe and what Karl loved in makeup – he often used eyeshadows as colours in his sketches”, said Caroline Lebar, Head of image and communication at Maison Karl Lagerfeld, of the range.
Highlights of the collection include a highlight and bronze brick, £14.99, super-skinny inky black liquid eyeliner, £8.99, and a nine-strong eyeshadow palette, £14.99 packed with party-friendly shades of smoky sapphire, on-trend rosewood and the most beautiful shimmering silver.
The six lipsticks are creamy, slightly shiny and super moisturising. Three are punchy brights, two perfect daytime nudes and one ultra glamorous deep wine shade. As you’d hope from Maison Karl Lagerfeld, the names give a playful nod to the many facets that made Karl such a legendary figure in fashion: Karismatic Karl, Kultured Karl, Provokative Karl and more.
“For the House of Karl Lagerfeld, it is an exciting moment to bring these two Parisian fashion icons together in one compelling collaboration, and bring it to life in such a cool way – and Karl’s way,” says Pier Paolo Righi, CEO of Karl Lagerfeld.
The chance to own a one-off piece of makeup history for less than £15? Bein sur, I'll be adding that palette to basket tout suite on September 20th.
As woman&home's Senior Beauty Editor, Fiona Mckim has tried more products than she’s had hot dinners and nothing makes her happier than raving about a brilliant beauty find on womanandhome.com or her instagram grid (@fionamckim if you like hair dye experiments and cute shih-tzus)
Fiona joined woman&home as Assistant Beauty Editor in 2013, working under legend Jo GB, who taught her everything she needed to know about the industry (clue: learn about ingredients and employ extreme cynicism).
In a previous life, Fiona studied journalism back home in bonnie Scotland and honed her skills as a magazine features writer, with a brief and terrifying stint on the showbiz gossip pages of a tabloid newspaper in between. She's a skincare fanatic who can’t resist adding an extra step to her routine if it’s all the rage in Japan, loves fragrance, has fun with makeup and never turns down the chance to test a new hair tool. Basically, she loves it all.
When not slathering herself in self tan or squinting at a tiny ingredients list on a moisturiser, you’ll probably find Fiona enjoying something to do with food - cooking it, eating it, cajoling her friends into trekking across London to try a hyped pop-up in a dirty car park.
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