Sam Fine for Fashion Fair Overview: You Might as Well Go Ahead and Empty Your Wallet
So last night in nasty NYC rain (seriously, rain is ten times worse when you’re walking through Manhattan and bumping into everyone else’s umbrellas and what not), I hightailed it over to Union Square for a special blogger event to introduce the Sam Fine for Fashion Fair collection with Sam Fine himself.
Side note: don’t you think more people should have names that describe themselves perfectly? I mean, we all know Sam Fine is fine. And then if I keep my last name and start the aging process I’ll be Danielle Gray for real.
Anyway, back to the makeup. So Sam Fine introduced us to his new collection for Fashion Fair (he’s been the brand’s Creative Director since 2011) and his inspirations behind creating the gorgeous makeup that I’m about to talk about. One challenge the veteran makeup artist whose client roster boasts Tyra Banks, Iman, Vanessa White, Veronica Webb, Gabrielle Union, and many, many more of Hollywood’s most glamorous stars, is that Fashion Fair is a classic brand with a very specific audience. How would he be able to refresh the brand and give it something new without straying from its core? The answer: two gorgeous, highly pigmented eyeshadow quads that SCREAM glamour and eight lipstick shades that range from bold tangerine to red to a vampy deep purple, and brown-girl nudes that blend seamlessly into the skin.
First of all the packaging is completely luxe. Think Dolce & Gabbana or Tom Ford. It’s like even if you’re wearing a dirty tee and baggy jeans and then you whip out this packaging and all of a sudden you’re Dominique Deveraux. And don’t EVEN get me started on how the products feel. The eyeshadows are like siiiiiilk. After I got done playing around with the whole collection, we were given a palette and a lipstick of our choice to take home.
Note: I didn’t have my SLR with me at the event so these were taken with my iPhone.
I picked up Amalfi Coast which contains a forest green metallic, a deep brown matte, a cranberry metallic, and a sheer metallic gold. All four colors are AH-MAZING. Sam said when he was putting the collection together he wanted a green that showed up green on even the deepest of skin tones, a brown that you could use for a smoky eye that appeared just as brilliant on the skin (sometimes browns can be tough on dark skin) as it does in the pan and highlighting shades that didn’t look ashy. I’m already hooked on using the brown blended into the crease with the green on the lid. It’s just BEYOND.
The lipstick are also amazing. They’re very creamy and pigmented. Sam shared that he used the Pink Parfait shade on one of the looks for Gabrielle Union at the BET Honors which will air in February. I loved the brights, but I’m on a nude kick right now so I gravitated towards the nudes Deep Suede (perfect for deeper skin) and Champagne Toast (perfect for caramel complexions but can also work as a nice pink for darker skin).
Bottom line: You NEED to check this out. The packaging, the products, the performance are all 10s. Though the line caters toward women with deeper skin, the products can work on all races and ethnic backgrounds :)
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