Karl Lagerfeld X L’Oreal Paris Collection | Beauty Review

Late last year, L’Oreal Paris released a beautiful collection in partnership with the late fashion mogul, Karl Largerfeld. Karl was arguably one of the worlds biggest and most influential creators within the world of fashion, so what happens when someone like Karl collaborates with a world wide beauty brand? Let’s find out.

The beauty collection was a project that was initiated before his unfortunate death in February 2019. Karl sketched the initial designs which was then finished by his talented team before it’s release during fashion week in September 2019. It consists of a nine pan eyeshadow palette, highlighter, eyeliners, mascara and lipsticks.

Packaging

The packaging of these products was designed by Karl Lagerfield with his iconic monochromatic styling to give a tough of elegance to the designs. The style boasts a rock chic feel with a touch of Parisian vibes and of course it screams class, as does everything Karl has an influence on.

“A collection is not just one basic idea. It comes from something that is in the air, something you suddenly like and put down on paper and then work out”

Karl Lagerfeld

Eyeshadow Palette

The colour scheme represents a classic Karl rock chic vibe with a perfect balance of neutral shades and bolder hues. The disappointing thing is that the Karl imprint rubs off after one swatch – I was hoping it would stay on! But it seems it’s only on the top layer. The shades are really good quality for a drug store price point, they blend nicely together and have a lot of pigment.

I think with this palette you can create quite a few different looks that can take you from day to night. The muave and pink shades are definitely my favourites, however the silver shade is really lovely too.

Swatches done onto my arm with a dry clean finger.

Highlighter

I managed to get hold of the lovely highlighter that was brought out as part of this collection. It is a two part highlighter with a darker shade in the centre and a lighter shade surrounding.

The highlight is a lovely gold that gives a beautiful glow to the skin. It’s very buildable as well do if you wanted an extreme highlight (like I always do) you can build it up. I think the darker shade is a little too dark for me so I will be sticking to the lighter one, however for the summer months when I’m a little more bronzed I think it would be just enough if mixed with the lighter one.

The darker shade could of course be used as an eyeshadow also, there’s no rules within make up!

Lipsticks

I got two beautiful shades from this collection which are Kultured and Karasmatic. The formulation of these lipsticks is very moisturising which leaves a satin and hydrating look to the lips. I almost always go for liquid lipsticks but I think it’s nice to go back to basics every now and then and have a classic lipstick. They glide on with ease and last a few hours before any retouching is needed. I’ve been wearing these with a lip liner to give the fuller lip effect and it works great with them.

I also love the shade names on these lipsticks with the K to the beginning of them, I think it gives the shades a very personal touch.

The lipsticks also have a lovely scent to them, they smell a little like lovehearts sweets!

“Fashion is a game that has to be played seriously”

Karl Lagerfeld

Final Thoughts

I think it’s fantastic that a brand like L’Oreal collaborate with big fashion houses to give us all a chance to experience the luxury at a drugstore price point. The collection is at great quality and you can tell that a lot of thought has went into the products. For many collaborations you can almost tell someone has just put their name to it – but this one you can really feel the time and effort that has went into each product and that reflects in the quality of each item.

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Straight From The Runway: Get The Fashion Month Styles For Less

Want to get the iconic fashion month trends for less? Check my post with the latest designer dupes and trends to watch out for this season 💓

We’re fast approaching the end of fashion month; however there are so many major runways still yet to be walked and so many styles ready for us to fall in love with. Before we drown from fashion overload, let’s have a recap of the current styles we’ve seen so far this month that we should definitely be inputting into our wardrobes this season. Whether from the designers themselves or from a dupe on the high street.

Disclaimer: I do not own any of the photos used in this post. All rights and credits go to their respective owners.

Capes

They’re not just for superheroes! When I think of capes I always think back to Blair Waldorf wearing those Trina Turk and Moncler capes all those years ago.

Think flowing capes as a killer outerwear trend this autumn. The sleeveless silhouette may appear intimidating and unwearable but they can be effortlessly chic with the right styling. Chanel, Prada, Chloé, Giorgio Armani and Miu Miu have all sported capes on their runways this season, but you don’t have to break the bank to get the look. Warehouse has a stunning animal print cape for only £35.00, Pretty Little Thing and Missguided are designing blazers with a designer inspired cape sleeve. Soon, we will see capes all over the high street and I for one, can’t wait.

Maison Margiela. Source: Harper’s Bazaar.

Ruffle Blouses

Blouses are a great way to look formal and smart but still keep a casual vibe if worn with jeans. Blouses with a little bit of ruffle add a gorgeous 3D, romantic dimension to your look. I purchased mine from Zara two years ago so I’m so glad to see their return.

image source: VOGUE
image source: VOGUE

Christian Dior’s creative director, Maria Grazia Chiuri reportedly turned to nature for her inspiration for the latest Spring 2020 ready to wear collection, hence the romantic style blouses, botanical feel and a nature inspired runway, in order to raise awareness for the climate crisis. Milan was a wave of jungle imagery for this show and I think it was just the right backdrop for this season. Similar high street finds can also be found at Warehouse, Boohoo, ASOS, Pretty Little Thing and SHEin.

Mini Florals

Missoni blessed us with a new type of floral during Milan Fashion Week. Sometimes florals can be overpowering and some what frumpy. However, I think the smaller print is extremely flattering and perfect for a younger audience wanting to add a botanical vibe to their wardrobe without it looking dated. A gorgeous mini floral dress can be found on ASOS by Weekdays Girl. Along with this stunning button down midi skirt by Daisy Street.

Missoni. Image source: Harper’s Bazaar.

Tropical Vibes

Versace pulled it out the bag this year as always with their show stopping walk by the one and only J-LO. Rocking a jungle print gown that flowed like no other. The dress that is typically known as ‘that dress’ rocked the front row. First worn in 2000, it’s no stranger to the catwalk, however it still has the same impact it always has, even 19 years later. I anticipate that we will see many high street dupes of this print within the coming months.

Versace. Jenifer Lopez. Image Source: Harper’s Bazaar.

ASOS have similar prints in a maxi style like this one and they also have tropical print bikini cover ups, to die for co-ords and fabulous culottes by Stradivardus.

Dolce & Gabbana. Image source: Vogue.

Beige Utility

I adore the utility vibe on this piece and of course the gorgeous tailoring of this two piece ensemble. The suit trend is definitely here to stay and I’m so happy about that! A very very similar utility style top can be found on ASOS for only £35. Pull & Bear also have a similar one in a lighter shade for £29.99. I’m all about power dressing and wearing tailored clothing so this Dolce and Gabbana look is my favourite from fashion month so far!

What are your favourite looks from fashion month? Be sure to let me know!