Addiction released its Arabian Nights Winter 2012 collection today so I nipped to my local counter to take a quick look.
This collection supplements the similarly Moroccan-inspired Desert Rose Fall 2012 collection which contained a number of new product releases, including the kohl eyeliners (see Drivel About Frivol's excellent review here) and blush compacts as well as additional eyeshadow and nail polish shades. See the promo images and product breakdown on the Addiction website [warning -- this site has a tendency to start pumping out loud music and video with no obvious mute/pause button].
Some rough-and-ready counter swatches below (all taken in natural light).
First up, four new shades of the much-praised Cheek Stick. I'm going to let the picture speak for itself -- nothing in the existing colour range has particularly appealed to me (too bold, too brown/beige or too sparkly) so I haven't played with the Cheek Sticks very much. For reviews of the formula see the ever-reliable Messy Wands and Drivel About Frivol. Of the new releases, I am most tempted to revisit Tea Rose to test it out properly as a neutral blush. I do also quite like the look of Damask Rose but I struggle to make bright pinks work on me. Note that the swatches above have been layered up to three times. All four are pretty pigmented, but of them I found Damask Rose the sheerest. Neroli Flower is very sparkly, but the others don't have any visible sparkle (I would describe them as somewhere between matte and satin finish).
Next, a new product -- the Lip Crayon. All eight shades are swatched above -- one swipe each. I am really impressed with these super-pigmented mattes, and very drawn to the four reds. A (slightly) more detailed review of the formula will follow tomorrow(ish).
|A contender for the worst photograph I have ever taken|
Addiction is currently only available on counter in Japan. The Cheek Sticks retail for ¥2,940 and the new Lip Crayons are ¥2,415 each.
What do you think of these new releases? Please do let me know if you have any questions / would find any specific comparisons helpful. I know Addiction is very difficult to get hold of outside Japan and has to be purchased sight unseen, so I'm happy to help with further pictures and comments -- just let me know :).