I finally have the scoop on the cosmetics exclusives for Nordstrom Anniversary! This is still not a complete list (the complete list is enormous), but I culled it down to something more manageable.
If you love skincare, you will love Armani’s anniversary set. It’s $275, containing full-sized Regenessence Youth Regenerator (1 oz.), Regenessence Cream (1.69 oz.), and Regenessence Eye (0.5 oz.) — cheaper than buying them individually! — plus deluxe samples of Crema Nera Soothing Lotion (1.69 oz.) and Crema Nera Cleansing Balm (1 oz.). Drool!
If color is more your cup of tea, Armani has a $65 color set, containing Gloss d’Armani in 103, 400, and 602 (swatches), plus a rollerball of Acqua di Gioia EDP.
Bare Escentuals has a few pieces for Anniversary. I assume that these are debuting at Nordstrom but will become available elsewhere (Sephora, the BE boutiques) later on.
First there’s a Refillable Buffing Brush (which contains SPF 25 Mineral Veil) for $35.
There’s also the BE “In Fashion” collection ($49), which contains eyeshadows Muse and Santorini, blush in Promise, Big and Bright Eyeliner in Ink, Flawless Definition Volumizing Mascara, 100% Natural Lipgloss in Heartcake, tapered blush brush, and tapered eyeshadow brush, all in a faux-croc clutch.
Finally, BE is debuting four new shades of Pretty Amazing lipgloss (liquid lipstick): Allure, Confidence, Savvy, and Witty. I assume these shades will join the permanent line soon.
Nordstrom will have an exclusive “Tortoiseshell Set,” (in the same type of packaging as Bobbi’s fall collection). The set is $80 and includes Beach Shimmer Brick (previously swatched here), Toffee Creamy Lip Color, Rose Gold shimmer lipgloss, Long Wear Gel Eyeliner in Black Ink, Extreme Party Mascara (black), mini Ultra Fine Liner brush, and mini Face Blender brush.
AND if you buy any two Butter London polishes, you’ll receive Yummy Mummy for free!
We’ve already talked about Chanel’s anniversary offering (click here for swatches). Americans will be able to buy the Blanc collection (Rose Envolee eyeshadow quad, Desinvolte and Joyeuse Rouge Allure lipsticks, Liaison and Blossom Glossimers, Rose Tourbillon blush, and Poudre Lumiere Perlee highlighter).
Also available: Coco Mademoiselle EDP Pour (6.8 oz; $199 during the sale; $225 afterwards) and Eau Douceur Cleansing Water (Balance + Anti-Pollution for Face and Eyes. 5 oz; $45).
Clinique has a lovely “favorites” set available for $45. It contains Superdefense SPF 25 Age Defense Moisturizer for dry/combination skin, All About Eyes De-Puffing Eye Massage Serum, a palette of six Color Surge Eyeshadow shades, Chocolate Luster Cream Shaper For Eyes, High Impact Mascara, Rosy Blush Blushwear Cream Stick, and Air Kiss Long Last Glosswear SPF 15.
They also have a few other items (large sizes of Dramatically different; 3-Step skincare sets).
Deborah Lippmann’s fall colors are hitting the Nordstrom counters early. $16 each, choose from dark green cream Billionaire, shimmery rust Brick House, vampy-red cream Single Ladies, or granite cream Stormy Weather (a collaboration with Narciso Rodriguez!).
Want something flashier? Then you need the Get This Party Started trio ($42): Happy Birthday, Forget You (black base), and Candy Shop (bubblegum-pink base).
Holy mackerel. Dior has an exclusive shade of nail polish out ($21), and the promotional photo looks divine. I’m kind of hoping it’s a creme (as it appears in this picture), but the official description says, “Never before has the color of the new Dior Vernis displayed such lacquered and vibrant shine! A cocktail of Shine and Sparkle Amplifying active ingredients directs pigments and pearly particles to enhance light reflection tenfold.” [EDIT: The shade is Blue Denim. It looks like a creme to me, a pretty, playful Crayola-(slightly-purpled)-blue.]
Dior also has an adorable all-in-one palette for sale. It’s $52 and contains shadows, blush, pressed powder, gloss and brushes.
Estee Lauder has a NICE gift with purchase. Spend $35 and you’ll receive a metallic print makeup bag containing a Pure Color Gloss in Fuchsia Fantasy, Pure Color Lipstick in Rubellite, mini Sumptuous Bold Volume Lifting Mascara, mini Double Wear Stay-in-Place Eye Pencil in Onyx, deluxe sample of Re-Nutriv Ultimate Lift Age-Correcting Creme… plus you choose either a 3-pan blush compact or a 9-shade eyeshadow compact.
La Mer’s Signature Collection set is $250 and contains Crème de la Mer Moisturizing Cream (1 oz.), The Regenerating Serum (0.5 oz.), and The Eye Concentrate (0.17 oz.).
If you spend $300 in La Mer, you’ll receive deluxe samples of The Radiant Serum (0.17 oz.), The Eye Concentrate (0.1 oz.), The Cleansing Gel (1 oz.), and Crème de la Mer Moisturizing Cream (0.24 oz.).
Lancome has two special anniversary sets, as well as a gift with purchase. The color set ($48) contains Color Design Shadow eyeshadow quint in Coral Crush (swatches here), a full-size Le Crayon Khôl Eyeliner in Black Ebony, a travel-size Aquatique Eye Color Base (0.08 oz.), and Hypnôse Instant Full Body Volume Mascara — it’s like you bought the quint and everything else was free.
The brush set ($59) contains the mineral powder foundation brush, #2 foundation brush, #17 blend shadow brush, and #18 dual-end liner and shadow brush.
And if you spend $39.50 (omg, easy!), you’ll receive a tote containing a deluxe sample of Rénergie Lift Volumetry Volumetric Lifting and Reshaping Cream SPF 15 (0.5 oz.), Hypnôse Drama Instant Full Body Volume Mascara in Excessive Black, Color Design Eyeshadow Quad featuring shades Drape, Style Section, Ciel du Soir and The New Black, Juicy Tubes Lip Gloss in Berry Bold, and La Base Pro Perfecting Makeup Primer.
Laura Mercier has put together the “Classic Chic” color collection for anniversary. For $75, you’ll receive a 1 oz. foundation primer, a palette of four eyeshadows (which also contains a dual-ended smudge and ponytail brush), Full Blown Volume Lash Building Mascara, powder blush in Plum Radiance, Raspberry Lip Glacé, and short-handled blush brush. It’s a fantastic set for $75; click here for swatches.
Le Metier de Beaute
Le Metier has the cutest little four-pack of full-sized nail polishes for anniversary ($25). The set is called Rock ‘n’ Romance, and the shades include Chrome Passion (chocolate charcoal with holographic shimmer), Heat of the Night (shimmering black cherry crimson), Midnight Rendezvous (shimmering midnight blue), and True Romance (delicate pale rose with a subtle metallic nude finish). Click here for swatches; this set is a must-have.
We’ve already talked about MAC’s anniversary offering (click here for swatches). Nordstrom is getting certain items early (they have the exclusive for now, but these items will appear at all counters in August): namely the Double Feature eyeshadow duos and Opulash Optimum Black mascara.
Other items (lip sets, brush sets, Smoky Eye “Makeup Lesson” palettes) will not be sold anywhere else.
NARS has a fabulous six-shade eyeshadow palette for anniversary. It’s called “Bright Lights, Big City,” it’s $55, and it contains Cyprus, Biarritz, Fathom, Night Clubbing, Coconut Grove, and Night Breed.
Polish-philes, look for royal purple Koh Lanta, deep chocolate Matto Grosso, and pale pink Vestale ($17 each).
Philosophy has sooooo many sets for anniversary.
Then there’s the jumbo size Microdelivery Exfoliating Wash (32 oz., plus a little tube sample of sample of Microdelivery one-minute purifying enzyme peel) for $55.
There’s the Amazing Grace set ($70). It includes Amazing Grace perfumed shampoo, bath and shower gel (32 oz.); firming body emulsion (32 oz.), and body spritz (8 oz.).
There’s also the Pure Grace set ($70): foaming bath and shower cream (32 oz.), perfumed body lotion (32 oz.) and perfumed body spritz (8 oz.).
Then there’s the “Celebrate” shampoo/showergel/bubble bath set. (Four 4 oz. bottles of Philosophy’s 3-in-1 formula. Scents are Celebrate Life (lime blossom), Celebrate Love (blackberry musk), Celebrate Dreams (lemon grass), and Celebrate You (orange cassis). It’s $25.
And finally, there’s the Miracle Worker day and night set ($150). This deluxe anti-aging skincare kit includes anti-aging antioxidant pads and solution (60 count) and SPF 55 anti-aging fluid (1.7 oz.), along with anti-aging retinoid pads and solution (60 count) and anti-aging eye cream (0.45 oz.).
Smashbox has an all-in-one “Studio Stash” set for $59. It contains a four-shade eyeshadow palette (Vanilla, Slate, Twilight Grey and Charcoal), Full Exposure Mascara in Jet Black, Lip Enhancing Lip Gloss in Smitten, a 10-shade cream eyeliner palette, and Blush/Soft Lights Duo in Split/Second.
If you just need brushes, Smashbox still has you covered with the Studio Stash brush set ($36). It contains a full-sized #7 Tapered Shadow Brush, full-sized #15 Definer Brush, short-handled #28 Precision Liner Brush (tightlining brush), and short-handled Angled Blush Brush.
Trish has put together the cutest ever “Portable Beauty Romance” set for anniversary, and I might as well admit now, I’m smitten by the little makeup bag it all comes in. Look at that red bow! The set is $75, and you get the “Beauty Emergency” card (shadows in Shell, Romance, and Antique Rose, Eye Definer in Deep Aubergine, bronzer in Golden), deluxe Instant Eye Lift under-eye brightener and line filler, deluxe Beauty Booster Lip Gloss SPF 15 in Sexy Petal, and a dual-ended eye brush (50 angled eyeliner and 23 angled crease contour), plus the 48 blending blush for face color.
Trish’s second set, Timeless Beauty, (which features a petite planner with a bow) is $125. It includes a Petite Refillable Makeup Page containing eyeshadows in French Vanilla and Soft Grey, blush in Glow, Medium Matte Bronzer, and Translucent Finishing Powder. You also get a deluxe Eye Base Essentials in Bare, mini Classic Eye Pencil in Black, Lip Color SPF 15 in Mulberry, 62 Fan Brush, and Medium Refillable Double-Decker Compact containing Even Skin Portable Foundation in Shades 2 and new 3.5 with professional sponge applicator.
Last but certainly not least, YSL has two sets and a gift with purchase for anniversary.
The Golden Gloss set ($49) contains Golden Gloss in numbers 26 and 39, plus a mini Lip Pencil in #6 Natural. (Golden Gloss in 39 swatched here.)
The Icons set ($60) contains a full size Touche Éclat No. 2 and Mascara Volume Effet Faux Cils, and deluxe eye makeup remover and deluxe Waterproof black pencil (the fabulous new formula!).