Nordstrom’s anniversary sale officially begins July 20th (and ends on Sunday, August 5th, at midnight, Pacific Time). In the cosmetics department, this annual bonanza means special sets, jumbo sizes, and exclusive products. There’s a bunch of stuff out there (click here to browse the whole cosmetics offering online), but I just wanted to highlight a few of the things I am most excited about.
First of all, I LOVE the Picasso-esque images Julie Verhoeven created for MAC’s anniversary collection. I had visions of bedecking myself (sheets, shower curtain, umbrella, and a tote bag) with this fantastic print. These kits (lip bags, brush sets, the palettes) are exclusive to Nordstrom, but there will be a second way to buy the art. In mid-August, MAC will release a small collection of makeup bags (available only online and in freestanding MAC stores). That collection is called Illustrated, and it features the work of Ms. Verhoeven and two other artists (François Berthoud, Nikki Farquharson).
Anniversary is also one of two times of year that MAC offers brush sets (the other is holiday. Of course).
NARS also has two pretty sweet deals on the table. The first option is their “Love Rite” set ($55). It includes eyeshadow trio Calanque (swatched here), Orgasm Illuminator (swatched here), and cult favorite lipglosses in Turkish Delight and Greek Holiday. The Illuminator and lipglosses are “deluxe” sized (I believe they’re half of full size). I’m just pleased to have a second shot at Calanque — it was $45 by itself.
The second option is a blush palette containing Albatross, Gaiety, Luster, Laguna, Orgasm, and Angelika. It’s $65. Individually, NARS blushes are $28.
Last (but by no means least), I’ve been swatching a lot of Burberry lately, and the more I swatch, the more obsessed I become with this brand. If you’ve been thinking about making a purchase, this is the time.
I think gifts vary by counter, but at Northpark in Dallas, the basic gift (with $125 purchase) is a mini Lip Cover lipstick in #04 Rosewood, a deluxe mini of Burberry Body, and an adorable double-mirror compact (same packaging as the eyeshadow).
If you step up to $250, they’ll throw in plenty more: a mini buffer brush, another mini Lip Cover in #03 Cameo Pink, a mini Lip Mist lipstick in #202 Copper, and a ton of samples. Christopher and Jazz are both SO nice. I know they’ll take care of you, so if you want to place your order with them, their number is 214-231-3900 (and of course, shipping is free).