We just knew (ok, we hoped and prayed!) that when the news broke that celebrity makeup artist Sam Fine would be joining Fashion Fair as its Creative Makeup Director, that a line of cosmetics created by the beauty guru would soon follow.
Lucky for us, that day has finally arrived! Given Sam Fine’s status as the authority on brown girl beauty (see my posts here and here) and Fashion’s Fair iconic legacy of creating beauty products for women of color, a collaboration was a no-brainer. Of all the changes, updates and product releases of Fashion Fair’s recent overhaul, this collection was the most highly anticipated! I recently made my way to a Fashion Fair counter to check out the collection. Let’s take a look!
These gorgeous Sam Fine Supreme Color Lipsticks, $22 each. As you can see from the photo, each shade is equally rich and pigmented and has a lovely sheen. This collection of lipsticks is so perfectly and thoughtfully edited, there isn’t a shade here that isn’t wearable. On the left from top to bottom are Champagne Toast, African Violet, Whispering Rose and Deep Suede. On the right from top to bottom are Cognac, Pink Parfait, Dynasty Red and Moroccan Spice. Love, love, love! With these eight shades you have the perfect red, brights, nudes, pinks and vampy shades for every brown girl. You can’t go wrong with any of these!
Can we pause for a moment so I can share with you the foolery of my experience at Macy’s? Ok, thanks. So, a sales associate from a different counter had to come over to help me and it was like pulling teeth, y’all. The sales lady first told me to just look at the lipsticks through the plexiglass case and tell her which ones I wanted to buy. *blank stare* On what planet does a person buy cosmetics in a department store without getting to try it on first? Upon my insistence she found some testers behind the counter. In her campaign to be as extra as possible, she would only bring out one shade at a time and I had to give it back before I could see another. *sigh*
When I asked if she could disinfect one of the shades so I could try it on, she whipped out a Q-tip, swiped it across the lipstick and handed me that dusty little stick like I was really supposed to do something with it. I inquired if that was how customers tested lipsticks at her counter, to which she responded “No”. Of course not. I decided then and there to purchase my items elsewhere. I mean, have you ever heard of such? Ok, rant over. Back to the beauty!
In the above photo is a swatch of the Sam Fine Supreme Lip Gloss in Canary Diamond, $20. It’s a pretty, sheer gloss with a fine golden shimmer. You could easily wear it alone, but I think it would make a great layering shade over any of the lipsticks for added shine and dimension.
Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to try either of the Sam Fine Supreme Eyeshadow Quads, $38, thanks to the Tester Police. Which was particularly disappointing since I was looking forward to getting my hands on Amalfi Coast. As you can (sort of) see in the photo, Amalfi Coast contains warm, earth tone shades while Tunisian Nights contains cooler, jewel toned shades. For now, you’ll have to do as I did and admire these quads through the plexiglass case, lol.
Of the items I was able to try, I fell instantly in love. I have zero sense of moderation, so naturally I wanted to take them all home, lol. What I loved most was how thoughtfully created the collection was. There were no random, one-off shades to be found. Mr. Fine’s collection is an entire color wardrobe, with the essential shades you’d need to create any beauty look. Congrats Sam on such a beautiful collection! The collection is officially on my birthday wish list, so friends and family, take note! LOL!
You can purchase the Sam Fine Fashion Fair Collection now on FashionFair.com. Be sure to follow Sam on Twitter @SamFineBeauty where he regularly drops beauty gems and behind the scenes peeks into his glamorous work. Have you seen or tried any of the items in the Sam Fine Fashion Fair collection? If so, please share in the comments!