A Peek at the ARTtistry of the Enchanted Garden Makeup Collection for Spring 2013

There are days that I really love being a beauty editor.  For example, the morning Artistry by Amway invited me (along with other beauty editors) to meet the newly-crowned Miss America, Mallory Hagan, and to view the Enchanted Garden Trend Collection for Spring 2013.  Artistry is the official Amway is a sponsor of the Miss America Organization, the world’s largest provider of scholarship assistance for young women and their ARTISTRY® brand is the exclusive skincare and cosmetics provider for Miss America.

Mallory Hagan competed in the recent Miss America Pageant as Miss New York, and she is one of Brooklyn’s own. Brooklyn Girls are the best in the world!   What little girl or grown woman doesn’t swoon at the sight of Miss America wearing her signature crown?

If you visit the Advice Sisters Website regularly, you already know that I am very impressed with the quality of Artistry’s Premium skincare. The Advice Sisters recently reviewed the little miracle that is  Artistry’s new, 14-Day Night Restore Program that claims to be an at-home alternative to a professional photo-facial Skin Rejuvenation treatment.  And in another recent post we reviewed one of my favorite Artistry products, the the anti-aging Creme LuXury Eye and along with some other equally excellent products.

When it comes to Artistry’s color cosmetics, you might incorrectly assume that the products (being Amway) are middle of the road, and nothing to write home about .  They are, in fact, beautifully packaged, high performance, with plenty of on-trend colors to play with.  At the event with Miss America Mallory Hagan, beauty editors were invited to try out the collection.  The big hit with all of us was actually the smallest;  a soft, blend-able, Bronzed Patina Eyeliner Pencil ($23.50) called “Port Wine” that makes a refreshing alternative to basic black or brown. Editors were literally clamoring to get one for their own collections.

The rest of the collection features soft pastels that anyone can wear. After seasons of orange and yellow eyes, bold lips, and bright or no blush, this softly shimmery, ladylike, pastel collection was a literal breath of fresh air.  The Pearl Trio Water Color Eye Shadow ($60.00) featured three earthy tones (light, medium and dark — Golden Pearl, Crushed Rose and Bronzed Shell) that shimmer softly in a wanded tube, but once applied and blended onto eyelids, the color stays put for hours and hours.

The Sequined Peach Sheer Cheek Color ($28.00) is one of those universally flattering colors that can be applied softly or layered for more drama and on deeper skin tones.  The shiny gold compact with tiny interior mirror rivals any upscale packaging. The gold shimmer in the baked powder shadow glitters in the light, but adds luminousity on your skin.

I am a huge fan of Artistry’s Lip Glosses, and particularly of the variety they sell that has a light in the cap. They are silky, shiny, and stay put without feathering or fading. The new Lip Gloss Duo ($40.00) for spring include a shimmery mauve and a shiny light pink. Both are very sheer.  For those who need more color than just a “whisp,” these work best layered over a lip liner or a deeper lipstick, but on some who tried it at the launch event, the sheer glosses gave lips a perfect pout.  The two, packaged luxuriously in a shiny metallic gold outer carton, with shiny gold wanded tops, make an elegant presentation.

When invited to take a photo with Miss America at the Artistry event, I told my colleagues that I’d done that once before and regretted it. One of my husband’s favorite photos of me (it is on his desk at work) is of a former Miss America, resplendent in stilettos and an evening gown, plus that glittery crown, and me, in jeans, sneakers and minimal makeup. Who would look good next to a bona-fide beauty queen?!  But once I saw Mallory in person, the pull to be photographed with her was just too strong to resist. Here’s the photo I took with Mallory (don’t judge me…at least I’m not in jeans, this time). Mallory was very gracious and lovely as you might expect Miss America to be!

A picture is supposedly worth a thousand words, and therefore, perhaps a video is worth a million. I’m providing one (for free, obviously) that shows you the Artistry Enchanted Garden collection, “live.”  What do you think of it?  

   you can learn get the products you want on the Artistry web site or through an Amway representative. Learn more at: http://www.amway.com/beauty/artistry

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