You CAN afford Balmain after all!
I literally dream about having one of Balmain’s strong-shouldered embellished blazers hanging in my closet, but let’s just say I’m not holding my breath (despite working like an animal every day). I may be able to find a fancy piece or two on The Real Real, and fortunately I am able to splurge on the occasional bag or pair of shoes, but makeup and perfume are relatively budget-friendly ways to get in on the designer action.
Tom Ford’s $60 lipsticks are usually my limit (the $36 minis are a better way to go), but I’m obsessed with the new L’Oreal Paris x Balmain Paris collection that’s available exclusively at Barneys—and at $14 a pop, I think you will be, too.
This capsule collection includes 12 matte shades that span the spectrum from nude, peach and red to vivid gem tones such as cobalt blue and sparkling green–and both the formula and packaging (that mimics malachite, lapis lazuli and onyx) are super-luxe.
We also hear the below lipstick necklace is slated to launch later this Fall, and I’ll be sure to let you know when it does!