November 24 2010
Lucia van der Post
Here’s something adorable to put into her Christmas stocking – Christian Dior’s Minaudière (pictured, £59). A minaudière, in case you haven’t come across such a thing, is a tiny case for carrying jewellery or cosmetics. Dior’s latest is inspired by the grand balls of the past. It comes in black patent leather in the famous Dior houndstooth pattern first developed by Monsieur Dior himself when working for Robert Piguet. It’s trimmed with gold, with a proper little clasp and inside it has all you need to jazz up your lips and eyes. There are three eyeshadows and two lip shades. Choose from Grey Golds (for those over, say, about 35, I’d suggest) or Pink Golds for the younger set. Perfect.
Or there’s Guerlain’s Ecrin 6 Couleurs (£51) – a fabulous square silver compact with a delightful etched pattern on the front, featuring Guerlain’s famous bee, and a handy mirror that pulls out at the side, as well as a brush. It turns out to have been designed by the much-admired interior designer India Mahdavi, and it too is filled with a beautifully graduated range of very finely milled powdered shadows – what Guerlain calls a “wardrobe for the eyes”. There are five different colour palettes but the one I like best is 68 Champs-Elysées, all soft, pretty purples and browny-greys. There are three different textures – shimmery, matte and satiny. So there’s a sparkly white, plus three subtle, sludgy greyish-browns, a deep charcoal grey liner and a brilliant square of purple. It’s gorgeous to hold and to look at and there’s a colour palette for every eye.
And remember: every year Estée Lauder does a limited edition of solid perfume and powder compacts for Christmas which make cute presents. Royal Moon, at £55 the least expensive of this collection, is the nicest. The powder compact comes in a round purple and gold box and would add grace to any handbag.