Collaborative Cosmetics

Matthew Williamson/Benefit mood board

The latest fashion-crowd forays into beauty successfully blend storied cosmetic brand identities with individual designer tastes.

Pierre Hardy for NARS
The shoe designer’s latest project is a limited-edition cosmetics collection for NARS consisting of two blushes and six nail polish duos. All pack a mighty Pierre Hardy punch – the nail polishes come wrapped in mini shoeboxes with dust bags and the blushes feature the designer’s iconic cube pattern. Available through August at NARS counters and at www.narscosmetics.com. Photos courtesy of NARS.

Lancôme Show by Alber Elbaz
The belovedly bespectacled Alber Elbaz – designer for French fashion house Lanvin – harnessed his unmistakable worldview in a limited-edition eye collection for Lancôme this summer. The designer restyled classic Lancôme products with fanciful illustrations and imagined a set of false eyelashes to serve as the collection’s centerpiece. Available at Lancôme counters, although the False eyelashes are exclusive to Nordstrom. Photos courtesy of Lancôme.

Matthew Williamson for Benefit
British designer Matthew Williamson’s penchant for color and print are evidenced in his recent collaboration with Benefit cosmetics; the limited-edition makeup kit, comprised of a four palette eye shadow, blush, mascara, and a lip gloss, aims to evoke a 1970s sense of offbeat glamor and rich Bohemian spirit befitting Mr. Williamson’s design sensibilities. Available exclusively at Sephora. Photos courtesy of Benefit Cosmetics.

Revlon by Marchesa
Red carpet favorite Marchesa bursts onto the beauty scene in a big way this fall, launching the first of three collaborative collections with cosmetics giant Revlon. The inaugural collection consists of eight sets of textured nail appliques, each of which draws inspiration from a particular Marchesa couture gown. The two collections to follow, slated for introduction in 2013/2014, will include nail enamel, lip, eye and beauty tools. 3D Jewel Appliques. Available in October in drugstores and mass retailers worldwide. Photos courtesy of Revlon.

Marc Jacobs Beauty at Sephora
The Marc Jacobs brand, already a mainstay of the fragrance industry, makes its long-awaited entrée into the cosmetics arena this month with a full beauty line at Sephora. The 120-product collection was engineered to exude a spirit of “youth, confidence and experimentation,” according to the designer. Basics in the line include the Magic Marc’er calligraphy pen eyeliner and Genius Gel foundation, but MJ hints at his predilection for the avant-garde with standouts like a lipstick in inky purple (LoveMarc Lip Gel in Little Pretty) and a burnt orange-hued blush (Shameless Bold Blush in Provocative). Available beginning August 9 at Sephora and select Marc Jacobs stores. Photos courtesy of Sephora.

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A graduate of Columbia College, Michelle Phelan spent a year as an intern at TCW. She's contributed to a variety of articles in dining, fashion, health and more.