Usually beauty brands would collaborate with artists to create limited edition packing of their usual products, and often I am fascinated with such packaging and love to compare it to the original design. I would be more interested if the limited edition one was designed by an artist or designer.
Laneige Water Sleeping Pack_EX, original packaging
This is the product laneige is famous for, the sleeping mask. This is the 3rd version of this product. The first version was around for quite long, and then there was the 2ndshort lived version that was replaced with this alcohol free one after a short period. I just bought one for myself to try.
They have this right now. It started from mid November this year. It’s in collaboration with illustrator Sanna Annukkafor Christmas, along with several other best sellers.
Shu Uemura often has collaborations for their famous cleansing oils. Sometimes it’s for the whole series, sometimes it’s only for a certain product.
Shu Uemura High Performance Cleansing Oil, original packagings
Collaboration with artist Ai Yamaguchi:
Hana Kotaba, 2005
Collaboration with artist John Tremblay.
Tokyo Kamon Girls, 2009
This was in collaboration with renowned manga artist and beauty expert Moyoco Anno. I have the brightening one and finish using it! I’m keeping the bottle for refills in future.
They collaborated with Lisa Kohno, winner of Shu Uemura Art Award 2009, for a few items and one of them was the cleansing oil in premium A/O advanced formula.
Collaboration with Wong Kar Wai, for the brightening version of the cleansing oil.
Their limited edition designs are mainly on their best selling Mild Cleansing Oil and Washing Powder.
FANCL Mild Cleansing Oil, original packaging
FANCL Washing Powder, original packaging
I used to be a user of the mild cleansing oil but after I tried Shu Uemura’s I was a convert. Sad to say, I never got to try out any of the Fancl Limited Editions, because they only started having pretty limited edition bottles after I switched to Shu Uemura, in mid 2009!
Fairytale series by German illustrator Irma:
Princess, Aug 2009
The Little Mermaid, October 2009
Cinderella, January 2010
Snow White, March 2010
After the Fairytale series, they launched the Dance Series by Lianco:
Hula Dance, July 2010
Samba Dance, October 2010
Ballet Dance, October 2010
Flamenco Dance, January 2011
Japanese Dance, March 2011
MAC has plenty of collaborations but one of my favourites was a very limited one with Indian fashion designer Manish Arora in 2008. I managed to get 2 blushes from this collection. One of them is a regular colour but I love it! I’ve hit the pan and stopped using it because I do not want it to finish. Other collaborations include Liberty of London, Fafi, A Mei, Heatherette, Dame Edna, Hello Kitty, Barbie, Wonder Woman, Venomous Villains,though they are not artists per se.
Barbie × M.A.C, February 2007
A Mei × M.A.C, January 2008
Fafi × M.A.C, February 2008
Heatherette × M.A.C, March 2008
This has got to be the prettiest collection ever with the bright sparkly packaging and the loud colours.
M.A.C Pink Swoon Blush, original packaging
Manish Arora × M.A.C, October 2008
Dame Edna × M.A.C, December 2008
Hello Kitty × M.A.C, February 2009
The makeup world went crazy when the word was out, that the Hello Kitty collection was confirmed. I was no exception.
Liberty of London × M.A.C, April 2010
Venomous Villains × M.A.C, September 2010
Wonder Woman × M.A.C, February 2011