That’s right! If you’ve been following Fashion Week or basically any social media, you’ll know Balmain and L’oreal have teamed up for a beautiful line of lipsticks with custom shades designed by Olivier Rousting. The catch was that they first exclusively released in September for Fashion Week, and you could only get them in Paris.
L’oreal is marketing these as an “ultra-limited couture collaboration“, meaning once they sell out, they’re gone. No “selling out” and restocking three times business then becoming permanent like the Morphe x Jaclyn Hill palette…tisk tisk. Many European bloggers already have their hands on these gorgeous lipsticks (I’ve seen them available online from Harvey Nichols and Boots for UK readers), but they are much harder to find in North America, until now. Barney’s New York is exclusively selling these coveted lipsticks here on their website.
So far Barneys has all shades except ‘Confidence’, a glitter-nude that Doutzen Kroes wears in the campaign, and ‘Fever’, a lovely burnt pumpkin shade, but you can pre-order both ‘Confidence’ and ‘Fever’. Barneys is exclusively selling these lipsticks in America but they ship to Canada as well (thank god).
I placed an order for three lipsticks ($14US each or $17.79CAD) and my subtotal was $53CAD, but duties and tax was $15CAD and shipping was steep at $16CAD. Altogether it was $84.13 to order three lipsticks to Canada, or roughly $28CAD each- definitely higher than drugstore and even some Sephora prices. Don’t worry guys, I used Ebates and got my 2.5% cash back so I feel less shitty about this! A girls gotta do what a girls gotta do.
If you go to L’oreal’s website with a Canadian IP address, it simply prompts you to fill out a form to be the first to know when the lipsticks will launch, so trying to order them off the L’oreal website is useless right now.
What do you guys think of this collab?? Excited yay or nay???