When I got word that Elizabeth and James, the ready-to-wear label from Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen, was making its makeup debut, I did the beauty-editor equivalent of Beatles-fangirling. I didn’t faint or anything, but let’s just say that there could have been an audible squeal. First of all, I’m a sucker for designer makeup and pretty much anything new (you should have seen my face when Gucci cosmetics launched). But Elizabeth and James also really impressed me with its two fragrance launches last year. Before you get too excited, the makeup launch is only one product (give us more!)—and it’s a limited edition for the holiday season. Let’s take a look.
The Elizabeth and James Nirvana Nude Lipgloss is part of the brand’s two holiday gift sets at Sephora ($29). Each box also includes a rollerball of either Black Nirvana (warm and vanilla-y) or White Nirvana (floral and musky) fragrance. In the tube, the gloss looks really, really nude—almost brown—and it leaves just the faintest wash of color on your lips. And it isn’t sticky at all, which rocks. The one gripe people who don’t love gourmand notes might have is that the scent is strong, like a mix of butterscotch and vanilla, but it doesn’t linger on your lips. It’s exactly what we’d expect from an Olsen twin beauty line: a no-makeup makeup product that somehow feels totally luxurious. We’re dying to see more.
So can we expect more makeup from Mary-Kate and Ashley? We asked, and the answer is probably not. The lipgloss is only available at Sephora through the holidays, though we did hear a whisper that there’s *something *new coming in 2015.
For more on the Olsen twins, check out:
• Allure Cover Girls Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen’s Beauty Secrets
• Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen: Designing Women
• [Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen: Their *Allure Photo Shoot