By  on December 11, 2012

While many consumers continue to keep shopping habits in check, splurging on true precious metals may not be a feasible option. Fortunately for them, gilded beauty options can satisfy tastes on both ends of the spending spectrum. From Pixi’s champagne-hued Endless Silky Eye Pen in Oyster Glow to Deborah Lippmann’s molten copper nail lacquer, From Rags to Riches (part of The Millionaire’s Holiday trio exclusive to Barneys), “[it’s] turning up the glam a notch,” said Pixi creator Petra Strand. “[It] is the perfect accent color for any look.” Added Lippmann, “[gold] represents tradition, richness, and luxury.”

More than a color, the rich hue can also touch on consumers’ emotions. According to Christian Dior Parfums president Terry Darland, the shade can even help transport consumers to another time period. Take, for example, Dior’s decadent Vibrant Gold jewel-studded lashes, part of the brand’s Grand Bal Collection, inspired by Fifties-era Paris. “The Grand Bal Collection takes us back to a time when elegance and appreciation for all things beautiful were part of Paris society,” said Darland. “Mr. Dior loved to attend and hold masquerade balls in the Fifties.” Add to that Guerlain’s Perfumed Shimmer Powder, housed in a vintage inspired bottle, to impart light-catching flecks on the neck and décolleté.

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