By  on September 12, 2008

Like the best of fall fashion, this season's most striking beauty products feature deep colors, rich textures and some arresting design elements.

Purple Populi
Purple creates indelible images, as no doubt Michelle Obama, whose chic Maria Pinto sheath catapulted her to the top of best-dressed lists, can attest to. No wonder, then, beauty companies have chosen it as their statement-making shade for fall, too. Estée Lauder used the hue to convey the warmth of its newest fragrance Sensuous, a rich blend of woody notes, amber, magnolia and jasmine. Both Jeanne Lanvin and Lalique’s Amethyst use purple to reflect the contents within, the former a blend of fruity notes such as blackberry, raspberry and pear with a musky base; the latter a mixture of blackberry, white lily, ylang-ylang and wild rose. Aedes de Venustas’ deep cassis flacon reflects the sensuality of the interior of the cult boutique for which the scent is named, while Guerlain’s Insolence Eau de Parfum dark violet sphere houses a scent of violet, iris, sandalwood and tonka bean. Anna Sui and Urban Decay opted for an edgier route, Sui with Night of Fancy, whose peacock-topped flacon is a virtual flight of fancy, Urban Decay with a new sword-tipped lipstick collection in an array of outré shades.

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