There's no denying that French beauty is very close to my heart. The soft, matte skin, blotted lips, punchy reds—there's just nothing quite like it, IMHO. So when Estée Lauder and its global makeup director (and ultimate French girl) Violette announced the collaborative launch of the Poppy Savauge collection, I was smitten before I'd even had a chance to swatch. Fast-forward a few days when it landed on my desk, and it was all that I'd hoped and more: Pigmented, creamy, and undeniably French. From the rosy, floral-inspired colour palette (or "mood" as Violette refers to it as), to the sleek, classic Lauder packaging, I suggest you get in fast, because its limited status is sure to see it fly off shelves.
Below, you'll find Violette answer some of our burning questions about the Poppy Savauge collection, as well as our top picks from the range. Just keep scrolling.
What was your inspiration for the collection?
This makeup collection is all about my souvenir de printemps, or my spring memory; Seeing the sun rise over the poppy fields in the south of France. When the light hits them just right, the fields turn gold, pink, and then copper like they’ve suddenly on fire. It’s so vibrant, it gives me so much energy. Combining all of these shades in one collection is my way to recharge for a new season.
What is the one product you always have with you?
Poppy Sauvage Paint On Liquid LipColor is a classic red. Growing up, I would see French women, even at the grocery store, always wearing a red lipstick. So, I have to always have a red in my bag.
What do you love so much about a red lip?
The idea of having fiery red lips is like a tease: You want a kiss, because my lips look incredible. It's sort of a flirty, torturing moment that I love and the colour makes you feel confident. People really react to the colour when I'm wearing it; It makes me feel good.
What's your must-have product from the collection?
One product that is very important to me in the collection is this soft glow for lips and cheeks, La Rosée. It's called La Rosée because that is exactly what it is; La Rosée is the morning dew you find on flowers. I thought, "I want this for my skin." You can have a matte finish on your skin and then add the dew using La Rosée. I pat it on with my fingers to the tops of my cheeks, nose, and cupids bow.
What are your best tips for applying the blush and bronzer duo?
This ombre-like blush duo reminds me of the sunset and the sunrise. It goes from nude, which is applied on the curve of the cheek bones, to pink, which is applied on the cheeks.
This tinted balm is the ultimate multi-tasker. Pat it onto cheekbones, eyelids, and lips for a soft, glossy finish any French girl would lust after.
This pinky-nude is creamy and pigmented. Pat it on for a blotted, diffused effect.
Even for an eye shadow novice like myself, this buttery quad went on like a dream. Use fingers for an imperfect, French-girl vibe. I like the deep chocolate shade washed over the lid, with some shimmer on the centre for good measure.
The perfect punchy red, this formula dries down to a comfortable matte that will withstand all the rosé your heart desires.