A la carte

There’s a universal problem amongst women of the nation – trying to find a foundation that matches your skin tone. How many times have you spent £10/£20/£30 on a product that looks right in the shop, but by the time you get it home or out in the natural light it makes you look like you’re either Casper or Jordan? If you really struggle on the high street then Cosmetics a la Carte may have the answer for you… a bespoke service that matches your skin tone perfectly and creates the best colour for you.

I had the pleasure of popping down to the small boutique shop that’s located just off Sloane Street and the products that greeted me were amazing. A full wall of foundations in every colour imaginable, a sea of lipstick colours and a rainbow of eyeshadows, all ready to either be bought off the shelf or mixed to perfectly suit your needs. The foundation matching costs from £46 which I think considering the skill and time taken is an absolute bargain – if you buy three foundations that are wrong then that adds up to this amount anyway, so you’re better off getting something that’s bespoke and one-off for you.

They can even match anything to a piece of material or other make-up item, meaning if you just can’t find that eyeshadow to match your dress or that lipstick you adore has been discontinued, there’s now a solution. These services take a few days for simple requests, i.e. mixing of a couple of colours, and up to a few weeks for something extremely unique, i.e. matching that bridesmaid dress. The girls are so friendly and helpful that they’ll know exactly what to recommend to get you looking tip top in no time.

The products they carry are also pretty fabulous on their own. I’ve got a couple of bits and bobs to try and review separately, but this Outliner is amazing and definitely needs sharing sooner rather than later. It comes in a cute little pot and is a gel-like texture that can either be used as an eyeliner or smudged out to be worn as an eyeshadow for a smokey look – it’s so easy to use and manipulate the way you want. The pigment is fantastic and contains subtle golden hints which catch the light and create a subtle, but pretty, result. It was difficult to get this to show up on my eyes without the experience of a photographer or decent equipment, so you’ll have to trust me on this! At £20 it’s not cheap, but the quality is great and you just know it will last forever.

I think this is a really unique and significant service that has a massive amount of potential. You can make up your own eye palettes using the colours of your choice, simply pick up a great mascara or you can get a piece of make-up specifically made for you. If you’re a demanding consumer then this may meet your every need! It also makes a fantastic present for a loved one – what better gift to get than the best foundation match you’ve ever experienced?



  1. Lucy - Beauty and the Blogger
    January 28, 2011 / 10:43 am

    This is such a good idea, do you know what the pricing's like for the custom stuff?

  2. Anonymous
    January 28, 2011 / 1:16 pm

    Another reason to get by butt down to London asap. I would love to get a custom matched foundation. By the way, doesn't Lancome and Estee Lauder offer the same service or is this a bit different?Ali http://50isfab.blogspot.com/

  3. London Beauty Queen
    January 28, 2011 / 1:57 pm

    The custom stuff is more expensive, depending on the process/colour match. If you take a bit of material it can take a few weeks and up to £200 so it's only for special treats!Re: Lancome/Estee – their service is colour matching within the range they hold, not making a bespoke colour. They will only ever have around 8 colours too, whereas Cosmetics a la Carte have hundreds… look at the picture to be wowed! xx

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