Aveda Art of Nature Summer 2013 collection – swatches and review

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Pantone’s 2012 color of the year collides with the 2013 color of the year!

Aveda Art of Nature 

I will always have a place in my heart for Aveda, for they were my first introduction into high end hair care. The year was 1994 (!) and Tyna and I had just moved across country to Los Angeles and discovered the joy that is a California Mall (huge, filled with with new-to-us stores, and not a Fashion Bug in sight.)

On the first of many trips to The Beverly Center (we practically lived there in the 90s) a modern, yet rootsy looking haircare store beckoned us. “Would you like a cup of tea?” a woman asked us. We sipped tea and started sniffing bottles. And a new obsession was born.

We were a bit late to the game, as Aveda was founded in 1978, but we were easy converts and happy to be so. I used pretty much nothing but Aveda on my hair for years. YEARS. And although a blogger can rarely stay true to any one line, I often turn back to Aveda; my sweet smelling, high-performance, botanically-based old friend.

Aveda Art of Nature

But we’ll leave the haircare discussion for another day, because today we’re talking about their makeup. Specifically their new limited edition Art of Nature launch. Which as you can see is a beautiful sunny slice of heaven. The complete collection is a mix of pastel washes and shockingly bright shades which together create a modern palette. I went straight to the coral and green selections and instantly fell in love.

Aveda Hibiscus Petal Essence Face Accents

That love was felt most intensely for the lone blush of the launch, Petal Essence Face Accents in Hibiscus ($24), a lightly shimmered trio of champagne nude, peachy coral and a rather Tangerine Tango looking bright red orange.

(Allow me to talk directly to our resident blush addict for a moment. Krista – you need this. Your blush-lovin’ self will be enveloped in happiness.)

This has quickly become one of my favorite blushes. Swirled together, the trio gives you a beautiful shimmery coral. But the stripes are large enough that you can apply them singly too. I like to swirl and apply first. Then with a slightly pointed blush brush, put a bit of the red coral on the bottom portion of my cheekbone and the nude as a highlight. It makes me feel like a blush artist!

The blush is infused with certified organic lavender (though I can’t smell it) and all three shades are nicely pigmented.

Aveda Cana Nourish-Mint Smoothing Lip Color

But if you want the pigment powerhouse of the bunch, pick up Nourish-Mint Smoothing Lip Color in Cana ($16). Part of Aveda’s spice family of shades, Cana (#913) is an intense, shiny red orange California Poppy sort of a shade. Sadly, it’s sold out online, but check your local store. It’s worth a hunt!

Almost as noteworthy as the color is the formula. Nourish-Mint is infused with plant and fruit waxes that help to smooth fine lines, hydrate and plump lips. I love it’s super minty spearmint and vanilla flavor and scent, it stays as long as the color does. Which is until I wipe it off!

Aveda swatchesHibiscus Face Accents and Cana Lip Color

Aveda eyeshadowPapyrus and Lemongrass Eye Color

Moving into the greens, there is Petal Essence Single Eye Color in Papyrus and Lemongrass ($14). Papyrus (#981) is a shimmery chartreuse. Lemongrass (#980) is a frosty shamrock shake sort of green.

Made with aromatic flower waxes of jasmine and geranium, these shadows are silky smooth and long wearing. Personally, I would have liked to see a tad bit more pigment from them, as I prefer my greens to be on the shocking side. Especially Papyrus, I was really longing for a bright green with that. But if you prefer a more subtle dose of color, these are lovely.

Aveda eye definer

Which brings us to the Pantone color of the year Petal Essence Eye Definer in Jade ($16), a bright grassy emerald creme.

Jade (#990), like its Eye Definer counterparts, also uses the flower waxes in jasmine petals and geranium leaves to make a creamy, blendable color. These REALLY has some staying power. I’ve got to use an oil makeup remover to get it off.

Like Cana, it’s sold out online. Find a location to check it out in person.

Aveda swatchesPapyrus and Lemongrass Eye Color and Jade Eye Definer

Aveda art of nature swatches

Aveda art of nature swatches

• The corals of Art of Nature are pigment packed
• Hibiscus Face Accent is like 3 blushes in one (all beautiful!)
• Nourish-Mint Lip Color has a sweet, minty and delicous scent and a TON of long wearing pigment

• All products formulated without parabens, talc, or mineral-oil
• Palette items are packaged in 100% post-consumer recycled (PCR) clamshell and paper sleeve
• Lipsticks use carmine-free pigments
• Wood for pencils comes from well-managed forests certified in accordance with the rules of the Forest Stewardship Council

• One of the greens can also be seen as a con; you’ll need to buy palettes to hold the powder products
• The green shadows may not pack as much pigment as some would hope

we heartsters, let’s hear it from the Aveda fans! Do you find yourself leaning towards the corals or greens in the Art of Nature?

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  • Stef Andrews

    Stef is a plethora of things. Amongst them: co-founder of we heart this, photographer, condiment connoisseur, Philly girl in the California desert, borderline hoarder and a hardcore beauty junkie. She also has a touch of wanderlust and, arguably, the cutest dog in the whole world... skin tone: NC 25/30 skin type: oily with a fear of rosacea favorite beauty product: high end skincare and lip products

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  1. Oh @stef , what a beautiful collection! I’m feeling swoony over the blush and the Jade eyeliner. Must track them down before it’s too late!

    And Fashion Bug, ha!

    1. We didn’t have Ormond’s in Baltimore, but I remember their ads in the “Back to School” issue of Seventeen.

  2. I’m standing straight up, because I can’t lean either way! That blush looks so wearable, very natural looking which is surprising considering how vibrant that orange is! (Which just reiterates why I never judge in the palette, you can never tell how it will wear!)
    But those greens…I don’t know what it is about a bright green that just screams late spring/ summer to me. Maybe it’s because it gets hot and I immediately want a margarita?

    I’m so glad this review came up, I always forget that Aveda has cosmetics. I haven’t been in a while, looks like I need to make a stop next time I’m in the mall…

    1. It’s just so summer, isn’t it? And now I want a margarita at 10:21 am…

  3. Rosemary mint Aveda FOREVA. Also, I totally need that Jade Eye Definer, and possibly the eye colors, too–these photos are gorgeous.

    1. Yeah, Rosemary Mint is SO good – it’s even got copycats!

  4. @stef — I also discovered Aveda in the 1990’s. There was a foundation that I just loved in college. I am not sure why but, they have been off my cosmetic radar. I am SO HAPPY to run across this company again. I hope to hear more about their makeup, skincare, hair products and even spa treatments!

    1. I think a lot of people primarily think of them for haircare, me included. But every time I do try their makeup, I am delightfully reminded that it’s really good!

  5. Wow, Hibiscus looks beautiful! I have never used any of Aveda’s makeup before, only hair products, but that blush is definitely calling my name!

  6. Hmmm, yeah, if you could just go ahead and send me all of the above, that would be great. *said like Bill Lumbergh from “Office Space”*

  7. What a unique collection! To be honest, this looks like something I’d see MAC or NARS do. I usually am shy of greens but I like what Aveda’s doing here :)

  8. I too found Aveda at the Beverly Center! I did know about it before I tried it but never shelled out the dough for it until I moved to L.A. For years and years I only used their Rosemary and Mint shampoo and conditioner. I switch things up these days but I do like their hair and skincare…and the smell of the store, the taste of their tea. I don’t think I’ve tried their makeup, though. Huh, believe THAT if you can. Really.

  9. That blush and that green both look freakin’ amazin’ by the way. I would love, love, love to check this out.

  10. Just walking into their store gives me a buzz, smells so heavenly! When I lived in Manhattan, I would treat myself to haircuts $ massages at their SoHo location. Those were the days! Rosemary Mint was also a fave of mine! Can’t say I have any experience with their cosmetics, but that blush is knockin’ me out!

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