It’s the time of year when I desperately want to start shoppping for A/W but none of the really good stuff is in the shops yet. However, as an interim retail fantasty (sadly not fix because it doesn’t go on counter til October) I’ve got my eye on these gorgeous Sensual Metal palettes from Laura Mercier, 45 pounds a piece exclusively at Harvey Nichols. Which brings me on to the subject of exclusives. Prestige stores like Selfridges, Harrods and Harvey Nichols have big buying power, which means they immediately get these exclusives – great for the store, but not the consumer. How annoying that we have to traipse to HN to get hold of them – especially if we live in the Hebredes. How silly that swathes of the country are limited by distance from buying an eyeshadow. Mad, pretentious and excluding. The brand positioning is at the mercy of marketing/sales/who you know and some very nice lunches I am sure. What I’m not sure about is if I can really be bothered to go to Knightsbridge to get one.

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