Having done a bit of research on this collection for Avon from 2008, I think I know more about it now than I did at the time.

Marimekko x Avon 2008

The palette exterior hasn’t withstood the test of time terribly well and if anything lets this down it is the packaging quality. However, I don’t expect that either brand anticipated it sitting in a big box for 12 years as part of a collection. The collection features the Unikko pattern which was designed in 1964 by Maija Isola (and there is a touch of Mary Quant about this which fits with the initial concept time-line) but updated and re-interpreted by Maija’s daughter, Kristina, for the collaboration with Avon. This palette is called Poppy Bloom.

Avon x Marimekko 2008

There was face powder, eye colours, blush (in the same case but with pink tones), lip gloss and mascara as well as a selection of accessories (make up bags and totes). I am not sure that Marimekko has licensed with another beauty brand since but I wish they would – it’s so nice. At the time, nothing in the collection was expensive – think around about the fiver mark for each item, and neither are they expensive on resale sites – anything between £4 to £14.

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