01/31/2013 12:11 pm ET Updated Apr 08, 2013

Sam Fine Launches Signature Makeup Collection With Fashion Fair Cosmetics (PHOTOS)

It was big news last year when Fashion Fair Cosmetics (FFC), the prestige brand owned by Johnson Publishing Company, tapped celebrity makeup artist Sam Fine to join the company as creative makeup director, extending the opportunity for him to create a signature line of cosmetic products.

We've been anxiously waiting for the launch of the collection, which is understandable when you consider Fine's amazing work with celebrity clients like Iman, Jennifer Hudson, Naomi Campbell and Tyra Banks. It's also exciting to see FFC being revived, since many equate the brand with an older generation (re: mother and grandmother) and some might not even know that it's still around.

In fact, FFC is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year -- and what better way to fete the milestone than rolling out a few highly-anticipated collections? In August, the company launched its first-ever mineral liquid foundation collection featuring an impressive 18 shades -- and now the curtain has been lifted on the Sam Fine For Fashion Fair Supreme Color Collection.

"For my first foray into cosmetics this is really special and to be able to continue in a tradition of excellence that Fashion Fair is and was known for," Fine told The Huffington Post. "It's really fun to reinvigorate things and shake up the brand."

On Tuesday night we had the opportunity to check out and test the brand spankin' new products during a press event--and we can honestly report that the line is superb!


The luxe product line, inspired by Fine's world travels, consists of eight lip colors, two eye-color quads and a shimmery lip gloss.

Fine's successful 20-year career in the industry shines through in the detail of each product -- from the sleek packaging to the saturated colors (read: bold and long lasting). Our favorites included a vibrant fuchsia lipstick called Pink Parfait and a truly outrageous orange one called Moroccan Spice. When teamed with the Canary Diamond lip gloss, the lip colors are taken to a whole new level. As for the quads, we were partial to the Amalfi Coast colorway, which features a dark, dreamy brown and mossy green.

Early fans of the collection are some of Fine's Hollywood clients like Vanessa Williams and Gabrielle Union. Just a few weeks ago at the taping of BET Honors, Fine used a selection of the new products on Gabby -- including the Deep Suede and African Violet lip colors.

"I can't wait to see what Iman has to say about the line, because not only is she a friend but she's a CEO of her own beauty brand and having worked with her products for so many years -- I'm looking forward to her thoughts," Fine shared with The Huffington Post.

And before rumors about a rivalry start circulating, Fine laughs off any thoughts of contention. "It's a love fest," he adds.

Visit the Fashion Fair Cosmetics website to check out the full Sam Fine Supreme Color Collection and scroll through the slideshow below for a look at our Instagram photos from the press event and our favorite products!



Sam Fine For Fashion Fair Supreme Color Collection Event