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Compacts and Cosmetics: Beauty From Victorian Times to the Present Day (Women With Style)

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Cosmetics have been used to increase attraction since Ancient times whilst Compacts have been a symbol of love for generations but especially since the 1920s. In this fascinating book, vintage accessories expert, Madeleine Marsh, discusses just what makes compacts so desirable and reveals their hidden secrets from cameras to cigarettes. Madeleine shows what to buy and wher ...more
Hardcover, 250 pages
Published June 2nd 2010 by Remember When
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This book was totally my cup of tea (or, should I say, shade of lipstick?) I loved, loved, loved reading about the progression of trends and technology in makeup. I was fascinated by the advertisements and beauty implements of Victorian times, and it was so interesting to read about "the look" that characterized each modern decade. I hadn't realized before how clear-cut the popular styles in make-up were, but looking at the products offered and the advertisements for them made it very clear. (It ...more
Interesting book on the history of the use of cosmetics. It actually starts with the ancient Egyptians and their use of cosmetics, but mostly covers (pun intended) from the Victorian era up through the early years of this century.

Although, I seldom if ever wear cosmetics myself, I found this book to be quite interesting and there are some really great pictures of powder compacts and ads from the eras it covers.
Lorraine Bellevue
This is a fascinating book for anyone interested in history, cosmetics, or both. The progression (and frequent cycles) of beauty standards over the 100-150 years that the book covers in detail were remarkable to look at.
This book gives a nice overview of make-up history and trends. It's an easy read, I missed a little more detail or depth though. As much as I admire author's collection, I can't chime in with the reviews praising pictures of the collectibles. In my opinion, the pictures were quite amaturistic and certainly did not reveal the beauty of the items. This book can be recommended to those readers who are new to make-up world and want to have a crash course on major names in the industry.
Although this book is extremely informative, and the images of vintage cosmetics are delightful, it's written in such a straightforward textbook manner that it takes the joy and levity out of the art of makeup.
very informative and has some great vintage illustrations. Read like an interesting text book :)
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