The Makeup Line We've Been Obsessing About Forever Is Finally Here

Ever since we first heard that & Other Stories was bringing its beauty line to the U.S., we've been in veritable fits of rapture. Sure, the clothes are pretty fantastic, but (being beauty editors) it was the beauty line that made us giddy. When visiting the stores in Europe (pre-U.S. debut), the massive, budget-friendly, high-quality skin and makeup drew both our eyes and our wallets.

While we were stoked when the body and skin-care offerings hit shelves last winter, we were a bit bummed to see that the makeup products hadn't made the trans-Atlantic leap. According to the brand, the product labeling on the makeup had to be updated to fit FDA regulations, hence the delay.

Well now, almost a year later, we're finally getting our wish. The makeup has landed, and it is glorious. The catch? It's a bit difficult to actually get your hot little hands on it. & Other Stories doesn't approach beauty quite like any other brand. It curates what it calls stories, which include many limited-edition collections. Some of these products are blink-and-you'll-miss-it scenarios. Even those that are considered more permanent in the line are still hard to track down. Many may be available in the brand's Soho store one day and sold out the next, and the website can be even more mercurial with items sometimes disappearing or selling out within hours.

Even more frustrating is that the collection itself is coming in piecemeal, with some shades and products on counter now, and others rolling in later this year or early next, and no set arrival date or info on which will be making it stateside.

And yet, we don't care about the struggle. In fact, we embrace the challenge. The products themselves are so phenomenal that the hunt for them can be exhilarating (or heartbreaking, if you somehow miss the shade you're after: Adieu, Caliper Sky — we barely knew thee). In the end, dedication will pay off — these are the real deal.

So what makes these so unique? Not only are the formulas superior to most budget makeup, but the color selection is mind-blowing. The brand has two ateliers, one in Paris and one in Stockholm. The beauty and fashion teams conceptualize the products and colors together. Some colors mimic shades that appear in the clothing collections, while others are created to be complementary to the fashion or for their versatility. And if you come to the brand for fashion, you'll probably be equally enticed by the cosmetics.

Ahead, we've highlighted some of our favorite products now available in the U.S. It bears repeating that some of these might say "sold out" when you click on them, but if something catches your eye, it's worth checking back continually for a restock. If you want a sneak peek of what the whole line looks like (and what we might see hitting shelves in the States in the near future), check the brand's international sites. Just don't blame us if you fall hard and fast for, well, everything.

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You know how some eyeshadow palettes have collections of colors that just don't seem to go together, so you only wind up using one or two shades? This is not that palette — the four shades in the brand's Eye Colour Palettes can work on their own or layered, and the combinations are endless. We're particularly digging this pretty combo of pink, lilac, tan, and mauve-y slate. So many choices...

& Other Stories Eye Colour Palette in Nacré Écru, $17, available at & Other Stories.
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If there's one thing the & Other Stories line gets, it's highlighting. The line will offer two creams, a powder, a stick, and a liquid. Only the stick, one of the creams, and this liquid are currently available in the U.S., but we're really excited by all the luminizing possibilities.

While this one is great for a quick hit of light applied directly on the cheekbones, we actually like mixing a bit of it into our foundation or BB to add an all-over luminescence that makes our skin look lit from within (translation: really fucking pretty).

& Other Stories Radiance Cream, $18, available at & Other Stories.
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This semi-matte lovely is a fall-perfect blend of burgundy and plum that we'll probably be wearing every day for the next year. Or two. Or forever.

& Other Stories Demi Matt Lip Colour in Armure Plum, $15, available at & Other Stories.
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This pretty, geranium pink adds a pop of color to your look — it's fresh, breezy, and will cause the compliments on your boss lipstick choice to come rolling in.

& Other Stories Demi Matt Lip Colour in Maze Geranium, $15, available at & Other Stories.
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Thanks to cool, pink undertones, this lilac hue looks good with practically anything — it's the modern version of a neutral lip color.

& Other Stories Demi Matt Lip Colour in Fedora Mauve, $15, available at & Other Stories.
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It might look a bit intense, but this poppy red is weirdly flattering on lips and cheeks. The trick is to apply sparingly and then build to your desired level of healthy flush.

& Other Stories Cheek & Lip Tint in Kick Pleat Red, $18, available at & Other Stories.
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You had us at Plum.

& Other Stories Cheek & Lip Tint in Swayback Plum, $18, available at & Other Stories.
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While the Radiance Cream is best to use all over, this compact gem is perfect for spot-illuminating. Try dabbing it on the cheekbones and gently patting, using a lip brush to apply it to the Cupid's bow, or using your finger to press it into the inner corners of the eyes. Hell, we love using it as an eyeshadow. You do you.

& Other Stories Total Tint Stick in Linen Beige, $17, available at & Other Stories.
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Unlike many other budget brands, & Other Stories understands that "tan" is not the deepest shade on the skin-tone color spectrum. Case in point: the Concealer Quad, which, while not suitable for some of the darker complexions, will work well with most brown skin tones.

& Other Stories Concealer Quad in Songket Deep, $15, available at & Other Stories.
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Eyebrow Crème — for some reason — is so much better than pretty much any pencil or powder we've ever used. Get yourself a spoolie brush, play around at home until you perfect your technique, and then get ready to dazzle everyone.

& Other Stories Eyebrow Crème in Vamp Brown, $15, available at & Other Stories.
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Another one in the purplish-gray family (we're just feeling that color this fall), this matte shadow can create a soft wash of color — or a hazy halo — around the upper and lower lashlines.

& Other Stories Matt Eye Colour in Mocakdo Carbon, $12, available at & Other Stories.
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Green — which is quickly moving from being an ignored hue to a high-fashion one (see: NARS' new shadow stick) — is in full smolder mode with this blackened-forest shadow.

& Other Stories Metallic Eye Colour in Lockram Cactus, $12, available at & Other Stories.
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Pink glitter: sounds tacky, is actually pretty chic. This shadow will give your gaze a soft sheen that looks like you've dipped your lids in a sheer piece of satin. Which, now that we think of it, would make an awesome beauty product. Who wants to fund our Kickstarter for wearable eye fabric?

& Other Stories Metallic Eye Colour in Linen Beige Naquet, $12, available at & Other Stories.
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