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Newly opened Inglot, the Poland-based cosmetic shop, isn't just your regular makeup store. The first indication is the setting: It's on the fifth floor of the Chelsea Market, an elevator ride above Anthropologie and all the bakeries. And it's massive, especially for a beauty shop. (We're told it will soon do double duty as a distribution center.)
The store is geared toward the makeup artist. Inglot has a full photographer's corner set for makeup artists to do test shoots, model testing, cosmetic testing, and still life beauty using the brand's cosmetics. But the store also caters to the everyday shopper with a complete line of cosmetics including every hue on the color spectrum. Anne, the store manager, told us that every color is manufactured in Poland, where Mr. Inglot, a chemist, runs his business and tests the colors. "Anytime you want a new color, it can be made there in a few weeks," said Anne.
At a soon-to-open mixing station, customers can preview all of the coming pigments in the line, mixing them to create new colors of everything from lipgloss to eye shadow. Inglot also offers water-based foundations and concealers, brow waxes, blushes, brow powders, and nail polishes, all manufactured in Poland.The makeup is hydrophobic and formaldehyde free, and doesn't cost such a pretty penny. A customizable palette of eye shadows goes for $16 for two shades and $50 for ten. Five shades of concealer costs $25, and four shades of face blush, $42.
The store itself is immaculate with white walls and wooden flooring, giving the feeling that you've died and gone to cosmetic heaven. They even have a ceiling that enables photographers and artists to hang their own lighting. And although the store just opened on Monday, the rental studio is open for shoots, and the makeup palettes are prepared for purchasing. The best part of all is that this is the second store to open in New York City. The first US shop resides on Broadway, just a few blocks from Rockefeller Center, making the one-stop makeup shop easily accessible.—Jena Glick
· Inglot [Official Site]