I am disappointed by the selection of beauty products that the show’s prop masters have put on Lady D’s dressing table. In general, this vanity looks sad (which makes sense) and old (which really doesn’t). None of the products and perfumes she used has been featured here, not even Penhaligon’s Bluebell, one of her signature scents .
The lipstick in the gold case is by Clarins. It’s sitting on a round compact probably by Christian Dior.
The white box with a funky red pattern is an Avon nail polish. This was a weird decision: what is a product from the 1970s doing here? Did the prop masters know this was Lady Diana’s vanity? Or they believed it belonged to one of her old relatives?
There’s also Braun Independent cordless styler.
On the far right there’s a nice aqua box by Estee Lauder. Although probably not totally accurate, at least it seems plausible.
 This particular detail hurts the most. Why were other Penhaligon’s perfumes featured in Seasons 1 and 2 and not here, where one authentic touch was so much needed?
Thanks to Scentimentalist for the Braun, Clarins and Dior id.
Nan Goldin took this picture in 1992, using the same setting (her bedroom in Hornstraße, Berlin) she used in the same year for a portrait of Joey.
Clarins Le Teint Mat Multi Éclat foundation makes another appearance.
But there’s also a Christian Dior eyeshadow palette in the beautiful blue compact with gold details.
Karen Wheeler (Cara Buono) is a conflicted woman: she cares a lot about her family, even if her marriage is unhappy, but she can barely resist the bad boy charm of Billy Hargrove. He’s invited her at a motel, so in this scene she’s getting ready to join him there.
The red lipstick she’s applying is Elizabeth Arden Lip Spa.
The hairspray reflected on the mirror is Rayette Aquanet.
When she removes her wedding rings, we can see a Christian Dior compact, probably containing eyeshadows.
Diana Trout (Miriam Shor) is a business woman with an expensive taste for clothes and fashion accessories (especially Louboutin shoes and Judith Leiber limited-edition bags); no wonder she uses high-end make-up products.
In this scene we can see her putting on Dior Rouge Dior lipstick in a red shade and using the mirror of a Dior compact.
The lipstick is a neutral/cool shade of red, so it could be Cannage, 999 or Rouge Massaï.
Some days ago I came across the picture above, taken by Dora Handel in 1992. Courtney Love and Kurt Cobain were portrayed in New York for Sassy Magazine; Christina Kelly interviewed them at the peak of their love story. They weren’t married, the Nirvana mania had just exploded and tragedy hadn’t struck their family yet. I had seen pictures from that photoshoot lots of times, but for the first time I noticed the compact Courtney was holding in her hand. A Christian Dior blue and gold striped compact containing Teint Poudre dual powder foundation.
As for the pencil she was holding, something (the gold writing on it) tells me it was by Chanel, but it’s just a guess.
It’s nice to see that some things never really change: even as the poster child for the kinderwhore aesthetic Courtney had an expensive taste. After all, she’s always wanted to be the “girl with the most cake”, hasn’t she?
Thanks to Heather Martin in the comments for the compact id.