Karen Klein: Rumor has it that the lipstick Audrey put on in the cab is Revlon’s Pink in the Afternoon. It’s areally special, pretty color.
Revlon began in 1932 by 26-year-old Charlie Haskell Revlon, his brother Joseph, and chemist Charles Lachman. They developed a unique manufacturing process for nail polish using pigments instead of dyes. Revlon nail enamel was sold in department stores and pharmacies. The company went on to create an entire manicure line and in 1940, added lipstick to the collection. By the end of WWII, Revlon was one of America’s top five cosmetic companies.
60 shades of SUPER LUSTROUS LIPSTICK…
According to Hepburn’s son Sean, Audrey had cherished her elegant Cartier lipstick holder (and its matching powder compact), and it accompanied her to ceremonies and soirées. The case is inscribed AF, the initials of her married name, Audrey Ferrer. She married Mel Ferrer in 1954, and they divorced in 1968.
Hepburn died in 1993. She would have changed the lipstick inside the case many times over 30+ years. The last lipstick inserted was not #415; but the iconic shade she wore in Breakfast At Tiffany’s was.
So now we know.
And, happily, Pink In the Afternoon is still available. However, I’ve discovered it’s not so easy to find. I called three stores before I found one that carried the shade, and there is a wailing list. Apparently the Audrey-effect is still going strong.
So now, we can all have our own Audrey moment, every time we apply it.