The Beauty Updates You Need To Try

Here are the NEW PRODUCTS our BEAUTY EDITOR is trying out this month …

Simone Rocha SS17

Matte lips

Super-matte lipsticks continue to grab all the attention on the beauty desk: who could ignore LANCÔME‘s Matte Shakers, the decidedly grown-up version of their Juicy Shakers? These are pocket rockets of full-on colour to zip on at whim. €19.50. And NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencils are the height of matte artistry. We love the 28 unpredictable shades, including raisin-brown Dirty Mind; the names, all inspired by Prince songs; and the formula, which is creamy yet long-lasting. €26.50. We’re also drawn to the new breed of squeezy tubes of lip colour inspired by art shops – try BOBBI BROWN‘s Art Stick Liquid Lip (€27, in 16 shades), and MAKE UP FOR EVER Artist Acrylip (€22). They’re just what lip colour should be – fun as well as fabulous.

Deep clean

Since Japanese brand SHU UEMURA left Ireland a few years ago, I’ve had panicked emails from Cleansing Oil devotees trying to track it down. While Selfridges in London still stocks some Shu, the US website,, is now your best bet. Alternatives we recommend include L’OCCITANE‘s gentle Shea Butter Cleansing Oil (€20), and KIEHL‘s silky new Midnight Recovery Botanical Cleansing Oil (€32), lightweight and lovely, with evening primrose and lavender.

Raise your hair game

A pre-shampoo treatment? Really? We had doubts too. It has taken us, frankly, months to remember to use KÉRASTASE Resistance Soin Premier Thérapiste (€25) before shampooing, and with some reluctance – the last thing we need is another layer of grooming in the morning. However, we have to admit it’s one of the very few things that makes a difference on our wayward hair. If yours is battered from over-colouring, styling and general angst, this is excellent for smoothing and brightening, making it feel like you had a pro blowdry. Especially good for fine hair, instead of weighing it down with conditioner.


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