Beauty editor SARAH HALLIWELL shares the PRODUCTS THAT STOOD OUT this year …
From the avalanche of launches, what stood out from the crowd this year? This year has seen a move towards more transparency about ingredients in beauty, as well as a new wave of affordable quality: The Ordinary skincare and Marcia Kilgore’s Beauty Pie (which we hope will come to Ireland soon) brought a breath of fresh air to a furiously busy market. On the luxury side, Victoria Beckham’s Estée Lauder collection blew us away (the mascara sold out everywhere and yes, it really is that good). This year we’ve loved talking lipstick with Lancôme creative director, Lisa Eldridge, make-up legends Trish McEvoy and Linda Cantello, and the ambassadress for Armani Sì Nacre fragrance, Cate Blanchett, whose star quality is captured in the bottle – the limited-edition perfume shimmers and sparkles. Another fragrance high point was the launch of Chanel’s Gabrielle, their first completely new scent in 15 years, while Tom Ford’s cheekily named Fucking Fabulous eau de parfum proved that his genius for marketing is as daring as ever. At home, Warrior Botanicals was a favourite discovery. Natural, organic beauty is a growing Irish speciality, and a visit to The Burren Perfumery was a highlight. Lancôme Génifique is what originally persuaded many of us to use a serum, and this year’s sensitive version became an essential feature of our make-up bag. Rihanna’s much-hyped Fenty line proved to be appealingly universal, with 40 shades of foundation to suit all ages and skin tones. We fell hard for Chanel’s Rouge Allure lipsticks in limited-edition red cases, and for the egg-shaped hand cream which flew off the shelves. And if we were to receive just one beauty gift? It has to be Frederic Malle’s Portrait of a Lady hair and body oil – an investment, but such a pleasure to use, with a memorable, lasting fragrance.
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