Which new launches go beyond the hype? Here are eight that really deliver, says SARAH HALLIWELL …
The look: Summer doesn’t have to mean pink (though beauty counters are piled high with light-catching rose gold for lips, cheeks and eyes right now). For the Chanel Cruise 2019 catwalk, Lucia Pica created a glossy black cherry lip colour (above) that has a dramatic inky quality: “I think this is what make-up is about: it’s an accessory to help express and enhance yourself,” says Pica.
The home facial: I’m intrigued by SpaceNK brand Odacité, a range of targeted serums to use with a Gua Sha rose quartz massage tool. We’re sceptical about the advice to “recharge your tool in the moonlight”, but it does feel beautifully cool on the skin, and might encourage you to massage in your serums and creams at home. €47.50.
The standout: Milk Makeup’s clever stick formulas, including Watermelon Solid Serum and new Glow Oil for lips and cheeks, are so easy to use, while Hydro Grip Primer (£27stg) keeps make-up in place on warm days. At www.cultbeauty.co.uk.
The best basics: Catrice Cosmetics’ brow collection (find it at Penneys and pharmacies) is really decent for the price (everything’s under €5); with so many brow products you’re paying for fancy packaging. Make-up artist Leonard Daly raves about the brow mascara, a clear gel to define lashes and brows. Also, look out for L’Oréal Paris Rouge Signature Matte Liquid Lipsticks – they are dead-ringers for pricier designer versions. €10.49.
The insider’s choice: This is what beauty insiders use on their skin: Vintner’s Daughter. We know top make-up artists who use this to prep skin for a shoot (and on their own skin). The super-natural Active Botanical Serum is an investment at €175 (at Cult Beauty, and set to be in SpaceNK from the autumn). But founder April Gargiulo is adamant that this one bottle can “deliver everything your skin needs in one”, with premium ingredients and no fillers. There’s a three-week process to make every bottle, and its reputation has grown by word of mouth. We’re also taking Ruth Crilly’s advice to start with a retinol every other night; Elizabeth Arden’s Retinol Ceramide Capsules are a neat, travel-friendly option. €50.
The cult bestseller: Drunk Elephant’s neat neon pots have helped make it the bestselling range across all SpaceNK stores (quite something for a brand launched just five years ago). The Slaai Butter Cleanser (€33), designed for “melting away” make-up, has an ice-cream scoop applicator which magnetises to the lid. Despite its cute looks, the prices are serious, due to excellent credentials and formulas.
The eye deal: How to help tired eyes is one of the most-asked beauty questions. I’m trying out Lancôme’s Génifique Light-Pearl, which features a probiotic and lash treatment and is cooling to apply. €60, at counters nationwide. And I have high hopes for No7 Laboratories’ brand-new Dark Circle Corrector: with caffeine, liquorice and algae extracts, it has had promising test results even on those bluey-purple shadows that defeat the most robust concealers. €37, at Boots.
New in town: Fenty Beauty is now more widely available, at Boots stores and online. Good news – its wide range of 50 foundation shades has one to suit every skintone, and it’s cruelty-free. Arnotts continue to deliver intriguing brands to its shiny beauty hall – recent arrivals include LA brands Dr Lancer and Lime Crime make-up (above); also from LA, Kate Somerville skincare is now at SpaceNK.
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