Inspired by images of East Asia, global head of make-up and colour Lucia Pica has focused on “easy glamour” and luminosity for this light-catching Cruise collection. It’s all about avoiding heavy bronzers, with lots of dewy textures and subtle effects for eyes, lips and skin.
The nail colours are especially beautiful: I’ve worn Le Vernis Afterglow, a beige with hints of gold, every day since the sample arrived. Beige just doesn’t do it justice; it’s the most elegant “nude” shade that elongates your fingers in a really chic and understated way. The pale lavender shade Purple Ray is beautifully subtle too. There are also two beautiful Bronze et Lumiere duos: “Instead of heavy contouring with the use of bronzers, these powders magnify and highlight, resulting in a paler, lighter finish,” says Lucia Pica.
But for me, this collection is all about the Ombre Premiere Gloss in Lunaire, a moonlight silver, and Solaire, a sunny gold. Pica is the maestro at playing with subtle yet supremely clever textures in beauty, particularly with gloss, as seen with the recent Baume Essentiel Multi-Use Sticks (SO good at giving your skin just the right amount of instant glossy sheen). These new Ombre Premiere Glosses are simple but beautiful – a magically modern way to catch the light on eyelids with a veil of translucent colour.
Cruise 2019 Collection Vision d’Asie: Lumiere et Contraste, is at counters nationwide from Friday May 24.
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