Fasten your seat belts and lock away your credit cards – these collections are seriously, seriously hard to resist. If you, like me and Oscar, can resist anything but temptation, I’ve cherry picked what I consider to be the best of the crop to save you from wasting any precious pounds at this costly time of year. It almost goes without saying that these would all make excellent pressies for the cosmetics enamoured…
CHANEL ROUGE NOIR COLLECTION// When Rouge Noir made its debut in 1995, it caused a furore. Despite not yet being a teenager, I was well aware of this much-coveted hue of nail polish and used to sneak a bit of my sister’s whenever she’d go out (sorry, Mick – I think I’ve more than made up for pilfering your cosmetics though, don’t you?). 20 years later, Chanel have marked the occasion with a collection devoted to the iconic shade.
BUY / The classic nail polish is still a worthy purchase, but I also really like the Rouge Noir Lipstick (borderline goth, makes me feel all kinds of wild), and the Le Top Coat Lame Rouge Noir, which is a bronze/gold glitter that truly, truly is not just for Christmas and will make a brilliant accent worn alone or over dark nails year-round.
KIEHL’S PETER MAX COLLECTION // My brother, who is unacquainted with Kiehl’s, sauntered past these last week and asked if they were for kids. When I’d managed to clamp my jaw shut, I reconsidered them and came to the conclusion that he has a point – these do have a kiddie air about them, don’t they? I kind of like that about them, though, and think the spirit of joy and abundance of colour that illustrator Peter Max has conferred upon the otherwise fairly clinical Kiehl’s packaging is a nice way to mark the festive season.
BUY / Of the collection, I’d snap up the Creme de Corps (classic, buttery moisturiser that’ll nix dryness), the Ultra Facial Cream (similar, but for the face, though it is very emollient, so dry skin will love it, acneic not so much), and the Calendula toner, which puts to bed the suggestion that toner doesn’t ‘do’ anything – this alcohol-free, calming one really does.
GUERLAIN HOLIDAY 2015 NEIGE & MERVEILLES COLLECTION // Am I allowed to pick a favourite of these collections? If so, here it is. Not only is the make-up a dream to use, but the packaging elevates the stuff into objet d’art territory. Unfortunately, it seems lots of people feel the same – the collection is sold out almost everywhere online. I’ve linked to Guerlain at Feel Unique in case they release more stock, but if you like these, I’d suggest going to the shops pronto – they may have some left.
BUY / Three top picks: the Meterorites Flocons Enchantes highlighting powder (the softest puff, the prettiest globe, the subtlest illumination); the Rouge G Merveilleux Rose lipstick (the clever – and beautiful – case designed by jewellery Lorenz Baumer contains a universally flattering rose lipstick), and the Terracotta Collector’s Edition bronzer (a fairly dark hue of bronzer that comes in the usual Guerlain case with a second skin, as it were, that’s rubbery and will protect the bronzer from breakages).
CLARINS THE ESSENTIALS // Just the one thing here, but Clarins make one of these every year and they’re always spot on so here’s the latest: nice, isn’t it? All the colours will serve you well over the year and the brush is of very good quality. The two stand out colours are the deep purple addition that is a nod to how very much a smoky eye in a jewel hue has been embraced in 2015, and the very, very gold colour (which I’d suggest you use as a top lid liner or dab a touch on the centre of your lid for a cheeky bit of glimmer when you blink).