As I started to go through my stash to compile a ‘February Favourites’ post, I was taken aback at how many new launches I’ve thought are smashing but just haven’t written about. Rather than do the usual best of post, then, here’s the new stuff that’s turned my head in the past month… //
Omorovicza Ultramoor Mud Mask / Sheet masks may still be going strong, but the the traditional old format still had legs if this mask is anything to go by. Not just your usual clay mask to draw out impurities, this is rich in ingredients that hydrate, gently resurface, and restore glow. Not cheap, but this is really a one-stop ‘better skin in a pot’ product. I use it when my skin looks rubbish but I can’t pinpoint exactly why and it never fails to make it look healthier and smoother.
Zoeva Warm Spectrum Eyeshadow Palette / I continue to be blown away by Zoeva; in quality and pigment-density, these shadows rival far more expensive brands. They also put together colours exceedingly well. Take this palette that’s part of the Spectrum collection – lots of pales to smooth an eyelid’s appearance, about four traditional smoky eye duos, and a couple of mink shades that make for a nice wash of colour or define a crease.
Chanel Collection La Sunrise took care of colour / When Chanel declares colour to be on the agenda, it’s pretty safe to say you’ll be seeing a lot more of it elsewhere. Lo and behold, eyelids were awash with sea greens and electric blues at London Fashion Week. In real life, this translates well if applied with a little restraint – the Long-Lasting Eyeliner in Fervent Blue, for example, makes a great waterline colour when paired with black mascara. The same liner in Pacific Green looks good on the upper lid (as a side note: neither will budge so they’re great if your eyelids are oily). My favourite of this collection is the Illusion D’Ombre in Griffith Green – layered over black, it adds dimension, while worn alone it’s a subtle nod at the make-up shade du jour.
… and Estee Lauder did black / Bold, this is. While everyone else doffed their caps at the blue/green thing, EL stuck to their slick black guns. Their latest are the ultimate smoky eye products: a Double Wear Infinite Waterproof Eyeliner in Kohl Noir to line the waterline, a SuperNoir Shadow & Liner (great for a diffused smoke on the lid and comes into its own on a night out – your handbag should never be without it if you like a bit of smoke), and their Sumptuous Knockout Defining Lift and Fan Mascara, which grabs, coats and lifts every last little lash.
Miller Harris L’Air De Rien / I’m guessing you are familiar with Jane Birkin’s other collaboration, the Hermes Birkin bag. This came about in a similar way: Jane just wanted something she’d enjoy wearing. The result is subtle and warm – a mist of a leathery musk rather than whack of scent. I picture the wearer reading a book on a rainy day, curled up in cashmere, a vase full of nerolis on a nearby table. She’s all understatement and Parisian chic a la Mademoiselle Birkin.
MAC Retro Matte Liquid Lipcolour / It takes some persuading for me to wear a full on matte lip that won’t budge – I quite like topping up my lipstick and intensely dislike anything that can’t be mixed with lip balm for comfort. While these still lock onto the lip and provide that serious colour punch, they’re the best I’ve found at not making lips feel like they’ve been coated in cellophane and I’ve found myself using them a fair bit which, given my reluctance, is quite something!
Perricone MD Re:Firm / I’ve developed a bit of paranoia about my chin. It’s wilting. Just a touch, but I know it’s happening and am determined to give it all the help in resisting gravity I can. Step in this totally bizarre gel/cream/serum/jelly. Once a little has broken off (you’ll need to use the spatula), it fuses with skin, disappearing after a few seconds. It’s not disappeared, though, not really – once absorbed, it is going to work on triggering the skin’s reparative process, restoring elasticity and strength to the epidermis. This means good things for my chin but very, very bad things for the bank balance should I continue past this sample pot – it’s £115 a pop. Ouch.