Here’s my round-up of a few of my (new) favourite things in the beauty world just now.
Tom Ford Lip Color Shine (£35). Richly pigmented colour which is supremely comfortable to wear, even for the dry-lipped among us – that’s what makes this new addition to the Tom Ford Beauty repertoire such a knock-out. I’ve found his creme lipstick too dry but this is ideal; and it’s also given me my perfect red, in the Willful shade (pictured right) …
Origins Peeper Pleaser Powder Eye Shadow (£14; www.origins.co.uk). Lovely texture, fab colours (there’s a choice of ten shades), blends beautifully and lasts very well. What more could you want from an eye shadow?
Guerlain Maxi Lash Mascara (£22). Phew, I was relieved I loved the effect of this mascara – because I was already smitten with the Deco-style gold tube before I’d even tried it.. It’s a great choice for an all-rounder mascara as it curls, adds volume and lasts well. It’s not quite as dramatic as its French name Cils d’enfer suggests – though it’s a great name, translating as Lashes From Hell, or colloquially (according to one translation I found), as Bad-Ass Lashes!
Benefit Fake Up (£18.50, available from April; www.benefitcosmetics.co.uk). Forget the notion that this being a stick concealer, it will drag the delicate skin round your eyes. It is, in fact, a very clever combination of eye moisturiser and concealer: it looks like a lipstick with a flesh-coloured core, which is the concealer, surrounded by a gentle moisturiser which has been proven to keep
the skin hydrated for six hours. It glides over the fragile skin, dispensing highlighting, line-blurring coverage as it goes.
Dr Jart Beauty Balms (from £18 each; www.boots.com) . I have to confess that although I would, frankly, have given anything to be able to emulate the radiance of Nisha, the PR girl who introduced me to the Dr Jart range of Korean BB creams, she lost me when she mentioned that one of its balms had as its wonder ingredient … wait for it … snail secretion. Luckily, the balm that I have fallen for is Dr Jart + Platinum Beauty Balm Cream (£24) which is great on my pale skin, evens out skin tone, covers redness and deals with the first signs of ageing.
Clinique Chubby Stick Shadow Tint for Eyes (£16; www.clinique.co.uk, pictured left). Leave the brushes at home; now all you need to take out with you if you want to touch up your eye make-up is one or two of these fab new shiny, creamy eye crayons – a clever successor to the original Chubby Stick Lip Colour Balms. I’ve been using the lovely bronze shade of Fuller Fudge to create a smoky effect over Benefit’s Creaseless Cream Eyeshadow in Birthday Suit (currently £7; usually £14).
Bobbi Brown Creamy Matte Lip Color in Hot (£18; www.bobbibrown.co.uk). As mentioned in my last post, this is a glorious shade of shocking pink – the first I’ve found in years which I can pull off with my fair complexion, and the first matte lipstick I’ve come across in yonks that is a pleasure to use (ie – it doesn’t cake on my moisture-deficient lips). I can’t believe my luck in finding both my perfect red and my perfect pink in the same month..
Clarins Rouge Eclat Lipstick (£18.50; www.clarins.co.uk). Whether you believe the “age-defying” claim (based on its collagen-boosting “Nutri-Youth Complex”) of this recently launched lipstick, there is no denying that it is a terrific all-rounder, rich in colour, very creamy, nourishing and moisturising – and available in 15 delectable satin shades, of which Pink Berry is my current favourite. Clarins’ cosmetics have been on a roll of late and this, for me, is their best new make-up product yet.