Just in store 12 for 2012

The ace base

Chanel Perfection Lumiere, €44, is the hotly-anticipated replacement for the brand’s much-loved Pro Lumiere. Using cutting-edge foundation technology, this new-generation base, which will launch in 16 shades on January 13, offers a demi-matte finish and will suit those with normal to oily skintypes best.

The feel-good fragrance

This old-school French apothecary brand continues to reinvent itself and the February arrival of Eau de Bienfaits from Roger & Gallet will garner a whole new bunch of fans. Harnessing the properties of aromachology with the scent of blood orange and violet and including the tonifying benefits of kiwi and ginseng, this fragrance actually treats as it scents skin. Clever!

The wham balm

Hydrasparkling Magic Lip and Cheek Balm from Givenchy, €28.50, is no mere Chapstick. This limited-edition liptreat contains hyaluronic acid and luffa oil to condition while special ingredients match to your skintone — so you get a custom shade each time you wear. Look for it in March.

The covetous clutch

Dior combines beauty and the lust for gorgeous accessories with spring’s Dior Garden Clutch. Limited edition, it comes in two shade variations, Milly Garden and Granville Garden. Three shadow shades, two glosses and the ultimate handbag real estate will set you back €74. On counter from January 2.

The cult must-have

Urban Decay’s Naked Palette sparked a feeding frenzy in the beauty blogosphere and the February-launching Naked 2, €44, looks set to do the same. With a slightly different shade edit, double-ended brush and metal tin presentation, you don’t need this if you have the original, but something tells me that’s not going to stop legions of fans from a purchase.

The edit for Spring

Yves Saint Laurent rarely get it wrong and even if you won’t wear these shades, this golden palette sums up spring 2011 perfectly. Forget recession and lose yourself in candy colours, bright, mood-enhancing pastels and enlivening lilacs. Ombres 5 Lumieres is €57, and will be available this week.

The gloss goss

We’ve seen some pretty out-there things in beautyland but Lancôme’s Color Fever Gloss in Green Petal, €20, isn’t quite as scary on the lips as it might appear. Sheer and pretty, sparkle in the mix make this a great topcoat over lipstick. Look for it as part of the brand’s spring Roseraie Des Delices collection, on counter in January.

The box clever

Benefit’s boxed powders are one of its strongest offerings and Hervana, €33.50, will launch in February. Four shades of sheer, pretty colours swirl together for a semi-matte finish that’s forgiving on a paler skintone.

The appliance of science

Designed to visibly firm, volumise and restore skin texture, Clinique Repairwear Uplifting Firming Cream, €68, arrives exclusively at Brown Thomas stores on March 2nd. This one’s worth a look if your concerns go beyond lines and wrinkles and you’re looking for a solution to re-plump, lift and firm.

The high fashion addiction

If you loved the original Chloé fragrance from 2008 then look out for l’Eau de Chloé, from €45.60, launching on March 7. A new iteration of the original, this is fresh, green and cool, and looks set to be another scent success.

The new-gen lipstick

Inspired by Asian offerings, Avon Shine Attract lipsticks, €11, hit the catalogue in January and come in 10 glossy, shine-packed shades. An outer gel core offers hydration and comfort while the inner bullet delivers colour.

The sweet scrub

In Body Shop stores in February is the Chocomania collection. A must-have for fans of sweet unguents, the Body Scrub, from €7.95, exfoliates and leaves skin scented with the fragrance of all things chocolatey.


Avon www.avon.ie; Benefit at department stores; Body Shop stores nationwide; Chanel and Clinique at pharmacies and department stores; Chloé at department stores; Dior at department stores; Givenchy at Debenhams; Lancôme at pharmacies and department stores; Roger & Gallet at pharmacies; Urban Decay at Debenhams; Yves Saint Laurent at department stores.

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