Product watch: February’s new make-up releases

February’s new releases keep you looking naturally beautiful with barely-there makeup, tinted lash primer and rosy pops of colour. Rachel Marie Walsh reports.

Product watch: February’s new make-up releases

Estée Lauder’s Little Black Primer, €24.50, does far more than make your mascara last. The base acts like a pomade for lashes, conditioning each one for optimum curling and lengthening. Wear it alone for a natural-look tint.

Used as a primer, it makes mascara smudge-resistant and flake-proof. The formula amplifies your favourite lash lacquer, providing a clean canvas to improve the integrity of the shade. Use it at a topcoat to set a fresh coat and add a light, water-resistant seal.

Lancôme’s latest foundation innovation is called Miracle Cushion. It is a lightweight, complexion-perfecting makeup held in the mesh-sponge interior of a compact. Press the squishy cushion to release an application’s worth of product.

The natty dispensation method keeps the foundation looking even and fresh. The formula is BB cream-sheer and radiant. It must be generously applied to make proper use of the broad-spectrum sun protection. Lancôme Miracle Cushion, €38/compact, €25/refill, is available from February 1

Jo Malone Style Editor Charlotte Stockdale has designed a new home fragrance line inspired by her glamorous styling career. The ‘My Wanderlust’ collection includes a candle, room scent, linen spray, soap and a diffuser.

Inspired by a Vogue shoot Stockdale did in the Atlas Mountains, the scent of the Cardamom & Moroccan Rose Home Candle, €55, has dominant notes of aromatic cardamom, sweet Moroccan rose and honeyed spice with hints of fresh ginger and chamomile.

Other highlights include the Night Jasmine & Oregano Linen Spray, €55 — which reminds her of Corfu holiday and combines jasmine and oregano with thyme and sharp pink pepper — and the Acacia & Honey Bath Soap Collection, €36, which uses honey and ginger to evoke the hazy breeze of an Australian beach.

These Cheek Palettes, €44 each, are part of Bobbi Brown’s Spring 2015 “Hot Collection,” a bold, confidence-boosting colour range inspired by Kate Upton’s home state of Florida.

The model ‘face’ of the brand’s natural beauty is the perfect canvas for Bobbi’s no-fuss approach to highlighting the cheeks. Each palette includes two shades of blush and a pearlescent highlighter.

To create the artist’s signature ‘just-pinched’ look, dust the softer shade of blush onto cheeks and follow up with a touch of the brighter shade on the apples alone. Finish with a dusting of highlighter for a lifted, healthy effect.

Available at Brown Thomas from February 16.

Laura Mercier’s new colour collection is inspired by mist and rainy skies. Get the look with shades from her Watercolour Mist Eye & Cheek Palette, €57. Glaze the eye by sweeping ‘Purple Rain’ from the lash line to the contour.

Then blend ‘Mist’ from the contour, fading outward to the brow bone for a matte finish. Follow with a dusting of ‘Cloud’ to the upper lash line, blending outward and upward. Finish with lashings of the Full Blown Volume Suprême Mascara, €27, on the top and bottom lashes.

For a sheer bronze glow, apply ‘Earth’ along the hairline and under the cheekbones. Add a wash of colour to cheeks with ‘Sunset.’ Softly dab Paint Wash Liquid Lip Colour in ‘Nude Rose,’ €30, for a muted lip.

CACI Microlift Personal Facial Toning System, €475 at Boots

If you seek a non-surgical alternative to fillers, rejuvenating facials from salon brand CACI provide a great pre-event lift and can yield significant results over time. The brand’s Microlift System is for at-home lifting and smoothing between appointments.

The device maintains the results of a CACI facial and can also make wrinkles less noticeable and skin more elastic if you don’t visit salons.

Developed from technology used to “re-educate” the muscles of Bells Palsy patients, the Microlift emits tiny electrical impulses that trigger a toning stretch-reflex response in the muscles. Two treatment programs and three intensity levels target specific areas.

For an extra anti-aging boost, impulses are dispensed through ‘electro-buds’ filled with antioxidant serum.

CACI sent me for ‘The CACI Facial Experience’ at Tracie Giles Salon in Knightsbridge, London, where a professional version of the device was used (CACI treatments are available nationwide and prices start at €75 for a Classic CACI Facial.

Tel: 012166693 for your nearest salon).

This celebrity-endorsed facial kept my skin glowing for over a week. To maintain the results, I used the Microlift a fortnight later and looked noticeably brighter after a 10-minute application. Results after four weeks have been proven by independent clinical study.

I worried about clumsily harming my facial muscles but there is a DVD and pages of detailed facial diagrams on how and where to target problem areas supplied. The price is a shock but seems more reasonable when weighed against the cost of facial injections. Your face remains entirely mobile after use, too.

Overall, I’d recommend investing in this device if you see dawn break most days and have little time for salon visits.

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