Tried and tested

Vichy Teint Idéal Bronzing Powder, €25, pharmacies nationwide

Tried and tested

It’s better to fake it until you make it —which is why the new addition to Vichy’s Teint Idéal make-up range is very welcome.

The bronzing powder is available in one universal sheer colour that is perfect for warming up paler Irish complexions — those with darker colouring may find it doesn’t do enough, however.

This compact powder combines a lamellar powder for softness and a smooth application, a ‘radiance’ powder for a luminous, transparent sheen and a pigment that is easily buildable.

When the weather does warm up, the fine texture means it won’t feel too heavy on the skin — the last thing you want when it’s hot is to feel your make-up sliding off like a melting 99.

The pretty gold packaging is sleek enough to pop in your handbag and, as it has a nice-sized mirror and a brush that will do in a pinch, you’ll be able to bronze up on the go. And while it won’t suit those looking for a deep tan as it is quite light, it is definitely worth a look if you’re after a natural, sunkissed glow.

SuperValu Pure + Kind skincare range, from €3

Keenly priced at €4.50, the serum was absorbed quickly and when followed by the day cream gave a good base for make-up. The day cream does not have any sun protection, which may be an issue for some. For summer weather you could top up with a foundation with an SPF.

The night cream was a particular favourite. It had a delicious scent and felt rich going on the skin. Ingredients include coenzyme Q10 and Vitamin E, very impressive considering the €4 price tag. It wasn’t greasy, but skin was soft and hydrated in the morning.

The facial cleanser was also effective, removing all make-up including eye pencil and mascara. The cleanser and the day cream did cause our tester’s eyes to water slightly.

Overall, lovely products for the price, with no parabens or colours.

Coco Hotel

Book your flight to Paris for some designer R&R. Chanel has announced the launch of its very first spa at the Ritz Hotel. Chanel say: “The story linking Chanel and the Ritz Paris would not be complete without the opening of a new Coco Chanel suite, inspired by the one she originally occupied and by the decor she loved so much.”

Set to open at the end of the year, expect the chicest robes and slippers ever, and possibly Karl Lagerfeld on reception — who knows.

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