Product watch: New beauty releases this month

Celebrate a classic It bag, make contouring a cinch and do a little good for womankind. Rachel Marie Walsh reports.

“Les Intemporels de Chanel” is a spring eye-shadow palette and nail lacquer inspired by the 2.55, Chanel’s famous quilted leather shoulder-bag. The leather-braided chain is printed in the silky powders of the L’Intemporel de Chanel Eye Shadow Palette, €52.

The compact features green and plum shades for shading, gold and silver hues to highlight and an absolute black that serves as a matte liner. Le Vernis in Intemporel, €23, mimics the glimmering silver of the bag’s hardware.

Product watch: New beauty releases this month

Bobbi Brown’s Pretty Powerful Campaign is a philanthropic project that helps women “be who they are” by supporting programs that help them overcome disadvantage and inequality in their everyday lives.

The launch of Pretty Powerful Pot Rouge cream blush in “Pretty Powerful II” this month is part of the campaign’s third iteration, timed to coincide with International Women’s Day on March 8.

For each pot sold in Ireland, the entire RRP of €26 less VAT will be donated to Dress for Success Dublin, a charity that helps women get into the workforce by providing a range of free advice, clothing and mentoring services.

The rouge works beautifully as a cheek and lip product and Pretty Powerful II is a suit-everyone shade of deep pink.

Product watch: New beauty releases this month

Clinique’s Kiss the Bride lipstick trio is a sweet idea for engagement party, wedding and honeymoon makeup. The brand’s best-selling Long Last Shine Lipstick, €20, is available in three limited-edition shades created for these three special days.

“I will” is a bright, warm pink, “I do” is a deep blush pink and “Honeymoon” is nude beige that suits all skintones. Long Last Shine has a creamy, non-greasy texture that doesn’t feather, fade or dry out.

The formula provides hydration and an opaque colour with a subtle sheen.

Product watch: New beauty releases this month

NYX Cosmetics touts its new Wonder Pencil, €5.99, as a three-in-one lip liner, eyeliner and stick concealer. It performs two of these tasks well, which is still pretty good for such a low-priced item.

The neutral shade-range and long-wearing formula makes it a good base for lipsticks and glosses. Applied above the lower lash-line, it creates a more natural, wide-awake look than white eyeliner.

Unfortunately, the tip drags uncomfortably over the undereye area and the nib contains binding ingredients that may exacerbate or create blemishes.

There are so many great stick concealers on the market that those considering the Wonder Pencil for camouflage should look elsewhere. L’Oreal Perfection True Match Crayon Concealer is a good option at a similar price point.

Product watch: New beauty releases this month

Smashbox simplifies facial shading and highlighting with a new set of Contouring Sticks, €44. These three creamy colour pencils glide over skin for precise, targeted contouring that mimics natural lighting.

The darkest brown creates shadows, the fair nude pulls features forward and the bronze stick blends the other two, eliminating harsh lines.

They can be used with a wet sponge for sheer colour or dry for more intense shaping. Unlike Smashbox’s excellent eye and lip liners, the pencils are not self-sharpening but the trio does come with a parer for quick definition.

Product watch: New beauty releases this month

NARS Soft Velvet Loose Powder, €37, sets makeup without drying and smoothes the skin, thanks to a superstar moisturising ingredient bound to each grain.

Hyaluronic acid occurs naturally in the tissue and combats roughness, flaking and fine lines when used in topical products. Soft Velvet is also fragrance and alcohol-free and suits all skin types.

The range includes eight natural-look shades that create a radiant but not luminous finish. Photochromic pigments blur flaws and make for a polished, even complexion.

The formula is suitable for bare skin or finishing foundation.

Product of the Month

Product watch: New beauty releases this month

Dermalogica PowerWhite TRx Pure Night Cream, €84.55

This well-formulated night cream is a great reparative moisturiser for normal and dry skin types. PowerWhite TRx is Dermalogica’s skin brightening range, the chief selling point of which is oligopeptides that the brand claims can improve pigmentation issues.

The independent research on these peptides is limited. However, the ingredients list shows such generous amounts of antioxidants, anti-inflammatories, and potent sun-damage healers such as niacinamide in its contents that Pure Night Cream merits a ‘Product of the Month’ recommendation.

All these other ingredients support healthy collagen growth, fight free radical damage and themselves contribute to a more even complexion (provided you also protect your skin from UV-damage daily), even if the peptides cannot work the wonders Dermalogica’s own test results show.

The formula is also fragrance and alcohol-free save for a tiny amount of ylang ylang which should not cause irritation. Oily skin types can get away with using the C12 Pure Bright Serum, €101.45, from the same collection as an anti-aging moisturiser.


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