New season, new make up lines. But what are the products we should really invest in this season? From Marie Claire to Cosmo, Rachel Marie Walsh finds out what the top beauty writers have in their make up bags this season. Plus, she opens up her own.
what are the products we should really invest in this season?
Anita Bhagwandas, Senior Beauty Editor at Marie Claire UK
Chanel Le Volume Ultra-Noir Mascara, €31.50: I’m all about the mascara. When the end of the world is nigh, and we’re all wearing spacesuits and quaffing evaporated champagne, I’ll still be clutching onto this mascara so tightly. It’s a brilliant all-rounder. It’s volumising, ultra-black (which is ace if you’ve got dark brown on black hair especially) and lengthens too. I’m not a fan of these half-arsed, barely there mascaras.
I want my lashes to be seen from satellites and this one does it all with ease. A little lazy-girl trick – I apply it really close to the base of my bottom lashes so that it deposits a little pigment on the skin too – voila, instant eyeliner.
MAC Studio Waterweight Foundation SPF30, €36.50: I love foundation and find the art of painting it on rather therapeutic. I hate thick-looking foundation because to me it signals that it will be full of oils, creams, and shine-inducing emulsifiers. As an oily-skinned lady that doesn’t work well for me, so this new foundation from MAC is a true godsend. It is mid-high coverage, as thin as water (but with a gel-like consistency), and is an SPF 30. A tiny bit goes a long way so it’s economical too – I adore it.
Elizabeth Arden Superstart Skin Renewal Booster, €59: I’m really skeptical about skincare – I’ve read and heard a LOT of BS. But this pre-serum is incredible – and you really see the results quickly.
It works on creating the perfect environment for your skincare to work in, allowing your creams and serums to penetrate more deeply and work more effectively. It helps with barrier function to keep the good ingredients and moisture in, and the bad guys, like free radicals and pollution out. It’s revolutionized by skincare regime – and I’m on to my second bottle.
Tan-Luxe Self Tan Serum, €38.50 @QVCUK.com: I’ve got dark skin, so I’m particularly moved by tanning products. That said, after testing this product just out of curiosity to see if it worked, I was truly amazed. It brought a lovely golden touch to my skin, and that was only with two drops the night before, added to my night cream. It’s simple to use, you can alter the intensity of your facial tan (start slow with one drop and work up – it’s potent) and it contains buzz-ingredient du moment raspberry seed oil, so combats any dry-skin issues.
Ellis Faas Hot Lips Colour for Lips in L409 Pink Nude, €26 @beautybay.com, Net-a-Porter.com: Finding a nude lip colour to suit your particular shade of nude is the beauty equivalent of resurfacing the Titanic. This futuristic-looking pen is mine – it allows for easy sponge-tipped application, with a creamy long-wearing formula that doesn’t dry my lips out in the slightest. This is such a great brand – if you’ve never heard of them, the colours and quality are fantastic.
Topshop Beauty Matte Liquid Liner in Soot, €10.58: Shiny liquid liner is my pet hate. I like my eyeliner to be heavy, dark and super matte in that retro, sixties way which is exactly what this cost-effective liner does. It’s easy enough to apply, but the real sell is that the liner just dries like liquid charcoal – dark, matte and long lasting. Great stuff.
Freedom Makeup London Palette in Dreamcatcher, €5.48 @freedommakeuplondon.com: I’m completely new to this super-cheap brand, but totally in love with it. These ultra-metallic shadows have a really interesting texture I’ve never seen before. They’re pigmented, but allow your skin tone to show through in a lovely way, so even if you’re wearing a smoky eye, it doesn’t look heavy. The packaging is a bit naff, but for this price you can’t really argue.
Ingeborg van Lotringen, Beauty Director at Cosmopolitan UK
Lancôme Hypnôse Volume-à-Porter, €27.50: This mascara gives thick, defined, lifted and glossy lashes; it must be the latex in the formula.
Lipstick Queen Belle Époque Lip Balms, €19: I love these; they are tacky enough to have real staying power and their finish is more like a gloss, but they feel properly comforting and balmy. The three fleshy shades flatter every skin tone.
Bobbi Brown Greige Eye Palette, €68: The chicer alternative to the ubiquitous nude palettes. Eminently versatile, and will make any eye colour pop.
Burberry Fresh Glow Luminous Fluid Base, €44: Skin should glow, as far as I’m concerned. This is subtle and delicate, and makes you look candlelit. Wear alone or under foundation.
Smashbox Brow Tech Highlight Stick in Gold Shimmer, €21: Glossy lashes and brows are really flattering, and dark gold is great for enhancing blonde brows and softening dark ones.
NIOD Copper Amino Isolate Serum, €45.60/15ml: Copper is healing and boosts collagen, and is stabilised in this liquid formula that you keep in the fridge. Look out for copper being the next big thing in lots of anti-ageing skincare.
Creme de la Mer The Renewal Oil, €180, on counters October 1: It’s a bi-phase product: you shake it to mix the oil blend with La Mer’s fabled seaweed-y, age-busting ‘miracle broth’ at the bottom. The resulting drops are beautifully light and skin just gobbles them up. Soothing and plumping.
Skinceuticals AOX Lip Complex, €40: Anti-ageing lip cream feels a bit over-indulgent but this one seems to be doing something (without any irritation). I wake up with noticeably plumper lips after applying it overnight and after several weeks’ use, they also seem less prone to drying.
Liz Dwyer, Beauty Editor at Image Magazine, Founder of Beauty Bootcamp Hair & Makeup Workshops
Estee Lauder Double Wear Makeup-to-Go Liquid Compact, €42: This is literally the best packaging invention ever for foundation as it allows you to carry a liquid around in a handy plastic compact. Just click and out squeezes a drop of foundation.
Dove Derma Spa Summer Revived Body Lotion, €42: This is the best gradual tan/body moisturiser I’ve ever tried. I loved the original but this pimped up version leaves skin deeply nourished and lightly glowing Bobbi Brown Intense Pigment Liner, €33.50 For those who can’t master liquid liner, this gives a similar effect without the mess and blips.
It can easily be smudged off with a cotton bud or finger without ruining all your eye make-up. Available in a small handy trios palette of varying shades of browns, plums, navys and blacks which is great as you can choose your intensity and depth depending on what is on the day’s agenda - coffee - cocktails - or both.
Redken One United All-in-One Multi-Benefit Treatment, €21.80: I was dubious with the claim this multi-tasking hair-repair spray could give 25 hair benefits in one spray but it’s now my go-to styling spray and it delivers on at least six of the claims - namely shine, softness, frizz control, heat protection , conditioning and helps speed up blow drying time - which is good enough for me.
Skinceuticals Daily Moisture, €63: At first look this seems like an incredibly boring product: no promises of eternal youth, NASA-discovered ingredients or supermodel fans, and the packaging is beyond bland but it’s absolutely magic stuff. It’s ultra-lightweight, yet keeps my dry-to-combination skin hydrated all day and it minimizes pores, stops the T-zone turning into an oil slick come 4pm and I’ve haven’t had a single (what I had wrongly assumed were hormone related) blemish appear in the two months I’ve been road-testing it.
Deanna O’ Connor, Editor at XPOSÉ Magazine and the XPOSÉ Irish Beauty Bible
Skin Essentials by Mariga Hyaluronic + Moisture Boost Serum, €email@example.com. Tel: 053 9145981 for appointments: I call Mariga Sheedy my skincare guru, and her salon in Wexford is a hidden gem. She has her own range of skincare made to her exacting standards and I swear by it. I love that she reduced my entire routine to just three products, but am grudgingly accepting this new addition because, as with everything she does, this moisture-boosting serum is very, very good.
alice + olivia x Nails Inc Polishes, €35 for four minis, €17 per single full-size: Apart from excellent quality nail varnish, Nails Inc really know how to keep it fresh with exciting designer collaborations. I styled Xposé presenter Glenda Gilson in a gorgeous Alice + Olivia party dress for our September issue - it’s a really fun label and so is this dark wintry collection of colours and metallics. The berry-hued Rose and Poetry is my favourite.
Tom Ford Noir Pour Femme, €96/50ml: Tom Ford is the king of fragrance. He makes really smart, grown-up sexy scents for both men and women. This heady mix of floral and oriental is the kind of perfume that will have men following you down the street. Actually that sounds creepy, but you know what I mean!
Chanel Illusion d’Ombre in shade 116 Rouge Gorge, €30.50: If you haven’t already tried these mousse-like long-wearing eye shadows, you’re missing out. You can apply a wash with your fingers or build intensity with a brush. I love a golden or bronze shade to make my blue eyes pop; this tangerine pop of colour from the Les Automnales collection is a little outside my comfort zone, but I’m having fun experimenting with it.
Clarins The Essentials Mineral & Plant Extracts Eye Makeup Palette, €43: While most people are getting very excited about Urban Decay’s Naked Smoky palette, I feel like the Clarins palette for autumn/winter 2015 has a very clever mix of both neutrals and smoky shades, and I’ve always been a fan of their eye shadow palettes, so I’m going to continue in my unswerving devotion to them.
Joico Hair Shake Liquid to Powder Finishing Texturizer, €26 @bathandunwind.com, selected salons nationwide: This volume-building spray is one of those products that comes along once in a while and is a game changer.
It is everything I want in a hair styling product - spray it in, muss your hair about a bit, instant volume, no stickiness or heaviness. It’s like using Toni & Guy’s Resurrection Dust, but in a spray bottle, so far more convenient.
Urban Decay Brow Beater, €18.50: I love eyebrows, so any new brow product, I want in on it! This is a good fine waterproof mechanical self-sharpening pencil, available in four shades, with a spooly brush on the end for grooming. A handy addition to any on-the-go make-up bag.
Rachel Marie Walsh, Beauty Columnist Irish Examiner
Charlotte Tilbury Magic Foundation SPF15, €48: Full-coverage foundation is autumn’s biggest base trend and if you’re going to wear yours all day, why not choose one packed with skin-improving ingredients? Makeup magician Tilbury has concocted an highly-pigmented liquid makeup with added Vitamin C, hyaluronic acid and mushroom extract, all of which help keep skin in tip-top condition. The shades are extremely natural (the closer you colour-match to your complexion, the less made-up you appear), and the finish is dewy and healthy-looking.
Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed, €38: Aussie brand Becca is especially good with highlighters and illuminators, consistently steering clear of tacky glitter and offering customers a lit-from-within glow with their liquid makeup. This is a new powder version of their popular Skin Perfector. I worried that fibers would make the fair shades look cheap and obvious but they are super-fine and silky. Skin Perfector Pressed blends to just as seamless a finish as its bottled counterpart, even if your foundation is completely different texture.
Estée Lauder New Dimension Shape+Fill Expert Serum, €108/50ml: EL offers several anti-aging ranges and each serum promises to remedy a different symptom. Revitalizing, perfecting, advanced-repairing… can’t we have one super-elixir that does the lot?
Nevertheless, I’d recommend most any Estee Lauder serum for normal-to-dry skin, including this new one. The considerable amounts of hyaluronic acid, lipids, filligrin, and watermelon extract in the formula give skin an instantly hydrated feel and plumped look.
The “fill” of the title is a little ambitious but this is a fine, gentle antioxidant serum and certainly supports the kind of healthy collagen development that makes lines less noticeable.
Dior Cosmopolite 5 Couleurs Eyeshadow Palette in Exuberente, €58.50: Dior Autumn 2015 catwalk makeup included some truly dramatic eye-looks from Peter Philips first self-created collection for the brand. The Antwerp-born Creative and Image Director, fresh from five successful years at Chanel Makeup, updated Dior’s signature 5 Couleurs Palette by adding aubergine and indigo to otherwise classic selections of nude and smoky shades. The shadows themselves remain non-flaky and intensely-pigmented.
Smashbox #Shapematters Palette, €76: This is the first makeup product I’ve seen with a hashtag in the official name, which seems both good for Twitter and inauspicious for proper nouns. The product itself is a dream gift for makeup neophytes. #Shapematters is large but notebook-like, easy to slip into your laptop case or tote. Inside there is a brow wax, two brow powders, four face-contouring powders, and nine flattering eyeshadows.
They’re all of excellent quality and generously-sized, making this palette well worth the considerable price.
NARS Audacious Mascara, €58.50: I seek volume and excellent separation in a mascara, and am very pleased with NARS’ newest offering.
Those who have tried the makeup master’s excellent Audacious Lipstick know to take him at his adjective.
The formula provides colour that’s just as intense and the red rubber-tipped wand creates a flattering feathery look with every last lash picked out for maximum lift.
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