Top 5 products to hit beauty counters this week

’Golden hour’-inspired eye colours, puff-quashing patches and an ultra-dextrous liner wand hit beauty counters this week. Rachel Marie Walsh reports.

Estée Lauder Double Wear Nude Cushion Stick Radiant Makeup, €36

Mid-year foundation launches are rare (July is a bronzer-and-BB-cream kinda month), but a new Double Wear formula is interesting any time. 

Double Wear Nude Cushion Stick Radiant Makeup is a lighter, more nattily-packaged version of Estée Lauder’s best-selling foundation. 

The twist-up, touch-on applicator’s sponge tip helps you buff the makeup in well without need for additional tools.

The ‘cushion’ of the title refers to the pigment-distributing mesh through which the foundation drops.

Top 5 products to hit beauty counters this week

Fans of certain cult concealers will know that cleaning makeup click-pens properly is trying, so will like that the applicator can be easily separated for thorough, hygienic cleaning. 

The stick also changes size based on the amount of foundation remaining in the tube, so you can safeguard against running out on the last morning of a three-day destination wedding where no other makeup-wearing female has skin as fair as yours and every second guest seems to want you in an outdoor group photo. 

So that’s another plus.

The product itself is more emollient-rich than the original Double Wear or even the Double Wear All-Day Glow BB Cream.

It holds up about eight hours and has a luminous, flaw-blurring finish that out-glows its predecessor’s satin.

The formula is scented with jasmine and rose, making it unsuitable for sensitive skin. 

The twenty-strong colour range is free of shades with weird undertones, and finding your perfect match is a cinch.

Lancôme Grandiôse Liner, €29

I remember watching Carrie Bradshaw attempt to define her eyes with an long angled brush in Sex and the City, thinking the applicator so novel. 

Lancôme’s latest liner would surely have blown my teenage mind. 

Grandiôse’s wand has a flexible multi-position click handle that makes symmetrical lines not just possible but relatively easy to perfect. 

The central pivot allows for straight application or an angle of up to 35 degrees.

At full tilt, the liner reaching the upper lash line more easily and precisely, all the way from the inner corner to the outer eye. 

Liquid liner must have made Creative Director and v-logger Lisa Eldridge wish for double joints more than once over the years, as she’s helped create the most foolproof method of applying one I’ve tried. 

The formula is highly-pigmented and dries to a long-wearing matte finish. Colours include sapphire, brown and carbon black. 

Finish with a glossy, lash-fattening coat of Lancôme Grandiôse Extrême Mascara, €31.

Bobbi Brown Sunset Pink Collection

The bucolia-loving Ms Brown sought colour inspiration in Telluride again this season, using Colorado’s evening skies as a starting point for her ‘Sunset Pink’ collection.

The ‘magic hour’ offers natural lighting that makes everyone’s skin look better, and is reflected in the warm shades of eye cream, rosy lip tints and sheer, luminous cheek products. 

Pink and shimmery as Himalayan salt, the limited-edition Highlighting Powder in ‘Sunset Glow,’ €44, is loaded with light-reflective fibers that give cheekbones a flattering glow.

Sheer Color Cheek Tint, €26, has a lightweight, skin-soothing formula and is available in subtle shades of lilac, pink, and tan.

Bobbi’s excellent Long-Wear Cream Shadow, €25, helps your perfect eye look survive water, sweat and humidity. 

New shades include ‘Ash,’ ‘Nude Beach,’ and the exceedingly pretty ‘Stone Pink.’

Bobbi Brown Tube Tint, €23, which comes in various gold-flecked nudes, is the perfect gloopy gloss for casual holiday application.

Clinique Take The Day Off Eye Makeup Removal Stick, €22

I’ve recommended every Clinique Take The Day Off formula at some point — the line offers gentle, effective cleansing for every skin-type — but the balm is my favourite.

It removes makeups so quickly and efficiently, and the after-feel is soft and completely comfortable. 

Top 5 products to hit beauty counters this week

This new stick version for eye-makeup removal is terrific, though the only substantive difference is its lipstick packaging.

Like a rich cream cleanser without the residue, it contains the same emollients and plant oils that help the balm dissolve even the most stubborn and waterproof makeup.

The warmth of your fingertips turns it to oil, while adding water makes it a milk cleanser that’s easy to rinse.

This product works without the aid of cotton buds or pads which, along with its convenient size and shape, makes it a helpful holiday buy. The formula best suits dry skin and sensitive types who aren’t prone to spots.

Masque Bar EyeRepair Eye Puffiness Minimizing Patches, €13.49 at Boots

Pollen count making you puffy? Masque Bar’s Puffiness Minimizing Patches are a new serum-in-slip solution to swollen eyes.

The Korean beauty brand packs these little under-eye crescents with so many great ingredients that I’m disappointed there isn’t a version for the entire face.

Top 5 products to hit beauty counters this week

Quick-fix under-eye products like this often use camphor or some other member of the mint family to create a cooling sensation that gives the impression your skin is being rejuvenated, or at least soothed.

This reaction actually irritates and sensitises skin over time. Irritation encourages collagen breakdown, which is of particular concern in the wrinkle-prone eye area.

Masque Bar’s patches hydrate with rice and olive oils, as well as water-binding collagen and hyaluronic acid.

They are also high in ginkgo biloba, an extract that has significant research showing it improves circulation (spurring its inclusion in an ocean of pricey anti-cellulite creams, even though there is no evidence that blood flow-boosting care actually smoothes orange-peel skin!).

No eye treatment is complete without soothers like cucumber and allantoin. 

There are five pairs of patches per pack.

The recommended thirty-minute wait-time is a pain but the soft, luminous results are worth it.


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