Product watch: November's beauty choices

Mariah and MAC have all the makeup you’ll want for Christmas – and wait until you see Tom Ford’s new boys. Rachel Marie Walsh reports

MAC X Mariah Carey Collection

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@MariahCarey brings her impeccable glamour to an iconic makeup collection. #MACMariahCarey, coming in December to select markets!

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Mariah Carey’s second MAC collaboration has packaging sparkly enough to double as tree ornaments and an ad campaign dripping in diamonds.

Colour-wise it is mostly about pinks and nudes. Her butterfly-detailed Lipstick, €21.50, comes in frosted brown (‘I Get So OOC’), champagne (‘All I Want’), and peachy creams (‘Dahhlinggg!,’ ‘Mcizzle’).

The Powder Blush, €24.50, options are ’Sweet Sweet Fantasy’ coral and ‘You’ve Got Me Feeling‘ candy pink. And her doll face-printed Extra Dimension Skin Finish, €34, ‘ My Mimi,’ is a warm bronze.

The most festive element is a loose powder, ‘Touch My Body,’ €34, which will make your shoulders shimmer gold.

The songstress hates mascara and layers on falsies to frame her eyes instead.

Her collection has two super-thick sets of Lashes (‘Don’t Shame Me,’ ‘It’s Like That Y’All’), €15.50, and a glossy Liquid Eye Liner, €23, in ‘This Is My Night’ black-brown to hide their base.

The jewel-toned ‘I’m That Chick You Like’ Eye Shadow Quad, €36.50, has a rather challenging yellow pearl quarter but the other three are flattering satins in shades of brown.

If any of these limited-edition launches sell out I predict it will be one of the Lipglass shades: ‘It’s Just Like Honey,’ tan, ‘Little Miss Monroe’ gold or ‘Dreamlover’ pink. They are so Nineties, ergo so hot right now.

MAC X Mariah Carey is on counters from December 15

Tom Ford Lips & Boys Collection

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One is never enough. Coming soon on November 21. #TOMFORD #TFLIPSANDBOYS

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Tom Ford’s Lips & Boys Lipstick, €35, is back for Christmas. There are 50 shades this year, last year’s 25-plus a whole new gang.

Each is named for one of the designer/director’s “most admired men.”

The newbies are not all easy to attribute but ‘Anderson,’ ‘Snowden’ and ‘Ashton’ (all fetching shades of pink) seem obvious. ‘Drake,’ a metallic aubergine, was the one all the Insta-girls wanted in 2015.

It sold out in the States and was listed for over three times its RRP on eBay shortly after launching, despite its purely nominal connection to the singer.

Even so, ‘Drake’ returns with several bruise hues for competition, including ‘Jon,’ ‘Jack and ‘Christopher.’

Ten of the new shades are satin-finished, ten are matte and five are high-shimmer metals. High-quality emollients like Vitamin E and murumuru butter make them a pleasure to wear.

Ford’s is one of the few metallic formulas that does not leave lips paper-dry after a couple of hours, so worth the investment if you like the foil look.

All Lips&Boys come in his jewel-box like casing, a pretty little thing for anyone who would wear their man’s name on their lips. ‘Richard,’ named for the designer’s husband, is a universally-flattering plum satin.

Kiehl’s Gently Exfoliating Body Scrub, €37

A tub of scrub is the beginning of many a great night’s party prep, especially if you rely on instant tan. Kiehl’s new body treatment is free from polyethylene beads, exfoliating instead with a fine blend of crushed apricot seeds and volcanic perlite.

The formula conditions the skin with aloe and chamomile. There are also some great fats in the base — avocado, cocoa butter and shea — that impart a post-scrub glow.

The scrub comes in three natural fragrances — coriander, lavender, and grapefruit. These make for a great sensory experience but are not ideal for sensitive skin.

Kiehl’s Creamy Body Scrub is available from December 14 at Kiehl’s 35 Wicklow Street, Dundrum Town Centre, Arnott’s Department Store or online at

Tarte ‘Sweet Everythings’ 9-Piece Deluxe LipSurgence Lip Creme Set, €31

Tarte Lip Creams, founded by a New Yorker who wanted cruelty-free, “no-nasties” makeup.
Tarte Lip Creams, founded by a New Yorker who wanted cruelty-free, “no-nasties” makeup.

Tarte Cosmetics was founded in 1999 by Maureen Kelly, a New Yorker who wanted cruelty-free, “no-nasties” makeup that looked cute. There is lashings of that around now but Tarte products are still among the most adorably packaged.

The shades are classic enough to keep most women from re-gifting. This ‘Sweet Everythings’ set of lip colours has a large box with a pink Pucci-esque print but can also be broken up into three trios of stocking-stuffers. LipSurgence is a cream lipstick with a satin finish and every shade here is either nude or berry. It is not especially long wearing but has a comforting texture for the season.

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BareMinerals Holiday 2016 Kits

Glitzy party makeup is not why you check out BareMinerals and rightly so, because the brand’s glow-y winter look is second-skin natural. The Glow Together Complexion Finisher Palette, €36, has three silky powders for mattifying and illuminating. ‘Amber Glow’ perks up the cheeks, giving you a pop of healthy colour. Buff in the ‘Rose Matte’ for a hint of pink on the apples and layer ‘Gilded Glow’ over cheekbones for effortless highlighting.

A palette of flattering nudes for eyes and cheeks is always a welcome gift.

The ‘Be Beautiful’ Palette, €47, houses six BareMinerals ‘Ready’ Blushers and two ‘Ready Eyeshadows.

The mix of matte, satin and shimmering nudes and deep browns lets you contour the face and create nude smokey eyes on the go while substantially lightening your makeup bag.

Once set, Ready Eyeshadow is especially good at maintaining a look without drying the eye area.

For the redness or rosacea-prone, I highly recommend BareMinerals’ Unwrap Complexions Rescue Kit, €35. This contains a makeup bag, a stipling foundation brush, Complexion Rescue Tinted Hydrating Gel Cream and Mineral Veil Finishing Powder.

Apart from creating a smooth, radiant face, the Gel Cream improves skin’s condition with daily wear. The formula is packed with soothing plant fats and reparative antioxidants, as well as the broad-spectrum SPF 30 these your skin needs to fend off environmental damage.

Mineral Veil is a talc-free loose powder that sets to a matte finish. The shades are sheer and have an absorbent texture that best suits normal to oily skin.


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