ODE TO ICONS

A trib­ute to the scents, the shades, and the names that have added won­der to the realm of beauty

Red Magazine - - Bared - WORDS CHRYSSA CELESTINO

In the field of beauty, the in­dus­try’s best names did not crack the busi­ness to ped­dle sim­ple prom­ises. L’Oc­c­i­tane, Laura Mercier, La Prairie, Dip­tyque, Mu­rad, and Chanel may dif­fer in how they choose to de­fine the beau­ti­ful life, but all share a sense of fore­sight and years of cease­less in­no­va­tion.

Rus­tan’s, the re­tail pow­er­house re­spon­si­ble for in­tro­duc­ing some of the in­dus­try’s most iconic names to a lo­cal au­di­ence, is hold­ing its Beauty Ad­dict Event on Sept. 15, where pa­trons can revel in their col­lec­tive love for sto­ried brands. To give a pre­view, we’ve rounded up the prod­ucts that have made the leap from break­through in­ven­tions to house­hold fa­vorites.

Take Laura Mercier, and how it has fash­ioned the Silk Crème Mois­tur­iz­ing Photo Edi­tion Foun­da­tion that takes care of any vis­i­ble blem­ishes. The lauded make-up artist un­der­stands that a long­wear­ing for­mula with rich pig­ment is the se­cret be­hind flaw­less con­ceal­ment. Of course, the real tech­nique be­hind great skin starts with metic­u­lous care that only the likes of fruit and veg­etable-rich Mu­rad In­vis­i­blur Per­fect­ing Shield SPF 30 and La Prairie Skin Caviar Luxe Cream can give. Com­bin­ing glow­ing skin with sat­u­rated hues on the lip—ones that Chanel has mas­tered with their Rouge Al­lure Lu­mi­nous In­tense Lip Color—pro­vides an al­lur­ing con­trast to the bare fa­cial can­vass.

While cos­met­ics en­hance looks, scents im­prove the ex­pe­ri­ence. L’Oc­c­i­tane’s Aro­ma­cholo­gie Re­lax­ing Hand and Foot Balm gives more than just sooth­ing re­lief; its blend of laven­der, berg­amot, man­darin orange, sweet orange, and gera­nium oils also ex­udes fra­grance that calms and cap­ti­vates. The fra­grance of Dip­tyque's L'Om­bre dans l'Eau evokes the feel­ing of walk­ing in an English gar­den with Bul­gar­ian rose petals and black­cur­rant bushes. The bot­tle of per­fume has been loved by both those who re­call their trav­els and those who've yet to reach the shores of Eng­land.

For those of us who live oceans away, Rus­tan’s has helped these sto­ried global brands pen­e­trate the Filipinos’ beauty psy­che. To­day, there are more who add their own sto­ries to the long her­itage of these brands. On Sept. 15, the Beauty Ad­dict Event cel­e­brates all these, and cus­tomers can get ex­clu­sive ac­cess to in­vi­ta­tions by way of their Beauty Ad­dict Card—an­other chance to par­take in the brands’ lega­cies that have spanned con­ti­nents, years, and eth­nic­i­ties.

PHO­TOG­RA­PHY PA­TRICK SEGOVIA

From left to right: Rouge Al­lure Lu­mi­nous In­tense Lip Color in Pi­rate, Chanel; Silk Creme Mois­tur­iz­ing Photo Edi­tion Foun­da­tion, Laura Mercier; L’Om­bre Dans L’eau, Dip­tyque; Skin Caviar Luxe Cream, La Prairie; In­vis­i­blur Per­fect­ing Shield, Mu­rad; Aro­ma­cholo­gie Re­lax­ing Hand and Foot Balm, L’Oc­c­i­tane, all avail­able at Rus­tan,s.

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