You no longer have to travel overseas to get certain established international beauty brands – some have made their way to our shores.
1 ATKINSONS What The British perfume house started with a humble rose-scented d hair pomade made with bear grease e in 1799, and went on to become the e official perfumer to the British Royal al Court in 1826. The revived brand exudes a sense of grandeur with its s orange and purple colour scheme, and classic-looking bottles. There’s also o an air of playfulness in its tongue-inncheek literature and the fascinating g reinvention of its bear emblem as a dandy mascot. We love The Nuptial Bouquet EDT T (100ml), $188, of lilies, violet leaves and white musk is a modern take on Queen Victoria’s bridal bouquet; and Fashion Decree EDT (100ml), $188, is a patchouli scent inspired by precious silk brocade packed with dried patchouli leaves. 2 ILLAMASQUA What Known for its bold, edgy and theatrical makeup collections, this British label wants to encourage women to use colour for self-expression. You’ll find its products highly pigmented and long-lasting. We love Lipstick, $34, gives you exactly the colour you see on the stick. It’s available in 32 hues, and right now, we’re going gaga over the shade, Liable, that brightens all skin tones. 3 INNISFREE What Great for those with delicate skin, this South Korean brand develops skincare, makeup and body-care products from natural ingredients that are cultivated on Jeju Island. It’s eco-friendly too, as it uses recyclable packaging. We love Innisfree The Green Tea Seed Serum (80ml), $36. Use it after your cleanser and before your toner to keep your skin hydrated. This boosts the efficacy of skincare products that follow. 4 BRAD BIOPHOTONIC What Created to combat the harmful effects of air travel – dehydration, low oxygen levels and UV damage – this was originally developed for a private aircraft company. The unisex skincare formulas are made with bio-fermented plant ingredients that resist oxidation and can be absorbed readily into skin. On top of that, all the products are stored in chic Miron Violet glass bottles to protect the efficacy of the active ingredients. We love Brad Biophotonic Essential Elixir Multi-peptide Youth Regenerating Serum (50ml), $120, strengthens the skin against premature ageing. 5 IOMA What Founded by French scientist Jean Michel Karam, who also develops pressure sensors for airplanes and blood pressure sensors for medical uses, Ioma offers off-the-shelf skincare solutions and customised regimens. A consultation begins with you looking into the Ioma Sphere, a patented device that analyses your skin’s condition. We love The Bespoke Youth Ritual, $430, a set that includes an Active Base Day and Active Base Night, is customised to your skin’s immediate needs. Each product works as a serum and moisturiser. 6 ORBIS What This Japanese brand is about creating healthy skin from inside out with its range of beauty and diet supplements, and 100 per cent oil-free skincare products that focus on keeping skin well moisturised. We love The water-based makeup remover and cleanser, Orbis Cleansing Liquid, $20.50, which eliminates waterproof eye makeup while leaving skin hydrated. It leaves no oily residue, too!