We preened, plucked and pol­ished; here are some of our favourite prod­ucts of 2012

Evening Standard - West End Final Extra - ES Magazine - - Beauty - Edited by Re­becca New­man

We had the Ju­bilee. We had the Olympics. It’s been quite a year, and not least on the beauty front. With win­try shop­ping may­hem on the streets out­side, what bet­ter time to curl up and re­flect on some of the things that have made us happy, and red-hot gor­geous, in 2012.


PER­RI­CONE MD NO CON­CEALER CON­CEALER (£37, at lib­erty.co.uk) has SPF 35, works for ev­ery­one, and cov­ers any­thing. Else­where, BARE MIN­ER­ALS SPF 20 COR­RECT­ING CON­CEALER (£21, at sel­f­ridges.com) hides blem­ishes while bright­en­ing skin. The primer we fell for was BY TERRY HYALURONIC-HY­DRA PRIMER (£41, at uk.spacenk.com), which mois­turises at the same time as fill­ing creases and re­flect­ing light. And BOBBI BROWN BB SPF 35 CREAM (£28; bob­bibrown.co.uk) di­min­ishes wrin­kles while pro­vid­ing flat­ter­ing cov­er­age. When it comes to foun­da­tion, there are three undis­puted heroes: the wildly light GIOR­GIO AR­MANI MAE­STRO FU­SION (£36, at sel­f­ridges.com), YVES SAINT LAU­RENT ’s il­lu­mi­nat­ing and lovely TOUCHE ÉCLAT (£25.20, at house­of­fraser.co.uk), and DIORSKIN NUDE (£27.90, at john­lewis. com), which is hy­drat­ing and in­vis­i­ble.


Three new brands, only just be­com­ing widely known in the UK, im­pressed: SUN­DAY RI­LEY (at cult­beauty.co.uk), HOUR­GLASS (es­pe­cially its IL­LUME CRÈME-TO-POW­DER BRONZER DUO , £40, at uk.spacenk.com), and KEVYN AUCOIN VOL­UME MAS­CARA (£20, at uk.spacenk. com). The most ex­cit­ing new range came from Aerin Lauder, grand­daugh­ter of Estée, who launched AERIN , a range of beau­ti­fully pack­aged, of­ten mul­ti­pur­pose items de­signed to form a cap­sule col­lec­tion; our pick was her HOL­I­DAY STYLE PAL­ETTE (£45, at es­tee­lauder.co.uk), with its fool­proof eye­shad­ows and high­lighter. Our high street favourite is MAY­BELLINE EX­PRES­SION COLOR TAT­TOO 24HR CREAM GEL EYE­SHADOW (£4.99, at boots.com), which stayed in place come rain, shine or party. A spe­cial com­men­da­tion must go to MAC , whose EX­TENDED PLAY LASH MAS­CARA (£14; mac­cos­met­ics.co.uk) curled, lifted and de­fined, and the fan­tas­tic line of ROUGE AL­LURE LIP­STICKS from CHANEL (£25, at house­of­fraser.co.uk): pos­si­bly the most flat­ter­ing of in­tensely coloured lip­sticks. And con­nois­seurs fin­ished al­most any look with the finely milled, stick-it-in-place-with­out­leav­ing-a-trace SMASH­BOX PHOTO SET FIN­ISH­ING POW­DER (£18; smash­box.co.uk).


The hits of the year were the hy­drat­ing and ton­ing CLAR­INS BLUE OR­CHID FACE TREAT­MENT OIL (£29; clar­ins.co.uk) and SIS­LEY ’s SISLEŸA ANTI-AGE­ING CON­CEN­TRATE FIRM­ING BODY CARE (£238.50, at john­lewis.com), which more than ful­filled its prom­ises. The best new creams were the YSL FOR­EVER YOUTH LIB­ER­A­TOR range (at john­lewis.com) and cult Hun­gar­ian brand O M O R O V I C Z A ’s IN­TEN­SIVE HY­DRA-LIFT­ING CREAM (£130; omorovicza.com). Un­der­neath the creams, of course, come serums. No7 LIFT & LU­MI­NATE (£23, at boots.com) tar­geted age spots, and EPI­CUREN launched its UL­TIMA PEP­TIDE MAX­I­MUM PEP­TIDE COM­PLEX , which Anne Hath­away cred­its for her youth­ful looks (epi­curen.com). L’ORÉAL RE­VI­TALIFT LASER RE­NEW SU­PER SERUM (£14.99, at su­per­drug.com) was the best in terms of per­for­mance per pound spent. For the eyes, CLIN­IQUE EVEN BET­TER EYES

Anne Hath­away cred­its Epi­curen Ul­ti­mate Pep­tide Com­plex for her youth­ful looks

(£28; clin­ique.co.uk) rubbed away dark cir­cles, and OLAY RE­GENER­IST EYE LIFT­ING SERUM (£14.63, at boots.com) held its crown as the value choice.


The CLAR­ISONIC MIA 2 (£109.99, at ama­zon.co.uk) is the vibrating brush that for the first time brings gen­tle, sa­lon-qual­ity cleans­ing to your home. For hair, the PHILIP KINGS­LEY RA­DIAL BRUSH (£23.20; philip­kings­ley.co.uk) smoothed gen­tly, while the TAN­GLE TEEZER AQUA SPLASH BRUSH (£11.25, at beau­ty­bay.com) wins the prize for de­tan­gling wet locks.


Not­ting Hill-based su­per-fa­cial­ist UNA BREN­NAN con­tin­ues to hold top spot for a fa­cial that holds back time and clears the com­plex­ion (020 7313 9835). Else­where, CLARE PETERS at NEVILLE HAIR & BEAUTY wields tools such as ra­dio fre­quency and mag­netic pulse fields for hi-tech fa­cial magic (neville­hairand­beauty.net). The most re­cent, most ex­cit­ing open­ing was GRACE BEL­GRAVIA , a women’s-only mem­bers’ club, health club, spa and place to lay down your trou­bles and re­store your soul (while en­joy­ing Lon­don’s best pedi­cure and a glass of cham­pagne). The body treat­ment that stood head and shoul­ders above the oth­ers was GRACE’S BLISS­FUL DEEP RE­LAX­ATION MAS­SAGE , a top-to-toe ex­pe­ri­ence that more than lived up to its name ( grace­bel­gravia.com).


This year we found es­capism in the sum­mery scent of TOM FORD ’s NEROLI PORTOFINO EAU FRAICHE BODY SPLASH (£85, at deben­hams.com). We also love the cit­rus day fra­grance TERRE D’IRIS by MILLER HAR­RIS (from £62; miller­har­ris.com), and the funky, up­lift­ing flo­rals of DOT by MARC JA­COBS (from £37, at boots.com). In the evenings, we reached ei­ther for the jas­mine and san­dal­wood of HUGO BOSS NUIT (£47, at har­rods.com), or the sen­sual scent of CHANEL COCO NOIR (from £75, at sel­f­ridges.com). A few lesser-known brands also caught our noses: the smoky and se­duc­tive PRE­CIOUS ONE (from £55; pre­cious-lon­don.com), and the ve­tiver and cas­sia blend in CASTAÑA by CLOON KEEN ATE­LIER (£65, at lessen­teurs.com). What’s more, ev­ery­one fell for us while we wore them.

Clockwise from be­low left: YSL For­ever Youth Lib­er­a­tor Serum; Clar­ins Blue Or­chid Face Treat­ment Oil; Tom Ford Neroli Portofino Eau Fraiche Body Splash; Clin­ique Even Bet­ter Eyes; Chanel Rouge Al­lure Lip­stick

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