Armani/Privé Les Eaux
Five new scents are hitting the shelves this month. The new chapter of Armani/Prive’s Les Eaux includes Thé Yulong (a blend of black and green tea with mandarin and lime); Rose Milano (the timeless rose with notes of patchouli and moss); Jasmin Kusamono (airy jasmine with sweet Nashi pear and pink pepper essence); Gardénia Antigua (mandarin and neroli essences paired with ambrox and white musk); Orangerie Venise (zesty bigarade orange with hints of bergamot, buchu and cedarwood). The new fragrances take on the soft colour palette of the existing collection and are all bottled in the brand’s iconic hand blown glass and topped with a shiny black lacquered cap.
Laura Mercier Flawless Lumière Radiance-Perfecting Cushion SPF50 UVA/UVB PA+++
Laura Mercier has been perfecting and expanding its Flawless Face collection in the recent months. Following its launch of its three Pure Canvas Primers comes the new Flawless Lumière Radiance Perfecting Cushion – a convenient compact that offers medium to full buildable coverage that can last for 12 whole hours. As one of the very few products out there that can deliver such coverage while also delivering weightless consistency, this little foundation scores top marks. With its UV protection properties and milled diamond powder infusion, it can defend while illuminating the skin at the same time. The cushion comes in six shades and refills are sold separately.
Cushion Compact & Applicator HK$100; Cushion Refill HK$310
Helena Rubinstein Prodigy Cellglow Sheer Rosy UV
Edelweiss is Helena Rubinstein’s secret to beautiful, younger looking skin. Its cellular science has taken this ingredient to develop a concentrate using three extracts from different parts of the plant to formulate its skincare range. Its loyal following will be happy to know that a new addition will be integrated to the line – the Sheer Rosy UV Fluid SPF50/PA++++. Part of the Prodigy Cellglow collection, this weightless formula offers a sheer glowifying veil and shield protection on the surface while delivering edelweiss antioxidants to the deeper layers. Designed to combat UVA and UVB rays and pollution, the Sheer Rosy UV also acts as a foundational canvas underneath makeup. The composition of the formula also includes light-refracting mother-of-pearl extracts to give skin a dewy and natural glow.
YSL Beauté Blooming Crush Makeup Collection
To welcome the blooming season of spring, YSL Beauté have launched a complete makeup collection that touches on eyes, lips and cheeks. The Mascara Volume Effet Faux Cils The Curler is a supercharged lash enhancer to boost volume and curl that can last all day. For the lips, the Rouge Volupté Shine oil-in-a-stick formula comes in three new shades (a coral tone, burnt orange and natural nude) while the Vernis à Lèvres Vinyl Cream adds two new tones to its range (orange sienna and coral rose). The cheeks get a youthful pop of shimmery colour with four shades of Couture Blush including a soft romantic pink, warm nude pink, fresh light pink and intense orange. The blushes offer a smooth yet light finish with its powderless touch for the warm weather ahead.
Mascara Volume Effet Fau Cils The Curler HK$330; Vernis à Lèvres Vinyl Cream & Rouge Volupté Shine each HK$295; Couture Blush HK$420
Tatcha Liquid Silk
The newest member of the brand’s best-selling Silk Canvas family – The Liquid Silk Canvas — is a weightless, oil-free liquid primer to create a smooth, flawless canvas for longwearing makeup that lasts from dawn to dusk. Infused with silk extracts Fibroin, Sericin and Silk powder, the new Tatcha formula nourishes and brightens the skin, while minimising the appearance of pores and blurring imperfections.
Urban Decay Limited Edition Wired Makeup Collection
It’s all about electric tones and fluorescent hues at Urban Decay this season. High tech formulas with amped up pigments that will liven up looks as we head into the warmer seasons. The 10-shade Pressed Pigment Palette includes daring neon lime and zesty tangerine in matte, shimmer and satin textures. The Double-Ended Eyeliner & Top Coat, with one end as a black liquid precision foundation liner, while the other is a sponge-tip powder to layer on top for colour shock is something you’ll want to get your hands on. It comes in five impactful yet very wearable shades. Four 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencils and five Vice Lip Chemistry glosses complete the collection.
Wired Pressed Pigment Palette HK$430; Wired Double-Ended Eyeliner & Top Coat HK$180; 24/6 Glide-On Eye Pencil HK$180; Vice Lip Chemistry Lasting Glassy Tint HK$185
Jurlique Rosewater Balancing Mist Intense
Jurlique’s hero product, Rosewater Balancing Mist, gets an upgrade with a new formula featuring not one, but four types of roses. Flooded with the potent beauty benefits of the rose, this deluxe edition delivers instant hydration to the skin. Infused with Rosa Centifolia, Canina, Multiflora and Gallica – the light mist soothes and reboots the skin and can be spritzed over makeup for a dewy complexion.
Louis Vuitton Heures d’Absence
An old fragrance is made anew at the House of Louis Vuitton. Heures d’Absence was first introduced in the roaring twenties and captured the transport advancements which were made that time. It was a scent said to capture the essence of travel and discovery and the emotions that come with it. Long gone is the recipe of this original fragrance, but the name was never lost. A century later, it is finally being reborn. Perfumer Jacques Cavaller Belletrud has given new life to Hueres d”Absence with inspiration derived from the blossoms of Grasse. The floral fragrance is a blend of Grasse and Chinese Jasmine, French Riviera pittosporum, Peruvian vanilla and Sri Lankan sandalwood with a touch of raspberry and mimosa.
200ml/HK$3,100; 200ml refill HK$2,500; 100ml/HK$2,050; 100ml refill HK$1,250; Travel Spray 4 x 7.5ml/HK$2,050; Travel Spray x 4 x 7.5ml refill HK$1,100
Shu Uemura Unlimited Shaping Foundation Stick SPF21 PA++
It was just a matter of time before Shu Uemura complemented its award-winning Unlimited Breathable Lasting Fluid Foundation, and the time is now. Adding dimension into the mix with its new Unlimited Shaping Foundation Stick, the balm formula is packed into roll out stick format for easy and precision application under the eyes, corners of the nose and under the cheekbones. The unique creamy powder texture glides on effortlessly and is blendable, buildable and streak-free. The formula comes in nine shades and is designed for Asian skin tones.
L’Occitane Immortelle & Reine Blanche Sheet Mask
French beauty brand L’Occitane is releasing its first ever sheet masks – and they are launching not one, but two variations; the Immortelle Hydration & Glow Mask and Reine Blanche Instant Illuminating Mask. Taking the star ingredient from its bestseller, the Immortelle mask is soaked in 25ml of the serum formula that is designed to deliver into the depths of the skin in just 10 minutes to plump and revitalise. The Reine Blanche is expected to be a hit in Asian markets for its whitening and brightening effects. Using also the same dosage of serum in its mask, the Reine Blanche promises to instantly soothe and illuminate skin.
Immortelle Hydration & Glow Sheet Mask x 4 HK$320; Reine Blanche Instant Illuminating Sheet Mask x 4 HK$320
Lancôme Genefique Microbiombe
Microbiombe is all the rage in skincare now. Since scientific research has confirmed the benefits of probiotics in our skincare, beauty brands have been advancing and creating new formulas with increased efficacy. So when a hero product like Lancôme’s Advanced Génefique serum with such rave reviews (and 25 million bottles sold worldwide since its launch a decade ago) gets an upgrade, its fanbase is quick to snatch up the revised formulation. The new serum is enriched with seven pre- and probiotic fractions to balance bacteria and boost the health of our skin’s microbiome (the ecosystem of bacterial cells on our body). Sugars, amino acids and lipids in Genefique Microbiome are regulated to help the skin defend itself and recover from all the harmful stressors such as pollution, UV, hormones and medication. Studies show an improvement in radiance, evenness, smoothness, elasticity and firmness following use of the new product.
30ml/HK$725; 50ml/HK$1,020; 75ml/HK$1,400; 100ml/HK$1,555
Decorté Whitelogist Brightening Correcting Serum
A strong buzz has surrounded Decorté since its first Hong Kong flagship store opened its doors in ifc mall earlier this year. The store offers personalised services and has its own treatment rooms for facials and massages too. This month, the Japanese beauty brand is relaunching a cult favourite, the Whitelogist serum. The main difference in the new formula is the use of Kogic acid in its list of ingredients. The primary benefit of introducing Koji is for its lightening and antimicrobial properties that diminish visible sun damage, blemishes, uneven skin tone and even scars. The lightweight serum can be used to correct, but can also be used as a protector against future discolouration too.