Each year, the Prestige Hong Kong editorial team and a carefully selected panel of judges selflessly put themselves at the mercy of spa therapists and beauticians, simultaneously lathering themselves in creams and salves while layering on shadows and glosses. We invited three society mavens who know a thing or two about being beautiful to help judge the awards. This year, Faye Tsui, Helen Ma and Cindy Yeung were our guest judges.
CLÉ DE PEAU BEAUTÉ THE FOUNDATION
We all know foundation is make-up’s first step to flawless skin. Clé de Peau Beauté’s The Foundation goes one step further, being infused with luxury skincare ingredients that give instant radiance, and all while supporting the skin’s natural beauty. The smooth formula glides on like a moisturiser, blurring imperfections and giving a lustrous, hydrated complexion that won’t budge all day long.
This oil-free, weightless and multipurpose primer is your answer to a perfect canvas for long lasting make-up. It conceals redness and minimises pores, fine lines and wrinkles. The unique texture makes it a pleasure to apply – silky and airy. It’s safe for sensitive skin and offers SPF, giving you a perfect and protected face.
URBAN DECAY EYESHADOW PRIMER POTION
This product has always sold like hot cakes in Urban Decay’s line-up but that didn’t stop the brand from launching a revamped version that now includes an applicator. The nifty little tip helps you apply the formula with greater ease. Don’t worry, it’s still paraben-free and continues to fix your eyeshadow for a whole day with nary a crease. We recommend it if you want your eye shades to pop and blend like a dream.
URBAN DECAY NAKED SKIN WEIGHTLESS COMPLETE COVERAGE CONCEALER
Flaws are but a passing inconvenience with this concealer. With its high-tech, creamy formula, this product gives buildable, even coverage that leaves your skin semi-matt with a luminous glow. We love it because it’s ultra-lightweight and never sinks into fine lines. Use a stippling brush to pat and blend into the skin, and say good riddance to unwelcome dermis visitors.
SHU UEMURA LASTING SOFT GEL PENCIL
The ease of a pencil and the impact of a gel liner in one convenient stick. A couple of clicks means that you don’t ever have to sharpen the pencil – you still get a precise, clean line. The soft texture eliminates any of that annoying eyelid tugging so it’s bye Felicia to early-onset eye wrinkles and hello sailor! to that perfect head-turning cat-eye.
They say it’s wrong to covet, but surely it can’t be a sin to want Urban Decay’s newest palette. The latest addition to its family of celebrated eye palettes, Naked Heat features 12 all-new amber-hued neutrals. Perfect for festivals and whenever you want to dial your look up, this selection carries warm browns, burnt oranges and rich siennas – probably the richest, warmest palette of the lot. A soft wash is perfect for day. At night, blend lighter and warm shades together for an intense smoky look.
We love it when we chance upon a two-in-one product. The botanical-fuelled, caffeine-infused formula of Lash Alert can elongate and strengthen lashes while coating them with a perky, volumising mascara that can give you sleepy bedroom lashes of carbon black, with curl that lasts all day. Eyeko is a cult beauty brand based in London, but for this formula the brand worked with labs in South Korea to bring you the most advanced in beauty tech with every swipe.
HOURGLASS ARCH BROW SCULPTING PENCIL
This nifty product makes doing your brows a cinch. The buildable powder, pencil and wax formulas allow you to hold, diffuse and shape where you need to all in one easy-peasy step. It’s double ended to let you brush bits out and correct bits without fuss, and it comes in nine shades so there’s something for everyone. Bonus! It’s also free of sulphates, phthalates, synethetic dyes and most other baddies. It wasn’t tested on animals, so use it worry and guilt free.
KEVYN AUCOIN THE CELESTIAL BRONZING VEIL at Joyce Beauty
Nothing in this world can part us from Kevyn Aucoin’s The Celestial Bronzing Veil. This powder can simultaneously bronze, highlight and sculpt the face thanks to the warm copper tones and finely milled pigments of gold. Application is always a dream: at once smooth and seamless. You never need to worry about that brown muddy streak of poor contour application with this product.
KEVYN AUCOIN THE NEO BRONZER at Joyce Beauty
Didn’t we tell you we love product versatility? Welcome to the next frontier in bronzing! This palette contains highlighter, blush and bronzer in one gradient design with uncompromising Kevyn Aucoin quality. The pressed powders and light-diffusing pigments are finely milled and blend smoothly without fallout, giving a soft, natural glow.
KEVYN AUCOIN THE NEO-LIMELIGHT HIGHLIGHTER at Joyce Beauty
Our dedication to cheekbones on fleek means that you’d probably have to pry this highlighter from our cold dead hands if there were only one left in the world. We call this neo-limelight highlighter a unicorn highlight. It suits every skin tone and can be used to highlight or strobe instantly, perking up your complexion and giving you the most covetable glow.
We love this extremely blendable and finely milled blusher for giving us a perfect faux flush. The formula is soft and creamy, goes on sheer and provides at least eight hours of streak-free rosiness. Pick a dustier shade if you wish to give your canvas some added dimension. For a rosy glow, pick a pinker one. Our editors recommend a wash of deeper, dustier colour across the cheekbones, and a brighter colour to pop right on the apples of the cheeks.
RODIAL DRAGON’S BLOOD LIP MASKS at Joyce Beauty
Masking is now de rigueur in everybody’s beauty routine. There’s a sheet mask, a tub mask or a rubber mask for any occasion. But the thing that’s most often overlooked is the lips. Rodial solves this problem with its nifty cellulose lip masks. These give an instant moisture boost that soothes, hydrates and comforts the skin all at once thanks to hyaluronic acid and “dragon’s blood” extract. It’s perfect for the dry winter weather, so say goodbye to those sensitive, dry, cracked lips that leave you grimacing and say hello to that Julia Roberts beam.
DOLCE & GABBANA DOLCE MATTE LIPSTICK
No brand is better suited to equip you with that famous Italian pout than Dolce & Gabbana. The sweet life can be yours with a swipe of this lipstick with its creamy formula – because who can resist a pucker that’s soft and hydrated? The bullet has a rounded tip for ease of application, and the range now comes in myriad shades to suit any mood and occasion.
We love our liquid lipsticks but they have to stay put, be light as a feather and, above all, be moisturising. Chantecaille delivers with this velvety formula, which can blur lines and hydrate lips to leave your lips looking fuller and more youthful, without bleeding or feathering. A neat trick we’ve learned is to apply a classic true red all over the lips and blend in some raspberry pink in the centre for an enchanting pout.
HOURGLASS NO.28 LIP TREATMENT OIL
Don’t be misled by the name of the product and assume you’re getting a runny oil. This gold standard in lip treatment pushes a thick balm through the applicator, delivering conditioning botanical oils and three powerful active ingredients to boost moisture levels, reduce the appearance of lip lines and improve the appearance of lip shape, volume and softness.
SHU UEMURA NUTRI:NECTAR GENTLE CLEANSING OIL IN EMULSION
This product needs no introduction. Shu Uemura cleansing oils have been cult staples since they were launched 50 years ago, and this nutri:nectar formula is just as addictive. Created to nourish delicate skin, this oil contains a restorative scent and a mixture of essential oils to rejuvenate and restore tired, stressed skin. Taking off make-up will never be a chore again.