Beauty: Time to hit refresh with spring pinks
In need of a lift? This season’s blossom-inspired pinks promise to put a spring in your make-up routine, writes Alice Ryan
Clarins Lip Comfort Oil Intense in Fuchsia, £19, johnlewis.com
It’s been a cult product since launch, and the latest iteration of Clarins’ Lip Comfort Oil - the new Intense formula, which delivers high-impact pigment as well as mirror shine - doesn’t disappoint. Rich and creamy yet also lightweight and non-sticky, it’s nourishing, too, thanks to a trio of plant oils. It comes in five shades: a nude, a red and, reflecting the colour’s current ‘it’ status, three pinks.
Too Faced Sugar Peach Wet and Dry Face & Eye Palette, £34, debenhams.com
Used dry for a soft glow and wet for serious shimmer, this quad of pearlescent pressed powders is designed for use on both eyes and face (the shades lend themselves variously to blush, bronzer and highlighter). Soft and creamy but also impressively high-payoff and long-lasting, the stand-out is Peach Pop, a warm pink shot through with gold: puff it onto cheek apples for an instantly fresher face.
ICONIC London Chrome Flash Eye Pot in Spellbound, £19, iconiclondoninc.com
I’m going to stick my neck out and say Chrome Flash is the best foil-finish eye shadow out there: simply swipe it across lids with a fingertip and you’ve got both full-coverage colour and megawatt shine. The formula - it goes on as a gel but sets to a powder on the skin - doesn’t flake or fade, either. I love it.
Marc Jacobs Highliner Matte Gel Eye Crayon Eyeliner in Pink of Me, £21, harveynichols.com
Highliner has won awards for its ingenious gel texture, which gives you 15 seconds of play time before it sets, staying smooth, sure and smudge-free all day/night. The Matte version is my favourite: it’s swift and precise to apply (there’s a handy sharpener secreted in the base of the pencil) and the colours are brilliantly true. Pink of Me is a cool, chalky shade, particularly striking worn along the water line - Highliner is also waterproof.
PÜR Cosmetics Blushing Act Skin-Perfecting Powder in Pretty in Peach, £22, purcosmetics.co.uk
If your skin’s looking less than lustrous as a result of lockdown - stress, sleeplessness, limited fresh air - this little compact is your new best friend. As well as giving your face a natural-looking flush of colour, courtesy of a sheer veil of pigment which applies, blurs and builds effortlessly, it’s formulated with PÜR’s signature Ceretin® Complex, a blend of super-hydrating ceramides, which gets to work behind the scenes.
Leighton Denny Expert Nails Polish in Stunning, £12, marksandspencer.com
This semi-sheer, palest pink polish is ideal for everyday. It’s subtle, yes, but also smart; if constant hand washing is leaving your nails dry and ragged looking, a single coat will spruce them. Like all Leighton Denny polishes, it’s far more than a pretty face: swift and smooth to use, it dries quickly and is impressively chip-resistant.
Sisley Le Phyto-Gloss Intense Glow Lip Gloss in Milkyway, £39, sisley-paris.co.uk
As any follower of beauty fashion will tell you, the super-shiny lip glosses we loved in the Nineties are back - and, thanks to far higher-tech formulas, better than ever. Le Phyto-Gloss is a case in point. As well as delivering unrivalled shine, thanks to light-bouncing mother of pearl particles, it also nourishes and protects, courtesy of a caring blend of macadamia oil, shea butter and hero hydrator hyaluronic acid. Equally lovely worn as a top coat or alone.
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