January 30th, 2015
Lancôme look East
Lancôme has clearly looked to the East for inspiration for the new Miracle Cushion Foundation (£29.50) which launches in February. The South Korean trend of cushion compacts clearly impacted on newly-appointed Lisa Eldridge during her visit there last year. As users press down on to the cushion, a small dose of tinted, water-light fluid is released. While providing the lightness of a fluid, the product has the unifying blur effect of a BB cream and evens and protects the skin from UV. Soft and bouncy, the sponge cushion has thousands of air holes which optimise the formula’s absorption into the sponge. The large chambers are designed to contain a significant amount of fluid, releasing just the right dose for each application, aiming to provide fresh, dewy hydration, weightless coverage and radiance. The formula is concentrated in water and enriched with volatile oils, designed to combine make-up results with skincare benefits. The compact comes with a specifically developed pad applicator. Miracle Cushion is available is six shades, and you can find it on counters in February for £29.50 with refills costing £19.50.
KIKO ‘s Generation Next
KIKO Make Up Milano has announced the launch of its Generation Next collection, available this week. Designed to celebrate and welcome the future, the products use luminous colour with innovative formulas and textures. Launching in the face range is the CC Cream Cushion (£15.90), a lightweight CC cream which gives a soft and natural-looking complexion; the Masterpiece Bronzer (£14.90) containing three shades to warm the complexion; Mosaic Blush (£14.90) for a natural and radiant finish, and Mosaic Highlighter (£14.90) containing matte and shimmery shades. There are two new products for eyes: Cool Touch Eyeshadow (£8.90), in eight creamy shades, and Crystal Eyeliner (£6.90) available in six shades with long-lasting colour. In the lip range is the Frosted Look Lipstick (£7.50), a soft, creamy and chubby pencil in six shades and Glassy Lipgloss (£7.90), which gives a wet-look finish in six shades. The skincare offering, Crystal Fusion Moisture Face Serum (£15.90), is a gel serum that is fast absorbing and hydrates and smoothes the skin, and there is also the Generation Next Face Brush (£15.90) designed for use with the Masterpiece Bronzer, Mosaic Blusher and Mosaic Highlighter.
Always B. Sweet
Cosmetics brand B. has announced the launch of its limited edition Sweet collection for spring, offering a range of candy-inspired make-up. The collection comprises of three products: Popping Candy Highlighting Serum, which can be used as a highlight or illuminating base; Whipped Blush, a lightweight whipped texture to provide a soft flush of colour, available in Strawberry (pink) and Peach; and Lipstick, a creamy textured lipstick in three shades: Lollipop, Sherbet Dip and Orange Blossom. Expect to see them stocked in Superdrug in early April, with prices between £7.99 and £14.99.
2-in-1 Formula from Clinique
Clinique has announced the launch of its new 2-in-1 Beyond Perfecting Foundation + Concealer. Offering a full coverage, natural matte finish with 12-hour staying powder, this breathable formula adapts to skin’s needs with dual-sphere particles which absorb excess oil or add hydration, depending on what’s required. Meanwhile, the unique applicator allows for different application and technique options: smooth on like a foundation or use the doe foot to spot-apply like a concealer. The Beyond Perfection Foundation + Concealer is available in 21 shades, ideal for Clinique skin types two and three and is available from 6th February, costing £25.
Bobbi’s New Brick
Bobbi Brown Cosmetics is launching a range of Brightening Bricks, which combines the warmth of a bronzer, the pure colour of a blush and the luminosity of a highlighter in one compact. Designed for all ages, complexions and skin types, Brightening Brick is infused with a skin-brightening blend of mulberry, grape and scutellaria extracts to illuminate the skin, without drying or settling into fine lines. Available in six shades of varying levels of pearl, it instantly awakens tired skin and enhances each individual’s natural skin tone with a semi-transparent luminosity. Shades include Pink (pictured above), Coral, Patel Peach, Tawny, Pastel Pink and Cranberry. Priced at £34, you can picked this up nationwide from February.
Bold Metals make a bold entrance
This week we were lucky enough to have a hands-on preview with the brand new brush range from Sam and Nic Chapman. Adding to their hugely popular, affordable Real Techniques brush line, the new Bold Metals collection is more premium and has been designed with make-up artists in mind. With higher-quality synthetic bristles, the brushes have weighted, diamond-shaped handles to stop them rolling when put down. The range contains seven different brushes, split into three different colours to denote use – base, eyes and face – and is available exclusively in Boots from £10.
Lash Pop-Up Party Time
Salon System has kick started the new year with an innovative refresh of its extensive lash category. Including both strip and individual lashes, the Naturalash range has been injected with vibrancy and excitement for a more enticing look and feel, as well as, making selection easier for the beauty professional. What’s more, Salon System has developed a new interactive Lash Pamper Party concept to help professionals boost their revenue and promote their business – perfect for beauty salons, mobile therapists and hairdressers. Now boasting standout colours that coordinate with the different lash styles, beauty professionals can instantly identify the Natural, Volume, Intense and Texture Naturalash Strip Lashes and Natural, Volume and Extend Individual Lashes.