Hot off the Press

September 2nd, 2022

September 2nd, 2022

Say hello to VIEVE Modern Radiance Concealer (£22) the brand’s first step into the complexion category. A does-it-all formula available in 20 skin-true shades, it is the first in a carefully curated collection of flawless base products.  When makeup artist Jamie Genevieve launched VIEVE back in November 2020, she wanted to create a brand that was user friendly and that truly delivered on powerful pigments and luxurious formulas, branching out into base products is the next step.

Bursting with hydrating hyaluronic acid, Modern Radiance Concealer not only brightens and colour corrects skin, conceals the appearance of redness blemished and dark circles but also always imparts a natural-looking, radiant and nourishing glow. The formula works to correct and perfect skin, and create a natural-looking, flawless and luminous finish with minimal effort required. It has a medium-to-full coverage, but Jamie wanted to ensure it had a good stretch; meaning the formula can easily be sheered out for lighter coverage while simultaneously evening out the look of skin.

Available in 20 true-to-skin shades that won’t oxidise throughout the day, it blends seamlessly into skin and the desired coverage can be customised by building up the formula as much or as little as you like.  Supplied with a doe foot applicator, it can be used as either a true match shade to correct imperfections, in a lighter shade to brighten or highlight, or choose a darker shade to add contoured depth and definition. 100% vegan and cruelty-free. Available now from vieve.


New from NARS is Powermatte Lipstick (£26).  In one swipe the infinite colour glides on to last  10 hours, and sets to a smooth matte finish.  With a lineup of 15 transfer-resistant shade, choosing a power shade has never been so bold.  Available exclusively at lookfantastic, NARS Boutiques and narscosmetics from 15th September, and nationwide from 1st October.


Karla Cosmetics – founded by UK MUA Karla Powell – is a firm favourite on Instagram.  Known for their intense colour-shifting multichrome eyeshadows, available in different professional finishes, they have over 224K followers. The newest release, Opal Moonstone Multichrome Loose Eyeshadows (from £20.99) are a lightweight, colour-shifting loose pigment packed full of iridescent sparkles, that will suit every mood.  They have a a sheer pastel base colour that shifts hues under different lighting, with a dazzling sparkly finish that is designed to suit all skin tones.  Available in 8 shades with intense sparkle highlights, that have a glistening multidimensional colour shift.  Customer favourite Fix Potion (£14.50) is a silky crystal clear light-weight gel, with a semi-matte finish to act as the perfect base for glitters, pigments and pressed eyeshadows – keeping it staying put with minimal fallout. It features Aloe Vera ingredients which creates a firm grip on colour, ensuring hours and hours of gorgeous wear.

The Shadow Potion (£21) is Karla’s favourite product, it is for people who struggle to use loose eye pigments. Designed and bottled in a gel formula, this colour shifting, smudge proof product is super easy to apply, and most certainly has the wow factor. Silky smooth and perfectly pigmented, this product glides on the skin for an opaque, long-wearing and crease free application. Each handmade Shadow potion produces intense colour shifts and dries down to the flawless smudge-free formula.  Available in 6 shades, it can be used as a base for any of the Karla Cosmetics pigments.  Cruelty-free, vegan and hand-crafted, all available at karlastore.


After two years of innovation and exploration Stella McCartney is launching a vegan and cruelty-free skincare collection.  STELLA is a responsible alternative to luxury skincare, designed to not over-stimulate skin, prioritising long-term vitality over short-term results.  Formulated with natural active ingredients to deliver clinically-proven results and work in harmony with the skin, supporting its key functions of regeneration. The refillable collection has a uniquely beautiful High Cliff scent created in collaboration with renowned perfumer Francis Kurkdjian inspired by Stella’s deep affinity with the Scottish landscape and early memories of her childhood.

The collection consists of three essential and refillable products based on Stella’s personal philosophy of using ‘only what you need’.  STELLA Reset Cleanser (£50, refill £38) A 2-in-1 cleanser that melts away makeup and impurities including pollution particles from the surface of the skin whilst respecting the PH. The gentle formula leaves skin soft, supple and hydrated. 99.7% natural origin ingredients.  STELLA Alter-Care Serum (£110, refill £90) This serum supports the skin’s key function to visibly improve tone and texture. It deeply nourishes and visibly renews skin whilst reinforcing the barrier.  It can also be used as an eye cream. This multi-tasking serum delivered outstanding clinicals such as skin vitality & luminosity improving by 134%, 50% reduction in dark circles and 38% decrease in wrinkles.  99% natural origin ingredients.  STELLA Restore Cream (£85, refill £70) A lightweight but luxuriously restorative moisturiser that delivers deep care and comfort that helps strengthen the skin’s protective barrier and after a month of use lines and wrinkles are visibly reduced and elasticity is improved. 99.4% natural origin ingredients.

Available early September from stellamccartneybeauty and the Stella McCartney UK flagship Old Bond Street store, mid-September from


Murad also have a new launch this month, with Deep Relief Blemish Treatment (£40), a powerful leave-on treatment that’s stacked with actives and skin-healing ingredients like max-strength 2% salicylic acid for quick and long-term relief.  Liquid bandage technology creates an invisible film forming polymer, which acts as a “second skin” to keep ingredients in place longer on the skin for better results. Using this complex of polymers and high molecular weight ingredients, the liquid bandage technology lays a discreet and breathable layer on the skin to help keep water from evaporating; plus works well under makeup.

Formulated with 2% salicylic acid to help clear and soothe blemishes, amino acid technology which precisely targets irritation-causing bacteria, and ground cherry extract to hydrate the skin to soothe discomfort and reduce redness, working similarly to hydrocortisone to calm the inflammatory response.  Available now from murad.


Charlotte Vøhtz, founder of Green People, has expanded her signature skin care collection and used stem cells from ginger leaf extract to create the new Age Defy+ Purifying Balancing Oil Serum (£29).  A natural and organic skin-balancing serum for adult skin prone to clogged pores, breakouts and spots, delicately scented with a refreshing citrus blend of lemon, bergamot and bitter orange.  Ideal for adult skin affected by blocked pores and frequent breakouts, this complexion-calming organic oil serum can be applied directly to blemishes or combined with day creams and moisturisers and used to balance the skin’s sebum production. The ginger leaf plant cell extracts used to make this 99% certified organic oil serum balance the skin’s sebum production to help decongest clogged pores and restore skin clarity and confidence to women experiencing blocked pores, skin congestion and blemishes in their 30s, 40s and post-menopause.  Available now from greenpeople.


New UK brand Doctor A Cosmetics is the epitome of clean, sustainable skincare backed by science. The founder, Dr. Anika Walia, is on a mission to provide the highest-quality, ethically sourced ingredients, whilst giving back to the community and ensuring sustainable, eco-friendly packaging and protecting our planet. No parabens, sulphates, silicones, palm oil, or microbeads are included and the range is also and alcohol-free.  The range includes:

Doctor A 24K Gold Royalty Treatment (£19.99) A lightweight facial oil that absorbs easily into the skin, leaving no sticky residue, formulated with a blend of some of the most powerful facial oils including argan, coconut, castor, rosehip, grapeseed and bergamot plus real 24K carat gold leaf – made from recycled jewellery – for the ultimate radiance. This will leave skin looking healthy, younger, and with an overall improvement in the complexion  It contains anti-ageing properties and can be used on acne scarring, pigmentation, fine lines and stretch marks.  Doctor A Vitamin C Brightening Moisturiser (£28) a fragrance-free, brightening moisturiser formulated with active ingredients vitamin c, salicylic acid, squalene, vitamin a, vitamin e, glycerin and plant extracts. Protects the skin from pollution damage, helping to reduce pigmentation and scarring, tackles the signs of ageing and works actively to brighten and even the skin tone.  It can also be used on scarring, pigmentation, fine lines and stretch marks and even on sensitive skin.  Doctor A Intensely Exotic Night Repair Moisturiser (£28) is super-packed with a rich blend of healthy ingredients to help nourish and soothe dry and dehydrated skin. It contains hyaluronic acid, squalane, mango butter, grapeseed face oil, red raspberry face oil and is packed with plant powder to give the best benefits for skin.  It will help to heal and restore skin to give it a healthy, supple glow. Available now from doctoracosmetics.


The Hair Boss By Lisa Shepherd has a brand-new launch this month – Heat Protection Hairspray (£8.99) – a multipurpose product suitable for all hair types. Not only does this hairspray give you hold, keeping your locks in check, it also contains heat protection for up to 230°C so you can spray and protect as you style.  The Heat Protection Hairspray can be used in multiple ways, you can spray onto dry hair prior to using heated tools to give that added heat protection and hold whilst you style, or you can use it after hair has been styled to give your hair a flexible hold.  Available from thehairboss, Superdrug stores and amazon.


New this week from Philip Kingsley is Bond Builder Lipid Shield (£26).  Adding to the Bond Builder range, this is a lightweight treatment oil formulated to replenish the lipids lost on the surface of the cuticle, due to heat-styling and chemical processing of the hair.  It has been clinically proven to repair the lipid layer on damaged hair after just one use, restoring its hydrophobicity, in which 9 in 10 users have reported that the hair felt more resilient and resistant to damage. Key benefits include instant shine, softness and slip, high heat protection, restoration of the lipid layer and increased strength. Joining existing heroes, the Bond Builder Restructuring Treatment and Bond Builder Split End Remedy, the Bond Builder Lipid Shield works as the third and final step to sealing split ends and strengthening bonds prior to styling.  Available now from philipkingsley.


The Damage Rewind range from Fudge Professional includes two fantastic technologies meaning colour is locked from fading for 30 washes.  Damage Rewind Reconstructing Shampoo (£13) gives tired, broken hair a lifeline. The unique Opti-PLEX™ technology penetrates deep into the hair’s core to reconstruct bonds after chemical, styling and environmental damage, as well as weightlessly smoothing the cuticle.  Damage Rewind Reconstructing Conditioner (£13) stops damage in its tracks. Opti-PLEX™ technology reconstructs bonds throughout the hair, whilst the specialised HairGuard™ complex targets cuticles and seals them shut in just ONE wash.  Available now from lookfantastic, feelunique and amazon.


Morgan Taylor’s autumn 2022 Plaid Reputation Collection (RRP £9.95/trade £4.95 +vat) is patterned perfection.  A retro revival that reimagines the fashionable colours and patterns from eras past, this shade range features six brand new, stunningly crafted autumnal hues. With its mix of soft neutrals balanced by ultra-rich statement shades, this collection has a little something for everyone.

If you are on the hunt for chic earthy hues then be sure to try the pale nude crème, Tweed Me!, and the dusty sand crème, Wool You Love Me? For those interested in trendy autumn tones then Tailored For You, a grey-blue crème, and It’s All About The Twill, a lilac grey crème, are just what you’ve been waiting for.  Rounding out this range are the deeply saturated purple pearl, Follow Suit, and the gorgeous deep scarlet crème, Tartan The Interruption.   Available from 12th September, for a limited time, from louellabelle.


Industry News

Finnish material innovation startup, Sulapac (the pioneer in sustainable materials replacing plastic) and Schwan Cosmetics (German makeup supplier for many of the world’s biggest cosmetic companies) have teamed up to create a the Better Barrel – a cosmetic pencil with a plant based barrel encasing, replacing the virgin plastic that is traditionally required to make lip and eyeliner.

To date, the main challenge of using bio-based materials in cosmetic pencils is that most natural materials are not capable of maintaining the freshness of the makeup inside the pencil. For this reason, most makeup pencils today are encased in virgin plastic.  The eco-friendly and airtight packaging that holds the sensitive ingredients is made with 72% bio-based material, side-stream wood chips, and natural binders. These are the first colour cosmetic pencils made with sustainable Sulapac materials, and like a piece of wood on the forest floor, these materials break down into carbon dioxide, water, and biomass, leaving no traces behind.  TheBetterBarrel product line will be launched officially at the tradeshow MakeUp in New York on September 14 and 15.


New to the market, TRUYU provides beauty tools with superior performance at an affordable price point, starting from £2.10.  From tweezers to eyelash curlers, nail implements and make up brushes alike, TRUYU offers an unrivalled range featuring durable, high-quality tools you can trust for head-to-toe beauty.  With impressive credentials and founded by Zwilling Beauty Group, TRUYU’s products can be trusted to deliver as it has been built upon decades of experience in designing and creating user-friendly, in-home beauty tools for every type of customer.  Available to shop now at Amazon, Argos, Asda, Tesco, Morrisons and Sainsbury’s.


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