Eve Lom Time Retreat Radiance Essence

Say “essence” and our ears prick up. The elixir has quickly become a staple in our skin care regimes, proving it’s worth by not only providing targeted benefits to skin, but by improving the efficacy of the serums and treatments layered on top of it. The essence category just keeps getting better and better. This one from British facialist Eve Lom reveals skin’s optimal radiance through nine anti-ageing actives, including an encapsulated retinol that helps reduce fine lines. If firming and smoothing is your aim, we recommend picking this up.

Kevyn Aucoin Emphasize Eye Design Palette

This purse-sized palette is a gorgeous mix of mattes (including olive and espresso) and metallics, but the gamechanger is the gold cream shadow that comes with a felt tip. It allows for precision lining and lacquering and transforms the look of the powder shadows. You can even wear it on its own for Klimt-like glamour and reflective, glossy eyes. #trending.

Kate Somerville Goat Milk Moisturising Cleanser

The new holy grail for those with sensitive skin, this natural milk cleanser gently removes the daily grime (dirt, oil and impurities), but it doesn’t strip the skin or make it feel tight. Formulated with manuka honey, avocado and jojoba oil, it doesn’t foam. Instead, it stays creamy and moisturising and healing. It makes an excellent morning cleanser and as the first step in your nightly double-cleanse.

Sunday Riley C.E.O Rapid Flash Brightening Serum

Switch on skin’s brightness with this powerhouse dose of stable vitamin C—a huge 15 percent. Slip it into your routine to counter dullness, dark spots, and discolouration, and enjoy the instant boost in your complexion’s radiance and luminosity. If you battle with hyperpigmentation or uneven skin tone, this will be a boon, making your skin appear younger and fresher in a flash.

RMS Beauty Luminizing Powder & Brush

Beloved for its cream luminisers, RMS now has a highlighter for powder loyalists. These pressed powders, made from ultra-fine mineral pigments, cast skin in an impossibly luminous light. Plus, because it’s RMS, the all-organic ingredients hydrate and heal your skin. Win, win! Accompanying this glow-giving powder is the vegan Retractable Brush. It’s made of super-soft synthetic hairs that are expertly angled to hug cheekbones and add lustre to your complexion in one sweep.

Stila In The Buff Powder Spray

Stila products are always pretty and whimsical, and this one is also a little bit sexy. It’s a loose setting powder spray that puts a soft focus on imperfections and sets your makeup. Rather than spraying directly onto the skin, spray it onto a brush or puff and buff it in, giving your complexion a silky-smooth finish. There are three shades, two tinted ones that give skin a soft matte look and a translucent version that imparts a subtle satin glow. It’s formulated with silica and other oil-absorbers, so you can go about your day looking fresh—no oil breakthrough, no caking. Perfection.

Smashbox L.A. Cover Shot Eye Palette

A maxi-sized Cover Shot palette with the same full-pigmented shadow formula, this 16-pan banger is set to impress. Conveniently, the palette is divided into four colourways: a brightly-hued quad, a cherry arrangement, one with golden tones, and a section for smoky shades. Great if you need a little direction when creating new eye looks, but all the shadows work together so feel free to mix and match. The palette is inspired by Smashbox’s hometown of L.A., and the shades echo different aspects of the city: sand, surf, street and Californian cool. One of our favourite things about this palette is that it comes with a full-sized Always On Gel Liner in Fishnet (a true black) to help you complete the look.

By Terry Lip Expert

New from the queen of makeup innovation, Terry de Gunzberg, these full-pigment liquid lipsticks come in a true matte or high-shine finish. Amazingly, one-coat is all you need for intense colour, and the formula ensures flawless comfortable wear throughout the day. Plus, it’s kiss-proof. Make some room in your cabinet because there are 32 shades in this collection (half shine, half matte) and you’re going to want quite a few.

Urban Decay Naked Reloaded

The palette that wants you to rethink neutral. This slim-line, padded Naked palette features 12 all-new shades in Urban Decay’s signature formula. The colour combinations were designed as flattering essentials for every age, gender and skin tone. It’s the MVP of any makeup kit. Translation: silky mattes, metallics and select micro-shimmers. Lovers of neutral smoky eyes will appreciate the larger shades options in four outer pans—the shades you’ll use the most. The other great thing about this Naked palette is that, at $69, it’s $14 cheaper than other Naked palettes.

NARS Afterglow Lip Balm in Clear Cut

Part of the new NARS Wanderlust collection, this tinted balm is the second shade for the Afterglow Lip Balm range. The first was Orgasm and limited edition, but due to its popularity (selling out over and over) has become part of the permanent range. This one adds a dewy, non-sticky sheen to lips while the signature NARS monoi oil hydrating complex nourishes your pout.

Westman Atelier Baby Cheeks Blush Stick

The blush of choice for Gwyneth Paltrow’s wedding day (Gucci Westman herself told us she mixed two shades: Dou Dou and Poppet for the bride’s customised). There are four vibrant cheek colours, each of which blends seamlessly into skin for a natural-looking, perfectly-pinched flush. More than just makeup, the sticks are created using hydrating ingredients and jojoba oil to tone and restore skin while you wear it. Clever, no?


Editors note: Smashbox L.A. Cover Shot Eye Palette, RMS Beauty Luminizing Powder Brush and RMS Beauty Luminizing Powder Brush all launch in-store and online on March 12.

Words by Alexandra Whiting
March 2019