If you’re thinking of stepping into the world of luxury style, your first impulse may be to buy a purse or a pair of shoes. While accessories have long been the standard entry-level luxury piece, beauty is quickly taking over. Many luxury brands have expanded far beyond their fragrance lines into makeup and skincare. Even if you’re carrying it in your purse instead of draped over your shoulder, an Instagram-worthy lipstick from Chanel is as much of a status symbol as the interlocking “C”s on your purse – and far more affordable.
Luxury Beauty Products
If you aren’t picking up any of Gucci’s fashion wares, you can capture the ethos of the brand with their beauty line or even sport Louboutin’s signature red on your nails. With the boom in beauty and the renewed interest in skincare, it makes sense that luxury brands would ramp up their beauty offerings as well. Tom Ford has been steadily adding new products to their already robust portfolio, Dior has launched Dior Backstage with Peter Philips, featuring a handful of backstage staples like foundation and palettes artfully imprinted with the brand’s monogram, and Hermès has launched what has been playfully dubbed “the Birkin bag of lipsticks”. Because you don’t have all day to browse new products, we’ve rounded up a few notable releases from some of the biggest luxury houses that are less of a splurge than a new bag. Keep reading to see our picks.
Gucci has caused a stir with its unconventional beauty, which pairs perfectly with its eccentric fashion collections led by creative director Alessandro Michele. They launched their lipsticks with a campaign cast of models with refreshing gap-toothed smiles that weren’t retouched to a perfect, glossy veneer. Then they launched their mascara with a campaign along the same lines: lashes were clumpy and imperfect, far from the ads we’re used to, in which they’re edited to mirror perfect, false lashes. As the ads demonstrate, you can layer on this mascara for a clumpy lash look or add on a couple of swipes for natural looking length.
The brand also expanded on their collection of lipsticks with nine metallic shades ranging from a shimmering classic red to out-there shades like blue and green, for the bold beauty aficionado.
Following in the footsteps of the brand’s cult favorite Luminous Silk foundation, this concealer promises a radiant, natural finish that you can build to your desired coverage. In addition to a luminous finish and the choice offered by its 20 shades, the concealer also promises to hydrate and blur skin without creasing.
Under the creative direction of makeup artist Peter Philips, Dior has had a slew of impressive new releases and their Dior Backstage collection is constantly growing, from a multitasking foundation to a highlighter palette that imparts a lit-from-within glow. One of their latest releases is no different: the Rosewood Neutrals palette joins their other three neutral toned palettes. Rosewood Neutrals is a collection of rich, rosy tones and a primer for enhancing color payoff and wear.
Making their debut into the makeup world, Hermès announced a new lipstick in an enviable tube packaged in their signature orange box. The lipstick comes in 24 shades and a satin and matte finish and if the price tag seems steep, consider how much more affordable it is than a Birkin. The tube, designed by Pierre Hardy, doesn’t just look good on your shelf – it’s refillable, because you’d hate to throw this away.
Lipstick palettes are nothing new for Chanel, but this pretty palette is worth placing on your vanity. With four shades that can be worn alone or mixed for a new look, and a convenient lip brush, it’s worth the splurge.
Tom Ford is adding another foundation to their range of base products. The Shade and Illuminate foundation comes in 40 shades, and offers medium to full coverage and SPF 50. Housed in the brand’s chic, signature packaging, the formula is infused with hyaluronic acid for hydration and has a radiant, natural finish.
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