For the natural look devotees or those partial to a pared-back, polished makeup look, here are four items that accomplish just that. A lipstick from Dior, an eyeshadow from Chanel, a foundation from Givenchy and an eyeshadow from Tom Ford. Ready?
Dior Rouge Dior Fall 2017 Limited Edition Lipstick in Eccentric
At first glance, Dior’s Rouge Dior Lipstick in Eccentric appears to be in the brown family but once swatched, you are greeted by a muted brown-based purple that takes a few swipes to really shine through. Once it does, it’s difficult not to fall in love with the luminosity and shine this lipstick gives.
Similar in feel to Dior’s Addict Lip Glow which I adore and you may read about here, this lipstick lasts and lasts even through food and beverages.
Dior’s Creative and Image Director, Peter Philips, created this limited edition lipstick, one of a group of six shades, to compliment Dior’s shimmery and vibrant eyeshadow and nail looks for Holiday 2017.
Admittedly, Eccentric does not quite fall into the colour family of lipsticks I usually gravitate towards but I am exceedingly pleased with it and how it dresses up my lips in a natural way. Eccentric offers up to more than seven hours of wear that needs a touch up eventually, but it scores high marks on not doing a total disappearing act on the lips.
With a formula that includes mango butter along with hyaluronic acid spheres to smooth the lips, swipe this on to do errands or use it to balance out a smoky or vampy eye look.
Chanel Ombre Première Longwear Powder Eyeshadow in Chocolate Brown
Every so often I like to make makeup purchases based on blanks that need to be filled in my collection, and so a deep brown eyeshadow shade determined this choice.
Chanel Ombre Premiere Longwear Powder Eyeshadow in Chocolate Brown has proven to be a workhorse shade that can be used to create a smoky or vivid eye look or as a quick and casually natural way to outline the eyes without doing much else besides mascara. It can be applied with a heavy hand or with a light one, and it scores marks for not having massive amounts of fall-out.
Packed tightly into the pan, it can also be used with a damp brush or a dry one to deliver true colour that’s not patchy or difficult to apply. This is a properly formulated eyeshadow that holds up through hours of wear without fading, cracking or creasing.
Givenchy Teint Couture Long-Wearing Fluid Foundation Broad Spectrum SPF 20
Givenchy Teint Couture Long-Wearing Fluid Foundation SPF20 feels like skin’s best friend. This is the first time I’ve used a foundation that is not intimidating. If you’re ever seeking a foundation that looks good whether it’s applied with your fingers while you’re half asleep or with brushes or sponges and leaves skin with a natural looking, skin-like finish, this is that one.
This is a lightweight formula that smoothes over imperfections and makes skin look luminous without feeling like cement. Whoever formulated this, whether an individual or a team, deserves every beauty award available.
This is the first time I’ve used a foundation from Givenchy and I am entirely impressed by its wearability, longevity, skin perfecting abilities and the fact that it does it all without requiring too much precision in application from the user.
A medium coverage formula, this remains true on the skin without deserting the wearer and does not oxidise or break apart. Although this foundation is recommended for normal, oily and combination skin, my dry skin loves it and responds very well to it. If you do have dry skin, I’d recommend an oily or hydrating primer or moisturiser prior to application. I use Guerlain Abeille Royale Face Treatment Oil, which I shall be reviewing in the near future as my primer, with superb results.
Plus, despite how light it looks in the bottle, it actually meshes with my skin and settles in without difficulty, thus I’d recommend this shade in Elegant Amber for darker skin with yellow undertones. The only area in which Givenchy loses marks with this foundation is the shade range which is in dire need of expansion. The next shade after Elegant Amber is in Elegant Sienna, and is described as a dark shade with red undertones.
Givenchy’s Teint Couture Long-Wearing Fluid Foundation with Broad Spectrum SPF 20 is easily the best complexion product I discovered this year and as a result, I’ll be adding it to this year’s ‘best of list’.
Tom Ford Private Shadow Eyeshadow in Agenda Rouge
Tom Ford has made another grand turn with the latest offering of thirty single eyeshadow shades. The intention is that each shade, housed in a tiny compact, can fit comfortably in a clutch purse.
With five finishes from which to choose;
ultra suede-matte with no pearl
suede-demi-matte with subtle pearl
sateen-lustrous pearl with a glowing sheen
vinyl-highly pearlized metallic chrome
pailette finish-sequined glittery pearl
*Description of finishes taken from Tom Ford’s website
Agenda Rouge falls into the suede finish category. It is smooth, easy to apply with or without primer and lasts as long as you need it to, exceeding seven hours.
It can be applied with fingers or brushes and results in an even application either way. Agenda Rouge is also an excellent candidate for one-colour, swipe and go, natural-looking eyes or in looks requiring greater precision by using a brush and blending with other eyeshadows. As an added benefit, this works magically with brown eyes.