What you need, what you want, and what really works.

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What you need, what you want, and what really works.

HERA x Blindness Holiday Collection (clockwise from left): Rouge Holic Liquid Slow Matte in 02 Deep Burgundy; 01 Red. A campaign image from the collection. Glow Contour Duo


From Nicholas Kirkwood to Edith Carron, HHERA’s fashion-makeup collaborations are coveted worldwide. Its latest partnership with Korean label, Blindness, epitomises the concept of genderless beauty into a single word, “Quings”, a fusion of kings and queens. This word—alongside symbols and sketches of royalty—is emblazoned in pearlescent lettering across bestsellers like the Black Cushion SPF 34/PA++ foundation, Glow Contour Duo, Rouge Holic Liquid Slow Matte lipstick and Shadow Duo.

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From top: The Lotion, $350; The Emulsion, $550; The Cream, $1,800, Kanebo


Moisture, radiance, texture, smoothness, firmness and brightness are the six factors of supreme clarity, according to Kanebo; and its new premium anti-ageing line, The Exceptional, checks every box. Each of the three steps infuses skin with a Clear Botanical Complex to strengthen and boost cellular turnover and collagen production. What you get is suppler, brighter skin veiled in the scent of white florals and imparted with a dewy softness.

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The Black Orchid actually produces more buds when faced with environmental “dangers”, and its longevity is impressive considering it blooms just two weeks a year. This natural feat is at the heart of Guerlain’s new Orchidée Impériale Black cream. Its extract fuels a Blackimmune technology to fortify self-defence mechanisms, enabling stronger regeneration that lasts; so your complexion stays younger, for longer. Equally long-lasting and luxurious is its handcrafted—and refillable—jar topped with 24-carat gold.

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Pack Sulwhasoo’s First Care Activating Serum EX 5 Scents Limited Edition Holiday Set into your travel kit for your next vacation. You get five bottles, 15ml each, of the beloved booster serum and four new scents: Woody Forest Morning, floral Gentle Blossom, fruity Capturing Moment, and spicy Inner Fullness, which offer olfactory alternatives to First Peace, the original herbal fragrance.

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Who doesn’t want skin that has nine lives (or more)? This is what Dior set out to do with Capture Youth, a range of proactive targeted serums that boost skin’s youth capital by zooming in on fine lines, dullness and sagginess before they appear. The mix-and-match regimen has been fortified with Age-Delay Resurfacing Water (far right), which clarifies and strengthens the skin barrier, and Age-Delay Revitalizing Oil-Serum (right), designed to deeply restore lipids and protect skin that’s extremely dry or fatigued, while stimulating cellular activity. The result? A “reset” effect for renewed skin in record time. 

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From top: Advanced Génifique Youth Activating Concentrate, $260; Absolue Cushion, $140; L’Absolu Rouge in Poème 264, $49, Lancôme


Lancôme's Chinese New Year Limited Edition Collection. Comprising the youth-activating Advanced Génifique serum, glow-boosting Absolute Cushion foundation, and classic L'Absolu Rouge lipstick in Rouge Vintage 178 or Poème 264, the French brand's trio of makeup and skincare signatures come in an auspicious shade of firecracker red and gold accents, perfect to start 2019 with a bang.

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Sunday Riley’s Ceramic Slip Cleanser has been updated to give your skin the ultimate cleanse, without stripping it of essential moisture. It boasts a gentle blend of plant-based soaps that sweep away all traces of makeup—mascara included—while purging impurities with green clay, bentonite and white clay before rice and olive oil esters infuse skin with a dose of balanced hydration.

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From top: A shot from the Le Lift campaign. Le Lift Crème Riche; Crème Fine; Crème, $226 each, Chanel


The phrase “don’t judge a book by its cover” is true for alfalfa, the delicate plant that powers Chanel’s new Le Lift anti-ageing creams. Its stringy structure is actually rich in minerals, vitamins and amino acids, while alfalfa botanical concentrate has the ability to rebuild slackened layers of the dermis and epidermis.s Available in three textures, Crème, Crème Fine and Crème Riche, the creams boost regeneration to plump up skin instantly, lifting contours and brightening complexions in the long run. 

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From left: Pekee Bar, $40; Virgin Marula Luxury Facial Oil, $102; Protini Polypeptide Cream, $96, Drunk Elephant


Drunk Elephant’s formulations avoid what its founder, Tiffany Masterson, terms the “Suspicious 6”—essential oils, alcohols, silicones, chemical screens, fragrance or dyes and SLS—that are still found in other beauty products. Instead, you get high doses of actives that nourish the skin at ideal pH levels. Effective and much-hyped-about is the Virgin Marula Luxury Facial Oil, which reverses fine lines and dullness with the purest form of cold-pressed, nutrient-rich oil from the marula fruit.