Balance orange with purple for an eye-opening effect, says Uchiide.
Subtle: the new smoky eye
Chanel’s Eye Collection 2018 balances dark midnight blues with rosypearl ivory and emerald green to add a pop of colour to the usual dark smoky eye. In the collectionare four retractable eyeshadow pens (a first for the brand), two four-colourpalettes, two powder and two cream eyeshadows, an eyeshadow base, and a mascara. $53-$94
Bolder: the new brights
Kakuyasu Uchiide, Shu Uemura’s international artistic director, wanted “colour with attitude”, so he paired bright colours with muted ones. The #eyelovecolor collection has 36 Pressed Eye Shadows, 16 Hard Formula pencils, 13 Brow:swords, six Brow Unlimited brow mascaras, and eight Waterpaint:ink eyeliners for any look, from edgy to fun. $25-$56
Our gripes about perfume are #firstworldproblems, we’ll admit. Even if it comes in easy-to-tote travel sizes, we gripe that we’ll be worrying about spills or breakage. Kenzo’s new Flower by Kenzo Le Cushion is an EDP in gel form, in a compact case. It’s the size of your usual cushion foundation and fits easily into your makeup pouch. And the fragrance? It’s the iconic Flower by Kenzo, with notes of pink pepper, blackcurrant, Bulgarian rose, violet, white musk and vanilla. $63
Not All Hyaluronic Acid Is Equal
The superhero moisturising ingredient holds up to 1,000 times its weight in water. And it’s in a lot of skincare. But it’s not the same in every product. The molecular weight, or size of the hyaluronic acid (HA) molecules, matters. The higher the molecular weight, the larger the molecules.
Sothys says larger HA molecules sit on top of skin, so the hydrating effect can be seen right away, while smaller molecules sink into skin, so the hydration lasts longer.
The brand uses both molecule sizes in its Hydra 3HA Hyaluronic Acid range. The Intensive Hydrating Serum for all skin types has low molecular weight HA. The two moisturisers (Hydrating Comfort Youth Cream for normal to dry skin, and Hydrating Youth Cream for normal to combination skin) and the Hydra-smoothing Mask for dehydrated skin have high molecular weight HA. Used together, they provide longerlasting and better hydration. $113-$185
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