Cosmetics brands offer face value this new year

Cosmetics brands have launched a host of exciting products that will brighten up Asia's new year, writes Tama Lung

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 05 March, 2013, 12:00am
UPDATED : Monday, 04 March, 2013, 10:51pm

This season's cosmetics launches have something for everyone, and we are happy to have discovered a number of favourites from brands old and new.

Giorgio Armani and Tom Ford have long had an eye for fashion, and now they have perfected their takes on a pretty face. Our top picks from their latest collections include Armani's Face & Eye Bliss Palette with soft blush shades and bright shadows, and Ford's semi-sheer Lip Colour Shine in apricot-hued Insidious.

For colour with a cause, try Chantecaille's Save the Sharks Palette. Proceeds from the ocean-inspired eye and cheek palette will go to Hong Kong conservation group Bloom.

BareMinerals' limited-edition Remix Collection is inspired by "the elusive moment when pulsating energy meets tranquil clarity". In make-up terms, think sheer brights, contrasting shadows and long-wearing mascara.

On the skincare front, our latest find is Osiao and its unique East-meets-West approach. On completing a 26-question diagnostic, customers receive a targeted treatment plan to restore their skin's natural balance and radiance.

We also can't help but be impressed by Juice Beauty's Stem Cellular Repair CC Cream, which gives a hint of natural colour while boasting no less than 12 skin benefits - balancing skin tone, repairing DNA damage and improving elasticity, to name a few.

Equally impressive, Absolution's new Addiction Night & Day Face Oil features a blend of 27 natural oils and organic flower extracts to repair, balance and protect the skin. It can be used as an all-over moisturiser, highlighter or antioxidant boost.

The start of a new year in Asia often marks the launch of new whitening treatments, and this year is no exception. La Mer expands its Blanc de la Mer collection with a whitening mask designed to lighten and hydrate from deep within. La Prairie also adds four products to its White Caviar collection: a clarifying lotion, spot treatment, hand cream and eye cream.

Finally, we are happy to see British cosmetics brand Lush back with its flagship store stocking the complete range of bath, body, hair, face and fragrance products, including Sea Spray hair mist, invented by co-founder Rowena Bird, who was on hand to celebrate the brand's comeback.

From left: Osiao Inner Radiance Concentrate and Essence Lotion; Bareminerals Remix Collection Ready Eyeshadow 4.0; Lush Sea Spray Hair Mist


From left: Chantecaille Save the Sharks Palette; La Mer Whitening Facial; Juice Beauty Stem Cellular Repair CC Cream


From left: Absolution Addiction Night & Day Face Oil; Tom Ford Beauty Lip Colour Shine; La Prairie White Caviar Collection