Sublime textures, high-tech formulas, and decadent packaging are all things you can expect from luxury makeup. The creme-de-la-creme of the beauty industry, there’s something about luxe makeup that makes getting ready feel that little bit more special.
Luxury makeup often comes with a higher price tag, a fair trade for craftsmanship and innovation. But that doesn’t mean you should buy just anything. Here are the best of the best we recommend adding to your wishlist…
1. GIVENCHY Prisme Libre Mat-finish &
Enhanced Radiance Loose Powder
Prisme Libre has been the luxury loose powder since its launch in 2006. Makeup artists buy it in bulk, celebrities swear by it, and beauty lovers swoon over it. It’s a best-seller because of its brightening and mattifying abilities; you can use the four-tone formula to set your makeup, blur imperfections and add radiance. Its texture is ultra-fine, almost like silk on the skin, and its finish is soft-focus and smooth. The packaging cannot go unmentioned either; the square pot is transparent, showcasing the four complementary powder shades inside. The lid has a faux leather top in black and silver, in line with Givenchy codes, with the iconic Givenchy ‘G’ logo. It deserves pride of place on your face and your dressing table!
2. GUERLAIN Rouge G Velvet
Matte Lipstick 880 – Ruby Red
Lipsticks do not get any more luxurious than Rouge G. The customisable lipstick range offers an array of lipstick cases, finishes and shades to choose from – what’s more high-end than that? There’s a case for everyone, from pared-back faux black leather to more eccentric styles in everything from pink to polka dot. For finishes, you can choose between matte, sheer, satin or, my favourite, velvet. 880 – Ruby Red is a must-have for everyone. The bright, medium-dark red has slightly cooler undertones that’ll suit a variety of skin tones, and the velvet-like finish sits between a satin and a matte finish. It has excellent hydrating qualities yet the staying power of a matte.
3. GUERLAIN Terracotta
Terracotta tops the list of most recommended bronzer in the Escentual office. It’s been a cult favourite for over 40 years, loved for its smooth texture, the natural warmth it gives the skin and its gorgeous summery scent. After a recent formula change, the bronzing powder is now made with 96% naturally-derived ingredients, adding to the long list of reasons it’ll make a great addition to all makeup bags. The packaging doesn’t disappoint either; the compact has an almost marble-like brown design and a mirror and puff inside for on-the-go touch-ups.
4. Yves Saint Laurent
Nu Bare Look Tint
Tried and tested classics are great, but we can’t forget about new releases flying off the shelves. YSL NU is the latest tinted foundation to take the beauty world by storm. It has a 90% skincare base; this means it’s caring while covering! Ultra-hydrating, the base hydrates skin for 24 hours and has a dewy, hydrated finish. But don’t be fooled by its lightweight formula; it’s incredibly buildable.
5.Yves Saint Laurent Mascara
Volume Effet Faux Cils
Mascara is a makeup staple. That’s why it’s crucial to find one that you can rely on and adds a little luxury to your everyday routine. YSL Volume Effet Faux Cils does that, and then some! The lash booster looks and feels high-end and has the results to back it up. The mascara mimics the effect of false lashes, coating every lash in volume without going clumpy or spidery. The brush is made of nylon fibres of varying lengths to add mega drama and length – a first of its kind!