A liquid eye shadow in the perfect colour for autumn, lipstick in packaging that matches the tartan skirt you bought and a foundation you cannot see on skin: these new make-up launches make me long for autumn.
A new season means a new load of beauty launches, a lot of inspiration for new articles and me experimenting with autumn make-up looks as early as mid-July. (Since summer 2021 felt like autumn that came in handy…) These products made me look forward to autumn and seem like good investments if you need some new products.
Chanel’s Ombre Première Laque in Lamé Pourpre, 34 €.
I prefer liquid eyeshadow to powder. I find it more user- and eye shadow dummy- friendly. You can simply apply it with your finger, it stays on longer without fading or creasing and you don’t need to use a primer underneath. (I like to use powder when I want to work with different colours.)
Chanel’s Ombre Première Laque is a textbook example of the perfect liquid eye shadow. It dries beautifully but you have enough time to blend it (with your fingers or a pencil). And once dry, it stays flawless all day long.
This “purple red”, a beautiful metallic bordeaux shade, highlights the green in my brown eyes. I have worn it a lot since I received a press sample and it never disappoints. (The khaki is beautiful too, by the way.)
Not every eye shadow palette contains only colours you will and want to use but M.A.C managed to put perfect for autumn but also for every day use colours in this one. Pretty to look at (the print on the shadows! the Baroque print on the packaging!), pretty easy to use. I love the fact that you can simply use one or two of the lighter shades for a neutral, fresh every day make-up look but can also go all out and create a smokey eye in autumn hues. The powders feel silky soft and are easy to blend.
I do advise using an eye shadow primer first as you get a better colour pay-off and a more even colour than when you apply the shadow(s) directly onto your skin.
Kjaer Weis’ Im-Possible Mascara, 34 €, at Beauty by Kroonen in Brussels
When I visited Ioana at the new Beauty by Kroonen location in Brussels, a couple of houses away from the old one, she gave me this mascara to try before its official launch. We are both fans of natural looking lashes and do not like the thick spidery kind*. Ioana told me she was very impressed by the results, and after one try I was too.
The curved side of the brush provides volume, the flat side gives definition, length and curl. In just a few strokes, my lashes are impressively long, look fuller and are more curled.
The formula contains nourishing ingredients and is certified organic, for those who find that important. And the beautiful packaging is refillable, as we are used to from Kjaer Weis.
*If you are into spider leg lashes: you can also create that effect with this mascara. I saw some pretty impressive before and after Instagram videos.
Sisley’s Photo-Teint Nude foundation, 74,50 €, available from October.
The lockdowns made us crave hybrid make-up for the complexion even more: we want formulas that care for and protect our skin, but also provide a beautiful glow and cover up what needs to be covered up. Without a mask effect.
I think Sisley responds perfectly to that need with this foundation. It feels like a moisturizer, you don’t see any traces of it on your skin but it does give results. The brand’s training manager gave a male colleague a quick makeover during the press presentation and he looked instantly fresher and more awake, without you ever suspecting he was wearing “foundation”.
As for the skincare benefits: the formula helps lock moisture in skin and the Vita Light complex promises to enhance skin’s natural glow over time.
Catrice’s Iconails Gel Lacquer in No 14, 2,99 €, at Kruidvat
Simply a very nice nail polish at a very nice price. It comes in pretty (and new) colours like this orange-red one, has an easy to use brush, offers good, even coverage (one coat is sometimes enough) and has a nice glossy finish, in case you want to skip a topcoat. The formula lasts a long time on my nails without chipping, which is pretty exceptional in my case. I get three chip-free days, the brand promises up to a week of chip-free wear. The formula is PETA certified vegan by the way.
Guerlain’s Rouge G Luxurious Velvet in 214 Flame Red, 35 € for a lipstick refill, 36 € for the refillable lipstick case.
This packaging makes me feel instantly happy. (Guerlain reused the fabric of cases from collections that didn’t sell as planned due to the pandemic.) But what’s inside is pretty impressive too: this matte, intensely pigmented fiery red lipstick with a velvety finish promises to stay put for 16 hours and keep lips soft and nourished thanks to mango butter. (It comes in 14 other colours.)
Giorgio Armani’s Lip Power, 37 €
I love Armani’s lipsticks: the beautiful, richly pigmented colours, the great textures with good staying power, the nice, sober packaging. The brand did not have a lipstick with a satin finish yet so it created Lip Power. Its promises: a lot of comfort and longevity. There are 20 colours to choose from. (Unfortunately for me, the formula is fragranced, just like Guerlain’s by the way.)