New products and collections for Autumn/Winter 2016 are about to hit the market, meaning you will be spoiled for choice if you are looking to overhaul your makeup collection for the season ahead. Portable, easy-to-use products continue to be big news, with cushion and stick formulas leading the way. Here’s our pick of our favorite stand-out just-launched products, along with some exciting discoveries that we think you’ll love.
New cushions, with a twist
Cushion compacts are one of the latest beauty trends, with a range of formulas and products hitting the market on a regular basis. We’ve raved about Lancôme’s Teint Idole foundation in previous columns, and now the French beauty brand is bringing out a cushion version.
This new cushion offers higher coverage, in a thicker, creamier texture than other cushion foundations currently on the market, thanks to Lancôme’s innovative sponge-cushion. While it offers fuller coverage, the formula also offers an exceptional lightweight feel, along with an impressive SPF 50 to boot – perfect to protect skin from Cayman’s harsh tropical rays.
To partner with the cushion compact, Lancôme is also launching the Cushion Blush Subtil, a gorgeous collection of six must-have blushes all featuring Lancôme’s Air Cushion technology. The melt-in-the-skin texture imparts a delicate wash of color for beautiful rosy cheeks.
If you’re looking for a cushion with a difference, then check out Estée Lauder’s soon-to-be-released Double Wear Nude Cushion Stick Radiant Makeup. Estée Lauder’s Double Wear foundation is a staple best-seller for the cosmetic brand, and this new twist promises to be a runaway hit with beauty fans.
The twist-up stick foundation features a sponge head with which you buff the product over your face for a flawless finish. The foundation features a potent blend of skin-loving ingredients, designed to perfect and polish skin for a healthy glow. Perfect if you love to apply your makeup on the go.
Makeup in pencil form
During the last couple of seasons, makeup formulas, and the way in which we apply them, have been re-imagined. A huge hit has been makeup in pencil formulas – think everything from blush and eyeshadows, to foundations, lip colors and contour kits.
Our two favorites? MAC’s newly released Pro Longwear Color Stick Collection for eyes, and Clinique’s Chubby in the Nude Foundation Stick. MAC’s eyeshadow color sticks are available in a lust-worthy 21 shades, from eye-popping blues to skin-matching neutrals. Our favorite is Sand Bar, a soft camel nude that evens out the skin tone for a no-makeup look. These jumbo pencils are a breeze to use too. Just swipe over the lid and gently blend the color out. The waterproof formula stays put all day long too.
Available in 10 shades, Clinique’s new foundation sticks are perfect for everyone, from makeup newbies to pros. Just dot this creamy foundation over the face for full coverage, or use as a touch-up-tool on the go. Creamy, moisturizing, and oil-free, this foundation stick blends easily and builds from sheer to moderate coverage with a long-wearing, natural finish.
Available at the MAC Boutique and Penha Cosmetics store, Cardinall Avenue.
If you’re looking to truly pamper yourself, then you cannot go far wrong with La Prairie – a brand known for its luxurious formulas. Our favorite right now is the brand’s Cellular Cream Platinum Rare. This clever cream adjusts to the skin’s temperature and surrounding humidity, moisturizing the skin when needed throughout the day. Featuring a host of skin-loving peptides, it effectively reduces the appearance of lines and wrinkles. The cream’s rejuvenating formula helps to preserve skin texture and tone, while also imparting a gorgeous radiant glow. A luxurious must-have!
Available at the La Prairie Spa, The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman
Moisturizing sun protection
Sun protection is a must in Cayman, but long gone are the days of gloopy, hard-to-apply formulas that leave a telltale white cast. One of our favorite sun-care brands, Coola, has recently launched a new moisturizer with an impressive SPF 50 – Face Sport SPF50 White Tea Moisturizer. Coola’s “farm-to-face” philosophy ensures only natural ingredients are incorporated in their formulas. This organic formula is hypo-allergenic, paraben free, ultra-sheer and enriched with antioxidant. Not only that, all of Coola’s products are cruelty free too. Truly a win-win for all.
Available at Le Visage, Camana Bay
The brow trend shows no sign of abating. Our latest must-have brow discovery is by Chella, a cutting-edge cosmetic company that offers a range of targeted skin-care products, including the best brow products we’ve discovered to date, hands-down.
Our favorite is the Eyebrow Color Kits, available in six shades to suit all skin tones. Each kit includes an ultra-thin, yet beautifully soft and creamy mechanical brow pencil, a brow defining gel, a super creamy easy-to-apply highlighter pencil, sharpener, and step-by-step brow shaping guide. Brows have never looked so good.
Available at Beyond Basics, Smith Road Plaza