Beauty News: Every Launch To Have On Your Radar In June
Here’s what you need to know about every notable beauty product dropping this month
Fashion retailer Zara first launched its lipstick line in New Zealand back in 2018, but now Zara Beauty has been reimagined under the guidance of British makeup artist Diane Kendal. The beauty icon and New Yorker engaged in multiple virtual consultations with Zara’s Spanish-based team for more than a year before the expansive Zara Beauty makeup line was born.
Comprising makeup for eyes, lips, face and nails, every high-performing product is designed to appeal to everyone, regardless of gender, age, skin colour and personal style. The glossy, slanted packaging reflects the slant of Zara’s “Z” and is refillable.The Zara Beauty range is priced from $13, and is available from Zara, Sylvia Park Shopping Centre, 286 Mount Wellington Highway, or online at Zara.com/nz.
As the sandy shores of Rarotonga beckon, we’ve discovered the perfect tropical island scent to accompany you on your quarantine-free travels. The new Tom Ford Costa Azzurra 50ml eau de parfum, $227, is a heady blend of sea air saltiness and driftwood-strewn sand dunes — highlighting notes of cypress, oaks, citrus and aromatics.
Reminiscent of sunlight on wet skin, the fluted gold flacon boasts the same opulent touches for which the Tom Ford brand is known. Available from selected department stores.
IT’S A MATCH
If you’ve ever struggled to find your perfect nude lipstick, Lipscanner may be the app for you. Chanel’s first makeup colour scanner app harnesses AI technology to match any colour in the world to the closest Chanel lipstick shade.
Whether it’s a picture from an issue of Viva, a supermodel’s selfie on Instagram or even a flower in your garden, simply scan an image of your chosen colour and this clever tech will match it to a Chanel lippie from one of five colour families (natural, pink, orange, red or plum) in either matte, shine, gloss, satin or metallic finishes.
With the ripple effects of the pandemic rendering in-store lipstick testers obsolete, Lipscanner allows you to try on your lipstick match virtually. It even factors in skin tone and lip shape before making its final recommendation. Chanel Lipscanner is available exclusively on iOS devices from the Apple App Store.
BEST THING SINCE SLICED...
Bread Beauty Supply is taking the beauty world by storm with its stripped-back approach to caring for curly, coily, kinky and afro hair. The four-piece range of hair essentials was founded by Maeva Heim, whose mother owned the first African hair braiding salon in Perth in the 1990s.
Maeva had been relaxing her own afro hair from age seven, but at age 26 she decided to embrace her hair in its natural state. Designed to simplify wash day for those with naturally textured hair, find three of Bread Beauty Supply’s hero products in Kit 1-Wash, $94 — Hair-Wash: a milky hair cleanser, Hair-Mask: a silicone-free conditioner and Hair-Oil: a softening and smoothing hair oil. Available from Sephora or online at Sephora.nz.
BAD TO THE BONE
She’s the sassy yet stylish anti-hero with a penchant for puppies (and pelts), and now she’s the inspiration behind M.A.C’s newest Disney collaboration. The Disney Cruella Collection by M.A.C has landed just in time to coincide with the release date of Disney's live-action Cruella, which opens on May 28.
Never one to be spotted without her signature crimson lips and contrasting black and white eyeshadow, the limited-edition line-up for eyes, lips and face are sure to help the wearer re-create some of Cruella's most glamorous looks and are presented in chic, two-toned packaging.
Viva loves the M.A.C. Eyeshadow x 8: Cruella To Be Kind, a magnetic two-piece eye palette loaded with haute metallics and smouldering statement shades that can be split down the middle for on-the-go use. Available from M.A.C boutiques, selected department stores, or shop online at Maccosmetics.co.nz.
...In the crown of the Swiss Alps was the inspiration behind Swiss luxury skincare maker La Prairie’s new Pure Gold Collection, which encompasses three gilt products to restore radiance and luminosity to skin. One rare ingredient believed to do so is gold, a precious metal whose glowing appearance is echoed as the sinks low in the sky, bouncing the reflection of the sun’s rays across the mountain face.
Formulated with devitalised skin in mind (that’s skin that’s fragile, dry, rough, dull or nutrient deficient), La Prairie developed its exclusive Pure Gold Diffusion System, which offers a three-peak approach to revitalise, replenish and enrich skin over time.
Viva loves La Prairie Pure Gold Radiance Eye Cream, $1010, which harnesses this time-release technology to restore luminosity and hydration to the under-eye area over time. Available from Smith & Caughey’s, David Jones, and Ballantynes department stores.
THE ART OF LETTING GO
After launching in March this year, Brave Face is disrupting the wellness scene once again with a guerilla-style mural cropping up on the corner of Ponsonby Road and Douglas Street offering up a timely reminder: “You are bigger than your biggest worry”.
The result of a collaboration with self-described illustrator, lettering artist and paint slinger Marcus Watson, the interactive mural invites passersby to jot down their worries on notepaper and let it go by leaving them in the lock box fixed to the site.
To extend their efforts, the Brave Face team have donated $10,000 to the Sir John Kirwan Foundation’s Mitey initiative, which provides mental health education in schools, and will donate a further $10 for anyone who snaps a pic with the mural and tags @braveface on Instagram or who places an online order at Hellobraveface.com. Don’t miss it: the Brave Face mural will be live until June 6.
ADD TO CART
Hermès has been in the business of luxury since 1837, and now the Maison is extending the same je ne sais quoi to its newly minted makeup line.
Arriving exclusively at Smith & Caughey’s Queen Street store at the end of June, Hermès presents Rouge Hermès, a coterie of 24 lipsticks which echo best-loved hues from the Maison’s silk and leather goods, and deposit them on lips in a single stroke in a matte or satin finish.
Each rechargeable bullet shares the same elevated aesthetic as all Hermès objects: dressed in lacquered, brushed and polished metals in black, white or gold, and presented in one of Hermès’ iconic orange boxes. Available from Smith & Caughey’s Queen St, 253-261 Queen St, Auckland, or visit Smithandcaugheys.co.nz.