Friday 23 March 2018

Aisling Keenan: Join the new cult

Aisling Keenan

Cult products become staples in all our make-up bags for a reason. It's not about jumping on the bandwagon, and it's not about keeping up with the Joneses. Sometimes a product comes along that just gets it right.

We all know the old favourites -- YSL Touche Éclat, Elizabeth Arden Eight-hour Cream and Maybelline's Great Lash mascara -- but there are new kids in town.

A cult product is one that answers all your beauty prayers, one you'd cry over if it was discontinued, the one you frog-march your friends into town to buy because you know how life-changing it is. High praise for a beauty product? I think not. Here is the next generation of cult beauty buys.

Urban Decay’s Naked Palette, €36, Debenhams, Arnotts and When Urban Decay released this, it shot straight into cult status and sold out everywhere. It has the perfect combination of matts, shimmers and a little bit of sparkle, and 12 colours ranging from the lightest Champagne shade to a deep plum and dark chocolate brown. An absolute dream for any eyelid.

Make Up For Ever HD Range: HD Powder (€32) and HD Foundation (€35), Make Up For Ever, Clarendon Street, Dublin 2. This range is seriously impressive. The foundation and powder jumped straight from tester to permanent feature in my make-up bag. The brand didn’t retouch any of its pictures in its campaign, and I wanted to see if my skin could really look that good. I used number 125 (there are 25 shades) and set it with the divine HD powder. It lasted all day and felt light on my skin. And, joy of joys, it looked amazing. I kept stopping in mirrors to examine it, shocked at how great it made my skin look. Try it for yourself, it really is that good.

Korres Lip Butter, €7.50, Debenhams on Henry Street and at These little tubs are the stuff of dreams for any lip-balm obsessive. Someone (like me) who always has a tub of something with them for those dry-lipped moments will understand how surprisingly difficult it is to find a balm that you’re happy with — not too sticky, not too much colour, but not too little either... Korres makes these fab little pots of lip butter that are silky smooth, smell great and give a lovely light sheen to your lips. There are a few different types, but my favourite is the plum one — it smells like purple skittles and gives a nice rich colour, great for those no-lipstick days.

MAC Face & Body, €36, MAC counters at Brown Thomas and BT2. The thoughts of putting foundation on my body made me a little uncomfortable, but when I tried MAC’s Face and Body, I knew straight away why it has a cult following. The texture is lighter than light, while still maintaining a good level of coverage. Maybe not enough for a night out, but great for daywear. I use it on my hands and décolletage to give a flawless, even look and it works a treat.

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