Proof That It’s Perfectly OK to Judge a Product by Its Packaging

By | 2018-02-05T21:25:06+00:00 November 20th, 2017|The Beauty Edit|

The best of what’s landing on store shelves in November 2017. 

Pout Play

Smashbox’s Be Legendary Lipstick & Lip Mattifier Set contains six mini lipsticks ranging from soft pink to deep berry, plus a mattifying top coat, letting you create a range of lip looks to suit any occasion or mood. The packaging, designed by artist Ana Strumpf, also happens to be rather photogenic — always a plus for any Instagram-hooked beauty fan.

Smashbox Be Legendary Lipstick & Lip Mattifier Set
Smashbox Be Legendary Lipstick & Lip Mattifier Set, $32 at BeautyBoutique.

Glow Girl

Inspired by avant-garde photographer Man Ray, Nars’ new holiday collection is an artful assortment of bold shades and eye-catching skin enhancers. Take Overexposed, a highly-pigmented powder guaranteed to give a midas touch to any skin tone. Simply dab it on your cheek bones, brow bones and inner corners of the eyes before your next night out, and let the compliments roll in.

Man Ray for Nars Overexposed Glow Highlighter in Double Take, $52 at Sephora.

Face It

Dermalogica’s Pre-Cleanse Balm comes with an exfoliating Cleansing Mitt for an extra-deep first step in your face-washing routine. A balm-to-oil version of the brand’s best-selling Pre-Cleanse formula, this nourishing emollient sweeps up excess sebum, waterproof makeup, environmental pollutants and dirt buildup, allowing your second-step cleanser to penetrate more thoroughly into the skin.

Dermalogica Pre-Cleanse Balm
Dermalogica Pre-Cleanse Balm, $62 at dermalogica.ca.

Total Package

With four eyeshadows, two lipstick shades and a soft pink powder that’s a blush and highlighter in one, YSL’s limited-edition Collector Palette lets you switch up your holiday makeup in just a few swipes. This set even makes tableside touch-ups looks chic, thanks to its stunning, glitter-encrusted case.

YSL Beauty Collector Palette Dazzling Lights Edition, $100 at yslbeauty.ca.

Balancing Act

Ready to give retinol a try but worried about how it will react with your skin? Philosophy’s Ultimate Miracle Worker Pads combine the skin-renewing power of retinol with the soothing benefits of superfood oils such as pomegranate, olive, argan and Inca peanut. Add to that a dose of free-radical-fighting antioxidants courtesy of vitamins C and E, and you’ve got one easy way to score smoother, brighter-looking skin without any dreaded dryness or peeling.

Philosophy Ultimate Miracle Worker Pads, $95 at Hudson’s Bay.