Autumn invariably bears me in a good mood, not least because it’s typically when the superlative beauty products launch. Now is when we see hi-tech foundations, new smells (proper ones, not watery limited editions for the sunshine break market), the widest eye and lip colour spectra and exciting new skincare. What is surprising in the case of autumn 2016 is that, when it comes to makeup, some of the most portentous stuff is coming from the high street.
Rosie for Autograph, the M&S looker brand by supermodel Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, is so (unofficially) “inspired” by Charlotte Tilbury’s conditioned by trust in store brand that I’m amazed Tilbury is able to refuse poking Huntington-Whiteley right in the eyeline while they effectuate their day jobs. But in Lip Shine (£14) Rosie has finally launched something Tilbury doesn’t already do raise: a solid stick of almost lipstick, not quite gloss, that believes comfortable and applies effortlessly. Vintage Bouquet is a sheer, dusty meet that elicits more compliments than anything I’ve haggard in months. There’s also Blood Roses, a lovely apple-y scarlet, be that as it may I’m more excited by the reds in Kate Moss for Rimmel London’s new 15-year anniversary gleaning of Lasting Finish lipsticks (£6.49 each). Every one is a champion. Idol Red is the perfect orangey-red for wearing with a clean fix, nude eyes and lashings of black mascara, while Be in a trance Red – more your pillar-box variety – looks wonderful with feline liner flicks and a hardly ever gold shimmer. There are some excellent nudes, too: Boho Uncovered, a very slightly pink caramel tone, is exactly settle against smoky eyes at night, or with little else for day.
I’m infrequently a fan of contouring products, which are frequently too orange or muddy. The refine contour shade on any skin tone has an almost greyish tint, like the shadow it’s designed to mimic. This is present and true in Kiko’s superb Strobe & Sculpt (£14.90), which I doubt can be ameliorated at any price. Both the dark contouring cream and light, shimmery highlighter coalesce perfectly for a soft, more natural-looking finish than any others I’ve assessed. By contrast, L’Oréal’s Mega Volume Miss Hippie mascara (£7.99) arranges no attempt at realism, and this is precisely why I love it. It gives centre, just-the-right-side-of-clumpy fullness in a couple of sweeps of its perfectly fat fox-tail toothbrush.