Beauty meets science in products that play with hues and let you have loads of fun.
Make-up needs no rhyme, reason or season. So it’s no wonder that the brands, both big and small, churn out new products at a dizzying pace. What caught our attention recently, however, was how much fun they were having with colours, and the quirky ways they were packaging them. So from spray-on nail polishes to peel-off lip colours, we look at some of the ways you can brighten up your time in front of the mirror.
In a jiffy
Painting your nails won’t be a chore anymore. Not when the colours come in a can. Launched by London-based Nails Inc, Paint Can is like graffiti for your hands. Spray it on, let it dry and just wash off the mess. Available in seven shades currently, these are a godsend, especially when you are short on time. Rs 1,000 approx. Details: nailsinc.com
Shaken not stirred
The name’s Shaker, Juicy Shaker. Lancôme’s new lip balm is actually a lip oil, and comes in a bottle shaped like a cocktail mixer. With both oil and pigments in it, you need to shake it before you use it. Now we just need a martini to sip on after we have prettied up our pouts. Rs 1,800 approx. Details: lancome.in
Purple and blue mascaras are nothing new, but the colour palette has suddenly exploded. With #RainbowLashes popping up everywhere, YSL Beauty (by Yves Saint Laurent) has jumped on the bandwagon with its new Vinyl Couture collection. Boasting nine fun, super-pigmented colours—including pop pink and a glittery gold—these will help you grab the spotlight wherever you go. Rs 2,700 approx onwards. Details: yslbeautyus.com
If you haven’t been living under a rock, then you’ve seen videos on how to use this peel-off product from South Korea. Promising tints that will last over 12 hours (it has even passed the kiss test), these ‘tattoo’ tubes from Berrisom are fun and handy. Just be careful when you apply it—pulling off the Joker’s grin is not for everyone. Rs 1,200 approx. Details: amazon.com
Reflect on this
We are not sure if we’d like to have the colours of the vibgyor on our cheeks, but going by the number of YouTube videos out there—of people trying it on (and loving it)—this rainbow highlighter has plenty of fans. Created by Bitter Lace Beauty, the Prism is now open for pre-order. But we warn you, there is a nine-month wait as they make only limited numbers at a time. Rs 1,575 approx. Details: bitterlacebeauty.patternbyetsy.com
By the bloom
This one nearly broke the internet. Created by Chinese beauty brand, Kailijumei, the clear lipstick—with names like Barbie Doll Powder and Dream Purple—is infused with gold specks and has a tiny dried flower at its centre. And that’s not all. Besides giving a glossy tint to your lips, it also changes colour depending on your body temperature. How’s that for fun and fanciful? Rs 2,200 approx. Details: kailijumei.tictail.com
Mind your mood
Doffing its hat to the 90s and its mood rings, MAC has launched its Tendertalk Lip Balm. Calling itself a ‘lip conditioner that creates a personalised tint based on your chemistry’, the lippies come in iridescent metal packaging. Not only are they trending on social media, but they are also making us look in the mirror constantly to note the slightest change in colour.
Rs 1,500 approx. Details: maccosmetics.com
Text: Surya Praphulla Kumar