The Luxurious La Prairie Foundation Collection That Will Change Your Skin

In pursuit of complexion perfection, La Prairie has combined the best of science and make-up artistry to create an offering like no other. We discover the innovation behind the latest additions to the luxurious La Prairie Skin Caviar Complexion Collection.

With a plethora of formulations to choose from, finding the dream foundation can certainly be tricky. A flawless complexion might be the goal for many when investing in a new foundation – however, today we expect much more than a formula that works by simply covering up any imperfections. Instead, we now want formulas that work to enhance the overall health of our skin.

It is this very notion that drives La Prairie’s ever-evolving complexion category. “The complexion category is a bridge between skincare science and make-up artistry,” explains Greg Prodromides, chief marketing officer of La Prairie. Rather than just viewing make-up as a way to hide imperfections to achieve that flawless, even skin tone, Prodromides believes that complexion products such as foundation, concealer and powder should improve skin over time and optimise the benefits of the skincare ritual.

Two exciting new additions to La Prairie’s Complexion Collection, Skin Caviar Loose Powder and Skin Caviar Powder Foundation SPF15, bring this philosophy to life. “These new products are more than just complexion products – they are a sublime blend between La Prairie’s unique caviar science and colour artistry,” says Prodromides. The Newcomers La Prairie’s Skin Caviar Powder Foundation SPF15 and Skin Caviar Loose Powder join their Skin Caviar Concealer Foundation – which is often touted as the holy grail of the foundation world – and glow-enhancing Skin Caviar Essence-In-Foundation, launched last year.

“We decided to extend our Skin Caviar Complexion Collection in order to offer the luxury of choice – not only in terms of skincare and coverage, but also in terms of texture,” Prodromides says. He explains that the Skin Caviar Loose Powder meets the demand for a feather-like powder that makes sure everything stays in place right around the clock. “It’s the final step to set make-up for a flawless finish and long-lasting coverage,” he explains. “It illuminates the complexion and sets make-up for an all-day youthful, natural, shine-free finish.” Some days call for a dewy, radiant finish, while others call for a more matte approach.

So while Skin Caviar Essence-in-Foundation is perfect for boosting luminosity, the second new addition to the range, Skin Caviar Powder Foundation, has been created for those who prefer a matte finish. “Skin Caviar Powder Foundation is more than a mere make-up product: it is the first powder foundation infused with Caviar Extract for complexion perfection,” Prodromides says. “It offers a smooth, even and homogenous medium coverage, which is buildable. It blends smoothly onto the skin with a very natural matte yet luminous look – giving a smooth and creamy feel to the skin, without any dryness,” says Dr Jacqueline Hill, La Prairie’s director: strategic innovation and science.

The Matte Formulas of the Future

Matte foundation formulas can often weigh down the skin, but Hill explains that the formulation has been expertly crafted to ensure a natural yet perfected complexion. “La Prairie’s art of formulation is about selecting the perfect blend of textures, advanced pigments and active ingredients,” she says. “Thanks to the careful selection of specific oils – including a shea butter derivative – and advanced finely-blended pigments, we created a formula with an easy-to-apply smooth and creamy texture that can be easily distributed and offers long-term coverage.” Once applied, Hill explains that the foundation gives skin a refined look. “Fine lines and wrinkles, redness and pores appear minimised,” she says. Likewise, Skin Caviar Loose Powder is also infused with all the skin-health-enhancing benefits of La Prairie’s renowned Caviar Extract. “It illuminates the complexion and sets make-up for an all-day youthful, natural and shine-free finish,” says Prodromides. To ensure you use the perfect amount of powder, the sleek packaging features a state-of-the-art closing system that prevents powder from coming out of the sieve.

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Balancing the Best of Both Worlds
While both formulations offer the immediacy of a flawless complexion through make-up artistry and unique innovation, Hill explains that the La Prairie team selected ingredients that provided both short- and long-term benefits for users. “We included a blend of amino-acid treated pigments and soft-focus powder to conceal imperfections and even skin tone with a natural look –while offering a hydrating effect,” she says. The formulations also include moisturising hyaluronic acid, which helps skin retain water on its surface; shea butter; and La Prairie’s exclusive Cellular Complex.

But it’s the iconic Caviar Extract that’s at the heart of the Complexion Collection. And it’s easy to understand why, given the caviar’s firming benefits. “We introduced caviar into Skin Caviar Powder Foundation and Skin Caviar Loose Powder in view of our desire to enhance the treatment benefits of the products and extend the benefits of caviar into the make-up part of the routine,” says Hill. “The two innovations are hybrid products, offering both complexion and skincare benefits in one. Our Caviar Extract has been shown to support the skin cells’ production of collagen and ceramides – which are known to improve the skin’s resilience and its barrier function.” 

The First Step to Complexion Perfection

Even cutting-edge make-up that uses game-changing skincare technology needs a helping hand – and starting with a prepped, healthy canvas is the best place to start. “There is no perfect skin or perfect complexion without perfect cleansing,” explains Dr Jacqueline Hill, La Prairie’s director: strategic innovation and science. “A perfectly clean skin allows for a smoother and more even application of make-up, as well as a longer-lasting result.” Hill says to avoid damaging the skin’s natural barrier or creating unwanted irritation, gentle cleansing is essential. “It is important to cleanse the face gently every day and remove make-up thoroughly in order to avoid the appearance of imperfections such as blackheads, which can occur due to occlusion.”

La Prairie has recently released two new cleansing creations – the Supreme Balm Cleanser and Crystal Micellar Water – to cater to different skin needs and lifestyles. “The Supreme Balm Cleanser offers an indulgent nightly ritual to help shed the day’s stress, remove make-up and leave skin perfectly clean, whilst the Crystal Micellar Water allows a total cleansing in a single gesture, so there is no need to compromise on a perfect cleansing due to a lack of time,” says Hill.

La Prairie Skin Caviar Powder Foundation SPF15 ($315) and Skin Caviar Loose Powder ($315) are available now from Smith & Caughey’s

The YSL Product on Everyone’s Lips this Spring: Vernis À Lèvres Water Stain

YSL’s anticipated lip colour launch Vernis À Lèvres Water Stain might feel as weightless as water, but it packs a punch where colour is concerned. Legendary French make-up artist and YSL Beauty creative director, Tom Pecheux, reveals what all the fuss is about.

Perhaps you’ve reached for your favourite shade of lipstick and wished it were just that little bit sheerer. Or maybe as much as you love that lip gloss in your handbag, it’s a tad on the tacky side, and the colour payoff isn’t quite what you would like it to be. Enter YSL Beauty’s latest creation – Vernis À Lèvres Water Stain – which combines the best of both worlds. It’s glossy without being sticky, and long-wearing without being drying.

The Best of Both Worlds
And the real magic of it, says YSL Beauty creative director Tom Pecheux, is that you can build up the colour intensity easily. “It is luminous and can be more or less intense according to how you apply it,” he explains. One subtle coat gives your lips a light hint of colour, or you can glide on two or three layers for a full-colour look that won’t dry out lips. Pecheux says that another point of difference for the revolutionary new lip colour is that it’s incredibly hassle-free to apply.

While he often has to use a lip brush for application with other lipsticks, he says that because this formulation is watery, it doesn’t take much precision to apply – and he loves the applicator. “It works really well with the formula, scooping it up and placing it just where you need it, somehow giving  a voluptuous finish to the lips even though the texture is so watery.”

Vernis À Lèvres Water Stain
Renowned fashion photographer David Sims shot the campaign for the Vernis À Lèvres Water Stain – which is being fronted by model-slash-musician Staz Lindes and Big Little Lies actress Zoë Kravitz. “I wanted the girls’ lips to complement their skin tones, but also complement each other,” Pecheux says. “Staz is pale-skinned with blonde hair and I wanted something bright, but lighter than the colour I used on Zoë – which was more of an intense red.”

And of course, it wouldn’t be a YSL Beauty campaign without their signature smoky eye. “I did a little bit of a smoky eye on each girl, kept it to the upper lids,” explains Pecheux. “But I kept the skin looking very glowy and transparent.” He calls the finished look pretty but polished. “The stain is more than just a leftover of colour – it’s a polished finish.” Pecheux admits that narrowing down the collection to just a limited number of shades was quite difficult.

Vernis À Lèvres Water Stain

“When it comes to creating lipsticks and powerful colours, it can be very challenging,” he says. “Particularly at the end of the process when the table is full of lab samples, your wrists and arms are covered in swatches, and you have to edit down a collection  to just 16 shades.” Rather than creating a single make-up look that suits one trend, Pecheux says he aims for a palette when creating colours. “[As] I have been working in an industry that embraces beautiful women from all around the world, when I create a colour collection I think of every woman – every skin tone, every colour – and I am always hoping  they will like them as much as I do.”

As for the shade that is just perfect for the season ahead, Pecheux says if he had to pick just one, it would be In Berry Deep. “I love a nude lip in general. Even though it won’t be nude on everyone, I would choose In Berry Deep … it works on all skin tones.”

The new YSL Beauty Vernis À Lèvres Water Stain ($69) is available now from department stores and pharmacies.

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