This week in Hit List — continuing our trip down rainbow lane, we go wild over the deepest, loudest, and most shocking colour of the season: purple.
L’Occitane Immortelle Brightening Essence
While the term “brightening essence” may rouse some suspicions, this little bottle really does leave the skin looking fresher and brighter. Complete with a dropper, this “essence” by L’Occitane is incredibly light with a fresh rather than perfume-y lavender scent. A perfect beginning to dewy summer skin.
Available for £44 from Loccitane.co.uk
Purple can result in rather moody and gothic tones, which is why the Hypnose Doll Eyes palette by Lancome is refreshingly, well, fresh. The hues are comprise of soft pinks and baby lavenders, and were made to sparkle. And best of all, the texture is soft and light.
Available for £37 from Lancome.co.uk
Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick in Va Va Violet
Stepping back from deep indigo, florescent fuchsias and plastic-inspired purples, this creamy, decadent lipstick from Revlon saturates the lips with a more sophisticated, wine-fueled hue. With this velvet rush on your lips, all you need is dewy skin and a few coats of black mascara and you’ll be this summer’s hottest vixen.
Available for £7.49 from Boots.com
NUDE Perfect Polish
The Perfect Polish from Nude acts as a gentle exfoliating polish. Whisking away dry skin and uneven texture (and leaving a fresh, sweet scent), the polish is light enough to not irritate skin, but gets the job done.
Available for £28 from SpaceNK.com
Dolce & Gabbana Shine Lipstick in Violet
Oh, baby. Bright purple, and rather matte, lipstick may have many off running and screaming, but with the right touch, it can be the coolest thing this summer. Dolce & Gabbana’s Violet lipstick is a perfect shade of purple, and the texture is creamy, meaning it goes on quite smooth. Pair with fresh skin and simple brown eye liner, and you have the perfect, and unique, summer look.
Available for £23 from Harrods.com
YSL Rouge Volupte Shine in Fuchsia in Rage
For those of you who can’t go all the way with a matte lipstick, this glossy stick from YSL is the perfect solution. It still leaves a good dose of colour, but the texture is much lighter, creating a gorgeous “just devoured a Popsicle” look.
Available for £24 from Yslbeauty.co.uk
Philosophy Lip Shine in Raspberry Sorbet
Nothing get’s more summery than a gorgeous, shimmery lip gloss. The consistency is rather light, but adds a lot of shine and plenty of shimmer with a hint of juicy colour. And with the succulent taste of cool raspberry, we guarantee it will be gobbled in seconds.
Available for £10 from Selfridges.com
Revlon Nail Enamel in Enchanting
No Hit List is complete without a good dose of nail colour. Revlon is known for its long-lasting, non-chipping (and inexpensive) range of varnishes. This creamy, light purple varnish is another example of a summer look done right.
Available for £6.49 from Boots.com
YSL Marrakesh Sunset Eye Palette
Oh YSL, how we love thee. This eye palette from its Marrakesh collection creates the purple look without going overboard — quite easy to do with such a loud colour. Use the sandy tones to highlight and define, and a line of purple to add a surprising pop.
Available for £42 from Yslbeauty.co.uk
MAC Cosmetics Tropical Taboo Lip Pencil in Heroine
As you can tell, it’s all about the purple lips. So the make-up gurus behind MAC Cosmetics created a lip liner that gives absolute precision, definition, and a wallop of colour.
Available for £12 from Maccosmetics.co.uk
Givenchy Limited Edition Le Vernis in Purple
It’s becoming very clear that Givenchy knows a thing or two about nail varnishes. This purple varnish has an interesting, almost grey base, for a purple that is deep and yet still summery. But queue up now — it’s limited edition, so like these sunny days, it will be gone in a flash.
Available for £15 from Debenhams.com
Melvita Purifying Lavender Floral Water
It’s hot out there, so let’s be honest — the air can get a little muggy. But salvation is at hand with this trusty bottle by Melvita. The spray is emits a light, refreshing mist that immediately invigorates without a sticky residue.
Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Cream Shadow Stick in Violet Plum
Love is in the air. This long-wear cream shadow from Bobbi Brown contains a hint of shimmer, and because the texture is soft, can add a hint of colour to the lash line, be moulded onto the eye for an intense, all-over look, or lined like kohl around the eye for a sexy-cum-rave attitude.
Available from Bobbibrown.co.uk
Shu Uemura Eyeconic Eye Shadow in Purple
We’ve already mentioned the colour palettes of Shu Uemura’s Eyeconic collection. The tri-colour palette creates depth and definition, and can be layered for either a light dust or intense dose of colour.
Available for £11 from Shuuemura.co.uk
Words: Elise Marraro (follow Elise on Twitter @PardonMe_Lissie)