Beauty By Design: Face-Focused

There are countless new beauty items created each and every month, and the number is growing. Each week we comb through the mass of beauty products and beauty launches to deliver our Thursday report listing the top in skin care, beauty, & experimental design.

Today we are face-focused.

The first product is an obsession at The Fashion Plate office. We are all chasing a flawless skin complexion – with and without make up. This one-two combo for blemish control by one of the markets leading natural, luxury, skincare brands is a proven winner.


“Control” by Aesop is a transparent gel for direct application to blemish-prone skin. This gel formulation contains an impressive list of ingredients known for their astringent and soothing properties. And it’s super effective without stripping or dehydrating the skin. ($23, .02fl oz)
“Chamomile Concentrate Anti-Blemish Masque” by Aesop  is an astringent masque for use on single blemishes or troubled skin. This deeply cleansing clay-based formulation – enhanced with purifying botanicals – extracts impurities, absorbs excess oil, and calms troubled skin. ($45, 2.0fl oz)

For 30 years Aesop has constantly delighted in intelligent and sustainable beauty design. The formulation of each product from production, to the utilitarian containers to the store design are carefully considered to ensure they function with ease and bring delight.

Colourpop Cosmetics

In beauty it is important to focus on the best (this is our face after all), but the best isn’t necessarily the most expensive. For this reason price minimums and maximums are not part of our criteria – but quality is.

That brings us to Colourpop Cosmetics. Budget friendly, produced in California and tested ethically in-house by the makers themselves (Glossier has a similar method) this brand is the most popular on the market and so the most scrutinized, but, Colourpop has held under the speculation.

They’re products are adored widely, they’ve been spotted on everyone from Cookie Lyons to Kylie Jenner. And their Instagram of 1.5 million followers along with their massive vlogger following (and $5 shadow price list) means Colourpop cosmetics are flying off the shelves.

Today we recommend their latest best seller, the “Sequin” Super Shock Shadow.

Colourpop “Sequin” Super Shock Shadow $5.00

The Oval Brush Set

This set of beauty brushes faces the most resistance in the industry, vloggers are at odds about them and legends of their invention run from the beauty bowls of South Korea to the Regency era.

The Artists “Oval” Brushes. Prices vary from $15-$40.

What we do know is they are soft, entirely vegan, and blend your makeup oh so well. Truth time, oval brushes are the tools of the future. They blend far better than any traditional makeup brush. The size and texture of the fiber brush head is much larger which sheers out your foundation, contour, or tanner evenly over the skin. If you have fine lines or textured skin, you’ll love this feature. Don’t be afraid to give it a try.


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Nichelle Cole is the founder & editor-in-chief of The Fashion Plate magazine. A respected writer, stylist and influencer, she has been published in fashion magazines around the world.

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