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April 19 2014

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Topshop Beauty Is Ready For Spring

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If, like us, you too are revving up your spring wardrobe for the temperature spike that is to come—a pair of sandals here, a flowy skirt there—Topshop is presumably on your agenda. Now that its spring/summer makeup collection is officially on shelves, you may want to push the store straight to the top of your shopping list. The brand’s limited-edition seasonal trend collection, Sandstorm, is festival-focused again this year, but rather than hone in on the aesthetics of Glastonbury, Topshop’s creative team had Burning Man on the brain. The spirit quest that takes place in the Nevada desert each August has inspired a series of dusty metallic and muted brights for eyes, nails, and lips. Standouts include the Gloss Stick in Ablaze (a sheer coral) and Glisten (a pretty fuchsia), both of which feature a buildable texture for adjustable vibrancy—and are neither overtly hippie nor excessively psychedelic. The real story, though, is the boatload of new additions to the retail giant’s core collection. Included in the mix are six new shades of its highly pigmented Lips lipstick range (Muted is a great alternative to peachier nudes); four new Lip Stick glossy pout pencils (our vote goes to Rapturous, an orange red); a new, gel-formulated Lip and Cheek tint in Bitten Berry; and seven new shades of nail polish, including World’s End, a fun baby blue, and War Paint, an electric cerise. Topshop has also created a super-convenient tub of disposable nail varnish remover wipes so you can switch up your color (or remove a manicure that’s past its prime) on an elevator ride—or on an acid trip in the Black Rock Desert.—Celia Ellenberg

Photo: Courtesy of Topshop

Lacquer Love From Topshop

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I have a confession to make: I’ve been uncharacteristically lax with my manicures of late. Some back-to-back travel is mostly to blame, not to mention one of the longest-lasting polish jobs I’ve ever gotten outside of CND’s Shellac. Dior’s re-released Vernis Long-Wearing Nail Lacquer has some serious staying power. But my enthusiasm for experimenting with polish colors and design has been revived, thanks to a seasonal dip into Essie Bordeaux territory. I’m planning to try out Chanel’s Riva soon, but first I’m test-driving Topshop’s new nail polish trios. My three-bottle set of choice features Utilitarian, a dark gray/khaki; Silver Bullet, an opaque metallic; and Gypsy Night, a multicolored glitter with a sheer brown base. The colors in the collection, which is only available in-store stateside (although you can order it online through the U.K. Web site), work on their own, or you can layer them for different effects. I’m currently sporting one coat of Utilitarian topped off with a coat of Gypsy Night, and it’s holiday festive without being garish. There’s no telling what I’ll get into this weekend with that bottle of Silver Bullet.

Photo: Courtesy of Topshop

Topshop’s Berry Best

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A month has passed since I conducted a purple lip experiment during the New York shows and I’ve definitively added a deep, wine-stained pout to my lip color rotation, which typically begins and ends with red, fuchsia, and the occasional coral shade. (A neon orange bullet, a la Fendi S/S 2011, is also slowly working its way into the fold for those “edgy” occasions.) Nars’ Pure Matte Lipstick in Volga was the week’s clear winner, although I recently realized that I completely ignored that other pout enhancer during my test drive: the lip stain. To remedy the situation, I’ve been on the hunt for a good, purple-tinged stain to add to my repertoire for those days when the maintenance of a highly pigmented lipstick is too much to bear. And get this: I found it at my local Topshop. The retail chain debuted a makeup line this spring, but it still hasn’t completely sunk in for me that my favorite UK import is just as reliable for beauty as it is for fashion. But there, amongst its limited edition Fall trend collection, I found the new Lip Marker Pen in Berry. An entirely new product for the brand, whose chubby Lip Stick pencils have already earned a place on my favorites list, the Pen resembles a felt-tip marker and goes on easily and precisely leaving a Bordeaux mouth behind. As with most stains, this one stays on once it’s applied and can be worn sheer or built up for more opacity. Should you find yourself in the store as you continue the search for coats and boots to get you through the Fall, do yourself a favor and pick up one of these as well. It just may prove as essential a seasonal staple.

Photo: Courtesy of Topshop

More Topshop Beauty To Love

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If you’re still getting used to the idea that you can just pop into Topshop to stock up on mascara, lip tint, foundation, and nail polish, along with any number of body-con dresses, this bit of news might rock your world. The famed British retailer has recently introduced a range of tools to its ever-growing beauty arsenal. The streamlined collection includes eight makeup brushes, a pair of pretty decent tweezers, an eyelash curler, and a pencil sharpener—all of which are priced to sell (brushes range from $6 to $20). Our favorite feature is the white scrawl on each handle that lets you know where and how to use it. Sure, the “pluck” directive on the tweezers is a little gratuitous, but the “lip” and “eye” distinctions are helpful; even we confuse the two brushes every now and again (hey, it happens to the best of us).

Photo: Courtesy of Topshop

Topshop Makeup Is (Finally) Here

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Topshop’s cosmetics line officially debuts today. While it won’t likely cause the kind of line-down-the-street frenzy characteristic of a limited-edition designer collab or, say, the U.S. flagship’s confetti-strewn grand opening last year, making haste to 478 Broadway is still advisable. That’s because this stuff is pretty darn cute. As we reported at the beginning of the year, the range features a core collection of staples as well as seasonally driven trend collections that echo the fashion-forward aesthetic behind the U.K. retailer’s clothes (S/S 2010 is all about the festival spirit; Glastonbury may still be a month away, but there’s no reason you can’t start channeling your inner folk goddess a little bit early). They’ve taken everything into account, too: from adorable, hand-drawn packaging to a great color palette of lip and eye products and an impressive array of complexion-enhancers and fun nail lacquers. The products became available on the online store today as well, but if you can make it downtown to get the tactile experience of playing with some of the standouts (there is a Lip and Cheek Tint that we’re currently digging), it’s well worth the trip.

Photo: Bill Davila / Startraks Photo