Revamped formulas

Revamped formulas

French spa and skincare brand Sothys has launched its first newly revamped colour cosmetics collection.

The line includes foundation, 20 shades of lipsticks, as well as a set of make-up brushes.

Prices start from $39 for the lip liner to $119 for the setting powder compact.

Our picks: the rich scarlet Rouge Intense lipstick in 240 ($59), and the Illuminating Trio (photo 1, $119), an eyeshadow-cum-bronzer and highlighter compact.

Available at Sothys salons.



Philosophy's iconic Hope In A Jar moisturiser - launched in 1996 - has been given an overhaul. The bestseller, which is also American talkshow queen Oprah Winfrey's favourite, is now more lightweight.

The new Renewed Hope In A Jar ($62) formula features three forms of hyaluronate for improved moisturisation; a blend of three kinds of alpha-hydroxy acids to gently exfoliate the skin; ingredients to give skin an instant glow, as well as a subtle floral scent.

The Renewed Hope In A Jar line also comprises an eye cream, cleanser and lotion


Clarins' signature Body Shaping Cream was launched in 1974 and reformulated in 1983 and 1996. One of the first body-sculpting creams on the market, it is made to smoothen the body's contours by getting rid of stubborn excess fat.

The latest version of the cream (photo 3, $98 for 200ml) uses the poppy extract to supposedly boost the body's ability to slow the storage of and eliminate stubborn fat on the stomach, waist, arms, thighs and buttocks. Caffeine is also added to reinforce the drainage of fat; organic quince extract to firm skin; and hibiscus to gently exfoliate the skin.

Scented with light woody floral notes, the cream's texture is lightweight and non-greasy. Visit the brand's website for details on how to massage the product into the skin for best results.

A complementary Stubborn Curves Solution treatment ($185 for 60 minutes) is also available at the Clarins Skin Spa.

This article was first published on May 15, 2015.
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