If you only buy one luxury beauty buy, make it one of these...
In beauty, there’s plenty of fun to be had experimenting with new trends, formulas, lotions and potions.
And yet, what most of us are really searching for is a tightly edited arsenal of classic luxury products. Those that do exactly what they promise, and do it better than anyone else.
With this in mind, we bring you the first instalment of our definitive guide to the only luxury products you’ll ever need – red lipstick, moisturiser and body lotion.
Tom Ford Lip Colour in Cherry Lush, £36
The fabulous Mr Ford is known for his meticulous attention to detail, and this is no exception.
A densely pigmented lipstick in that bright, true red that's been on trend since the 1940s, this strikes just the right balance between matte intensity and a slight luminous sheen.
The formula glides on like a dream thanks to rich moisturising ingredients Brazilian murumuru butter and chamomile flower oil, and the bullet shape hasn't escaped our attention either - the sharp edges allow you to create neat shapes without using lipliner (a product that a little bird tells us Mr Ford feels has no place on a woman's lips).
Sisley Confort Extreme Body Cream, £85
So how can you only need one body cream when your skin's condition is so seasonally changeable, you ask? Allow us to introduce you to the chameleon of body lotions.
This fairly innocuous tube belies a super-luxurious, almost ridiculously rich cream, packed with hydrating shea and kokum butter, instantly softening and plumping parched skin. So far, so languorous winter application, but what about when you just want to apply and go?
Well, for all its panacotta-like luxury, somehow the formula is soaked up in seconds, leaving very little trace behind, making it perfect for summer holiday hydration, not to mention rubbing into pre-party décolletage or even sandal-chafed dry ankles and soles.
Crème De La Mer Ultrarich Cream, £105
Few beauty products reach iconic status, but it's fair to say when physicist Dr Max Huber formulated a 'Miraclebroth' to treat burns he sustained in a laboratory accident, a skincare legend was born.
Derived from a secret blend of sea kelp (known for its powers of self regeneration) potent antioxidants and natural gemstones, this thick, cleanly-scented cream really means business, and one ripple of a finger through the pot will have you hooked.
The awards have been stacking up for years, but the best testimonials come from real women - a dermatologist told us she can tell instantly when a client uses the product, while repeat custom is absolutely the key to the product's success. Apparently, once you go Mer, you're not going anywhere.