The morning I spent in Fenwick’s of Bond Street’s new Beauty Icons department definitely ranks as a Top Ten experience. The challenge to myself and a handful of beauty editors was to pick our personal edit of the entire department to celebrate its launch. I had no idea that this was what we were going to be doing at the launch, so you can imagine my glee when I was handed a basket and asked to get going!
Designed by Shayne Brady, who was responsible for Corbin & King’s The Delauney & Colbert, the space at the front of the Ground Floor, has been curated by Mia Fenwick.
The department stocks beauty brands running the gamut of the industry from skincare specialists and perfume artisans to make-up visionaries and wellness innovators, they include MAC, Charlotte Tilbury, Bobbi Brown, Nars, By Terry, Armani, Chanel and Eyeko, skincare by Colbert MD, Suqqu, Chantecaille and Dr Lancer, along with treatments from Blink and Nails inc Luxe,
There are several exclusives too, including James Duigan Clean & Lean To Go – open from 8am so everyone can pop in for their breakfast before work, Nails Inc’s first Luxe nail bar, with banquette seating, and, excitingly, Grandiflora Fragrance from Australian florist Saskia Haveke. Saskia flew over from Australia for the launch, designing these wonderful arrangements herself.
So: to my personal edit. We were asked to choose eight products, including one fragrance and one skincare. Instead of being naughty and just looking for expensive skincare to put in my basket, or new products to test, I decided to pick a few of my all-time favourite products at all price points, which I really do use every day, along with two new ones to try. (A hair mask and a fragrance.) I can’t recommend these products highly enough, so three cheers to Fenwick’s for stocking ALL of them.
I was particularly impressed with the new fragrance wall – millinery has moved upstairs, and in its place is pretty much any scent brand you have never heard of. I had no idea that Van Cleef & Arpels, for example, made so many delicious scents, and one, the California Reverie Eau de Parfum, made it into my edit.
Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation. One of the best ever foundations. Fact.
Charlotte Tilbury Rock’n’Roll Liquid Eye Pencil in Veruschka Mink (it’s a lovely dark grey). Another brilliant product from make-up maestro Tilbury. If you can’t manage a liquid eyeliner cat’s eye then this is your cheat. I can, but this is a very handy on-the-hoof timesaver, so long as you sharpen it after each use.
MAC Lipstick in Morange. This is my everyday lip colour. I get stopped on the street by strangers who ask me what this colour is on a regular basis.
Christophe Robin Regenerating Hair Mask with Prickly Pear Seeds. A new one for me, because I am unlikely to buy something that is so VERY expensive, (£55 – ouch), but goodness it is wonderful. And a little goes a very long way, so I suspect that on a cost-per-use the initial sticker shock may prove worthwhile.
Van Cleef & Arpels Collection Extraordinaire California Reverie Eau de Parfum. A new scent for my dressing table: it features jasmine sambac with additional notes of mandarin, neroli, frangipani, beeswax and vanilla. These are all my favourite notes, so to find them in one scent is a dream.
Sisley Eau Efficace Gentle Make up Remover My favourite-est ever remover: it gets everything off, and leaves my skin feeling smooth and nourished. I wrote about it here back in 2012.
Suqqu Eye Make Up Remover. Highly effective. (Again, I wrote about this here in 2013.)
My eighth product was a tiny Mason & Pearson hairbrush for my handbag, as the one I have on my dressing table is enormous! I cannot rave about these brushes more strongly. Quite possibly the best in the world.