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Gucci is an Italian fashion house lauded for its contribution to the world of perfumery, but the most recent extension – makeup – is one after my own heart. In the realm of beauty, I am essentially like a magpie. I’m drawn to gloss and glitter and shine; to ornate packaging and unexpected detail. That’s why Gucci struck a chord when it launched. Not only were the shades and textures spectacular, but the packaging was otherworldly (Creative Director Alessandro Michele’s world, specifically). There’s lipsticks in ornate gold bullets, powders in retro compacts and my personal favourite, the L’Obscur Mascara, housed inside a pastel pink tube.
It was also, refreshingly, a launch that championed a different kind of aesthetic. Instead of perfection and rules, it was more a celebration of quirks and individuality; about using makeup to express yourself, and in a way that felt uniquely your own. It’s been a huge success this year as well as a personal favourite of mine. And fortunately, it’s available to shop at Myer.
So here, inside my vanity, I’m talking through some of my favourite Gucci Beauty buys, from lips to lashes (and good ones at that).
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GUCCI, ROUGE À LÈVRES VOILE LIPSTICK, $57, SHOP NOW
A lipstick so beautiful it’s almost too special to use… but Alessandro Michele wouldn’t hear of it. Rouge à Lèvres Voile is a sheer, hydrating option that gives a wash of colour and hydration by the bucket load.
GUCCI, ROUGE À LÈVRES SATIN LIPSTICK, $57, SHOP NOW
For the classicists among us, Rouge à Lèvres Satin is creamy and opaque. If the bullet itself – a baroque-style gold – doesn’t draw you in, the long-wearing pigment will.
GUCCI, ROUGE À LÈVRES MAT LIPSTICK, SHOP NOW
A true matte, this lipstick almost has a powdery quality on the lips (in the best possible way). The colours are also to die for: think dirty peach, brick red and shocking mauves.
GUCCI, ÉCLAT DE BEAUTÉ EFFET LUMIÈRE MULTI-USE GEL GLOSS, $48, SHOP NOW
Beautiful, shiny, luxurious. There’s a lot to love about Gucci’s take on face gloss. This rendition is completely transparent so works on all skin tones. Swipe it across cheek bones, eye lids, the cupid’s bow and through the brows for a complexion that’s glassy and cherub-like.
GUCCI, POUDRE DE BEAUTÉ MAT NATUREL BEAUTY POWDER, $95, SHOP NOW
The powder compact of dreams, this will soften shine and provide light coverage without caking or settling into fine lines. The Gucci-stamped puff is a special touch, too.
GUCCI, POUDRE DE BEAUTÉ ÉCLAT SOLEIL BRONZER, $95, SHOP NOW
We can’t sip a spritz under the Tuscan sun, but we can have this bronzer, which is almost as good. Dust over the places the sun would naturally hit: tops of the cheeks, the bridge of the nose, the hair line and collar bones.
GUCCI, MASCARA L´OBSCUR 1 EVE BLACK MASCARA, $59, SHOP NOW
L’Obscur is a mascara that wants you to choose your own adventure. Swipe through once for clean definition, or use a heavy hand to create lashes that are thick, dramatic and wonderfully clumpy.
GUCCI FLORA GARDEN GORGEOUS GARDENIA EDT, $105 – $145, SHOP NOW
White florals are often underwhelming but this is surprisingly fresh and begs the question, “what are you wearing?” While it does have that sweet, rich Gardenia quality, softer notes (red berries, pear, patchouli) balance things out.
GUCCI BLOOM AMBROSIA DI FIORI EDP INTENSE FOR HER, $170 – $225, SHOP NOW
Those privvy to the fine art of perfumery will know that Tuberose is a difficult beast, but Gucci’s version is pretty close to perfect. It’s a confident scent that sits somewhere between a floral and an oriental.
Explore the entire Gucci collection at Myer.
Until next time,