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Hermès Beauty launches facial cosmetics in celebration of New York Fashion Week. A complexion balm, highlighter and translucent powder, a brush, and $45 blotting paper (yes, $45 blotting paper!). (The luxury brand’s first foray into beauty was Rouge Hermès lipstick in 2020.) At a private event held at the Hermès Meatpacking District during fashion’s big week, I tested the product. , (1) to see what a $45 blotting paper actually looks like; (2) determine what is actually worth cash;
Okay, listen up: the blotting paper actually soaks up your skin without moving your foundation. Sure, they’re $45, so what you’re paying for is chicness with Hermès blotting paper. And it’s the closest most of us have to a Birkin. Semi-transparent matte powders work without making your complexion look dull or ghostly, the way translucent powders darken your skin tone. It removed the oily shine from my face in no time.
The new brushes are also pretty good. Very chic. Designed by Pierre Hardy, it features smooth, clean lines finished in gold to hold the brush’s smooth, soft bristles (similar to lipstick and nail polish). I loved them so much that I already have an air powder brush in my purse as my new go-to.
A translucent skin tint that does not feel heavy, gently covers skin troubles and gives the skin a subtle luster. Out of 11 shades available, we matched shade 85. This was a warm amber color that complemented my neutral undertone. It’s better to drop $ from line to another. (Believe me, keep reading.)
When I posted the H-embellished blotting paper to Instagram Stories, an influx of DM comments all screamed the same thing. i don’t blame them. Who wouldn’t want to pull these out at the dinner table?
It’s an uncomfortable flex and we’re both here for a laugh When oil free skin. But you can’t have mine, so don’t ask.
Hermès Beauty is available at hermes.com and major luxury retailers including Nordstrom, Bergdorf Goodman, Saks Fifth Avenue and Bloomingdale’s.