The beauty world at large seems to be waking up to the fact that India has more to offer than sandalwood and Ayurvedic herbs. Now from the stables of the world’s best beauty brands we’ve got fragrances that remind you of quaint coastal towns, bright, bold colours that are an inherent part of our aesthetic, and a beauty essential that’s been passed down through centuries. A round-up of India-inspired beauty products to celebrate Independence Day.
Chanel Bombay Express Makeup Collection
A follow-up to Chanel's Pre-Fall 2012 Paris-Bombay collection, the brand released the make-up used during the show packaged as The Bombay Express Makeup Collection. The idea behind it was to bring together the mysterious beauty of Indian princesses with the refined elegance of a Parisian woman. The Collection includes an eye-shadow, powder and nail polish in rich shades of gold with black kohl pencil to round it off.
Jaipur Bracelet by Boucheron
The high-end jewellery brand chose the pink city to serve as inspiration for their perfume Jaipur Bracelet. The city’s influence on the fragrance is not too overt; the bottle’s pink shade and a heart note of marigold are the Indian connect.
Clarins Colour Quench Lip Balm
Clarins released a make-up collection with shades that were inspired by Holi -- the Indian festival of colours. They even named their two lip glosses included in the collection after Indian cities -- Pink Jaipur and Nude Delhi.
Escale à Pondichéry by Dior
Les Escales de Dior is from the Dior Couture Cruise Collection and one of its stops is Pondicherry. Dior’s Perfumer-Creator François Demachy was inspired by the black tea extract during his journey in India; he thought it was a “a fresh, sophisticated and elegant note”, which is blended with notes of cardamom, sandalwood and jasmine sambac absolute in Escale à Pondichéry.
Estée Lauder Pure Color Intense Kajal EyeLiner
Launched as part of their Cyber Eyes collection, they have six shades of Pure Color Intense Kajal EyeLiner - Blackened Black, Blackened Cocoa, Blackened Plum, Blackened Sapphire, Blackened Olive and Electric Teal. The colour promises to bold, dark and concentrated, comprising of 70 percent pure pigments.
Hermès Un Jardin Apres La Mousson
We all talk about the wonderfully reassuring scent of wet earth after the rain, but Hermès decided to bottle it. “A serene expression of nature's rebirth after the rain, somewhere in India,” reads the brands description. Cardamom, coriander, pepper, ginger, ginger flower and vetiver notes play a strong role in this scent.
Thakoon for Nars
This is a limited edition collection of nail polishes that were based on designer Thakoon’s Spring 2012 collection. The shades have been picked out from “an Indian spice market”, which explains why the colours have names like Lal Mirchi, Amchoor and Anardana.
Opening Image Credit: Diego Fuga
-Jerusha Ratnam Chande
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