Net-a-Porter’s Beauty section has expanded exponentially since it was introduced six years ago. From 11 brands, the online retailer now has over 200 beauty brands under its roof, making it a true one-stop shop for luxury and exclusive skincare and makeup products. Here are seven of the latest brand additions that are getting us excited.
1. Amy Jean Brows
Founded by brow artistry expert Amy Jean in 2004, this Australian brand doesn’t believe in a one-brow-fits-all shape. The brand has five salons across Australia and has served celebrities such as Australian singer-songwriter Delta Goodrem, British singer aka Scary Spice Mel B, British model Naomi Campbell and Australian singer-songwriter Dannii Minogue. You can find brow products (of course), concealers, highlighters and mascaras from around US$29 (S$40). We hear that the Micro Stroke Pencils (US$31/S$43) have a creamy formula and micro-sized tip that lets you draw perfect hair-like strokes for natural, lush-looking brows.
This German luxury skincare brand focuses on combining aromatherapeutic oils with active ingredients to promote a restful sleep to improve your skin condition. The brand’s founder, who sold her advertising agency to concentrate on this, wanted to create a revolutionary skincare regimen specially tailored to the needs of the skin at night. This is because skin cell renewal rates double then, and our skin is better able to absorb nutrients from the skincare. Our vote goes to the Iconic Reborn Radiant Serum — it works to plump up skin and resurface the complexion for smoother skin, and is at the highest end of the price range at US$176 (S$243). Prices start from around US$52 (S$72) for a cleanser.
3. One Ocean Beauty
Eco-warriers, here’s another brand to add to your list. This American clean beauty brand has products for both the face and body. Founder and CEO of the brand Marcella Cacci wanted to create a skincare line with marine ingredients at its core, and uses sustainable energy in its production. The products are also cruelty-free and the packaging, 100 per cent recyclable. The price range is affordable, at around US$38 (S$52) for a cleanser to US$125 (S$172) for a body cream.
4. Prager Skincare
German-born, London-based Dr Michael Prager, who has his own aesthetic clinics, created this skincare line specifically to target pollution because he feels that wearing sunscreen is no longer enough to protect our skin in our exceedingly polluted environment. So the products are formulated with potent antioxidants to combat free radical damage, and ingredients such as gold particles and oils are used to form a layer on skin to protect against external aggressors. All these help prevent premature skin ageing that leads to dull, pigmented and saggy skin. Harmful chemicals such as plastics and parabens are also excluded from the product formulas. Prices range from around US$80 (S$110) for a cleanser to US$319 (S$440) for a facial oil.
From the people who played a part in Kiehl’s (yes, the Kiehl’s) success, Retrouve is a luxury skincare brand that taps on founders Jami Morse Heidegger (she helmed Kiehl’s after taking it over from her father, whose father bought Kiehl’s over from its original creator John Kiehl, and she oversaw the sale of the brand to beauty giant L’Oreal in 2000 – we know, it’s a long history that is a story for another day) and her husband, Klaus Heidegger’s deep knowledge in skincare and beauty. While Kiehl’s is an apothecary/pharmaceutical-inspired brand, Retrouve prides itself on combining new technologies with high-performing active ingredients in superior concentrations and innovative textures “to set a new standard in luxury skincare”. The products are formulated with powerful ingredients which are rich in antioxidants and nutrients to help protect skin from internal and external aggressors, and rejuvenate skin cells. You can get a tub of 24 peel pads for around US$69 (S$95) or, if you have really, really deep pockets, a set of four serums (full-sized, 30ml) at US$1,705 (S$2,351).
Developed by plastic surgeon Dr Gregory Bays Brown, Revive is a luxury skincare line designed to bring a youthful radiance to skin. The American brand’s products are formulated with its Bio-Renewal Technology that Dr Brown used to treat burn victims in his medical career. Prices range from around US$52 (S$72) for a 28.4ml hydrating face mist to US$485 (S$669) for a 30ml anti-ageing serum.
7. Teresa Tarmey
Facialist to stars such as English model Kate Moss and British-American Sienna Miller, Teresa Tarmey is known for her super customised and targeted facials. The British-born has developed three different sets of at-home skincare kits, but only one of them (the best-selling one, of course) is available on Net-a-Porter. The Microneedling Kit – which counts celebrities such as Poppy Delevingne, Elsa Hosk and Jourdan Dunn among its fans – is a 12-week program that includes skincare products (a toner, treatment essence and reusable silicone mask), a microneedling dermaroller that helps to stimulate skin cell regeneration and a gold-plated massage tool that vibrates to improve the absorption of skincare. At around US$495 (S$683), it’s on the pricier side, but still more affordable than flying to Tarmey’s London or New York City clinics for a facial.