Aside from the very obvious bits, one of my favourite parts of international travel is duty free shopping. Getting to browse brands not available locally (or even just extended ranges of brands we do have) gives me inappropriate amounts of joy, and my credit card equal amounts grief. While I have friends that prefer to do the bulk of their shopping via the in-flight catalogues, I always have time to kill at the airport because I’m compulsively early so that’s where I do my damage.
The team from Lauder international recently got in touch to hear whether I’d like to share some duty free exclusive buys with you guys (or travel retail exclusives as they call it) and I was all too happy to share. Planning a trip? Here are some great beauty deals you can look out for.
In the makeup department, I was most impressed with the Esteé Lauder Pure Color Envy Liquid Lip Potions Trio. To start with, the colour selection is excellent – there’s a dirty rose nude (Vague Obsession 410) that will flatter any skin tone from porcelain to ebony, a great red (Lethal Red 330) and an pretty pink (Wicked Sweet 230). The finish is semi-matte and it doesn’t dry down all the way so it feels very comfortable on the lips. RRP R637 – you’re pretty much only paying for two, they’re R295 each in store.
There’s also the Clinique All About Eyes Eyeshadow Octet which is a great option if you have enough nudes in your collection. It’s made up of two highlight shades and six jewel tones in soft shimmer and super shimmer finishes. RRP R460.
First up for skincare there’s everyone’s Lauder favourite – ANR. The Advanced Night Repair Essentials set has a Micro Essence (a toner-like product), an Advanced Night Repair II serum and a Revitalizing Supreme Creme. The latter is probably my favourite Lauder skincare product of all time – it’s a rich, super comfortable cream that makes my skin look and feel great whenever I use it. I don’t have a price for this one because it’s not available in SA, but you’ll find it at international destinations.
If you’re heading off to a sunny destination you might want to take note of the Clinique Sun Ready set. It has a SPF30 Face Cream, SPF30 Body Creme, After sun Aloe Rescue Balm and a wide tooth comb to get the salt water out of your hair after a day of lazing on the beach. RRP R580.
You can get your hands on these exclusive at international airports, on international flights, cruises and in selected duty free shops in major cities.
These products are samples provided for consideration by Esteé Lauder International.