I MUST CONFESS that I have a thing for beautiful packaging, so when Hermès announced the next chapter in their beauty range—a new nail enamel collection—I knew that I wouldn’t be able to resist. (The house’s original beauty range was only launched in March of last year.) I wanted something soft and pretty (as opposed to bright or bold), and so opted for the shade 06 Rose Baltique, which ended being a lot more subtle than expected, nearly transparent in fact, after two coats. But, after three coats, it takes on a beautiful dusky pink hue that’s actually very sophisticated, and the quality of this nail enamel is much better than the Gucci (also seen above), which chips badly.
There are 24 basic colours in the permanent range (ten matte and 14 satin), plus a lip balm and a lip shine. I chose to buy the Rosy Lip Enhancer (in shade 30 Rose D’Été) rather than a lipstick, simply because I liked the design of the lipstick tube (pink and white with brushed gold) much better than the others, and as these lipstick tubes are refillable, it is something to consider. While on the topic, the lipstick tubes are made of colour-block cylinders with metal that is lacquered, brushed or polished, topped with an indented metal disc stamped with the house’s ornate ex-libris. As with the nail enamel packaging, they were designed by French fashion designer Pierre Hardy, who has designed shoes and jewellery for Hermès for 30 years.
The Rosy Lip Enhancer has the texture of a lip balm, with a delicate waxy finish, leaving a flushed transparent pink hue with a matt luminosity. It contains sesame seed and raspberry seed oils to help soften and add moisture to lips. The look is subtle but pretty.
The magnetised tube makes a soft, satisfying ‘click’ when shut, and each Rouge Hermès lipstick comes with a canvas pouch, along with a small Hermès box.