Beauty

5 high street shops with unexpectedly brilliant beauty ranges

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Jacqueline Kilikita
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Supermarket skincare is a thing and it’s going to take your Sunday facial to the next level. Here are the high street stores churning our beauty ranges to rival the most luxurious of brands…

While there’s nothing like visiting a luxury beauty counter for your next beauty fix, there’s no denying the rise of high street make-up, skin and bodycare ranges.

From Hotel Chocolat to The White Company, all manner of brands are turning their hand to beauty, serving up Instagram-worthy collections to rival even the fanciest, most advanced product lines out there.

Stylist rounds up the very best. Happy shopping!

Hotel Chocolat

Forget the truffles and liqueurs, there’s another compulsive reason to get yourself down to Hotel Chocolat stat – a chocolate-inspired beauty range. Taking inspiration from the brand’s St. Lucian chocolate plantation, the collection, Rabot 1745, boasts everything from lip balm to body lotion, shower gel to handwash. Of course, the star ingredient is cacao, but aloe vera, coconut and almond also feature heavily. Granted, slathering chocolate-laden products all over your face and body might be an alternative way to get your sugar fix, but it’s ten times more indulgent - trust us.

Must try

Chocolate Almond Lip Balm

A dream team of almond oil and cacao butter take parched, deflated lips and make them soft and plump.

£7, hotelchocolat.com 

The White Company

They’re known for their ultra-chic interiors and Instagrammable candle collection, but The White Company have recently turned their hand to skincare, and the range is going to take your bathroom shelfie to new heights. There are currently three products to choose from: A serum jam-packed with antioxidants to ward away skin scavenging environmental aggressors like UV and pollution, a balm cleanser to dislodge make-up and everyday grime and a moisturiser filled to the brim with complexion-perfecting ingredients like hyaluronic acid to banish tightness and lines and aloe vera to treat irritation. Fun fact: This collection was created in partnership with global skincare experts at DECIEM, who are the brains behind Stylist-approved beauty brands, The Ordinary and Niod.

Must try…     

Super Balm Gentle Daily Deep Cleanser

A good cleanser is arguably the most important step in any skincare routine - and they don’t come any more blissful than this one. The silky balm texture melts on contact with the skin to eradicate tough mascara, foundation and excess oil, leaving skin feeling squeaky clean yet soft. The best part? It smells like a spa.

£25, thewhitecompany.com 

& Other Stories

Stylist’s beauty editor, Lucy Partington, is an enormous fan of & Other Stories’ body range - in particular, the Fig Fiction Body Scrub, £10, it’s divine - but their new Paris Atelier make-up collection has completely stolen our attention away. In response to our demand for more natural beauty, the high-street store has developed their products with an impressive 85% natural ingredients, although the textures and pigments are anything but second rate. The drop consists of a matte-shimmer eyeshadow quad, an iridescent bronzing powder, a silky powder blush, a highlighter, foundation and a nail varnish remover – phew. You might want to clear some space in your beauty arsenal…

Must try…

Eyeshadow Palette

Intense pigments? Check. Shades that suit all skintones? Absolutely. Easy to blend? Yep. In our opinion, this eyeshadow palette is on par with the likes of Too Faced and Kat Von D when it comes to staying power.

£17, available in store

Lidl

The launch of Lidl’s Cellular Beauty Day Cream, £3.49, sent beauty-obsessives into meltdown as the ingredients list was very similar to that of an eye-wateringly expensive luxury moisturiser, (La Prairie’s Cellular Radiance Cream, £494, FYI). Since then, their products have made it onto many an Instagram shelfie – and we totally approve.

Must try…

Lidl Silvercrest Face Mask Maker

Calling all sheet mask fiends! Lidl have just lifted the lid on a DIY face mask maker, which allows you to whip up your very own face mask using ingredients of your choice, like essential oils, avocado and aloe vera. The kit comes complete with 24 collagen tablets to give the mask it’s satisfying jelly-feel, a measuring cup, mask mould and a cleaning brush. Genius and fun.

£34.99, lidl.co.uk

Birkenstock

OK, it’s not a high-street store as such, but footwear brand, Birkenstock, have just branched out into skincare and the collection is impressive. Foot balms, hand creams, facial moisturisers and cleansers, to name but a few essentials, make up their extensive product range and the mainstay ingredient in all of them is skin-plumping suberin, which is found naturally in the cork they use in all of their sandals. The brand is certified natural, cruelty-free and mostly vegan. Sold.  

Must try…

Birkenstock Natural Skincare Moisturising Hand and Nail Cream

Cracked knuckles, flaky cuticles… This silky hand cream reverses winter damage to make hands soft, plump and flawless. It absorbs in seconds and smells like a sweet shop – obsessed.

£18, birkenstock.com

Images: Instagram / Annie Spratt