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I stand very confidently behind my belief that lingerie doesn't have to be worn just for a partner. Sex or no sex, there's nothing like the luxurious slip of a silky camisole against the skin or the image of one's self wrapped up like a present in lace (or latex, or leather, or whatever you're into). Wearing a tantalizing get-up can be just as titillating when you're entirely alone. La Perla, one of the world's most notable intimates brands, has infused that very thrill into its own cosmetics collection called La Perla Beauty. So, starting soon, you'll be able to take that fancy, risqué feeling with you wherever you go.
The collection, available in the United States starting July, includes four body-care products, nine fragrances, and five makeup products for the lips and eyes. As you can imagine, they're pretty damn luxurious in terms of packaging and formula. As La Perla Beauty's formulator, Les Smith, tells Allure, that's because the brand has intensely high ingredient standards. "Our ultra prestige position gives us the flexibility to use the highest quality of materials," he explains. We'll get more into that in a minute.
But for now, see a breakdown of the full La Perla Beauty line, below.
La Perla Beauty Soothing Bath & Shower Oil
La Perla Beauty Nourishing Body Balm
La Perla Beauty Firming Body Lotion Serum
La Perla Beauty Energizing Salts & Oil Body Scrub
La Perla's body-care items — including a shower oil, body scrub, body serum, and cream — bring some heavy hitters to the plate when it comes to skin-care ingredients. For example, the Nourishing Body Balm features a silky combination of coconut oil and shea butter, meanwhile, jojoba oil gives the Soothing Bath & Shower Oil its moisturizing feel.
They all share one common thread, as Smith highlights. "We have skin-care products enriched with prebiotic materials, which provide significant skin benefits," he says. Prebiotics, if you don't know, encourage the growth of certain bacteria strains (don't worry, only the good ones).
As New York City board-certified dermatologist Whitney Bowe previously explained to Allure, "some prebiotics encourage specific healthy strains of bacteria, and others increase the diversity of the bacteria on your skin, which is really important. When you remove that diversity, that’s when you see problems like rosacea, acne, fine lines, and discoloration."
All that scientific stuff aside, you can't deny the curb appeal of that frilly, hyper-detailed packaging (which are all refillable, by the way).
La Perla Beauty Signature
La Perla Beauty My Day
If there's one product Smith could put above all the others, it's the brand's "striking" new signature fragrance, La Perla. A bright yet devilish blend of citrus, violet, and neroli, it reveals multiple olfactory layers as the hours pass. "The profile of this fragrance is perfect from the initial impact, noticeability, sillage — or its trail — and long lastingness," Smith boasts. With that glossy black bottle and round, pearlescent cap, the connection of the fragrance to the brand's best-selling lingerie is clear as day.
If florals aren't exactly your thing, La Perla has eight other fragrances for you to chose from in its Haute Perfumerie Collection. For example, there's My Day (shown above), a blend of citrus, pink pepper, jasmine, sandalwood, and vetiver. Each curved, brightly colored bottle is available in one- and four-ounce sizes. No matter which you choose, each fragrance is designed to invoke a specific type of memory — like being the center of attention at your own birthday party or driving down a sunny coast with the windows down, or even having a flirtatious encounter with a mysterious stranger.
La Perla Beauty Matte Silk Lipstick
La Perla Beauty Satin Lip Balm
In the eyes of La Perla, red is a neutral color, and it certainly brought that mentality to its lip products. Its Matte Silk lipstick, a full-coverage formula with a comfortable finish, comes in not just one but eight red shades. That includes deep mahogany, vibrant coral, true red, and even a muted rose appropriately named Nude Red.
The Satin Lip Balm is no exception to that rule. This sheer, hydrating option comes in two shades: Bitten Lips (true red) and Petal Lips (blush pink).
La Perla Beauty Volumising Mascara
La Perla Beauty Liquid Eyeliner
La Perla Beauty Sculpting Brow Gel
The sleek, gilded tubes of all three eye products in La Perla's roster should tell you right off the bat what you're signing up for, as far as quality goes. The Volumising Mascara, with its slender, curved, and tapered spooley brush, creates a your-lashes-but-better effect with its gentle formula, featuring ingredients like shea butter, which conditions the lashes while you wear it.
On the other hand, the Liquid Eyeliner presents a pigmented punch of color in red, brown, red, and blue hues. Lastly, the Sculpting Brow Gel — which comes in clear, light brown, and deep brown shades — keeps hairs in place while providing a subtle, glossy sheen.
Just like lingerie, you don't need a partner to wear any of these high-grade, classic fragrances, body-care items, or makeup. Once again, sex or no sex, a silk slip or lace garter belt will pair perfectly with the soft skin, pin-up makeup, and sultry scent La Perla's new beauty products will give you.
La Perla Beauty will retail for $34 to $340 and will be available this July on laperla.com.
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