We are always on the lookout for effective skincare formulas and cosmetics that work, but we sure can’t deny the fact that we obsess over beautifully packaged beauty products too – especially when they come in vintage packaging.
Case in point? Jo Malone London’s The Marmalade Collection and the Commemorative Collection by Kiehl’s.
There’s just something about retro-looking beauty packaging that makes the product look decidedly irresistible, highly covetable, and totally deserving of a place on your vanity. And who wouldn’t want to glam up in front of a dressing table that’s stocked with gorgeous beauty products, right?
To help you spruce up your vanity, Daily Vanity has gathered seven beauty products with aesthetically pleasing vintage packaging for your shopping consideration. Trust us, these will make you swoon just like they did us!
1. Spa Esprit
Homegrown brand Spa Esprit recently rolled out an all-new Plantation Shower Cures series and we’re giving it top points not just because we feel it should be part of everyone’s personal pampering ritual but also for nailing the packaging.
With names like Nightly Sleep Aid, The Negativity Cleanse, Remedy To Clarity, and Breakout From Burnout, the collection – which consists of nine unique blends of body wash – couldn’t have arrived at a better timing if you ask us.
Powered by the restorative powers of medicinal plants and essential oils, any of these will surely satisfy your olfactory senses and also the need for self-care.
Each body wash from the Spa Esprit Plantation Shower Cures collection retails for S$39 each at Spa Esprit outlets and Beauty Emporium.
2. Gucci Beauty
Ever since Italian fashion designer Alessandro Michele helmed Gucci, he’s been banging out vintage-inspired clothing with a contemporary twist – and things are no different at Gucci Beauty.
From lipsticks to fragrances, every product has a certain old-world charm to it thanks to the use of gilded hardware, nostalgic floral patterns, as well as bottles that look like they were pulled out from an ancient apothecary.
You can find Gucci Beauty at Takashimaya, TANGS Orchard as well as Sephora.
The well-loved brand celebrates its 170th anniversary this year with not one, but two special limited-edition collections to mark the occasion.
There’s the Commemorative Collection, which is a specially curated line of the brand’s most beloved formulas, all decked in stunning white-and-gold vintage-style glass packaging.
Then, there’s the Heritage Collection, a trio of Essence Oils that pays homage to the historical products in the brand’s archive that had revolutionised the beauty industry in previous eras.
The limited-edition Commemorative and Heritage Collections (from S$38 to S$105) are available at Kiehl’s official e-store and at all Kiehl’s boutiques.
4. Jo Malone London
The British fragrance house launched a limited-edition series called The Marmalade Collection last month and it wasn’t just the colognes that we swoon over!
The packaging, created exclusively for this collection, took inspiration from the shape and detailing of vintage marmalade jars, and we’re sure you’ll agree with us when we say that it’s an obvious departure from the usual Jo Malone fragrances housed in transparent glass bottles.
The colognes in this collection are equally unique too – pick from delicate Elderflower Cordial (pictured), zesty Orange Peel, opulent Rose Blush, eccentric Tangy Rhubarb, and refreshing Blackberry & Bay.
If collecting Jo Malone London fragrances is one of your hobbies, you’d certainly want to add one of these (or all!) to your stash.
Each cologne from Jo Malone London’s The Marmalade Collection retails for S$115 (30ml) each. You can find the collection at all Jo Malone London boutiques, Sephora Takashimaya, Sephora ION Orchard, and via Jo Malone London’s Concierge Service (9732 9737). It’s also available online at Sephora.
You may not be old enough to remember how a face powder looked like in your mother or grandmother’s era, but Guerlain’s iconic Météorites is pretty darn similar.
Loose face powder back in the day is housed in tins, but Guerlain’s version offers light-revealing powder pearls instead so that you can highlight your complexion without making a mess. Plus, do we really need to point out the beauty of these multi-coloured pearls?
Guerlain Météorites retails for S$97 on Sephora.
Loved by high societies around the world and highly sought after around the world, British perfumery Penhaligon’s is well-known for its signature apothecary-style packaging as much as its niche perfumes.
While Penhaligon’s has its standalone boutique in ION Orchard, you can now also shop at the comfort of your own on Escentials’ e-store. If you’re wondering which Penhaligon’s fragrance you should be adding to cart, check out our recommendation here.
Prices start from S$215 for a Penhaligon’s fragrance. You can find it at Escentials.
7. Bésame Cosmetics
In all honesty, you can have a list of retro-looking beauty products without including Bésame Cosmetics. Though not available in Singapore (yet!), the label is well-known for its assortment of vintage-inspired makeup products such as Cake Mascara.
Bésame’s range of Cream Rouge is another stunner inspired by makeup blushes from the 1920s and 1930s (they were called rouge in those eras) that often came in gold, refillable compacts.