Audrey Hepburn once said:
“I owe 50 per cent of my beauty to my mother and the other 50 per cent to Erno Laszlo”
Erno Laszlo was a Hungarian Born American Dermatologist and cosmetic businessman (thanks Wikipedia!) who founded the Erno Laszlo Institute. The Institute specialised in beauty treatments and cosmetics and was aimed at the rich, famous and powerful…among his clients were the aforementioned Audrey Hepburn along with Greta Garbo, Grace Kelly, Jackie Kennedy amongst many many others.
Erno Laszlo sadly passed away in 1973 but his legacy lives on with a wide variety of skincare products but recently, to celebrate 85 years a special collection was released. The Hollywood Collection, a collection inspired by the brands most famous and iconic devotees.
There’s the Instant Eye Repair inspired by Ava Gardner, Morning Rescue Beauty created in tribute to Marilyn Monroe, Velvet Night Cream inspired by Greta Garbo and finally two products that I was sent to try out, which I’ll tell you about below.
Before I do, I just want to quickly mention the packaging. Sleek, sophisticated minimal. The jars are especially stylish, square pot with a round lid, with very little else except the product name and the brand logo. Love it. It looks exclusive.
Intensive Porcelain Veil
This cream was created with Katharine Hepburn in mind. It’s a palest aqua shade and lightly scented. It’s purpose is to deliver deep moisturisation for a smooth refined complexion. It moisturises beautifully, yet somehow remains incredibly light. I LOVE this. There is a catch though, I’m just going to say it. It’s £140 for 50ml. That’s a hell of a lot of money and certainly out of my price range…if I had money for things like this though, this would be my moisturiser of choice. It is positively divine. Every inch the luxury product. Is it worth £140? I don’t know really, probably not, if I could afford it I’d buy it though, no questions, so perhaps that makes me a fool, but if it made me look anything like Audrey Hepburn then I’d be happy (alas even I know that’s never going to happen, not even if I spent £1000 on a pot of cream). Because this is so expensive I’m seriously regulating my use. I can’t use this every day. I just can’t.
Then the final product in the Hollywood Collection is the Refresh Moisture Infusion.
This time the cream is a cool palest lavender shade, created in homage to Grace Kelly. A Moistuiser to increase radiance and even skin tone, full of antioxidants to brighten the complexion. Very moisturising, slightly heavier than the Porcelain Veil but still ridiculously light given the amount of moisture going on. All of my comments for the previous apply here as well. This one is £125 for 50ml. Worth every penny in terms of luxury and hydration… could you get the same quality for £30? I don’t know, I’m not a scientist, I can’t compare in any real and scientific way. All I can tell you is that if I could I’d buy this range. No question.
Beautiful products, beautifully packaged with a stunning background story to add to the magic.
Available from Harrods exclusively.
*Disclosure – PR Samples for which I am extremely extremely grateful!*