Hermès Continues Beauty Range with its First Nail Enamel and Hand Care Collection

In 2020, Hermès Beauty launched a lipstick collection and went on to drop a blush collection early this year. Now, it is expanding its beauty range with the unveiling of Les Mains Hermès – a new collection of hand care objects that include colourful enamels in a variety of shades; a base coat; a top coat; reparative hand cream; nourishing cuticle oil, and hands down the chicest nail files ever made.

Some nail polish from the Les Mains Hermès collection
Some of the colours of the nail polish in the Les Mains Hermès collection. Image courtesy of Wallpaper

The brand’s artistic director, Pierre-Alexis Dumas, explains that focusing on the hands next was a natural progression for Hermès Beauty. “The hand is the epitome of care. It is our partner, our eye, our identity. It has no gender, it signals behaviours, it is the hand of the rider or the artisan. It is both powerful and delicate.”

The collection’s hand cream is composed of 98 per cent natural ingredients, including soothing white mulberry extract, protective hyaluronic acid, and reparative natural moss. Its silk-like texture leaves behind no greasy residue and, for an added element of elegance, its scent has been designed by in-house perfumer, Christine Nagel.

The hand cream from the collection
The hand cream is formulated with mostly natural ingredients. Image courtesy of Hermès

The next step in the Les Mains Hermès ritual is the nourishing nail and cuticle oil, formulated with 100 per cent natural ingredients. Then, a strengthening enamel base coat prepares the nails for the most exciting element of the new collection – the nail enamel colours.

The nail enamel collection features 24 shades, after Hermès’ historic home address at 24 Faubourg Saint-Honoré, with colours derived from the brand’s famed enamel bracelets. The shades range from a subtle powdery pink of Rose Porcelaine to the rich chocolate brown of Brun Bistre, and from classic red Rouge H to the eccentric sun-yellow of Jaune Impérial.

Darker shades include the verdant Vert Égyptien, inspired by mirages in the Nile Valley, the cloudy-grey Gris Étoupe, or the autumn leaf-coloured Orange Brûlé.

The Orange Brûlé nail polish on a model's fingers
The Orange Brûlé polish is perfect for warm days. Image courtesy of Nylon Singapore

The packaging of the nail products are reminiscent of that of the house’s earlier beauty products: The bottom of the caps of the bottles, for instance, features the brushed gold finish also found on Hermes lipstick tubes and blush pots. It has been designed by the brand’s creative director of shoes and jewellery, Pierre Hardy.

“While make-up can be fun, whimsical or dramatic, Hermès [hand] care is designed like an intimate and pure essential object. We move from centre stage to the wings, with objects that are not on display, but that are kept literally to hand,” says Hardy of the collection.

The nail files, nourishing oil and top with base coats in the Les mains hermes collection
The remaining products in the collection. Image courtesy of Hermes

Les Mains Hermes will be available from Oct 15. Prices range from $58 for a set of 12 nail files to $185 for a Complete Hand Care cream. Each bottle of nail enamel retails for $74.

Source: Wallpaper

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