Come back Sephora

By Amy Lawrenson

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The UK is positively bursting with great beauty products, beauty halls, independent brands and spas. But, every so often, I can't help but wish we could get Sephora back on UK soil. It was here briefly in the mid noughties with 10 standalone stores. And while Sephora.fr ships over the channel (for a €15.90 delivery charge) it often doesn't get the same stock as the US stores.

What with the now sold out, limited edition Karl Lagerfeld collection and word that Pantone - the colour forecasting and matching company - has signed a deal with Sephora for its first cosmetics collection (and guess what, it's also limited edition), I'm feeling a little left out. And as if that wasn’t enough, designer Prabal Gurung has got in on the act, creating new uniforms for the staff in Sephora’s North American stores.

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‘My intention was to reflect the style and playfulness of shopping in a Sephora store, but to also make sure they would be functional in such a fast-paced environment,’ Gurung told WWD. ‘The dress incorporates one of my favourite design elements, offering a flash of vibrant red, while the women's pant suit and the separates for men give a sleeker, more tailored look.’

And yes, while we can beg any friends or family who may be hopping over the Atlantic on business or pleasure to stock up on beauty wares for us, it's not the same as having the store - and its covetable exclusives - a stone's throw away. Come back Sephora, I miss you.

See Prabal Gurung's autumn/winter 11 show (pictured) here...

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