Last winter during one of my calls with Victoria, co-founder of La Bella Figura, she told me about their plans for 2016 and what they were working on. The excitement was tangible on both sides of the call. There was one project she was extremely vague about but every time she would mention it her excitement peaked. When I asked her to tell me more about it, she was a bit hesitant as it was an innovative idea at a very early stage. Eventually her enthusiasm prevailed and she told me about their idea of creating a mise-en-place skincare product inspired by molecular gastronomy.
It was an incredible privilege to witness innovation in the making. Although I wasn’t in the lab with Victoria, there was something deeply enchanting and inspiring to hear an artist talk about their idea and take me behind the scenes of the creation of something unseen in the beauty world.
The Capsule Collection is a limited release item and there are only 200 boxes of it. It is for beauty lovers who seek sophistication and are excited at the idea of creating and experimenting with their skincare. It celebrates the uniqueness of your skin and goes beyond the stereotypes of skin care types. The Capsule Collection is all about listening to your skin. Taking my skin as an example which generally is oily to combination but there are days when it feels dry, then there are those days of the month when it is inflamed and there are also days when it looks tired and dull.
Now that the Capsule Collection is finally here and having experienced it myself, I am completely in awe at what La Bella Figura have created. With some of the best chefs in the world as inspiration, they have translated fine dining experience into skincare. From the beautiful box with the periodic table of ingredients embossed on it, through the sterling silver spoon and hand-made bowl to the white gloves which come with it, the Capsule Collection is without a doubt an unparalleled skincare experience.
There is something incredibly satisfying and at the same time empowering in designing your own product with such powerful and concentrated ingredients. I find myself looking forward to my skincare moments so I can mix ingredients, burst spheres and watch my skin drink these fresh formulas. In those moments, I truly feel like the chef in one of the world’s best restaurants.
I find it incredibly fun to tune to my skin using the Custom Bar Recipes or experiment and mix my own serums, oils or moisturizers based on the current condition of my skin. Although created at home, the personalized products are far from a DIY moisturizer you can make with a recipe you would find on internet. The elements of the Collection benefit the skin on a micro-molecular level and promote circulation, hydration, collagen renewal, firmness, purification, cleansing and treatment.
The tiny Kakadu Plum and Aronia Berry Spheres for instance which are made with a a process called reverse spherification (used in molecular gastronomy) use in-house made concentrates to boost the potency of your product.
The hidden gem of the Capsule Collection however is the Curative Cleanser. A beautiful cleansing balm which removes makeup and dirt without stripping the skin of precious oils. I love its chocolate scent and beautiful texture which rinses off with water only, no washcloth needed.
La Bella Figura have exceptionally high standards for ingredients, formulations, packaging and results. For what may seem to many as needless perfectionism, is the very reason why La Bella Figura are known for their gorgeous and highly effective products. They are innovators who push the envelope. With every new product of theirs I try, I am deeply convinced that it cannot get any better and yet they prove me wrong, time and time again. The Capsule Collection is no exception, only this time they set the bar so high, I’m finding it hard to believe that any skincare experience can beat that.
Images by Lara Kastner Photography