Pretty in Park City
Satisfy your makeup and skin-care cravings at Splendor Beauty Emporium.
Photograph: Doug Burke
Stepping into Splendor Beauty Emporium (1635 W Redstone Center Dr, 435.575.1800, shop splendor.com) is the adult equivalent of a kid walking into a candy store. The tempting scent of the shop’s candle du jour hangs in the air, and the walls and counters are stacked with brightly packaged beauty treats and glossy makeup trays filled with colorful and sparkling shadows, lipsticks, polishes, and powders.
“Makeup is a form of expression—it’s like accessorizing,” muses Splendor owner Delilah Gervais. This year marks Splendor’s 10th in Park City, and after just one visit, you’ll see how this inviting specialty shop has managed to thrive in Park City’s competitive retail environment.
Gervais possesses an encyclopedic knowledge of each and every product from the shop’s 150-plus vendors. (Same goes for her client records; she can easily identify that lip gloss your aunt fell in love with while vacationing here last Christmas.) Splendor stocks beloved, big-name brands like NARS, Fresh, and one of Gervais’s favorites, Laura Mercier. “She founded and formulated the first tinted moisturizer in the marketplace,” she says. “It’s a top seller and customer favorite because it works for all age groups.” But Gervais loves supporting small, indie labels, too, like Bootzie, a Hawaiian company that produces two vanilla-based, roller-ball fragrances.
Along with all manner of makeup, gifts, and skin-care, bath, and body items, Splendor also offers services like facials, waxing, tinting, tweezing, and makeup applications for date night, girls’ night, or weddings.
This winter, Gervais loves the look of full brows and bold lips. “Purples and reds are big this season,” she says. “You can throw on a colorful lip and mascara and really look polished. And always fill in your eyebrows—it makes a huge difference.” To get the look, she recommends Blinc Eyebrow Mousse, Smashbox Brow Tech To Go, NARS Velvet Lip Pencil in Mysterious Red, and the new NARS Audacious Lipstick in Bette.
And her top skin-care tip when temps start to drop? “It’s dry in Park City, so it’s important to exfoliate,” explains Gervais. “People think it’s going to dry their skin out, so instead they just pack on moisturizer. But you have to exfoliate for your lotions to work effectively.”
Delilah Gervais shares a few of her favorite things from Splendor:
Caudalíe Vinoperfect Radiance Serum “Using this serum is like giving the skin a tall drink of water. It makes me glow and evens out my skin tone and sunspots. It smells naturally delicious.”
Smileactives Tooth Whitening Pen “This is my go-to after coffee and red wine to take the gray off my teeth and get sweet-smelling breath. Plus, it fits discreetly in my purse or in the console of my car.”
LaLicious Sugar Scrub “To keep my skin silky soft, I turn to this body scrub in Sugar Reef. The scent reminds me of the ocean, and the scrub is so hydrating I don’t need to apply lotion after.
Clarisonic Opal “The device’s technology delivers product deep into the skin. I use it when I apply eye cream, blemish solutions, and a firming serum around my lips.”
NEST Candles “With a 2-year-old and 5-year-old in the house, I don’t light candles much, but when I do it’s a NEST candle in bamboo, birch, lemongrass, or grapefruit. The scent fills my entire home.”
This article appears in the Winter/Spring 2015 issue of Park City Magazine