Harry Styles Unveiled More Pleasing Beauty & Here’s What We Think

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I'm a journalist but I’m a Harry Styles fangirl first and foremost. So when news of a new Pleasing collection trickled into my inbox recently, I may have uttered a shriek or two (please, I’m only human and this is Harry Styles we’re talking about).

Hot Holiday is inspired by all things summer and includes a four-shade, biodegradable nail polish set (The Hot Holiday Set, £68, or £21 for the yellow and blue individual polishes) plus a soothing tonic, The Pleasing Spritz, £26, and The Pleasing Everybody Oil, £47 (all available now on Pleasing.com). They're joined by a run of limited-edition apparel, including a yellow Pleasing Hoodie, £115, Beach Towel, £58, and Beach Bag, £58.

The press release cooks up an idyllic image, not unlike Harry’s "Golden" music video: "Think of being on the Italian coast in the middle of summer, where the Mediterranean sun has warmed the sand between your toes and the sound of the ocean waves crashing is all that occupies your mind." But with campaign imagery by photographer Tom Johnson, we think it's more coastal grandma chic via the best, brightest and brashest of the British seaside.

Take, for example, the names of the four nail polish shades: Beach Ball (a deep, ocean-blue opaque gloss), Nonna’s Sorbet (a yellow opaque gloss), Harry’s Chair (a seaweed-green opaque gloss) and Wet Bottoms (a high-gloss, clear topper for a wet-look finish). It’s retro, it’s campy and perfect for the heat we're experiencing right now.

Styles obsessive I may be but I was still keen to find out whether the collection is actually any good and worth the buck. (£21 for one nail varnish — really, Harold?)

I tested the entire lineup. Read on for my honest thoughts.

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<h2><a href="https://uk-eu.pleasing.com/products/the-hot-holiday-set" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:The Hot Holiday Set" class="link ">The Hot Holiday Set</a>, £68</h2><br>This was my first Pleasing experience and I was most excited to try the nail varnishes. Opening these up with my housemates, each one had a different idea about what the distinct glass bottles look like — everything from "lollipops" and "Russian dolls" to "fancy pepper shakers". Personally I think they look <a href="https://www.refinery29.com/en-gb/2021/11/10760453/harry-styles-pleasing-reaction" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:like very pretty butt plugs" class="link ">like very pretty butt plugs</a>, with cool marbled lids. Supposedly inspired by vintage perfume decanters, I'm already keen to display them on my vanity. They are as much mini pieces of art as they are products.<br><br>Like our senior beauty editor Jacqueline noted when trying the <a href="https://www.refinery29.com/en-gb/harry-styles-pleasing-beauty-review#slide-1" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:brand’s first collection" class="link ">brand’s first collection</a>, <a href="https://uk-eu.pleasing.com/products/the-hot-holiday-set" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:The Hot Holiday Set" class="link ">The Hot Holiday Set</a> (which costs £68 for four polishes and nail stickers) is without a base coat to prevent staining. So before I got started I used my usual <a href="https://www.asos.com/barry-m/barry-m-air-breathable-base-topcoat/prd/23885937?affid=25897&_Cj0KCQjwz96WBhC8ARIsAATR250V55anWHd0KMEa5Ds5gzqbYVjMlWC9juS7UVbdlPXchjGl1Z0bQZUaAsEOEALw_wcB&channelref=product+search&ppcadref=12029787983%7c117574734673%7cpla-295337885746&gclid=Cj0KCQjwz96WBhC8ARIsAATR250V55anWHd0KMEa5Ds5gzqbYVjMlWC9juS7UVbdlPXchjGl1Z0bQZUaAsEOEALw_wcB&gclsrc=aw.ds" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Air Breathable Base & Topcoat from Barry M, £3.99" class="link ">Air Breathable Base & Topcoat from Barry M, £3.99</a>. Like previous Pleasing nail drops, these polishes are designed to be thick but buildable, worn alone or layered for your own bespoke manicure. <br><br>The Hot Holiday polishes are the perfect juicy and sheer summer shades. My personal favourite is the sea-blue Beach Ball, which only needed one coat. The sunshine-yellow Nonna’s Sorbet, though a stunning colour, is more streaky and needed a couple of layers. In all, though, with the shiny Wet Bottoms top coat sealing the deal, I was really pleased with my bright, bold and glossy nails. However, although they were initially chip-resistant, they didn't stand up to a weekend spent camping at a festival. For a more robust manicure, I'll be sticking to my DIY gels (cured with <a href="https://amzn.to/3vGIFSe" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Amazon's finest UV lamp" class="link ">Amazon's finest UV lamp</a>). <br><br><strong>Pleasing</strong> The Hot Holiday Set, $, available at <a href="https://uk-eu.pleasing.com/products/the-hot-holiday-set" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Pleasing" class="link ">Pleasing</a>

The Hot Holiday Set, £68


This was my first Pleasing experience and I was most excited to try the nail varnishes. Opening these up with my housemates, each one had a different idea about what the distinct glass bottles look like — everything from "lollipops" and "Russian dolls" to "fancy pepper shakers". Personally I think they look like very pretty butt plugs, with cool marbled lids. Supposedly inspired by vintage perfume decanters, I'm already keen to display them on my vanity. They are as much mini pieces of art as they are products.

Like our senior beauty editor Jacqueline noted when trying the brand’s first collection, The Hot Holiday Set (which costs £68 for four polishes and nail stickers) is without a base coat to prevent staining. So before I got started I used my usual Air Breathable Base & Topcoat from Barry M, £3.99. Like previous Pleasing nail drops, these polishes are designed to be thick but buildable, worn alone or layered for your own bespoke manicure.

The Hot Holiday polishes are the perfect juicy and sheer summer shades. My personal favourite is the sea-blue Beach Ball, which only needed one coat. The sunshine-yellow Nonna’s Sorbet, though a stunning colour, is more streaky and needed a couple of layers. In all, though, with the shiny Wet Bottoms top coat sealing the deal, I was really pleased with my bright, bold and glossy nails. However, although they were initially chip-resistant, they didn't stand up to a weekend spent camping at a festival. For a more robust manicure, I'll be sticking to my DIY gels (cured with Amazon's finest UV lamp).

Pleasing The Hot Holiday Set, $, available at Pleasing
<strong><h2><a href="https://uk-eu.pleasing.com/products/everybody-oil-matte-moisture-glow" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:The Pleasing Everybody Oil" class="link ">The Pleasing Everybody Oil</a>, £47</h2></strong><br>The Pleasing Everybody Oil is made for "après sun": that post-beach, post-shower, pre-dinner moment when your skin is still hot and thirsty for moisture. It’s a flower and fruit oil blend that absorbs quickly into the skin for a smooth, matte finish. The smell is divine — a mix of zesty bergamot and bitter orange that's more Mediterranean summer than British seaside. It's a promising start to Pleasing’s foray into fragrance. <br><br>But what’s in this oil? Naturally anti-inflammatory and antioxidant buckthorn berry oil is paired with sweet chamomile, jojoba seed (which is packed with vitamin E) and evening primrose oil to replenish and soothe the skin, improving texture and elasticity. If you’re after an indulgent holiday treat (and want to smell like Harry himself — who doesn’t?), this is great. But for less than half the price, <a href="https://www.feelunique.com/p/NUXE-Huile-Prodigieuse-Multi-Usage-Dry-Oil-50ml?curr=GBP&gclid=Cj0KCQjwz96WBhC8ARIsAATR253DwzIV54J_HgfVzoiUeCR25rmfdO-H2R_DqswLOn17csmd9eLiOe0aAm1vEALw_wcB&gclsrc=aw.ds" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse Dry Oil, £18.50" class="link ">Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse Dry Oil, £18.50</a>, will get my vote every time. Namely because Nuxe is multipurpose and can be used on your hair and face, while the Everybody Oil is designed just for the body.<br><br><strong>Pleasing</strong> Everybody Oil Matte Moisture Glow, $, available at <a href="https://uk-eu.pleasing.com/products/everybody-oil-matte-moisture-glow" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Pleasing" class="link ">Pleasing</a>

The Pleasing Everybody Oil, £47


The Pleasing Everybody Oil is made for "après sun": that post-beach, post-shower, pre-dinner moment when your skin is still hot and thirsty for moisture. It’s a flower and fruit oil blend that absorbs quickly into the skin for a smooth, matte finish. The smell is divine — a mix of zesty bergamot and bitter orange that's more Mediterranean summer than British seaside. It's a promising start to Pleasing’s foray into fragrance.

But what’s in this oil? Naturally anti-inflammatory and antioxidant buckthorn berry oil is paired with sweet chamomile, jojoba seed (which is packed with vitamin E) and evening primrose oil to replenish and soothe the skin, improving texture and elasticity. If you’re after an indulgent holiday treat (and want to smell like Harry himself — who doesn’t?), this is great. But for less than half the price, Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse Dry Oil, £18.50, will get my vote every time. Namely because Nuxe is multipurpose and can be used on your hair and face, while the Everybody Oil is designed just for the body.

Pleasing Everybody Oil Matte Moisture Glow, $, available at Pleasing
<strong><h2><a href="https://uk-eu.pleasing.com/products/the-pleasing-spritz-probiotic-soothing-tonic" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:The Pleasing Spritz" class="link ">The Pleasing Spritz</a>, £26</h2></strong><br>It's like Harry knew this summer's heatwave was coming. The Pleasing Spritz is a facial mist designed to rebalance the skin and offer an instant uplifting effect — perfect as a quick pre-Zoom refresher. I'll admit I struggled for a few minutes with the <a href="https://www.tiktok.com/@tpwkatierry/video/7122543104112135470" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:packaging" class="link ">packaging</a>, though. (You have to replace the screw top lid with the spray top, meaning the screw top is ultimately redundant. Not great on the waste front, Harry.)<br><br>Thanks to its mix of bitter orange and eucalyptus, it's a nice treat on a hot and sticky day. It conjures up sun-soaked, picture-postcard views of the Italian coast. The star ingredients are a combination of <a href="https://www.refinery29.com/en-gb/2022/03/10907552/hyaluronic-acid-how-to-use" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:hyaluronic acid" class="link ">hyaluronic acid</a> and <a href="https://www.refinery29.com/en-gb/niacinamide-skin-benefits-acne" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:niacinamide" class="link ">niacinamide</a> for a big dose of moisture but I’m yet to see or feel much difference in my skin (the brand promises a glowing, dewy face). Rather than swapping this into my skincare routine, I’ll be packing it in my beach bag for the next wave of hot weather.<br><br><strong>Pleasing</strong> The Pleasing Spritz Probiotic Soothing Tonic, $, available at <a href="https://uk-eu.pleasing.com/products/the-pleasing-spritz-probiotic-soothing-tonic" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Pleasing" class="link ">Pleasing</a>

The Pleasing Spritz, £26


It's like Harry knew this summer's heatwave was coming. The Pleasing Spritz is a facial mist designed to rebalance the skin and offer an instant uplifting effect — perfect as a quick pre-Zoom refresher. I'll admit I struggled for a few minutes with the packaging, though. (You have to replace the screw top lid with the spray top, meaning the screw top is ultimately redundant. Not great on the waste front, Harry.)

Thanks to its mix of bitter orange and eucalyptus, it's a nice treat on a hot and sticky day. It conjures up sun-soaked, picture-postcard views of the Italian coast. The star ingredients are a combination of hyaluronic acid and niacinamide for a big dose of moisture but I’m yet to see or feel much difference in my skin (the brand promises a glowing, dewy face). Rather than swapping this into my skincare routine, I’ll be packing it in my beach bag for the next wave of hot weather.

Pleasing The Pleasing Spritz Probiotic Soothing Tonic, $, available at Pleasing

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