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Written by Kate-Marie Thorpe
New month (new year, even!), new recommendations! Hey, it’s Katie here, coming to you with all the sizzling summer products hitting our shelves in February. For most of January, I was holidaying in the UK, so I’m well and truly overdue to serve up a juicy round-up of new beauty products for this year. Grab your gelato, pour a prosecco and let’s get cracking!
ColourStay Suede Ink Lipstick
Darlings of the drugstore world, Revlon, have reinvented the almost-matte lip with their newest velvety suede formula. With a built-in primer (genius), these beauties stay put for 8 hours straight, passing the ‘Oysters at 8pm with an Aperol Spritz’ test with flying colours. There’s even a dupe for a pillowy pink fave (*cough* Gut Instinct) if you can get your hands on it!
Vital Skincare Complexion Drops
Breathe new life into your skin with this serum-esque formula that gives complete coverage, without the heaviness of a traditional foundation. The shade range is impressive—19, ranging from warm to neutral and cool—making your perfect match easy peasy. It gives a gorgeous glow to the skin which is almost unrivaled; a front-runner already for foundation of the year.
Replenishing Niacinamide Serum
Hello, hero product alert! If you’re not already hooked on Niacinamide and its benefits, it’s basically the holy grail of skincare ingredients: brightening, acne-fighting, exfoliating and pore-minimizing. So when you find one with a high concentration (15%) for $55, you best be stocking up. Bravo, Mecca Cosmetica.
Light Aura Eye Cream
It’s 2023: Get yourself an eye cream that can do both. Vitamin C and supercharged peptides work in tandem to brighten and firm the entire eye area, while Vitamin B and caffeine team up to de-puff and soothe your under eyes. Oh, and, it’s also perfection under concealer, so at this point, we’re breaking up with all our other flings to go steady with Summer Fridays.
Fluff Up Brow Wax
Grab your feather boa, dig up your tutu skirt and don your best set of Sleeper pyjamas: you’re going to need them to compare to the absolute fluffiness your brows will achieve with this wax. Super strong to deliver a whole lotta hold, this new addition to the already-stellar Benefit brow wardrobe is nothing short of magical for those who love a fuller arch.
Black Tea Advanced Age Renewal Cream
Looking to break up with your current retinol due to its harsh effects? Look no further. The miraculous Black Tea formula of this rich, renewing cream produces similar results while harnessing the power of nature. The secret sauce? Rambutan leaf extract. Sensitive skin types will be singing the praises of this moisturiser for years to come.
Vegan Sheer Eyeshadow Palette
Two words: She’s pretty. Moving past the initial razzle-dazzle of this finely-milled masterpiece, Amuse (a K-beauty fave) has created a palette perfect for beginners and advanced users alike. Designed with an intentionally buildable formula, the minimal, less-is-more look is a snap with flattering neutrals and dancing metallics.
Brazilian Glow Bronzing Palette
Ciate went from strength to strength in 2022 with its releases, and they’re starting off this year in the same fashion. A collection of 7 complimentary complexion powders, these butter-soft formulas melt into the skin and take the guesswork out of your daily face. Available in two adaptive shade ranges.
Even Better Brightening Essence Lotion
Clinique have taken this cult-favourite line and made it, somehow, even better by introducing the most underrated skincare item into the fold: an Essence Lotion. Applied directly to the skin before serums, it contains a brightening trio of Hyaluronic Acid, Gyokuro extract and their own patent CL302 Brightening Complex™ to unearth radiant, lit-from-within skin. Pair it with the new Brightening Moisturiser for an extra-glowy result.
Positive Light Silky Touch Highlighter
If you’re not already singing the praises of Ms Selena for creating such an exquisite skin frosting, get on it. There’s something almost indescribable—other-worldly, if you will—about the way this silk-like powder sits atop the cheeks and transforms your face. Not enough superlatives in the world can express how stunning this is.
Ecological Compound Advanced Formula
It’s giving luxury; it’s giving self-care; it’s giving 8 hours of uninterrupted sleep. Yes, it’s that good. Sisley has bottled up the elixir of goals, perfected for over 40 years. It works hard to find your microbiota’s perfect balance, while protecting and regulating its ideal state once reached. Innovators beyond their time. Launches on 12th February, so mark your calendar.
Instant Glow Tinted Complexion Balm
For skin almost good enough to eat (hey, this balm is all-natural), your secret weapon is this new tinted balm from Luk Beautifood. Delivering a glowy, ‘just-stepped-out-of-the-shower’ but better complexion, it’s the skincare-beauty hybrid stuff of dreams. The innovative formula even allows for the most frustrating of online buying woes: fool-proof shade matching thanks to near-neutral undertones and superior mineral pigments.
Softsculpt Transforming Skin Enhancer
Makeup By Mario
Every woman and her chihuahua has raved about Mario’s (Kim K’s long-time makeup artist) line, and his new powder does not play around. Personifying the definition of ‘does what it says on the tin’, this smoothing complexion balm takes your skin to the next level by veiling the face in a sheer, glowy tint.
THIRST IMPRESSION Priming Hydrating Moisturiser
If you’re a dry girly whose makeup tends to cling to the most microscopic of flaky skin, this one’s for you. Containing not one, but FOUR types of hyaluronic acid, it transforms your base into a plump, bouncy canvas for your next beauty escapade. Better still, it’s lightweight enough to wear all year round.
Total Repair DNA Serum
You could say that high-performance products are in Aesthetics RX’s DNA, and their newest namesake night serum is no exception. Harnessing the overnight cell regeneration process, this creamy formula delivers the three R’s: Recovery, Repair and Rejuvenation. Pop it on before bed and wake up to enjoy your plumpest, most radiant complexion.
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