Editor's Picks: 16 Amazing New Beauty Products to Try This Month
Another new month, another flimsy (yet perfectly legit) excuse to bin all the skincare, makeup and hair products I don't love in favour of fresh beauty stuff. While I am clearly in favour of consumerism (I like things, OK?), I'm pretty frugal when it comes to spending most of the time, Altuzarra sandals notwithstanding. That said, ever since I let Kondo into my life, I've been extra keen on "releasing" anything that doesn't bring me JOY. (Caps for emphasis.) See: Cleansers than don't take makeup all the way off, gloopy sunscreen and sub-par coconut milk ice cream. (FYI, Zebra Dream's collab with Pana Chocolate is the best I've tried so far.) Of course, cleaning out the cupboards means more room to fill with potentially mind-blowing beauty products. To that end, ahead you'll find a hit-list of incredible new products I am all about this month. Among them; a life-changing sunscreen mist, French girl-approved lip balm, and a highlighting gel I am so enthusiastic about my husband has already attempted an intervention. (Him: "Do you really need cheekbones that...um...shiny?" Me: "You know who you married.")
Ready? We're going shopping.
Ciate Pure Pots Paint Pot in Iced Frappe ($18)
If Olivia Palermo gives a nail brand her tick of approval by way of teaming up for a collab, I'm also on board. Although the Pure Pots range (eco-friendly and free from nasties) wasn't designed by the beauty icon herself, I can certainly see OP putting her signature red lacquer on ice for this lush mauve-nude.
Drunk Elephant C-Firma Day Serum ($116)
Vitamin C is a well-regarded skin brightener, but it's also a hugely protective antioxidant. (No prizes for guessing why it's the perfect thing to use on sunny spring days then.) This vit C serum from Drunk Elephant is light and fresh, and made without fragrance, fillers or anything toxic. I'm so obsessed I've started phasing out former skincare favourites which no longer stack up.
Sodashi Arabian Oud Body Oil ($159)
Oud is one of the most expensive ingredients in skincare/the world—the type used in this scrumptious body oil costs over $9000 per kilo. (!!) True to Sodashi's ethos, it works holistically to both nourish skin and enhance your well-being via aromatherapy benefits. Expect to feel calmer, more focused and better able to deal with stress.
Giorgio Armani Lip Magnet ($58)
If you've had the pleasure of using Giorgio Armani's lip products before, you'll know they are the creme de la creme. Vibrant colour payoff and an innovative featherlight texture mean this new range does not disappoint—this is lipstick for women who hate the feeling of lipstick.
This product launches on October 16th.
Crabtree & Evelyn Goat Milk Comforting Shower Milk ($28)
Formulated for sensitive skin, this rich shower cream is nourishing enough to allow you to skip lotion afterwards. Enriched with the brand's "active Goat’s Milk system", it soothes limbs with oats, vitamin E and calming plant extracts. It's so good it sold out online in less than a week, but don't worry, it'll be back.
Dermalogica Age Reversal Eye Complex ($95)
A retinol-based treatment specifically designed to brighten and de-puff the delicate eye area, it contains peptides, vitamin C and a whole host of firming and smoothing ingredients. According to the 60+ glittering reviews it already has on Dermalogica's website (plus ours, obvi), you can expect a visible decrease in both fine lines and dark circles.
Byredo Unnamed Perfume ($240)
A unisex scent from cool-girl fragrance house Byredo, it comes with a set of letters to allow you to create a bespoke name. (Best suggestion so far: Boys Tears.) The 'fume itself starts off smelling like an expensive gin cocktail, then gets earthy and powdery—think orris root, violet and woody tree moss.
Nudestix Intense Matte Lip & Cheek Pencil in Belle ($39)
Nudestix obviously know how to deliver when it comes to makeup in pencil form (#versatile), but this matte nude lip and cheek offering is possibly the brand's most multi-purpose product yet. Yes, it works as lipstick and blush, but you can also use it to contour cheeks or add colour to lids.
Mecca Cosmetica Sunbrella Invisible Superspray SPF 50+ ($42)
Topping up sun protection can be inconvenient (especially if you're wearing makeup), which is why I'm all for products that make things easy. This lightweight mist is a game-changer. It's invisible, dries quickly and can be used on face and body—you don't even have to rub it in. I'm obsessed.
Clinique Lash Power Flutter-To-Full Mascara ($42)
I love a beauty gizmo as much as the next girl, but when said gizmo allows me to customise my mascara look, well...I can't resist. Clinique's newbie lets you control the amount of mascara on the wand by twisting the barrel so you can go long and lean, or incredibly plush.
Kevyn Aucoin The Sculpting Powder in Medium ($63)
In good news for Australian cheekbones, this cult sculpting powder is finally available locally. It's packed with pigment so tread carefully if you're still at contouring 101. (If that's the case, give this simple tutorial for beginners a go.) That said, it's easy to blend and looks incredibly natural on skin.
Urban Decay Moondust Eyeshadow Palette ($80)
Not sure what to go as on Halloween? Buy this palette and work it out later. Serving up 9 otherworldly, glitter-spiked shadows, it's all you need to make a statement with your makeup. Whether you're feeling glam beauty icon (may we suggest Barbie?) or even sparkly alien vibes, you're covered. It's amazing for creating party eyes too—perfect for the upcoming festive season.
St. Tropez In Shower Tanning Lotion Golden Glow Medium ($40)
The latest version of St. Tropez's in shower tanning lotion offers a slightly deeper colour result than the original, which makes me (and my pasty legs) very happy. So easy to use, keep a tube in your shower caddy and you'll never be caught out unbronzed again.
Apotcare French Kiss Balm ($31)
If this French lip balm's cutesy name doesn't draw you in, the dual-purpose formula will. First off, it does its duty as a lip hydrator amazingly well—you'll find hyaluronic acid, shea butter and vitamin E on the ingredients list. It also contains a volumising peptide that helps to plump lips in a subtle-but-satisfying way.
Zoeva Strobe Gel in Halo ($24)
I don't even have to ask, I *know* you can see my Halo because I've been wearing it non-stop since the day it landed on my desk. The gel formula disappears into the skin immediately, leaving nothing but a heavenly glow behind. Smudge-proof, I'll be wearing it all summer. Besides Halo (silver pearl), it comes in Corona (rose gold) and Aureole (bronze) for deeper skin tones.
This product launches on October 31th.