Editor’s Picks: 21 Revolutionary New Products We’re Loving for Spring
Spring is not only the season for baby animals (and denim cut offs temporarily styled with cashmere), it’s also prime time for shaking up your beauty routine. Why? While winter can be too chilly to bother with anything not functional—and high summer too sweaty for everything but BB cream—spring’s in-between climate is just right for product experimentation.
In the spirit of encouraging you to try something new this season (even if it is just a fresh lipstick shade), we present to you our guide to spring beauty launches. From an everyday eye palette you’ll use until it runs out, to a skin-perfecting priming balm, keep scrolling for the editor-approved launches we’re loving for spring!
Laura Mercier Flawless Contouring Palette ($69)
Found: Everything you need to fake a supermodel bone structure, in one kit. The matte bronzing creams blend easily for natural-looking shading, and the shimmery highlighters make cheekbones pop. Even better, you can apply with fingers so you won’t need to invest in a contouring brush.
Venustus Organic Ancient Spice Body Serum ($59)
An institution in Sydney’s Paddington, Venustus is not only known for its phenomenal in-salon treatments, but its take home products (designed by owner Jeannie in answer to her clients’ needs) as well. This body serum warms and soothes sore muscles, and leaves skin smelling like a delicious chai latte.
James Read BB Tan Pen ($44)
From our prayers, straight onto Mecca Cosmetica’s new launches list. Great for those who find applying faux tan to their face intimidating, the gradual tan formula delivers believable glow. Bonus: the click pen allows you to paint it on so you won’t have to worry about ending up with stained palms.
Love beauty products that give back to charity? You’ve likely heard of M.A.C’s Viva Glam campaign, where proceeds from limited edition lip products are donated to people living with HIV and AIDS. This year’s second release—Viva Glam Miley Cyrus II—is an orange-spiked red that’s flattering on just about everyone.
La Prairie Skin Caviar Luxe Cream Sheer ($500)
Powered by the same potent combination of nourishing caviar extract and hydrating ingredients as the original, this lightweight version is a good option for warmer weather. It is pricey, yes, but a little goes a long way (you only need a cotton bud-full for your entire face), so you’ll have the 50ml jar for ages.
Tom Ford Skin Illuminating Powder Duo in Moodlight ($110)
If you can bear to drag a brush through this beautifully cross-hatched palette, you’ll be rewarded with a seriously illuminated complexion. Inspired by the most flattering lighting conditions for skin—luminous daylight and romantic candlelight—it delivers subtle colour and enough shimmer to catch the light.
By Terry Illuminating Flawless Foundation Brush ($89)
A click-pen filled with glow-boosting foundation and tipped with a handy applicator brush. The coverage is medium but natural-looking, and the finish is on the dewy side. The brush is baby-soft and exactly the kind you’d use to buff in your base if you weren’t on the go. Except now you can.
Bvlgari Eau Parfumée Au Thé Bleu ($184)
Inspired by ancient tea rituals this serene scent is the latest addition to Bulgari’s luxurious Eau Parfumée collection. Based on notes of oolong and blue tea, you’ll also detect calming lavender as well as iris blossom, violet and grapefruit.
Lipstick Queen Frog Prince Lipstick ($32)
Trust: There are few things more fun than watching people’s reactions when you wind up—and apply—Kermit-green lipstick. Expect looks of puzzlement when it doesn’t swipe on emerald. On lips the clever formula reacts with skin’s pH, and magically transforms into a perfect-for-you rosebud pink.
Clarisonic Smart Profile ($295)
If you haven’t yet experienced the skin-changing benefits of a Clarisonic cleansing device, consider the brand’s latest launch their best offering yet. You’ll get two brush heads (for face and body) and the option of attaching a pedi disc for foot smoothing. Smart technology adjusts power and timing to suit your skin (you can also determine these settings manually), for maximum results.
Ultraceuticals Ultra UV Protective Daily Shield SPF 50+ ($65)
This sunscreen is seriously impressive. With mineral-only broad spectrum protection, it’s a good pick for sensitive skins that can’t tolerate chemical-based formulations. Finish-wise, it’s matte but not drying, and the self-adjusting tint means it doesn’t leave a ghostly white cast on your skin.
Clarins Instant Light Lip Comfort Oil in Honey ($33)
A lip-softening blend of hazelnut and jojoba oils that is so addictive to apply, you might want to buy in bulk. The honey scent is mild (and delicious!), and the colour transparent, making it a winner for wearing any old time. You can also dab a little in the centre of your lips over lipstick, for extra sheen.
Bobbi Brown Intense Pigment Eye Liner in Midnight ($45)
Bobbi Brown’s Long-Wear Gel Eyeliner is a cult buy for good reason (it works), so when the brand launches a new liner, we get excited. This powder formula is designed to offer both precise and smoky applications based on the brush you use. Try a liner brush for a crisp flick, or go for a blending brush if you prefer a hazy effect.
Kiehl's Iris Extract Activating Treatment Essence ($48)
If you’re into lazy beauty, this multi-action treatment could your new skincare BFF. The namesake ingredient—iris florentina root extract—is said to boost radiance, reduce the appearance of fine lines, and prep skin to better absorb products applied afterwards. It also contains a gentle exfoliant so you can skip that step, too.
YSL Le Baume Touche Eclat Compact ($68)
Can you deal with how pretty this is? Even if the product itself was mediocre (it’s not), the pastel pink compact would be reason enough for us to splurge. Happily, the cream-to-powder balm inside is also worth the spend—it softens the look of fine lines and large pores by scattering light for a subtle blurring effect.
Grown Alchemist Tinted Hydra-Repair Day Cream ($50)
With camelia and rosehip oils to nourish skin, plus jojoba and mayblossom extract to balance sebum production, the non-greasy formula softens and smooths. It also provides a hint of coverage, thanks to a subtle tint. A good one for warm weekends, it won’t leave skin greasy or slick.
Pureology Hydrate Cleansing Condition ($37)
Remember the days of 2-in-1 shampoo and conditioners? If you recall drying formulas that left your strands strands stringy, you'll be surprised by this product. It’s a softening conditioner that gently cleanses without leaving hair heavy. Don’t expect a lot of suds, but do expect surprisingly silky hair
Napoleon Perdis Miss Pink Mist Boudoir Blush ($50)
If you’ve tried Napoleon Perdis’ mist-on foundation, you’ll know that this brand has successfully figured out how to craft products that recreate the airbrush effect at home. This super-fine spray delivers a wash of colour (the shade is baby pink) that you can wear sheer, or build up for statement cheeks.
Estee Lauder New Dimension Expert Liquid Tape ($110)
A temporary skin tightener that really does work. Apply to clean, dry skin, smoothing upwards and over your area of concern. The fast-acting polymers dry in place, keeping your complexion taut until you wash it off. Try swiping from the corner of your mouth up towards your temple for sculpted cheekbones.
NARS Audacious Mascara in Black Moon ($39)
There has been a lot of hype around this mascara internationally so you can imagine our delight when we heard it’d be hitting local shores. The high-tech brush boasts 200 bristles along with teensy ‘hooks’ designed to catch even your littlest lashes. Plus, the formula is buildable so you can re-apply in the evening without clumps.
Which of these new launches are you excited about most? Any you already own and love? Sound off in the comments below!