Makeup & nails
20 Notable Beauty Products That Launched in May
Mega-sized suncare, an irresistible fragrance collection, the season’s most covetable hair drops, and more.
by : Melissa Fejtek- Jun 8th, 2021
A Skin-Quenching Skincare Collection
Whether you’re dry, oily, sensitive, or a combination of all three, the new Caudalie Vinosource-Hydra Collection (from $45) will serve your skin well. Bursting with prebiotic-rich grape water (a Caudalie staple, FYI) and organic aloe vera, each product in the lineup is designed to rehydrate parched skin without ever feeling greasy or heavy. The brand also recently launched its first-ever deodorant, Vinofresh ($19), which uses 98 percent natural ingredients to keep your underarms fresh all day.
A Delicious-Smelling Hair Duo
Like a fruit smoothie for your hair, Briogeo Mango + Cherry Balancing Shampoo and Conditioner ($35 each) includes loads of good-for-you vitamins and antioxidants to deeply nourish your strands from root to tip. It also stars exfoliating papaya enzymes to balance oil production and keep your scalp feeling its best. Pro tip: pair it with the Don’t Despair, Repair! Deep Conditioning Hair Mask ($46) for an extra dose of hydration.
A Revamped Essence
If you haven’t incorporated an essence into your skincare routine, we beg you to reconsider. Besides increasing the efficacy of everything you layer atop of it, a great essence also significantly hydrates your skin. Take, for instance, Tatcha’s newly reformulated The Essence ($138), which boosts hydration by over 500 percent in seven seconds flat, thanks to its proprietary double-concentrated Hadasei-3 complex, which blends superfoods with exfoliating lactic and alpha hydroxy acids. Plus, the new version is housed in recycled glass vessels. Double win.
A Next-Level Face Mask
Get all the benefits of a clay mask sans the uncomfortable dry feeling with the new Glow Recipe Watermelon Glow Hyaluronic Clay Pore-Tight Facial Mask ($53). Made with hyaluronic acid-infused clay, watermelon enzymes and brightening BHA and PHA acids, this fruity-smelling gem will soften your skin while sucking all the grime out of your pores (very satisfying, indeed!).
A Glow-Enhancing Moisturizer
Craving out-of-this-world radiance sans the shimmer? Take Algenist Algae Niacinamide Moisture Veil ($85) for a spin. This silk liquid moisturizer banks on texture-improving niacinamide to control oil, while the brand’s signature ingredient, alguronic acid, deeply hydrates skin and balances excess sebum levels. Add this one to your wishlist, stat.
An Ultra-Blendable Blush
Want to master the sun-kissed glow? Look no further than Bite Beauty Daycation Whipped Blush ($32), which features a creamy, featherlight texture that blends like a dream. From Coconut Rum, a luminous bronze tone, to Hibiscus Slush, a deep berry hue, there’s a flattering shade for all.
A Collection Made for Blondes
Take your blonde to new heights with Oribe’s Bright Blonde Essential Priming Serum ($52) and Bright Blonde Sun Lightening Mist ($49). Formulated for colour-treated hair, this collection is made to elevate your colour and eliminate brassiness while keeping hair soft and shiny. Did we mention it smells absolutely unreal? Because it does.
An Invisible SPF Stick
Keep your skin protected while you’re on the go with Shiseido’s SPF 50 Clear Sunscreen Stick ($37). The brand’s claim to fame? Its unique SynchroShield technology, which reacts to heat, water and sweat to actually boost the level of UV protection your skin receives. Pro tip: apply in easy-to-miss places (like the nooks of your ears) and areas where clothing tends to rub against (like underneath and around straps) to avoid nasty sunburns.
A Summer Skin Cream
Double up on your vitamin intake with this launch from K-Beauty brand Belif. The glow-getting sister to the much-loved Aqua Bomb, Belif Aqua Bomb Brightening Vitamin C Cream ($56) includes anti-inflammatory herb Lady’s Mantle, along with vitamins E and C and four (yes, four) types of hyaluronic acid to provide the bouncy glass skin effect that we’ll never tire of.
A Personalized Serum
The experts at Dermalogica are ahead of the curve with the launch of the brand’s latest seems-like-magic serum, Dermalogica Smart Response ($189). It relies on four active ingredients to detect and respond to signals in the skin, addressing its most pressing needs, be it a weakened barrier, lack of moisture or diminishing collagen levels. Expect brighter, smoother and more hydrated skin, no matter what its current state may be.
A Hair-Reviving Mist
Give your several-day-old hair another chance at life with Sol de Janeiro Brazilian Joia Refreshing Dry Shampoo ($32). Not only does it smell as divine as every other product in the brand’s repertoire, but it’s also incredibly lightweight. Keep an eye out for Sol de Janeiro’s additional Sephora-exclusive summer launches, including Rio Deo ($21), a pistachio-and-salted-caramel-scented deodorant, and Cheirosa ‘40 ($25), a delightfully sweet berry-vanilla body mist.
A Commemorative Skincare Set
When you think of brands with a cult following, skincare giant Kiehl’s almost certainly comes to mind. It’s no wonder the old-school brand is so well-loved: it’s been around for 170 years! To celebrate this milestone, Kiehl’s has released a Limited-Edition Commemorative Collection (from $40), featuring the brand’s best-selling skincare selects, all encased in gilded glass packaging. And that’s not all: the brand has also launched a special trio of heritage products, including a rosewater toner and herbal-scented glycerin soap, inspired by Kiehl’s apothecary roots.
An Ode to Freshness
Famous French perfumer Francis Kurkdjian has expanded his gender-neutral Aqua series with the three light-drenched, bergamot-forward fragrances that pair excellently with hot summer days. Choose from Aqua Universalis ($290), a remarkably clean scent which blends notes of white blooms with white musk; Aqua Vitae ($290), a sunny floral juice punctuated by hits of juicy mandarin and smooth sandalwood, and Aqua Celestia ($290), an addictive blend of fruity blackcurrant bud, mimosa flowers and Egyptian jasmine.
Two Truly Luxurious Beauty Buys
Shift your beauty game into high gear with Parisian beauty brand Sisley’s latest drops: Black Rose Beautifying Emulsion ($255) – the body-luminizing addition to the brand’s cult-favourite Black Rose collection – and Hair Rituel by Sisley-Paris La Creme 230 ($125) – a lightweight camellia-and-moringa-oil-infused blow-dry cream that repairs and fills in breakage while protecting your locks against heat damage. Go ahead, treat yourself.
A Hot Girl Summer Staple
Who says your skincare routine should end at the neck? Say hello to Japanese-inspired beauty brand Boscia’s Skin Nutrition Body Collection, which includes the ultra-refreshing Papaya and Pomegranate Enzyme Exfoliating Body Cleanser ($49), nourishing Peptide Youth Restore Firming Body Serum ($49) and odour-blocking Prebiotic and Probiotic Freshening All-over Body Deodorant ($35) – all made with ingredients to brighten and balance the skin beyond your face.
A Universal Moisturizer
Made with a blend of soothing ceramides, nourishing plant oils, brightening vitamin C and a whopping 11 peptides (just to name a few), Holifrog Cushion Cream ($76) is the answer to all of your skin woes. This protective formula locks in moisture and is suitable for all skin types, taking all the guesswork out of your routine. Thank us later.
A Sustainable Shampoo Option
Get healthy-looking hair without the waste with KMS Solid Shampoo Bars. Vegan and made without potentially irritating ingredients like sulfates, silicones, alcohol and synthetic colorants, these hair-reviving shampoo bars cut down on water, packaging and CO2 emissions and are available in three variations: MOISTREPAIR (for extra hydration), ADDVOLUME (for tons of body), and HEADREMEDY (for sensitive scalps).
A Supersized SPF
Never skimp on SPF again with Supergoop!’s all-new value-sized versions of its best-selling PLAY Everyday Lotion SPF 50 ($43) and Unseen Sunscreen SPF 40 ($58). Boasting a weightless texture, invisible finish and fast-absorbing formula, you’ll want to keep these protective picks on hand year-round.
A No-Mess Mascara
Clean beauty brand RMS hit the ball out of the park with its first mascara launch, Straight Up Volumizing Peptide Mascara ($33). Not only is the smudge-free, flake-free formula made with conditioning ingredients like shea butter and white tea leaf, it also includes peptides to strengthen lashes and encourage growth.
A Facial in a Jar
Amp up your glow in a flash with Beautybio’s two-step texturizing and brightening treatment, Glass & Gloss Megawatt Glow Pro-Facial ($78). First, massage the microdermabrasion-mimicking “glass” formula into the skin. After rinsing, apply the cushion-y “gloss” gel-serum to dry skin for a lasting glow. Believe us when we say it’s the closest you can get to an esthetician-performed facial without stepping into a spa clinic.
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