This Just In: New Beauty Products Worth Talking About
Not only is it the start of a new month, but it's also the start of a new year, and that means a fresh delivery of new (and rather clever) beauty products have landed on shelves, each promising to make our mornings just that little bit easier. And having tried the most exciting new launches from all our favourite beauty brands, we can confirm that they do just that. From the hair mask that rewinds months of damage to the hairbrush that takes the elbow ache out of a blow-dry via the new skin-brightening primer, as soon as you try these products, they're the kind of thing you'll be telling all your friends about.
Keep scrolling to discover the eight new beauty buys you'll want to add to basket, plus over 90 more beauty buys that have earned the Byrdie seal of approval.
This Just In: New Beauty Products Worth Talking About
Clinique CliniqueFIT Post-Workout Neutralizing Face Powder (£27)
A red face is basically inevitable with any kind of exercise, but this new powder by Clinique is formulated with yellow pigments that neutralise any tomato tones. The rest of the CliniqueFIT range is pretty clever too, with skincare and makeup products designed to be worn at the gym, including a mascara that stays put no matter how many burpees you do.
Jo Malone London Hand Cream Trio (£44)
It's always a good idea to keep a tube of hand cream nearby, especially as this cold winter weather continues to zap our hands of all moisture. Jo Malone's new set makes the whole endeavour a far chicer affair, syphoning three of its best-selling scents into hand cream form. English Pear and Freesia are our favourites.
Davines The Renaissance Circle (£8)
If you went a bit OTT on the straighteners at New Year's or you spent too much time in the sun in 2017, this mask offers a complete hair overhaul. It contains yellow clay (to rejig the external structure of the hair) and babassu butter, which intensely hydrates each strand. Have you tried multimasking for your hair yet?
Bare Minerals Ageless Genius Firming & Wrinkle Smoothing Neck Cream (£42)
BareMinerals has funnelled gold extract into this neck cream to promote skin's natural collagen production to eek out fine lines, as well as Edelweiss extract to firm up skin elasticity of the neck and décolleté skin.
Shaquda Suvé Body Brush Short (£140)
Okay, so the price is pretty steep, but honestly, introducing a regular session of body brushing will have such profound effects on your skin, it'll be worth it. We've got everything you need to know about dry brushing here.
Wayskin Skin Analyser (£90)
You've already got your Fitbit tracking your every step, and Wayskin's analyser will do the same for your face. Hold it up to your skin, and it will read moisture levels and will advise you when you need to rehydrate topically and internally. Plus, it can track ambient UC levels and humidity to help protect skin from these harsh aggressors. It's your new beauty best friend.
Marc Jacobs Decadence Rouge Noir Eau de Parfum (£98)
If you loved the rich, opulent vibes of the OG Marc Jacobs' Decadence scent, you're bound to love this one even more. It's got amber and papyrus woods at the base, giving it enough weight to cling to skin all day long, and the initial hit of plum and saffron is the sort of stuff you can't stop sniffing.
Løre Originals Legend Dry Hair Masks (£36)
If you're looking for a hard hit (and I mean hard hit) of nourishment, then Løre's new mask sachets are your guys. The formula has the texture of butter and melts into dry hair, coating each and every strand in a mix of amino acids, vegetable proteins and plant oils. Wash off in the shower, and you'll emerge with softer, stronger hair.
Chantecaille Mermaid Eye Colour in Elephant (£29)
Softer than harsh black, grey eye shadow is surprisingly wearable, whether worn as a wash of colour across the entire eyelid or as a liner with a band of colour placed tight to the lash line. Chantecaille's shadow allows you to try both with its clever wet-or-dry formula.
Avene A-Oxitive Defense Serum (£26)
From air pollution to stress, our skin racks up a lot of enemies over the years. And it's these enemies that plague our complexions with damaging free radicals that cause oxidative stress aka dull, dehydrated and ageing skin. The answer is to fuel your skincare arsenal with plenty of antioxidants, which makes this serum a good place to start. It contains precursors to vitamins A and E (two of the most potent antioxidants around), which are more stable than the pure form, meaning delivery to your skin is far more efficient.
Decorte Brightlogist Solid Tincture Stick Serum (£95)
If you've started to notice spots of hyper-pigmentation, consider this your most targeted defence yet. Inside this serum stick (imagine the texture of a lip balm) lies kojic acid, which has a rather impressive brightening effect. Rather than slather this potent ingredient all over the face and potentially waste it on areas that don't need it, this innovative stick format allows you to apply it directly to the problem areas.
Huda Beauty Mauve Obsession Palette (£25)
From her foundation to her Lip Strobes, we'd be happy with a makeup bag that solely consisted of Huda Beauty products. And we reckon we'd get a lot of wear out of this palette over the Christmas party season. The warm pink, rust and terra-cotta shades are flattering on almost every single skin tone, and the glitter shadows have incredible shimmer payoff.
Diptyque Car Diffuser (£35)
If it wasn't enough that Diptyque has taken up residence on our mantlepieces, bedside tables and bathrooms, the brand now has our cars in its sights, with this rather chic air freshener. Place over the car air vent, and it will emit your choice of seven scents including our favourite, Figuier.
Bobbi Brown Retouching Loose Powder (£30)
Bobbi Brown's new powders are seriously clever. They come in six colour-correcting shades, which won't only balance your complexion on those slightly off-kilter days, but they can also be used to tweak foundation shades as skin changes seasonally, and they also work pretty well as natural-looking blusher, bronzer and highlighter shades.
Starskin Holy Kale! Kale and Grapefruit face mask (£12)
Another month and another sheet mask we can't wait to get on our faces. This one comes infused with kale and grapefruit, which deposit a generous dose of vitamins C and K to the skin to promote cell renewal and help distressed skin to heal.
Trinny London Lip2Cheek in Cha Cha (£25)
Consisting of mini pots that click together into a neat stack, Trinny London is set to streamline our beauty kits once and for all. These cream blush/lip colour hybrids have a nice sheer texture, which makes for a super-realistic flush. This poppy shade will add warmth to an olive complexion, but there are shades that will suit all other skin tones too.
This Works Super Sleep (£21)
We've already confessed our undying love for pillow spray, but This Works has just made our wildest dreams come true by bringing together both of its iconic pillow sprays. On one side of this dual-pump bottle, it has the regular (but powerful) Deep Sleep Pillow Spray formula, while on the other is the Deep Sleep Plus Pillow Spray for those particularly restless nights. Between the two of them, you'll find enough dream-inducing mist for 191 nights of better sleep.
Raincry Magnesium Volumizing Brush (£55)
The clever magnesium core of this large barrel brush heats and cools faster than traditional ceramic, making it the ultimate hair-smoothing sidekick to a hair dryer. Plus, the nylon bristles softly wipe away excess product and oil from the hair, which will help boost hair that tends to fall flat.
Nars Velvet Matte Foundation Stick (£30)
Since the launch of Nars's Velvet Matte Concealer last year, our lives (and dark circles) haven't been the same. And now you can get that same skin-blurring coverage in a foundation. What's especially handy is the stick format—simply swipe over the cheeks and across the forehead, and then use a brush or sponge to blend it out.
The glitter particles in this eye shadow quartet are so densely packed that the shimmer payoff is seriously impressive. Plus, the warm-toned shades are super flattering on all skin tones.
Charlotte Tilbury Unisex Healthy Glow (£35)
With clever pigments that adapt to your natural skin tone, this tinted moisturiser will give you that perfect, beachy, sun-kissed glow we're always after. It's also packed with hydrating ingredients, so this is maybe all you need to put on your skin. It's so hydrating that even the men in your life can use it (without the tint going patchy in stubble). The only problem you may have is getting it back off them.
Nars Bord de Plage Palette (£45)
Better than any Facetune filter, meet the new Nars highlighting and bronzing palette, aka all your skin needs for summer. It contains four opalescent tones to give your complexion serious glow and two bronzers (a lighter one for the start of the season and a darker option for when you've picked up a tan).
Elemis Life Elixirs Sleep Bath & Shower Elixir (£55)
It can be hard to switch your mind off before heading to sleep. Elemis is here to help with its new range of Life Elixirs, aimed to comfort, strengthen and aid sleep. The bath and shower elixir is a gorgeous oil that turns milky on contact with skin and releases a calm-inducing scent of patchouli and palmarosa to help your body relax and your brain slow down. All of which will give you a better night's sleep.
Ouai Dry Shampoo Foam (£10)
It may take you a few seconds to get your head round the idea of a foam-based dry shampoo, but do, because the latest product from the Kardashians' hairstylist, Jen Atkin, is a game changer. Apply it as you would a regular mousse, massage in and it does all the work of a dry shampoo without any of the powdery residue, leaving your hair feeling and looking like it has been washed.
Molton Brown Coastal Cypress & Sea Fennel Bath & Shower Gel (£20)
Is there anything better than a fancy shower gel? We don't think so, which is why you need to know about the latest scent from Molton Brown, a heady mix of sweet jasmine, salty sea fennel and woody cypress. In short, it's a sensorial delight for your morning shower.
James Read Gradual Tan Coconut Melting Tanning Balm Face & Body (£30)
With a base of organic coconut oil this gradual tan delivers serious hydration as well as a beautiful golden glow that develops over six to eight hours. And with a subtle (read: not overpowering) coconut scent.
Vichy Minéral 89 (£25)
If you're looking for something to protect your skin against daily aggressors and get some serious hydration at the same time, this is it. This brand-new serum from Vichy contains the brand's unique mineralizing water, which has been proven to boost antioxidant defences in the skin. Previously Vichy had only been able to use 20% concentration in products because it's so hard to stabilise, but thanks to new technology, this one has an 89% concentration. Vichy has teamed it with hyaluronic acid, the moisture maker for skin, creating one very powerful serum at an amazing price point. Run and get it.
Charles Worthington Radiance Restore Charcoal Shampoo (£7)
Charcoal in a shampoo? That's right. Think of what a charcoal-based mask does for your skin; it purifies, deeply cleanses and detoxes. That's exactly what this shampoo does for your hair. It's even an exceptionally pleasing shade of shimmering grey, but don't panic: It washes out to reveal shinier looking hair.
Benefit Dandelion Twinkle (£25)
If you loved the original Dandelion (and of course you do—it's one of the most perfect peachy-pink blushers out there), then you're going to adore its sparkly new sister. When we say sparkly, don't think teenage glitter: This is all about a subtle luminosity that will make your skin instantly glow.
Elemental Herbology Radiance & Vitality Nutrition Infusion Sheet Mask (£35)
If you haven't discovered Elemental Herbology, then may we introduce you to the brand's first-ever pack of four sheet masks? They're packed with the company's signature mix of botanicals, vitamins and actives. It is ideal for skin that needs a boost of hydration, as it contains a vitamin B3 complex that will lock moisture in, as well as skin that needs a bit of healing help, as it also is packed with aloe vera to calm and soothe. You can even leave these masks in the fridge for hot, balmy days when your skin needs an instant cooling refresh. Genius.
Jo Malone London Iris & Lady Moore Charity Home Candle (£46)
Not only does this new candle look amazing, smell like a dream but a donation equal to 75% of the retail price goes directly to The Quiet Garden in Notting Hill. The Quiet Garden has been created by one of the UK's leading homelessness charities, St Mungo's, and with the money raised with Jo Malone London, it will help train homeless people in gardening and give them a safe place where they can reconnect.
Urban Decay Naked Skin Shapeshifter Palette in Medium Dark Shift (£40)
For medium to dark skin tones, one side contains powders (three for contouring and one pearl shade for highlighting), and the other holds creams (two for contouring, two for colour-correcting and one pearl shade for highlighting).
Urban Decay Naked Skin Shapeshifter Palette in Light Medium Shift (£40)
This palette also comes in light to medium. Super versatile, the eight shades are divided by a handy double-sided mirror.
The new iconic Bronze Goddess from Estée Lauder promises to be an addictive, sun-drenched scent, including vanilla, warm amber and coconut notes. We can just see the palm tress.
Sunday Riley C.E.O. C+E antiOXIDANT Protect & Repair Moisturiser (£60)
If you've been on one of those partying and sunning holidays, then you need this to make you appear fully refreshed. This moisturiser is packed full of vitamin C and will give skin back its glow.
Jo Malone The Bloomsbury Set in Leather & Artemisia (£46)
Jo Malone's new collection of limited-edition fragrances is inspired by the arty and downright debauched Bloomsbury set (seriously, google them). This leather scent is seriously sassy, but we're also partial to the whiskey-infused perfume in the lineup. Note the artistic bottles: They're bound to sell out fast (you have been warned).
Elizabeth Arden White Tea EDT (£36)
With a bright, fresh, crisp, clean scent, this is the perfect palette cleanser to help welcome in the new season. With mandarin and "sea breeze accord," this smells bright at first, but as the day wears on, sensual wood and musk notes turn this into a sassier scent.
BareMinerals Matte Liquid Lip Colour in Boss (£17)
A great nude lip is a staple for most women, which is why BareMinerals has created Gen Nude, a collection of 40 neutral lip shades that come in four different finishes: Matte Liquid, Buttercream Lipgloss, Radiant Lipstick and Under Over Lip Liner.
Vichy Idealia Peeling (£30)
If glowing skin is your goal, this is the product you need. A daily peeling product, this contains antioxidant blueberries and fermented kombucha black tea to slough away dead skin cells and protect your complexion. After cleansing, simply swipe over skin using a cotton pad to reveal brighter, dewier-looking skin. Seriously, it's a bathroom cabinet staple of our editors now.
Stila Matte 'n Metal Eye Shadow Palette (£39)
With 12 totally wearable eye shadow shades (six matte and six metallic), this suits-all palette gives you endless opportunity to create incredible day and night eye looks.
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