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From the newest drugstore dry shampoo, to an organic Swedish skincare line that's just arrived stateside, here are the 19 best spring beauty products!
We got a sneak peek of Lorac’s new Alter Ego Lipsticks ($16), out on Thursday, and immediately fell for the shade Pin Up. The true red has a blue undertone, which makes your teeth look whiter and complements any skintone.
Bumble and bumble’s latest release gives instant day-two hair. Need we say more? Spray their City Swept Finish ($29) through the middle sections of your hair, scrunch, and bedhead is yours!
We tested Chanel’s entire spring line—and while it’s all amazing—their Cream Blush ($38) is our favorite. The light formula goes on creamy and blends into a powdery finish that looks insanely vibrant and natural. (Seriously, it’s amazing.)
Forget nail decals, Ciate’s new Cuticle Tattoos ($12) are the latest thing to happen to fingers. The temporary tattoos—ribbons, diamonds, triangles—are shaped to frame your nail beds and look just like real ink.
V Beaute’s Day Job ($38) has all the qualities you need from a sunscreen: it’s broad spectrum, mineral and physical UVA/UVA protection ,and won’t clog pores. But it’s so much more than that; it also has anti-aging ingredients that help to reduce lines and wrinkles.
You still don’t have an alpha hydroxy acid in your routine? Don’t worry, Drunk Elephant, a new skincare line anchored with the antioxidant-packed marula fruit, has you covered. (Wild elephants get a “buzz” off the marula tree’s fermented fallen fruit, hence the name.) Their T.L.C. Framboos Glycolic Night Serum ($90) brightens and exfoliates skin while you sleep with a hefty dose of glycolic acid.
Swedish brand Estelle & Thild have already made a name for themselves in Europe and Scandinavia, and now they’re moving stateside. Their hero product, the Super Bio Active Magic Duo ($157), is an organic serum and oil combo that you mix right before use for optimal anti-aging potency.
The highly-anticipated color cosmetics have finally arrived from Eve Lom. Our favorite from the bunch? The Sheer Radiance Translucent Powder ($48), which gives a light, airbrushed finished to skin in seconds.
James Read’s Liquid Tan ($42) doesn’t just come in chic packaging, it delivers a streak-free tan that looks incredibly natural. We mix in a dab into our face moisturizer, too!
Having trouble keeping your creamy lip color in place? Try Lancome’s new Lip Lover ($23) instead. It has the staying power of a matte lipstick, but the shiny finish of a gloss.
New York-based Make Colour just launched at Barneys this month, and picking our favorite product was not easy. The Custom Finish Effects Matte/Dewy Primer Compact ($27) is, in one word, genius. Designed to be the last step in your routine, one side is a highlighter and the other is a mattifier. Apply the former on your brow bone, top of your cheekbones, cupid’s bow, and lips; then matte any shine on your T-zone with the latter.
Matte products can be tricky to apply, which is why we can’t say enough good things about Nars’ new Matte Multiple ($38). The creamy formula is incredibly blendable and dries to a shine-free finish on lips, cheeks, and eyes. We especially love the shade Laos.
Pantene’s Root Reboot Dry Shampoo ($8) may be dubbed a dry shampoo, but after extensive testing, we suggest you use it as a dry texture spray. Which makes this new product the most affordable dry texture spray we’ve ever tried. Simply spray through your locks from roots to ends for a matte, lived-in finsih that competes with brands 10 times the price.
You don’t need to hit the salon for shiny hair. Just pick up Rita Hazan’s Ultimate Shine Gloss ($26). Apply a few pumps of the foam to wet locks between your shampoo and conditioner, twice a week, for glossy tresses.
Want an easy way to contour your face? Use Tarte’s new The Sculptor Contouring Face Slenderizer ($29). Draw a thick line where you want it—click through this how-to for help—and buff with the included brush. Yep, it’s that easy.
TenOverTen’s Foundation Strengthening Basecoat ($18) isn’t your average basecoat. It keeps lacquer in place for days, yes, but it also helps nails grow faster with horsetail grass extract, and looks beautiful alone, thanks to a light pink tint.
Have fair, dry skin? You need By Terry’s By Terry Hyaluronic Summer ($67). One of the best face bronzers we’ve ever tried, just smooth the whipped-up formula onto your skin pre-makeup for an instant tan that looks natural and deeply hydrates your skin, thanks to a dose of hyaluronic acid.
Need help keeping your skin hydrated? We admit that this may not be traditional beauty product, but we fell in love with Soma’s Water Filter ($49) when it came across our desks. It’s an eye-pleasing way to remind yourself to drink more water—for your skin’s sake!
We’re big fans of Dallas-based aesthetician Renee Rouleau—as you can see here and here—and her latest mask is already a favorite. Apply the Energizing Cleansing Mask ($50) to exfoliated skin once a week, let dry, and rinse for a brighter complexion—we promise!