Add these new products to your beauty arsenal if you haven’t already
What’s new in the world of beauty this month? As we continue to battle the pandemic, skincare remains an important part of our everyday self-care ritual. Beauty brands have launched several new products, from exfoliating toners to overnight masks and even easy-to-use serums, to ensure we keep our skin healthy as we start to ease back into normalcy.
By now, most of us should have mastered wearing makeup under our face masks, so these new products on our list should be part of your beauty arsenal if they haven’t already.
Find out our top picks for the month of August below.
MTM Labo Custom-Blended Hydrating Mask
At MTM Labo, they say: "Your skin knows." If you felt a tinge of guilt just hearing that, perhaps it is time to pay extra attention to your skin. For those new to the brand, know that the beauty brand is all about custom-blended skincare that suits its users. New customers will normally need to undergo a short skin assessment in order to select the best products for themselves so as to address their address individual needs.
This custom-blended hydrating mask is perfect for anyone whose skin lacks moisture. It is deeply moisturising and soothing, giving the skin that much-needed hydration. Apply generously over a clean face and wait 10 to 15 minutes before rinsing off with water. You can use it once or twice a week, or as needed.
Available at MTM Labo boutiques.
Dior Prestige Cleansing Balm, Sugar Scrub and Micellar Foam
Makeup removal doesn’t get any more luxurious than this.
Dior Prestige has revamped three of its products for greater efficacy: sugar scrub Le Sucre de Gommage; cleansing balm Le Baume Démaquillant and micellar foam La Mousse Micellaire.
Through this three-step Dior Prestige ritual, makeup removal can also be used as a prelude to skincare application. Use the Le Baume Démaquillant to remove impurities by dissolving and cleansing them; then applying a foaming product such as the micellar foam La Mousse Micellaire (or the new soap bar Le Savon) to double cleanse. Finally, use the sugar scrub Le Sucre de Gommage as an exfoliant twice or three times per week to gently exfoliate the skin for an illuminating effect.
Available at all Dior Beauty boutiques and counters and online on Sephora.sg and Tangs.com.
Chanel Rouge Allure 2021 Collection
National Lipstick Day may be over but we are not done celebrating. And we have Chanel to thank for that. This year, the luxury house presents a collection of intense shades of its cult-favourite liquid lip colours, Rouge Allure Laque and Rouge Allure Ink Fusion. Rouge Allure Laque is the first Chanel liquid lip colour with a satin shine finish, while Rouge Allure Ink Fusion provides an intense matte look.
The Chanel Makeup Creation Studio dreamed up a total of 12 unique new hues for these long-wearing lipsticks in this new collection. They are also water-resistant (so worry not about eating and wearing masks) and is suitable for daily wear.
Available at Chanel Fragrance and Beauty Boutiques in Ion Orchard, The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands, VivoCity, JEM and Raffles City and at all Chanel Fragrance and Beauty counters.
Sulwhasoo Perfecting Cushion
Well-known for its skin-caring formula, it’s hard to go wrong with Sulwhasoo’s best-selling cushions. The luxury Korean skincare brand uses a unique skincare hybrid formula that allows wearers to use the cushion without any discomfort to the skin throughout the day—so you won't feel any tightness or encounter dry spots even after long hours of wear.
The coverage is excellent and you can conceal spots, blemishes, pores and even fine lines as you build coverage with light touches. The result is usually a flawless look that is easily achieved with this Perfecting Cushion.
Available at Sulwhasoo boutiques, Tangs and online.
Guerlain Youth Watery Oil
Rich as an oil, light as water. Guerlain’s exceptional Abeille Royale Advanced Youth Watery Oil acts as a repair concentrate for plumped skin but do not let its name trick you. The Watery Oil texture may be as rich as an oil but it works just like a serum that is as light as water. It was reformulated in 2017 and went on to become the number one face oil in Asia in 2020.
The Advanced Youth Watery Oil has retained its exquisite sensory appeal, which has thousands of fans worldwide, but now contains 95 per cent naturally derived ingredients. It also contains micro-beads with Commiphora oil that create a wonderful surprise upon application: they melt on contact with the skin until they disappear, leaving no greasy or sticky finish.
Crafted by Thierry Wasser, the House’s master perfumer, it has a honeyed fragrance that truly evokes the senses.
Available at Sephora Ion Orchard, Marina Bay Sands, Ngee Ann City, Takashimaya at Ngee Ann City, Tangs at Tang Plaza and Metro Paragon.
Clarins V Shaping Facial Lift Eye Concentrate
Clarins’ V Shaping Facial Lift line of products work to uplift, slim, and depuff facial contours for that coveted V-shaped face. And now, the French cosmetics brand unveils its new tightening and anti-puffiness eye serum, V Shaping Facial Lift Eye Concentrate. The product aims to give the eyes a visible lift and a bolder look and is formulated with tightening and brightening botanical extracts that visibly improve dark circles and puffiness.
Irish Moss Extract soothes the skin and reduces puffiness while relieving heavy eyelids, and Zerumbet Ginger Extract is anti-inflammatory and tightens the skin around the eyes. Horse Chestnut Escin assists in reducing the appearance of under-eye bags while illuminating the delicate eye contour.
Use the new V Shaping Facial Lift Eye Concentrate to focus on tightening the eye contours and eradicating puffy eyes.
Available at all Clarins boutiques, counters, and online at Clarins.com.sg.
Clé de Peau Beauté Cleansers
Cleansing is quite possibly the most important step in our skincare routine, and Clé de Peau Beauté is well aware of that.
Its new cleansers include the #StepZero concept, which is more than just purification of the skin as it emphasises skin resilience through cleansing. The brand's new high-performing cleansers are designed to support skin resilience with every use.
Each product in the new Pro-Cleansing Series by Clé de Peau Beauté includes an extracted-essence superfood imbued with antioxidant properties. For example, there is starfruit leaf extract in its Micellar Cleansing Water and raspberry extract in both its Softening Cleansing Foam and Clarifying Cleansing Foam. Other products in this cleansing range include the Skin-Refining Clay Scrub, Eye And Lip Makeup Remover and Makeup Cleansing Towelettes.
Available at Clé de Peau Beauté stores, beauty counters and Sephora.sg.
Gucci Beauty Rouge À Lèvres Voile and Stylo À Sourcils Waterproof
Gucci Beauty introduces a new member of its family, the Stylo à Sourcils Waterproof, and an extension of Rouge À Lèvres Voile in its annual summer collection. The waterproof brow pencil and the five new lipstick shades are the latest additions that "embrace the House’s distinctive vintage aesthetic".
Gucci Beauty’s Stylo À Sourcils Waterproof comes in six shades; the new brow pencil is a waterproof tool designed specifically with an ultra-fine nib edge to allow for a precise, buildable, and natural-looking brow finish. It is also dual-sided with a fine spoolie at the opposite end, and allows colour to be blended and combed through the brows easily.
Following the success of Rouge À Lèvres Voile lipstick launch, Gucci Beauty adds to this line with five fresh new and permanent shades. Inspired by the Golden Age of cinema, these colours were specially conceived by Alessandro Michele to enrich and complement the collection with fresh and bright hues ranging from natural to orange, red and pink.
The formula is lightweight and comfortable to wear throughout the day, without compromising on luminosity and finish.
Shiseido Ultimune Power Infusing Concentrate
As Shiseido’s bestselling serum, the Ultimune Power Infusing Concentrate has won over 179 global beauty awards and continues to be the Japanese skincare brand’s number one product. It is an antioxidant powerhouse that strengthens skin against daily damage and visible signs of ageing that can also be a universal-use serum for all skin types and skin tones.
Use it to amplify the effects of your skincare regimen as the Ultimune hydrates and defends skin against the effects of stress, pollution, and urban life. With ingredients such as the antioxidant reishi mushroom and iris root extract, this concentrated daily treatment also fends off free radicals that may lead to premature ageing.
Available at Sephora.
Ole Henriksen Dewtopia 20% Acid Night Treatment
Eager to wake up with glowing skin but want a simpler method? The Dewtopia 20% Acid Night Treatment by Ole Henriksen could be a game-changer in your nightly beauty routine.
The serum is made up of a 20% acid blend of 10% AHAs and 10% PHAs as well as replenishing ingredients, so it is the brand’s most potent serum to date that aims to soothe, soften and condition your skin. You will feel a slight tingling sensation but that lets you know the formula is working. Try this product overnight and watch how it works for you. It is easy to use and convenient enough for those who want to wake up with dewy skin without a lengthy beauty routine before bed.
Available at Sephora.
Caudalie Vinopure range
French skincare brand Caudalie has unveiled its all-new Vinopure range, a clean and natural solution for those with acne-prone skin. It consists of a simple four-step skin regime and the range includes an exclusive Caudalie ingredient: polyphenols—the most powerful antioxidant in nature, extracted from French grape seeds. This key ingredient helps to reduce the appearance of blackheads and limits sebum oxidation.
Start with the Vinopure Purifying Cleanser to remove excess dirt on the skin and follow up with the Vinopure Purifying Toner to prep the skin. The toner contains ingredients such as natural salicylic acid, essential oils, and organic grape water to help hydrate and purify the skin and control skin oil production. Then, use the Vinopure Blemish Control Salicylic Serum (Caudalie’s star product from the range) and the Vinopure Mattifying Hydrating Fluid as the final step to lock in all the moisture.
Available at Sephora from August 26.
Byredo Blanche eau de parfum
Blanche by Byredo explores beauty and intimacy through the luxury fragrance brand’s distinct perspective.
“With Blanche, I wanted to capture the idea of texture and fabric and skin—and to translate a level of intimacy which is very human,” says Ben Gorham, founder and creative director of Byredo.
The limited-edition eau de parfum evokes the smell of clean skin and well-worn clothes and fresh laundry—with a punch of detergent. The scent, which seeks to express the contrast between white linen and dishwasher soap, also contains notes of sandalwood and musk. If you are a fan of fresh and clean scents, here is one to add to your perfume collection.
Available at the Byredo boutique in Takashimaya, Escentials Paragon and Escentials.com.
Chantecaille Orange Flower Water and Seascreen 30 Mineral Broad-Spectrum Sunscreen Mist
Chantecaille has added two new permanent additions to its skincare range. The new Seascreen 30 Mineral Broad-Spectrum Sunscreen Mist is Chantecaille’s first-ever, reef-safe sunscreen mist, free of damaging oxybenzone and octinoxate. It is also infused with botanicals that soothe the skin and mineral sun filters that protect against the sun’s harsh rays. This fine mist formula also contains UVA and UVB protection.
Additionally, the brand’s new Orange Flower Water is a face mist that boasts calming, toning and soothing benefits. Each spritz delivers a refreshing orange scent that instantly rejuvenates the skin and is perfect as a pick-me-up in the middle of the day when your skin needs a little extra hydration.
Used primarily as an alcohol-free gentle toner for the face and body, the Orange Flower Water is a multi-tasker that can also be used as a luxurious addition to the bath, to freshen up bed linens or even as a room spray.
Available at the Chantecaille Flagship Boutique at Tangs at Tang Plaza and the Chantecaille counter at Takashimaya.
Eager to make a 'skin-vestment' that will help you achieve smoother, softer skin in the long run? Foreo has relaunched its cult-favourite Bear device in a limited-edition mint shade this month. As the only waterproof microcurrent device in the world, the Foreo Bear provides a natural face lift as it works to tighten and firm the skin for a chiselled V-shaped face shape. The device's integrated massage option utilises advanced microcurrent and T-Sonic pulsations to exercise the 65 muscles in the face and neck, to help minimise fine lines and wrinkles.
Those familiar with Foreo facial devices will know that it features an Anti-Shock System that makes it the world’s safest microcurrent device, eliminating any chance of shock as you carry out your at-home beauty routine. The Foreo bear is also best paired with Serum Serum Serum, an anti-ageing serum specially formulated to help you get the most out of your and contains ingredients such as glycerin for effective and safe microcurrent transfers from the device to the skin to ensure optimal conductivity and results. The serum also combines moisturising ingredients such as squalane and hydrating hyaluronic acid to amp up your skin's radiance.
Available now at Sephora, and at Zalora, Tangs, Takashimaya and Foreo Official Store in October 2021.
The History of Whoo Bichup First Care Moisture Anti-Aging Essence
As much as you may try to resist, there is something special about beauty products that are packaged beautifully. Luxury Korean skincare brand The History of Whoo is one that constantly outdoes itself when it comes to exquisite packaging. Now, it has launched the eighth special edition of its signature The History of Whoo Bichup First Moisture Anti-Aging Essence.
Presented with an exquisite painting of fully bloomed peonies on white celadon porcelain (a symbol of royalty), each bottle of the eighth edition of The History of
Whoo Bichup First Moisture Anti-Aging Essence is painstakingly hand-crafted and hand-painted in Korea by elderly artisans using traditional porcelain craft techniques.
The bottle also reinterprets and celebrates the beauty of royal culture; the motif of the vibrant royal peony paintings was commonly seen on folding screens used during
celebratory rituals of the royal family and signifies vitality. Like white celadon porcelain, the peony-painted folding screens were only allowed for use by the royal
family and its historical significance allowed it to be on display in the National Museum of Korea.
The History of Whoo Bichup First Care Moisture Anti-Aging Essence is an anti-ageing essence suitable for all skin types and gently soothes the skin and aids in the absorption of products. Apply it right after cleansing, and allow the skin to soak in the luxurious soft texture of the essence completely. What's special about this product is it is extremely versatile and can be used in the morning or in the evening. Its detoxification properties also allow it to aid with acne care.
Available at Takashimaya and The History of Whoo counters in limited quantities. Also available as part of The History of Whoo Bichup First Moisture Anti-Ageing Essence White Celadon 8th Edition Special Set.
Estée Lauder Revitalizing Supreme+ Optimizing Power Treatment Lotion
What is the key to firmer, softer skin?
Perhaps it is the all-new Estée Lauder Revitalizing Supreme+ Optimizing Power Treatment Lotion—an ultra-nourishing lightweight treatment lotion that leaves the skin feeling immediately nourished and comfortable. It contains concentrated hyaluronic acid and an exclusive moringa extract to help the skin retain moisture and help restore the skin’s natural water and oil balance for a glow-up. It plumps and smoothens fine lines, helps to minimise the look of pores, protects the skin with anti-oxidant power and leaves the skin looking healthy and soft.
Use the lotion with the rest of the Estée Lauder Revitalizing Supreme+ Global Anti-Aging Collection for best results.
Available at all Estée Lauder stores islandwide.
Bskin Eye Care Multi-Tasking Power Serum
Here is an eye care solution for those who want fresher and youthful-looking eye contours. The Bskin Eye Care Multi-Tasking Power Serum is a cocktail of potent, clinically-proven active ingredients such as Adenosine, 4 different types of peptides, Niacinamide and Sea Daffodil extract that target signs of ageing in the most delicate area of the face: skin laxity, the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, pigmentation, dryness and dark circles.
The serum is also infused with the brand’s proprietary B2O complex (an exclusive complex of bee-based ingredients such as natural extracts of honey, royal jelly, propolis, pollen and Jeju spring water) to protect and strengthen skin. The lightweight gel-serum formulation is easily absorbed into the skin and fully hydrates the entire eye area to maintain suppleness throughout the day and night. Suitable for all skin types, including sensitive skin. It also does not clog pores or cause milia seeds (a common problem faced by those who use eye products that are too rich) to form.
To use the serum effectively, apply it around the contours of the eye. Gently pat it in along the under-eye area with your fingers until it is fully absorbed into the skin.
Available on the Bskin.
The Quick Flick eyeliner kit
Australian cult beauty label The Quick Flick could be an easy solution for those who have problems achieving the perfect winged eye look. The Quick Flick comes as a vegan wing-stamp eyeliner kit that includes two dual-ended eyeliner pens. Each pen features a wing stamp: one for the left and right eye respectively, and two felt tip eyeliners.
The formula is also smudge-free and waterproof so your cat-eye flick will stay on without fading, running, or cracking.
Available at Powella.
Glowfully Advanced Healing Elixir
Ending the day with a sensorial skincare routine sounds divine for most of us. And this product by homegrown beauty brand Glowfully may just up the ante for your night routine.
Its new Advanced Healing Elixir is a potent night treatment that works its magic while you sleep. This soothing, ultra-hydrating gel is composed of powerhouse ingredients such as antarcticine, eight amino acids, salicylic acid and vitamin C as well as a higher concentration of niacinamide to boose the skin's radiance. The sleek packaging also features an airless pump that reduces contact with external contaminants. The best way to use this gel is as the final step in your skincare routine, right before bed.
Available at Glowfully.