Among limited edition launches, special collaborations and exciting makeup and skincare launches from countless brands, we round up the best ones you need to keep on your radar.
1. Chanel Les Beiges Natural Eyeshadow Palette in The Indispensable Palette (Limited Edition), $139
Chanel introduces launches to their Les Beiges collection seasonally. This May, we’re coveting this nine-colour eyeshadow palette, named The Indispensable Palette. From beige to bronze, the shades are inspired by surfaces of the earth, from sparkly rocks to clay ground. We like how the neutral colours come in matte and shimmery shades, and are suitable for all skin tones and everyday wear. Plus, the palette is simply but impeccably designed, as with all things Chanel.
2. Marc Jacobs Beauty Accomplice Instant Blurring Beauty Powder with Brush, $69
We’ve been eagerly awaiting this launch since last December, when Priyanka Chopra wed Nick Jonas. Why? Because she used this skin-perfecting powder on her big day to create fresh, glowing skin. The powder has a perfecting pearl pigment that diffuses light and blurs out imperfections. The built-in magnetic brush also ups the convenience factor of this compact. This is one half of the Accomplice collection launching this month (the other is the Accomplice Concealer & Touch-up Stick at $45).
3. Kiehl’s Calendula Serum-Infused Water Cream, $68
Anyone who knows Kiehl’s knows about their iconic product, the Calendula Herbal-Extract Alcohol-Free Toner, whose formulation has not changed since it was launched in the 1960s. The latest addition to the Calendula line is this water cream, which has micronised calendula petals and calendula extract that delivers five skin-soothing compounds to skin once it’s applied. The weightless formula also gives long-lasting hydration, leaves skin feeling soft and reduces redness.
4. Urban Decay x Game of Thrones collection, $31-$92
Launching on May 9 in Sephora (stores and online) and the Urban Decay store at Ngee Ann City, this entire collection comprises an eyeshadow palette, highlighter palette, four lip shades, four eyeliners, two eyeshadow brushes and a lip and cheek tint. All the makeup shades have names inspired by the epic fantasy series, which makes this limited-edition collection a must-have for Game of Thrones fans. Even if you’re not crazy about the show, we think the eyeshadow palette is a good investment piece at $92; you can create many different looks – with its wide range of shades from nudes and browns to blue and purple.
5. Dior Prestige La Micro-Lotion De Rose, $160
This new lotion from Dior aims to supply skin with minerals while purifying it. Why? Because blemish-prone skin dries out easily, becomes red and over-sensitive, and overproduces sebum. This causes pores to clog up, leading to even more dilated pores. Used as a lotion or pre-lotion step, the Dior Prestige La Micro-Lotion De Rose is said to help skin remain shine-free and hydrated for 12 hours. Rose oil, minerals, and nutrients such as aspartic acid, vitamins B3, B5 and E, and fatty acids help to strengthen skin barrier to rebalance blemish-prone skin.
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6. Shu Uemura x Maison Kitsune collection, $38-$123
Shu Uemura is a makeup artistry brand. Maison Kitsune is a French electronic music record label and fashion label. They’re both cool in their own ways. So when they come together to collaborate on a makeup collection, you know there are few things that can get cooler than that. The overarching theme is a camouflage pattern, with a fox (Maisons Kitsune’s icon), lip and Mount Fuji prints overlapping on it. The eyeshadow palette has pink, brown and khaki colours, so you can create a number of fun looks with it. Lipstick-wise, there are nine limited-edition shades (and seven existing, best-selling shades) for Shu Uemura’s Rouge Unlimited Supreme Matte, and five limited-edition shades (and three existing, best-selling shades) of the Matte Supreme liquid lipstick – all in the limited-edition camo-print packaging.
7. Etude House Better Lips-Talk lipstick, $18.90
Known for its customisable lipstick shades and mix-and-match lipstick cases, Etude House is reformulating its lipstick formula and launching a new range of lipsticks with 60(!) shades. There are two finishes, regular and velvet, and the range is formulated to give vivid colour payoff and stay on your lips for hours. We like the new pale pink case, which is chic and feminine, and the magnetic cap which snaps into place easily. What’s even more exciting is that 40 more shades are planned for the second half of the year, bringing the total collection to a whopping 100 shades. Because, really, what can be #BETTER (the hashtag for this launch) than 100 shades of lipsticks to choose from?