With lockdown rules being eased and shipping possible, beauty labels are launching their newest products. Here’s a list of the best beauty products that have hot the shelves amidst and post lockdown.

Dermafique’s Soleil Defense Range has two new sunscreen variations

Summer’s here, and sunscreen is not far behind. A skincare label that’s a built-in partnership between dermatologists and cellular biologists, Dermafique has just launched their Soleil Defense range. There’s the Dermafique Soleil Defense (Rs 979), a fragrance-free sun protection formula that takes care of visible light, Infrared (IR), UVA and UVB. The Soleil Defense Gel Creme (Rs 749) targets 360° Sun Spectrum and takes care of photo-ageing. 

Nykaa launches Masaba by Nykaa fragrances

Quirky bottles and intense ingredients dominate this designer-led fragrance collection, after the popular lipstick and nail enamel collection last year. There are six fragrances, each packaged beautifully and showcasing the personality of a strong woman. Not just that, in the spirit of #GiveBack, part of the proceeds from the sale of Masaba By Nykaa perfumes will go towards supporting migrant workers and their families by providing them with basic amenities and care packages for relief. Sitting beautifully under Nykaa’s ‘Moi By Nykaa’ collection, the perfumes have fun names like Burn Babe, Free Spirit, Croc-N-Roll, Wild For You, Spot On, and Uptown Girl.

Priced at Rs 1,800. 

Just Herbs launches Herb-Enriched Ayurvedic lipsticks named after fans  

Ayurvedic label Just Herbs is an LSA favourite — we’re fans of their rose water and rejuvenating serums. Last year, the brand launched makeup, and now their new crowdsourced project has once again thrown up another gem: Ayurvedic lipsticks.

As part of their #MakingMakeupHealthy campaign, the company aspires to show that one doesn’t need to compromise their skin and makeup — healthy ingredients can be used for both. Though the products were supposed to launch in March, the nation-wide lockdown due to the Coronavirus delayed it. Chosen and graded by over 1,500 women across India, these lipsticks feature colours that are perfect on Indian skin tones, with luxe packaging to boot. #GlamorouslyGreen as they’re called on social media, there are 16 shades to look  forward to, infused with Vata pacifying herbs such as Indian Kudzu, Shatavari, Bhrami, Guduchi, Yashtimadhu, Bala, and Manjishtha with a base of Ghee and sesame oil known to be gentle on the skin as well as nourishing. Our favourites: Shiwangi, Anika, and Nikita — all browns and nudes that work well on our skin. 

Want Shiny Hair And Clear Skin? Try Neem From Pure Cure + Co 

Are you getting on the supplement wagon yet? We have, and we admit, it’s daunting at first but works fairly well in the long run. Another popular label in the market today, Pure Cure, an Ayurvedic wellness supplement brand has now launched their new Ayurvedic Neem Supplements that not only flush out the toxins but purify the blood, neutralise damage-inducing-free radicals, and help encourage fat and water metabolism. That means, great skin, hair, and nails while calming down any irritations or inflammations.

Dr Geetika’s Mini Facial Kit is a blessing in lockdown 

jade rollers

Here’s how you get a derma facial at the comfort of your home. Dr Geetika Mittal Gupta, founder and medical director of ISAAC Luxe, has just launched a limited edition facial kit perfect for ladies who want some self-care at home. The limited-edition ‘Dr. G’s Mini Facial Kit’ is created exclusively to perform facials in a jiffy, with no extra equipment or extensive rituals. The kit includes products that will give you even skin day-in and day-out — there’s Auriga Vitamin C Serum, Sunscreen, ISAAC Insta Sculpt for Face, Brow and Eyelash Serum, Whitening Lifting Face pack, Eye Cream, Jade Roller, Peel Towel, Brush and a Headband, and more. All effective, all easy to use. 

Innisfree’s new My Hair Recipe Range targets  Scalp and Hair Care

What’s new from Innisfree, our favourite Korean naturalism brand from Jeju Island? Their very new My Hair Recipe Range that has both scalp and hair care products. The Recipe Refreshing Shampoo (Rs 850) is formulated with ingredients from Jeju pine, cedar, and cypress trees, and provides deep cleansing. The Recipe Refreshing Treatment (Rs 990) removes sebum and impurities while the Recipe Strength Shampoo (Rs 850) works on hair roots. The Recipe Strength Treatment (Rs 990) rebalances scalp condition and helps strengthen hair roots, and then there are the Strength Tonic Essence (Rs 990), the Moisturizing Shampoo and conditioner for dry hair (both Rs 850) that are perfect for frizz. There is also a Moisturizing Oil Serum (Rs 990), Repairing Shampoo and conditioner (Rs 850), for damaged hair, and Repairing Oil Serum (Rs 990).

Say hello to Nourish Mantra’s new facial oil 

Natural Ayurvedic skincare label Nourish Mantra is a 100 percent vegan, paraben-free, SLS-free, and cruelty-free label and comes with a range of interesting products like facial oils, serums, moisturisers, and lotions. Their newest launch is the Vedic Elixir 8 in 1 Rejuvenating Facial Oil that is formulated with Hemp Seed and packed with antioxidants and vitamins to protect skin from pollutants and visible signs of ageing.

Priced at Rs 3,550

Perenne’s first-ever anti-digital ageing under eye cream

How to fight blue light that emanates from our mobiles and phones? With everyone spending over 8-10 hours at the computer, we are definitely exposing our skin to blue light, thereby speeding up the ageing process. Add to that, dark circles, sagging lines, and excessive pigmentation.

Enter the Perenne Replenishing Under eye gel cream (Rs 2,000) that comes packed with hyaluronic acid to reduce fine lines, dark circles, and under-eye bags significantly. The label has also launched Instant Hydration Nectar Dry Oil Serum (Rs 1,750) that increases skin firmness and an Eternal Glow Booster Dry Oil Serum (Rs 1,750) that helps load the skin up with antioxidants. The brand has also relaunched their new and improved sunscreen (Rs 1,000) that is a gel-formula suitable for all skin types, and is sweat-proof and water-resistant. 

Paul Penders launches its vegan makeup range 

A well-known vegan beauty brand Paul Penders Botanicals now shows off a specially curated premium makeup range featuring organic and herbal pigments. The Natural Cream Lipsticks (Rs 1,350) come in nine super cool shades (Rosewood, Mulberry, Peony, Maple, Cinnabar), give a high dose of colour, are chemical-free, and contain natural plant oils for extra moisture. There’s also the Perfecting BB Cream (Rs 1,425) — a lightweight 4-in-1 handmade BB cream that comes with effective moisturisation, SPF, and in three shades. The Moisture Foundation (Rs 1,775) is non-greasy, and provides sheer and oil-free coverage in six stunning shades. We especially love the Natural Mascara that volumises, lengthens, and thickens your lashes beautifully.

Now for some affordable budget beauty:

Nykaa Launches Wanderlust Body Yogurts

Another feather in the Nykaa Wanderlust range, these lightweight yogurts come in five floral fragrances – Sicilian Sweet Pea, Japanese Cherry Blossom, Country Rose, Hawaiian Jasmine, French Lavender. The gel-based, lightweight moisturisers are non-greasy, non-sticky, and contain AHAs that dissolve dead skin cells and prevent ageing; the sweet almond oil will leave your skin so smooth and nourished.

Priced at Rs 550. 

Body Cupid launches shampoos & conditioners 

Body Cupid’s shampoos and conditioners feel and smell amazing. The Body Cupid Olive Oil Shampoo (Rs 499) comes with healthy fatty acids plus vitamin E & K, so you have smooth, non-frizzy, nourished hair, while the conditioner comes with shea butter that keeps your hair hydrated. The Body Cupid Moroccan Gold Argan Shampoo and conditioner (Rs 499) contains Moroccan Argan Oil that is loaded with healthy fatty acids and vitamin E with vitamin B5, both which give back the moisture to the scalp while strengthening hair. 

WOW Skin Science launches fun, hand creams

If there is one product that we needed in the lockdown, it’s a hand cream, and now we have a bunch of interesting ones from WOW Skin Science. Budget options, and perfect for the bedside table, take your pick from English Rose, Avocado, and Coconut. 

Pricec at Rs 199

Latha Sunadh
Deputy Editor
When she's not trying on a new serum, researching on yet another classic fragrance and sharing lip balms with her 5-year old daughter, Latha Sunadh keeps it reined in with a nice song and a good book. Special skills include obsessing over handmade, home-made and handcrafted luxuries.