You know the drill: New month, new products your beauty arsenal absolutely must have. 

April, in particular has proved to be a popular month for beauty launches. Skincare might’ve been a priority over the past few months as people focused on wellness and/or struggled to keep their skin in check, but with society’s gradual reopening comes the demand for new makeup products — fast.

This month’s bumper crop of makeup must-haves are all about bold eye looks, so expect an eyeshadow palette that’s inspired by the Wild West, and an eyeliner that’ll oblige even the slickest of cat-eyes. If you’re more of a lip person, though, there’s a nude lipstick that’ll plump up your puckers (in a good way), and a fresh crop of limited edition lipsticks from Hermès that celebrates the vibrancy of the season. 

Skincare junkies needn’t pout though; there are just as many new products for every skin type that’ll elevate your regimen.

Here are the new beauty products that we love in April.

Urban Decay Naked Wild West Eyeshadow Palette

Inspired by the Wild West in the US — the kind you see in the best cowboy movies — this 12-shade palette scores high on the versatility scale with its intriguing mix of sand dune-esque bronzes, succulent greens, and midnight blue hues in matte, satin, metallic, and shimmery finishes. Besides being able to channel the carefree insouciance of California’s deserts — think Joshua tree and endless skies — you’ll be pleased to know that the eyeshadows’ formula, although vegan, still blends seamlessly on the skin, and can be used solo or layered to create a multitude of looks. 

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Clarins Calm Essentiel skincare line

Formulated with sensitive skin in mind, this new range harnesses the skin-calming and antioxidant properties of clary sage to soothe and increase the skin’s tolerance, especially when exposed to environmental aggressors such as heat, wind, and pollution. The three products — the Soothing Emulsion, Restoring Treatment Oil, and Redness Corrective Gel — are comforting for even the most irritated of skin, and carry a light scent that’s also immensely relaxing during application. 

Available for purchase at all Clarins boutiques, counters, and e-store. 

From S$64
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Rouge Hermès Spring-Summer 2021 limited edition collection

If there’s one thing we look forward to as a new season approaches, it’s Hermès’ update on its limited-edition lipsticks. The new trio of satin-finished rouges capture the energy and escapism that summer brings. Beige Ebloui, for example, is a warm sandy shade that’s set to be your next favourite nude. Meanwhile, Rose Oasis is full of vibrance as a fiery rose, while Corail Aqua encapsulates the bright luminescence of an intense vermilion. All three lipsticks deliver a satin finish, and come packaged in exquisite refillable cases. 

Available at Hermès boutiques and

S$115 each
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Estée Lauder x Åsa Ekström Micro Essence Skin Activating Treatment Lotion

Japan-based, Swedish-born manga artist Åsa Ekström reinterprets Estee Lauder’s iconic Micro Essence with two adorable characters that tell a story of resilience and strength. Miwa, the spirit of water, finds herself on the original Micro Essence bottle while Sakurami makes an appearance on the Micro Essence with Sakura Ferment bottle. Whichever you’re inclined to, both lightweight formulas contain the brand’s 99.5-percent bio-active Lactobacillus Ferment to strengthen the skin’s foundation, intensely hydrate, and unleash its inner glow.

Pre-launching exclusively at Sephora from 15 April and at all Estée Lauder stores islandwide and on its Official Flagship Store on Lazada. 

Clé de Peau Beauté SS21 Base Makeup

Clé de Peau builds upon its ultra luxurious base makeup collection with the new Perfect Pair Base Makeup collection. The Radiant Fluid Foundation Natural is the second in the line after the Radiant Fluid Foundation Matte, and offers all-day wear without creasing and caking. The intensely hydrating foundation also retains moisture and prevents dryness for 12 hours, and is best used with Clé de Peau’s The Sponge – a luxurious, high-performance, multi-use sponge designed specifically for a smooth application.

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Glow Recipe Watermelon Glow Pink Dream Body Cream

Ever had an intense urge to lather the brand’s deliciously scented Watermelon Glow Pink Juice Moisturiser all over? Glow Recipe has made dreams come true with the body cream version of their cult product. The luscious lotion is essentially a head-to-toe watermelon smoothie for the most parched of skin, with ingredients such as vitamin-rich watermelon seed butter, watermelon extract, and hyaluronic acid to lock in all that moisture. Hibiscus AHA rounds out the formula by providing a gentle chemical exfoliation, leaving you with soft, velvety skin. The best part? It’s been formulated to sink in instantly without leaving stickiness on your skin — and pyjamas.

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Oribe Invisible Defense Universal Protection Spray

Blow-drying or hot-tooling your hair without protection is actually a lot more damaging than you realise. For this, Oribe has a new weightless mist that shields hair from not only thermal damage from said tools, but also the harmful effects that UV rays and pollution bring. The plant-based collagen within also hydrates and softens your tresses by locking in moisture. Expect Oribe’s signature Côte d’Azur scent to lend sun-drenched notes of Calabrian bergamot, white butterfly jasmine, and sandalwood to your locks all day. 

Available at retailers like Kim Robinson, Shunji Matsuo Hair Studio, Chez Vous Hair, and Evolve Salon.

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HERA Sensual Spicy Nude Balm

For effortlessly plump lips sans fillers, Hera’s Sensual Spicy Nude Balm in its new Lingerie Gold shade is a sophisticated interpretation of the brand’s iconic nude pink hue — only this time with a satin lustre courtesy of the brand’s Snow Crystal Powder. The moisturising lip balm is lends an effortlessly glamorous sheen to lips and glides on like a dream thanks to its Wax Crystal Control Technology.

Available at the HERA ION Boutique and on Lazada.

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Stila Stay All Day Dual-Ended Waterproof Liquid Eye Liner

Anyone who’s attempted to create the perfect cat-eye will know that the struggle is real. Following the success of its regular version, Stila wants to make it even easier for those who want to perfect those lines with its dual-ended iteration. The ultra-thin micro tip applicator on the other end deposits just the right amount of black ink onto the lids with precision and all-day staying power to create the sultry look with half the effort.

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Dior J’adore Eau de Parfum Infinissime

Created by Francois Demachy, Dior’s very own in-house perfumer, the new J’adore fragrance is an “infinitely sensual” version of the original, with notes of tuberose from the Grasse region that impart a strong, confident femininity. The rich floral composition is then accompanied by scents of the centifolia rose, sambac jasmine and ylang-ylang, and is refreshed with juicy notes of blood orange for an intensely complex fragrance that’s just an intriguing as it is beguiling. 

Available for purchase at all Dior beauty boutiques and counters.

S$266 for 100ml
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Neutrogena Hydro Boost Capsule in Serum

If your skin’s a little fatigued from the daily grind, Neutrogena’s latest Hydro Boost range sees a refreshing, power-charged super serum that delivers an instant boost of moisture. The antioxidant capsules release upon application to fortify the skin’s barrier while protecting it from recurring dryness, leaving you with an increase in natural hyaluronic acid production and dewy, healthier skin.

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Drunk Elephant The Littles Hair + Body Kit 2.0

You’ve got your skincare regime down pat, but if you want to elevate your hair and body game without committing to full-sized products, Drunk Elephant’s new set of miniatures is your perfect start to their hair and body range. The kit sees seven products that range from favourites like the Cocomino Glossing Shampoo, Wild Marula Tangle Spray, and Sweet Pitti Deodorant Cream, and is the perfect companion for a staycation or a trip to the beach. These adorable bottles are packaged in a clear neon orange bag and comes with a blue comb.

Launching 22 April 2021 on and at Sephora ION, Ngee Ann City, West Gate, Tampines 1 and NEX Mall.

Shatricia Nair
Deputy Editor
Shatricia Nair is a motoring, watches, and wellness writer who is perpetually knee-deep in the world of V8s, tourbillons, and the latest fitness trends. She is fuelled by peanut butter and three cups of coffee a day.