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9 of the most exciting beauty launches we love this January 2021

Ah, January. The month where you find enough motivation to do away with the old and welcome the new. 

2020 was indeed a year well worth forgetting and the beauty gods must’ve known, because to help you in your “new year, new me” journey are some of the most exciting products we’ve seen yet. 

Sure, your current lot have been faithful companions that have withstood the test of time (we’re talking a whole pandemic), but a reboot of your daily rituals is a good way to refresh your mind (and face) for the new year ahead. Besides, few things are more rewarding than finding a new foundation or fragrance that you really like.

To get you started on your journey, here are nine new beauty products we love this month.


This nutrient-dense cocktail of fermented sake extract, kombucha, and hops restores, soothes, and contributes to a balanced and healthy acid mantle and microbiome. Best used on dry or over-exfoliated skin, the non-comodogenic spray keeps the skin hydrated, and can be either used after moisturiser or spritzed under your favourite serum. If your skin’s in need of a little SOS during office hours, this new Drunk Elephant addition will also provide a surge of hydration without moving your makeup. 

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The new Rouge Dior

Dior expands its iconic lipstick collection this year to also include two new finishes: A plush, extra matte Velvet and a bold, eye-catching Metallic. Inspired by fabric textures iconic to the Maison, the’ll join the already legendary Satin and Matte finishes to offer even more options for the modern woman. Of the lot, four are destined for icon status: The 999 Velvet (a timeless crimson red), the 100 Nude Look (a reinterpretation of Christian Dior’s greige), the 080 Red Smile (an intensely vibrant luminous red), and 525 Chérie (a metallic rosewood nude). The best part? They’ll be packaged in a swanky new refillable CD case, complete with a new ring that features the recognisable initials. 

Available at all Dior Beauty boutiques and counters.


This might actually make you look forward to that mid-afternoon touch-up. The House’s massively popular Dior Forever Couture Perfect Cushion now comes in a new collectible couture case that sees the long-wearing and ultra-hydrating foundation now housed within a tone-on-tone black case with the famous Dior Oblique motif. The refillable case is also finished with a gold Dior signature, and is the perfect accompaniment to your favourite Dior handbags, whether it’s the Saddle Bag or Book Tote. 

Available at all Dior Beauty boutiques and counters.

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Laneige Water Sleeping Mask_EX

Laneige has gone the extra mile with a new reformulation of this crowd-favourite. Besides squalane for intense moisture, the new formula also features Sleeping Microbiome technology and a probiotics complex to rebuild the skin’s balance while strengthening its surface, especially after it’s been subjected to external aggressors like fine dust and UV rays. Expect to wake up to firmer and smoother skin after every snooze.

Available exclusively on Lazada from now till 14 January, at LANEIGE boutique and departmental stores from 15 January, and Laneige’s official mall on Shopee, Zalora and sephora.sg from 1 February.

Sulwhasoo Perfecting Foundation and Perfecting Powder

If you adored the Perfecting Cushion EX, here’s some good news: Sulwhasoo has expanded its Perfecting Makeup line to also include a liquid foundation and finishing powder as the ultimate solution to flawless coverage and breathable comfort. Inspired by the lightness of Hanji, a traditional, ultra-thin Korean paper, the long-lasting duo’s antioxidant-rich formulas blend seamless into the skin for a complexion that’s even and naturally radiant, without creasing into fine lines and pores all day.

Available at all Sulwhasoo boutiques and counters.

S$88 (Perfecting Foundation); S$80 (Perfecting Powder)

It’s been a long wait but Fenty Skin’s finally on the shelves of your beloved beauty retailer. With the promise of clean, uncomplicated skincare, @badgalriri’s debut skincare brand is a reflection of her global lifestyle, combining ingredients from around the world with skincare powerhouses. Four products are available locally — a cleanser, toner serum, moisturiser and sunscreen, and overnight gel-cream — each of which comes packed with powerhouse ingredients like Barbados cherries, hyaluronic acid and niacinamide. We’ll give plus points for the recyclable and refillable packaging too.

From S$38
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HERA’s latest cushion foundation couldn’t have come at a better time. Now that natural, glowing skin is in, this cushion’s ultra-blendable formula offers lightweight and seamless coverage that imparts a healthy sheen. Its Multi-Dimensions Radiant technology also replenishes moisture whilst delivering instant radiance to the skin. Packaged within a sleek round casing with elegant gold rims, the cushion comes in eight shades to best complement your natural beauty.

Available at the HERA ION boutique and HERA Online.

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Launched as the latest addition to the Les Exclusifs de Chanel collection, the Le Lion de Chanel is a fragrance that’s fuelled by the many faces of the lion, an enigmatic symbol integral to Gabrielle Chanel’s life (who also happened to be a Leo). Here, oriental notes were key to perfumer-creator Olivier Polge, so expect a rich amber accord alongside bold notes of bergamot, lemon, patchouli and sandalwood. The exquisite scent is bottled in the brand’s signature rectangular glass bottle and topped with a black magnetised cap, and will no doubt be a immensely elegant finish to your beauty routine. 

Exclusively available at Chanel fragrance and beauty boutiques islandwide.

From S$328
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Cartier Les Nécessaires à Parfum

In reviving the grand tradition of vanity cases — of which Cartier was a pioneer of — the Les Nécessaires à Parfum collection comprises six chic cases that remind of the Maison’s dedication to craftsmanship. More than seven steps are required to manufacture these accessories by hand, whether it’s engraving the metal or applying the lacquer, and can house 30ml glass refills of any of its nine fragrances, which range from the La Panthère to the Oud & Santal. This new generation of vanity cases for perfumes easily fit into the palm of your hand, making them the ultimate luxury companion for whenever you’re on the go. 

Available for sale from March 2021.

Shatricia Nair
Managing 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.