You know the drill: New month, new beauty products.
Except this July we’ve gotten ourselves a real bumper crop of beauty goodies. They couldn’t have come at a better time too, seeing as restrictions are being gradually lifted and people are raring to resume whatever’s left of their social life.
Now that we’re thick in the middle of summer, expect a handful of new fragrances that celebrate the vivaciousness of the season. The adventures this month begin with a little traipse around in Florence with Gucci Beauty, but don’t forget a swipe of two of any one of these new lipsticks to feel the part too.
Those who’re seeking fresh solutions to their skincare woes will also appreciate The History of Whoo’s beautifully packaged facial essence, and Japanese skincare expert MT Metatron’s pigmentation buster. There’s even a handheld cleansing device made specially for the men in your life.
From new skincare tech to fresh fragrances, here are all the new beauty products in July that we’ve tried and loved.
With hand washing and sanitising at an all-time high, it was only a matter before our hands were stripped of all its moisture. Diptyque solves this problem with this nifty travel set, a thoughtfully curated kit comprising its Softening Hand Wash, Velvet Hand Lotion, and Rinse-free Hand Wash — basically everything you’ll need for incredibly soft, clean, and divine smelling hands from here on out. The latter was specially formulated with sweet almond oil and white saponaria — a Mediterranean plant with purifying properties — to create a gel that gently cleans without drying out your hands.
Available at Diptyque counters and Escentials Paragon and online.
Inspired by enzyme baths at Korean bathhouses, Glow Recipe’s very own clay treatment promises to not strip healthy oils from your skin like the others do. Instead, the whipped, pillowy cream decongests and refines pores without throwing your skin off balance thanks to its unique hyaluronic acid-infused kaolin clay formulation. The five-minute treatment also offers gentle physical and chemical exfoliation for whenever your skin feels tired and congested, leaving you looking bright and refreshed — especially useful if you’re prepping for date night.
Available online at Sephora.
For puckers that are plump and kissable all day, Burberry’s latest Kisses is a highly-pigmented satin lip colour that deeply hydrates without budging. The hyaluronic acid-enriched formula comes in 31 shades to match any skin colour and occasion, but signature shades like TB Orange, Oxblood, and Military Red are must-haves within the collection. For a classic bold red that gives maximum visual impact, hit up the aptly named The Red, an instant confidence booster that’s equal parts daring and elegant.
Available on at Sephora ION and online, and at BHG Bugis Junction.
This is one for the gentlemen who’ve always wanted all the luxurious trimmings of being at the barbershop without leaving the house. Foreo has expanded its skin-cleansing device offering, this time for men who want to not only better cleanse their face for a closer shave, but also be pampered with a facial massage — all in a minute flat. This one comes with a bigger brush head to tackle harder-to-reach areas, as well as different pulsation intensities to provide firming face massages as you cleanse. To make this device as fuss-free as possible, the Luna 3 Men gives up to 650 uses per charge, and has a universal power button that makes things as uncomplicated as possible.
Infused with superfoods like papaya and guarana seed extract, this one by Bite Beauty does double duty as a luminous blush and as a powerful source of antioxidant for your skin. The lightweight formula is fade-resistant and not cakey at the slightest, and applies onto your cheeks with a buildable flush of colour that’s natural looking and glowy. For a matching pop of colour, the blush can also be worn on the eyelids. If you were looking to fake a long beach vacation, this one’s for you.
If stress has been giving you a beating, this one will revive tired, shrivelled undereyes in no time. This fast-absorbing cream has been formulated with both high and low molecular weight hyaluronic acid to intensely hydrate both the skin’s surface and the fine lines from beneath the skin’s surface. The cream also contains the brand’s patented Pro-Xylane, an anti-ageing ingredient that firms the skin, and can be used on anywhere with fine lines, such as your nasolobial folds (laugh lines) and around the lips.
An exuberant celebration of the Neroli Flower and Limone Cedrato fruit from Florence, this new scent bottles the very essence of the city where Gucci was born a century ago in 1921. Loved for its floral and sweet notes, the Neroli Flower is obtained from the steam distillation of the orange flower, and lends a beautiful greenness to the sparkling freshness of the Limone Cedrato, another zesty ingredient that reminds of the city’s vitality. Its bottle is just as show-stopping — inspired by those found in a vintage apothecary, the transparent green glass flacon pays homage to the House’s emblematic colours, and lends extra sophistication to this genderless fragrance.
Available at Takashimaya and TANGS.
The History of Whoo celebrates its country’s royal history once again with its anti-aging essence, this time housed in an exquisitely hand-crafted and hand-painted celadon porcelain bottle with fully bloomed peonies. Designed for every skin type, this essence — to be applied as the first step right after cleansing — gently soothes the skin and aids in the absorption of products that follow, with detoxification properties to aid with acne care. Those seeking a comprehensive regimen will appreciate the special edition set, which offers everything from cleanser to sunscreen for crystal -clear skin.
Available exclusively at Takashimaya and The History of Whoo counters islandwide.
Artisanal French perfume and beauty brand Ange Gardien Paris is putting its expertise in fragrances to good use during the pandemic with its new range of hand sanitizers. The skin-softening scented gel dries instantly without any sticky residue, but offers protection against bacteria and germs with its high alcohol content all while keeping hands moisturised with aloe vera extracts.
Available at Ange Gardien Paris’ online store and at Tangs.
Powered by transparent zinc oxide and ferulic acid to defend against harmful UVA/UVB rays, pollution and blue light, this lightweight sunscreen — the first by famed dermatologist Dr. Dennis Gross — includes natural ingredients such as lingonberry, bearberry, and sea buckthorn to help protect, repair the skin from sun damage and treat visible signs of aging. The non-greasy formula is oil-free and blend easily without any white cast, and doubles as a primer before makeup.
Available exclusively in-stores at Sephora and on the e-store.
Living under Singapore‘s relentless sun can only mean that your chances of getting pigmentation are significantly higher. For this, Japanese skincare brand MT Metatron has included four pigment-fighting heroes in its new collection, which contains top-drawer ingredients such as Tranexamic Acid, Licorice Root Extract, Glutathione, vitamin C, and vitamin E to disperse and erase pigments. The full regimen promises to restore your skin’s natural clarity and glow, all while suppressing future melanin production and treating current sun damage.