Each season there’s a swarm of new releases from a whole host of brands. On the one hand this can be a gift from the gods if we have some money to spare, on the other hand it can be confusing to know what brand speaks to us and what product in particular will fit into our regime. This pressure is doubled when we’re looking to choose something from a luxe brand. Nobody wants to waste a ridiculous amount on something you feel doubtful about or worse! Here are our top 18 tips & picks for this Spring/Summer 2017 luxe beauty launch!
#1 Kiehl’s Pure Vitality Skin Renewing Cream
Manuka honey has been credited with healing skin and promoted moisture levels for our skin in traditional medicine for years and years. Now the beauty industry is taking notice and leading skincare brand Kiehl’s has just released a moisturiser that will not only lock in that hydration but also is a source of antioxidants.
#2 NARS Radiance Primer SPF 35
The trend of looking glowing, glossy and beaming isn’t going anywhere anytime soon. NARS has continued to feed our need for radiant and natural strobing with this primer, which also includes SPF 35, perfect for our morning routine.
#3 Nars Soft Matte Complete Concealer
You might have tried the Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer, but now is the time to try the Soft Matte Complete Concealer for those stubborn areas that need even more coverage. It’s infused with hyaluronic acid so it will hydrate your skin even though it’s a matte formula. It’s also creaseless and won’t give a cakey look!
#4 Living Proof Restore Perfecting Spray
This hair care spray from Living Proof has a scent as distinct and luxe as their Deep Sleep Pillow Spray, but more floral, and protects hair from heat and UV damage whilst keeping it fresh and sleek. Some restoring, conditioning products can wear the hair down, but not this champ!
#5 Giorgio Armani Beauty Power Fabric Foundation
If you like the Armani cult foundations such as Luminous Silk Foundation and Maestro Glow, this one will be your new baby. A velvet matte, lightweight finish will have you forgetting you’re wearing foundation if it were not for the full coverage.
#6 Chanel Coco Code Blush Harmony
Reds have been a big trend for Chanel makeup this year, just look at their sell out Candeur et Experience quad from Le Rouge Collection. Now this time around, their blush quad contains a very similar red, which will give a warm, bold and strikingly sexy look for the inner vamp in you.
#7 Stila Magnificent Metals Glitter & Glow Liquid Eyeshadow
Stila is a fun brand with high quality releases, this season being no different. Their metallic glitter liquid eyeshadows come in beautiful, rich colours and are easy to apply thanks to the doe foot applicator. Given glitter has re-emerged as a huge trend for the upcoming year, it’s time to try out a more modern version like this!
#8 Stila Heaven’s Hue Highlighter in Kitten
Another Stila option just couldn’t be avoided given how beautiful their new releases are! Their signature eyeshadow colour ‘Kitten’ has been released in highlighter form, making us drool at the beautiful pink-toned beam it gives.
#9 Lancôme Le Metallique Lip Color
We told you glitter and metallics were a trend you just can’t oversee. Lancôme, a classic luxe brand, even sees it as something worth dabbling in. The shade range is stunning, from jewel tones to golden and classic pinks and reds.
#10 Hourglass GIRL Lip Stylo
The Hourglass stylos are an amazing formula for everyday wear that are available in not only every neutral shade you could want but bright pops of colour, from coral to deep tones. The theme of this release is feminism and empowerment, with each shade named with that in mind, from ‘Idealist’ to ‘Innovator’ and ‘Leader’.
#11 Pixi Double Cleanse
Caroline Hirons is a skincare expert, so her collaboration with Pixi is sure to be nothing short of skin wizardry. Twinning the two favoured methods of gentle cleansing in one product, the double cleanse has a solid oil and a cleansing cream to follow with, making sure all signs of the day (makeup and pollution) are removed and skin is left soft and nourished rather than stripped.
#12 Becca First Light Priming Filter
The second priming filter from Becca, following the Backlight Priming Filter, this version may look scary at first glance because of its purple tint. But trust us, the colour corrects any fatigued sallow spots and evens skin tone while giving a mesmerizing sheen. The soft focus effect makes us feel we should be starring in a retro Hollywood film (or Tom Ford-directed film!).
#13 Shiseido Synchro Skin Glow Luminizing Fluid Foundation SPF 20
Shiseido foundations and base makeup is usually a fusion of skincare and makeup given their stalwart position in the skincare market. A buildable, medium to full coverage foundation with a luminous yet matte finish, you will look natural, undone and shine-free throughout the day.
#14 Urban Decay Vice Liquid Lipstick
Every brand on the market has jumped on the liquid lipstick trend that swept 2016, bar Urban Decay… until now. We aren’t even mad that we had to wait, as when we heard their version will come in both a comfortable matte and metallic finish, we knew it’d be worth it. The bullets are compact and perfect for chucking in the purse, whereas the 30 shades have us looking for a bank loan…
#15 NARS Cheek & Lip Palette
NARS have mastered blush, this we have known for a long, long time. Following their star product that has spurned countless brands to create copycat versions, Velvet Matte Lip Pencils, the new Cheek & Lip Palettes pair these two winning products for one hell of a set. We wish it could be Christmas again so we can add this on our list to Santa…
#16 Benefit Cosmetics ‘They’re Real!’ Sponge Shadow Blender
These may look like the definition of a fad on first sight, but after one use your mind will be changed completely. These earphone cover-looking sponges blend eyeshadow with such ease that smokey eyes will become far more of a regular staple!
#17 YSL Volupté Tint-In-Balm Lipstick
Let’s be real, YSL can do no wrong. So it should be no shock that their new release is as effortless, classic and eye-catching as all of their previous ranges. The tints come in vibrant and neutral shades that will be your new French fancy for springtime, but what’s more, embedded within the balm is a lip design. Squee!
#18 J. One Jelly Pack
Hailing from the Korean skincare market and considered one of their staples, the J. One Jelly Pack is a multipurpose hydrating agent created with the aim of reducing your morning routine dramatically. Both a sink-in mask and moisturizer, it protects the skin throughout the day with antioxidants, promotes elasticity and primes for makeup. The €50 price tag seems a steal now!