December is always a particularly exciting month in the beauty scene: think holiday special editions, seasonal collections, and new brands gearing up for the upcoming year.
Of course, we know this month has been super busy for you. Be it having fun on that holiday you deserve, or wrapping up work in the office, there’s simply no time for you to keep up with the latest beauty news.
But that’s perfectly okay, because we’ve got that covered for you! Read our round-up of the 12 best launches that are already available or coming soon:
New launches & collections
1. L’Oréal Paris Rouge Signature Matte Color Ink
We could all do with more lippies in the new year, so it’s great news that L’Oréal Paris has just launched its first matte colour ink that lasts up to 24 hours. This liquid lipstick is highly-pigmented, yet two times thinner in texture than a regular lipstick, so it feels super comfortable on the lips without sacrificing colour payoff. Liquid lipstick newbies, we highly recommend this because we’re sure it won’t intimidate you.
It comes in 11 gorgeous shades, but Shade 119 is an online exclusive, so fastest fingers win!
L’Oréal Paris Rouge Signature Matte Color Ink is currently available at SGD21.90 from Shopee.
2. Goutal Paris Hand Care Collection
Well-loved for its elegant and timeless fragrances, Goutal Paris has teamed up with Korean beauty leader Amore Pacfic to launch a full line of hand care.
Designed for women and men alike, this unisex line features three olfactory worlds created by Camille Goutal: Italian, Garden, and Oriental. Each scent will transport you into a different land, while making sure your hands are moisturised and protected from the harsh elements. We definitely could do with a little fantasy and lots of TLC in the new year, right?
Goutal Paris Hand Collection (hand balm at SGD55, hand wash at SGD65) is available from Robinsons Heeren, escentials Paragon, escentials TANGS Orchard and escentials Takashimaya, starting January 2019.
3. Fenty Beauty Gloss Bomb Universal Lip Luminizer in FU$$Y and Fairy Bomb Shimmer Powder
Launched just last September, Fenty Beauty has never stopped making waves in the beauty scene for its commitment to diversity and innovative products. The brand is definitely at it again this month, with the launch of one new shade and one new product.
Rihanna’s mission with Gloss Bomb is to find perfect shades that work across all skin tones, and so the shade FU$$Y was born. It comes with the same non-sticky & super shiny formula, and that sweet peach-vanilla scent we can’t get enough of. And if you love the superfine, all-over highlighting powder that came pre-packed in Fairy Bomb Glittering Pom Pom earlier this year, you’ll be elated to know that it is now available in a loose powder form in three shades. Dust them on your face, eyes, and body for the ultimate glow-up at any party!
Fenty Beauty Gloss Bomb Universal Lip Luminizer in FU$$Y is available at SGD31 from Sephora stores & website, while Fairy Bomb Shimmer Powder will be available online only at SGD40 from Sephora website.
4. BY TERRY LIP-EXPERT
For those who are looking to achieve a flawlessly chic Parisian look in 2019, BY TERRY has the perfect range of liquid lipsticks that will do just the trick.
Take your pick from a total of 32 shades and 2 finishes — Bold Matte and Vinyl Gloss — in the brand’s latest LIP-EXPERT range. Both finishes boast super-pigmented formulas that are said to be long-lasting and comfortable to wear. The Vinyl Gloss finishing gives your lips high shine and vibrancy, while the Bold Matte promises a kiss-proof result. Can’t decide on which finish to get? Then just get both!
5. Jo Malone London January 2019 Additions: Escapism
Embrace the new year with Jo Malone London’s latest additions in January 2019. Bronze Wood & Leather is the brand’s latest addition in the Cologne Intense collection – you’ll surely love this new smoky scent of wood and leather. On the other hand, if you are a big fan of the Myrrh & Tonka Cologne Intense’s creamy, smooth fragrance, you can soon get this in the form of a candle and body créme.
For those who are constantly on the go, Jo Malone London has a travel kit that comes with a body scrub, body balm, hand treatment, and restorative gel. Your skin can now stay soft and radiant, no matter where you are headed to.
Jo Malone London Bronze Wood & Leather is available at SGD195 for 50ml, SGD280 for 100ml; Myrrh & Tonka Home Candle is available at SGD165, Body Crème at SGD160; Vitamin E Travel Kit at SGD110. All are available from Jo Malone London stores, starting January 2019.
6. CHANEL Spring-Summer 2019 Makeup Collection: Vision d’Asie L’Art du Detail
Inspired by a photographic expedition to Japan and South Korea, global creative make-up and colour director for CHANEL Lucia Pica has created a collection that draws references from East Asian culture and features Pica’s signature play on light.
In each product, you can see the reference to spring blooms, paired with the vibrancy of Japan and South Korea’s ultra-modern present. We are definitely in love with the eyeshadow palette, a clear nod to the two countries’ harmonious blend of contemporary and traditional experiences.
CHANEL Les 9 Ombres Palette is available at SGD139; Retractable Highlighter Brush at SGD60, Baume Essentiel at SGD69; Rouge Allure Velvet at SGD50; Rouge Allure Liquid Powder at SGD50; Ombre Premiere Cream SGD53; Le Vernis at SGD40. All are available at CHANEL stores starting 27 December 2019, and counters starting 4 January 2019.
7. LUNASOL’s Autumn 2018 Collection
Fall is a beautiful season that Singapore is, unfortunately, not blessed with, but that doesn’t mean we can’t look the part!
LUNASOL’s autumn collection is inspired by romantic cobbled passageways and river scenes in autumn, hence the brown, beige and orange shades. Each product lets you create natural, seasonal looks effortlessly with the warm nuance of autumn – now all you are missing is a pumpkin spice latte in hand to complete the look!
LUNASOL Nuance Shade Eyes is available at SGD77; Melting Colour Eyes at SGD43; Modeling Face Compact at SGD77; Airy Glow Lips at SGD46; Styling Gel Eyeliner at SGD20; Colour Primer at SGD58; Colour Stick at SGD43. All are available at available at all KANEBO counters (Takashimaya Departmental Store, and OG Albert Complex).
New brand launches
8. Sén Natural
If you are an organic beauty lover, you definitely can’t miss out on this new brand launch. Set to shake up the local beauty scene, Sén Natural is a local cosmetic brand that only provides natural, handcrafted and sustainable beauty products.
Sén Natural has officially launched online with six cult-favourite lipstick shades, including a jaw-dropping red and MLBB-terracotta. Keep an eye on this brand in 2019: we are sure that they will continue to inspire all women to be confident and beautiful in their own skin!
Sén Natural lipsticks are available at SGD35 on their website.
9. Sigi Skin
You might have heard of the superfoods movement that is rapidly growing to become a part of the urban lifestyle, and now we have a local superfood-packed beauty label, Sigi Skin! Developed after intensive research into advanced Korean technology and effective superfood ingredients, Sigi Skin aims to take care of your tired skin that’s stressed from the urban pace and pollution.
The minimalist skincare brand’s three-piece range features three skin essentials that are required to achieve healthy and radiant skin: sunscreen, eye cream, and cleanser. Now you can say hello to better skin in 2019!
Sigi Skin Morning Glow Sunscreen is available at SGD58; Pink Nectar Daily Eye Mask at SGD62; Kaleanser Face Cleanser at SGD38. All are available on their website.
10. Max Factor Lipfinity Palettes
Christmas may be over, but that doesn’t stop us from looking fabulous, right? Max Factor has released festive make-up essentials, and the one product that you can’t miss out is the Christmas Special Lipfinity Palette.
Featuring five creamy and highly-pigmented shades with high colour payoff; fast-drying and non-sticky lip primer; as well as metallic, matte and glossy top coat options, you can create any look you desire with just one palette. The palettes are available in Nudes and Reds so you can pick one based on your personal colour preferences, but we ain’t judging you if you get both!
Max Factor Lipfinity Palette is available at SGD29.90 from selected Watsons stores and website.
11. KANEBO’s Holiday Night Collection 2018
KANEBO’s Holiday Night collection is designed to accentuate grace and elegance on your features, so you only look the best this festive season. The exquisite box packs a lipstick, eyeshadow, and blush to create an elegant point makeup look fit that is for dinner parties and a night out with your loved one.
As this is a limited edition festive kit, you will have to get your hands on this fast before it’s sold out!
KANEBO’s Holiday Night is available at SGD128 from all KANEBO counters (Takashimaya Departmental Store and OG Albert Complex).
12. Lancôme Chinese New Year 2019 Limited Edition Collection
Chinese New Year is around the corner, and there is no better way to user in the lunar new year than with the most beautiful and luxurious beauty products that will, well, help you to look beautiful.
Lancôme’s picks are the Advanced Génifique Serum (in 30ml and an exclusive jumbo 100ml size), Absolue Cushion, and L’Absolu Rouge lipstick. All these products are dressed in a beautiful red and gold limited edition packaging – definitely auspicious!
Lancôme Advanced Génifique Serum (100ml) will be available at SGD260; Absolue Cushion at SGD140; L’Absolu Rouge at SGD49. All are available from all Lancôme counters. Lancôme Advanced Génifique Serum (30ml) will be available at SGD130 exclusively from Sephora, starting January 2019.
13. Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Cream
Most people would be familiar with Kiehl’s bestseller, the Ultra Facial Cream. After 114 formulations in 5 years, the brand has claimed to finally achieve a new & improved version that is superior in texture, application, experience and performance.
The newly revamped Ultra Facial Cream is now formulated without parabens, carbamides and T.E.A. Hydration testing is also said to have been improved; after just one application, facial skin is tested to be 2.3x more hydrated. This is Kiehl’s first step towards ‘cleaner products’, by the end of 2019, Kiehl’s entire portfolio will be paraben-free – this is definitely something you can look forward to!
Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Cream is available at SGD52 from Kiehl’s stores.