The year is coming to an end but beauty brands are nowhere near done with their launches. Whether you’re doing your last-minute Christmas shopping or just searching for something to reward yourself for getting through the year, you can’t miss out on these new drops.
From bestsellers housed in limited-edition packaging to new and improved skincare formulas, there’s definitely something to get excited about.
SK-II’s Hyperfestive Limited-Edition PITERA Essence
This limited-edition packaging that houses the bestselling PITERA Essence is the perfect gift to get for yourself or your loved one.
With its neon green and neon red packaging, it’s hard to miss this as it stands out from the crowd. Aside from the chic packaging, you can also enjoy the PITERA Essence formula.
It contains over 90% of SK-II’s patent ingredient, PITERA, which is a naturally derived ingredient crafted from a proprietary yeast fermentation process that is exclusive to them.
Dab this “miracle water” over your face to get crystal clear skin. The formula also gradually reduces your skin’s production of excess oil as well as the appearance of pores.
SK-II HyperFestive Limited Edition PITERA Essence retails for S$309, available at all SK-II counters, LazMall, and Sephora.
Cetaphil Soothing Foam Wash
This foaming wash is a great addition to your routine if you have sensitive skin.
Boasting a blend of allantoin, glycerin, and triple ceramides, your skin will get a hydrating cleanse that doesn’t strip your skin of essential moisture. It also wicks away environmental impurities without causing any irritation to delicate skin.
Cetaphil Soothing Foam Wash retails for S$29.90, available at Watsons, Guardian Health & Beauty, Unity, Shopee, and Lazada.
OLEHENRIKSEN Dewtopia 5% Acid Firming Night Crème
Improve your skin elasticity and give it a boost of hydration with this new transformative night cream.
Apply this before you hit the hay and let the magic happen. The alpha hydroxy acids will help loosen and lift your dead skin cells to reveal smoother, even-toned skin while the Edelweiss stem cell extract promotes skin firmness and improve the look of fine lines and wrinkles.
OLEHENRIKSEN Dewtopia 5% Acid Firming Night Crème retails for S$86, available at Sephora.
BMF Intense Age-Defying Serum and Intense Age-Defying Cream
Even out your skin tone and give it a plumping effect with the Intense Age-Defying Serum (S$215) that features collagen, elastin, and hyaluronic acid.
You’ll truly be able to defy age with this serum as the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles disappear.
Intense Age-Defying Cream (S$185), on the other hand, has a light texture and promises a dewy finish. With its anti-ageing and anti-inflammatory properties, you’ll get advanced protection against environmental stressors.
The high-performance herbs and botanicals infused in the cream keep the skin soft, supple, and radiant for a more youthful appearance.
BMF Intense Age-Defying Serum and Intense Age-Defying Cream retails for S$215 and Intense Age-Defying Cream retails for S$185, both available at all BMF The Aesthetics People centres.
Shiseido Bio-Performance Skin Filler
Powered with new and advanced bio-technologies, this serum will give your face a firmed and lifted effect.
It consists of two serums, one for day and one for night application. With this duo, you can refine your skin’s appearance on a molecular level.
Apply the Full Expansion Serum during the day to reshape your skin’s molecules to their original size. This will create an extra moisture-retaining layer to give you a mini “facelift”.
The Infill Serum, on the other hand, is for nighttime use and will deliver shrunken hyaluronic acid molecules deep into your skin to give your skin a deep moisturising effect.
Shiseido Bio-Performance Skin Filler retails for S$440, available at Shiseido stores and counters islandwide.
Paula’s Choice C5 Super Boost Moisturizer and C5 Super Boost Eye Cream
Moisturise and rejuvenate your skin with the new Paula’s Choice C5 Super Boost Moisturizer (S$69). Its formula is infused with vitamin C that combines hydration with anti-ageing benefits so that you get brighter and firmer skin with a stronger barrier.
Its lightweight gel texture is sure to feel satisfying as you rub it into your skin.
For those of you night owls, this Paula’s Choice C5 Super Boost Eye Cream (S$59) will help remove any signs of your fatigue such as dark circles, puffiness, or fine lines.
The vitamin C in its formula will counteract the free-radical damage known to cause dullness, discolouration, and fine lines. Meanwhile, zerumbone, which is a concentrated form of ginger extract will improve any under-eye discolouration and puffiness.
Paula’s Choice C5 Super Boost Moisturizer retails for S$69 and C5 Super Boost Eye Cream retails for S$59, both are available at paulaschoice.sg and selected Unity Outlets.
AHC Ampoule Directory PHA Series
It’s time to welcome two new products to your skincare routine. This newly-launched series will help you counter various skin problems especially if you’re suffering from clogged pores.
- PHA Clarifying Toner (100ml, S$40): This toner reduces skin greasiness and removes dead skin cells, blackheads, and whiteheads. It also refines and soothes sensitive skin. Plus, it features patented CeraPresso technology that enhances absorption and softens rougher dead skin cells.
- PHA Mattifying Gel Cream (30ml, S$43): Formulated with key ampoule ingredients and enriched with PHA, this gel cream will address the top five pore and hydration concerns while giving your skin a mattifying effect. It features green tea polyphenols which help control sebum secretion so you won’t have a greasy look.
AHC Ampoule Directory PHA series is available at all Watsons stores, Shopee, and Lazada.
FILORGA GLOBAL-REPAIR Baume
You’ll get a revitalising and comforting experience with this anti-ageing balm that combines the power of botanical oils with the effectiveness of advanced medi-cosmetic active ingredients to target the 10 signs of ageing.
The special blend of natural ingredients is specially intended to strengthen the skin barrier and envelop the skin in a protective film to maintain an optimum level of hydration.
One swipe of this balm and you’ll get a satisfying cashmere finish. It has been developed with a melting point close to skin temperature so it will melt right into your skin.
FILORGA GLOBAL–REPAIR Baume retails for S$172, available at Lazada.
Dior L’Or de Vie Le Cérémonial
Restore your skin’s youthful radiance with these three new formulas from Dior.
Jam-packed with high-end ingredients that are sure to give you the best results, it will act as an elixir of youth and help protect your skin from the damaging effects of time and oxidation.
Infused with botrytis cinera extract, your skin’s cellular defences will be reinforced and its regeneration process will be accelerated.
Yquem sap is the star of the show. It has the ability to fight oxidative stress which can reduce the longevity and radiance of your skin while accelerating the ageing process. The ingredient is full of antioxidants too, so you’ll get healthy and youthful skin in no time.
L’Or de Vie Le Cérémonial retails for S$4300, available at #B2-53 Dior Beauty ION Orchard boutique, #B2-26/26A Dior Beauty Marina Bay Sands boutique, Level 1 Dior Beauty Takashimaya counter, and Level 1 Dior Beauty TANGS Orchard counter from 1 December 2022.
Laura Mercier The Petal Soft Lipstick
Make room in your makeup cabinet for this sheer matte lippie that will make your lips feel as soft as a flower petal.
With a nourishing blend of raspberry seed oil and mango butter, the Petal Soft Lipstick locks in 24 hours of lip-softening hydration. It will also smooth the look and feel of your lips so you get a supple and plump pout.
You’re sure to have fun with the 14 universal shades that range from bright pinks to muted mauves.
Laura Mercier The Petal Soft Lipstick retails for S$45, available at Sephora and Lazada.
Sooryehan Cushion Foundations
Cushion foundations are great if you prefer a dewy and light finish for your complexion.
Here are three new cushion foundations from a South Korean skincare brand that you need to look out for. They’re formulated using traditional herbs and modern technology so you’ll still get long-lasting coverage along with radiant and glowing skin that’s wrinkle-free.
- Black Ginseng Cushion Foundation (2 x 15g, S$70): This is a medium to full coverage foundation with SPF50+/PA+++ that will give you a smooth finish with a long-lasting coverage that doesn’t oxidise, darken, or smudge easily.
- Bichaek Jadan Metal Cushion (2 x 15g, S$63): You’ll definitely get a radiant and healthy glow with this water-based formula that contains a light and highly refractive mineral oil. It also includes SPF50+/PA+++ so your skin will get a layer of defence against UV rays.
- Yeon Perfect Make-Up (12g, S$55): Here is a balm-type foundation that will give you high coverage and SPF50+/PA++ with just one swipe. It has a soft and smooth texture that applies evenly with a hydrating glow for a flawless finish.
All three products come in two shades: light beige and medium tan.
Sooryehan Cushion Foundations are available at all THEFACESHOP – Nature Collection Stores islandwide.
Givenchy Le Rouge Interdit Intense Silk
We’re so excited to introduce a new rendition of Givenchy Beauty’s iconic semi-matte lipsticks that now has a cleaner formula.
Infused with ingredients of natural origins that have been eco-responsibly sourced, the new range also features an active ingredient, acemella oleracea extract, that helps to keep your lips firm and smooth throughout the day.
Each lippie boasts pigmented colours with buildable coverage and long-lasting hold on your lips.
There are 23 colours for you to pick from. Go for the classic bright red for a sexy look or the deeper maroons for an alluring aura.
Givenchy Le Rouge Interdit Intense Silk retails for S$58, available at Sephora and Givenchy boutiques.
Clarins Limited Edition Extension Lip Comfort Oil Mood
Clarins’ lip oils are forever trending on TikTok and we’re expecting this new launch to be hyped up as well.
Here are four limited-edition shades for you to dress your lips in while giving them deep nourishment. There’s Refresh Mint (teal), Lavender Feel (lavender), Peace & Lips (green), and Zest of Happiness (yellow).
With an innovative formula containing 98% skincare formula and 93% natural-origin ingredients, the Lip Comfort Oil Mood provides lip hydration, nutrition, and repairing benefits throughout the day.
While the bright limited-edition hues boost your mood, your lips will get a veil of protection and comfort that drapes them upon application.
If you’re not too keen about the uncommon colours this range features, don’t worry because these four new shades provide only a subtle hint of colour to the lips.
Clarins Limited Edition Extension Lip Comfort Oil Mood retails for S$40, available at Clarins.
Gucci Beauty Holiday 2022
If you’re still looking for a unique Christmas gift, why not get something from the Gucci Beauty Holiday 2022 collection? Their makeup sets are decked in limited-edition lively prints and colours while the products are reminiscent of vintage makeup.
Designed for extra sparkle, the Holiday 2022 collection features pieces that will give your skin the warmth of a joyful glow. Specially formulated with gelling waxes, the cushion and lipsticks deliver vibrant colours with a soft, velvety texture.
The beauty products included are:
Limited-Edition Gucci Rouge à Lèvres Lunaison: The limited-edition Rouge à Lèvres Lunaison dresses your lips in a multi-dimensional effect and a glitter finish in two key shades of red: 505 Janet Rust and 515 Devotion.
Limited-Edition Gucci Cushion De Beauté: Infused with caring properties like anti-pollution, antioxidant, anti-blue light, and SPF, this cushion foundation protects your skin from environmental stressors while delivering lightweight moisture.
Gucci Rouge à Lèvres Mat 25 ‘Goldie Red’: This is red that will definitely make heads turn. Swipe on this iconic shade inspired by Hollywood characters from the gilded era.
Gucci Rouge à Lèvres Voile 203 ‘Mildred Rosewood’: Ideal for an everyday accent on lips and cheeks, this shade is the perfect muted red for a neutral look that is still able to make you the star of the party.
Gucci Rouge à Lèvres Satin 505 ‘Janet Rust’: A red for the most glamorous moments of the season, you’ll get an elegant look with the shade 505 ‘Janet Rust’, which delivers a rich, Old Hollywood-red with a satin finish.
Gucci Mascara L’Obscur: Swipe on this mascara for buildable lashes with volume, curl, length, and definition. It’s formulated with a rich creamy texture and comes in one, intense black shade.
Gucci Poudre De Beauté Mat Naturel: Use this buildable face powder to create a naturally perfected and even complexion. The micro-reflecting lamellar powders spread smoothly on the skin while emollient agents melt on and deliver a comfortable feel all day long.
Gucci Beauty Holiday 2022 is available at the Gucci boutique and the (outside Ion Orchard) Gucci Holiday Pop-Up.
Bodycare & Fragrances
Anna Sui Cosmic Sky
Anna Sui never disappoints us with their gorgeous fragrance bottles that are full of detail, and this one takes the form of a hot air balloon. With its mystifying blue and purple holographic shade, this is the perfect addition to your vanity.
Gorgeous packaging aside, it also houses an exquisite scent. It opens up with a kiss of juicy pear and bergamot, followed by the middle notes of iris, ambrette seeds, apple blossom, and carrot seed intertwined with base notes of crisp amber, crystallised sugar, and blonde woods.
This sweet and alluring fragrance is one you’ll be addicted to at the first whiff.
Eau de Toilette Vaporisateur, Natural Spray (75 ml, S$79), Eau de Toilette Vaporisateur, Natural Spray (50ml, S$105) Eau de Toilette Vaporisateur, Natural Spray (30 ml, S$135) are available at major department stores and Sephora.
Givenchy Beauty L’Interdit Eau de Toilette
The fragrance reveals a white flower bouquet that opens up to refreshing citrus notes of bergamot, orange, mandarin, and spicy ginger. You’ll also get whiffs of the signature orange blossom combined with tuberose, sambac, and jasmine.
The scent then reveals notes of musk and hints of leathery cistus, before introducing earthy, woody notes of patchouli and vetiver.
The fragrance is available in three sizes: 35ml (S$95), 50ml (S$136), and 80ml (S$160).
Givenchy Beauty L’Interdit Eau de Toilette is available at Givenchy Beauty boutiques.
Jo Malone London Christmas 2022 White Moss & Snowdrop
There are many exciting things to explore from Jo Malone’s Christmas collection but this new scent is the one that we’re most excited about.
White Moss & Snowdrop is a fresh and clean scent with notes of amber topped with cardamom – this shares a similar sweetness to that of a crisp green apple pie.
For the cologne, this new launch is housed in an adorable frosted glass bottle. Its spherical shape reminds us of a snow globe. A fluffy pom-pom ball is attached to the cap of the bottle too, making for an adorable addition to your fragrance collection.
Jo Malone London Christmas 2022 White Moss & Snowdrop Cologne retails for S$240 (100ml cologne) and S$120 (candle), available at jomalone.com.sg.
Related read: Jo Malone London’s 2022 Christmas collection introduces a new seasonal scent that’s sure to be snapped up fast
TWO L(I)PS Sun & Moon
Meet a fragrance launch with a slight twist. This duo of mood enhancers are created specially to be used around your intimate areas.
Harnessing the benefits from superfoods such as ginseng and maca root, Sun and Moon are able to act as mood enhancers on top of being perfumes.
Both are crafted with ingredients to uplift vitality and dispel negative, stagnant energy. Furthermore, the ingredients contain pheromones, which are known to boost libido, potentially helping you to feel more confident while enhancing your sensuality.
The pair of scents can be worn separately or layered together to create unlimited scents and possibilities.
Two Lips, One Sun, Infinite Possibilities (S$220): Sun’s fragrance exudes femininity and passion. It can also be used to enhance the mood of the overall environment. You’ll get a scent that’s filled with bergamot, rose, vanilla, and more.
Two Lips, One Moon, Untold Mysteries (S$120): This fragrance draws out your sensual and alluring side. Designed as a balm, it not only has a lasting scent but is also portable for you to carry on the go. You can expect to smell like star anise, jasmine, and vanilla.
You can purchase them individually or as a bundle for S$280. You’ll be getting a good deal if you get these two together so whether you want to give one to your special someone or use both for yourself, we recommend you get them together.
TWO L(I)PS Sun & Moon are available at TWO L(I)PS flagship store and twolips.vip.
SABON CHRISTMAS 2022 Blush Gourmand
Blush Gourmand from SABON’s Christmas collection is a fragrance that highlights the sweet complexity of almonds, reminding us of sweet and toasty pastries.
The sweet-yet-tart citrus top notes melt into the scent with sophisticated floral accents as the warm base notes of vanilla and tonka beans warm up your olfactory senses.
There are many products and sets included in this collection but the ones we want to shine a spotlight on would be the Christmas Body Scrub (S$56) and the Sweet Treats Ritual Christmas Gift Set (S$53).
Sweet Treats Ritual Christmas Gift Set (S$53): This trio gift set is the perfect present, containing everything you need for the ultimate body pampering routine. There’s a nourishing Shower Oil, a gentle Body Scrub for skin rejuvenation, and a hydrating Body Lotion to ensure flawlessly smooth skin. Every item features their Blush Gourmand festive fragrance and is packed in a specially designed deluxe vanity bag so you don’t need to do extra gift wrapping.
Christmas Body Scrub (S$56): Prepare your skin with SABON’s iconic Christmas Body Scrub in the limited edition festive “Blush Gourmand” fragrance. The scrub is enriched with sweet almond granules and dead sea salt for effective yet gentle exfoliation. Four natural oils and vitamin E complete its incredible polishing, revitalising effect, leaving skin silky smooth and rejuvenated.
SABON CHRISTMAS 2022 Blush Gourmand is available at Sabon.com.sg.
Aesop Aromatique Incense and Bronze Incense Holder
Aesop is taking things to the next level with the Murasaki and Kagerou Aromatique Incense.
The aromatic effect of each scent fills your space and lingers, letting you enjoy these long-lasting and calming scents.
Murasaki Aromatique Incense (S$53): With notes hinoki, cinnamon and clove, it has a good balance of spices and fresh, woody resins. Murasaki Aromatique Incense is likely to appeal to you if you favour rich and warm fragrances.
Kagerou Aromatique Incense (S$53): The earthy vetiver is enhanced by the green notes of igusa and the dry notes of sandalwood. Those who enjoy fresh and earthy scents will definitely fall in love with this incense at first whiff.
No worries if you don’t have an incense holder to keep these fragrances standing up right because Aesop has the Bronze Incense Holder (S$210) that will pair well with your incense sticks.
Aesop Aromatique Incense and Bronze Incense Holder are available at all Aesop signature stores, select stockists, department stores, and aesop.com.
& Other Stories Tales in New Collection of Eau de Toilette
& Other Stories introduces a small collection of Eau de Toilette that will make great Christmas gifts. This new collection features three scents: Poem A Day, Moon Fiction, and The Lost Chapter.
Poem a Day: This scent opens with a sweet, nutty top note before softening into a dewy floral heart. The base scents have woody, bright leather, and vanilla notes to make it dream-like, intoxicating, and addicting.
Moon Fiction: Featuring a blend of ambroxan and sandalwood with sugared musks and peach, this unique scent makes anyone who uses it feel empowered. One whiff of this fragrance and you’re sure to be in good spirits.
The Lost Chapter: Spritz this on if you love warm and elegant woody scents. This multifaceted fragrance is infused with exquisite notes like vibrant spices, sandalwood, papyrus, and tonka beans.
& Other Stories Tales in New Collection of Eau de Toilet retails for S$69 each, available at all & Other Stories stores.