Even though COVID-19 has brought our frantic lives to a screeching halt, multi-purpose beauty products continue to take the market by storm — and not for the reason you’re thinking about.
While saving time may play a role, this new update of skipping certain steps is fueled more by a pandemic-induced desire for a minimalist approach to beauty.
Coined as “skinimalism“, this beauty diet is all about using fewer but harder working products that contain clean and effective ingredients that let your natural texture shine. Gone are the days of the caked on makeup look as 2021 is all about embracing healthy, radiant skin.
So whether you’re aiming to become a more conscious consumer or you simply want an extra 10 minutes in bed, here are our top products for a more streamlined beauty routine.
Drunk Elephant O-Bloos™ Rosi Drops
Newly launched, Drunk Elephant’s O-Bloos™ Rosi Drops is a concentrated liquid packed with nutrients that’ll add a healthy rosy-peach flush to your cheeks.
Not only does it enliven your complexion, but it is also formulated with powerful antioxidants like white tea, grapeseed, and cocoa extract to help fight free-radical damage. Plus, it is packed with vitamins and omega fatty acids to soothe the skin and improve overall texture.
Drunk Elephant O-Bloos™ Rosi Drops (30ml) retails for S$50.
NARS The Multiple
The OG multipurpose makeup product, NARS The Multiple is a stick for the eyes, cheeks, lips, and body, innovated by François Nars himself. With a unique creamy formula, this stick delivers a sheer, shimmery finish that is perfect for natural highlighting or contouring. Choose from a range of mauve to bronze shades to give your skin a lit-from-within look.
NARS The Multiple retails for S$60.
Nudestix Nudies Bloom All Over Dewy Color Blush
“No-makeup” makeup just got even more effortless with Nudestix’s Nudies Bloom All Over Dewy Color Blush. Available in seven gorgeous shades of peach and pink, this brightening balm melts like butter into your skin to bring a radiant pop of colour to your cheeks, lips, and eyes. The best part? It comes with a blending brush on the other end for you to apply even on the go.
Nudestix Nudies Bloom All Over Dewy Color Blush (7g) retails for S$50.
Dr. Jart Cicapair Re-cover SPF 40/PA++ CC Cream
Hyped all over TikTok for its colour correcting properties, Dr. Jart ‘s Cicapair Re-cover SPF 40/PA++ CC Cream has replaced many users’ foundations.
With a slightly greenish hue, this silky cream transforms into a beige tint, which is why it works as a tinted moisturiser, colour corrector, and SPF 30 sunscreen. Use it alone or as a makeup base. Nourished with the signature K-beauty ingredient centella asiatica (a.k.a. cica), this soothes and repairs irritation while levelling out redness for a your-skin-but-better look.
Dr. Jart Cicapair Re-cover SPF 40/PA++ CC Cream (55ml) retails for S$71.
PSA Skin Reset Acai & Manuka Honey Nourishing Cleanser
Your skincare routine starts with your cleanser, so take the opportunity to treat your skin. This sulfate-free, pH 5.5 creamy cleanser from PSA Skin removes daily grime, pollution, and makeup while infusing the skin with essential moisture and nutrients from manuka honey UMF 17+ and acai berry, without ever stripping the skin.
It also contains yoghurt for a probiotic boost and lactic acid, which works as a mild exfoliant to slough off dead skin cells for smoother skin. There’s even fatty acid-rich grapeseed oil for a dose of antioxidants. Leave it on for one or two minutes for a brightening flash mask – perfect for busy mornings.
Charlotte Tilbury Multi-Miracle Glow
This breakthrough product is a miraculous 3-in-1 skin remedy that can be used as a cleanser, mask, or body balm. For a deep cleanse, this cream transforms into an oil to remove makeup while providing anti-wrinkle benefits. At night, apply a thin layer over the face as a regenerating facial mask. Otherwise, bring it wherever you go as an SOS remedy for dry cuticles, elbows, heels, and shins.
Charlotte Tilbury Multi-Miracle Glow (100ml) retails for S$85.97.
Supergoop! Unseen Sunscreen Broad Spectrum Sunscreen SPF 40 PA+++
A cult-favourite sunscreen product, Supergoop!’s Unseen Sunscreen Broad Spectrum Sunscreen SPF 40 PA+++ completely invisible velvety matte formula has revolutionised the sunscreen game.
Not only does it double as an excellent makeup primer, but it also provides a non-greasy, weightless, and fragrance-free finish to the skin while protecting it against blue light and UV rays with its antioxidant-rich SPF properties.
Supergoop! Unseen Sunscreen Broad Spectrum Sunscreen SPF 40 PA+++ (50ml) retails for S$52.
Bodycare & Haircare
Egyptian Magic Skin Cream
A 100% natural all-purpose cream, this product is truly magic in a bottle as it hydrates and repairs skin from head to toe. Be it a moisturiser, holistic acne treatment, lip balm, eye cream, after-sun moisturiser, or even a hair mask, Egyptian Magic Skin Cream is a salve for every skin woe — even eczema and skin irritations! Simply warm it up with your hands before application and let the magic happen.
Egyptian Magic Cream (118ml) retails for S$66.
Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse Florale Multi-Purpose Dry Oil
A cult-favourite beauty product, Nuxe’s Huile Prodigieuse Florale Multi-Purpose Dry Oil is a versatile mist that boasts a non-greasy lightweight formula to moisturise and repair your body, face, and hair.
Enriched with a botanical blend of tsubaki, argan, macadamia, and more, the oil has antioxidant properties to shield your skin from harmful pollutants and reduce signs of ageing.
To use, add a drop into your foundation, or massage it into your hair for a deep conditioning treatment. It can even be used to reduce the appearance of stretch marks on your skin.
Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse Florale Multi-Purpose Dry Oil (100ml) retails for S$61.
Virtue Labs 6-in-1 Styler
The winner of Harper’s Bazaar Hair Awards 2021, Virtue Labs’ 6-in-1 Styler is a universal styling cream that truly does it all. Enriched with a transformative protein, Alpha Keratin 60ku, it primes and strengthens hair, adds softness, shine, and light hydration, as well as protect your tresses from heat without weighing them down.
Virtue Labs 6-in-1 Styler (120ml) retails for S$49.