In the blink of an eye, July is almost over. And while there’s no possibility of getting the lost time back, we can still look to the future and embrace new beginnings with a fresh batch of beauty launches to come in the month of August.
From skincare made with actual diamond powder to brand new lifestyle collections that bring blessings of serenity to your home space, these are 23 must-have releases to keep your skin and hair looking their absolute best until fall.
1. Tom Ford Beauty Eyes of Tom Ford collection
If you can’t wait for Tom Ford’s cherry lacquer release of its coveted eyeshadow quad in October, you’ll want to get in on this launch at the start of August.
Earning a fervent following among makeup artists and fans, Tom Ford Beauty’s Eye Color Quad will be released in two limited-edition colourways — Metallic Denim and Rose Prisme.
Part of the Eyes of Tom Ford collection, this duo will each feature four stunning shades in luxurious finishes that will help you create any eyeshadow look you can dream of. Metallic Denim is a black and blue colour story with a pop of gold for a smoky eye on a night out while Rose Prisme has shades of light pink and browns for a subtle, yet brightening summer look.
Each limited-edition Eye Color Quad retails for S$127 and will be available from 1 August at all TOM FORD counters islandwide (One Assembly, TANGS Orchard, TAKASHIMAYA) or via TOM FORD BEAUTY AT HOME ADVISOR at +65 6732 5002. It will also be available from 5 August at Sephora outlets and Sephora.sg
2. Anastasia Beverly Hills Cream Bronzer and Stick Blush
As the end of July descends upon us and we’re feeling mournful for the summer and all its accompanying glow, Anastasia Beverly Hills has us beaming again with its latest goodies that deliver a sun-kissed look.
Cream Bronzer debuts a revolutionary cream formula that is non-greasy and grips onto your skin for a sun-kissed colour that lasts.
In spite of the torrid summer heat, this buildable and blendable bronzer does not slip off easily and sets itself with a natural, matte finish that looks and feels like second skin. Plus, it does not streak, patch, oxidise, or smudge any layers underneath, so you’ll be looking flawless all day!
It comes in four shades: Sun Kissed, Amber, Golden Tan, and Caramel.
Stick Blush is an ultra-lightweight blush that melts into the skin to give a radiant, dewy pop of colour. Likewise, it glides onto the skin without feeling sticky and has a buildable formula for a natural or vivid flush. Use the attached luxe brush for a precise application whenever you’re on the go.
It is available in five naturally flattering shades: Pink Dahlia, Soft Rose, Latte, Peachy Leen, Peach Caramel.
The Anastasia Beverly Hills Cream Bronzer (S$52) and Stick Blush (S$48) is available exclusively at Sephora e-store from 15 July and in stores from 26 August onwards for all shades. The Cream Bronzer shade “Caramel” will only be available from 7 October onwards.
3. Armani Beauty My Armani To Go Cushion
A beauty product-cum-fashion accessory? We’ll take one, please!
Reinventing Armani Beauty’s coveted My Armani To Go cushion, these four new case designs bring a couture mood to the make-up experience. With brand new looks, textures, and intricate finishes that reinterpret Armani’s signature red hue, each case is a statement fashion accessory on its own.
Lacquer boasts a smooth, gleaming finish of the classic red, Effeto Pitone has an exotic faux snakeskin texture, Crystals is adorned with sparkling jewels and sequins, while Rouge Malachite resembles a precious stone with a gorgeous marbled pattern. And to top it off, the case has also been ergonomically improved to be sleeker and slimmer for effortless carrying and use.
The foundation remains the same and its formula is still as exquisite with 18 hours of long wear hydration, SPF 25/PA +++ protection, as well as a buildable coverage that gives you a dewy glow.
My Armani To Go cushion — Lacquer, Rouge Malachite, Effeto Python (S$40) and Crystal (S$55), and four refill shades (2, 3, 4 and 5) (S$80) — are sold separately and will be available from 1 August islandwide at the Armani beauty stores at ION Orchard, Isetan Scotts, TANGS at Tang Plaza, online via TANGS, Isetan, or through their phone delivery platform.
4. Dior Makeup 2021 Fall Collection: Birds Of a Feather
Image a flock of the most spectacular birds with their iridescent and shifting sheen of plumage but put that into a makeup collection. That, ladies and gentlemen, is Dior’s newest Birds Of a Feather limited-edition collection.
Featuring seven products — an eyeshadow palette, eyeliner, two lippies, a lipstick pencil, blush, and nail lacquer — 2021’s fall lineup embraces the vibrancy and shifting reflections of Autumn through duo-chrome formulas and stunning colour harmonies.
The star of the collection that you have to get your hands on is the 5 Couleurs Couture eyeshadow palette embellished with an exquisite feather motif that has taken RED (a.k.a. China’s Instagram) by storm.
It comes in two harmonious peacock-hued colourways (456 Night Bird and 659 Early Bird) in a variety of finishes that are creamy and 100 per cent crease-proof.
Check out our dedicated article to see the rest of the stunning collection in detail!
The Dior Makeup 2021 Fall Collection, Birds of a Feather, will be available for purchase at all Dior Beauty boutiques and counters from 1 August.
5. ACELABS Lumiere Diamond Skincare Range
Illuminate dull skin with ACELAB’s all-new skincare range that uses real diamond powder.
Backed by its cosmeceutical approach of using clinically proven bioactive ingredients like enzymes, minerals, and probiotics, the Lumiere Diamond Skincare range is perfect for those who want soft and radiant skin guaranteed after each use.
The star product of this range is the Lumiere Rebalancing Diamond Drop (S$56.90), a supercharged serum that boosts the skin with probiotics. In two weeks, this product promises to restore the skin’s tolerance, balance, firmness, and hydration.
It contains fast-absorbing micro-oil particles and our firm favourite hyaluronic acid that will penetrate the deepest layers of your skin for a brighter-looking complexion.
The range also includes four other diamond-infused products: Lumiere Low PH Diamond Essence Cleanser (S$13.90), Lumiere Diamond Essence (S$29.90), Lumiere Diamond Cream (S$54.90), Lumiere Diamond Luminous Intense Brightening Mask (S$32.90).
Even if you have sensitive skin, you’ll be glad to know that this range is suitable for all skin types as it is made without harmful ingredients like parabens, phenoxyethanol, alcohol, triethanolamine, SLS, or SLES.
6. innisfree X Colgate Volcanic Calming Pore Clay Mask and Optic WhiteTM Volcanic Mineral Toothpaste
Kickstart the detoxification process first thing in the morning with innisfree and Colgate’s perfect volcanic duo.
innisfree’s Volcanic Calming Pore Clay Mask (S$27) is formulated with an upgraded Volcanic Cluster Sphere+, which is seven times more effective in its detoxifying work.
From melting blackheads to removing dead skin cells, and even absorbing excess sebum, this gentle exfoliating peeling clay mask will give you clear and smooth skin in under five minutes. And for balance, it also contains moisturising madecassoside and carbonated Jeju Spring Water so it is suitable for all skin types.
The Colgate Optic WhiteTM Volcanic Mineral Toothpaste (S$8.50) also contains volcanic minerals from the Jeju Islands that is boosted with Whitening Accelerators for a brighter smile within a week.
And as part of their collaboration, the brands will be launching promotional bundle sets that will save you up to 57%:
- innisfree X Colgate Star Bundle Set (S$39): Volcanic Calming Pore Clay Mask Special Set (Volcanic Calming Pore Clay Mask 100ml, Super Volcanic Pore Micellar Cleansing Foam 2X 30g and Jeju Volcanic Pore Toner 2X 30ml) and three Colgate Optic WhiteTM Toothpaste 100g (assorted)
- innisfree X Colgate Duo Bundle Set (S$59): Two Volcanic Calming Pore Clay Mask 100ml, two Colgate Optic WhiteTM Volcanic Mineral Toothpaste 100g, and two Colgate SlimSoft Advanced Volcanic Mineral Toothbrush Value Packs (Ultra Soft)
7. Clarins V Shaping Facial Lift Eye Concentrate
Eye-lifts are on the rise but that doesn’t mean you have to get it surgically done for brighter, smoother eyes. A simpler way? Clarins’ V Shaping Facial Lift Eye Concentrate.
Formulated with a tightening and brightening trio of botanical extracts that visibly improve puffiness and dark circles including Irish Moss, Zerumbet Ginger, and Horse Chestnut Escin, your eyes are set to become more refined and expressive after each use. It comes with a built-in cryo cooling applicator and is wrapped in brand-new rose gold packaging for a luxe spa-like feel.
As part of the Clarins V Shaping Lift line, we recommend that you begin your sculpting skincare regime with the V Facial Intensive Wrap (S$89) to eliminate facial puffiness, followed by the V Shaping Facial Lift Eye Concentrate, and lastly, the V Shaping Facial Lift Serum (S$122) to shape the contours of your face.
V Shaping Facial Lift Eye Concentrate retails for S$99 and is available at all Clarins boutiques, counters, and Clarins.com.sg.
8. Chantecaille Purifying and Exfoliating Phytoactive Solution
As one of the most luxurious skincare cosmetics brand in the industry that delivers high-quality and results-driven beauty products, Chantecaile’s latest launch has got us all on our toes.
Its new Purifying and Exfoliating Phytoactive Solution is a powerful purifying and toning treatment that is crafted with the most innovative and scientifically forward ingredients to simultaneously balance, mattify, and refine skin to impart clarity and glow to your complexion.
Think the Korean ‘glass-like’ skin, this skin treatment will refresh and clarify the skin with its exfoliating blend of alpha-hydroxy acids, willow bark extract, and gluconolactone. Use it after cleansing and follow with your serum of choice.
Chantecaille Purifying and Exfoliating Phytoactive Solution retails for S$135 and is available at the Chantecaille Takashimaya boutique and TANGS.
9. Anessa Sunscreen Mild Range
Sunscreens can be quite uncomfortably thick and greasy on the skin, but that doesn’t mean we can skip the UV protection even if we’re working from home.
Thankfully, Japan’s No.1 sunscreen brand Anessa has unveiled a mild range designed with a new Smooth Protect Technology that will help it glide on as smooth as silk and leave no annoying white cast behind.
If you suffer from sensitivity, Anessa Perfect UV Mild Milk SPF 50+ PA++++ is perfect for an optimal UV and PM2.5 protection that leaves behind a transparent finish and does not irritate the skin.
If your skin is dry and sensitive, opt for the Anessa Moisture UV Mild Gel SPF 35 PA+++, which moisturises the instant it is applied and disappears into the skin as if it is barely there. It is formulated with 50% skincare, including nourishing ingredients like peony root extract, super hyaluronic acid, glycyrrhizate acid, and glycerin.
Anessa Perfect UV Mild Milk SPF 50+ PA++++ (S$41.90) and Anessa Moisture UV Mild Gel SPF 35 PA+++ (S$34.90) are available at Watsons, Don Don Donki, Welcia-BHG, Fairprice, Raffles Medical, Cold Storage and online at Watsons.com, Shopee, Lazada, Redmart and Qoo10. Psst… from now till 11 August, receive 20% off any purchase from the mild range exclusively at Watsons!
10. Shiseido Ultimune Power Infusing Concentrate
You’ll probably be familiar with Shiseido’s Ultimune Power Infusing Concentrate that launched in 2014. Now, this essential is back with an all-new ground-breaking formula that promises even more drastic results.
Powered by The Lifeblood technology, this new and improved concentrate promotes beauty circulation so the skin’s immunity continuously renews itself. It is also infused with fermented rosella extract, which is packed with probiotics to boost the skin’s resistance.
After multiple clinical tests, Utimune is proven to deliver high moisturising and retexturising effects and give users healthy vibrant skin they’ve always dreamed of. Use this twice daily after cleansing and before moisturising for the best results.
Shiseido Ultimune Power Infusing Concentrate (S$120, 30ml; S$165, 50ml; S$208, 75ml) is available on Sephora.sg and all Shiseido stores islandwide.
11. SNOW2+ Magnesium Microneedles Patches
If the people behind a skincare product is an R&D company that produces professional medical devices, you know they mean some serious business.
The very first Korean brand to ever offer this innovative technology to the Singapore market, SNOW2+‘s cosmeceutical magnesium patches are made with fine microneedles to directly deliver an active magnesium ingredient into the dermal skin layer.
Not only does the magnesium offer antioxidant and anti-bacterial benefits that tackle acne and trouble skin, but the microneedles also stimulate the regeneration of collagen within it to improve its elasticity and radiance.
For those with troubled skin (like skin redness or acne), SNOW2+ offers two solutions — One Night Trouble Patch on days you need a quick fix to calm a pesky pimple, and Multi Ampoule Green Patch to address more severe acne.
And if you’re concerned with fine lines and wrinkles, SNOW2+‘s Multi Ampoule Wrinkle Patch (for undereye and smile lines) and Eyezone Ampoule Wrinkle Patch (for crow’s feet and frown lines between the eyebrows) is the answer to your woes. These patches include an ampoule rich in niacinamide that helps in rebuilding the skin barrier for increased resilience, and uplifts the skin through its brightening properties.
Snow2+ is exclusively distributed in Singapore by Beauty Circus Pte Ltd and available via https://beautycircus.co/. Prices range from S$14.50 – S$33.50.
12. Dr. Harris Anti-Wrinkle Sleep Mask
Get ready to feel relaxed and see a visible reduction in fine lines. Introducing the world’s first anti-ageing sleep mask, the Dr. Harris Anti-Wrinkle Sleep Mask.
Using 2R Technology™, which promotes muscle relaxation and emotional relaxation, the sleep mask targets dynamic wrinkles using carefully placed silicone dots to stimulate your mechanoreceptors – the little nerve endings in your face.
Once this starts to happen, it then involves your autonomic nervous system (your rest and digestive system), which helps to relax the muscles. Since this is an eye mask, that effect is localised right where you want it – those pesky brow furrows. All you need are 15 minutes. Of course, you can also slip this over your eyes and wear it to bed for optimal results.
Dr. Harris Anti-Wrinkle Sleep Mask retails for S$169 at Currentbody.
13. Sachi Skin Triphala Pigmentation Corrector
For our melanin-rich beauties who suffer from hyperpigmentation, Sachi Skin’s Triphala Pigmentation Corrector is an effective solution to your issue.
Designed and formulated right here in Singapore, this phenomenal product comes after four years of consumer testing and clinical trials to ensure maximum efficacy. Unlike regular brightening serums that contain AHA/BHA acids, retinol, or hydroquinone, this one is power-packed with 12 antioxidants, brighteners, peptides, and repairatives that will brighten the skin tone by 30.5% in just 28 days.
Sachi Skin Triphala Pigmentation Corrector (30ml) retails for S$119.99 at Sachi Skin’s e-store.
14. The Body Shop Vegan Silk Protein Haircare
If you can’t find a solution for your hair woes, The Body Shop’s latest haircare routines that have been reformulated to be 100% vegan may do the trick.
Take your pick from five nourishing ranges — Tea Tree, Moringa, Ginger, Banana, and Shea — to fix whatever hair concern you may have. All ranges are made with vegan silk protein, which replicates the chemical structure of natural silk to improve the appearance of natural hair and repair it from the inside out.
- Tea Tree: Purifying & Balancing (for oily hair and scalps)
- Moringa: Shine & Protection (for dull hair)
- Ginger: Anti-Dandruff (for dry, flaky scalps)
- Banana: Nourishing (for dry and frizzy hair)
- Shea: Intense Repair (for dry to very dry hair, prone to breakage
Plus, all bottles are made from 100% recycled plastic including Community Fair Trade recycled plastic collection off the streets of Bengaluru, India.
All shampoos and conditioners retail at S$17 each for 250ml, with selected ranges available in 400ml bottles for S$22. They are available in The Body Shop stores islandwide as well as online on Shopee, Lazada, and Foodpanda.
15. Fenty Skin Buff Ryder Exfoliating Body Scrub and Butta Drop Whipped Oil Body Cream
Rihanna’s Fenty Skin is back with a whole new release dedicated to self-care — and we’re here for it.
The first kid on the block is Buff Ryder, an exfoliating body scrub that takes inspiration from the sandy beaches of the singer’s hometown Barbados. Made from a blend of sugar, salt, and ACTUAL sand, this rich formula is also nourished with other delightful tropical ingredients like Barbados cherry, coconut oil, pomegranate, papaya, and pineapple enzymes to leave your skin feeling soft and silky smooth.
The second of the duo is Butta Drop, a whipped body oil cream that is literally as soft as butter. Containing 25% of rich butters and seven different oils including kalahari melon, baobab, sunflower, sorrel, rice bran, coconut, and jojoba, this product will help moisturise and create a glow on your skin that is impossible to dim.
And staying true to Rihanna’s Barbados roots, it is lightly scented with a delicious blend of tropical fruits that will make you almost sweet and soft enough to eat.
Fenty Skin Buff Ryder Exfoliating Body Scrub (S$48) and Butta Drop Whipped Oil Body Cream (S$54) is available at Sephora stores islandwide and Sephora’s e-store.
16. PAZZION Lifestyle Collection
Working from home may no longer be stressful with PAZZION’s all-new Lifestyle Collection.
Purporting eclectic conscious living, this curated line features 12 home living products that deliver serenity to your living space as well as indulgent treats for a pick-me-up at any time of the day.
Our favourite self-love bodycare product would have to be the essential oil-infused PAZZION Hand & Body Wash (S$16.50 for 250ml; S$29 for 500ml) that comes in a calming lavender or cedarwoods and grapefruit option that help with stubborn breakouts.
What’s more, it uses sustainable palm oil, is free from parabens, sulphates, preservatives, synthetic fragrances, and colourings, so it is great for even the most sensitive of skins!
Other products in this collection that we’re excited about are the Josei scented hand sanitiser (S$6.90) and the PAZZION Drip Coffee (S$18 for a box of 10 sachets) you can brew right at home.
The PAZZION Lifestyle Collection is now available on PAZZION.com (except bottled cold brews, kombuchas, and chocolate) as well as at the Wisma, JEWEL Changi, and Vivo City outlets.
17. LUX Botanicals Body Wash & Handwash
What better way to pamper yourself in these trying times than with a self-spa day using LUX Botanicals’ body wash and handwash collection.
Formulated with 100% natural extract consisting of exotic flowers and botanical beauty oils, this extensive line will deliver a luxurious shower experience and moisturise your skin like no other.
The body selection consists of six variants made out of natural, sustainable ingredients that are paraben, colourant, and silicone-free. On top of deeply cleansing and balancing the skin’s moisture, its luscious scents are composed by top perfumers around the world to get you smelling fabulous from head to toe. We’re definitely eyeing the Skin Detox Freesia & Tea Tree Oil as well as the Glowing Skin Gardenia & Honey.
LUX Botanicals is also introducing two anti-bacterial handwashes to the Skin Detox and Glowing Skin range. Your hands will not only be smelling good but staying clean too!
The LUX Botanicals body wash retails for S$7.90 and is available at Watsons, NTUC FairPrice, Cold Storage, Sheng Siong, Lazada and Shopee, while the handwash retails for S$3.50 is available at NTUC FairPrice, Lazada and Shopee.
18. Skin Inc Tri-Light Body Sculpt Fit and Body Sculpt Fit Serum
If you’re obsessed with face massage tools, you’ll probably fall head over heels for Skin Inc’s latest body treatment device.
Healthy bodies come in all shapes and sizes, but maintaining them when working from home can certainly be a feat. Thankfully, the new Tri-Light Body Sculpt Fit and Body Sculpt Fit Serum work hand-in-one to detox, smooth, lift, and enhance your body’s best features all from the comfort of your couch.
The revolutionary at-home device delivers six synergistic benefits including micro-vibration, micro-current, heating, and three NASA-inspired LED lights within four customisable modes to target different skin concerns.
Paired with the air-light serum that is power-packed with nourishing ingredients like vitamin C, caffeine, and glycerin, this duo will promote greater skin suppleness, increased hydration, and a youthful glow that is second to none.
Use it almost anywhere on your body — including the tummy, legs, buttocks, and even the underarms — for five minutes to see effective results.
19. Amouage Boundless and Material
When the perfume house is established by a royal Sultan, you already know its fragrances are going to be spellbindingly luxurious.
This time, Amouage has released two traditional woody-spicy-ambery creations that give these unisex fragrances an addictive allure. Using wild and raw ingredients, the duo of scents capture the celebration of liberation and life and evoke the memories of happier times.
20. Dior Vanilla Diorama
Inspired by a sumptuous cake that Christian Dior himself adored, the new La Collection Privée Christian Dior perfume was crafted with the help of French Michelin Star pastry chef, Julien Dugourd. to make it a true gourmet ode to the vanilla flavours.
Eponymously named Vanilla Diorama, the fragrance is much more than just a true vanilla scent, as it also captures joyful citrus notes of orange and lemon and then reveals a heart of bitter cacao and potent rum. It is also spiced up with explosive cardamom and pink peppercorn for a somewhat rugged and surprising touch.
If we could describe it in one sentence, it is a raw, barely cooked vanilla pod with a light citrusy freshness.
The new Vanilla Diorama (S$155, 40ml; S$350, 125ml; S$500, 250ml) will be available exclusively at La Collection Privée Christian Dior boutique at ION Orchard from 1 August.
21. Twilly d’ Hermès Eau Ginger Eau de Parfum
The third fragrance to join the Twilly d’ Hermès tribe, Twilly Eau Ginger is a floral, spicy and woody scent that is inherently warm and sensual — perfect for a date night out.
The EDP is composed of three main ingredients, vibrant peony, bright candied ginger, and lively cedar which exudes all things joyful, bright, and sparkling. Plus, it comes in a box printed with the Astrologie nouvelle design reworked in fresh colours and sits reimagined lantern glass bottle tied with a new silk ribbon and topped with a brilliant white cap. It’s simply a delight to look at!
The new Twilly d’ Hermès Eau Ginger EDP (S$113, 30ml; S$168, 50ml; S$235, 85ml) is available at Hermès Singapore boutiques and their e-commerce site.
22. Tom Ford Ombré Leather Parfum
Tom Ford is introducing another fragrance this month and we cannot express our excitement enough.
Capturing the unbridled sensuality of the American West, Ombré Leather Parfum is a distinct floral leather that combines the notes of luxurious black leather with a fruity Violet leaf absolute orpur as well as a woody cedarwood that elicits an addictive allure. And drawing the fragrance’s tactile namesake, it comes bottled in a matte black glass with an ivory-tone vegan leather plaque.
Ombré Leather Parfum (S$73, 10ml; S$251, 50ml; S$351, 100ml) will be available from 15 August at all TOM FORD counters islandwide (One Assembly, TANGS Orchard, TAKASHIMAYA), via TOM FORD BEAUTY AT HOME ADVISOR at +65 6732 5002. It will also be available at Sephora and Sephora.sg from 19 August.
23. Maison Margiela Replica Matcha Meditation EDT
If you know anything about Maison Margiela’s Replica collection, its fragrances are known to recreate memories through scent. And this newest Matcha Meditation EDT is excitingly inspired by the meditative moments of your morning matcha — a soothing olfactory experience that our pandemic minds surely need.
Attain enlightenment with refreshing top notes of matcha, bergamot, and mandarin orange, followed by an aromatic white floral heart of jasmine, orange blossom, and mate. Lastly, get the comforting sensation of a warm cup of matcha with woody base notes of cedar and moss as well as an unexpected creamy white chocolate.