The Marie Claire beauty team brings you the best new launches across skin, hair and make-up
The life of a beauty addict is rarely dull, thanks to dozens of brand new makeup, skincare and hair products launching almost every week.
New launches usually come with a lot of hype, but at times it’s hard to tell whether that hype is actually warranted. Nobody likes to splash their hard-earned cash on something they’ll never use and later regret buying.
Fortunately for you, the Marie Claire beauty team sees the lot before they hit the shops, from the best mascara to the best eye cream and best moisturisers for dry skin. Each month we bring you a break down of the best new releases you should be fighting to get your hands on before they sell out (which trust us, they probably will do).
So, what’s good in the world of beauty this month?
Well with restrictions lifting, it’s time to dust off your make-up brushes. We celebrate the best new makeup and much more…
Tell us that you’re not going to fall in love with the NARS Euphoria Face Palette. It’s here to show us how to wear colour again and take your make-up looks to the next level. Erborian’s CC Water gives the most heavenly base that you’ll be attempting to slather it all over your body come summer. Not too much coverage, it’s the perfect complexion product to take you into the warmer months. Carolina Herrera’s Velvet liquid lipstick is the ultimate product to make a statement as you remember how to socialise.
Keep scrolling for our curated edit of the best new make-up launches and skincare drops to hit stores this month. Make sure you check back here for all the latest new beauty products 2021 brings in, as and when they’re announced…
If you're after a new antioxidant serum, then look no further. Ideal if you live in a city and are in constant exposure to polluting nasties, this serum utilises the free radical-fighting power of five different teas.
Chanel's famous and beyond popular (seriously, it's in every beauty editor's make-up bag) bronzer now comes in a deeper shade. Ideal for those with darker skin tones, or for those who really, really want to look sunkissed. Finally!
We all had a Body Shop Body Butter when we were younger - they are a complete cult beauty product. Well they are back in 100% recyclable and recycled packaging. With 13 different options to choose one, there's one for everyone.
This is THE scent of the summer. Why? For a few reasons. One - the name literally means Sun in Greek. Two - look at that jolly packaging by artist and illustrator Luke Edward Hall. And three - the scent, which was inspired by Mediterranean summers, has notes of bergamot, iris and jasmine. One whiff and you'll be transported to the Amalfi Coast.
If you want a quick and easy way to give skin an overhaul ahead of summer, look no further. This toner contains glycolic acid, niacinamide and fruit acids that all work together to nibble away at dead skin cells. If you have oily skin, you can use it every day, or three times a week for drier skin. You'll notice your skin looks brighter, healthier and glowier.
Come on chaps, let's get excited about make-up. From today, we can sit inside a restaurant, go to the cinema or go on a rollarcoaster at theme park. Each of these scenarios calls for a cracking make-up look and there's no one we trust more for that than Nars.
Lip balm just got an incredibly luxe upgrade. Westman Atelier's stunning liquid lip balms are more like a nourishing lip gloss that give you the most beautiful wash of colour. There are six colours to choose from, but Nana is our favourite as it somehow seems to give you a needle-free lip job.
Just when you thought that this cult fragrance couldn't get better. It's now available as an EDT. If you like your scents subtle, you'll love this super gentle floral musk.
Erborian's CC Creams are legendary. First came the iconic original, then the targeted colour correctors. Now comes the CC Water, which is your skin but better. This iteration works best when you're having a really good skin day and don't need too much coverage. It gives the most beautiful base that doesn't hide what's underneath. It makes you look like pure health.
Over-experimented with products over lockdown? Yeah, us too. Strip back your routine and give your thirsty skin a break with the new range from Weleda. This super hydrating cream features skin-smoothing shea butter, aloe vera juice and of course, prickly pear to keep your skin soft and hydrated all day long. Now is also a good time to remind you to drink some water, too.
We are huge fans of the entire Kate Somerville collection, but her Kateceuticals range is rich in punchy ingredients that give at-home clinic worthy results. This moisturiser boats incredible results after just one week of use - you'll notice that your skin is more plump, smoother and lines are slightly more faded. Huzzah.
We plan on wearing a lot more make-up as lockdown lifts. We predict bold looks like glitter lids to the pub. In which case we shall need a hardworking cleanser to get rid of it all at the end of the night. This new cleansing oil glides on and breaks down even the toughest of make-up and turns to milk as soon as it comes into contact with water. It's made using ingredients from the brand's new sustainable Alps-based farm.
Can you believe that ghd is 20 years old? Do you remember your first set of straighteners? What did we do before them?! To celebrate the brand has launched a Couture collection, which is the perfect opportunity to get your hands on some of their bestselling and best performing products: the Helios hairdryer and the Platinum+ Styler.
April 12th was an exciting day for so many people. There were those excited about getting their roots seen to, those wanting to order a drink at the pub and then the really wholesome ones who were desperate to head back to their gyms. Ensure that that return is beneficial to both body and skin with Elemis and Sweaty Betty's collaboration. Inside the chic wash bag, you'll find everything you need to keep your skin in check after a cracking good workout.
You're either a fan of a physical scrub or a chemical exfoliant. Or, hey you might like both, which would be very clever of you. The pineapple enzymes in this dual-action exfoliator nibble away at the proteins that hold all of the dead skin cells together and then the cherry stone micro powder lifts them away.
We've been waiting for Olaplex to release a mask. Every other product in their line has become a reliable go-to in our hair routine and this is no different. Made using their patented bond building technology, this mask leaves your hair looking super shiny, incredibly manageable and feeling strong and healthy. We're getting strong Rapunzel-vibes.
The more bends in your hair type, the weaker and more at risk of breakage it is, so Living Proof's new curl range puts hair strength at the forefront. They've worked with scientist and curly-haired people to bring you eight new products, including a wave enhancer, curl definer and curl elongator for hair prone to shrinkage.
The newest release from Ben Gorman's über cool fragrance brand, Byredo's Mixed Emotions opens with sweet notes of cassis and maté, wearing down to a heart of Ceylon tea and violet leaf on woodier base notes of birch and papyrus.
Benefit's They're Real! is many a beauty lover's go-to mascara, and now it's bigger and better than ever before. A magnetic force (yes, really) helps to lift your lashes up and out for even more length and volume. That's what we call innovative beauty.
Lockdown shone a spotlight on our skincare routines. We had the time and the incentive to get our skin in order. But restrictions are now lifting, which means it's make-up's turn for the limelight. There's no better way to re-enter society, as it were, than a bold red lip. This velvet-finish, long-lasting liquid lip makes the perfect statement. You're back and you mean business.
It's not everyday we recommend a toothbrush, but it's not everyday a smart one like this crosses our path. Believe it or not, but this has been specially designed by an architect. The 5,904 ultra-thin filaments are infused with antibacterial technology to inhibit bacterial growth for 90 days. Not bad for a toothbrush, eh?
Here are some pretty wild facts about this brand's launch into the UK. The waitlist was over 3,000 people long. The whole range sold out on Cult Beauty within 12 hours. Just over one product was sold per minute. And this very cleanser, which is the perfect every day face wash with added benefits, sold out on the site in under 12 hours.
This glorious new SPF from Liz Earle is anything but a cloying or clogging formula. It's rich and nourishing, but blends really easily and creates the most luminous glow.
Cle de Peau make-up is always standout. And this foundation is something to behold. This is glorious skin in a bottle. The smallest amount goes a long way. It gives full coverage if needed, but can also be buffed out for a more diffused look. It's not drying, it doesn't cake. It just gives a beautiful veil of glow.
Right, this is a product you never knew you needed. These depuffing tools are about to change your life. Keep them in the fridge and every morning work them over your under eyes. The cool temperature reduces blood flow and inflammation before eventually
encouraging greater circulation. In other words it reduces puffiness, so that you have fewer dark circles and a radiant complexion.
10% of sales of this gorgeous raspberry tint lip gloss across April and May will go towards The Eve Appeal, which raises awareness of gynaecological symptoms. Do good whilst looking good.