Now that seasonal cheer, festive activities, and holiday shopping are over, it's time to ring in the new year in style. As much as possible, we're avoiding the overwhelmed feeling that comes with last-minute resolutions for better skincare practices or fitness goals. Instead, we're taking self-care into our own hands and making space for pampering, reflection, and returning to routine as we adjust to the new calendar year.
Ahead, we compiled a comprehensive list of the best beauty launches of January 2022. From cloudlike glitter suitable for everyday use to a cleansing balm infused with bamboo charcoal, here are the products that had us ready for 2022.
Alani "La La" Anthony spends hours in the beauty chair as an actress. Hoping to combat the constant hair manipulation while on set, the star began researching natural hair-strengthening remedies, including the benefits of rice water.
On January 28, she launched her eponymous haircare brand Inala (Alani spelled backward) and introduced the signature Power Potion ($55), a leave-in treatment that contains the brand's Rice Water Complex. The formula is a mixture of biotin, arginine, soy amino acids, serine, and rice water that promises to work together to nourish, hydrate, strengthen, and stimulate the scalp. The results? Healthy and flourishing hair.
Milk Makeup's Bionic Glow ($34) is a silky liquid illuminator infused with hydrating hyaluronic acid, mushroom extracts, pea protein, and vegan collagen meant to improve the appearance of skin texture. The lightweight formula blends seamlessly, leaving you with a gleaming, shimmer-free finish.
Gisou is beloved for its hydrating honey-infused haircare products. Now, the brand is branching out into a new category with its Honey Infused Lip Oil ($32). This decadent lip oil is made with Mirsalehi honey, hyaluronic acid, and the brand's proprietary oil blend meant to hydrate, smooth, and define lips. The purse essential boasts a golden hue intended to complement all skin tones and provide a natural glow to your pout.
Pili Ani is expanding its product line with the new Gentle Facial Cleanser ($32). It contains the brand's hero ingredient, elemi oil, an essential oil celebrated for its purported detoxifying properties. The dermatologist-tested cleanser is a must-have if you're looking for a product to remove dirt from your pores without stripping your skin of its natural glow.
Naomi Osaka takes her skincare seriously—especially since she has dry skin. Her skincare woes ultimately inspired her brand KINLÒ’s latest launch; Hydrating Facial Oil ($15). To add moisture to melanin-rich skin, the formula is nutrient-packed with jojoba oil and olive oil to hydrate and prevent unnecessary moisture loss.
Kate Somerville's best-selling EradiKate® Acne Collection is expanding. The EradiKate™ Clarifying Acne Gel Cleanser ($44) is designed to break the acne cycle with its 1% salicylic acid, BHA, niacinamide, and a prebiotic complex formula. Together, these ingredients are meant to help prevent future breakouts, cleanse skin without stripping, and protect the skin's microbiome.
If your goal is to smell like a snack, then keep reading! Native recently collaborated with Baked by Melissa to release a collection of deliciously scented body care products inspired by everyone’s favorite sweet treats.
The Mint Cookie Cupcake Body Wash ($9) is a product worth mentioning as it offers a luxurious lather and vibrant mint-chocolate scent that awakens the senses.
Eva NYC just made it easier than ever to have flirty vacation hair throughout the year. With the new Lazy Jane Salt-Free Spray ($12), you can easily achieve satiny, soft waves with a few spritzes of the salt-free solution.
According to the brand, the spray contains hemp-seed oil to keep hair hydrated. It also includes sea lavender, a marine plant claimed to moisturize and soften tresses.
Make a coffee date with Glamnetic's newest collection. The recently released Coffee Date Collection includes six press-on nail designs to easily romanticize your daily coffee routine. We especially love the sweet and playful designs of Sugar & Spice ($20), Chocolate Milk ($20), French Press ($20), Sweetener ($20), Creamer ($20), and Gold Truffle ($20).
Inspired by the award-winning Skin-Enhancing Tint, Ami Colé's Skin-Enhancing Concealer ($24) is a multipurpose concealer that creates a blur effect without masking the skin. The medium to full coverage solution is formulated with nourishing ingredients like baobab seed extract, hibiscus extract, and pumpkin seed extract. A few swipes will instantly leave you looking refreshed—even if you had a long night.
Ready, set, and go! Step up your makeup prep with YouthForia's Pregame Primer ($38), which keeps moisture in and pollution out. The emollient-infused formula is just what you need to keep your makeup fresh and in place without drying out your skin.
Furtuna Skin x Jeremy Scott
High-fashion meets next-level skincare with this Furtuna Skin x Jeremy Scott collab. The designer and the clean beauty brand teamed up on a limited edition collection that comes with a selection of Furtuna Skin’s best-selling products. The set is housed in a fuzzy, “shocking-pink” collector's bag that doubles as a clutch, so you can continue to emulate the maximalist designer’s signature style long after your skincare products run out.
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With the Lips Don’t Lie Matte Lipstick ($6), you can talk the talk boldly. With just one swipe, the soft and satiny lipstick provides intense color payoff. Plus, this high-performance product is formulated with a blend of lightweight emollients to give you a silky feel without drying out your lips, as well as a white clay base for the perfect matte finish.
Not only does Live Tinted's new SUPERHUE Hyperpigmentation Serum Stick ($34) promise to help fade signs of dark spots and hyperpigmentation, but it also allows for a super precise application. The serum comes in solid form, so you can target specific areas with ingredients like niacinamide and vitamin C proven to help fight pigmentation. Plus, the balm-to-serum stick is completely spill-proof, so it's ideal for any future travel plans you're dreaming about this year.
Make your light shine brighter than ever with the Fractal Glitter Gelly Set ($35). The multifunctional glitter gel duo boasts a nonstick cloud-like texture and allows you to create bold looks with added shimmer to your body, eyes, or face.
The Winky Lux Tri-Color Balm Trio ($18) is a three-in-one lip balm infused with jojoba oil meant to leave lips nourished and soft, while the tint provides gorgeous, natural color.
With the new i Sculpt, i Shade Brow Pen ($14), you can say goodbye to sparse brows. The highly-pigmented brow pen's custom control grip ensures precise hair-like strokes that the brand says last up to 12 hours thanks to the smudge-proof formula.
Osea has adapted their cult-fave Undaria Algae Body Oil into a luxurious body butter. With shea butter, ceramides, and Undaria Seaweed to soften, replenish, and renew the skin barrier, the Undaria Algae Body Butter ($48) is a fast-absorbing and rich formula that keeps skin hydrated for 72 hours, according to the brand.
Charlotte Tilbury has done it again. The brand's Beautiful Skin Foundation ($44), available in 30 shades, contains hyaluronic acid, coconut extract, and a rose complex meant to improve hydration, radiance, and skin barrier strength. Rachel Dube, a Byrdie contributor, tried the product for a week and said she couldn't get enough of the satiny formula. “It left my skin feeling super hydrated at the end of the day without any cakiness or dryness that many other foundations leave.”
Strengthen your skin in the new year with Ultimune Power Infusing Serum Concentrate ($140). With reishi mushroom, iris root extract, fermented roselle extract, and heart leaf extract, the antioxidant-rich serum promises to protect against environmental damage that causes premature skin aging while also hydrating and plumping, according to the brand.
Kosas has reintroduced its best-selling 10-Second Eyeshadow ($15). The formula is packed with skincare benefits like galactoarabinan, shea butter, jojoba oil, and orange flower water, which work together to moisturize, brighten, and tone, according to the brand. Because of its crease-free formula, long-lasting pigment, and quick dry time, the easy-to-apply liquid eyeshadow is a Byrdie team favorite. “As someone who wears contacts, a fallout-free, non-irritating eyeshadow is always a winner in my book.” Editor, Olivia Hancock says.
Remove makeup easily with the Nourishing Cleansing Balm ($30), a deluxe oil-balm, which the brand says naturally draws out impurities with active bamboo charcoal. The multi-benefit cleansing balm also contains shea butter, sunflower seed oil, macadamia seed oil, camellia seed oil, and manuka honey meant for extra clean and deeply hydrated skin with each use.
The Morphe 2 Clarifying Skincare Collection features the new Keep It Calm Facial Mist ($16) meant to help cool, hydrate, and soothe visible redness and stressed-out skin. The fine mist is infused with reishi mushrooms, aloe vera, and lavender water.
The brand's new Clear Things Up Clarifying Serum ($18) is formulated with salicylic acid and willow bark to remove impurities while also preventing acne and blackheads. Finally, the Hit The Dot Spot Solution ($15) is a treatment that relieves inflammation caused by breakouts.
The FIRM GROUND Retinol Body Lotion ($18) from Versed is a nourishing daily body moisturizer that delivers the beneficial results of retinol for firmer skin, smoother texture, and brightened dullness. To try to help refine crepiness on the chest, firm skin around the knees, and smooth rough elbows, the formula also includes the healing benefits of squalane, cocoa butter, and vitamin E.
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