The seasons changed, the new launches arrived, the product testing ensued, and just as the cliché saying about love being in the air would predict, we fell in love. From dewy cream blushes to wearable nude lipstick, scroll through to see which new beauty products have earned a permanent place in our hearts.
I loved my winter perfume this year so much that I almost dreaded spring because warmer weather meant I couldn’t wear it anymore. (It was MMM’s smoky-sweet By the Fireplace, and it was all I wanted to smell for four months.) Luckily, this gorgeous fragrance walked into my life and is serving as the perfect rebound. It’s orange blossom– and patchouli-based, but it’s not too sour or citrusy. I’m confident that it’ll be the fragrance that makes me dread summer (half kidding).
I dig an effortless lip stain for spring—one that’s bright yet low-maintenance, a nice reprieve from the vampy mattes I like to wear all winter. I seriously happy-cried when Glossier’s Phase 2 launched. This plus Glossier’s Boy Brow ($16) and a sweep of Hourglass’s Ambient Lighting Blush ($38) is gonna be my spring 2016 uniform.
I’m a full-fledged Fresh fanatic and love my Rose and Black Tea products fiercely. Thus, when I heard that the brand was adding a new range to its line, I was both wary and excited. Suffice it to say, the Peony line does not disappoint—in fact, it may be my new favorite. The Brightening Toner especially is a standout. The smell is incredible, like you buried your nose in a bouquet of fresh peonies. The alcohol-free formula itself feels so soothing when you apply it and contains ingredients like licorice for brightening and hyaluronic acid for moisture. My skin feels plump, hydrated, and so soft after using, and I’m preparing a permanent space in my beauty budget as we speak.
After fighting my oily skin for years, I’ve recently started embracing a dewier, dare I say glowing, visage. Funny enough, Benefit’s Dandelion Powder Blush ($29) was the very first blush I ever purchased. It was completely mistake-free and added just the slightest hint of pink wherever I swept it. Thus, the brand’s new iteration of the classic product has earned itself a place in my makeup bag for the same reason. It features the exact same universally flattering pale pink tint of color, except in a liquid form. I use the tiniest drop and blend it into the apples of my cheeks for a healthy, barely there flush of color. It wakes up my skin (and me) instantly.
I’d never tried a colored mascara until recently, and I’ve been using it and it alone ever since. This mascara calls itself Burgundy, but truly, I feel like it’s more of a vibrant purple. I have green eyes, so it really makes them pop, and it’s also super volumizing and lengthening—there’s really nothing not to love about it.
Even though this cream has “pudding” in the name, it’s super lightweight and doesn’t have a greasy finish in the slightest. I actually have been putting it on my hands and can’t believe how soft and amazing it makes them look.
I hadn’t really embraced the color-correcting trend until I tried these—probably because none of the products I’d encountered did anything but add a pastel tint to the area in need of correction. But one pass with Urban Decay’s new correctors and I was sold. In fact, they spurred me to try a whole slew of the new color correctors on the market (that story is coming next week—stay tuned). The wand applicator makes it easy and mess-free—way better than those cream palettes. Plus, the light diffusing pigments take the imperfection-concealing power up a notch. I use the green one on a daily basis, and I find I use less concealer when I have this on first.
This new Rimmel London collection is filled with wearable nudes—41, 42, 45—I love them all. The formula feels weightless yet moisturizing on my lips, the finish is natural, the color payoff is high, and the staying power is real. Yep, I’m obsessed. I have a few rolling around in my bag right now.
I live for products that make my makeup routine easier, and this multitasker is magic. I use it as a bronzer, sculptor, illuminator, eye shadow color, and blush—the rose-gold tone is super flattering either way, and you can layer it to work best for whatever you’re using it for.
Sun protection is a daily necessity, but that doesn’t mean I don’t appreciate a convenient way to get it. Just dusting on this illuminating makeup-setting powder adds an extra dose of SPF in approximately three seconds.
This precise, soft-texture liner enhances lips (think plumper, fuller, all-around better) without any bleeding or feathering. Rather than use it as just a liner, I color in my entire lip. The shade is slightly darker than my natural color, with a brownish undertone so it feels a bit ‘90s while it naturally shapes and contours. I can’t wait to make this my spring go-to—it’s portable, it’s easy to apply, and it won’t melt off my face come summer.
This multitasking blend of oils and shea butter is just the thing I need to pare down my routine for the changing season. Yes, it still adds a serious dose of hydration to my lips, face, and body—but it serves the purpose of about 10 of my other products. Spring cleaning, anyone?
What’s your favorite new product this season? Tell us in the comments below!