Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals have come and gone, but if you couldn't get in on the savings, don't beat yourself up. Your favorite makeup and skin brands are dropping plenty of new gems you'll be happy you saved your coins for. December 2022's launches bring brand-new skincare brands, innovative technology, and the secret to mistletoe-ready lips.
If you're looking to fill your bestie's stocking, grab a white elephant gift that will please everyone, or just get yourself a little treat, there's no better time. The holidays are coming up quick, so get started on your shopping ASAP—these timely December beauty and skincare launches should be the first products you add to your holiday gift list.
Scroll for the best December 2022 beauty launches.
Missing summer? Well, Vacation has captured the essence of summer in their new self-titled black label candle. "Vacation" ($42) is a beach vacation in a jar with top notes of petitgrain essence and coconut water, and heart notes of coconut milk, bergamot, solar musk, banana, and pineapple. And once the scent has rested in your space, lingering will be hints of pool water, swimsuit lycra, and sea salt for a true vacation vibe. If you can't get away to the beach, this winter "Vacation" will take you there.
Vittorio Masecchia Beauty
Vittorio Masecchia has curated makeup looks for major names like Lizzo, Demi Lovato, Kesha, and now you. Vittorio Masecchia Beauty has just launched a line of luxury eye decals inspired by futuristic glam. The decals offer 24 different liner styles that look way more complicated than they are. You get the symmetry and precision of your favorite liner with these peel-and-stick designs without needing to be a professional. The beauty fanatic in your life will appreciate unwrapping this gift.
Winter can be brutal on those suffering from eczema, but Murad has come to the rescue with their latest category expansion. The brand now offers three science-backed products in their Eczema Control collection: the Soothing Oat and Peptide Cleanser, Quick Relief Colloidal Oatmeal Treatment, and Daily Defense Colloidal Oatmeal Cream. Now you can soothe those pesky rashes, stop the itching, and calm redness with the power of calming oat.
Your favorite sunscreen brand just released a Brightening Face Scrub ($17). Packed with organic sugar cane, vitamin C, and papaya and pineapple enzymes, you get gentle exfoliation and a brighter complexion. The ingredients also help eliminate hyperpigmentation and clear the pores. This spa-like product is the pampering you hope is in your stocking this holiday season.
Coco & Eve
Coco & Eve just changed the game with their new Antioxidant Face Tanning Micromist ($30). If you've ever had to apply body tanner to your face awkwardly, then you know how revolutionary this product is. The tanning mist comes in medium, dark, and ultra dark, and offers a streak-free natural tan that lasts two to four days. Now you can get that summer-time glow at the holiday dinner.
Shiseido's new Bio-Performance Skin Filler Serum ($295) acts similarly to an injectable filler that visibly minimizes wrinkles, fine lines, and loss of firmness. Over time, the serum duo will help your skin accumulate hyaluronic acid over time for lasting results. Shiseido's MolecuShift Technology shrinks the size of hyaluronic acid molecules and then reverts them back to their original size without changing the structure—allowing the hyaluronic acid to penetrate deeper into the skin allowing for hydrated, plump, and firm skin.
The Infill Serum is used at night and contains the shrunken hyaluronic acid molecules, and the Full Expansion Serum is used during the day and expands the hyaluronic acid molecules back to their original size. In just two weeks, you'll notice an improvement in skin elasticity, the appearance of minimized wrinkles on your cheeks and under eyes, and visibly plumper skin.
Pat McGrath Labs
May the force be with you this holiday season with Pat McGrath Labs' latest collab. The greatly anticipated Star Wars alliance brings a line of matte and shimmer palettes, iridescent pigment pots, hyper-colored mascaras, and metallic lipsticks. This collaboration is for the bold and fearless. Pat McGrath Labs isn't giving anything less than show-stopping pigment and vibrancy you can see from across the room.
Treat your skin to this lightweight serum packed with 10% niacinamide to help lighten dark spots, control oil, and soothe redness. Get an extra dose of brightening power with brightenyl to help even your complexion and soothe sensitivity, and trans-resveratrol to tackle bright spots. Nice indeed.
Nu Skin is back and better than ever with their new and improved ageLOC LumiSpa iO ($250) tool. The soft silicone cleansing head removes dirt, makeup, and pollutants through its micropulse oscillating technology. The essential kit also includes one of five compatible cleansers unique to your skin type. After just one use, you may notice visibibly softer, smoother, and firmer skin. But what sets the ageLOC LumiSpa iO apart is its connectivity with the Nu Skin Vera app, which features custom treatment options, skincare routine tracking, and more. This is the final boss skincare gift you might want to keep to yourself—no judgment!
Run, don’t walk to Sigma Beauty’s newest expansion of their fan-favorite lipsticks. The brand is releasing four new shades in their Infinity Point Lipstick ($28). Now, you get precision forever with a lipstick that never loses its point in a rich Scarlet red, a deep Red Velvet, spiced Peach Tea, and Sigma’s signature New Mod shade. What better gift to give the lipstick fanatic in your life than the perfect red that never loses its edge—truly the gift that keeps on giving.
Maybelline New York
We prime our skin before applying concealer and eyeshadow to maximize staying power, so why not do the same for our lashes? Maybelline stepped up to the challenge and released the Lash Sensational Sky High Tinted Primer ($13). The primer is infused with a ceramide serum base to nourish lashes, while providing a subtle tint. You can stop there, but the primer amplifies volume, thickens lash strands, and extends length when used in addition to a mascara. The makeup lover in your life is hoping to find this in their stocking this holiday season. Their lashes will thank you.
L’Oreal's new masque is like a hydrofacial for your hair. The sulfate-free Simply Clean Elastic-Fiber Masque ($13) has a super-unique fibrous texture—think Marshmallow Fluff—that creates a web of nutrient-enriched ingredients and hydration, leaving your hair looking and feeling nourished, clean, and healthy.
Wellness brand SpoiledChild wants you to pull up to your holiday parties with your best hair yet thanks to their latest launch. The A22 Biotin Boost Hair + Scalp Serum ($59) is packed with 100+ actives clinically proven to boost hair health and combat signs of thinning and shedding. The formulation also includes niacinamide; caffeine, which stimulates blood flow to your hair follicles and encourages growth; and Biotin, which is known to strengthen and boost keratin production, leaving your hair visibly fuller and healthier.
Get your pucker ready for a mistletoe moment with Fenty Skin's new Plush Puddin' Intensive Recovery Lip Mask ($22). RiRi said we needed the complete package for our Fenty skincare routine, and a little lip TLC was next on the list. The recovery mask coats your lips in a nourishing mix of oils like coconut, castor, pomegranate, vitamin E, and more. With just one week of use, expect softer and smoother with lips with reduced fine lines.
Caviar, but make it your new makeup remover. Strip Makeup and their new Caviar Jelly Makeup Remover ($49) is the latest skincare brand and product you need on your radar. The uniquly textured cleanser is both innovative and creative—the gel cleanser base washes away dirt, oil, and makeup, before the "caviar" bubbles burst, delivering actives like antioxidants right to your skin. It's an indulgent gift that your skin will thank you for.
Biossance continues to mix it up with squalane, vitamin C, and rose in a beautifully blended moisturizer. The formulation benefits include brightening, evening tone, antioxidant support, and locked in hydration. Biossance always gets it right when it comes to carefully curating ingredients that will make an impact, and you can’t go wrong with this stocking stuffer.