And just like that, it’s April! After the longest January in existence, the year has flown by since and let’s hope that means the warmer weather is on its way.
In our monthly Let’s Make-Up round-up, we bring you a selection of the tried and tested, freshest, and buzziest beauty launches that are worth adding to your basket. All types of lotions and potions across makeup, skincare, haircare and more cross our desks and we take it upon ourselves to review them all so you don’t have to. If we include it below, then you know it’s a good ‘un.
In the fourth month of 2022, there’s stand-out launches from professional hairdresser favourite Olaplex, who is adding No9 to its bestselling range as well as NEOM, the essential oil-based brand that is expanding into shampoo and conditioner. Murad has got your prepared for the sunshine with its new serum that is combined with SPF45, while La Roche Posay is giving those with sensitive skin a chance to add a supercharged ingredient into their skincare regime.
For all this and more besides, see our edit of the hottest beauty drops you need on your radar.
Olaplex No.9 Bond Protector Nourishing Hair Serum
When Olaplex launches a new product, the beauty world takes note. There’s a reason why the label is always a bestseller at retailers like John Lewis and Space NK – it gives results. The latest addition proves to be no different and is a multi-use formula that will protect hair against heat and external aggressors. The product is packed with antioxidants that shields against free radical damage. It also works to tame frizz, detangles, defines curls and makes your locks feel silky smooth – no matter your hair type. The texture feels very lightweight too and is free from silicone.
Buy now £26.00, Cult Beauty
Fenty Beauty Sun Stalk’r Face + Eye Bronzer & Highlighter Palette
With every new launch, Fenty Beauty keeps getting better and better. The brand’s founder, Rihanna, knows what the people want and so, this limited-edition new palette comes very welcomed. It combines the beloved Sun Stalk’r bronzer as well as two new and exclusive highlighter shades rolled into one for the multitasker that will slip into your makeup bag for ease when on the go. The hues work for all skin tones to give that fresh-from-the-beach glow, bronze as well as definition.
Buy now £36.00, Fenty Beauty
Dermalogica Circular Hydration Serum
From the indecisive weather, to masks, there’s no wonder that our skin constantly feels dry and dehydrated. Enter Dermalogica’s latest launch that is designed to pack critical hydration back into our parched complexions. The Circular Hydration Serum has been created to replenish lost moisture with Hyaluronic Acid at its heart. There’s also Algae Extract and Polyglutamic Acid to elevate the moisturising benefits and plant-derived sugars and a blend of amino acids to give long-lasting hydration.
Buy now £55.00, Space NK
NEOM Organics Super Shower Power Shampoo & Conditioner
If you’re already a fan of the beautiful essential oils offered by NEOM, you’re in for a treat. The brand has been expanding its range, extending far beyond the diffusers and candles that we know and love. On top of a whole host of bodycare essentials, the label now offers haircare after it was continually requested by fans. Much like the rest of the offering, the products are natural and naturally-derived without sacrificing on efficacy.
In the shampooo; algae extract, algae oil, apple seed oil and plant protein ensure you get a thorough cleanse that is free from any synthetics. For the conditioner; coconut, almond oil, and Shea butter nourishes, a brassica and amino acid complex fortifies your locks and leaves a lovely sheen.
The products are treated to the addictive and revitalising aroma of natural spearmint, rosemary and eucalyptus that makes your weekly or bi-weekly hair washing experience a multi-sensorial experience. They are also both designed to be used on a mix of hair types – be it coloured, fine, thick, curly, or afro.
Buy now £40.00, NEOM
La Roche Posay Niacinamide Pure 10 Serum
For those among us with sensitive skin, it can often be a minefield to find out which of the buzz beauty ingredients can be used without causing irritation. The likes of retinol or acids can cause redness, flakiness or drying but La Roche Posay is making it easier than ever to incorporate an equally efficacious ingredient even if you’re complexion can be easily inflamed. Niacinamide takes a starring role in its new product. The lesser known powerhouse is one of those multi-tasking ingredients that can transform your skincare regime. It minimises the appearance of dark spots or hyperpigmentation, can work to balance uneven tones and leaves skin with a glowy finish.
Buy now £38.00, La Roche Posay
Murad Correct & Protect Broad Spectrum SPF 45
While in lockdown, we may have had the time for a 12-step beauty routine, our diaries are filling up once again and so when we hear of a product that can work double-duty, we’re on board. That is the basis in which Murad’s latest innovative was created.
It’s a two-in-one hybrid formulation that combines a serum and an SPF to simplify your routine. The silky formula glides onto skin, evening out discoloration and protecting against free radical damage. This is not the chalky sunscreen textures that you once knew, the mineral formula has all the protection with no elbow-grease required to to rub it in and it doesn’t leave a cast.
It contains Carotenoid technology for a glowy finish and beetroot extract to add a hit of moisture. In a clinical study, 91 per cent noted the sheer finish and hydrating benefits, while 84 per cent saw brighter skin in just four weeks.
Available on April 14.
Buy now £70.00, Murad
Perricone MD Cold Plasma Plus+ Concentrated Treatment Sheet Mask 6-Pack
When your skin is looking dull or tired, call in reinforcements. This mask from Perricone MD will not only encourage you to take some well-deserved me-time while it works its magic, but treats your complexion to a concentrated dose of the brand’s Cold Plasma Plus+. This, alongside Vitamin C Ester, Copper Tripeptide and Phospholipids make up the formula that is then absorbed by the skin through a proprietary liquid crystal delivery system. It gets to work evening out skin tone, boosting firmness, and just generally making your complexion look healthier. Skin feels softer, brighter and revived.
Buy now £86.00, Perricone MD
Issey Miyake Eau & Magnolia
Issey Miyake fragrances have a cult following and with good reason. The brand’s aromas are instantly recognisable, fresh and long-lasting. Eau & Magnolia joins the collection, housed in an updated bottle that follows the signature tall flacon styling. The scent itself is ideal for the transitional spring period. It’s light and warming with magnolia that has the seemingly contradicting properties of being both subtle yet deep and sensual. There’s also rose notes and a velvet feel.
Buy now £65.00, The Perfume Shop
YSL NU collection
YSL Beauté is making its collection more accessible and appealing to the Gen Z generation. The brand is giving its pieces a sustainable update, from the ingredient list to the packaging. These are also products designed to work as both skincare and makeup in one, while being free from any chemicals, fragrances, and allergens.
The collection comprises of the makeup-moisturiser hybrid that is The Bare Look Tint (£27). This product combines hydrating hyaluronic acid and mallow to dose the skin with moisture, while leaving a low-to-medium coverage glow and it comes in 20 shades.
The Glow In Balm should be on hand for that skinimalism look. It’s an oil-in-water texture and leaves skin radiant due to light-reflecting pearls. The Blotting Lotion puts a modern take on blotting paper to reduce shine without drying out the skin – and it contains blemish-busting salicylic acid.
Other notable products include The Tone Corrector to calm redness, The Dewy Mist to leave skin supple and the Lip & Cheek Balm Tint that is to follow.
Buy now £27.00, YSL
Boy Smells Hackney Garden
Spring has sprung and that calls for a new fragrance wardrobe for your home to go alongside the changing of your winter wares. Boy Smells has got your scenting covered with the relaunch of Damasque and Rosalita and a fresh new aroma. Hackney Garden takes a unique approach to your classic floral scent inspired by its namesake East London location. What you’d expect from an English Garden fragrance – neroli and ivy – is made edgier with notes of patchouli and vetiver that envelops into a complex and multi-sensorial experience.
The vessel breaks from the brand’s signature aesthetic with a beautiful floral print direct on the glass and in a vivid neon blue tint.
Buy now £50.00, Harrods
Wild Candy Floss
When investing in new beauty products, there is likely one area where you stick to the same drugstore brands – but no more. Wild has been revolutionising the deodorant market since its inception with natural formulations in delicious scents.
The new limited-edition aroma is Candy Floss giving you all the childhood nostalgia you’d hope for with a sugary sweet scent and notes of strawberry and raspberry. Like the entire range, it is created with essential oils and natural ingredients like Coconut Oil, Cocoa Seed Butter and Sunflower Seed Wax. It is also vegan and free from the likes of aluminium salts, parabens and phthalates.
The brand operates on refills where you purchase the reusable case and top it up as needed with its irresistible aromas that bring joy into even the most ritualistic of your morning routine.
Price for three pack and case.
Buy now £25.00, Wild
Supergoop! (Re)Setting Powder SPF 30
While we should all be applying suncream rain or shine, it is on the forefront of our minds as we approach summer. Supergoop was founded with the belief that applying SPF should not be an arduous process and thus the brand crafts products that will fit seamlessly into your skincare routine.
One of the most popular in the line-up from our friends across the pond is the label’s (Re)Setting Powder which we are pleased to report is now available in the UK. It is a mineral setting powder that also doubles up as SPF 30. This means that while you take advantage of its mattifying and makeup securing properties, you are also treating your complexion to a shield against ageing and potentially harmful UV rays. It’s also sweat resistant and seemingly invisible. Fuss free.
Buy now £28.00, Revolve
BADgal BANG! Waterproof Volumising Mascara
Benefit most likely played a crucial part in your coming of age makeup collection (hello Hoola) and the brand still boasts some of the best mascaras on the market even with the ever-growing fast competition among other brands. Alongside RollerLash, BADgal is considered cult.
The original may have been released four years ago but the brand is finally treating us to a waterproof and smudge-proof formulation just in time for the summer holidays.
The pitch black texture created with ProVitamin B5 is all about volume aka bigger and better lashes. The custom Slimpact! Brush has been specifically designed to coat each individual lash from root to tip, leaving not one without a dramatic, lifted and lengthening treatment.
Buy now £24.50, Selfridges