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.
This August, celebrity beauty is taking centre stage with new drops from Harry Styles’ Pleasing range, the Chapter 4 drop of Ariana Grande’s r.e.m. beauty and the introduction of S’ABLE Labs by Idris & Sabrina Elba.
There has also been a surprising influx of vitamin C serums to give you the glowy radiance that you desire throughout the summer and beyond. There’s also a new SPF from buzzed-about label Ultra Violette and vegan makeup brushes galore from both Morphe and Trinny London.
For all this and more besides, see our edit of the hottest beauty drops you need on your radar.
Morphe Vegan Pro Series brushes
When was the last time that you swapped your makeup brushes? What about cleaned them? If you can’t remember the answer you’re probably overdue an upgrade. Luckily Morphe is on hand with new vegan, synthetic brushes set to take your artistry to the new level.
The brand is beloved by professional makeup artists and these pro-designed, pro-grade tools are no different, giving you the precious feel that you desire and the premium feel - without the premium price tag.
There are 20 new brushes with FSC-certified wooden handles that include a Flat Top Primer and Foundation Brush, Dense Edged Foundation Brush and Tapered Concealer Brush among many others.
Buy now £8.00, Morphe
Trinny London T-Brushes
Trinny London is here to change your makeup application for the better with just three brushes designed for multitasking. A new approach for the brand who typically specialises in easy, fingertip application, these new tool additions will help achieve that sought-after flawless finish.
Whether you’re on the go, travelling or prefer to minimise your routine, the T-Brushes have a compact size to slip into your makeup bag. They come complete with a mood-boosting yellow FSC-certified sustainable birch handle to brighten up your daily task. The bristles are created from soft fibres that are vegan and cruelty-free and designed to stay firmly affixed to the brush - rather than all over your face.
Buy now £20.00, Trinny London
S'ABLE Labs by Idris & Sabrina Elba
S’ABLE Labs is the brain child of Idris and Sabrina Elba who have launched their own wellness label with three skincare products that are vegan, genderless and have an eco-conscious twist without sacrificing on efficacy.
Slicing down your routine to the essentials, there’s the gentle Qasil Cleanser (£28) featuring the namesake traditional Somalian ingredient renowned for its reparative properties. There’s also the Black Seed Toner (£35) to boost elasticity and brightness with antioxidant-rich vitamins C, E and ferulic acid and last but not least, the Baobab Moisturiser (£50) that is formulated with niacinamide and tranexamic acid to lighten pigmentation and retinol-alternative bakuchiol to even out tone.
Buy now £28.00, S’ABLE Labs
Ultra Violette SPF50 Tinted Veil
Daily SPF application is not as arduous a task as it once was. Brands like Ultra Violette have been revolutionising the space, creating formulas that slip seamlessly into your bathroom cabinet - no thick, stubborn textures or white casts left behind. The latest in the brand’s line-up is a tinted moisturiser but in true Ultra Violette style, it is also SPF50. The broad spectrum protection goes hand in hand with the buildable hue that is lightweight and almost serum-like in its texture.
Buy now £38.00, Space NK
Pai Skincare Century Flower
When the heatwave hits, you’ll want a mist on every desk, bedside table, handbag or travel washbag that you own in order to keep your skin cool, calm and hydrated throughout. Pai Skincare has got you covered with this latest launch. Century Flower is a soothing face mist that is enriched with lotus and hyaluronic acid for ultra-hydrating benefits. You’ll also find deep sea magnesium and minerals extract within the formulation to regenetate the skin at the lower layers as well as inulin for its balancing properties. These ingredients work in tandem to support the skin’s barrier with anti-inflammatory effects.
Buy now £39.00, Pai Skincare
Thayers Hydrating Alcohol-free Facial Toners
US-import Thayers Natural Remedies has arrived on UK soil, bringing its beloved toner formula to soothe and refresh complexion across the British Isles. The brand boasts a history of over 175 years and counts the likes of Zendaya and Lily Collins among its extensive fan-base.
The label takes a natural approach to its formulations, infusing its products with herbal remedies like witch hazel. Free from alcohol, the toners are created with 98 per cent natural origin ingredients and have been approved by PETA.
The Witch Hazel Extract is the most well-known product and pairs the named soothing ingredient with another calming powerhouse, aloe vera to leave you with a renewed, refreshed and and hydrated complexion. They come in scented or unscented, the former of which in aromas of rose petal, cucumber and coconut.
Buy now £14.99, Boots
Christophe Robin Colour Shield Cleansing Mask with Camu Camu Berries
With 20 years of expertise in the colour space under its belt, Christopher Robin has created this product in order to revive your natural, bleached, lightened, highlighted or dyed locks in between salon appointments. The intensive formula is packed with colour-locking pigments to seal it in place and promote vibracy against the likes of pollution and external aggressors. Use on a weekly basis and you will notice the radiance boost of your strands, while it also contains antioxidants camu camu berries and sunflower seed extract to shield and protect, macadamia oil to nourish and fruit acids and green tea extracts to leave a healthy sheen behind.
Buy now £37.00, Christophe Robin
ELEMIS Dynamic Resurfacing Super-C Serum
If your skin is looking dull and lacklustre, Elemis may have just the ticket to revive your complexion and leave it glowing and bright. The Dynamic Resurfacing Super-C Serum is made up of a potent combination of actives that includes the label’s patented Tri-Enzyme Technology as well as vitamin C for quick results that you’ll notice in just a few uses. The subtle exfoliation with the balancing properties of red clover extract will also work to even out the skin’s texture, tackling pigmentation and age spots.
Buy now £95.00, ELEMIS
BVLGARI ALLEGRA collection: BIACIMI and SPETTACOLORE
BVLGARI has not one but two fragrances that have launched as part of the ALLEGRA collection. Transporting you to Italy, both scents will immerse you in the lifestyle of the Bel Paese, from the Mediterranean Sea to a Roman sunset. The Spettacolore takes inspiration from the Festa della Luce (Festival of Lights) and as such is a bright, light amber aroma with notes of citrus. Baciami, on the other hand, is the word for kissing in Italian and is designed to capture the scent of overpowering love with a combination of florals, vanilla and amber.
The beautiful purple or red hued flacon that will stand out on any dressing table.
Buy now £140.00, Harrods
CeraVe Blemish Control Range
Drugstore favourite CeraVe is known for its stripped backed skincare essentials that are kind to skin and the bank balance. The brand has expanded its range into acne-busting products with both a cleanser and a targetted gel moisturiser added to the line-up.
The Blemish Control Cleanser (£10) is free from drying alcohol and has a gel to foam texture that clears blackheads and spots as you go. The CeraVe Blemish Control Gel Moisturiser with 2% Salicylic Acid & Niacinamide (£8.80) has the two named ingredients that are paired with ceramides so that you tackle the breakouts in question without drying out the skin.
Dr Alexis Granite, CeraVe Consultant Dermatologist, explains that“All products, especially acne-targeted products, have the potential to be used too often – which can lead to dryness and irritation. However, this range is formulated with emollients, such as ceramides and anti-inflammatory ingredients to reduce the risk of irritation. In addition, MVE technology means ingredients are released slowly over time so hydration is maintained throughout the day.”
Buy now £8.00, Boots
Trilogy Vitamin C Ceramide Night Cream
While you’re getting your eight hours of restorative slumber, lather on this night cream from Trilogy and maximise the antioxidant goodness of the star ingredient. The brand has put vitamin C front and centre with radiance-boosting kakadu plum. This ingredient is further enriched with ceramides and hyaluronic acid to boost hydration as well as the brand’s signature rosehip seed oil, jojoba oil and cocoa seed butter for moisturising and nourishment aplenty. Continual use will give you a brighter tone, less tired-looking skin and a more even complexion.
Buy now £29.96, Cosmetify
Pleasing Hot Holiday
Harry Styles is back with the a very hot new drop from his Pleasing wellness collection. The range takes inspiration from the Italian coast where the packaging alone brings the summer feels. The drop comprises of The Everybody Oil - a Roman chamomile and evening primrose oil-enriched body oil for a fresh-from-the-beach glow, The Pleasing Spritz containing a balancing and hydrating combination of niacinamide, algae, and hyaluronic acid, and 12 new technicolour nail hues to liven up your summer mani and pedi game including Beach Ball (an ocean blue), Nonna’s Sorbet (yellow), Harry’s Chair (seaweed green) and Wet Bottoms (clear).
Buy now £21.00, Pleasing
r.e.m. beauty Chapter 4
It’s the drop that Arianators have been waiting for - r.e.m. beauty has finally launched the Sweetener Concealer much to the excitement of the singer’s eager fan base. Ariana Grande has gone all out with this product that comes in a seriously impressive 60 shades and with the kind-to-skin bonus of raspberry stem cells, hyaluronic acid and ashwagandha infused within the formula. While offering a tint with the creamy texture, it also protects against blue light and has hydrating benefits.
The concealer has been unveiled alongside the Dreamcloud Blender to encourage a streak-free application, Lunar Magic Blurring Primer to prep a smooth canvas in order for your makeup to stay firmly in place and Satin Sheets Blotting Paper that will come very welcome in the summer heat to absorb oil and shine.
Buy now, r.e.m. beauty
Farmacy Beauty 10% Niacinamide Night Mask
Niacinamide may not have the same recognition of other ingredients like retinol and vitamin C, but take it from us, it’s one you’ll want in your beauty arsenal. The ingredient is getting the attention it deserves in the new launch from Farmacy Beauty. The mask is designed to be worn overnight to fortify the skin’s moisture barrier as you doze. The hydrating and balancing formula gets to work to improve skin texture, minimise the appearance of pores and bring moisture levels up a few notches to give your complexion a boost come morning time. The ingredient line-up is clinically-led and made up of upcycled natural ingredients chosen for their efficacy.
Buy now £40.00, Cult Beauty