We have a bit of a thing for beauty products over at ES Best.
Each month, an extensive offering of lotions and potions across makeup, skincare, haircare and more cross our (WFH) desks and we take it upon ourselves to review each and every one so that you don’t have to. It’s a tough job but someone has to do it.
In our 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. If we include it below, then you know it’s a good ‘un.
For May, the weather is hotting up and our diaries are refilling once again with social arrangements so the offering of SPF from Hawaiian Tropic and a tanning serum from Scientia are a much welcomed treat. There’s also new advances in the skincare realm for sensitive skin courtesy of Tata Harper as well as Decleor with your new skin saviour mask. You’ll also find a fresh rebrand from science-backed label Zelens and the latest launch from make-up artist extraordinaire Jamie Genevieve’s brand VIEVE.
Go forth and glow!
Omorovicza Queen of Hungary Evening Mist
Struggling to sleep? Us too. Luckily Omorovicza is on hand with its new facial mist where with just a few spritzes, you’ll be lulled into a deep, sound sleep. The formula combines repairing actives and lavender extract. Alongside these ingredients, you’ll also find melatonin, magnesium salts, and CBD to restore balance and promote a sense of calm. It will become your new pre-slumber ritual.
MZ Skin Hydra-Boost Ampoules
We love an ampoule. There’s a satisfaction in knowing you are receiving the perfect dose of the product in front of you and it makes it so much easier to stick to a routine. Luxury skincare label MZ SKIN has launched the Hydra-Boost Ampoules - a five-day treatment to be used morning and night that will transform dull, dehydrated and stressed out skin. The formula is enriched with hyaluronic acid, vitamin C and collagen.
Vita Coco Haircare
You will likely already be familiar with the brand’s coconut water but now the label has launched hair care with coconuts placed at the forefront. The highly nourishing ingredient has long be lauded as the antidote to damage both for the skin and hair so it feels like a natural path for the revolutionary coconut label who have already switched up the beverage game. For its foray into beauty, there are three ranges; Nourish, Repair and Scalp where you will find shampoo, conditioner, a mask, a serum and a scalp scrub. Not only do the products smell absolutely delicious but they make the hair feel silky smooth after use. Vita Coco has also placed huge importance on the environment with certified B Corp status and packaging made from 75 per cent post-consumer waste.
Dior Forever Natural Bronze
A very welcomed relief for our sun-deprived skin, Dior is bringing a touch of summer with its Forever Natural Bronze collection. A healthy glow with one swoosh of your powder brush, the glow-giving bronzer is infused with wild pansy flower extract and pigments with 95 per cent mineral origins. The formulation is subtle but hugely layerable, while the product itself is housed in a retro couture case that will immediately liven up your dressing table. There are eight shades ranging from Fair Bronze to Deep Bronze.
Vichy HA Filler
If you’re not quite ready to head under the knife (or the injectable), Vichy’s new product may just be the next best thing. The Hyaluronic Acid serum creates a filling effect with a pure blend formula that hydrates skin for up to 24 hours. It combines the nourishing ingredient with Vitamin CG and B5 to further support the skin. It can be used on sensitive skin.
Isle of Paradise Day Dew and Night Dew
If your lockdown complexion is as pale and dull as ours, you’ll be as excited to find out about Isle of Paradise’s latest launch as we are. The Day Dew works to brighten and protect, while the Night Dew soothes and hydrates. It’s a false tanning brand after all so you can be sure that while it’s treating your skin to the benefits of antioxidant Rosemary Leaf Oil or Hyaluronic Acid and Argan Oil respectively, it’s also giving you a gradual glow.
Sol de Janeiro Bom Dia Bright Cream
We didn’t think we’d ever love a cream quite as much as Sol de Janeiro’s Bum Bum Cream but the brand’s new offering may well have turned the tables entirely. While the cult product has a summery scent that transports us instantly to tropical lands, the Bom Dia is a softer, more romantic fragrance that is lighter, more long-lasting and fresher. It is packed with the gentle exfoliant Fruit AHAs and Vitamin C to give your skin a radiance boost as well as Willow Bark Extract (a natural source of salicylic acid) to unclog pores and the label’s signature ingredient, the ultra-nourishing Cupuaçu Butter. The skincare label has also launched the Brazilian Crush Cheirosa 40 Hair and Body Mist with the delicious aromas of black amber plum, creme de cassis, vanilla woods, jasmine blooms and a hint of musk.
Dolce & Gabbana MILLENNIALSKIN Tinted Moisturiser
Just in time for the summer months, this is lighter product than your favourite foundation. Dolce & Gabbana ‘on-the-glow’ tinted moisturiser will give your complexion a natural looking luminosity and a subtle skin tint. The formula contains plumping and hydrating ingredients like Mediterranean Fig Extract, Organic Italian Oliver Oil and the hydration powerhouse Hyaluronic Acid. It also offers broad spectrum protection with SPF 30 and is available in 15 shades.
The Disney Cruella Collection by MAC
Emma Stone and Emma Thompson are starring in Disney’s latest live action remake released on May 28 and if you’ve not yet seen the trailer - go, go, go! To celebrate MAC has launched a make up collection inspired by our favourite villain with punk-rock reds and haute metallic hues. The limited-edition line-up includes a palette, lipstick in three shades, liquid lipstick in three shades, eye liner, a powered blush duo, brushes and lashes.
Decleor Cica Botanic Mask
Whether you are trying a new product that doesn’t agree with you or have sensitive skin prone to irritation, this new mask from Decleor will be your new best friend. It works like a reset button to turn back the clock when redness or inflammation appears. Formulated from natural ingredients like eucalyptus essential oil that has antibacterial properties and the star of the show, Cica (aka Centella Asiatica) that has impressive repairing effects. In just 10 minutes, the product brightens your complexion, evens out texture and defends the skin’s natural barrier.
Hawaiian Tropic Aloha Care
Still featuring the signature Hawaiian Tropic scent that we know and love, the brand has given its SPF a makeover with a sustainable twist. The most eco-friendly to date, the lotions are now crafted from reef-friendly ingredients that are PETA-certified, while the packaging is made from 45 per cent recycled plastic. Best of all, they’re lightweight, non-greasy and give a mattifying finish. With SPF 15, 30 and a face SPF30, it offers a broad spectrum shielding your skin from UVA and UVB rays, absorbing quickly and seamlessly into the skin. The product is also water resistant up to 80 minutes.
The science-led skincare label has had a huge rebrand of its hard-working products to make them more hi-tech and cutting edge than ever. The formulations have been enhanced to make them more effective where each product stars an active ingredient designed to revolutionise your beauty routine. 15 years after the launch of the brand, you’ll find the combination of natural and science-backed ingredients in chic, minimalistic packaging. Special mention goes to the Power A, Power C and Power D Treatment Drops.
Scientia skincare HA & Vitamin D Aqua Tanning Serum
With the uncertain British weather and the possibility of foreign travel still up in the air, we have to look for alternative sources to get our vitamin D fix. To solve your tanning woes, Scientia has come up with this innovative formula that not only cares from your skin but gives it a radiant glow at the same time.
Combining nature with science, the serum boasts benefits from hydrating hyaluronic acid, vit D-rich Shiitake extract that also has anti-ageing properties and Prickly Pear Seed Oil - an antioxidant that also is a great source of vitamin E. You’ll also find Birch Bark Extract, Sea Algae, and Sunflower Seed Oil. To maximise the sunless tanning benefits, massage six or so drops into your skin and wait for the tan to develop, which happens in just four or so hours.
The product is cruelty-free, Leaping Bunny-certified vegan, and has a sustainable glass housing with FSC certified packaging and soy ink.
Vieve Skin Dew
Makeup artist turned beauty mogul Jamie Genevieve is back with a brand new product to add to her stellar line-up. The latest is a multi-tasking hero to give skin a radiance boost. “I wanted to create a multi-tasking glow product that could deliver the look of glossy skin for that almost supernatural, yet beautifully radiant complexion in an instant,” explains Genevieve.
The liquid highlighter contains the powerhouse ingredient squalene that is a hydrating anti-inflammatory that soothes and cares for your skin. The formula is silky smooth and glides across the skin with ease. Apply on your cheek bones, brow, Cupid’s bow and even your collar bones.
Patchology Rose Eye Gels and Sheet Mask
It’s almost summer and that calls for a big ol’ glass of rosé. In this new launch, Patchology is bringing our favourite warm weather wine to our beauty routines with an eye gel and sheet mask that are packed with antioxidants to protect skin against external aggressors. The formula contains resveratrol from grapes to calm inflammation, strawberry extract for free radical protection and a wave of hydration from hyaluronic acid. There’s truly nothing like popping these masks onto the skin, especially if you store in the fridge. Leave for 10 minutes and then massage the remaining product in.
Vita-C Triple Exfoliating Facial
With every new launch Murad changes up the skincare game and its new foray into vitamin C is one of the best in the market. This product builds on the range and takes it to the next level with gold-stabilised vitamin C. Using pure L-Ascorbic Acid with this delivery system ensures stability and potency that gives 55 per cent higher antioxidant defence. For an at-home facial experience, the product is both a physical enzymatic and chemical exfoliator that works to resurface and brighten skin to rival that of a salon microdermabrasion. It leaves your complexion looking radiant and healthy. In studies by the brand, 87 per cent saw brighter skin, and 97 per cent saw smoother skin.
ReVive Contouring Massage Roller
There are few beauty tools more satisfying to use than a massage roller and this option from ReVive is one of the best we’ve ever tried. The spa experience at home, simply glide it over your face to depuff and contour your complexion. Always move in one direction to encourage lymphatic drainage and use the smaller roller on the other end for delicate areas like around the eyes.
Combine with the brand’s newly launched Moisturizing Renewal Hydrogel (£185) that offers intense hydration with the main ingredient of 4D hyaluronic acid that acts as moisturising oil beads to plump skin and reduce the appearance of fine lines, while also encouraging it to retain moisture.
Tata Harper Superkind
For those with sensitive skin, products with active ingredients may seem like a pipe dream. But no longer. After much in the way of trials and tribulations, natural skincare label Tata Harper has created the Superkind line that is formulated without irritants or harsh sulphates. The range is made up of just 14 ingredients that have been carefully tested and will not cause a flare up. They are efficacious yet gentle - what’s not to love?