Another season, another batch of innovative new beauty products. But how do you know which newbies are the real deal? We’ve got you covered. From a game-changing primer to a peel that will transform your skin, these are the new beauty launches for spring that you need to know about stat.
Milk Makeup is the latest It beauty line to hit Canadian shelves after launching south of the border last year. The super buzzy company is inspired by its namesake photography studio, Milk, in L.A. and NYC and has garnered a ton of hype thanks to its insta-cult products like their Blur and Holographic Sticks and Eye Pigments. People have been counting down the days for the line to arrive at Sephora. Thankfully, it made its big debut in March and we can report that the products are worth the wait.
The Blur Stick ($43 at Sephora) — probably the most eagerly anticipated product from the line — is a colourless, oil-and silicone-free primer that hides pores and fine lines and leaves skin with a smooth, matte finish. The Lip + Cheek Stick ($29 at Sephora) is a must for anyone with a hectic schedule as it’s the perfect all-in-one. With its creamy, buildable formula and glowy finish, swipe onto lips or cheeks for a natural-looking hint of tint.
IGK Hair Care
One look at IGK’s website and it’s obvious it’s a brand unlike any other. Created by four ultra-cool hairstylists who hail from different parts of the globe, the hip line of hair care products hit Sephora in March with a bang. Taking a unique approach to styling, the line is consumer friendly, giving all hair types straight-forward products that deliver the goods, without needing your stylist on speed dial.
A couple of instant best sellers include Jet Lag Dry Shampoo ($35 at Sephora) a completely invisible spritz that sops up excess oil but also boosts texture and volume, and the brand-new Prenup Instant Spray Mask ($38 at Sephora), a lightweight in-shower mask that’s inspired by Korean splash masks. Another fave is Rich Kid Coconut Oil Gel ($32 at Sephora), a non-greasy, hydrating gel packed with (yup, you guessed it) coconut oil, that leaves the hair silky smooth and weightless. The innovative formulas bring something new to the hair care table with products that deliver, not to mention the packaging alone is serious eye candy for your vanity.
Lancôme Visionnaire Crescendo Progressive Night Peel ($92 at Sephora)
At-home peels are the latest skincare trend to flood beauty aisles, with multiple new treatments launching this spring. The one that’s garnered the most buzz is Lancome’s new Crescendo Peel, the latest launch in their popular Visionnaire collection. Instead of your typical one-step application, this two-step peel has taken inspiration from HIIT, high intensity interval training, to create a multi-level system.
You use the ‘light jog’ phase, Step 1, containing five per cent quinoa husk and fruit acids to exfoliate the skin, for 14 nights in a row. After that, you’re then prepped for Step 2, which contains ten per cent salicylic and glycolic acid to refine pores and fine lines. Then you take a month break before starting the cycle all over again after 30 days. While the system might be a bit of a headscratcher, it’s totally worth it. After just one night, your skin will feel ultra-soft and after three weeks pores are considerably less visible and your skin will be legit glowing.
Clarisonic Smart Profile Uplift ($429 at Clarisonic)
When the Clarisonic first launched a few years ago, it was a big deal. The brand that pioneered the cleansing brush market is turning the traditional brush on its head (pun intended) with the launch of their new Smart Profile Uplift. Combining an anti-aging lifting tool with a cleansing brush, the new device has had the internet buzzing since word of it got out a few months ago.
For regular Clarisonic users, the Uplift is similar to your regular cleansing routine. Apply moisturizer, serum or oil to your skin then use the innovative rubbery massage head in an upward motion for 30 seconds each on your forehead, cheeks, jawline, neck and décolleté. The results? Your skin is lifted, radiance is boosted and your face is left plumper. It works wonders to help de-puff after a late night out and the micro-firming massage feels incredible (and relaxing!) on your skin. And FYI, if you already use a Clarisonic Smart Profile, you can purchase the massage head separately and just pop it on your device.
Marc Jacobs Coconut Glow Collection
We’re not sure if it’s the bright colours or dewy finishes but summer beauty collections are always an annual highlight. So when Marc Jacobs Beauty announced the launch of their fair-weather line for 2017, called Coconut Glow, people got excited. Building on the release of the brand’s much-loved (Under)cover Perfecting Coconut Face Primer from last year, they’ve expanded the line to now include a Coconut Gel Highlighter ($55 at Sephora), Coconut Setting Mist ($53 at Sephora) and Bronzer ($59 at Sephora).
Like the primer, both the illuminator and spray contain five forms of coconut to hydrate and nourish the skin. For a while it seemed unlikely that there was room for the highlighter category to launch something new (there’s already a zillion powders, creams and liquids), but this gel (which was the most hotly anticipated of the collection) has an almost cooling sensation when applied to skin, making it a must for when the temperatures rise. It’s buildable and not too shimmery, yet leaves a natural glow on the skin, a rarity for most highlighters, and works on its own over foundation or mixed in. The demand was high, as it’s already sold out on the Marc Jacobs and Sephora websites. Fingers crossed for a restock.