12 Most Exciting New Beauty Products of August 2020
The skincare and makeup we love this month.
While it’s hard to believe summer is almost behind us, it’s never too early to swamp your lightweight summer staples for heftier hydrators. When in doubt, take your cue from this month’s new arrivals, from efficacious sun protection to naturally-derived skincare, for an autumn-inspired skincare overhaul.
Fans of Aesop’s signature masques will be pleased to know that the brand is launching its first-ever overnight mask. Make the most of your beauty sleep and let your skin regenerate with this lightweight gel-cream containing generous doses of vitamin B, C, E and F as well as humectant ingredients like Sodium Carrageenan and Saccharide Isomerate. Suitable for dry, dull, patchy and mature skin, this mask is "an apt complement to customers’ existing suite of daily-use hydrating products" for whenever boosted hydration is desired, according to Dr Kate Forbes, Aesop’s Innovation Director.
Harnessing the cosmetic effectiveness of honey, Guerlain has introduced two new products to its beloved Abeille Royale skincare line powered by the House’s emblematic insect: the bee. The Anti-Pollution Cleansing Oil doubles as a makeup remover, which melts into the skin and transforms into a milky emulsion on contact with water to dissolve waterproof makeup and remove impurities and dirt at the same time.
The next step is Fortifying Lotion, which is composed of 98% naturally derived ingredients using the House’s BlackBee Repair technology combining Ouessant Island honey, Corsican honey, New Zealand clover honey and Guerlain Exclusive Royal Jelly, leaving you with smoother skin and less visible wrinkles.
Make sleep deprivation a thing of the past with Bamford’s B Silent collection, featuring three hero ingredients that guarantee a good night’s sleep: chamomile, lavender and vetiver root. Change up your bedtime routine with the Night-time Bath Concentrate, Organic Body Oil, Temple Balm and Pillow Mist to calm your mind and body from head to toe before turning in.
More than a makeup setting powder, the Givenchy Prisme Libre matches the skin tone to give a flawless complexion. Available in four new colour combinations, it’s a quartet of loose powders that blurs imperfections and boosts the skin’s radiance, leaving a velvety matte finish. Apply with the powder puff that comes with the case, or the ultra-soft brush that comes in a retractable, travel-sized version for an all-over sheer coverage.
Is staying in an air-conditioned environment all day making your skin dry? Get your hands on Grown Alchemist’s Anti-Pollution series, featuring two #WFH must-haves: Air-Pollution Mist and Air-Pollution Primer.Packed with active ingredients such as plant-derived Phyto-Peptide-1, hydrating Tri-Hyaluronan Complex and botanicals like Buddleja Flower and Echinacea Extracts, the Mist protects the skin from the harmful effects of digital light emissions and environmental chemical aggressors while preventing signs of ageing. For Zoom-ready skin, slather on a layer of the Primer which works to blue pores while strengthening the skin’s natural barrier.
Clean beauty is all the rage these days, and we’re especially excited about this homegrown brand inspired by TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine). Developed in Japan, Botanic Pretti5 fuses Chinese medicines like snow mushroom, goldflower root and licorice root extracts with micro hyaluronic acid and olive-derived squalane in all of its products to provide beneath-the-skin hydration.
Streamlining the skincare routine with six results-driven products, namely the Hydro-Power Brightening Cleanser, Antioxidant Hydrating Toning Essence, Advanced Hyaluronic Serum, Intense Water-Glow Moisturiser, Miracle Glow Facial Oil and Hydro-Rescue Repairing Night Mask, Botanic Pretti5 also makes sure the formulas are free of alcohol, parabens, SLS and artificial fragrance.
Since Wildsmith Skin launched at Joyce Beauty back in June, we’ve been waiting for the British natural skincare brand to launch its eye serum, which was only available in the UK. Now, the wait is over and we’re excited to know that the Super Eye Serum is a natural powerhouse formulated with botanicals like elderberry flowers, paracress flower, green coffee extract and latch tree that are effective in reducing puffiness, dark circles and wrinkles.
Just in time for autumn, the Active Super Oil and Ceramide Lipid Repair Balm are, just as we’ve come to expect from Wildsmith Skin, packed with high-performance ingredients (think African star grass, prickly pear oil, avocado oil and shea butter) to deliver a overnight treatment for the dry season.
Ever wondered the secret behind Japanese women’s flawless skin? It’s the leftover milky water from rinsing rice, known as the “first wash of rice”. Inspired by this nutrient-rich byproduct, which contains a vital source of vitamin A, B2, B12 and E as well as moisturising proteins, Tatcha makes this centuries-old beauty ritual available to modern women with The Rice Wash. A purifying cream cleanser that transforms into a gentle foam, it fuses Japanese rice powder with Japanese algae and hyaluronic acid to flood skin with moisture and make the skin appear more luminous.
If you only wear sunscreen on beach days, think again. The sun’s UV rays are our skin’s biggest enemy, causing premature ageing and even increasing our risk of skin cancer. Enter Ultra Violette, Australia’s Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) registered and classified brand with a range of products now available in Hong Kong, including the SPF 50+ Luminising Sun Serum, SPF 30 Weightless Mineral Skinscreen and SPF 50+ Hydrating Facial, Body and Hand Skinscreen.
Don’t be fooled by the beautiful packaging though, as their main purpose is sun protection rather than a cosmetic product containing SPF.
Not one to shy away from trailblazing a new beauty standard, Chanel is adding new innovations to Boy De Chanel, a revolutionary makeup line launched exclusively for men in 2018. This time, the line’s very first skincare product, the Fortifying Gel Moisturiser, preps the skin with a refreshing base that works as after-shave and on the beard. Complete the look with the three new makeup products: a concealer available in three shades, 3-in-1 Eye Pencil in black and brown and Le Vernis matte nail poslish in natural and black.
Cult-favourite skincare brand Augustinus Bader, is changing our skincare game with its first-ever cleansing product. Promising to be every bit as good as the brand’s hero products, The Cream and The Rich Cream, the Cream Cleansing Gel combines its patented TFC8 (Trigger Factor Complex) technology with rose flower water, cucumber extract and aloe leaf juice to detoxify the skin while improving skin cell renewal.
The Body Lotion, meanwhile, is a lightweight alternative to the Body Cream. Available exclusively at Net-A-Porter, it features cooling aloe vera and moisturising shea butter to deeply condition and visibly reduce the appearance of hyper-pigmentation and stretch marks.