The Must-Buy Beauty Products We Are Obsessed With This May
#1: RMK 20th Anniversary Eyeshadow Palette, $79
The year 1997 gave us things like Titanic, Kylie Jenner and Hanson’s Mmmbop, some of which we’d rather forget. One thing we’re grateful for sticking around, though, is South Korean beauty brand RMK. To celebrate turning 20, it launched a line of bases, eyeshadows and cheek colours that highlight what it does best: lightweight products with a natural, luminous finish. Our pick: The limited edition Eyeshadow Palette, with six shades in matte, pearl and shiny textures.
#2: Overnight beauty products
These work like sleeping masks. Put them on, snooze, wake up beautiful – except that they’re not for the face. The rich vitamin C, E and amino acid formula of Crabtree & Evelyn’s Overnight Hand Therapy ($38) strengthens skin’s protective barrier and bolsters moisture levels, while L’Occitane’s light, gel-textured Aromachologie Overnight Repairing Concentrate ($48) helps treat damaged and split ends for softer, shinier locks without staining the pillows.
#3: Hydrating matte lipsticks
With the latest batch of lipsticks, the idea of matte colour equals dry puckers ought to be obsolete. Lancome’s Matte Shaker ($38) is infused with skin-loving oils, L’Oreal’s Rouge Magique ($19.90) contains nourishing jojoba and honey, and Mamonde’s Highlight Lip Tint ($18) is made of oils extracted from flowers, creating a glossy wet texture that dries down to a weightless, soft and comfortable finish.
#4: Dior J’adore in Joy EDT, $134
Any foodie worth her salt would know about fleur de sel. Harvested by hand, it’s one of the trendiest condiments around (Pierre Herme’s Chocolate and Sea Salt cookies, anyone?). Now, it’s the star ingredient in Dior’s new J’adore in Joy EDT ($134) – possibly a first in the established beauty scene. The latest offering in this signature family of fragrances, it’s a younger, hipper and more refreshing version of the original floral EDP. Considered a “salty gourmand”, it opens with notes of fleur de sel before mellowing into a white flowery heart of ylang ylang, jasmine and neroli, then rounds off with the honeyed smell of juicy peach.
#5: Lancome Blanc Expert Cushion High Coverage, $75
The pros of cushion compacts: They’re easy to use and give a natural finish. The cons: They usually don’t last long or provide high coverage. Lancome’s Blanc Expert Cushion High Coverage ($75) takes the cake (geddit?). Made of finely intertwined fibres identical to those in fleece clothing, its cushion puff is said to hold the formula for a better, lasting finish and full yet weightless coverage. Another plus: It also boasts anti-pollution and brightening properties.
Photography (Mamonde, Lancome, L’Oreal & Dior) Vee Chin Art Direction & Illustration Hisyam Abd Rahman Model Photo Elvina Farkas/Anue Management
This story first appeared in Female’s May 2017 issue.