New in Beauty and Valentine's Day Exclusives: The Latest Skincare and Makeup To Try and Gift in February 2021
Additional reporting by Andrea Saadan.
This February, make an effort to spend quality time with your partner, with your closest friends, and yourself—'me' time is essential for living life well. Indulge in the best of new makeup, skincare products and beauty gadgets.
Collect limited-edition Valentine's Day exclusives from Tom Ford and Dior Beauty, add the new Foreo Iris eye massager to your skincare routine, and then explore Fenty Beauty and Gucci Beauty's extensive range of foundation shades. Dr Dennis Gross has also launched a body-version of its signature Alpha Beta Daily Peel.
Here's what the month has in store:
1/15 Dior Beauty Rouge Dior for Valentine's Day
At first glance, it looks like your usual Rouge Dior lipstick, but come a little closer and the iconic lipstick reveals a pattern featuring a flight of hearts and Monsieur Christian Dior’s initials embossed on this limited-edition Couture Colour for Valentine’s Day. It's available in two satin-finish shades: the Iconic Red 999 and Flamboyant Red 080 Red Smile.
Available at all Dior boutiques and counters.
2/15 Fenty Beauty Pro Filt’r Soft Matte Powder Foundation
Rihanna spent three years perfecting the formula for this powder foundation to ensure that it checks all her boxes: longwearing, light as air and crease-resistant. The pressed powder feels light to the touch and goes on in a completely matte, blurred finish. It's buildable, depending on the coverage that you prefer: apply it alone with a fluffy brush for light coverage, or on top of your Pro Filt’r liquid foundation for a fuller coverage.
It comes in the same extensive range of shades—50 to be exact— as the original Pro Filt’r, so you can find the perfect shade (using Sephora's reliable “Find Your Shade” digital tool available online and via its mobile app) for your skin tone.
Available at Sephora.
3/15 Foreo Iris
We’re huge fans of Swedish brand Foreo’s current stable of offerings—from cleansing our faces with the Luna and brushing our teeth with the Issa (a brilliant toothbrush that is gentle on the most sensitive of gums). The brand’s latest gadget, the Iris eye massager, is another way that your life can be made easier.
Imagine a gentle eye massage every time you apply your eye cream or serum, thanks to its alternating T’Sonic technology which has taken inspiration from traditional methods of fingertip tapping. The eye product is better absorbed and micro-blood circulation is enhanced, stimulating skin rejuvenation while maximising product absorption. When used, the Iris fits the eye contour perfectly and like its other products, the silicone material is non-porous, thus resisting any bacteria build-up.
Available at Sephora, Tangs and Zalora.
4/15 Gucci Beauty Natural Finish Fluid Foundation
Gucci expands its beauty range with a new primer and a range of fluid foundation that is available in an impressive 40 shades, of which 25 shades are available in Singapore. The foundation encased in a cylindrical tube bottle with a pale pink cap and the formulation smells amazing. Use it with the Gucci Silk Priming Serum, a priming serum that glides on easily and blurs fine lines. The foundation has a natural finish that is buildable, if more coverage is needed.
Available at Gucci Beauty counters at BHG Bugis Junction, Takashimaya, Tangs, Sephora Ion and online.
5/15 Les Fleurs De Chanel collection
Flora and fauna will always be a mainstay in spring-summer collections, and this one by Chanel references flowers quite differently. Global creative make-up and colour director Lucia Pica studied each bloom individually, almost as unique characters to bring out its elegance in the Les Fleurs De Chanel collection.
Satin peach, matte rosebud, golden pink and coppery terracotta: the feminine colours of the range are delicate and subtle on their own, yet come together for a bold look: reminiscent of how flowers in an arrangement can make such a strong impact. Our favourite from the collection? The limited-edition Fleurs de Printemps blush and highlight duo, which has petals embossed on the spilt compact.
Available at all Chanel beauty boutiques.
6/15 Estee Launder Re-Nutriv Ultimate Diamond Transformative Eye Serum
Rich in luxurious ingredients but whisper-light on the skin, Estee Launder Re-Nutriv line’s new eye serum promised to reduce under-eyes puffiness, dark circles, crepiness (when your skin feels thin and finely wrinkled like crepe paper), crow’s feet lines and to hydrate and firm up the skin around the eye area. Infused with the rare black diamond truffle extract, refined 24K gold and south sea pearls. Massage the serum in with the accompanying sculpted cool-to-the-touch ceramic eye wand to instantly de-puff and rejuvenate.
Available at selected Estée Lauder boutiques and counters.
7/15 Charlotte Tilbury Hyaluronic Happikiss and Hollywood Flawless Filter collection
The Hyaluronic Happikiss is one you'd want to tote out for your Valentine’s Day date: It makes lips look plumper, smoother and fuller-looking—basically ready to pucker up—with a formulation that includes hyaluronic acid and c-peptide. Besides reducing lip lines and hours of hydration, the Hyaluronic Happikiss is creamy, and glides on like butter, with eight flattering new shades.
Another highlight from Charlotte Tilbury is the Hollywood Flawless Filter collection. The star product is the Hollywood Flawless Filter, a face illuminator that moisturises and blurs for that real-life filter effect (one that Tilbury uses on her celebrity clients frequently) now comes in additional five new shades, making it a total of 12 shades. It is a multi-tasking product that can work as a primer underneath foundation; a highlighter when applied to the high points of the face; or simply used alone for that coveted glass skin glow.
The Hollywood Flawless range has also grown to include Eye Filters in two limited-edition sets, Star Aura and Diva Lights, both easy-to-wear shades in glitter, metallic and matte finishes for every skin tone, and the Hollywood Exagger-eyes Line Duo, a double-liner with a gel-like application in matte black and metallic champagne that is smudge-proof, water-proof and humidity-proof.
Available at Sephora.
8/15 Dr Dennis Gross Alpha Beta Exfoliating Body Treatment
If you love Dr Dennis Gross’ signature Alpha Beta Daily Peel pads, this new offering is what you need for your body. The skin on your face is different from the skin on your body—and this new exfoliating body treatment aims to soothe out dry and rough patches, blemishes, ingrown hair, and KP (or keratosis pilaris, red tiny bumps on the skin) for the same glow that the famed New York City dermatologist’s patients and fans love. The formulation includes alpha and beta hydroxy acids, enzymes, and bakuchiol to exfoliate and brighten, while the antioxidant-rich squalane and aloe strengthen the skin’s moisture barrier.
Application is fuss-free: the sachet reveals a folded towel, which you can ‘wipe’ on clean, dry skin. Unfold the textured towel and continue to the other parts of your body until the towel is completely dry. Easy!
Available online at Sephora now and in-stores on February 18.
9/15 Dew It body care range
New Indonesian brand Dew It was created for the woman who just has no time for complicated beauty routines, or someone who wants a lazy, easy approach to body care. “Learning from my own incredibly busy lifestyle, I never had the time to nourish my dry skin. The effort needed to take care of such a large part of your body felt incredibly time-consuming. It turns out that I am not alone," said its founder Rachel Lakhiani.
There’s a lot of practicality seen in the three body products in this vegan line so far—which is refreshing. The Body Water Oil is sprayed on after a shower and rinsed off (and you’re done!) while the Body Polish’s hands-free twist applicator with rollers means that you don’t have to worry about sanitising hands before using this body moisturiser. A huge plus: the packaging’s adorable.
Available on Beaubit.
10/15 Su:m37° Summa Elixir 8-Miracle Power Essence
The Su:m37° Summa Elixir 8-Miracle Power Essence is the Korean brand’s crème de la anti-aging crème… but why eight? Firstly, it contains eight kinds of ingredients including plant-derived pro-retinol and peptide as well as fermented collagen. In fact, this anti-aging essence was launched after the brand conducted 10 years of research on natural fermentation. It also tackles eight signs of skin aging challenges: lack of moisture, rough skin texture, depletion of skin natural protective barrier, absence of radiance, visible pores, fine lines and wrinkles, loss of skin elasticity, and less lifted ski—and the brand promises that improved skin will be visible in (not eight!) seven days.
Available at Su:m37° counters at Tangs, Isetan, and Marina Bay Sands, and online.
11/15 Ést Lab ActivCalm Anti-Stress Hydra Cream
Singaporean beauty label Ést Lab’s best-selling lightweight moisturiser now comes in an updated formulation, which will further protect skin from urban pollution. Deeply hydrating and soothing, the ActivCalm Anti-Stress Hydra Cream calms and repairs skin that is irritated, inflamed, itchy or flaky, when used for a week. It also protects against ultra-fine airborne pollutants (PM2.5) and neutralises the toxins in the air to prevent skin irritation and damage—frequent skin-stressors in a city like Singapore.
Available all Estetica beauty studios and online.
12/15 Chantecaille Gold Recovery Intense Concentrate P.M.
Dubbed as the "Rolls-Royce of skincare" by Sylvie Chantecaille, the Chantecaille Gold Recovery Intense Concentrate P.M. is a 28-day skin-renewing regimen to be used every three months. This night serum—to be applied before your moisturiser—contains botanical power-packed ingredients like night repair enzymes, amino acid copper complex, and the new gold Heptapeptide. Chantecaille is one of the first brands in the market to include the new Hexapeptide Amplified, which has a botox-like effect that reduces lines and increases skin elasticity.
Available at Chantecaille counters at Tangs and Takashimaya D.S.
13/15 Tom Ford Rose Prick capsule collection
Your loved one will never look at bouquets the same way again with a gift from Tom Ford’s limited-edition Rose Prick capsule collection. Consisting of a cushion compact, Lip Colour Satin Matte in 26 To Die For, Eye Color Quad in Body Heat and of course the Private Blend Rose Prick Eau de Parfum, this baby pink collection is sweet-yet-edgy with a whole lot of attitude—perhaps exactly like your Valentine.
Available at all Tom Ford counters at Tangs Orchard and Takashimaya D.S., and online on Sephora.
14/15 It Cosmetics Your Skin But Better Foundation + Skincare
If you're a fan of It Cosmetics' iconic CC+ colour correcting cream—you'll love what the brand just released. The all-new Your Skin But Better Foundation + Skincare comes in 12 shades and is different from the cream in that it comes in a waterlight fluid texture. The product is meant to be skin-improving as it is a foundation that provides hydration even with all-day. We love that it is buildable, applies smoothly and gives a naturally radiant finish.
Available at Sephora.
15/15 Glow Recipe Papaya Sorbet Enzyme Cleansing Balm and Blueberry Bounce Gentle Cleanser
With the ongoing pandemic, it's important to take extra care of our skin especially with strict mask-wearing rules in place. For those who wear make-up under face masks, the key to removing all the grime and bacteria that built up throughout day is simply to double cleanse your skin. Cult Korean beauty brand Glow Recipe's Papaya Sorbet Enzyme Cleansing Balm is now available here, after a widely-received released a few months ago in the US.
It effortlessly dissolves makeup, oil and SPF while gently resurfaces the skin to create an instant glow. Did you know? Papaya is a powerhouse superfruit with enzymes, seed oil and extract that does wonders for the skin.
After using the balm, follow up with the second step of your double cleansing routine with the brand's Blueberry Bounce Gentle Cleanser—which has a light yet sticky texture. Massage it into the skin for a full minute to reveal softer, brighter skin.
Available on Sephora.