Naps by the pool, watermelon margaritas, new bikini styles… Singapore’s perpetual summer is filled with silver linings. Until, of course, it’s not.
When temperatures soar to absurd degrees, it’s hard to keep our cool. Sweat and sebum mingle to create a slew of blemishes, our tresses appear frizzier no thanks to UV damage, and makeup practically melts off our faces after lunch.
Well, some of our favourite beauty brands have predicted our predicaments and they’re here to offer us a helping hand with their latest launches.
From advanced sunscreens with enhanced protection and pimple-busting skincare to transfer-proof makeup and a luxurious dry oil that envelops us in gold shimmer, we’d say we’re more than ready to take on the heat.
ALLIE Chrono Beauty Gel UV EX
You’ll need a lightweight sunscreen to keep your skin protected and comfortable all day, which is why we’re happy to recommend ALLIE’s Chrono Beauty Gel UV EX.
Infused with sodium hyaluronate, this smooth gel provides a moisturising finish that lasts for hours without leaving a trace of stickiness. It’s also resistant to water, sweat, and friction, so you know you’ll be well protected from the sun’s damaging rays.
The new formula even forms a lattice-like, water-film network to prevent debris, dust, PM2.5, pollen, and other pesky particles from sticking to your skin. It’s colourant-free and unscented too, so sensitive skin can breathe easy.
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ALLIE Chrono Beauty Gel UV EX retails for S$14.90 (mini) and S$29.90 (90g), available at selected BHG Welcia, Don Don Donki, and Watsons stores. You can also find it on Lazada and Shopee.
Bioderma Sébium Gel Moussant Actif
Struggling to get rid of blackheads and spots? Yup, those are the most common concerns of oily skin, which is why Bioderma is taking a step further with the concept of active cleansing.
Bioderma’s new Sébium Gel Moussant Actif goes beyond being a cleanser. It uses AHA (alpha-hydroxy acid) and BHA (beta-hydroxy acid), two chemical exfoliants that deeply cleanse the skin, brighten your overall complexion, and smooth skin texture by stimulating cell renewal.
While these active ingredients take centre stage, the formula goes easy on acne-prone skin so that it both cleanses and cares.
Bioderma Sebium Gel Moussant Actif retails for S$29.90 (200ml) at Watsons, Guardian, and Shopee.
Glowfully 7-Day Brightening Rescue Mask
If you seek a simple remedy to tackle troubled skin, try Glowfully’s new 7-Day Brightening Rescue Mask. Each sheet mask is drenched in a cocktail of powerhouse ingredients, such as niacinamide, licorice root, and tranexamic acid to restore your natural glow.
Polyglutamic acid and ceramide shield your skin, while extracts of aloe vera, bearberry, chamomile, and cucumber soothe and hydrate. Say hello to your new all-in-one fix.
Glowfully 7 Day Brightening Rescue Mask retails for S$72.80 at Glowfully.
POLA B.A Lotion Immerse
Did you know that a protein found in your perspiration can degrade the texture of your skin? That’s exactly what luxury Japanese skincare label POLA discovered and has been focusing on for years now.
That protein can become glycated, and when glycated sweat enters our pores, it inhibits the production of collagen, causing wrinkles, enlarged pores, and sagging skin. This is why POLA created the new B.A Lotion Immerse.
It boasts a light, watery texture that protects our skin from glycated sweat and forms a moisture-retaining veil to keep it supple, so you’ll see firmer, clearer, poreless skin with continued use. Humidity doesn’t stand a chance against our new secret weapon.
POLA B.A Lotion Immerse retails for S$178 at Takashimaya Department Store, BHG Bugis Junction and online at Takashimaya Online, BHG Online, and escentials.com.
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Tatcha The Clarifying Clay Mask
Let Tatcha bring the Japanese spa experience to the comfort of your own bathroom with its latest The Clarifying Clay Mask.
Okinawa Kucha Clay, Japanese Konjac, and Japanese Volcanic Ash work synergistically to clarify your skin, reduce the appearance of large pores, and refine your skin’s texture after just one use.
Watch as the sage green-coloured mask turns red upon application. It then absorbs excess sebum, gently exfoliates, and warms the skin to gently draw out impurities for a brighter, smoother complexion in three minutes.
Simply massage a thin layer on cleansed skin, leave it on for no more than five minutes, and rinse with cool water. Use it two to three times a week to give your skin the TLC it needs.
Tatcha The Clarifying Clay Mask retails for S$110 at Sephora.sg and Sephora in-app.
Glow Recipe Watermelon Glow Niacinamide Sunscreen SPF 50
A lightweight sunscreen that offers a slew of skincare benefits? That’s right, we’re talking about Glow Recipe’s new Watermelon Glow Niacinamide Sunscreen SPF 50.
The ultralight fluid contains a blend of mineral and chemical filters to provide the best sun protection. It also boasts antioxidant-rich watermelon, which is further bolstered by aloe vera, niacinamide, and hyaluronic acid to soothe, brighten, and hydrate the skin.
You’ll be left with a dewy glow, sans greasiness or a ghastly white cast.
Glow Recipe Watermelon Glow Niacinamide Sunscreen SPF 50 retails for S$54 at Sephora.
La Prairie Pure Gold Radiance Nocturnal Balm
It’s time to get acquainted with the most luxurious launch on our list. Inspired by the golden hour of the Swiss Alps, the brand sought to capture its radiance and impart it to the skin, which is how La Prairie’s Pure Gold Radiance Nocturnal Balm came to be.
To further bolster the regenerative process of sleep, the Pure Gold Radiance Nocturnal Balm brings a potent, energy-rich nutrient to the skin. The brand’s exclusive Pure Gold Diffusion System then turns the nutrient into energy, which fuels the skin’s nightly replenishing processes.
Of course, the balm is also infused with La Prairie’s Exclusive Cellular Complex, an active ingredient that gives new life and energy back to the skin. With consistent use, you’ll notice stronger, more luminous skin.
La Prairie Pure Gold Radiance Nocturnal Balm (60ml) retails for S$1,470 and S$1,325 (refill) at all La Prairie counters at Tangs at Tang Plaza, Takashimaya, Metro Paragon, One Assembly, and ION Flagship Boutique.
RATIONALE The Brilliance #3 The Enriched Eye Crème SPF 15 and The Renewal #6 The Eye Crème
The thinnest, driest, most fragile skin surrounds our eye area, so it’s no surprise that it’s the first to show signs of ageing. To help us strengthen and reawaken orbital contours both day and night, RATIONALE created two hardworking eye creams.
During the day, The Brilliance #3 The Enriched Eye Crème SPF 15 delivers skin-loving actives to the delicate skin around our eyes, decreasing puffiness and smoothing out fine lines and wrinkles.
At night, let The Renewal #6 The Eye Crème restore your orbital contours with firming peptides that optimise DNA repair as they improve skin elasticity. Ceramides and lipids in the formula also help to boost your skin’s moisture for a younger-looking appearance.
The Brilliance #3 The Enriched Eye Crème retails for S$170 (20g) while The Renewal #6 The Eye Crème retails for S$166 (20g) at all RATIONALE stores and Tangs.
Supergoop! Every. Single. Face. SPR-Shield Watery Lotion SPF 50
Quite possibly Supergoop!’s most lightweight sunscreen to date, the Every. Single. Face is really designed to suit every single face.
It’s formulated for all skin types, tones, and routines. Even better, it leaves no white cast and feels oh-so refreshing and cooling upon application. Plus, it settles to a natural, non-greasy finish that your complexion will adore, whether you have dry or oily skin.
This simple, easy-to-wear SPF is armed with a unique Amino Acid Complex that locks in moisture and protects your skin against a full spectrum of environmental aggressors, including UV rays, blue light, pollutants, and infrared radiation.
Niacinamide in the formula also helps to even your skin tone and reduce the damaging effect of free radicals.
Supergoop! Every. Single. Face. SPR-Shield Watery Lotion SPF 50 retails for S$50 at Sephora.sg, Sephora in-app, and Sephora stores.
Christian Louboutin Beauty Teint Fétiche Le Cushion
Christian Louboutin Beauty introduces its first complexion product, the Teint Fétiche Le Cushion. This foundation is infused with diamond powder to illuminate your skin and moisturising ingredients like sodium hyaluronate and luminous oils to keep the skin plump.
It provides medium to high, buildable coverage too, so you can create lighter or fuller coverage with a satin glow. There’s also SPF 30 protection to protect your skin from harmful UV rays.
We’re even more obsessed with the hand-embroidered cushion compact, which is embellished with a golden Christian Louboutin coat of arms on its red felt.
Christian Louboutin Beauty Teint Fétiche Le Cushion retails for S$108 (case) and S$92 (refill), available from 1 June 2022 at Tangs at Tang Plaza and Tangs.com.
CHANEL Oversize Healthy Glow Highlighting Powder
Go big or go home. That seems to be CHANEL’s ethos for the summer. The luxury French label is giving its products the XXL treatment, starting with its Healthy Glow Highlighting Powder.
The light, creamy, pearly powder comes in two shades – Tender Peach and Soft Peach – to give your skin a gorgeous glow. You can apply it on your face, shoulders, décolleté, and even your arms and legs.
Sweep it over your skin with the new Oversize Kabuki Brush (S$84) to complete your CHANEL summer experience.
CHANEL Oversize Healthy Glow Highlighting Powder retails for S$122, available on the CHANEL Fragrance & Beauty E-Shop as well as CHANEL Fragrance and Beauty boutiques and counters from 2 June 2022.
Gucci Rouge à Lèvres Liquide Mat
Transfer-proof makeup is what we seek these days since we have to slip our masks on and off regularly. Our new go-to lippie? Gucci’s Rouge à Lèvres Liquide Mat, a liquid lip formula that transforms from a cream to powder with a soft matte finish that’s transfer-proof.
Created with comfort in mind, the weightless formula contains black rose oil, hyaluronic acid, and vitamin E, which nourishes and cares for the lips.
It comes in an array of shades inspired by sunset skies, including a “sundried peach” shade that netizens are currently obsessed with.
Gucci Rouge à Lèvres Liquide Mat retails for S$59, available at Sephora stores, Gucci Beauty counters at Takashimaya, Tangs, BHG, and Metro, and online at Takashimaya, Tangs, BHG Singapore, Metro, and Sephora.
Gucci Stylo Définition L’Obscur
We simply can’t have runny eyeliner in this heat, which is why we’re turning to Gucci’s Stylo Définition L’Obscur, the new waterproof felt-tip ink eyeliner that’s designed to last up to 18 hours. The waterproof formula is ultra-pigmented, delivering an intense black line in a single swipe.
Gucci Stylo Définition L’Obscur retails for S$58 at Sephora stores, Gucci Beauty counters at Takashimaya, Tangs, BHG, and Metro, and online at Takashimaya, Tangs, BHG Singapore, Metro, and Sephora.
Tom Ford Lip Color Matte
Tom Ford’s lipsticks have their own cult following, and fans are about to go wild for the new Lip Color Matte. Available in three new hues – Suede Rose, Obsessed, and Firebrand – the lip trio boast a luxurious, velvet matte finish.
Each one glides on easily and sits comfortably on the lips too, saturating your pout in sensuous shades, from pink neutrals to alluring red.
Tom Ford Lip Color Matte retails for S$77 exclusively at Sephora.
Related read: 16 popular Tom Ford lipstick shades in 2022 you must grab
LUCIDO-L Argan Oil Frizz Care Hair Treatment Oil
To fight frizz caused by humidity, LUCIDO-L has launched the new Argan Oil Frizz Care Hair Treatment Oil. The lightweight oil is rich in Moroccan argan oil to deeply moisturise every strand from the inside out.
Moisturising and softening ingredients form a light film to prevent humidity from wreaking havoc on your tresses, thereby controlling frizz and repairing damage.
LUCIDO-L Argan Oil Frizz Care Hair Treatment Oil retails for S$16.90 (60ml) at Watsons, Guardian, FairPrice, Don Don Donki, Venus, Tokyu Hands, Welcia-BHG, myCK departmental store, Shopee, and Lazada.
Kusabana Damage Repair Shampoo & Conditioner
Formulated with onsen water from Yubara Japan, Kusabana’s haircare products contain a multi-mineral combination of sodium, calcium, and potassium, which promote a healthy scalp.
It also harnesses the nourishing powers of Japanese camellia oil from Toshima Island to soften and add lustre to the hair. The Damage Repair Range specifically uses a unique Restore Shield Complex to strengthen and repair strands as well as protect the hair from UVB and oxidative damage.
The shampoo and conditioner duo is also scented with a thyme tea rose fragrance, so you’ll look forward to your shower every day.
Kusabana Damage Repair Shampoo & Conditioner retail for S$13.50 each at Guardian stores and Guardian online.
Bodycare & Fragrances
Dior La Collection Privée Dioriviera
Expanding the Dioriviera collection, the French luxury house has picked four iconic fragrances from La Collection Privée to be dressed in luminous white and blue – the colours of Dior’s French Riviera-inspired summer.
These limited edition designs see the fragrances in cylindrical cases, wrapped in ocean blue bayadère stripes. Take your pick from four scents:
- Eden-Roc: An amber floral scent with notes of sea salt and citrus
- Balade Sauvage: Fresh notes of fig meet bergamot
- Jasmin des Anges: Sweet and syrupy jasmine
- Bois d’argent: Noble iris accords take centre stage
The La Collection Privée Dioriviera Collection will be available exclusively from 1 June 2022 at La Collection Privée Christian Dior boutique in ION Orchard. Also available online on shop.dior.com.sg from 30 May 2022.
- Dioriviera Fragrances (40ml, S$180 | 125ml, S$370 | 250ml, S$550)
- Dioriviera Refillable Travel Spray Case (S$185)
- Dioriviera Eden-Roc Candle (S$143)
The Body Shop Choice fragrance collection
We’ve all owned one of The Body Shop’s fragrances at some point. Now, the brand is reintroducing its iconic scents, including Glowing Cherry Blossom, Blissful Strawberry, Wild Jasmine, Vibrant Bergamot, and Rebel Rosebud.
What’s new with the collection? It now comes in fresh, sustainable packaging as well as extended ranges that include Shower Gels, Body Creams, and Body Mists. More for us to love!
The Body Shop’s Choice Fragrance range is now available in all The Body Shop stores islandwide as well as online on Lazada, Shopee, PandaMart and GrabMart.
CHANEL Huile Illuminatrice
Not one for heavy body oils? Neither are we, which is why we’d rather douse ourselves in CHANEL’s Huile Illuminatrice, a dry oil that’s formulated for the skin and hair.
It envelops every inch of the body in soft copper and gold shimmer to make you feel decadent. Apply it to your shoulders, legs, and décolleté too for a gorgeous glow.
CHANEL Huile Illuminatrice retails for S$132 (250ml) at CHANEL Fragrance & Beauty E-Shop as well as CHANEL Fragrance and Beauty boutiques and counters from 2 June 2022.