This month, we’re introducing our favourite newly launched products to add to your beauty arsenal. From your holy grail must-haves to the industry’s latest and greatest, explore our roundup of everything you’ve wanted to try, and other things you never knew you needed… until now.
Humidity is, and has always been, a big part of the Hong Kong identity. But certainly it’s August when you feel its effects the most. And if fighting for clear skin in this climate isn’t a tough enough uphill battle already, we’ve got our face masks to kick up the difficulty a notch. That being said, it’s time to swap in breezy skincare, lightweight coverups, fresh scents and even a little bit of nail colour to lift our spirits and keep our beauty game on top.
As the name implies, Her is all about feminine sensuality. For this new season, the scent has evolved into Her London Dream, picking up a similar romantic energy with fresh notes such as lemon, fresh ginger, peony and rose. It’s aptly fronted by supermodel Cara Delevigne, who graces the campaign as the cover girl for the launch.
Asian skincare authority shu uemura reveals its signature Unlimited foundation in a new glowy-finish formula. While matte skin takes a back seat this season and dewy complexions are what summer skin goals are all about, the new skincare/make-up foundation offers all-day luminosity and lightweight comfort.
Fusing cosmetics performance and skincare potency, Guerlain’s all-encompassing range takes care of every eye make-up need – mascara, brow framer, contrast shadow duo, precise liner (liquid pen) and intense liner (cream gel formula) – to achieve any look, from neutral to dramatic.
There’s no stopping Gucci when it comes to beauty. Starting with lipsticks, the collection has again been extended and now includes nail polish, with five high-coverage, ultra-glossy shades – each inspired by Hollywood movies from the gilded era – kicking off the range. If Gucci Beauty’s previous releases are anything to go by, we can expect a spectrum of new colours by next season.
It’s been four years since Byredo first launched its perfume extracts, Night Veils. Taking three of its most iconic scents – Casablanca Lily, Reine de Nuit and Sellier – the perfumer has distilled the fragrances to create highly concentrated scents that reinvent the perfume ritual. Our top pick of the trio is Reine de Nuit, a fragrance dedicated to heady flowers that bloom into the nightfall.
The power of the rose is unquestionable. Found in nature and used for centuries for its healing and hydrating properties, the rose is still a frontrunner when it comes to a beauty ingredient. And the most prestigious of this flower are those that hail from Bulgaria – also the birth place of Omaia – the new brand focused on roses to come to Hong Kong. Its first launch is the 100% Bulgarian Rose Water – a fix-it-all for skin and hair – to tone, refresh and lightly scent the skin and improve the appearance of fine lines and redness.
Valmont made a splash with its olfactory high jewellery collection, Storie Veneziane created back in 2018 and has since been in the works for its second chapter, which has recently launched in Hong Kong. Act II of Storie Veneziane brand is composed of two distinct and singular collections, the Collezione Privata of three scents (founder Sophie Guillon’s vision) and Palazzo Nobile of five scents (Sophie’s husband, Didier’s creations). The collections include chypre, floral, leather, woody, musky and citrus characteristics that are vivid and lasting.
It’s been months since we last boarded a plane to explore the world, and it has certainly changed the way we think about travel. While we’re stationed in Hong Kong, Penhaligon’s has managed to whisk us away to the United Kingdom through their Wish You Were Here collection – six mini bottles of the brand’s most popular scents, each transporting us to different corners of the British island.
Hot off the heels of the Clarifique Essence which launched in April earlier this year, are three new products to join the collection designed to address skin clarity. Developed specifically for Asian skin types, Clarifique’s routine includes the new Pore Refining Cleansing Foam, Intense Spot Eraser, Brightening Watery Emulsion and Brightening Plumping Milky Cream. Used together with the Refining Enzymatic Dual Essence, the skin becomes clear and translucent.
In true Dolce & Gabbana style, the brand’s new Golden Lights Collection echoes the same sensual codes in beauty as it does in fashion. An ode to the golden hour, the warm hues of the Baroque Lights Highlighting Powder add luminosity and dimension to the face. Its compressed powder in baroque motifs mirrors the same pattern on the stunning gold packaging. The limited-edition powder is available in Precious Gold, Antique Bronze and Opulent Pink.