As the month draws to an end, so does our trial of the latest beauty products. This September, we’ve taken a variety of launches for a spin, including the hottest eyeshadow palette of the moment, new niche scents, and a lip lacquer that delivers on all fronts. Keep scrolling to see our favourite picks of the latest beauty drops from brands such as Burberry, Maison Francis Kurkdijan, and Jung Saem Mool.
We’ve put this lip lacquer through the ringer so we know it works. It was worn by multiple people from our editorial team at the Prestige Ball, lasting through champagne, a multi-course dinner, and a decadent supper.
Longwear aside, the lip lacquer offers high-shine and full coverage, with a formula that doesn’t suck your lips dry, thanks to the inclusion of hyaluronic acid. It leaves your lips looking glossy with a laminated effect, in shades that range from a nude to a delicious dark cherry.
Perfume as poetry is the ethos that guides Floraiku’s approach to scents. The latest fragrance to enjoy the house’s prosaic touch is Just A Rose, the first of its rose-based scents. The first spritz reminds one of a rose that’s freshly picked at the break of dawn. The sparkling composition features gaiac wood oil for a honeyed sweetness, while zesty bergamot comes alive on skin like lemon sherbet. These, in turn, give rose a more rebellious impression . Like all Floraiku scents, the scent is presented in a bento box with a refill and purse spray.
Multi-tasking makeup is always a perennial favourite, particularly so when it comes in such chic packaging. The two-in one foundation and concealer palette easily tops our list for travel makeup essentials. The concealer provides maximum impact with its full-coverage formula and creamy, as well as a finish that effectively hides blemishes, dark eye circles, and redness. The foundation, on the other hand, offers a light but buildable coverage. Skin appears radiant, bright, and dewy — otherwise known as the covetable K-beauty way.
Maison Francis Kurkdjian’s new Amyris scent is an everyday fragrance for men and women. At the heart of both scents is the amyris, a woody-mossy note derived from Jamaica. Both scents present a lush burst of energy. For women, the smell is a light floral and fruity-bouquet, made up of an amber-woody accord, with mandarin blossom, pear accord, absolute of jasmine from Egypt, and orris butter from Florence. As for men, it leans on amber-wood, thanks to essence of mandarin from Sicily and Ceylon cinnamon, saffron accord, vanilla accord, and absolute of tonka bean from Brazil.
Sweet, sticky, and loved by many, it is little wonder honey is fast becoming the inspiration for songs, shows, endless dishes and cocktails — and now makeup. Urban Decay’s latest drop, the Naked Honey, is a golden neutral spin on the much-loved series. Twelve shades make up the palette, with five ready to delight fans of sparkle. This includes metallic copper shimmers, shimmers in rich gold, golden brown, and rosy bronze, and an intense gold metallic. For the perfect transition shades, the other seven are matte ones with warm ambers, and rich chocolate browns.
Despite its humble appearance, a brow pencil could easily be the magic wand that transforms you from scruffy to sleek. With a 1.4mm tip, this ultra-fine pencil is one of the thinnest on the market. Its flat tip makes it foolproof to draw hair-like strokes. It’s also long-wearing and smudge-proof with a soft brush for easy blending.
The same local brand that got a shoutout from Meghan Markle’s makeup artist Daniel Martin brings to you the Dew Pollution. It is 100% naturally botanical, and the essence fights the skin-damaging effects of pollution with its chamomile flower extract, aqua 3G and antioxidant maqui berry. These aren’t just antiseptic but also deeply hydrating. Bring this every where with you — even the plane — for the perfect skincare companion. Spritz for an instant perk-me-up or apply to a makeup sponge before dabbing on your face.