Best limited edition Valentine’s Day beauty products to try: Dior, Estée Lauder, Lancôme, and more
Spare us the spiel on opening our hearts to the world and embracing all that we're given this V-Day. We're not grinches, by any means — but rather, just want to be practical when it comes to giving and receiving in 2020. Translation: don't let the fact that it's a holiday festooned with hearts and balloons distract you from blindly accepting any
love loot that's offered. Tell your S.O. to leave the roses and chocolates by the door, and instead, pick from our roundup of ingenious Valentine's beauty buys. Alternatively, treat yo'self to these first-rate finds. You deserve it.
Hourglass Confession Refillable Lipstick Duo
If there's anything to get us in the mood to pucker up, it's these devilish new picks from Hourglass. Expect two bold hues in tawny brick (Only You) and deep pink (I Hope We) that won't smudge or feather no matter friction (*wink*) or weather. You won't have to worry about chapped, peeling pouts either — its rich, satin finish prevents lips from drying out.
Tom Ford Limited Edition Lip Colour
Nope, we're not done with the lipsticks just yet. Tom Ford is putting their skin in the game with limited edition Lip Colours in sumptuous red hues 16 Rouge and 80 Impassioned. Its much-adored, full-coverage formulation remains untouched, though this version is housed within mauve and gold packaging sure to make a gorgeous addition to any collection.
Available 12 February 2020.
Gucci Guilty Love Edition
Love at first sniff is probable considering Gucci's latest fragrance dyad. Inspired by eccentric lovers expressing their connection in unconventional ways, the scents hold distinctive notes rarely found in typical offerings. We're talking narcissus flower, kumquat accord, and patchouli, if you can believe it. Fragrances are no one-of-a-kind gifts, but this one is definitely out of the box.
Too Faced Sweethearts Blush in Sparkling Bellini
While bae is fully capable of getting your heart aflutter, landing upon the perfect pink flush is a trickier venture. Don't leave it up to chance. Instead, dust cheeks in Too Faced's pigment-packed blushes to manufacture that picturesque, Instagram-worthy stain of colour.
Becca Skin Love Glow Glaze Stick
Maybe it's the satisfaction of being in a fulfilling relationship, or maybe it's Becca's revolutionary Glow Nectar Brightening Complex. Keep 'em guessing with this ultra sheer, glow-granting powerhouse that dispenses an ethereal luminosity to skin.
Maison 21G Scent Romance
Spray it, don't say it. If you can't find the words to let your boo know how much you adore them, show it by designing a custom-made fragrance to their liking. Prestigious Parisian perfumery, Maison 21G, has you covered thanks to their Scent Romance package. Head down to their boutique to choose from a selection of sultry, all-natural extracts and ingredients, then blend, blend, blend. Failing that, make a date out of it and get your partner to do it themselves, Hey, it's the thought that counts.
Available from 1 February — 14 February.
Dior Limited Edition Rouge Dior
You can't go wrong with a classic red lippie — particularly when it's in Dior's emblematic #999, a hue revered for its versatility and suitability for most skin tones. This year's V-Day rendition comes adorned with the word, love, on the bullet and is housed in a sleek silver case. For those who prefer a brighter, bolder hue, this limited edition buy is also available in a vibrant pink, #520 Feel Good.
Lush Aubergine and Peachy Soap
Valentine's Day is far from a wash when you have these cheeky soaps on hand. Lather up with uplifting, citrusy Aubergine (bergamot, tonka, and zingy litsea cubeba) or soak in the sweet, fragrant juices from Peach (grapefruit, davana).
Estée Lauder Limited Edition Valentine's Day Eyeshadow Palette
The holiday is all about celebrating successful partnerships, so it's only fitting that Estée Lauder has teamed up with renowned muralist, James Goldcrown, to design their Valentine's collection. Our pick: the eyeshadow palette, which includes a curated collection of eight matte and metallic shadows to help add serious pizzazz to lids.
Lancôme L'Absolu Rouge Valentine's Day Limited Edition 196 Lipsticks
Heart-shaped cases are classy — not cliché — when it hides stellar lipstick formulations within. This one by Lancôme harbours the ultra-hydrating, satin-finish Drama Matte 196 as well as the long-lasting, matte-finish Lacquer 196. Both textures come in the brand's fan-favourite "Carrot Red" hue, a coral shade that exudes fiery passion. Sign us up.
Charlotte Tilbury Instant Eye Palette in Pillow Talk
Cult-classics are a safe bet when it comes to purists at heart. Luckily, Charlotte Tilbury has given their esteemed Pillow Talk eyeshadow palette a face lift this season, with its latest rendition comprising 12 dreamy hues of champagne pink, rose gold, and the like.