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Best new makeup launches to get excited about in April 2021: Hermès, Chanel, Supergoop!...

Best new makeup launches to get excited about in April 2021: Hermès, Chanel, Supergoop!...

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Text: Emily Heng


You might track the latest makeup releases like it's your job (technically it's ours), but even the most thorough devotees are prone to slip-ups. Whether it's missing out on a limited-edition mascara drop or purchasing a primer that is more dud than stud, we get it — and are here to help. In the interest of saving you time, money, and disappointment, we've gathered the most hyped new releases of the month for your viewing (and buying) pleasure. Stay tuned for regular updates — and ready the plastic.

Chanel Rouge Coco Bloom

Talk about a lippie that is optimised for social media flexing. This bad boy is equipped with a unique twisting system that allows for beautifully drawn-out vids in slow-mo — with said movement unveiling a high-shine, pigment-packed bullet. Users can choose between 20 vibrant hues that boasts long-lasting and hydrating capabilities. In short: a pucker that stays in tip-top shape throughout the day. We're sold.

Available 7 April.

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Rose Hermès

You heard that right: the iconic fashion house is branching out beyond luxe lippies. Still, that's not to say they've abandoned their artistic sensibilities. What comes next is a silky blush encased within an objet; a wide, disc-shaped pan complete with a glossy finish meant to mimic "the twill weave of Hermès scarves." Aesthetical value aside, it is also a sustainable option where you'll be able to opt for refills after hitting pan. How thoughtful. There are eight shades total ranging from apricot to plum, with Rose Poivré (a discreet Persian pink) being an Asia exclusive. Snap 'em up, stat.

Available 15 April.

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Supergoop! Re(setting) 100% Mineral Powder SPF 35

A setting powder, but make it better. The sun care label is certainly living up to that promise with the inclusion of SPF alongside hydrating glycerins to ensure your mien stays moisturised. And as if that wasn't appealing enough, it also harbours coated silica spheres to disperse light all while creating the illusion of smaller, less-obvious pores. Not forgetting, of course, its travel-friendly design which allows for you to pop it into your purse — yes, brush and all — and sweep it on with ease while on-the-go. Convenience at its finest, indeed.

Available 1 April.

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M.A.C Cosmetics Love Me Liquid Lipcolour

If there's anyone making a case for sporting lipstick under your mask, it's M.A.C Cosmetics. Its latest formula promises rich, vivid colours alongside budge-proof coverage; a liquid lipstick that stays on without forgoing comfort and hydration. Essentially, the formula of dreams in these mask-mandated times. A comprehensive selection comprising 20 saturated shades seals the deal — we foresee cult-favourite status in the months to come.

Available 1 April.

 

Limited Edition No Sebum x Dinotaeng

While its technically not a new offering, April sees the arrival of a packaging refresh that is sure to delight. The product in question: Innisfree's fan-favourite No Sebum Powder, which now features designs by the renowned illustrator behind Korean lifestyle label, Dinotaeng. Each piece — five, in total — features an adorable assortment of characters accompanied by a dessert-inspired scent. We're talking Lemonade, Grape, Peach, Vanilla Pudding, and Mint Candy. We're all for adding this sweet treat to our arsenal.

Available 1 April.

 

March
Clé de Peau Beauté Radiant Fluid Foundation Natural

The "your skin, but better" tagline is well-epitomised by Clé de Peau Beauté's latest foundation launch. Equipped with a light-empowering enhancer technology, this bad boy is said to help bring out your complexion's natural radiance while concealing all manner of imperfections. Even better: its capabilities can last up to a whopping 24 thanks to the brand's Lasting Control Function. Available in 12 shades and best complemented with The Sponge; a high-performance, marshmallow-soft applicator crafted specifically to give the airbrushed finish of dreams.

Available from 1 March.

 

Fenty Beauty Body Sauce Body Luminizing Tint

Raise 'em paws if it feels like it was just yesterday that RiRi dropped her Body Lava Collection. Yeah, us too. Still, time waits for no (wo)man, and it seems she's already moved on to the next item on her body care agenda: a skin-enhancing tint to conceal imperfections; nourish dry patches; and extend that pearly, highlighted sheen from your mien to the rest of your bod. This one comes in seven hues to suit a wide variety from skin tones, from light pearl to deep chocolate. We expected nothing less.

Available from 5 March.

 

Innisfree 2021 Jeju Colour Picker Camellia Edition

Scarlet camellia blooms take centrestage in Innisfree's latest range. Vibrant petals aside, the flower was picked to due to its underlying symbolism of true love and loyalty amongst lovers. Shades of red, beige, and nude — as seen on the actual camellia flowers — are meticulously weaved into a nine-pan eyeshadow palette, two blushers, three lip tints, and a lip oil. Love at first sight? We don't doubt it when it comes to these babies.

Available from 1 March.

 

Dior Forever Skin Veil SPF 20

The fashion house's first-ever primer boasts extreme-wear and -hydration capabilities, going beyond extending makeup wear by smoothing and nourishing your moneymaker at the same time. An infusion of illuminating oils and enriched wild pansy extract promises radiance to dull complexions as well; an all-in-one skin perfector to boost the performance of your foundation and concealer. And to sweeten the deal: SPF 20 to shield against Singapore's harsh sun rays. We fail to see any cons, here.

Available from 1 March.

 

Chanel Perles De Lumière

Loosely translated, Perles De Lumière is in reference to the reflective, translucent quality of pearls. More specifically, Japanese Akoya Pearls, which are said to glow every shade of white and pink. This is accurately captured in the brand's latest highlighter, which comprises a creamy texture and subtle champagne shimmer that can be swept over the entire face without emitting a blinding sheen. Shine bright like, well, a glossed and high-shine pearl, we suppose.

Available from 5 March.

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February

Chanel Le Rouge Duo Ultra Tenue

It's improbable that a single lipstick is able to meet your lofty requirements, but Chanel's Le Rouge Duo Ultra Tenue sure comes close. Its slim, compact tube houses a liquid formula on one end and a high-shine gloss in the other; and ideal companion for users looking for a long-wear lippie that packs a punch in both pigment and finish. February sees the arrival of eight new hues: 164 Chic Beige, 166 Timeless Beige, 172 Light Mauve, 174 Endless Pink, 176 Burning Red, 180 Passionate Red, 182 Light Brown, and 184 Intense Brown.

Available from 26 February.

 

Clarins Lip Comfort Oil No. 14

The brand's Sakura Limited Edition Collection introduces a new Lip Comfort Oil to the mix. While its signature hydrating formula remains unchanged, this latest variant comprises a pale-pink hue reminiscent of cherry blossoms — all of which is paired with a subtle, flowery scent. The packaging, too, isn't spared from the Sakura treatment, where the cap includes an adorable motif of said florae in bloom.

Available from 13 February.

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M.A.C. Cosmetics x Harris Reed

This highly-anticipated team-up entails a nine-pan eyeshadow palette; a cheek tint duo; a rosy lip trio; as well as a metallic eye liner. Said high-performance products harbour Reed's interpretation of glam-rock romanticism — that is, Renaissance-style paintings featuring iconic imagery of pop culture legends Mick Jagger and David Bowie. Add the full line-up to your stash, stat.

Available from 18 February.

 

Charlotte Tilbury Hyaluronic Happikiss

Lip products may have taken a backseat in 2020, but they're back full-force in 2021 — and yes, this is despite the fact that mask-wearing is still mandatory in most countries. And while most of us have turned to matte-finish variants for longevity purposes, CT is going the other way with a rendition that combines the conditioning capabilities of a lip balm with the blinding finish of a gloss. In short: the perfect pout-pampering companion to don during WFH. Choose between eight universally-flattering hues that range from warm peach to cocoa brown.

Available 4 February.


January

Rouge Dior

New year, new look. The cult-favourite is now housed in a refillable case embellished with a silver trim and boasting a sleek 'CD' logo. Beyond that, its comprehensive shade range is also available in two new finishes: an extra matte velvet as well as metallic. A lipstick for all occasions, indeed. For those new to the range, we recommend you try your hand at iconic hues such as 999 Velvet, 100 Nude Look, 080 Red Smile, and 525 Chérie.

Available now.

 

M.A.C. Cosmetics Powder Kiss Liquid Lip

Speaking of revamped classics, it seems M.A.C. is in on the game as well with the addition of nine new shades within the Powder Kiss Liquid Lip family. Its long-wear and hydration capabilities remain unchanged, as does its mousse-like texture that blurs out imperfections seamlessly. You can, however, branch out from conventional picks and try something in blue (Good Jeans) or mauve (Ferosh!).

Available now.

 

Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution and K.I.S.S.I.N.G Lipsticks

Then there's the CNY limited edition goods. This translates to three new lip colours on CT's part: a matte brick-red (Rose Wish); matte cherry red (Lucky Cherry); and a satin rusty rose (Sweet Blossom). No word yet as to how long they'll be available for, though we can say for sure that the red-and-gold studded encasing is probably going to be an auspicious hit for the upcoming Lunar New Year festivities.

Available now.

 

Estée Lauder Pure Colour Illuminating Shine

You'll get those heads turning every time you shed that mask with these bad boys in your arsenal. Its gleaming, high-shine finish is striking enough, made especially so when paired with its bold pigment that instantly sculpts, plumps, and adds dimension to any pout. Choose between ten shades that varies from vibrant coral to brick red.

Available now.

 

Tom Ford Beauty Traceless Soft Matte Foundation

This foundation release is definitely in adherence with the makeup minimalism trend we've witnessed in 2020 — and foresee continuing in 2021. Think a matte, second-skin finish that weighs next to nothing on your mien; an ultra-blendable and -buildable formula infused with hyaluronic acid to boost your complexion's precious moisture barrier. Take your pick between the 10 available shades.

Available now.