Best new makeup launches to get excited about in February 2021: Chanel, Clarins, Charlotte Tilbury...
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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 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.
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.
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.
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!).
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.
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.
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.