New year, new products.
I have a complicated relationship with new beauty launches.
I am really, really, really trying to save my dolla bills this year but there are SO many exciting drops in 2019. On the other hand, brands can get carried away with launching new products and it’s super overwhelming to keep up with it all.
So, to keep our sanity, I rounded up my top nine skin care and makeup picks you should try in 2019 — so far.
Fenty Beauty Pro Filt’r Concealer and Instant Retouch Setting Powder
Everything Rihanna touches turns to gold. As long as you know your Pro Filt’r foundation shade, it’s easy to find your match in 50 shades of creamy, long-wear concealer and eight translucent — never cakey — setting powders.
Available now: Fenty Beauty Pro Filt’r Concealer, $26, and Fenty Beauty Pro Filt’r Instant Retouch Setting Powder, $32
Drunk Elephant A-Passioni Retinol Cream
If anyone can take a potent active like retinol and make it skin-friendly, even soothing, it’s Drunk Elephant. Made with a 1% retinol to increase cell-turnover plus Vitamin F and a curated blend of oils to sooth irritation and replenish moisture, this might be the most pleasant yet effective retinol you’ve ever used.
Available now: Drunk Elephant A-Passioni Retinol Cream, $74
OLE HENRIKSEN Glow2OH Dark Spot Toner
This acid toner is formulated with potent alpha hydroxy acids: glycolic and lactic. These chemical exfoliants work to brighten dark spots, improve texture and smooth uneven skin tone. It’s perfect for someone who wants the glowy results of something like Sunday Riley’s Good Genes, but at a lower price-point. It also contains soothing extracts like chamomile, sandalwood and licorice root.
Available now: OLE HENRIKSEN Glow2OH Dark Spot Toner, $28
Youth to the People Superberry Hydrate + Glow Dream Mask
If you have dry skin or suffer from the frigid, dry air in NEPA’s winter, this is a dream come true. This creamy mask is packed with hydrators such as squalane, hyaluronic acid, glycerin and betaine as well as antioxidant-dense berries that soothe tired and stressed skin. THD ascorbate — a form of Vitamin C —banishes dullness without irritation.
Available now: Youth to the People Superberry Hydrate + Glow Dream Mask, $48
Laneige Lavender Water Sleeping Mask
Like its original cult-fave counterpart, this lightweight gel mask is the perfect remedy for winter dryness for those with an oily skin. The lavender scent will help you drift off to a peaceful sleep.
Available now: Laneige Lavender Water Sleeping Mask, $25
Charlotte Tilbury Goddess Cleansing Ritual Cleanser Duo
Double-cleaning is my favorite method. Why not feel like an actual goddess while doing it? Charlotte Tilbury knows all about about making those who uses her products feel otherwordly. This double-cleansing set contains a coconut oil-based cleanser to melt makeup and remove oil-based impurities, and a charcoal cleanser, made with calcium, magnesium and bamboo, to purify during a second cleanse.
Available now: Charlotte Tilbury Goddess Cleansing Ritual Cleanser, $46
Morphe Fluidity Full-Coverage Foundation
The affordable brand known for great brushes and high-intensity pigments and whose collabs read as a Who’s Who of YouTube Beauty Gurus is finally launching its first foundation. The full-coverage liquid comes in 60 shades across five levels (Light, Medium, Tan, Rich and Deep) so every person can find their perfect match.
Available Jan. 17: Morphe Fluidity Full-Coverage Foundation, $18
Urban Decay Brow Blade Ink Stain + Waterproof Pencil
This dual-ended brow tool is everything you’ve been looking for in a brow pencil. Meant to mimic the effect of microbladed brows, one side is a typical pencil with a waterproof wax formula while the other contains an ink stain. Each end is a different shape — one fine-tipped and one slanted — to fill in sparse areas or define edges with hairlike stokes. Brow Blade also comes in seven shades and is part of a whole new collection of Urban Decay brow products including dual-colored putty for realistic shaping and brow stencils to craft the perfect arches.
Available Jan. 15: Urban Decay Brow Blade Ink Stain + Waterproof Pencil, $26