Noteworthy Beauty Products that Launched in July 2021
From high-shine lipstick to creamy, weightless bronzer, these are our favourite beauty launches from July 2021.
MAC Lustreglass Sheer Shine Lipstick
Lipstick is back, babies! After over a year of wearing no lipstick or leaning on long wear formulas to wear under masks, these moisturizing, lip-balm style colours are a great way to ease back into showing your face to the world. They’re juiced up with lightweight raspberry seed and extra-virgin olive oils for a wash of sheer and shiny pinks, nudes and oranges.
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Weleda Body Lotion Collection
I love me some Weleda, the o.g natural skincare brand, so I’ve been enjoying lathering their new rose and geranium-scented Pampering Body Lotion all over my limbs. There’s also an unscented version for sensitive skin, a lightweight citrus-scented version for normal skin and a heavier one for dry skin that brings those mandarin, sandalwood and grapefruit vibes.
Kiehl’s Retinol Skin-Renewing Daily Micro-Dose Serum
Retinol is one of the truly tested skincare ingredients, but a lot of people find it too irritating even if they aren’t using it every night. Enter this daily-strength micro-dose serum—what I like to call “tiny retinol”— that. thanks to moisturizing ceramides and peptides, can also work for sensitive skin and even for use around the eyes. But Do. Not. Forget. Sunscreen. Retinol makes your skin more sensitive to UV rays so if you’re using it sunscreen is non-negotiable.
Evio Beauty Velvet Colour Stick
Who has time to plan their makeup look every day? Nobody! Make your life easy with these creamy vegan multi-stick colour for eyes, cheeks and lips from a Canadian indie brand. Packed with hemp seed oil, these soft, buildable colour balms come in four dewy shades.
Maison Replica Autumn Vibes (Montreal 2018)
I’m a sucker for a woody fragrance, and this crisp yet earthy new scent is a deliciously fall mix of red berries, spicy cardamom, cedarwood and fresh fir balsam. Also, it was inspired by a walk in Montreal—it’s our patriotic duty to smell like this!
DesignMe Puff.Me Infinite Mist Sea Salt Spray Bundle
I always believed I just had fine, limp, crappy hair that would never do anything worthwhile. Then I discovered sea salt spray and it changed my life. It’s meant to give you those “beachy waves” by adding grit and texture, and suddenly I’m Pamela Anderson running down the beach. Canadian brand DesignMe has just put out these handy continuous spray bottles so you don’t have to keep pressing a pump to get the perfect amount of product, plus cute refills that look like milk cartons. It comes in glossing and “Bounce” curl enhancing formulas, too.
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Bite Beauty Power Move Hydrating Soft Matte lipstick
I gave up on matte lipsticks a few years ago because I often found they were drying, would crack easily and weren’t friendly to the crinklier lips of us over-40s. But these new lippies from Canadian brand Bite have brought me back. Cocoa butter makes these super creamy but they still have a totally smooth matte finish. I want them all.
Charlotte Tilbury Eyes To Mesmerize in Pillow Talk and Walk of No Shame
You may have heard me go on about how much I love cream eyeshadow because it’s so easy to use. The beautifully pigmented, buttery and shimmery Eyes to Mesmerise shadows from British makeup artist Charlotte Tilbury were my gateway drug, so I’m pumped that they’ve released two new shades—Pillow Talk (pink with a rose gold sparkle) and Walk of No Shame (a russet-y rose with a twinkle of golden peach.) A bit pricey, but you don’t need to use much so these pots will last.
Anastasia Beverly Hills Cream Bronzer
I’ve never been a bronzer person—I always thought they looked like I had a cheesy spray tan or like my face was a totally different shade than the rest of me. But thanks to countless hours of pandemic walks I’m actually sporting a bit of a tan so I thought I’d give bronzer another go just in time for this new release from Anastasia Beverly Hills. The practically weightless cream formula comes in seven matte shades and stays on without streaking for that just-back-from-vacation look.
Next, check out our favourite beauty products that launched in June 2021.