At least three times a day, a courier swings by our beauty department to drop off parcels of products that will hit stores about three months later. We won’t lie; it’s awesome. But, with great privilege comes great responsibility, right? We take our test-driving seriously, so that we can help you sort through the flood of palettes, sprays, polishes and more that hit shelves daily. Here, the seven new launches that seriously got us psyched this month.
Dove Shower Foam Deep Moisture, $8, Mass-market retailers
“I hate to be a bully but, the body-wash category is typically one of the least exciting in beauty. This little innovation is a break from the boredom though. The bottle dispenses a dense foam that takes away the need for a germ-magnet puff. Plus, it’s a pump format, which is particularly handy in slippery shower settings. The suds spread easily, contain gentle ingredients, and, I discovered they double nicely as shaving lather.” —Caitlin Kenny
Crayola for Clinique Chubby Stick for Lips, $21, clinique.ca
“This is a makeup match made in heaven: Clinique, the master of the Chubby Stick crayon-style lippies, has teamed up with Crayola for a limited-edition set of pencils. Nostalgia aside, the colour swipes on smoothly, and the formula took care of my supremely chapped lips. It doesn’t stay put all day, but I’m happy to reapply the hydrating balm, and definitely don’t miss the oft-parched feeling of liquid lipstick during these super dry months.” —C.K.
Pixi Beauty Glow Tonic, $20, Shoppers Drug Mart
“My skin is finicky, teenage-moody and the most high-maintenance thing about me. Any product that keeps it clear is magic, and this one made a noticeable difference. Once upon a time, you could only buy this toner from a single Pixi store in London, England. Then popular Brit blogger Caroline Hirons discovered it, turning a cult fave into a wait-listed hot commodity. As of January, you can get it in Canada. You’re welcome.” —Wing Sze Tang
Dermalogica Daily Superfoliant, $79, dermalogica.ca
“I’m a longtime fan of the original Dermalogica Daily Microfoliant (have used that rice-based exfoliant on and off for 10+ years), so I was stoked to hear about this new sister product. What’s similar: it’s also a powder formula you mix with a bit of water to make a creamy paste. What’s quite different: the ingredient list, which seems a bit more geared to aging skin and includes AHAs and gunk-absorbing charcoal. Superfoliant feels less grainy and scrubby, too, but left my face soft and super smooth.”—W.S.T.
Nars Soft Matte Complete Concealer in Chantilly, $30, narscosmetics.ca
“I’m not afraid to admit that I apply basically all of my complexion-related makeup with my fingers (except for powder, because that’s too messy even for me). So I was more than happy to try this particular concealer with its cream formula because it seemed only logical to use my ring finger, both to warm it up and tap-blend it into my skin. The results did not disappoint. It blended beautifully, and provided semi-full coverage without feeling like I was wearing a cream concealer. You know that heavy, cakey feeling? Definitely not a thing with this one.” —Tara MacInnis
Bite Beauty The Lip Pencil in 024, $20, coming soon to Sephora
“Full disclosure: I’m obsessed with Bite Beauty—I pretty much exclusively wear lipsticks from their creamy Amuse Bouche collection. So I was pumped to try their new lip pencils, which were three years in the making—no longer do I have to deal with only having near-matches from other brands. These new liners were worth the wait: packed with hydrating natural food-grade oils, they slide on super smoothly and don’t dry out my lips. I can’t wait to try every colour, but right now I’m loving 024, which is the perfect partner for my fave everyday pink, Sorbet.” —Charlotte Herrold