At Sephora, the season of giving means a cornucopia of limited-edition collabs (hi,
Desi Perkins x Benefit!), glitter, advent calendars, and one-off gift sets. But low-key buried under the deluge of flashy holiday merch are new beauty launches that are not only drool-worthy in their own right, but are going to change the game in 2019.
We’re talking about a very exciting sequel to Sol de Janeiro’s cult-favorite
Bum Bum Cream (a lighter gel that will be perfect once the snow starts to thaw). There’s also a two-step cleansing system from one of Hollywood’s most respected makeup artists, a self-setting concealer, and an iridescent eyeshadow practically made for NYE.
If it weren’t for all the shiny holiday gift sets in the mix, these suckers would attract a lot more hype. See what’s about to drop, ahead, and get ready to swoop on some of the most genius products that everyone else will be sleeping on this season.
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Never mind that everyone’s favorite healthy fat has been a go-to in DIY masking for generations: This mask, slated to launch in Sephora stores on December 28, is primed to reintroduce millennials to avocados outside of a topper for toast. The formula, which we’ve
already raved about, taps plenty of it — avocado flesh, avocado extracts, avocado oil, and avocado butter — to hydrate and soothe skin. Glow Recipe Avocado Melt Sleeping Mask, $45, available at Sephora
The latest innovation in Kate Somerville’s beloved ExfoliKate line is a leave-on liquid treatment (coming December 28) made to clear dead skin cells while you sleep. A robust combination of 10% alpha-hydroxy acids and fruit enzymes (pumpkin, papaya, and pineapple) exfoliate, while peptides and honey and tea extracts soothe the skin for a softer, more even complexion by sunrise.
Kate Somerville Liquid ExfoliKate, $58, available at Sephora
Sol de Janeiro’s Bum Bum Cream is so addictive, a Costco-sized tub
sold out within minutes after launching this fall. But we won’t be surprised if loyalists are compelled to cheat on the summer staple with this new hydrator, which hits Sephora’s site on December 19. The oil-in-water gel cream boasts a bouncier texture and new scent, and if the blend of coconut, vanilla, and praline is anything like the original, we’ll be vicariously living our Brazilian beach dreams without so much as leaving the office. Sol de Janeiro Coco Cabana Cream, $45, available at Sephora
What’s this? Oh, just the ultimate cool-girl holiday gift for shoppers so chill, they waited until a day after Christmas to buy anything: a travel-size Summer Fridays Jet Lag Mask, Ouai Treatment Masque for hair, and white headband keep everything above the neck hydrated, whether you’re spending a lazy Sunday at home or a day-long flight to Santorini.
Ouai Haircare x Summer Fridays Ouai Haircare x Summer Fridays Mask Set, $22, available at Sephora
This dry-oil spray can be used virtually anywhere on your body. Mist it over your hair to hydrate and de-frizz strands or massage it into limbs, shoulders, and décolletage for a healthy glow.
IGK Speechless Dry Oil Finishing Spray, $29, available at Sephora
If all you want for Christmas is a concealer that won’t crumble like Grandma’s fruit cake, then visit Sephora’s site on December 26, when Make Up For Ever launches its latest innovation: Ultra HD Self-Setting Concealer. Available in 22 shades, the formula utilizes pigments coated in amino acids for 12-hour wear and a natural, skin-like finish.
Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Self-Setting Concealer, $28, available at Sephora
Typically, slapping foundation atop dry, flaky skin doesn’t do the complexion any favors. But this medium-to-full coverage formula, available in 30 shades, was designed specifically with dry skin in mind. It contains silver-ear mushroom extract to retain moisture and light-reflecting powders for a blurring effect.
Laura Mercier Flawless Lumiere Radiance-Perfecting Foundation, $48, available at Sephora
Jackie Kennedy’s signature swipe of lipstick? A lightly frosted pale-pink shade. Get the updated version with this new formula, which launches December 18 and comes in a leopard-printed bullet that feels decidedly more Marilyn than Jackie.
Marc Jacobs Beauty Le Marc Lip Frost Lipstick, $30, available at Sephora
This tech-driven skin-care brand suggests just a pea-sized amount of this moisturizer — made with vegan collagen and algae-derived acids — applied before bed to restore skin’s hydration and bounce while you sleep.
Algenist Genius Sleeping Collagen, $98, available at Sephora
The brightest-ever palette from Tarte is stocked with everything you need to try the biggest shadow trends of 2018 — from
violet eyes to pumpkin hues — before the year comes to a close. (Or just to nab a killer NYE look.) Tarte Tartiest Pro Remix Palette, $49, available at Sephora
This moisturizer is air-whipped, but don’t let its lightness fool you: It contains some heavy-hitting ingredients — like ceramides, linoleic acid, and hyaluronic acid — to treat even the driest wind-whipped skin.
First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair BarriAIR Cream, $30, available at Sephora
Usually, swirling two liquid eyeshadow shades on the lid is a surefire way to get a rotten gray-brown tone. But this limited-edition liquid eye shadow (available online on December 19) uses iridescent colors and some pretty cool tech to create a two-toned effect on the lid with just one stroke.
Stila Shade Mystère Liquid Eye Shadow , $24, available at Sephora
The first and only CBD brand to be stocked at Sephora, Lord Jones uses non-psychoactive, THC-free cannabidol derived from hemp in this lotion geared to help soothe aching joints and muscles.
Lord Jones High CBD Formula Body Lotion, $60, available at Sephora
This new serum — dropping online at Sephora.com on December 26 — doesn’t stop at vitamin C for its brightening power. Along with a potent 10% concentration, it taps kojic acid and arbutin (two plant-derived ingredients known to fade dark spots) to impart glowing skin.
Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare Clinical Grade IPL Dark Spot Correcting Serum, $92, available at Sephora
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