Justin and jokes aside, May is kind of like a metamorphosis when it comes to our beauty M.O.—especially if you live in a part of the country with a true shift in weather (fellow Angelenos, I’m not sure if our minor uptick in temperatures can really count). And with a sudden overnight emphasis on glowing skin, sun protection, breathable coverage, cheery color, and so on and so forth, our favorite brands have continuously delivered on the launch front all season. The end goal: to metamorphose into our brightest, dewiest, lit-from-within selves just in time for June.
So from the safety of our own desks and vanities, we’ve been testing out the season’s most promising beauty launches for a few months now, and we’re pretty excited with our newfound treasures. Ahead, we bring you 15 of spring’s best beauty launches we’ve been using nonstop in May 2018. From illuminating eye creams that erase evidence of one too many 2 a.m. tequila sangrias to glow-enhancing citrus-flavored gummies, keep reading for our top picks.
1 / 15SHOPTatcha The Pearl Tinted Eye Illuminating Treatment $48
Pretty pearlescent packaging aside, this lustrous launch from Tatcha has set Byrdie HQ abuzz ever since it graced our desks a few weeks back. Essentially, it’s a darkness-diffusing hybrid between an eye cream and a concealer. Once it touches the surface, the formula surges skin with hydration and a touch of coverage to reinforce healthy, well-rested radiance all summer long. Key ingredients include pearl pigments and niacinamide for next-level brightening power.
2 / 15SHOPSt. Tropez Self Tan Purity Bronzing Water Face Mist $30
Almost every single Byrdie editor (including yours truly) has been singing this bronzing mist’s praises throughout the month of May. As someone who’s almost always been discouraged after using facial self-tanners of any kind, I’m increasingly obsessed with the natural color payoff and noncloying formula of this new launch from St. Tropez. (It hasn’t left my complexion broken-out or orange in the slightest.) Plus, there’s just something about a face mist that feels quintessential come warm and sunny weather.
3 / 15SHOPNars Orgasm Afterglow Lip Balm $28
“Orgasm” may be one of the most classically cheeky colors in Nars’s history, but now, and just in time for summer (read: the unofficially official season of lip balms, tints, and stains), comes the cult-favorite shade in a flirtatious iteration for our dehydrated pouts. It boasts the same punchy, universally flattering shade of pink, but it’s also anchored with a hearty hit of antioxidants and the brand’s unique Monoï Hydrating Complex for an unbeatably plush finish.
4 / 15SHOPSun Bum Tinted Lip Balm SPF 15 $6
Summer gives you an excuse to go as au naturel as possible, so why not enhance your natural beauty with this protective lip balm? It’s formulated with SPF 15 and gives you the perfect barely there look.
5 / 15SHOPBriogeo Scalp Revival Charcoal + Peppermint Oil Cooling Jelly Conditioner $36
We won’t beat around the bush here—it’s no secret summer can scorch your scalp. But luckily the hair-saviors at all-natural haircare brand Briogeo have that top of mind. Thus, meet the brand’s new launch, a charcoal- and peppermint oil–infused “cooling jelly” conditioner. An appropriate antidote no matter your hair’s type, texture, or condition, it solves even the worst summer hair woes thanks to its unique blend of herbs and essences that help to invigorate the scalp with a unique cooling sensation while simultaneously sucking up extraneous debris that causes pesky irritation.
6 / 15SHOPVolition Eucalyptus Stretch Mark Minimizer $48
As with cellulite and acne, stretch marks frustratingly fall into the category of “other” when it comes to societal beauty standards, which is highly unfair and for that matter, inaccurate, considering the majority of the population has them. And while we never want to make anyone feel as if they need to get rid of or hide their stretch marks, as senior editor Hallie Gould so eloquently pointed out, “feeling proud of your body (all its curves and edges) and wanting to reduce the appearance of stretch marks don’t have to be mutually exclusive.”
With that sentiment in mind, we’ve been loving Volition’s brand-new eucalyptus-enriched elixir, which was actually inspired by the unlikely yet oddly effective technology of old-school vapor rub. It features the trademark warming sensation while magically targeting spots, dryness, and yes, stretch marks. And to beat you to the punch, because we know you’re curious, it absorbs insanely fast.
7 / 15SHOPCoola Full Spectrum 360° Sun Silk Drops SPF 30 $46
When it comes to masterminding clean, game-changing formulations of SPF, Coola is perpetually at the forefront of the industry. Suitable for all skin types, this organic facial sunscreen feels, looks, and acts like a hydration-enhancing facial oil while simultaneously keeping your complexion safe from all of summer’s worst sun offenders: broad spectrum UVA/UVB, IR (infrared), and HEV (high-energy visible) light. Not to mention that it melts into the skin instantaneously (i.e., it won’t leave a greasy aftermath in its wake), and it contains a scientific melding of plant stem cells and patented LightWaves Defense [JS+M] technology.
8 / 15SHOPWander Beauty Catch the Light Highlighter and Glowtion Duo $34
Bronzers and highlighters are synonymous with summer makeup aesthetic, and this new multitasking duo from Wander Beauty is currently our favorite thanks to its noticeable, albeit natural-looking finish. Armed with both a liquid and stick formula so you can pick your poison where the vehicle is concerned, it’s also extremely buildable and backed with skincare-grade ingredients such as aloe leaf extract, safflower seed oil, hyaluronic acid, and vitamin E.
9 / 15SHOPHum Nutrition Glow Sweet Glow $25
We’ve credited Hum Nutrition’s Hair Sweet Hair ($25) for our shinier, denser locks for a while now, thus, we couldn’t have been more excited when the brand announced it’d be creating a special new formula to enhance our skin’s glow as well. Boasting hyaluronic acid, amla fruit, and vitamin E, simply two gummies a day keeps the dermatologist away. (I’ve been taking the prescription for about two weeks and already feel like I’ve noticed a difference in the clarity and radiance of my complexion.) Plus, they taste like candy.
10 / 15SHOPOuai Sun of a Beach Ombré Spray $24
Think of this nostalgia-inducing spray from the mane masters at Ouai your 2000’s lemon juice addiction revisited. Formulated for all hair types (and safe for virgin and color-treated strands, alike), this heat-activated lemon-coconut water concoction is your one-stop shop to achieving effortless natural highlights this summer.
11 / 15SHOPSol de Janeiro Glow Oil in Ipanema Sunset $35
Glimmering body oils are having a serious moment this season, and we don’t see the momentum pumping the breaks anytime soon. And since we have maintained a longtime fetish for Sol de Janeiro’s signature scent (think notes of pistachio and salted caramel), we’re especially thrilled with the brand’s news glow oils. A little goes a long way, and they’re surprisingly fuss-free for a formula that truly takes you from zero to 100 in less than a few minutes.
12 / 15SHOPSkinCeuticals Discoloration Defense $98
If you’d consider yourself a fan of SkinCeuticals cult-loved CE Ferulic or if you just fancy yourself to a brighter, clearer complexion, meet the brand’s newest brightening baby, Discoloration Defense. Designed to be worn morning and night (apply three to five drops per application) it features a strategic mixture of ingredients like niacinamide, kojic acid, HEPES, and tranexamic acid to target and combat unwanted pigmentation. I’ve been using it for a few weeks now (albeit just in the mornings) and have noticed a markable difference in the appearance of my skin.
13 / 15SHOPR+Co Spiritualized Dry Shampoo Mist $28
An honorable mention courtesy of Byrdie’s hair-blessed managing editor Lindsey Metrus, this unique dry shampoo from R+Co has, by far, been one of the standout product launches to cross our desks last month. It’s workable for all hair types and textures, it gently cleanses the hair and scalp of unwanted buildup (the very stuff that defeats your volume efforts), and features a cool micellar-based formula with castor oil, silica, and glycerin and strand-perfecting accents.
14 / 15SHOPIGK No More Blow High Speed Air Dry Spray $29
Alas, another honorable mention from our latest favorite hair finds. Since I personally can’t be bothered to style or apply an extra hit of unnecessary heat on my already fragile (highlighted) hair come summer, I’ve found this express air-dry spray from IGK a lifesaver as I get ready in the morning. (I no longer have to walk into the office with still-wet strands even hours after showering.) Plus, it helps improve my hair’s naturally underwhelming shine and wave.
15 / 15SHOPFenty Beauty Island Bling 2-in-1 Liquid Eye Shimmer in Summer Fling/Reignbow $26
No summer launch story would ever be complete without at least one member of Fenty’s newest limited-edition and summer-minded collection, Beach, Please! We’re loving this two-in-one eye number, which features a metallic shimmer on one end and an iridescent glitter topcoat on the other. Available in two different colors (the above shows lust-worthy combination Summer Fling/Reignbow), true to Fenty Beauty form, all colors are created to flatter each and every skin tone.
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