Beauty products to watch out for in May

May’s beauty launches are fun, colourful and seriously flattering. Rachel Marie Walsh rounds up the best new products arriving on counters this week.

Beauty products to watch out for in May

Brighten up

This is the month to go bold and bright with your lip colour. Lancôme’s new Shine Lover Lipstick, €26, is available in richly-pigmented shades including fuchsia, crimson, rosy beige and orange.

The formula plumps and hydrates with generous concentrations of hyaluronic acid, rose bush oil and a balm-like gel that protects lips’ delicate moisture barrier.

Pearl pigments are also in the mix but the finish is more dewy and healthy-looking than frosted. The range is available at Brown Thomas from May 1.

Fragrant Flowerbomb

Viktor and Rolf’s Flowerbomb perfume gets a makeover this month. La Vie en Rose, €72, is a limited-edition version of the Dutch design duo’s signature fragrance.

The eau de toilette is a citrus-floral bouquet that gives an initial hit of mandarin, pink pepper and grapefruit sharpened with a bitter touch of green tea.

The warm heart smells of Sambac jasmine, rose and orchid and the rich base is amber and patchouli. Flowerbomb’s glass pink grenade has been treated for an extra sparkly finish.

Brilliant bronzer

Carisa Janes, founder of Hourglass Cosmetics, grew up in a home filled with pink bulbs. Her mother’s commitment to flattering light part-inspired the brand’s gorgeous range of Ambient Lighting radiance powders.

Ambient Lighting Bronzer, €58, is the latest addition. This hybrid bronzer-brightener is available in two shades. Neither is at all glittery, despite their appearance in the pan. The powders are hand-blended to create a perfect balance of radiant and colour pigments.

According to the brand, no two are identical. Their effects, however, are consistently skin-perfecting and soft. The Luminous Bronze Light shade gives fair and light skin tones a warm, candlelit glow.

Radiant Bronze Light imparts a deep golden tan. This product is certainly pricey but you get a lot of powder for your money and very little is needed to create strong colour.

Sweet shampoo

Everyone’s favourite affordable dry shampoo is available in a new fragrance. Batiste Eden, €3.99, is scented with melon and honeysuckle.

The ditzy-print bottle was inspired by vintage summer dresses. Batiste’s recently updated its rice starch-based formula to keep your style smelling fresh and looking thick and textured for more than four hours.

Clarins Collection

‘Aquatic Treasures,’ is Clarins Summer 2015 colour collection. Distinctly lacking in blue, the line makes Clarins Ombre Iridescente Pot, €22.50, Crayon Khol, €18, and Truly Waterproof Mascara, €26, available in kelp green.

The shimmer shadow pot also comes in very pretty shades of rose and granite. Swirl a full brush around Summer Bronzing Compact, €38, to blend matte shades of copper and sun-kissed beige with a radiant gold for a tanned, natural-looking glow.

Clarins Instant Light Radiance Boosting Complexion Base, €30.50, is available in new shades of apricot and caramel. Rich in plant extracts like white tea and katafray, the lightweight cream leaves skin hydrated and illuminated.

Armani summer

Giorgio Armani is celebrating the Summer 2015 trend for all thing fuchsia with makeup dominated by the shade.

‘The Armani Fuchsia Maharajah Collection’ offers limited-edition lip and nail products inspired by the saturated pinks of Indian saris. The range’s vibrant shades are ‘Maharajah’ fuchsia, ‘Pink Blush’ raspberry, and ‘Garçon Fatale’ indigo.

Armani’s Flash Lacquer Crystal Shine Gloss, €28.50, is available in all three and has a high-shine, crystal-clear finish. Rouge D’Armani Couture Lipstick, €31.50, comes in ‘Maharajah’ and has a second-skin texture that lasts over six hours.

Rouge Ecstacy CC Lipstick, €31.50, my favourite Armani lip formula, gives each hue a conditioning boost of proven antioxidants. The new Fuchsia Maharajah Base Coat, €24, improves the endurance and colour saturation of any nail colour applied on top.

Summer sun

Sally Hansen Airbrush Sun, €11.99 is a two-in-one instant bronzer and gradual self-tan lotion for the body. Fans of Sally Hansen’s Airbrush Legs products will be aware of the superior lotion version, which is great at hiding minor imperfections and creating a natural colour.

Airbrush Sun is essentially the same product at first instance, moisturising with generous quantities of shea butter and glycerine while setting to a radiant, non-streaky finish. The tint does not stain sheets or clothes.

Used daily, it builds colour to an intensity that should be carefully monitored. ‘Medium to Tan,’ is currently the only shade available and may grow too deep for the naturally fair-skinned as the week progresses.

I still highly recommend practicing the application of this product before breaking out your summer wardrobe. Minimally-fragranced, purse-friendly, and suitable for all skin-types, Airbrush Sun is a great starter product for gradual-tan virgins.

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