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21 Best Beauty Products That Launched in June

From an $8 lip scrub to a $290 ladylike fragrance.

By: Katie Becker
Photography: Alec Kugler

A look around my (very crowded) desk has me feeling hot, hot, hot. My favorite beauty products last month were all about the beginning of summer, but June’s launches have rich colors, innovative textures, luxurious packaging, and dreamy scents—and I’m just feeling it. I’m back in love. I’m re-committed. Below are my favorite launches of the month.


Acqua di Parma Blu Mediterraneo Chinotto di Liguria Body Lotion, $50

I can’t stop spraying—yes this lotion is a *spray*—all over my limbs. I now only smell like chinotto. Chinotto is a local Italian citrus native to Liguria, Italy, and when I say that I want Liguria all over my body, I mean that this region is as close as it comes to quaint, quiet, Italian riviera paradise and a chinotto-based body lotion currently my only ticket to get there.

Maybelline New York Lip Studio Master Glaze Scrub Stick, $8

Being on Accutane, I deal with seriously dry lips. Post shower or after washing your face, when your skin is soft, is the best time for a lip scrub and this little stick makes it super easy. Rinse, then top off with a lip balm. (I love straight Aquaphor these days.)

Clark’s Botanicals Retinol Rescue Face Serum, $105

You may have heard you can only us retinol at night. Francesco Clark’s formula has encapsulated retinol that stays protected in daylight. Ingredients like colloidal oatmeal also calm down reactions to the retinol, which is pretty potent.

Sonage Tri-Clay Mask, $48

I got to try this mask at a recent facial that left me feeling like a totally new person. When I met with healer, ayurveda specialist, and facialist Sadie Adams at Take Care in the West Village, I breezed in with only 45 minutes to spend with her, and I left feeling like I’d spend two hours being soothed and seen. She told me my skin likes the masks. And I’ll do anything she tells me.

NARS Full Vinyl Lip Lacquer, $26

I got to see these limited edition liquid lip colors in action when we shot them on model Frida Aasen (video to come!). It’s somewhere between a cream, a gel, and a glaze, but goes on with complete color coverage in one swipe. One side of the doe foot application is actually designed with a little scoop—the reservoir it forms helps smooth out the formula on your lips so it has a new car paint-level shine. I think they’ll be selling out soon.

Nest Fragrances Cocoa Woods Eau de Parfum, $74

Here is my truth: When I go out on a date, I like to smell like a baked good. This chocolate-y perfume isn’t girly sugar-y, it’s sexy sugar-y, and has spicy and floral notes that keep is sophisticated.

CHANEL Le Vernis in Legrete, Halo, and Chicness, $28 each

Cruise collections are all the rage right now and the growing creativity is showing in designer makeup lines as well. From the CHANEL beauty cruise 2018 collection, I love these three muted nail shades. I think of them all as neutral as nudes—if your skin were green, mauve, and peony.

Farsali Jelly Beam, $40

You know this makeup brand from Instagram and YouTube where beauty bloggers carefully drip their luminizing drops all over their glowing faces. This new jelly form is hilarious to jiggle in the jar (though, admittedly, I don’t think a jar is the best format for this texture) and the shine you get after apply is megawatt gleam with perfect, easy blending. It comes in three shades.

Rituel de Fille Forbidden Lipstick in Ravenous, $24

If your summer look is goth, this creamy brown burgundy goes on like a balm, but wears lip a lipstick. Bonus: It’s all natural, earth mama.

Surratt Beauty Eye Lacquer in Kira Kira, $36

All eight shades of this creamy eye color are painfully desirable, but if I had to choose one it would be the iridescent sparkle of Kira Kira, which disappears at one angle and comes in *blinging* with a blink of an eye.

Glow Recipe Watermelon Glow Jelly Sheet Mask, $8

First, this sheet mask is a steal. Usually, sheet masks with a single digit price point are made of scratchy paper material. This clear jelly mask molds perfectly to your face and is full of the watermelon and hyaluronic acid formula that put this brand on the cult-favorite map. But in bulk, and make a cute little circle out of the “slices.”

Pat McGrath Skin Fetish: Highlighter + Balm Duo, $48

There are a few cult beloved highlighter sticks out there (ahem, Glossier Haloscope), but this two-sided stick has both a balm and a highlighter so you can customize your wattage. The balm leaves a natural dewiness, the highlighter is metallic but not robot-like and blends really really nicely, and, used together, you can find your own happy in-between.

Elemis Dynamic Resurfacing Facial Pads, $59

Gentle acids and the scrubby texture of each pads exfoliate your skin gently so you don’t get that harsh, stingy, red-faced reaction. And with 60 morning and night pads in this jar, you basically have a month of facials in your bathroom for a dollar each.

Shiseido Ultimune Power Infusing Concentrate, $70

The J-beauty mothership brand, Shiseido, worked with peeps at Harvard Cutaneous Biology Research Center to create a skin care line that makes your skin more immune to damage. This new reformulation of the concentrate soothes skin instantly and prevents wrinkles and spots in the long run.

ColourPop No Filter Foundation, $12

This super cult-y makeup brand isn’t one I know well—they have always been far most focused on their consumer than their press. And it’s worked for them as ColourPop has an incredibly loyal following. Lucky for me, they sent me all 42 shades of their new foundation. It’s medium coverage, serum-y, and super affordable.

Jo Malone Rose & White Musk Absolu, $290

An absolu cologne formula is super duper luxe and wearing this rose and musk combo makes me feel like a *lady.* If you’re concerned about the price tag (not us! (JK, we’re poor)), one douse will do you.

Urban Decay Born to Run Eyeshadow Palette, $49

I find every single color in this palette practical and wearable. Aside from the pretty coppers and classic neutrals, the green is muted and olive-y, the orange is peach-y, and the pinks lean toward the easier-to-wear purple side. And if you crunch the numbers, every color in this palette is only $2.30 each.

Fenty Summer Nights Iridescent Lip Luminizer Trios, $32

Rihanna can’t make products fast enough to keep up with the Fenty thirst level sweeping America, but out of the last batch of launches, may I recommend this trio of lip glosses, which just scream “collector’s item.” Even if you don’t end up walking out the door with beetle shell blue lips, you’ll at least get many a joyful evening admiring your own reflection while rotating through these three.

Dior Backstage Brow Palette, $35

From Dior’s new backstage line, this little brow powder palette, which also includes a wax, is not only super affordable for luxury designer beauty, but the two shades help you make your brows look natural (totally uniform color can look blocky).

Fleshpot Eye & Cheek Gloss, $20

Everything in this Ulta line is under serious scrutiny as it comes from none other than Allure founder Linda Wells. My pick? This warm-toned super glowy eye and cheek gloss. It’s like putting honey on your face in a non-sticky, sparkly way.

SK-II Overnight Miracle Mask, $105

Have you looked at Cate Blanchette’s skin? She uses SK-II’s Essence every. Dang. Day. If you feel you need to play catch up, get yourself on a diet of this overnight mask which drives the main active ingredient, Pitera, into your skin in one big mega dose.