november 2018 beauty product launches

The 15 Best Beauty Products That Launched in November

From a $9 neck cream to a $279 magic puck for your face.

By: Katie Becker
Photography: Alec Kugler

We’re always in the shopping spirit, fine, but the holidays give us the best excuse to splurge. As do these smart new launches in skin, hair, makeup, and fragrance. Thanks to this bounty of the best, we will be headed to upcoming office, friend, and family parties with major glow, great curls, big-*ss eyelashes, and shimmery burgundy eye makeup. And we’ll have a great gift in hand—consider this a head start on your holiday shopping list.


The Lanshin Pro Gua Sha Tool: Sandra Lanshin is the chicest acupuncturist in New York—her Williamsburg, Brooklyn, studio is a design dream—but she’s also a skin-care specialist. She’s been doing facial gua sha for years and just created her own specialized tool made out of black nephrite jade so you can take her techniques home. It’s so smooth and sleek, and it makes your face feel all fluffy and soft afterward.

Lancôme Monsieur Big Mascara: Lancôme always makes a major mascara, and for the holidays they glitzed out their latest volumizing formula in pink glitter so you can feel as extra as possible.

Essie Nail Lacquer in Hear Me Aurora and City Slicker: I like deep red nails all year round, so Essie’s new “rosewood” red and sparkly pink-purple red are coming home with me.

L’Oréal Paris Age Perfect Hydra Nutrition Manuka Honey Eye Gel: Maybe manuka honey costs a billion dollars in the drugstore (remember that one episode of Broad City where Abby’s hallucinating in Whole Foods?), but you can get all its skin-care benefits in the new affordable skin-care range from L’Oréal Paris Age Perfect. We like the eye gel, which—don’t worry—is anything but sticky.

Rituel de Fille Highlight Intensifier: I’d venture to say that Rituel de Fille is the most high-impact natural cosmetics brand. They do color beautifully, but their highlighters are legend. This new, slightly more sparkly white launch takes their famous cream highlighter formula to the next level—like, blinding level. In a good way.

Foreo UFO Smart Mask Treatment: This is one of the wildest, most innovative products I’ve seen all year. Foreo (which makes that silicone face cleansing gadget you might know), created this puck-shaped device that heats up, cools, vibrates, emits LED lights, and onto which you lock a small circular “sheet mask.” Glide it across your face for 90 seconds for the fastest mask routine ever.

NARS Ignited Eyeshadow Palette: If you’ve ever thought you couldn’t wear reddish or pinkish eyeshadow, this 12-color palette is here to change your mind. There are three mattes that make a great base, and the rest are metallic or irridescents that are all extremely flattering. This might be the first year I show up to Christmas breakfast with a full eye.

Kat Von D Current Crush: Glitter Gel in Tesoro Gold: Or maybe you just want to be cast in gold. This insanely pigmented gold goo from Kat Von D is a gold chrome liquid that can be used as an eyeshadow or eyeliner, diffused through your brows or lashes, or, of course, laid on THICK on your cheekbones when you want to flash a signal across the room that you have arrived.

T3 Singlepass Curl 1.25" The Rose Collection: After traveling the world with hair tools, I’m very picky about the brands I pack. T3 is one of my go-tos because it works with the electrical grid anywhere you go, heats up fast, works, and now comes in limited-edition millennial pink. No-brainer. And a great gift.

IGK Crybaby Anti-Frizz Smoothing Serum: If you have curly, bleached, frizz-prone hair like me—or you just like your hair to look as sleek and reflective as a mirror—you’re an anti-frizz connoisseur, as well. This new one from IGK contains coconut oil as well as other go-to frizz tamers like silicone. I love the Roy Lichtenstein-inspired art on this bottle, but I also like to use a few pumps on the ends of my hair in the morning, when I need to turn bedhead into boardroom head (that’s a thing now, per me; roll with it).

Shani Darden Daily Oil-Free Moisturizer: We have long had a crush on Shani Darden, who is one of the most sought-after facialists in L.A. (Rosie Huntington-Whiteley is literally on her company homepage). She just launched three new daily-use skin-care products—a cleanser, toner, and moisturizer—and I particularly love the moisturizer, which is an oil-free lotion, because it feels very basic and familiar, but it contains all kinds of goodies like seaweed extract and squalane.

Too Faced Diamond Light Highlighter in Canary Diamond: Aside from looking like a Cartier box turned yellow, this product makes me happy because the powder is like a highlighter, bronzer, and blush in one. Even though it looks a little unapproachable in its faceted mold, the tawny hue actually goes on sheer and is a universally flattering shade.

Herbivore Emerald Cannabis Sativa Hemp Seed Deep Moisture Glow Oil: The second ingredient in this squalane-based oil is cannabis sativa oil, which will make your skin chill the F out (i.e., it has calming properties). A little goes a long way, and the number of other oils and extracts in this green liquid is longer than I wanted to take the time to count, but know that they all add up to skin that is glowy and hydrated.

Joanna Czech Facial Massager: True story: I took this massager with me on a 14-hour flight. Our co-founder Jake was also on the flight and may have caught me rolling it all over my face…but when we landed, both he and our producer Lauren asked how my skin could look so good after a long flight. Boom. This thing is Joanna Czech on demand in the air.

Jergens Skin Firming Neck and Chest Moisturizer: Weird confession: I don’t totally mind boob lines in the morning—it sort of makes me feel like I indeed have boobs. But only when it’s the morning. By the time I’m dressed and out the door, I hope they’ve smoothed out. And I certainly don’t want them forever. Enter this chest cream with vitamin B3, collagen, and sunscreen.

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