beauty products may 2020

Shop the 41 Best Beauty Products That Launched in May

From turmeric cleansers to cooling facial tools, your beauty routine is about to get a lot more exciting.

By: Hannah Baxter, Isabella Sarlija

Spring is rapidly giving way to summer, and while it looks much different than years past, we’re still excited at the prospect of updating our hair, skin, and makeup routines to suit the warmer temperatures. Drying air-conditioners plus humidity plus increased oil production is a recipe for a number of problems—like frizz, breakouts, and irritation, to name a few—so we’ve been on the lookout for products that contain soothing ingredients, as well as bright, playful colors for our cosmetics and nails. We hope you can find some much-deserved joy within May’s best new products, so go forth and shop our 41 favorites.


Saie Really Great Gloss in Chill, $20

If you haven’t tried the new clean-beauty brand Saie, this gloss is the perfect place to start. The apple-based exfoliator primes your lips for hydrating ingredients like shea butter and grape seed oil, which in turn leaves your pout looking plump and juicy. The cool, rosy shade Chill is our favorite, but any of the five would be a great summer beauty staple.

Starface Space Wash, $16

We already love Starface’s signature star-shaped pimple patches, but the brand’s first face wash is coming in hot as a close second. It’s formulated as a gentle, totally fragrance-free cleanser that is suitable for even the most reactive skin types, with sage leaf extract, holy basil leaf extract, and white willow bark extract, chamomile, and calendula to further calm your complexion.

BeautyCounter Skin Twin Featherweight Foundation, $45

Being indoors has made it rather difficult to subscribe to the notion of wearing heavy-duty and long-wear foundations daily. Now, does this mean that we must chuck all skin-blurring options because we are quarantined? Never! This foundation leaves a dewy finish and contains hyaluronic acid, making it the perfect choice for anyone who would like to blur scars or fine lines while still maintaining hydration.

Carol’s Daughter Monoi Intense Repair Inner Strength System, $28

Monoi oil, which is made from Tahitian gardenia flowers, is our newest hair-care obsession for its intensely hydrating and repairing abilities. This treatment works to repair damaged hair from the inside out, resulting in a stronger cuticle and reinforced hair. The smell is also divine.

Diptyque Infused Face Serum, $68

Lord knows we love a stick serum, and Diptyque’s new solid formula is one of the best (and most luxe) that we’ve tried. It’s infused with Floracera, the active ingredient in jasmine, as well as jojoba wax, both of which work to promote cell regeneration and fight free-radical damage. That means you’re left with smoother, brighter, and healthier-looking skin.

Charlotte Tilbury Refillable Airbrush Bronzer, $55

Anyone else swiping on a metric ton of bronzer and calling it a day lately? Well, if you aren’t, this featherlight bronzer is the perfect place to start. The matte finish is perfect for replicating a sun-kissed look or adding a subtle contour. Just grab your favorite blending brush, and get to work.

Kinship Mint Mud Deep Pore Detox Mask, $23

A deep pore-cleansing mask is a must to keep your skin free of potential breakouts. The combination of lactic acid to rid surface buildup and bentonite and kaolin clays to balance oil and clear your pores will have you looking brighter, glowier, and rejuvenated. Bonus, this mask is also totally clean.

Olive & June x Zeba The Into You Box, $88

Olive & June has teamed up with beauty activist Nabela for a limited-edition run of polishes. This box includes all the best new summer shades, plus the eight-piece manicure system to give yourself a stunning set of nails from the comfort of your home. Pre-order yours while you still can!

Augustinus Bader The Hand Treatment, $50

Obviously hand creams are a necessity these days, what with all the extra hand washing, so why not treat yourself to a seriously glam (and potent) anti-aging formula from cult-favorite Augustinus Bader? Shea butter, glycerin, and vitamin E condition and protect your skin, while the patented TFC8 complex provides the same repairing treatment as the brand’s signature face creams.

Lancôme Hydra Zen Anti-stress Glow Liquid Moisturizer, $45

Now is the time of year when you should swap out your heavy winter moisturizers for something more lightweight and breathable. Your oil production is already on the rise thanks to warmer temps, which is where this glow liquid moisturizer comes in. The 14 amino-acid complex helps increase skin elasticity, while organic aloe vera and hyaluronic acid make sure your skin is soothed and hydrated.

Bobbi Brown Summer Glow Highlighting Powder in Rosy Glow, $36

Summer is tantalizingly close, which means that our makeup routines are skewing extra glowy. This limited-edition rose shade of the best-selling Bobbi Brown Highlighting Powder looks seriously pretty on every skin tone, replicating a dewy, romantic flush with just a few expert swipes of your brush.

Pattern by Tracee Ellis Ross Hair Pins Variety Pack, $17

If you have voluminous curls and coils, you know that one type of hair pin isn’t going to cut it most days. This handy variety pack from Tracee Ellis Ross’ hair-care line contains 90 total pins—30 regular, 30 matte, and 30 long—and are equal parts strong and gentle (because no one wants to rip out a bunch of hair when you remove them at the end of the day).

Milk Makeup CBD and Arnica Solid Body Oil, $50

If you’re working from home right now, chances are your desk situation is not as ergonomically friendly as your normal office setup. That’s why we keep this solid body oil—which contains soothing broad-spectrum CBD and arnica—close by to swipe over our lower backs, shoulders, and legs as needed for any aches or pains.

Neutrogena Soothing Clear Turmeric Mousse Cleanser, $10

If you’re dealing with more skin irritation than usual, we see you, and we feel you. That’s why adding a turmeric-rich cleanser (which is rich in antioxidants and is incredibly calming for your skin) to your daily lineup of products can help keep your complexion soothed and healthy.

Playa Monoi Milk Leave-In Conditioner, $24

Warmer temperatures plus indoor cooling is a recipe for dry, brittle hair, which is why a weekly deep-conditioning treatment is a must, no matter your hair type. Monoi oil (we're sensing a theme here) drenches your hair with moisture and repairs underlying damage from pollution, heat treatments, and overall dehydration.

Pat McGrath Mothership VIII: Divine Rose II, $125

The sister palette of the beloved Mothership VII: Divine Rose, this latest release from Pat McGrath Labs offers multiple color-shifting shadows in a range of pinks, purples, and blush tones. We can’t wait to add it to our current collection for some seriously pretty (and holographic) summer makeup looks.

R+Co x Ashley Streicher Collection: Sun Catcher Power C Boosting Leave-In Conditioner, $32

This collab with STRIIIKE co-founder Ashley Streicher boasts an impressive cocktail of nourishing ingredients like vitamin C, hyaluronic acid, vegetable collagen, radish root extract, and coconut oil extract. Not only does it help to repair damage, but your hair is left looking shinier, with a subtle hold, for an easy styling booster.

Venn Synbiotic Polyamine Body Wash, $40

While we’re always conscious of keeping our skin’s pH in balance, we’ll admit that we tend to overlook the rest of our bodies in favor of our faces. This new body wash is enriched with a proprietary blend of pro- and prebiotics to maintain a beneficial water-oil balance, as well as eucalyptus globulus leaf oil to soften and condition.

Whal Myung Minimal Eucalming Capsule Skin Toner, $26

Most products from this K-beauty brand seem to have been created by a skin-care mastermind. This toner does an exceptional job of cooling the skin and minimizing the appearance of pores with eucalyptus-derived purple Azulene. Damask rose floral water works to hydrate your complexion and create a multiple-facial-level glow.

Givenchy Les Accessoires Couture Lipstick Cases, $21–$26

We’ve been finding ways to beautify our spaces with tiny changes, and now it’s time to do the same to our beauty collections. These lipstick covers are inspired by the couture runway designs of Givenchy artistic director Clare Waight Keller and are ideal for anyone looking to personalize their perfect red lipstick. Our favorites range from the funky patch-adorned leather cases to chic minimalistic beige.

Rituel de Fille Smoke Salve Universal Skin Balm, $32

A universal skin balm is ideal for keeping you hydrated all day long, from your cuticles to your lips. This formula contains a blend of jojoba oil and organic babassu oil, which emulates the skin's  natural oils, as well as lanolin and castor oil to help strengthen your moisture barrier and prevent dehydration. The intoxicating scent, courtesy of vetiver and beeswax, is a welcome bonus.

Dermalogica Retinol Clearing Oil, $80

As much as we wish our acne would disappear as soon as we start to worry about fine lines and wrinkles, that’s very much not the case, so a targeted treatment that addresses both is a must. This overnight oil contains both salicylic acid (a powerful BHA) to dissolve dead skin cells and buildup, as well as retinol to increase collagen production and minimize signs of premature skin aging.

Joanna Vargas Magic Glow Wand, $285

In order to fight facial puffiness, a combination of hot and cold treatments is ideal, which is why we love the newest tool from celeb facialist Joanna Vargas. With four settings—warm, cold, plus each with massage—the wand helps to enhance the benefits of your favorite sheet mask and give your complexion a much-needed massage. Inflammation, puffiness, and dullness, begone.

JINsoon x Transguy Supply Limited Edition Shades: Trans Flag Blue, $18

Nail guru Jin Soon has teamed up with Transguy Supply to create four stunning polish shades. We’re partial to this Trans Flag blue for our summer manicures.

Thrive Causemetics Moisture Flash Active Nutrient Toner, $36

Alcohol-based toners, as you’ve hopefully learned by now, are not great for your skin’s moisture barrier, so heed our advice and upgrade to something a little more nourishing. This toner has exfoliating ingredients such as salicylic acid to slough off dead skin cells while also restoring the skin with hyaluronic acid and prickly pear extract.

Anastasia Beverly Hills Norvina Pro Pigment Palette Vol 4., $60

If you have been following us for a while, then you know how much neon and glitter makes us swoon. With a whopping 25 shades that range from a bright neon yellow to a crease-deepening taupe, this is the perfect addition to any makeup collection, big or small. Now, excuse us as we stare at these buttery magentas…

Peter Thomas Roth Water Drench Hyaluronic Hydrating Moisturizer SPF 45, $52

This lightweight cream-to-water moisturizer is great for transitioning from heavy winter creams to lighter options for the warmer months. With ingredients like hyaluronic acid and Pentavitin, this moisturizer penetrates deep into the skin to hydrate it while protecting it from UVA and UVB rays.

Flamingo Pubic Hair Wax Kit, $10

At-home waxing during the time of COVID-19 has proven to be difficult for many of us, but brands like Flamingo are here to help. These ready-to-use strips show us that with the right techniques and proper tools, we can have the wax that is somewhat worthy of our technicians. Plus, these strips are free of fragrances and artificial dyes, making it perfect for our more sensitive areas.

Aquis Prime Restorative Leave-In Serum, $28

Now that you have your scalp and split ends covered, it’s time to delve into the world of hydrating the shaft of your hair. This serum is amazing for defining curls and adding intense moisture without weighing your hair down. It also has a pH between 4.5 and 5.5, making it ideal for maintaining a healthy scalp.

Clinique Moisture Surge Sheertint Hydrator SPF 25, $39

Clinique has taken one of their best-selling moisturizers, the  cult-classic Moisture Surge, and given it a major upgrade with added coverage and SPF. With ingredients like hyaluronic acid and aloe, this skin-blurring makeup product works to soften the skin over time while correcting any imperfections.

Tarte Confessions of a Maneater Eye & Cheek Palette, $24

Sunny excursions are a rare treat these days, but this palette seems to capture those hypnotic colors for us to use whenever we please. It’s ideal for swiping across the bridge of your nose to mimic a springtime glow. Want to take it a step further? Apply one of the cheek shades to the eyelids for a monochromatic makeup moment.

Sundays Studio Pr.01 Soy Polish Remover, $28

As we continue to purge the beauty staples of our collections that are filled with generally terrible ingredients, there is no reason to stop at nail care. This new nail-polish remover is free from acetone, an ingredient that strips the nail bed of moisture, causing it to become weaker over time. The Soy Polish Remover not only gets rid of old nail polish with ease, but also replenishes the nail beds with vitamins A, C, and E.

Moroccanoil Blonde Perfecting Purple Shampoo, $24

Since the global pandemic that has put our relationships with our colorists on a brief hold, maintaining a brass-free head of blond is more difficult than ever. This new shampoo deposits the perfect amount of purple pigment to combat yellow tones without altering your base color. It’s also sulfate free and deeply moisturizing, making it great for all hair types.

Serumkind Iceland Moss Drop, $49

Iceland moss is a pretty cool ingredient—it is a lichen that works to deeply hydrate the skin. This gentle, lightweight serum keeps your complexion dewy for hours, while also soothing irritation and providing antioxidant protection.

Haus Laboratories Stupid Love Eyeshadow Palette, $48

We are eternally grateful for how much Lady Gaga has rocked our worlds this month. These shadows are not only insanely pigmented when applied, but the variety of bold and neutral hues already has us planning our next over-the-top eye look.

U Beauty + ReFa Exclusive: 30 ml Resurfacing Compound + ReFa I Style, $278

U Beauty and ReFa have teamed up to create one of the best resurfacing collaborations for your skin-care glow-up. The Resurfacing Compound by U Beauty works to tighten and renew the skin on the chemical level, while the ReFa Swarovski crystal-embellished and platinum-coated roller mimics the tightening effects of a facial massage. It is as luxurious as it sounds and so worth the investment.

 LaFlore Longevity Barrier Repair Oil, $70

Here is your skin on probiotics. Now, this oil not only works to hydrate the skin, but it also has a ton of calming ingredients—turmeric and arnica, to name a few. The probiotics in this oil work to help the acid mantle do its job in protecting your skin against harmful bacteria.

Native Rosé Deodorant, $12

Natural deodorant seems to have taken the world by storm almost overnight. But who would have thought that we would be able to have our underarms smell like some of the most delicious wine we ever had? This formula is aluminum free, meaning that it won’t block your sweat glands, but with the verdict still out on whether or not that is dangerous, we encourage you to try it out for yourself.

Huda Beauty Legit Lashes Double-Ended Volumizing and Lengthening Mascara, $27

As we ask our friends what their typical routines are during quarantine, many of them say about the same thing: a slew of skin-care products, and just a bit of brow and lash product for some added glamour. Well, this mascara is an amazing addition to anyone’s current lineup. This dual-headed mascara is one of the best two-in-one products we have seen in a while. Use the lengthening side for dramatic length and intense curl, and the volumizing side for filling in any areas that may seem sparse. Want to take it up a notch? Apply mascara with the volumizing wand to the base of the lashes, and the seal off the ends of the lashes with the lengthening side for a wispy finish that will look like you are rocking falsies.

Snowfox Skincare Baby Oats Bath Treatment Ball, $12

Baths are basically a prerequisite during quarantine, and this formula in particular is amazing for dehydrated and sensitive skin, as it contains oatmeal to soothe irritation and cocoa butter to moisturize. We recommend pairing it with a side of wine or green tea, a good book, and a luxe candle. You deserve it.

Seiso JBeauty Water Velvet Cream, $65

This minimalist and discreet packaging is enough to push us to complete our checkout. Packed with squalene, meadowfoam seed oil, and yuukari yu extract, this cream works to hydrate the skin and revitalize it all at once. It feels a bit cooling on the skin, making it perfect for the warmer months ahead.

Part of the series: