13 of the Best New Beauty Products of February 2016

What's new and worth buying this month.
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What's new and worth buying this month.

You guys, February has been AMAZING for new beauty products. 

Just a few of the things that crossed my desk here at Beauty Editor HQ: Not one, not two, but three foundations; the prettiest makeup bag; beautiful, unique lip colours and textures... and more! 

I present you now my top picks of the month: 

Best new beauty products February 2016

Favourite new beauty products of February 2016.

(And these were last month's, in case you missed them.)

Here's the lowdown on my February faves:

1. Chanel Les Beiges Foundation

Whenever Chanel releases a new foundation, it's big news—and Les Beiges Healthy Glow Foundation does NOT disappoint! This is a high-pigment formula that I find quite unique, because you can wear it either sheered out or more heavy, depending on the coverage level you want. It's a thick and creamy gel that quickly dries down to a weightless feel; the payoff is a fresh, almost-matte finish that looks like real skin. You really can't see it! There are eight shades and No. 20 (the second lightest) is a perfect match on me. I think this one would be best for normal, combination and oily skin; if you are dry, it might not provide enough moisture. Note: It also has SPF 25, but they're not allowed to make that claim just yet in Canada.

Where to buy: Hudson's Bay, Chanel

2. YSL Touche Éclat Le Teint Foundation

More foundation news... YSL have just come out with a new and improved version of their Touche Éclat Le Teint Foundation, first launched in 2012, now with some additional radiance and skincare benefits. The premise of this foundation is basically the same as the famous Touche Éclat highlighting pen—it should make you look more luminous, perfected and awake. I'm not too sure how it comes to the original formula, but I found this fairly similar to the Chanel in terms of the high pigment, weightless dry-down and semi-matte finish. (But contrary to the description, I'm not getting much radiance here.) The shade selection is much broader—22 shades—although the one I tried, B2o Ivory, leans more yellow than neutral. Again, not that moisturizing, so probably best for normal-to-combo skin. I wore this on one half of my face and the Chanel on the other, and I seriously could not tell the difference...

Where to buy: Nordstrom, Sephora, Hudson's Bay

3. NARS Velvet Matte Skin Tint

The third in this month's foundation trifecta is NARS Velvet Matte Skin Tint. If you're anything like me, the words "skin tint" get you VERY excited. (I haven't come across one since Pixi H2O Skin Tint left Canada, along with Target!) This one is an oil-free, pigmented cream-gel that spreads easily and feels like nothing at all on the skin—I would say it's the most weightless of these three foundations. As the name indicates, the finish is matte; it looks SUPER-beautiful if you stick with light-to-medium coverage and buff it into your skin really well. Any heavier than that, and I had trouble with it clinging to the skin and looking too streaky/heavy/patchy. There are 12 shades and my match was the second lightest, Finland. (Note: It also has SPF 30, they just can't make that claim in Canada yet... hence the stickers on these press samples.)

Where to buy: Nordstrom, Sephora, Hudson's Bay

4. Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Concealer

Yet another exciting development in complexion! Make Up For Ever has a new Ultra HD Concealer, designed for use around the eye area. There are 10 shades, divided into two groups: five are for colour correction, and five are for regular concealing. Honestly, I'm not too sure of the difference... all I know is that my dark circles disappeared! I tried two of the colour-correcting shades, R20 (for light skin tones) and R30 (for medium skin tones); weirdly, R30 is by far the best match, even though I don't have medium skin. The texture is like a thinned-out Full Cover Concealer, which I love, and you only need a tiny amount—the tube actually dispenses a bit too much. However, the high coverage and lack of caking/creasing makes this a winner for me!

Where to buy: Sephora

5. Benefit Dandelion Dew

New blush alert! Specifically, a cream called Dandelion Dew from Benefit, which should be arriving in stores any day now. They are calling it a liquid blush and it dispenses from a pump (like a foundation), but the texture is thick, not watery at all. Not only is the packaging adorbs, but so is the finish—it's a true baby pink, meant to look like a natural girly flush. One pump is more than enough to do both cheeks, so just be careful about overdoing the colour, especially if you are pale, and make sure to blend well!

Where to buy: Benefit

6. Sephora Collection The Escapader in Lipstick Jungle

I'm not sure I've ever mentioned this, but I use Sephora's makeup bags all the time. I always have an Escapader, the smallest size, in my purse to hold my daily essentials. And now it's out in a limited-edition "Lipstick Jungle" print for spring. How fun is this bright orange and lavender tribal print?!

Where to buy: Sephora

7. Urban Decay UD Gwen Stefani Lipstick in 714

When Gwen Stefani teamed up with Urban Decay last year, I was surprised that the first product was eyeshadow. You would have thought lip colour, right? Well, finally, there's a UD Gwen Stefani Lipstick! The star shade is 714, a red that looks just like Gwen's go-to colour. It's also the brand's first ever "Mega Matte," which means it's got super-intense pigment that lays down in one swipe. You do need to spend some time perfecting your edges since it's so very bright, but the texture is one of the best mattes I've ever tried (not drying at all). If you love an intense red, it is not to be missed!

Where to buy: Sephora

8. Urban Decay UD Gwen Stefani Lipstick in Ex-Girlfriend

While I can appreciate a great red, I'm more of a sheer neutrals girl on a day-to-day basis. So I was really excited to discover another UD Gwen Stefani Lipstick love—the shade Ex-Girlfriend. It is completely different: sheer, rosy-nude and leaves a glossy sheen that is so pretty, I can't even tell you. Very "your lips, only better." I am obsessed!

Where to buy: Sephora

9. Urban Decay UD Gwen Stefani 24/7 Glide-On Lip Pencil in Ex-Girlfriend

My last Urban Decay product to tell you about is the same shade we just looked at, Ex-Girlfriend, but in the UD Gwen Stefani 24/7 Glide-On Lip Pencil instead. It is officially one of my new favourite lip liners and belongs on this list! Unlike the lipstick of the same name, this lip liner gives you a more intense and matte rosy nude hue. You could put it all over your lips for a '90s-inspired look, or just use it for over-lining to perfect your lip shape. The texture is smooth, no tugging, but once it's on, it doesn't budge.

Where to buy: Sephora

10. Clarins Natural Glow Eye Palette

This Clarins Natural Glow Eye Palette caught my eye because it has to be THE perfect eyeshadow compact to carry around in your purse. The packaging reminds me of a Moleskine notebook (complete with elastic band), and even though you get five shades, it's still petite enough to fit in the palm of your hand. Inside are universally flattering neutral eyeshadow colours; two are matte and three are shimmery. 

Where to buy: Clarins

11. NARS Lipstick in Banned Red

NARS Banned Red (swatch)

NARS Lipstick in Banned Red, swatched on lips

In case you couldn't tell, I'm loving this trend right now of more muted, '90s-inspired lip colours with brown undertones. From NARS' spring collection, this Lipstick in Banned Red is one of them! See how it's a red, but a subdued, almost washed-out red? It is described as "mulled wine" and gives you the perfect amount of colour without overtaking your features. It's limited edition, so time is of the essence...

Where to buy: Nordstrom, Sephora, Hudson's Bay

12. Chanel Le Vernis Nail Gloss in 683 Sunrise Trip

Back to Chanel... Besides the foundation, the most interesting thing in their spring makeup collection (if you can still find it!) is this Le Vernis Nail Gloss in 683 Sunrise Trip. Yes, a nail gloss! Don't look tooooo closely at my application, but it's a semi-sheer, jelly texture in the coolest, most vivid purple. I'm not in love with the brush, which isn't as chubby as their regular polish brushes... but I think Chanel doing nail gloss is reason enough to invest!

Where to buy: Nordstrom, Hudson's Bay (I think it might have sold out online in the time it took to write this post... so check in store!)

13. Pantene Air Spray Alcohol-Free Hairspray

Pantene has invented Air Spray, the very first alcohol-free aerosol hairspray! Without alcohol, the benefit is that it's less drying/damaging to your hair, and it leaves you with a flexible hold that isn't stiff or sticky. Before you buy, a couple things you need to know. Don't hold it too close to your head, and don't spray on too much. Because this goes on "wetter" than a traditional hairspray, it's easy to overdo it and literally dampen your style. But if you use it very sparingly and let it dry for a moment before touching your hair, I think you'll be pleasantly surprised by the touchable control and softness.

Where to buy: Drugstore.com

Conclusion

As you can see, there's loads of good stuff to get excited about this month, especially in foundation! If I had to pick just one, I'd probably go with the Chanel. And someone is going to have to pry Ex-Girlfriend out of my hands... it's just my dream lip colour/texture!

1. Chanel Foundation | 2. YSL Foundation | 3. NARS Skin Tint | 4. Make Up For Ever Concealer | 5. Benefit Blush | 6. Sephora Makeup Bag | 7. Urban Decay 714 Lipstick | 8. Urban Decay Ex-Girlfriend Lipstick | 9. Urban Decay Ex-Girlfriend Lip Liner | 10. Clarins Eyeshadow | 11. NARS Lipstick | 12. Chanel Nail Gloss | 13. Pantene Hairspray

What's your favourite new product this month?