August Beauty Launches We Can't Wait To Add To Cart | Clozette

Would you believe that we're already past the first official week of August? And as time flies, so do our beauty supplies. So what do you say about going on a little retail cruisin'? Get spoilt for choice as we lay down August 2019's hottest releases from some of our favourite beauty brands. 

Issey Miyake L'eau D'Issey Rose&Rose

August 2019 Beauty Launches - Issey Miyake Rose&Rose

SGD90 to 179/~USD65 to 130

Sweet yet sultry, elegant yet mischievous, this new scent from Issey Miyake Parfums channels all facets of a rose — prickly thorns included. It delivers a unique allure that represents every side of a woman. Celebrating the 'uncontested queen of flowers' in Rose&Rose, the fragrance mixes two types of the flower (Bulgarian and centifolia) in a bottle concocted to leave a lasting impression in every whiff. If you're looking for a new scent that might just be your signature, this is definitely one to consider.  

KATE Tokyo Super Sharp Liner EX2.0

August 2019 Beauty Launches - Kate Tokyo Super Sharp Liner EX 2.0


Whether or not winged liners are your go-to eye look, you wouldn't be able to resist KATE Tokyo's upgraded Super Sharp Liner EX version 2.0. Its super thin tip gives you full control on how you want your wing to look, from slick and sharp to soft and subtle. It's no wonder its OG version was a cult-favourite and now, this one is vying for that title, too.

Fresh Sugar Mint Rush Freshening Lip Treatment

August 2019 Beauty Launches - Fresh Sugar Mint Rush Freshening Lip Treatment


Fresh's crowd-favourite lip savers get an addition to their family with the new Sugar Mint Rush Freshening Lip Treatment. The first of its kind, it features an advanced dual-action system that gives a cooling sensation to your lips as its soothes and hydrates all throughout the day. Just swipe, press your lips together and indulge in a minty freshness that you'll definitely find addicting. If you have not taken lip care seriously before, this one will surely change the game for you. 

HERA Sun Mate line

August 2019 Beauty Launches - Hera Sun Mate Line

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We can't stress this enough: sun protection is important no matter the season. Whether it's raining cats and dogs outside or the sun is shining as bright as ever, HERA's newest Sun Mate line promises to cover all bases for everyone. Choose between the Sun Mate Excellence (with skin brightening and anti-ageing properties), the Sun Mate Protector (with purifying and skin-protect attributes), and the Sun Mate Leports Pro Waterproof (perfect for prolonged outdoor activities), all with SPF 50+/PA++++ for UV Protection and skin-nourishing ingredients that will keep your skin in top shape as you go about your daily affairs. 

Kora Organics Noni Bright Vitamin C Serum

August 2019 Beauty Launches - Kora Organics Noni Bright Vitamin C Serum

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Want to bring some glow to your skin, stat? You're in luck as Kora Organics introduces their Noni Bright Vitamin C Serum this month. Formulated with a blend of kakadu plum, acerola cherry, orange and lemon peels, and the noni fruit to bring forth a Vitamin C Superfruit concoction, constant usage aims to stimulate skin repair, rejuvenation, and protection for a lit-from-within glow. The addition of red pepper also helps healthy collagen production, which increases health elasticity and aids the skin against ageing due to sun exposure. 

Guerlain Kiss-Kiss Matte and Liquid Lipsticks

August 2019 Beauty Launches - Guerlain Kiss Kiss Lipsticks

SGD53/~USD38 each

Get ready to pucker up and share some kisses with their newest Kiss-Kiss Lipsticks in Matte and Liquid variations. Each is made with bold pigments, a non-drying formula, and with an empowered woman in mind for all-around wearability and elegant beauty. P.S. The Kiss-Kiss Matte's unique cube-like casing is specially created by designer Hervé Van Der Straeten for a timeless, elegant appeal. 

Kat Von D Beauty Limited Edition Creamfoil Eyeshadow 

August 2019 Beauty Launches - Kat Von D Beauty Creamfoil Eyeshadow

SGD29/~USD20.99 each

Love her or hate her, KVD's beauty releases still incite excitement. Now, one to covet is the limited-edition Creamfoil Eyeshadow, which uses a cream-powder formula to deliver an intense metallic colour that will inspire the oohs and aahs of everyone you know. It's buttery, blendable, and stunning with its reflective finish. Take your pick between its two shades, Crystal Rose and Silver Chrome. 

Clarins Joli Rouge Lacquer Line

SGD33 to 60/~USD24 to 43

Primp up, ladies! Clarins brings to the table four new products under their Joli Rouge Lacquer Line, namely the Joli Rouge Lacquer balm lip treatment, the Joli Blush, the Everlasting Youth Fluid, and the Natural Lip Perfector. Each takes pride in being infused with organic and skin-loving ingredients that keep you looking pretty even when you strip off your makeup at the end of the day. 

Dior Forever Couture Perfect Cushion

August 2019 Beauty Launches - Dior Rouge Cushion Foundation


Got excited by the news that Natalie Porter is playing female Thor in Marvel's new phase? While that's still a long time ahead, you can still channel Porter's timeless smart and sexy appeal with Dior's upgraded Forever Couture Perfect Cushion. As modelled by the Hollywood A-lister herself, this base is long-wearing, lightweight and claims to have a fresh, luminous finish that will make your skin glowing as ever. 

Les Merveilleuses Ladurée 2019 Autumn Makeup Collection

August 2019 Beauty Launches - Laduree 2019 Autumn Makeup Collection

SGD36 to 80/~USD26 to 57.90

A vintage take on beauty is such a hit these days and we can totally see the appeal. Because seriously, who can resist some dainty drama on their vanity? If you're like us, then surely Les Merveilleuses Ladurée 2019's Autumn Makeup Collection will set your heart aflutter. Get fancy with their Liquid Rouge dressed in a pretty rose-inspired tube, create prismatic looks with their cheeky Eye Colour Collection, and top off your look with their Mixed Pressed Cheek Colour

Chanel Rouge Allure In Fusion

August 2019 Beauty Launches - Chanel Rouge Allure Ink Infusion

SGD52/~USD37 each

One can never have enough lipsticks and Chanel's latest Rouge Allure Ink Infusion liquid lip colours sure know how to tickle our fancy. Delivering an ultra-matte colour that promises to stay all-day without drying one's puckers, these lip colours invite you to go natural, bold, or even experimental with their 12 shades, half of which are gorgeous metallics. 

Benefit Cosmetics Highlighters Cookie and Tickle

August 2019 Beauty Launches - Benefit Highlighter Cookie and Tickle

SGD53/~USD38 each

From the brand that brought us some of the most coveted selection of brow and face products now comes two new highlighters. Go for Cookie if you love a luminous golden glow or Tickle if you want a featherlight pink finish. The silky-fine, high pigment payoff formula not only glides onto the skin like butter but also gives your cheekbones a mesmerising kiss of sparkle that lasts all day. Plus, it comes with a custom rounded brush and a built-in mirror for a hassle-free application while you pack on that glow. 

Antipodes Scientific Organic Eye Creams

August 2019 Beauty Launches- Antipodes Eye Cream

SGD66.75 to 69.90/~USD48 to 51

Tired eyes are the windows to a tired soul. So make sure you also give your peepers — and yourself — some pampering with these new Scientific Organic Eye Creams from Antipodes. Grab the Kiwi Seed Oil Eye Cream if you want to target fine lines and wrinkles or take home the Manuka Honey Skin Brightening Cream if dark undereyes is your main issue. Either way, each product is formulated with the best organic ingredients from New Zealand, helping to lift, depuff, and bring the sparkle back into your eyes. 

Hourglass latest brow and eye products

August 2019 Beauty Launches- Antipodes Eye Cream

SGD47 to 50/~USD34 to 36

Hourglass makes sure that your brows and eye makeup would be on fleek with their latest releases. The Arch Brow Microsculpting Pencil promises precision and natural-looking strokes for beautifully defined brows. Next, the Scattered Light Glitter Eyeshadow delivers pigment, blendability, and an intense prismatic finish to give your eyes a bold and exciting look at every swipe. Lastly, their Eyelash Curler promises to give your lashes a beautiful lift, perfect for creating a fanned-out, wide-eye effect worthy of lash envy. 

Next, here are the picks that spark our passion this month.



Sephora has become everyone’s go-to beauty haven. Whether we’re wanting a skincare boost or a new palette to try out, a quick round through their stores or just a quick scroll through their online shop gives us our much-needed beauty fix. Other than its convenience, what makes the beauty platform loved by all are the variety of products to choose from. And this fall, it seems they’re launching more to spoil us beauty junkies. Aside from new products from BYBI, Inkey List, Galinée, Allies of Skin, and Dr. Roebuck’s, take a peek at some of the other best-sellers and favourites you can shop.

First, frame your eyes with Tarte’s Unleashed Eyeshadow Palette, complete with vegan 15-shade matte and metallic shades that make for a wild look. Pair it with voluminised lashes thanks to the travel-sized Big Ego Mascara that comes along with it. 

Next, give your whole body that sparkly radiance with Anastasia Beverly Hills Shimmer Body Oil. With its glittery lightweight formula, you can have a subtle golden glow without the greasy feel. 

There’s also the all-new Glamglow Berryglow Probiotic Mask that can help you glow from within. Boost your skin’s moisture with its cream-like formula containing an antioxidant-rich blend of berries.

Enhance that glow on your face with a sun-kissed look courtesy of the Smashbox Cali Kissed Highlight & Blush Palette. Brush up with its four shimmering shades and matte blush powders to look like you’ve just stepped off the beach.

Lastly, for those still in search for their holy grail moisturisers, try out the Marc Jacobs Beauty Youthquake Hydra-Full Retexturizing Gel Crème. Its pineapple-based formula will give your skin its much-needed exfoliating hydration — perfect for those with normal to dry skin types! 

Get these and more at Sephora stores island-wide and online.


They say having an anti-ageing regimen should start during your mid or late 20s. Well, I hit 30 this year, and I’m only getting started. I’d like to think that using sunscreen on those five or so years that I didn’t slather on creams will make up for it. If that fails, I hope using the Sunday Riley A+ High Dose Retinoid Serum can at least help lessen the blow (and by blow, I mean fine lines and wrinkles).

Sunday Riley A+ High Grade Retinoid Serum

Retinol, they say, is the creme de la creme of anti-ageing. From dermatologists to women in their 50s who look like they’re in their late 30s, this ingredient is said to be the top pick if you’re looking to maintain a youthful look. Is it true? With 5 per cent retinol ester and one per cent Liposome-encapsulated retinol in each bottle of this new Sunday Riley crowd-favourite, will it be my holy-grail for retinol?

Packaging, appearance and texture

Before we get to that, let’s start dissecting it from the outside-in. The Sunday Riley A+ High Dose Retinoid Serum comes in a royal blue glass bottle that evokes a feeling of luxury. The bottle, as one might assume, has a good heft (even though it only contains 30ml of product). It looks pretty on the vanity. The downside? The opacity of the bottle makes it hard to know how much of the product you’ve already used.

Swatch of the Sunday Riley Retinoid Serum

The product itself is not as photogenic. It also has a fragrance that has a mixture of botanical and medical, which can be off-putting to some. Both of these, however, are salvaged by the fact that the serum’s texture is divine. It glides on smoothly and doesn’t leave an oily feeling on the skin despite the product being oil-based. 


I started incorporating the serum into my routine a couple of months ago. During the first week, I started applying a pump’s worth of the product after my toner at night every two nights. At this stage, my skin was drier than ever. But after easing into the routine, I was finally able to enjoy the moisturising effect of the Hawaiian White Honey (a pro-skin humectant) in the serum. I then moved on to using it every other night. They say you can start using it nightly after a couple of weeks. But I still use acids and don’t want to over-exfoliate my skin so I keep it to just every other night. And since retinoid makes the skin more prone to sun damage, I make sure to continue putting sunscreen diligently. 

The Sunday Riley High Grade Retinoid Serum has been part of my routine for 2 months now.

Results and overall thoughts

After two months, I’ve noticed that my skin’s texture has become better. The lesions from past acne are still there but no longer as pronounced. The redness on my skin has also subsided. Although I wish the serum could help with my pores, too, because they continue to make their presence known. As far as wrinkles go, however, I’d wait a couple more months to see results. Do I look like I'm a decade younger? Not really, and I honestly don't wish it. But my skin is calmer and noticeably clearer now, which I am delighted with.

So that leaves us to the golden question: Do I plan on buying the Sunday Riley A+ High Dose Retinoid Serum when I finish what I currently have? With a price tag of SGD128/~USD85 for 30ml of product, I'm still on the fence. I'll only really get to see the results when I'm old (since this is anti-ageing after all). But I can't deny that the current changes in my skin are pleasant. That said, I'd probably settle for a more inexpensive version until I can muster up the courage to swipe my card for it. But if you have the budget for it, I suggest you keep this on your to-buy list.

The serum is available at Sephora Singapore.