The Best New Beauty Products To Try This Month, From Festive Eye Makeup To Shower Essentials

Welcome to The Haul, our monthly column where we uncover the best new beauty products to add to your shopping cart.

There are plenty of things you could spend your money on at the end of the year, from a well-deserved vacation to a set of fancy new luggage (for said getaway). Considering it’s the holiday season, presents are also a likely candidate. And there are thankfully more than enough new makeup and skincare products to gift all the beauty lovers on your list, from eyeshadow palettes for the person who loves a little sparkle and shimmer to anti-aging treatments for those concerned with preventing or diminishing the appearance of wrinkles (i.e., everyone).

I’ve tested a handful of makeup palettes, moisturizers, fragrances, cleansers and serums to bring you a solid roundup of giftable new beauty launches. Ahead, find longwearing eyeshadow pigments from Makeup by Mario, a skin brightening serum from Algenist, an intoxicating fragrance from Tom Ford and many more options to give and receive.

Eye-Popping Pigments

Decorating your eyelids with festive pigments this time of year can be just as fun as trimming the Christmas tree, and you can go all out with this quad featuring matte, metallic and shimmer pigments. The waterproof formulas go on smoothly and stay there without creasing or fading.

A Luxurious Highlighter

You will probably keep this pearlescent highlighter in your makeup bag long after you hit pan, since it comes with a mirrored compact that bears the Hermès insignia. Considering the highlighter doubles as a luxe keepsake, getting it for under $100 is practically a steal.


A Body Wash For Rough, Sensitive Skin

With jojoba wax beads that hydrate as they exfoliate, this fragrance-free body wash is perfect for smoothing and softening patches of rough, bumpy skin. And because it’s comprised of ingredients that mimic the body’s natural sebum, the formula won’t disrupt skin’s pH.


A Fragrant Wake-Up Call

Working out is a great way to start the day. But for those who need an energizing method that doesn’t involve sweat or soreness, this invigorating spray is the next best thing (right after coffee). Mist a few pumps into the shower before stepping in, and let the zesty aroma of lime, sweet orange and ginger wake you up.


A Mood-Boosting Unisex Fragrance

This fragrance will help keep spirits lifted throughout the holiday season and beyond. It’s comprised of palo santo wood, African ebony wood and rose—a blend of woody notes that’s said to be the most indulgent of scents.


A Set Of Lip Plumping Glosses

From adding fillers to overlining your lips, there are many ways to make your pout appear fuller. But if you want to go the natural route, try these collagen-stimulating lip glosses instead. They’re made with clean ingredients that visibly plump while giving lips a glassy shine.


A One-Of-Kind Brightening Serum

If improving the appearance of dark spots and discoloration has been a struggle, that can change with this new brightening serum. It’s formulated with blue algae vitamin C, which helps enhance skin clarity, tone, luminosity and hydration (and in as little as 10 days based on one clinical study).


A Moisturizer That Will Get You Plumped

If you thought you already had everything you needed from Glow Recipe’s fruit-powered skincare line to take your skin to the next level, think again. Grab this new antioxidant-rich moisturizer that plumps and hydrates the skin—making it look the bounciest it’s ever been, thanks to hyaluronic acid, polyglutamic acid and three types of plums (kakadu, illawara, burdekin), and then you’ll be all set.


A Romantic Red Lipstick

You might not be able to get on the next flight to Paris, but you can create Parisian inspired makeup looks with Lancome’s limited edition Emily In Paris makeup collection. It includes this matte red lipstick that has a romantic aesthetic, much like the city of love.


A Wrinkle Smoother

Getting fillers to smooth out fine lines and wrinkles is a popular technique for making those pesky signs of aging disappear, but it can also be a costly and inconvenient procedure, which is why you may want to snag this targeted wrinkle corrector as a more affordable quick fix. You can use this skin-plumping treatment with peptide and hyaluronic acid to blur out deepset wrinkles on the forehead, around the mouth, in between brows and around the orbital bone.


An Ultra Longwear Waterproof Eyeliner

Ariana Grande’s bold winged eyeliner is just as famous as her sky-scraping ponytail. So you might not be surprised to learn that her new makeup line includes a midnight black eyeliner that has an intense color payoff. And it comes with a felt tip that’s perfect for creating graphic eye makeup looks.


A Cleansing And Hydrating Body Bar

With temperatures taking a dip, the skin could use all the moisture it can get, so why not incorporate moisturizing products into every step of your bodycare routine? Lather up with this new body bar from Humanrace, formulated with kaolin clay (to balance and purify the skin), shea butter (to moisturize and soothe the skin) and snow mushroom (to lock moisture in).