2019 has been
good to beauty enthusiasts. In just four short months, the year has presented an entire rainbow of lipsticks and glosses, a slew of scalp-detoxing hair care products, and all the over-the-counter retinol anyone could ever want. I’ve been asking myself when my bathroom shelf is going to break under the weight of it all, and to paraphrase *NYSYNC: It’s gonna be May. These 31 May 2019 beauty products — from makeup to nail care to fragrance and everything in between — "may" just be the best of the year.
The theme of the month? Options.
PUR’s new 4-in-1 Love Your Selfie Foundation comes in an astounding 100 shades, so there’s sure to be a near-exact match for your skin tone; while Charlotte Tilbury launched her latest Glowgasm collection with no less than 10 glow-getting products to choose from. And don’t even get me started on all the CBD.
Hot on the heels of 420 — aka Apr. 20, the cannabis industry’s biggest holiday — it seems that
every beauty category is getting a trendy infusion of cannabidiol. Lord Jones, one of the most established CBD brands in the biz, finally enters the facial skincare space this month with its multitasking Royal Oil, a “booster” that can be added to your usual serum or face oil and applied topically, or mixed in with your morning iced matcha and ingested. Love Wellness has grown-up bath time covered with its new Timeout CBD Bath Salts, featuring hydrating hemp seed oil as well as hemp-derived CBD. Follow it up with Ellis Brooklyn Marvelous Massage and Body Oil, which features full-spectrum CBD to soothe your skin from neck to toe.
Ahead, the 31 best beauty buys of May 2019.
1 Dior Capture Youth Age-Delay Progressive Peeling Creme
Dior's May 1 launch is nothing short of magical: It's a gentle acid peel that
won't irritate sensitive skin. How does it do it? A blend of exfoliating AHAs and replenishing vitamin B. 2 111Skin Rose Gold Radiance Booster
Your skin's favorite day of the month is bound to be May 6, when 111Skin's newest product launches exclusively at Net-a-Porter. Made with rose extract and *literal* 24 karat gold, it's designed to deliver an envy-inducing glow.
3 Redken Nature + Science Color Extend Shampoo
Launching in May, Redken's Nature + Science line is pretty self-explanatory: It blends the best of nature (like antioxidant ginseng) and science (a strategically engineered formulation) to keep your color safe from fading.
4 Amika Sexture Beach Look Shampoo
Amika makes beach waves easier than ever on May 1 with its Sexture Beach Look Shampoo. Yup, this product creates texture
while cleansing, so you can skip the sea salt spray. 5 Raincry Radiance Rinse
Raincry's Radiance Rinse (coming in May) counters the dulling effects of environmental pollution with active botanicals — so your hair stays radiant
and free from free radicals. 6 Deborah Lippmann Ibiza
This "terracotta crème" shade from Deborah Lippmann's Summer 2019 collection, available in May, is the go-with-everything shade your nails have been waiting for.
7 EM Cosmetics Fine Liner Brow Pencil
Want natural-looking brows (but, you know, better)? Look no further than EM Cosmetics' new pencil, launched in mid-April, which features an ultra-fine tip for "feather-like hair strokes" on one side and a groom-on-the-go spoolie on the other.
8 Tom Ford Lip Spark in Surge
For lips that shimmer like a spring sunset, treat yourself to Tom Ford's April release: a golden-toned lipstick infused with
all the sparkles. 9 Charlotte Tilbury Glowgasm Face Palette
All-over glow has reached its, uh, climax with this new range from Charlotte Tilbury. The best of the bunch? The Glowgasm Face Palette, new as of Apr. 18.
10 PUR 4-in-1 Love Your Selfie Longwear Foundation & Concealer
Say goodbye to foundation frustration. PUR 4-in-1 Love Your Selfie Foundation brought 100 different shades with its Apr. 19 launch — so you're bound to find yours.
11 Beautycounter Brilliant Brow Gel
Made with plant-based ingredients like cocoa seed butter and jojoba oil, Beautycounter's new brow gel (a late April arrival) lives up to its name by providing all the tint and definition you want, with none of the toxic ingredients. Brilliant, indeed.
12 Flesh Hot Sauce Lip Gloss
The shades of Flesh Hot Sauce Lip Gloss, released on Apr. 22, may be spicy — but the gloss, thankfully, is not. (It actually tastes like vanilla and mint.)
13 Lord Jones Royal Oil
Lord Jones breaks into the beauty business with Royal Oil, a topical
and ingestible CBD booster that launched (of course) on "420." Mix it into your moisturizer — or your green juice — for a potent dose of the good stuff. 14 VENN Skincare Advanced Multi-Perfecting Red Oil Serum
VENN's mission is to streamline your skincare routine, and on Apr. 23, the brand's Multi-Perfecting Red Oil Serum made that possible. Packed with 34 botanicals oils, this single product can stand in for your usual serum, moisturizer, and facial oil.
15 Drunk Elephant Slaai Makeup Melting Butter Cleanser
"Butter cleanser" might not sound super appealing, but Drunk Elephant's early April release is actually less buttery, more balmy — and
just what your dry skin's been craving. 16 Farmacy Honey Grail Ultra-Hydrating Face Oil
Despite the name and the ingredient list, Honey Grail Face Oil isn't sticky at all — but its hydrating power
did generate some buzz when it was introduced on Apr. 23. 17 Kérastase Nutritive 8H Magic Night Serum
In Kérastase's overnight hair serum, which was introduced in mid-April, Vitamin B complex and iris root extract come together to condition and repair strands while you snooze — not to mention, cut down on pillow friction — giving a whole new meaning to the term "beauty sleep."
18 Verb Ghost Mask
Attention, fans of Verb's cult-favorite Ghost Oil: As of Apr. 17, there's a mask version. And it's
good. 19 Love Wellness Timeout CBD Bath Salts
This month, indulge in some well-deserved "me time" with Love Wellness' new CBD range, introduced on Apr. 9. May I suggest the (divine) Timeout CBD Bath Salts?
20 Follain Everything Soap
Stock up on Follain's eco-friendly Everything Soap, part of the clean beauty retailer's new in-house product line, launched mid-April. It can be used for hands, body, and even dishes; and comes in a refillable glass bottle.
Plus, it smells incredible. Is there anything this soap doesn't do? (No.) 21 OUAI After Sun Body Soother
OUAI After Sun Body Soother (released Apr. 25), a spray-on foaming moisturizer that hydrates and cools sun-warmed skin with cucumber, aloe juice, and rosehip oil, is sure to be a new summer staple. Founder Jen Atkin tells The Zoe Report it's like an "at-home cryotherapy experience." Yes, please.
22 HauteBronze Tan Towel Half Body Self Tan Towelettes
Self-tanning just got a little easier thanks to Tan Towels, the Apr. 11 launch from new brand HauteBronze. Simply swipe one over arms and legs (each towelette has a pre-measured amount of tanner), let dry, and bask in your faux glow.
23 Ellis Brooklyn Marvelous Massage and Body Oi
the most glamorous product your gym bag has ever seen, Ellis Brooklyn's CBD-infused body oil, an Apr. 16 release, is key for alleviating post-workout pain (without the mentholated scent of most muscle rubs, natch). 24 Chanel Longwear Nail Colour in Perle de Corail
Hitting on two of spring's biggest beauty trends — a pearlescent sheen and the color coral — Chanel's Cruise 2019 shade is one you shouldn't miss.
25 Dior Sun Glow
This warm, shimmering shade of gold just
feels like summer, don't you think? Scoop it up while you can — the limited-edition polish launched in early April and won't be available long. 26 Smith & Cult Magnetic Metallic Nail Polish in Palace In Wonderland
There's nothing subtle about Smith & Cult's mid-April arrival. This metallic pink nail polish is loud and I love it.
27 27. Ralph Lauren Woman Intense Eau de Parfum
Those who liked the original Ralph Lauren Woman fragrance will
love its "Intense" counterpart, which was just released in late April. Updated with black vanilla, black currant, and neroli oil, it's seriously sexy. 28 Carolina Herrera Good Girl Dot Drama Eau de Parfum
Part of the brand's April collaboration with model Karlie Kloss, Carolina Herrera's Good Girl Dot Drama blends light jasmine and sweet cacao for a super-feminine perfume.
29 Henry Rose Last Light
Henry Rose, an early April release from Michelle Pfeiffer, is the "first line of fine fragrances created with 100 percent ingredient transparency,"
according to the brand's site. It's verified by the Environmental Working Group, too, so you can rest assured there are no toxic chemicals inside (only delightful scents). 30 Tocca Gia Eau de Parfum
Tocca's most recent release, Gia, is equal parts sultry (sandalwood, amber) and uplifting (pink peppercorn, Turkish rose).
31 Giorgio Armani Sì Fiori Eau de Parfum
Neroli makes for a lush, floral vibe in the latest addition to Giorgio Armani's "Si" collection: Si Fiori.