The 20 best beauty launches of 2013

20 December 2013

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The 20 Best Beauty Launches of 2013

2013 was full of new launches, from CC creams to make-up by leading make-up artists of our time. Rosie Green compiles a list of the top 20 beauty launches this year, as picked by our expert team...

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The AERIN Fragrance Collection

Lilac Path, Evening Rose, Gardenia Rattan, and Amber Musk are all high quality, beautifully packaged and seriously want-able. GTG’s Ayesha Muttucumaru says she was ‘totally spoilt for choice’ when they launched in November.

£85 each, www.esteelauder.co.uk

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Clarins Double Serum

This anti-ageing product was beloved by all. Make-up artist and beauty obsessive Ruby Hammer says ‘I LOVE it… from the smell to how my skin feels after I use it. I am on my fourth bottle since launch!’

£55, www.clarins.co.uk

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Bobbi Brown Smokey Eye Mascara

‘The perfect consistency, it delivers satisfyingly luscious lashes that don’t look fake and don’t budge,’ says Rosie Green.

£22, www.bobbibrown.co.uk

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Aurelia Probiotic Skincare

Beloved by the GTG team and Ruby Hammer, who says: ‘The whole range is superb but the Miracle Cleanser, £34, is outstanding. It smells good, feels good, IS good.’ GTG’s Susannah Taylor is a huge fan of the Eye Revitalising Duo, £70. ‘A pair of specialist eye products – one for renewing skin whilst you sleep, the other for perking them up in the morning – amazing.’

From £34, www.liberty.co.uk

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Bourjois Cream Blush

‘The texture is truly amazing,’ says Mary Greenwell. ‘Gorgeously creamy and deliciously pretty.  And the quality is no different to luxury beauty brands.’

£7.99, www.boots.com

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Aromatherapy Associates Inner Strength Bath and Shower Oil

‘My go-to emotional pick me up no matter what's going on,’ says beauty editor Catherine Turner. ‘I use a few drops in the bath, massage on before a shower, or even as a perfume.’

£39, www.aromatherapyassociates.com

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Chanel Les Beiges

‘Even powder phobes like me love this superbly formulated, radiance boosting, complexion perfecting powder,’ says Rosie Green.  ‘It’s never cake-y.’

£38, www.houseoffraser.co.uk

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Charlotte Tilbury Make-up

Make-up artist Mary Greenwell says it’s the best new range she’s seen for years. Kiran Branch loves the Iconic Liquid Eye Pencils, £19, whilst GTG Creative Director Sarah Vine raves about Colour Chameleon Eye Shadow Pencils, £19. ‘Soft, creamy, easy to apply, long lasting and just super pretty,’ she says. GTG’s Editor-in-Chief Susannah Taylor meanwhile is ‘crazy about the Magic Cream,” £70, which she says ‘imparts this incredible glow – it’s like a make-up primer but a moisturiser too.”

From £19, www.charlottetilbury.com

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Bioderma Crealine H20

A perennial backstage staple, this ultra gentle, alcohol-free, non-rinse micellar water ‘removes impurities and even waterproof make-up without drawing out moisture from my skin,’ says GTG staffer Kiran Branch. ‘After years of stocking up on trips to France it finally came to our shores,’ says beauty editor Emma Gunavardhana. ‘About time!’

£10, www.escentual.com

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Kérastase Elixir Ultime Crème

‘This intensely nourishing hair treatment is every bit as reparative and restorative as the award-winning Elixir Ultime Oil,’ says Kiran Branch, ‘but comes in a lightweight cream formula that works on dry hair.’

£27.60, ww.feelunique.com

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Clinique A Different Nail Enamel

We’ve never experienced the varnish-induced eye irritation this product is designed to avoid, but Judy Johnson of GTG column Sense and Sensitivity is a big fan, and Rosie Green says the ‘outstanding range has brilliant shades, lovely packaging and delivers a glossy, long lasting mani.’

£12, www.clinique.co.uk

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Color WOW Root Cover Up

Truly life-changing beauty innovations are rare, but we were blown away by this non-sticky, root-disguising product. Super facialist Sarah Chapman says ‘It’s genius for when your hair looks tired and in need of freshening up. It can give you an extra week before colouring.’

£28.50, uk.spacenk.com

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Maybelline Baby Lips Lip Balm

After an agonising wait this nourishing, lip enhancing product is finally available in the UK. GTG contributor and Hello beauty editor Nadine Baggott says it’s the ‘best budget tinted lip balm around.’

£2.99, www.boots.com

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La Roche-Posay Redermic R Anti-wrinkle Treatment

Dermatologist Dr Sam Bunting thinks this retinol-powered product is superb. ‘Elegantly formulated, with a powerful anti-ageing action that’s well-tolerated in most skin-types.’

£28, www.boots.com

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Philip Kingsley One More Day Dry Shampoo

The genius formulation means it’s lightweight, smells great, is non-itchy and incredibly effective.  Susannah Taylor’s a big fan. ‘It beats out the competition!’

£13.50, www.philipkingsley.co.uk

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Ole Henriksen Perfect Truth CC Crème

Catherine Turner says, ‘There were lots of great CC launches this year, but this one is in my make-up bag as it seems to give just the right amount of 'yoga glow' to my pale skin.’

£29, www.feelunique.com

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Diptyque Hourglass Diffuser in Figuier or Baies

Oh how we love Diptyque’s latest innovation. ‘Beautiful looking and incredible smelling, it is easily refillable and preposterously chic,’ says Rosie Green.

£100, www.diptyqueparis.co.uk

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Espa Optimal Skin Proserum

‘Combines the pampering, nourishing feel of an oil with the efficacy of an intensive serum,’ says beauty editor Rosie Green.  ‘My skin looks brilliantly brighter, plumper and younger.’

£48, www.espaskincare.com

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Original Mineral Frizzy Logic Shine Serum

GTG’s Ayesha  Muttucumaru is a ‘huge fan of this small but mighty hair smoothing saviour.  Only a few drops are needed to transform dry ends back to their silky best.’

£20, www.net-a-porter.com

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SkinCeuticals Mineral Radiance UV Defense SPF50

Dr Bunting says of this skin saver, ‘This uber-protective physical sunscreen is lightweight, silky in texture and won’t clog pores. It’s also well-tolerated by those with sensitive skin and readily compatible with make-up.’

£34, www.effortlessskin.com