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The Beauty Memo

The best new beauty buys to try now

The new and exciting products worth investing in – tried and tested by PORTER’s beauty team and senior buyers

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Clockwise from top left: Estée Lauder Advanced Night Repair Eye Concentrate Matrix; Omorovicza Cooling Derma-Globes; Kjaer Weis The Cheek Collective – Happy; La Mer The Hydrating Infused Emulsion; NIOD Copper Amino Isolate Serum; Hourglass Curator Eyeshadow Palette; Refy Brow Collection; Memo Paris Eau de Parfum – Sicilian Leather

The lightweight wonder lotion: La Mer The Hydrating Infused Emulsion

With everyone so focused on ingredients and actives, we can often forget the huge importance that the perfect texture can play, too – and this new formula from La Mer is outstanding. Containing the brand’s signature Miracle Broth and soothing, plumping benefits, this hero blend now forms a deeply hydrating, light emulsion. Sitting somewhere between a serum and cream, it feels light, sinks in fast, and leaves skin feeling velvety soft – perfect for anyone who likes a light touch, but still wants to achieve plumped-up, healthy-looking skin. Newby Hands, beauty director

The two-in-one eye treatment: Estée Lauder Advanced Night Repair Eye Concentrate Matrix

With the ANR brown-bottle serum already a global beauty icon (because it works, and was one of the very first to use hyaluronic acid), any new additions to the line have to be good. And this new formula delivers; I especially love the creamy but not overly rich texture, which leaves dry skin feeling plump, not greasy. Focusing on the damage created by constant blinking, this treatment helps to support the skin, and I certainly found it helped the area stay moisturized. Best of all is the cryo-applicator, which instantly cools tired eyes and keeps the skin chilled for up to five minutes – exactly what’s needed after a day spent staring at your computer screen. NH

The personalized palette: Hourglass Curator Eyeshadow Palette

No matter how great the edit, there’s always at least one color you never use in a makeup palette – which is why this one is genius. Now, you can buy an empty palette (containing three or five pans), then choose the colors you want to fill it with, meaning you can buy the shades you love and will use. Even better, this sleek compact is easy to pop in a purse, and the beautiful range of velvety, pigment-rich colors comes in four different finishes and is 100 percent vegan. NH

The sensitive-skin serum: NIOD Copper Amino Isolate Serum

As a skincare buyer, I’m extremely fortunate to discover and try so many different brands, but this can sometimes lead to my skin becoming irritated. With any breakout, or if I’ve overindulged in exfoliants, I always turn to NIOD and its Copper Amino Isolate Serum, which has just had a formula upgrade. The watery texture does take some time to get used to, but the results – which come quickly – are impressive. Skin is soothed instantly, any redness is lessened almost immediately, and my skin’s texture looks and feels noticeably smoother. It’s become my staple savior for when my complexion (and regime) goes awry. Rosie Jameson, senior buyer

The must-have brow kit: Refy Brow Collection

The hours I spend on Instagram are totally justified when I stumble across a brand like Refy. Founded by influencer Jess Hunt, its three-step kit has saved my ’90s-ravaged brows and now I don’t leave the house without it. Comprising three items – a pomade, a perfectly precise pencil and the brand’s legendary brow sculpt – the kit makes it easy for anyone to get thicker, fuller-looking brows. The pencil and sculpt tools are double-ended, with a mini spoolie brush and brow comb for those all-important final steps. For the best inspiration, make sure you watch founder Hunt’s handy tutorials – and the incredible before and afters – on @refybeauty’s Instagram feed. Clare Sanford, senior buyer

The seasonal scent update: Memo Paris Eau de Parfum – Sicilian Leather

As the season changes, so should your perfume. While summer is all about bright, zesty scents, I find fall is a perfect time to experiment with a fragrance that is far more exotic, rich and seductive. But sometimes, for those last languid days of summer, I want a fragrance that straddles both seasons, which is exactly what Memo Paris’s Sicilian Leather does so well. An aromatic rush of sun-steeped Sicilian oranges, coupled with earthy notes of leather, envelop you in the sensual warmth of the Mediterranean sun, leaving the most head-turning of trails. Danielle Fox, senior beauty editor

The game-changing ice tool: Omorovicza Cooling Derma-Globes

They may have been the star beauty tools of Instagram, but ice globes – particularly Omorovicza’s Cooling Derma-Globes – are more than just a passing social-media trend. I find these ice-cold spheres incredibly useful when dealing with morning under-eye puffiness. The gentle rolling movement, combined with the cooling temperature, really does make a difference to my skin – so much so that I now do this ritual every morning and night. DF

The feel-good blush: Kjaer Weis The Cheek Collective – Happy

There is something incredibly joyful about this palette of blush and highlighter from organic beauty brand Kjaer Weis. The refillable blushes, inspired by late summer, are a vibrant trio of hot pink, deep berry and rose gold – and are housed in the slickest of packaging, designed to be both sustainable and practical. I like to use the warmth of my fingers to pat color onto cheekbones and under the brow for the prettiest of skin finishes. DF