May 2021s Beauty Launches, from Fenty Skin to Pat McGrath Labs

Curated by Claudia Shannon / Research Scientist / ishonest

May 2021 was the month of compact, multi-use, and innovative products. From Basma Beauty's rich, full-coverage compact stick foundation to a completely waterless way of shaving your legs and armpits courtesy of Hanni, this month was full of beauty surprises.

With temperatures rising , we also saw a great demand for body products promising smooth, buttery, sun-kissed skin. Rihanna's Fenty Skin Butta Drop was released at the beginning of the month. It's an oil-rich body cream that easily renews tired, dry skin from winter woes. Then, two major cult-favorite brands released their highly anticipated body oils. Between Summer Fridays and Ncessaire, you can't go wrong. Glossy legs are a great accessory to your cutest summer outfits.

If you have space for some newness in your regimen, below you'll find 21 beauty products that are totally worth it. We only include products that have been independently selected by ishonest's editorial team. However, we may receive a portion of sales if you purchase a product through a link in this article.


Basma Hameed launched her eponymous brand Basma Beauty in May. Inspired by her experience suffering third-degree face burns at two years old that left permanent scarring, she created the ultimate full-coverage foundation stick made with soothing vitamin E, aloe vera extract, and apricot butter.

This has everything you need. Eyeshadow, blush, lip tint, and more all fit neatly into one multi-level compact. Toss this little guy in your bag and take it anywhere and everywhere.

This evil eye blue shade is sure to be a go-to this season. We bet it looks even better on a beach. Long requested by makeup lovers and Pat McGrath fans, the makeup artist's first- ever blush range is now available and comes in nine gorgeous shades. You might never buy another mascara after this one. It only takes one swipe of this castor and argan oil infused formula to lift, lengthen, and define your lashes. Channel the legendary Prince with Urban Decay's newest collaboration. This 10- pan palette has seven shimmer and three matte shades, all inspired by the late popstar's iconic look and favorite color.


FaceGym launched its first-ever skincare line this month, and the MVP is this face cleanser. Formulated with papaya enzymes, red clover extract, and magnesium and calcium electrolytes, it really is as energizing as advertised. The Grand Amino Cushion Cream is the ultimate multipurpose moisturizer. Peptides, ceramides, and vitamins combine for skin repair and deep hydration. Just out this May and already a favorite of actress Debby Ryan and celeb hair stylist Justine Marjan, Sundree's cucumber infused under-eye masks are made with copper peptides and white tea extract to give your eyes a lift. Tatcha reformulated their best-selling skin essence for even better results. The improved formula now includes 100 percent double-concentrated Hadasei-3 that leaves skin even smoother.

BEST NEW BEAUTY MAY 2021: BODY & Lifestyle

Hanni is a cool, revolutionary beauty brand that will change the way you shave your legs. Use the Shave Pillow and the single-blade Weighted Razor to get a super-close shave no water necessary. Coconut oil and coffee seed oil are among the beneficial skincare ingredients in this exfoliating scrub. Dry skin, be gone!

Give your skin some much-needed moisture and a touch of sheen with Fenty Skin's newest launch. The Butta Drop Whipped Oil Body Cream is also scented with notes of tropical flowers, and features Kalahari melon oil, baobab oil, sunflower oil, and shea butter. It's addicting.

Get an all-over sun-kissed glow with this shimmering blend of macadamia, jojoba, apricot kernel, and sunflower oils. Elevate your space with Jackie Aina's latest FORVR Mood mini candles. The set is perfect to test out all four new scents. To all the CBD lovers out there, this resurfacing body serum is the truth. Relax and unwind with the help of 200mg of CBD, while the four-acid Blend of AHAs and BHA gently exfoliate your skin.

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