The new year is only a week away, but we've already set our sights on a whole host of new beauty goodies that we're itching to get our hands on. High-tech skin care, drop-dead gorgeous makeup, nail polishes that beg for new nail-art ideas: There are so many interesting, beautiful, gotta-have-it launches for 2012 that we had a hard time narrowing down our list to the absolute must-haves on our lust list. In the end, these were the 12 products we just could not get out of our heads, dreams, and afternoon space-out sessions. Click through to find out why these shiny new launches have us so psyched for spring.
Modern Art Eyeshadow
Created in collaboration with German artist Anselm Reyle, this sick shadow palette features a camouflage pattern of swirled silver, gray, charcoal, and purple shades. The palette and a corresponding set of five bold polishes are part of a larger collection of equally awesome accessories, jewelry, and bags created with the modernist artist.
Anselm Reyle for Dior Eyeshadow Palette, $110, available in January.
Photo: Courtesy of Dior
There's nothing we hate more than being wasteful, and throwing out a beautifully packaged product is the ultimate beauty waste. We've often found ourself wishing someone would make more of our favorite products refillable, sparing us the separation anxiety of tossing out a pretty package
. Wish granted: Behold the refillable mascara! Guerlain's newest lash-lengthener is housed in a stunning black lacquer case with a built-in mirror. When you've used up the mascara, simply pop out the cartridge and replace it with a new one — it comes with a new brush and everything!
Guerlain Noir G Mascara, $49, available in January.
Photo: Courtesy of Guerlain
The Most Blowout-Friendly Brush Ever
Whenever we talk to hairstylists about how to get a great blowout
, the first thing they always tell us is to make sure all of the excess water is out of our hair. Easier said than done — for those of us with super-long or thick hair, it can feel like it takes forever
for our manes to stop dripping. That's why Goody's nifty new brush is such a hit around the office — it's infused with microfiber bristles that suck up water like a little sponge, smoothing your hair and decreasing your drying time with every stroke. And because we know you germaphobes are going to ask, the bristles contain antimicrobials, so you don't have to worry about any mold or mildew throwing a party on your hairbrush.
Goody Quik Style Paddle Brush, $11.99, available in March.
Photo: Courtesy of Goody
Sweet, Pretty Polish Shades
Chanel has been playing it pretty daring on the nail front lately with moody metallics
and bold primary colors
, but this season sees a return to the brand's ladylike roots. The spring collection is full of sophisticated pink and nude shades that will elevate any makeup look. We're digging the apricot June polish — expect to see lots of variations of orange and peach in the months to come.
Chanel Le Vernis in May, June, and April, $25, available in January.
Photo: Courtesy of Chanel
The Facial In A Bottle
We don't use the phrase "skin transforming" lightly, but in the case of this awesome new complexion savior, it really, really
applies. Based on the machine that the celebrity aesthetician uses to give all her A-list clients their red-carpet glow, this at-home treatment features hyaluronic acid, oxygen, and wrinkle-relaxing perfluorocarbons. It sprays on your face as a foam, which you then rub in, where it's instantly absorbed for a fresh, non-sticky feel. It's marketed as an anti-aging treatment
, but our tester saw an immediate improvement in her fine lines, tone, texture, and
breakouts. After just one week of using this game-changer, we got a ton of compliments on our skin; people kept asking us if we'd just gotten a facial. Just be careful: The glow is addictive, so plan to drop some serious cash stocking up. Our bottle just ran out and we're already in withdrawal.
Kate Somerville DermalQuench Liquid Lift, $95, available in March.
Photo: Courtesy of Dior
Ultra-Blendable Dream Bouncy Blush
Do we really need to give you a reason when it has a name this awesome? Okay, fine: The gel formula has the lightness of a powder with the blendability of a cream, so this blush bubble feels airy, melts in seamlessly, and gives you a super-fresh flush. Happy now?
Maybelline Dream Bouncy Blush, $7.99, available in January.
Photo: Courtesy of Maybelline
The Safe-And-Effective Hair Straightening System
After all the (rightfully) bad press keratin treatments have been getting, it seemed like girls with out-of-control coiffs were going to have to resign themselves to a life of frizz and flyaways. Not so. Ojon's new at-home straightening system uses a plant-based keratin to realign keratin bonds, sealing in straightness and locking out humidity and frizz. The formula has the same pH as your hair, so it's gentle and non-corrosive, meaning no gloves or masks are needed. Each treatment takes 90 minutes and will last for up to 30 shampoos. We like that it comes in two strengths: one for wavy, loose curls and one for medium to tight curls.
Ojon Super Sleek Straightening Complex, $39, available in February.
Photo: Courtesy of Ojon
Our New Lip-Hue Obsessions
They had us at candy face: Yves Saint Laurent's spring 2012 makeup collection features playful shades for lips, eyes, and cheeks. We're loving the sugary-sweet new shades of this sheer balm, which coats lips in a hydrating, shiny wash of pastel color.
Yves Saint Laurent Candy Face Volupté Sheer Candy in Iced Plum and Cool Guava, $30, available in February.
Photos: Courtesy of Yves Saint Laurent
Foundation That Covers Like Foundation But Wears Like Tinted Moisturizer
Like most women under a certain age, our absolute biggest makeup pet peeve is foundation that looks and feels caked on. Back in the day, foundation used to be about uniformity and covering everything up, but nowadays, women want makeup that looks like their skin, just better. This innovative new foundation features a matrix of ultra-fine pigments and multi-reflective prisms that create a natural, light-reflecting tint for a radiant, even finish. It also features a tri-phase formula that has to be shaken up — this helps blend the formula and traps micronized air particles within. The result is a lightweight, breathable application that feels (and looks) as natural as bare skin.
Estée Lauder Invisible Fluid Makeup, $35, available in March.
Photo: Courtesy of Estée Lauder
Nail-Art Inspiring Laquer
See, told you there were going to be lots of refined color palettes this spring. Rococo's new Garden Party collection features plenty of proper pastel shades, plus one wildcard fuchsia mixed in to shake things up. Once again, our eyes keep wandering back to the peach, this one infused with some subtle silver shimmer to keep it current.
Rococo Nail Apparel Nail Colour in My Cupcake, Lady Lavender, Wild Roses, T-Cup, and Peaches, $16.50, available in February.
Photo: Courtesy of Rococo
A Two-In-One Lip Color We'll Actually Use
We love layering our lipsticks and glosses for a cool, blended effect, but we've got so many spare lippies rolling around at the bottom of our purse, we could open our own Sephora. These new double-ended pout prettifiers feature a creamy lip color on one end and a shimmery hue on the other. Each of the complementary shade duos were created with Pat McGrath, so you know they're going to look phenomenal together. We can't wait to mix and match our own custom lip look.
CoverGirl Blast Flipstick, $8.49, available in January.
Photo: Courtesy of CoverGirl
The Cure For Deflated Hair
Okay, so thinning hair isn't exactly the sexiest subject on the planet, but hear us out — this new revitalizing treatment is actually pretty awesome for all hair types. Formulated with ginseng and turmeric, which are said to energize the scalp and promote hair growth, we've actually found that it makes a kick-ass styling aid. Spray it on second-day hair, massaging it into the scalp (mmm, tingly), and your hair will look instantly refreshed, healthier, and thicker.
Aveda Invati Scalp Revitalizer, $60, available in January.
Photo: Courtesy of Aveda