7 Products That'll Make Up For That Summer Vacation You're Not Taking

For some people, the best part of summer is their month-long vacation on the Mediterranean shore. But for most of us, it's getting to leave work a few hours early on Fridays. We spend our time daydreaming about tropical trips that just never come to be, escaping to the beach or lake whenever possible and comforting ourselves with the knowledge that at least we can always look like we're somewhere thousands of miles away.
So yeah, we may not have a calendar full of PTO days, but we do have these palm-embossed glow palettes, oceanic eyeshadows, and ultra-bright nail polishes in our lives — and they're making us feel pretty damn summery.
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Ahead, check out the launches that'll make your co-workers think you're headed somewhere more exotic than your local YMCA pool.
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If the little photograph of pretty blue umbrellas and beach chairs that decorates the top of this palette isn't enough reason for you to buy it, the shimmery, seafoam-green shadow inside should definitely be. It's one-step mermaid eyes, and we're wearing it from now 'til August.

Chantecaille Luminescent Eye Shade in Mare, $48, available in May at Chantecaille.
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The famous triple-threat formula — bronzing, blushing, highlighting — from Guerlain is back in even more shades that'll flatter porcelain to deep skin tones. Just swirl a powder brush around and hit all your high points with it for beachy radiance.
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Sure, you might not be able to bask in the sun at an exclusive beach club in Capri this summer, but there are other ways to get that vacay glow going — in four to eight hours and sans the sun damage, mind you. Enter: this newest rinse-free water mousse that goes on clear (hence its name) and features a fresh tropical scent that'll channel the relaxing feeling of sticking your toes in the sand — wherever you are.
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If these fancy neons can't get you to ditch your beloved Bordeaux shade, then we don't know what will.
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Every summer, By Terry launches a Sun Designer palette that's even better than the ones that came before it. Of course, this year's two options didn't disappoint. One offers several gorgeous blush shades, but we're feeling this bronze-highlight kit that looks like just the thing we'd place on the vanity in our Hamptons house, if we had a Hamptons house.
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Last year, it was the Heat palette. This year, it's the Beached palette. The only thing better than the palm packaging is the tropical colors inside. If you've been dying to recreate Rihanna's makeup from Wild Thoughts — yes, a year later — here's your best shot.
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Although summer hasn't even really started, it's hard not to think of its eventual end. Soon, it'll be chilly again, but at least we'll still have this gel-to-powder compact that seems to never, ever run out.
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Selena Gomez may love the brand's original Coconut Gel Highlighter, but we're smitten with the latest shade expansion: Fantasy. Still the same lightweight, shimmery, hydrating, coconut-infused formula — just way more universally flattering.
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