Every summer we take stock of our beauty routines. The strategy we employ during winter just won’t cut it now. Which is why we switch things up when it comes to our skin care, hair care and makeup. Thankfully, most of our seasonal must-haves come in cool packaging. They’re so impressive they’re sure to earn places of honor on your Instagram feed.
One of the biggest changes involves fragrance. Those moody, woody scents don’t suit summer. On the other hand, Acqua di Parma’s Blu Mediterraneo Mirto di Panarea simply screams summer. The fact that the brand teamed up with forte_forte on new packaging is just the icing on the cake.
On the skin care front, it’s important to show your body some love. From a firming body lotion serum that comes in a truly ornate bottle to a luxe solid moisturizer and even a retro-themed sunscreen oil, you’ll want to flaunt your skin and the products all over social media.
You can take care of your tresses in style, too. Summer calls for effortless waves and R+Co has you covered with its seaworthy spray. Shampoo bars are kind to your strands and the planet. Viori’s Citrus Yao take is almost too beautiful to use. Almost.
When it comes to makeup, we don’t just focus on lipstick, blush, highlighter, mascara and palettes. We also pay attention to the tools of the trade. Hermes’ lip brush provides precise application and style to spare.
Keep reading to see the summer staples (and their cool packaging) you need to add to your beauty regimen.
Acqua di Parma x Forte Forte Mirto di Panarea Special Edition Eau de Toilette, $189 at Neiman Marcus
Acqua di Parma gave its enchanting Blu Mediterraneo Mirto di Panarea fragrance a makeover. The brand collaborated with forte_forte to jazz things up with butterflies, flowers and a crochet emblem. There’s even a cool scoubidou accessory.
Guerlain Rouge G Luxurious Velvet Metal 16-Hour Wear Velvet Metal Lipstick, $72 at Guerlain
We don’t need another reason to pick up Guerlain’s highly pigmented and subtly pearlescent lipsticks. But the fact that you can customize the design only ups the ante. You just select your lipstick shade and case type. Our favorite? The combo of 214 Exotic Red and Scarlet Red, respectively.
La Perla Refillable Firming Body Lotion Serum, $140 at Nordstrom
You’re probably familiar with La Perla and its gorgeous lingerie. So it’s not surprising to see that the brand pays as much attention to packaging as the product itself. Take this lightweight vegan body serum that firms as it smooths. Not only is the bottle one of the most beautiful we’ve ever seen, it’s actually refillable.
Benefit Cosmetics WANDERful World Silky-Soft Powder Blush, $29 at Sephora
This blendable blush feels like you have nothing on. Its freshwater pearl and synthetic sapphire formula supplies a luminous, light-reflecting glow. The case is pretty amazing, too.
R+Co Sail Soft Wave Spray, $33 at R+Co
Wish you could set sail this summer? Well, this bold bottle is the next best thing. The lightweight spray housed inside will give you the natural, voluminous waves of your summer dreams. So you can at least look like you spent a few months out on the ocean.
Vacation Chardonnay Oil SPF 30, $22 at Vacation
Vacation is known for its retro packaging and this sunscreen oil definitely makes an impression. Its lightweight SPF 30 formula imparts subtle shine while hydrating your skin. It’s even reef-friendly.
KORA Organics Berry Bright Vitamin C Eye Cream, $56 at Sephora
Kangaroo paw flower, kakadu plum and cloudberry come together to target the signs of aging around your eyes. Consider the flashy lid a big bonus.
Hermes Lip Brush, $76 at Hermes
This hand-lacquered wooden brush has a lot going for it. Its short, thick bristles allow for precise application. And its contemporary styling will make it stand out on any vanity.
Bite Body Balm Solid Moisturizer, $32 at Bite
We don’t know which we love more… The nongreasy formula or the dazzling gold packaging. Let’s call it a tie.
NARS Climax Mascara, $25 at NARS
The beloved brand’s exclusive ribbed bristles make swiping on the whipped, blackened pigments super easy. The ribbed tube makes it a (social media) star.
Viori Shampoo Bar in Citrus Yao, $16.75 at Amazon
Shampoo bars are a great way to cut down on single-use plastic. And you can’t get fancier than this citrusy stunner. Even the bar has a stylish design.
ColourPop Cosmetics Malibu Barbie Shadow Palette, $15.60 at ColourPop Cosmetics
If you’re not feeling the Barbiecore trend (guilty), you can still show your love for the icon with this cool palette. It boasts a range of retro orange, pink, aqua and neutrals. All shades Barbie loves.
Pat McGrath Labs Skin Fetish: Highlighter + Balm Duo, $50 at Pat McGrath Labs
Pat McGrath knows what she’s doing both when it comes to creating covetable makeup and crave-worthy packaging. This striking duo features a pearlescent highlighter on one end and a transparent gel-based balm on the other.
Shiseido Limited-Edition 150 Year Anniversary Eudermine Revitalizing Essence, $62 at Shiseido
This bottle looks like it contains one of the world’s most luxe perfumes. (It’s a reproduction of the first iteration of Eudermine, which launched in 1897.) But it actually contains the brand’s hyaluronic acid-infused lotion that moisturizes as it helps with water retention.