The Compact: 5 Black Girl-Approved Beauty Launches We Guarantee You'll Love

Customizable designer lipstick and a superfood-infused hair masque are just a few of the fresh picks on our radar this month. 

Julee Wilson Aug, 11, 2017

This feature originally appeared in the September 2017 Issue of ESSENCE Magazine.

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Anything is better with a personalized touch, right? Well, YSL Beauty is offering a chance you won't want to miss. This marks the first time the luxury brand is allowing customers to choose a favorite YSL lipstick shade, then tailor its packaging by selecting a decorative cap that can be engraved with anything you desire--just like we did here with a #BlackGirlMagic-emblazoned tube. There are five fab caps to pick from: pretty hearts, gorgeous glitter, bold stars, luxe red lips (not shown) and a sassy leopard print. They look great in your hands and on your lips. And let's be honest, they're just begging to be Instagrammed. 

available at YSL Beauty $42 Buy Here

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Beloved by a diverse customer base, this Cambridge, Massachusetts, salon provides all the services you could want. The parlor focuses on education and stays on top of the latest trends in hair care, from curly cuts to bouncy blowouts to loc styling. All in all, Simply Erinn's prides itself on delivering a custom, top-notch experience for each client. 

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Sisley is making sure we're keeping the skin around our eyes and lips hydrated and wrinkle-free. The Paris-based brand's classic Sisleya Eye and Lip Cream has gotten a protein and vitamin-packed upgrade after 17 years, and it's better than ever. It also comes with a Ridoki massage tool that helps soothe the skin. 

available at Bergdorf Goodman $210 Buy Here

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Vitamin C is known for its ability to even skin tone. Mary Kay is harnessing that power with a first-to-market product that is pure Vitamin C in the form of paper-thin, dissolvable squares. Simply add water and combine them with your favorite serum for a youthful and glowing complexion. 

available at Mary Kay $24 Buy Here

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We love discovering new product ingredients with the ability to take our hair from ugh to amazing. Sashapure is the first cosmetics line to be infused with USDA-certified organic sacha inchi oil, a Peruvian superfood dating back 3,000 years. What that means for your hair is superb hydration, frizz-free styling and ultrasoft curls. 

available at Sashapure Beauty $16 Buy Here