One of the most glorious aspects of being a beauty editor is the number of products we get to take for a test drive. Sure, we'd be lying if we said we weren't constantly surrounded by a mountain of bottles and tubes both in the office and in our apartments, but we approach that mountain eagerly, hiking boots in tow.
Each month, Byrdie editors will be sharing the products within that mountain that stood out the most. Maybe it was a peel that made our skin glow like J.Lo's or a hair mask that brought our dry strands back to life. Whatever it was, we're eager to share it with you so you can experience the same bliss that we did. Take a look at our favorites below.
Leah Wyar, general manager and editor-in-chief
"I always forget to take my probiotic pills, and we all know how important a healthy gut is to overall health, including skin. Two pre-measured drops in the a.m. and p.m (right under the tongue) make it easy to treat your skin from the inside out. And I love that it’s made in small batches using a bacteria that’s found in nature—not in a lab."
Lindsey Metrus, senior editor
"I approach new brow products with extreme hesitation as I've grown so accustomed to the pencils I know perform best (and tampering with my arches just isn't worth the gamble to me). But something in me was intrigued by a brow pencil editorial director Faith Xue recently handed me created by YouTube beauty guru Michelle Phan.
"At first, I was turned off by the flat, longer edge of the pencil and found it a bit hard to manipulate (a finer, rounded edge is my preferred delivery method), but after some practice, I fell in love with the pencil. I was also skeptical of using the "blonde" shade (my hair is a light honey brown naturally, so I usually opt for taupe), but it ended up being my perfect match. In fact, using a lighter shade than I'm used to made me realize my go-to pencil was actually too dark. I recently used the pencil until it was completely gone, the feeling of loss is palpable."
"Even though warmer months tempt me to take my hair to lighter levels, I've been feeling especially *over* the blonde highlights and balayage lately and want to embrace my darker natural strands. But as I wait for the color to grow out, I'm left facing uneven brassy blonde streaks.
"Enter Leonor Greyl's new color-enhancing conditioner which nourishes the hair with 96% natural ingredients while also depositing just the right amount of pigment to refresh your current shade. Venetian Blonde (which looks like butterscotch pudding out of the tube) adds warmth to my blonde tones, making my overall hair color look a bit deeper and more uniform. You're technically supposed to leave it on for five minutes, but I'm constantly in a rush, so I just run it through my strands and leave on for one to two minutes and rinse just before I shut the water off, and the results are still noticeable. More importantly, though, my hair feels softer and looks shinier, so all in all, this product deserves a 10/10."
"You might think formulating an eyeshadow with SPF is futile, but I once got such a bad sunburn on my lids that they blew up and practically sealed shut—it's a delicate area that's often neglected and certainly not worth the pain and damage. And thankfully, Supergoop, the reigning queens of suncare-meets-beauty products, created a trio of shimmery cream shades with SPF 30 to protect the area while offering a wash of pigment that stays put all day.
"I'm personally drawn to Sunset, a deep bronze that's earned me several compliments. It doesn't crease, crack, or do any of the bad things you wouldn't want a shadow to do—and I know I'm protecting my eyelids in the process, which makes wearing it all the more enjoyable."
"Surely every dry shampoo should be labeled 'invisible'—powdery white residue is the stuff of nightmares, and I find myself battling it with most formulas. Dove's new iteration, however, is completely clear and gives my hair nice volume without feeling like I just clapped chalkboard erasers over my head. The only downside is I feel it wearing off slightly as the day wears on, which sometimes warrants a second application, but to know my hair won't resemble an 18th-century powdered wig is worth a second spritz."
Faith Xue, editorial director
"I have naturally thin lashes that fall flat even after curling, so I hold mascaras to a very, very high standard. This new launch from Flower Beauty, Warrior Princess, is my new favorite. The brush is thick and fluffy, so it adds major volume in just a few sweeps. But the thing that impressed me the most was its ability to hold a curl. Most volumizing formulas make my lashes droop and weigh them down, but this one actually lifted them higher than I’ve ever seen, and kept the curl in place all day. Plus, it’s only $10—total steal."
"It’s incredible how one spritz of a scent can instantly transport you to another time and place. Acqua di Parma’s new scent, Cipresso di Toscano, transports me to the rolling green hills of Tuscany, where street lights don’t exist and 'sparkling' is the best way to describe the temperament. I usually gravitate towards either light florals or deeper woody scents, so this is certainly a departure from the norm from me—and yet, there’s something about this breezy citrus that makes me want to spritz again and again. Forget the saccharine-sweet, fruity scents you’d normally associate with a vacation scent—this crisp, cypress and pine-infused eau de toilette is a true vacation in a bottle. One spritz and I feel like I’m in Tuscany again, breathing in the fresh air and feeling more and relaxed and happy than I have in a very long time."
Hallie Gould, senior editor
"I love a thick, bouncy moisturizer. And, when said moisturizer costs only $16, I'm over the moon. This one, a new pot of goodness from Sephora Collection, is brimming with a ton of good stuff—avocado, marula, and rose hip seed oils to nourish, repair, and soften your skin—and boasts 91% natural plant ingredients. The formula is really comforting to use, it’s super hydrating and lightweight, and eases redness and irritation really quickly. It’s my new go-to when I want a potent dose of moisture post-cleanse."
"I am so into the colors in this palette. It came across my desk and I immediately started swatching, excited about the slime green, yellow, and blues. They’re all really saturated, so they show up nicely without needing too much skill (I don’t), and it’s the first palette I’ve seen in a while that offers a selection of colors I’d use up entirely. Then, I saw Katie Jane Hughes using it on her Instagram, and there was no turning back. This is my prized makeup possession for summer."
Kelly Gallagher, senior social media editor
"I've been using this ultra-hydrating moisturizer regularly and my dry, sensitive skin has been soaking it right up. It acts as a primer before my makeup too. It has primalhyal ultrafiller (think of it like next-level hyaluronic acid) which helps to reduce fine lines and plumps up skin so it looks super dewy and hydrated. Because I live in New York City, I'm always worried about the pollutants getting into my skin, but this moisturizer uses peach flower and white horehound extracts which helps to protect against the city's many pollutants and delivers antioxidants to the skin."
"I received a sample size of this face wash and within two weeks it was completely empty because I loved it so much. The apricot microspheres work to physically exfoliate the skin, while the olive oil liquid crystal complex hydrates and softens. I will definitely be buying the full-size version of this."
"I've heard so much about Shani’s Retinol Reform serum but was hesitant to try because my skin is so sensitive. The Texture Reform is like Retinal Reform's 'gentle little sister,' meaning that it still works to smooth texture, keep breakouts at bay, and helps calm redness but in a gentler formula. I've been using nightly and have noticed that my redness has gone down and I've had fewer breakouts."
"I tried this styling tool at the Amika Pop-up shop in NYC last month, and I was beyond impressed by the waves it gave my hair. At first glance, I was nervous I was going to have 80s style crimped hair, but when I pulled my hair off of the three ceramic barrels, my hair had a natural beachy wave—not a crimp in sight."
In case you missed it, these were our favorite beauty products in April.