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.
Faith Xue, editorial director
"When Mother launches a foundation, you know it's not going to be half-hearted. And true to form, Pat McGrath's new foundation is everything I hoped it would be and more. The formula is the perfect amount of liquid-y and light, and the coverage manages to make my skin look airbrushed, luminous and just better in every way."
"This Swiss skincare brand is launching in the U.S. come fall, and I have a feeling it's going to be a new luxe favorite. The products use a proprietary form of edelweiss extract called Edelgen to protect and repair your skin against pollution and the elements. My favorites from the brand so far include the 24-Hour Serum (which, like the name suggests, works over 24 hours to give you dewy skin) and this Instagram-worthy gel, which kept my skin looking glowing and bright even after 12 hours of travel (seriously—I've never gotten so many compliments)."
Hallie Gould, senior editor
"I'm always on the hunt for a new lip balm—something hydrating, light, and a little glossy. I find I don't have much loyalty to a single balm (I switch it up a lot) but this particular formula has quickly become one of my absolute favorites. It's a blend of liquid lanolin, hyaluronic acid, glycerin, and peppermint (so it's cooling, practically weightless, and packed with moisture). The texture is serum-y, so it's not at all sticky, and glistens for hours after you apply it."
"The brand's newest launch, Correct+ Dark Spot Corrector, is a powerhouse of actives. With 13% AHAs, .25% tumeric, and 2% kakadu plum, the formula boasts effective exfoliation, brightening, and skin-protecting properties in spades. Apply it daily for minimized dark spots or acne pigmentation and an overall improvement in skin tone and texture. Here's the thing: It really delivers on all those promises. It feels good upon application (light, creamy, and quick to absorb) and my skin looks eons brighter than ever before. Plus, it features the brand's proprietary mix of good-for-you ingredients to improve and protect your skin barrier health. Sold."
Kelly Gallagher, senior social media editor
"I love this moisturizer because it's hydrating but doesn't leave skin feeling greasy. I'm also always trying to find clean beauty products that work well, and Goldfaden has yet to disappoint me."
"It's been a big month for me and CBD. I woke up with a super sore shoulder and nothing worked. I finally reached for this Prima R + R CBD lotion, which has a potent mix of eight soothing oils and 750 milligrams of hemp cannabinoids. I felt relief instantly, and it lasted for an hour or so. I will be reaching for this any time I have an achey muscle."
"I love these CBD gummies because they taste delicious and actually really work. I've tried a few other CBD gummy brands, and while they may work, the taste leaves me not reaching for more. That's not the case with these!"
Star Donaldson, associate social media editor
"Dry lips are truly the biggest struggle in my routine. No matter how much I moisturize and refrain from drying formulas, it sometimes seems like my lips only know how to be parched and flaky. But with the Fresh Sugar Wonder Drops, it’s almost as if I have a new pair of lips. Immediately after application, my lips feel plump and alive, leaving me with lips that are smoother and more even in color. It really creates the perfect canvas for whatever I choose to put on next. The drops also have a minty citrus scent that also tastes great if a drop happens to go too far. I’m kissing my flakiness goodbye!"
"I am always eager to find the next best brow gel for my routine and this one is it. The Ecobrow Defining Gel only comes in clear (which is how I prefer to roll anyways) and leaves a clean and natural-looking finish. But the best part of the product is definitely the spoolie. One side has longer bristles than the other, which allows for you to get that brushed-up and controlled looked in whatever places you choose, all with just the turn of the spoolie. I feel more in control of my brows now than ever before."
"First off, I’m partial to a shadow stick as I find I get a more pigmented look with a lot less effort than with a shadow and brush. So when I saw the Tarte Sugar Rush Sparkler Shadow Stick, I already had high hopes. Upon first swatch, I was pleasantly surprised at how shimmery and pigmented my Bronze stick was. It went on smooth but looked like a million crushed pieces of gold. Although this seems like something that might make for a very dramatic eye, it wears really well from day to night, allowing you to amp up the sparkle as you please. I currently have the Bronze stick, but I’ve peeked at the rest of the line and am already daydreaming up smokey-eye looks for fall."
"In the summer, I’m all about a minimal makeup routine. So much that even applying my usual heavy duty under-eye concealer has been out of the question. Lucky for me, Charlotte Tilbury’s Color Corrector has been a savior even on my darkest days (literally). I love the blendable creamy texture of the formula and it is literally so light I forget I have anything on. I just apply a little bit on my fingertips, tap, tap, tap, and when I'm done, it’s hard to believe I had anything to conceal in the first place."
Lindsey Metrus, senior editor
"I require many things of my blush: that it be highly pigmented, that it last all day, that it blend well, and that it complement my skin tone. This fairly new-to-the-scene stick blush does all that and then some. Because of its composition, I don't risk dropping it and having it shatter all over the bathroom floor (a fate that's happened far too many times) and I can blend it in with my fingers, making it the perfect mobile product. It also has a subtle sheen—like a marriage of blush and highlight. I even had a fellow beauty editor stop me in my tracks to ask which blush I was wearing, which was just the icing on the cake."
"I fully acknowledge that $45 is steep for a lip balm; that being said, I appreciate how hard-working this formula is and that it works deep within the layers of the skin rather than sitting on top like a greasy film. (Hard truth: Many lip balms do the latter, causing you to have to continue to apply with abandon without actually addressing the issue.) Lip Booster is packed with sodium hyaluronate and konjac root, two plumping components that penetrate deep into the skin driving moisture to the top-most layers. The end result is moist, soft lips with slightly more volume than before you applied."
Up next: Your September beauty horoscope.