Sure, we're always trying new products. But there's something particularly thrilling about finding products for a full spring overhaul. Call it spring-cleaning—or just winter exhaustion—but I've never been more ready to refresh and reboot my routine.
My fellow Byrdie editors feel the same way, so together, we came up with the coolest, most innovative, and (most importantly) effective products for spring. From light moisturizers and face mists to new highlighters and hair balm, find our top nine discoveries we'll wear straight through the showers and (eventual) flowers.
"I'm just going to put this out there: This is Fresh's best Sugar lip shade to date. The color—a cool, creamy pink—was inspired by a chrysanthemum that Fresh co-founder Alina found on a trip to Seoul and therefore makes your lips look (and feel) petal-soft. You can wear it with a bare(ish) face during the daytime, but I've also been swapping it in for my go-to nude lipstick on a night out—the glitter-free, your-lips-but-better shade looks just as good when paired with a sultry smoky eye."
"I'm late to the Essie Gel Couture bandwagon, but I'm so glad I've seen the light. These polishes last for a WEEK plus, sans chips, and look just as shiny and new as actual gels. No, I'm not getting married anytime soon, but the newest shades in their bridal collection with Monique Lhuillier really speak to me—they're understated, chic, and neutral, but not boring. I'm wearing Sage You Love Me on my fingers as I type."
"Make's Succulent Skin Gel is becoming my new go-to moisturizer for spring. It's hydrating but super lightweight, so it's perfect for under makeup. Thanks to the aloe vera and chamomile it contains, it also has a cooling, soothing effect, which feels great as the weather gets warmer. Bonus: It's 3.4 ounces, so you can take it on a plane."
"I'm obsessed with using this mist. The founder of the brand, Nicolas Travis, told me he does a mist-mask-mist trio when he applies his skincare, so I've been doing the same thing morning and night, but with different serums and moisturizers in between misting. There's something magic in this toner—ever since using it, the fine line on my forehead has drastically reduced in appearance. I don't know if I can specifically pinpoint that it's the reason for its reduction, but I'm almost too nervous to stop using it for fear that the line will come right back. Fountain of youth: found."
"I'm all about natural, gentle cleansers for my sensitive, dry skin, so I couldn't wait to give this new cleanser from esthetician Tina K a try. It's also infused with probiotics, which I swear have helped clear my skin when taken internally. So why not apply them topically too? This creamy concoction took off all my makeup and left my skin glowing—no tightness or dryness afterward. I swear those tiny breakouts I get from time to time have started to diminish after using it for about a week too."
"I've met many hair balms and creams that I've hated and just a select few that I really like. This one, I love—it's so moisturizing on my impossibly thick hair, and just by working it into my strands when they're damp (I'll usually add a few dabs of jojoba oil on the ends too, FWIW), they dry to defined—but touchably soft—waves. It's a revelation. I can't say enough good things about it."
"I've been an RMS girl ever since the internet introduced me to their Living Luminizer ($38)—an ultra-sheer, glowy highlighter made with coconut oil and (seemingly) fairy dust. It's been touted as Kendall Jenner's go-to, and I was positive I'd never love another product with as much devotion. Until now. RMS has launched another iteration of the cult favorite, Champagne Rosé Luminizer, which has the same user-friendly consistency and just a hint of dusty rose. I'm calling it my introduction to blush (I've been famously against it for years) just in time for spring."
"The packaging encasing each Tatcha product is enough to leave me awestruck, which is why I started using the line a few years ago. Much to my disappointment, though, the products made me break out. I took a break until this little gem came across my desk. A new formula (one designed for combination skin) is both oil-free and anti-aging. They call it water cream because, when applied, the blend of Japanese nutrients and botanicals releases a hydrating burst to your skin. Wild rose, leopard lily, green tea, rice, and algae work together to tighten pores, smooth skin texture, and control excess oil. I've been using it for weeks without a breakout in sight."
"Jen Atkin's dry shampoo is a total game changer, especially if you struggle with product buildup like I do. Unlike the powder formulas I regularly use, this dry shampoo could easily be mistaken for a mousse. But don't let the consistency fool you—simply rub the foam into your roots, and watch it add volume to your blowout while also wiping away any sign of oil or leftover product."
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