Our 6 favorite finds this month, at Gucci and more
From the overcrowded shelves of our bathrooms and full-length mirrors, we sit every morning picking up potions and lotions from overcrowded makeup bags, all the way to you and wherever your stash of serums and of creams, Best in Beauty rounds up the best products we’ve slathered on our faces and sprayed on our pulse points this month.
These are the best beauty products we’ve tried this month…
A red lip is a special occasion lip color for me. I can stain on a darker purple; a 90s brown; even something orange day to day, but Red feels… special. I need a reason for this. That’s why I turned to shade 203 Mildred Rosewood from Gucci’s Chinese New Year Trio; the others — 25* Goldie Red and 520 Marina Scarlet — a little too dressy for my everyday repertoire. 203 Mildred Rosewood shines like a perfect My Lips But Better shade; a mauve-adjacent, dusty-pink-adjacent shade that feels so smooth and soft on the lips. You don’t need a lip liner; you don’t even need a mirror with this simple, semi-transparent tube. Just swipe and go.
Oh, and the porcelain-inspired lacquer case is so pretty – and limited edition. Start your collection! —Joey Wong, Editor
Chantecaille’s organic lifting mask is very popular – and now the raver includes me too. The mask itself is a lightweight, cool-to-the-touch anti-aging product that feels more like a moisturizer; the kind that doesn’t feel heavy or dense or, in my case, something I can’t wait to scrape off my skin while waiting for the recommended minutes to pass.
The extra “+” at the end of this Bio Lifting Mask+ is there for a reason. It’s a slight reformulation of the original, with an amplified formula that includes plant stem cells, four different innovative peptides, tightening agents and moisture barrier activators. Also: the shiny red pot is a limited edition and supports the conservation of the SUJÁN tiger and leopard. Win-win! — J.W.
I said I was going to engage in some icy highlights (Y2K vibes yes?) and I meant it! I was offered this shimmering liquid eyeshadow from Ariana Grande’s makeup line and wasn’t sure what to expect. It’s a deceptive peachy pink in the tube, but applies nearly clear, with that really beautiful iridescent blue flip. The liquid gel formula is a little messy, but it sticks directly to your face without any additional adhesive, leaving you with really pretty shimmery eyelids that change color in different lights. And it’s vegan, cruelty-free and very (very) waterproof. I use it as a simple all-over, but look forward to using it as a base or eye shadow in the future. — Sakina Abidi, Editorial Assistant
I am quite demanding on my perfumes. I wish I had a vanity adorned with pretty glass bottles and a scent suitable for all occasions, but truth be told, I’ve had the same two scents on regular rotation for years now. It’s rare that I find a fragrance to add to my repertoire, but Gucci’s Memoir of a Smell has since joined the ranks. Each spritz is earthy and woodsy with vanilla undertones, and while it’s not an everyday “signature” scent, I feel like I seriously have my life together when I wear this one. — Lexi Davey, Editor-in-Chief
I’ve been using the Banila Co Clean It Zero as a makeup remover/first cleanser for about seven years (!!) now – testing a few cleansing oils and balms in between. All of them were either: way too expensive for something I use every night; just not my ideal texture and feel; or how I had to learn that I am, in fact, very sensitive to certain essential oils (looking at you Heimish All Clean Balm – why do you need six essential oils! Six!?).
But the Beauty of Joseon Radiance Cleansing Balm is my perfect new first cleanse, with a glorious lightweight balm texture that beautifully emulsifies and removes all of my makeup, without leaving a film of product on my skin or my dry or tight face. It’s an affordable, no-frills oil cleanser with a short ingredient list that’s thankfully free of added fragrance or scenting agents (unlike Banila Co Clean It Zero) and essential oils. And I love the packaging, which includes both a quick-open lid and a twist-open lid, and the sturdy spatula that comes with it which really helps you use only the amount you need. A little goes a long way! -HER
There is nothing new in the Mario Badescu facial spray. In fact, for many, it’s probably found (or not found) a place in established skincare routines. But nonetheless, it deserves some recognition and I happen to like it a bit more during those dry winter months. Face sprays are the kind of product that you don’t really know what they do, but it feels like something is going on – in a good way, of course. The aloe and rosewater blend is a soothing remedy for my sensitive skin which is also prone to breakouts. It’s a quick hydration solution and the sweet floral scent is a great refresher whenever you need it during the day. I enjoy a spritz when I wake up and another before I go to bed. It’s good. — Lorria Sahmet, editor
Header and featured image courtesy of Gucci Beauty