As a beauty editor for Composure Magazine, I try a slew of beauty products, some great, some much less so. Now that another issue’s gone to bed, here are my picks for some new beauty discoveries I can’t live without. From liners to mirrors, my new favorites from Composure‘s Issue #12.
Make Up For Ever Aqua XL Eye Pencil in Matte Majorelle Blue: Not only does this pencil liner never smudge or migrate, the pop of blue is a nice change for summertime. (Wear it like the models at 3.1 Phillip Lim’s spring runway show.) I’m partial to it because I’m planning out my wardrobe for Morocco later this month, and I’ve got serious Majorelle (as in, Yves Saint Laurent’s garden in Marrakech) blue on my mind. $21, makeupforever.com
COOLA SPF 30 Mineral Liplux in Firecracker: This handy tinted lip balm saved me this summer. It gives you a matte, just-bitten sort of shade and protects the oft-forgotten lips with SPF 3-. It’s not the most hydrating lip balm (my lips are chronically Sahara dry and flaky), but it moisturizes just enough to quell the cracking and flakies. Even better, more than 70% of its ingredients are organic, so you don’t have to worry about ingesting anything toxic. I’m definitely going to be carrying this with me when we head to Morocco. $18, coolasuncare.com
The Estée Edit The Edgiest Kohl Shadowstick: I’m seriously impressed with The Estée Edit’s line of makeup, especially their eye products. This shadow stick is gentle enough for the waterline and does not budge once it sets. It’s a lot thicker than your average pencil liner, and the little sharpener on the other end of the stick doesn’t work very well, but on days when I just need a quick smudge of liner to get out the door, I angle it, and it does the job reasonably well. $22, sephora.com
Algenist Reveal Color Correcting Radiant Primer: I’m a stickler for the right primer — no silicones, which cause my water-based foundations to pill and slip. But water-based primers aren’t always the most effective. This primer has a little bit of silicone, but it holds up wonderfully under my water-based foundations. And I can definitely tell the difference in how my foundation looks and “melts” into my skin when I use it and when I don’t. It’s the difference between giant, visible pores versus a filtered finish and all-day wear. Even better, this primer contains algae-based color correctors (you can see the little beads in the primer, which melt as you apply the primer) so it helps with redness, sallowness, and discoloration. $36, algenist.com
Invisibobble Original: I first saw these plastic telephone-wire hair ties in Seoul years ago. They’re so great because they hold low ponytails without leaving a dent and, most importantly for me with thinning hair issues, they don’t pull or tug on hair. (Think of them as a cooler version of a scrunchie.) I wouldn’t use them to hold a high ponytail, but for everyday, I love them. Thankfully, Invisibobble is now available in the U.S. at Sephora ($8), so I don’t have to ask my mom to buy them in bulk for me from Korean street vendors.
Simplehuman Wide-View Sensor Mirror: OK, this is a major investment piece, I admit. But my bathroom has this candlelit lighting that always makes my skin look Photoshop’d. Great for my self-esteem. Bad for the shock of reality when I look in my car mirror and Every. Single. Pore is screaming at me like they’re watching a horror flick. Yes, this mirror does a better job of giving me more realistic lighting than my bathroom mirror, but it’s also a magnified mirror, so I now see Every. Single. Pore as I’m getting ready. I can only take comfort in the fact that the rest of the world doesn’t see me with such magnification. $200, simplehuman.com