7 Smart Beauty Products Our Beauty Director Swears By
Each month, Real Simple’s Beauty Director slathers, smears, and swipes on new products—then she shares her favorite beauty product reviews right here with you.
From eyeshadow that smells like peaches, to cleansing micellar water infused with charcoal, here are seven fresh beauty products I’m loving right now.
Bioré Charcoal Cleansing Micellar Water
Your nightly skin-care routine just got a lot easier. Pour a splash of this no-rinse cleanser onto a cotton pad and swipe over skin to remove makeup, dirt, and oil. Charcoal leaves skin clear and mattified.
To buy: $7; walmart.com.
AOA Studio AOA Face Mask Applicator
Keep your fingers and nails clean when applying a face mask with this silicone-tipped tool. The sweeping motion gives the at-home treatment a spa-like feel.
To buy: $1; shopmissa.com.
Oribe Serene Scalp Soothing Leave-On Treatment
Remove flakes and soothe an itchy scalp (maybe after a dye job) with this cooling mint-and-chamomile cream. Part damp or dry hair, apply, then massage and style.
To buy: $48; neimanmarcus.com.
Covergirl Trunaked Palette in Peach Punch
Peaches are always in season with this sweetly scented eye shadow palette (one whiff and you’re instantly happier). The sleek compact houses eight neutral shades—some shimmery, some matte—that require only one swipe over lids and don’t crumble onto your cheeks.
To buy: $10; target.com.
Nars Full Vinyl Lip Lacquer
This grown-up gloss has a special applicator: One side deposits the perfect dose; the other evenly spreads it.
To buy: $26 each; sephora.com.
Benefit Hello Happy Soft Blur Foundation
Finally, an unfussy foundation. Shake and apply with fingertips (you don’t even need a mirror) to even out skin tone and cover imperfections. In 12 shades.
To buy: $29; sephora.com.
Pixi By Petra Lashlift 188 Double Brush Mascara
All your mascara needs in one tube. The volumizing brush adds fullness, while the precision brush defines inner and lower lashes sans smudging.
To buy: $18; target.com.
DP Hue Cool Brunette Shampoo and Conditioner
If your brown hair turns brassy, use this duo once a week. The deep blue pigment cancels out red and orange tones without stripping hair, thanks to nourishing hibiscus flower extract.
To buy: $24 each; sephora.com.