Being a beauty editor comes with a lot of perks, like — oh, I don't know — receiving free beauty samples all year long. They sort through hundreds of products every season, so you can imagine just how much it takes for a beauty editor to actually get excited about something.
So in the spirit of spring's new beginnings, we asked 11 editors from some of our favorite magazines and websites (including this one) which newly-launched products they're most excited for this season. Chances are, they'll become your favorites, too.
Elaine Welteroth, Beauty & Health Director at Teen Vogue
YSL Le Teint Saharienne, $55, available at Nordstrom: I know this sounds hyperbolic, but I have never seen anything like this product in my entire career. Think: a gorgeous bronzer that feels like a cooling gel going on, then transforms into a velvety tan that blurs pores and imperfections instantly. No jarring shimmer or sparkle going on — just a beautiful, lit-from-within glow. It's seriously the most genius bronzer in the history of bronzers. I'm convinced it's laced with a little bit of magic.
Tom Ford Cream and Powder Eye Color, $60, available at Bergdorf Goodman: I'm not an eye shadow girl, nor have I ever fully known how to properly work with cream variations. They smear, they crease, and they mix with liner, making your eyes look ruddy by the end of the day. Not a fan. But then Tom Ford came along with this divine little duo that completely changed my mind. The two shadows — one shimmery powder, one rich cream — work together to create this luxe, multidimensional, weightless, game-changing wash of color on your eyes. You can give golden goddess vibes with the rose-gold version or go all the way sultry rocker with the darker shades that are perfect for smudging on your lids on the way to dinner using just your finger. So, so good. In the world of cream shadows, this one drops the mic.
OPI Infinite Shine 2 Nail Polish in To Be Continued, available in May: OPI jumped onto the ever-trendy 'like-gel-minus-the-light' nail polish bandwagon with their new Infinite Shine 2 formula (upgraded with a distinctive silver mirrored cap) — and it lives up to every ounce of the hype. While it looks and acts similar to gel (although, let's be honest, it doesn't last quite as long), it won't destroy your nails. And the powdery grayish-lavender shade "To Be Continued" is basically spring in a bottle. During what has felt like the longest winter ever in NYC, my cheery manicure has been the only tangible reminder that springtime is on the horizon. It's beautiful and upbeat and also the chicest take on pastels I've seen this season.
Maureen Choi, Senior Beauty Editor at Glamour
YSL Volupte Tint-in-Oil in Cherry My Cherie, $32, available at Sephora: Who doesn't enjoy a little hydration with her lip color? This smoothes out every crack and crevice, and gives my lips a pretty pink tint without being goopy. It's basically perfect.
Caudalie Instant Detox Mask, $39, available at Sephora: I'm a huge fan of Caudalie — every single thing. But if I had to pick just one, it'd be this pink clay-infused, pore-tightening de-clogger. It completely transforms my face in three minutes flat.
Christopher Kane for NARS Illuminating Multiple in Violet Atom (available April 15): I have more highlighters than I can possibly use. My current obsession: This lilac-tinged, shimmery delight from Nars and designer Christopher Kane. I'll dab a little on my cheekbones, lids, and Cupid's bow to make my skin glow.
Dana Oliver, Executive Fashion & Beauty Editor at The Huffington Post
Nuance Salma Hayek Nourish & Renew Glow Facial Oil, $21.99, available at CVS: During the warm-weather months, this will be my go-to moisturizer to keep dry, dull skin at bay.
Diptyque Florabellio (50ml), $90, available at Barneys New York: This fragrance's fresh notes of sea salt, coffee bean and apple blossom remind me of my childhood growing up in the South Carolina Low Country.
Lancôme Miracle Cushion Liquid Cushion Compact (available April 29): Wearing a full face of makeup just isn't my thing, but this pressed liquid foundation allows me to build coverage to achieve a seemingly flawless complexion.
Phillip Picardi, Senior Beauty Editor at Refinery29
Chanel's Rouge Coco Lipstick, $36 , available at Nordstrom: Chanel's Rouge Coco Lipstick is an absolute must-have for the season — a luxurious update to everything you love about a great, bold lip color... only packed with moisturizing benefits and a subtle shine that doesn't feel heavy on your mouth. How do I know, you ask? The brand's ambassador, the lovely Kate Lee, insisted I apply Arthur, a classic, true red, during the press event. I nearly walked out the door forgetting that I had anything on my lips at all. I've since seen makeup artists on set use it, and have called upon it on more than one video shoot to liven up a lovely lady's complexion. Since it goes on smooth and shiny, you don't have to worry about being too precious about your application. You can sort of press it into your lips, blot, and go.
Murad Invisiblur Perfecting Shield Broad Spectrum SPF 30, $65, available at Sephora: Murad's Invisiblur is nothing short of a revolution in sunscreen. It's a broad spectrum SPF 30 that goes onto the skin completely clear — plus, it has antioxidants to nourish the skin and dimethicone to help blur imperfections and provide a smooth surface for makeup application. I've used it in place of moisturizer, and I loved everything it did for my skin.
Original by Anja Rubik (50ml), $110, available at Barneys New York: When I spoke to the iconic supermodel Anja Rubik about her debut fragrance, Original, I was pleasantly surprised. Anyone these days can make a fragrance, but Anja's scent is absolutely exquisite — I took it on vacation with my family and my mother, sister, and sister-in-law, were all swiping it and spraying it on themselves. It's basically a heart of lily, but the flower is complemented by amber, pink peppercorn and green tea. It's a moody, abstract and sexy floral... just like the Mapplethorpe photo she was inspired by. It's for sure my scent of the season.
RMS Beauty Beauty Oil, $78, available at rms beauty: RMS Beauty is easily one of the most well-curated, well executed, thoughtful beauty brands in the entire world right now, which is no surprise, considering the inimitably fierce, whip-smart, takes-no-prisoners Rose-Marie Swift is at its helm. She somehow convinced a factory to run her precious, Thai coconut oil through its machines — which they all said would break the whole system — and that allows her cosmetics to have their signature dewy sheen. Her famous Beauty Oil had to go on hiatus for a little while due to high demand and a limited amount of the natural ingredients she so carefully selects... but now it's back and better than ever (and, this current batch has a kiss of vanilla at the bottom, which makes it extra delicious). Put two drops on your palm before bed, and press it into the décolleté, the cheeks, and then the top of your forehead, and wake up with glowing skin. Or, add a touch to your favorite liquid concealer and watch it turn into the best tinted moisturizer ever.
Erin Flaherty, Beauty and Health Director at Marie Claire
Clarins Golden Glow Booster, $30, available at Clarins: Their Golden Glow Booster for face — a self-tanner in drop form that you can add to any moisturizer — was a huge hit. The product even won a prestigious Marie Claire Prix d'Excellence Award this year! Just in time for spring, they're launching a body version. So smart!
Byredo Gypsy Water Hair Perfume, $62, available at Neiman Marcus: Ever since I suffered a major "OMG" beauty disaster wherein a leaky perfume bottle exploded in my bag (on a plane no less, eek!), I'm extremely wary of carrying fragrance with me on-the-go. That has changed thanks to Byredo's cool new hair perfumes that come in airtight spray bottles. The beloved Gypsy Water scent is perfect to spritz on without being too overwhelming.
Sunday Riley Luna Sleeping Night Oil, $105, available at Sephora: I'm obsessed with Sunday Riley's oils (Juno is my jam!), which are packed with potent ingredients, smell divine, look gorgeous on your vanity and impart an insta-glow. Beauty editors and dermatologists know that retinol is the queen of anti-agers, but can be harsh on sensitive skin. Riley has geniously combined trans-retinoic acid with blue tansy to calm irritation and cold-pressed grape seed oil for absorption into a beautiful, elegant nighttime treatment. It's basically my ideal skincare product.
Kathleen Hou, Senior Beauty Editor at The Cut
Dior Cheek & Lip Glow, $37, available at Sephora. Although I am one of those weird people that loves snow, the beauty product I am most excited about for spring is the sun (with an appropriate veil of SPF 45, of course.) That, and drinking outside. But in actual purchasable form, I love Dior's new Lip and Cheek Glow. You know the flushed, all-over, even, rosy lip color you get from eating a cherry popsicle in the summer? This give you those popsicle lips, or sort of like the lip color Liv Tyler appears to be born with. When you feel like foregoing the popsicle, you can dab it in the middle of your lips or add to your cheeks for a rosy tint that looks real and live and not gloppy or sticky. Bonus: It won’t come off on your wine glass.
Christopher Kane for NARS Illuminating Multiple in Quantum (available April 15): I generally don’t believe in multitasking products since using Pert Plus 2-in-1 all through middle school. But I do love this new Multiple color from the upcoming Nars and Christopher Kane collaboration. It's a shade called Quantum which looks like a hot pink in the tube but translates into a super pretty sheer bright pink. Picture it with some sunkissed skin (read: bronzed via bronzer, not UV rays) and it gives you island-sun cheeks. Dotted lightly on the lips, it also give you a pretty, Kool-Aid-like color.
Joanna Douglas, Senior Beauty Editor at Yahoo Beauty
Lancôme Shine Lover Vibrant Shine Lipstick, $25, available at Nordstrom: I’m a makeup minimalist, but I’m always attracted to vibrant pink lipsticks as temperatures rise. My favorite formulas have a juicy color payoff but in a relatively sheer, glossy formula, so I fell in love with this new collection — especially the well-named Effortless Pink tube. If I only wear that, I feel put together.
Burt’s Bees Renewal Firming Day Lotion SPF 30, $17.99, available at Target: I never go outside without SPF on my face, but it’s also important to me that the formula rubs in easily, stays put, and doesn’t feel greasy. Where most natural formulas fall flat, this leaves my skin with a velvety smooth finish and has become my daily go-to.
R+Co Analog Cleansing Foam Conditioner, $29, available at Birchbox: I typically only shampoo my hair about once a week because it’s too drying, but I love loading up on conditioner to keep my long hair silky, shiny, and tangle-free. This rich product is my ideal two-in-one, cleansing just enough to remove oil at the root and conditioning as well as my old favorites. Thanks to added argan oil (my go-to styling product), I can wash and go without using anything else.
Cheryl Wischhover, Beauty Editor-at-Large at Fashionista
Laneige Cushion Concealer, $20, available at Target stores (will be online in April): Cushion applicators for CC creams and foundations are all the rage in Korea (and now, here), and the technology has found its way into the concealer category. The applicator looks like a tiny microphone, and the spongy tip helps the product to spread beautifully. It does not feel dry and crunchy like some concealers, and most importantly, it covers well.
Nudestix Clean Up Pencil, $24, available at Sephora: First of all, as a person who cannot use a makeup brush to save my life, I adore the concept of this line — everything is in pencil form. This new eraser pencil is pure genius and perfect for wiping off eyeliner mistakes or touching up migrating makeup midday.
Diorsnow UV Shield Brightening Illuminating UV Protection, $55, available at Nordstrom: I consider myself a facial sunscreen connoisseur/snob, and I was pretty blown away by this one when I tried it. The sunscreen portion is a combo of physical and chemical sunscreen ingredients, which means it's not as chalky as some purely physical blockers and not as greasy as pure chemical blockers. It also has a subtle sheen that wakes up the face a bit, and provides moisture to my winter-parched skin. Bonus: It smells pretty, not sunscreen-y.
Katie Becker, Beauty Editor at W Magazine
MAC Haute & Naughty Waterproof Lash in Shockproof!, $22, available at Nordstrom: I only use MAC Haute & Naughty mascara. It’s a genius invention that lightly coats my lashes with zero clumping. All the backstage makeup artists at Fashion Week use it, too. This new waterproof version just makes things event better.
Laurel Whole Plant Organics Eye Serum, $68, available at Laurel Whole Plant Organics: I originally learned about this brand from esthetician Britta Plugg, who does facials at my acupuncturist’s studio, Treatment by Lanshin. Laurel is based in Sausalito and the new “it” all-natural brand. This serum is their latest launch and these tired eyes need it!
Lavanila Fragrance-Free Body Butter, $19, available at Sephora: This is a perfected sensitive skin body lotion. Now that I am back to shaving my legs after the winter (sorry, boyfriend), my skin is super sensitive afterwards, and this helps soothe.
Lilah B Divine Duo Lip & Cheek, $46, available at Lilah B: The packaging is like a smooth river stone, so you want to keep one in your pocket, not only for touch ups (the colors are bright and sweet), but because it feels so good to flip it around in your hand.
Annie Kreighbaum, Editorial Director at Into the Gloss
Regime des Fleurs Nitesurf Fragrance (33ml), $165, available at Regime des Fleurs: Regimes des Fleurs makes the best fragrances, period. So boutique, so original — you don't have to worry about someone else wearing the same thing. The creators say that Nitesurf smells like 'a neon flower on Venice Beach at night,' so it's perfect for daydreaming about L.A.
Glossier Moisturizing Moon Mask, $22, available at Glossier: I just got back from the beach and got a little too much color. The Moon Mask completely calmed the redness on my face and made me look glowy and healthy instead of dry and burnt. I like using it before putting on makeup, too. It helps smooth your skin and keep things glowy.
Brooke Shunatona, Assistant Fashion and Beauty Editor at Cosmopolitan.com
Belif The True Cream Aqua Bomb, $38, available at Sephora: Its gel cream consistency is the perfect weight for spring. I have oily skin, and this is great because it’s super moisturizing, but still light and sheer enough to wear during the day.
Moroccanoil Dry Shampoo Dark Tones, $26, available at Moroccanoil: This smells amazing, like all Moroccanoil products, and it’s tinted brown for dark hair tones. I try not to wash my hair as much in the spring to prevent it from getting frizzy in the rain, so this is great for those days between washes.