As the editor in chief of ishonest, I test approximately 1.7 kajillion beauty products per year. So, when there’s a new fragrance, a vitamin C serum, highlighter palette, or a bottle of dry shampoo that makes its way onto my vanity, it means something.
Welcome to Michelle's Most Wanted, a monthly column dedicated to everything I'm obsessed with at the moment. Depending on the day, this could be a vintage travel photograph, a standout runway look, an evocative scent, or even just a mood. I'm forever on the hunt for new favorites — as my poor husband knows from the overflowing storage bins in our home — so keep an eye on this space for the latest hodgepodge of miscellaneous beauty discoveries that end up as empties along my bathroom counter.
With mask-wearing putting the emphasis on my face's northern hemisphere, my lashes, lids, and undereyes are getting more attention than ever. Here, the products I use to define and refresh.
Jillian Dempsey Lid Tint in Peach
A finger sweep of this sheer cream color, Jillian Dempsey's Lid Tint in Peach, instantly enlivens tired-looking eyes. It's my new clean-beauty staple, thanks to nourishing, naturally-derived ingredients like sunflower seed oil, castor seed oil, and shea butter.
Sigma E38 Diffused Crease Brush
I have way too many makeup brushes, but Sigma's E38 Diffused Crease Brush is in regular rotation for softly applying and seamlessly blending shadows. Its synthetic antimicrobial fibers are perfectly fluffy for sheer-to-medium coverage, and hold up well over the years.
Ardell Natural Lashes 110
A drugstore superstar, these Ardell Natural Lashes 110 strips are priced well and look like the real thing. They have the right amount of curl and length, but are super lightweight and comfortable to wear all day.
SkinCeuticals A.G.E Eye Complex
With ingredients like blueberry extract and caffeine, this thick-but-not-greasy SkinCeuticals A.G.E. Eye Complex cream helps me wake up looking more refreshed. It's also formulated with optical diffusers to cleverly diffuse light and boost radiance.
Tarte Tarteist Double Take Eyeliner
The gel pencil side of this multitasking Tarte Tarteist Double Take Eyeliner is good, but it's the extremely pigmented liquid liner side that gets all my kudos. Its soft, flexible tip lends itself to the perfect, semi-matte cat-eye that only comes off when you want it to.
CoverGirl Clean Fresh Hydrating Concealer
Even if I've been up all night with my infant, this CoverGirl Clean Fresh Hydrating Concealer brightens (without caking) and makes my undereyes dewy with coconut milk and aloe. I can easily build up the hydrating formula to my desired coverage, and it doesn't slip or crease all day.
Dr. Loretta Tightening Eye Gel
An ishonest Best of Beauty Award winner, this soothing, peptide-packed Dr. Loretta Tightening Eye Gel makes good on its promise of depuffing. Algae extract supports skin's natural collagen production, while peptides tighten the eye contour. I pat it gently all around my eyes, avoiding getting too close to my lash lines.
Dior Dioshow Pump ‘N’ Volume Waterproof Mascara
Straight-lash folks: Waterproof mascara holds a curl better than regular mascara. Dior Diorshow Pump 'N' Volume Waterproof Mascara's ultra-black formula gives my eyes just the right amount of drama. Wiggle through your lashes from root to tip for the best (and most volume-inducing) results.
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