Beauty Editors’ Favorite Skincare and Makeup Products in May 2022
As beauty editors, we test an enormous amount of products (hair, body, makeup and skincare) in any given year to recommend what actually works, what’s worth the price, what ingredients to look for and the articles there that are complete marketing relays (hello, green wash), interested only in your piece. As fun as it is to try out new launches before they come out, there’s only one little that we return to time and time again – earning a permanent place in our medicine cabinets.
And because publishers and consumers alike are inundated with an unholy amount of products on the market, we gladly do the dirty work for you and review all the top products that catch our eye month after month. In May, we focused on lightweight products that don’t feel greasy on application but are just as effective as the rich creams, under-eye masks and heavier winter fragrances that we gladly put aside. with the arrival of spring.
From hybrid skincare/makeup options, lightweight essences and serums to hydrating cleansing oils, here are the best beauty products that have us excited and left a lasting impression this month. More importantly, it’s the products that are worth it.
At TZR, we only include products that have been independently selected by our editors. We may receive a portion of sales if you purchase a product through a link in this article.
Face Gym Hydro-Bound Daily Serum
“I’ve been traveling a lot over the past few weeks and needed a product that was small enough to carry in my carry-on and equipped to give me radiant skin in climates it’s not usually exposed to. Face Gym Hydro-Bound Daily Serum did just that. This small but powerful product blesses my skin with intense hydration while remaining lightweight. I use it morning and night and it does wonders for the radiance of my complexion. A little goes a long way here – after using it for about six weeks now, I’m only halfway through the bottle. Such good value for money. ” — Natasha Marsh, Beauty Editor, TZR
Iris & Romeo Weekend Skin FPS
“Aside from the occasional wedding or black-tie party, I don’t wear makeup every day. Lately, due to wearing the mask, I have developed blackheads and blemishes under my nose and on my chin. Luckily it will usually go away within a few days if I don’t touch it, but the times I have to leave my house for a business meeting or an outing with friends I’d rather not have any acne on my otherwise shiny face. and fair skin. I started testing Iris & Romeo Weekend Skin SPF 50 over four weeks ago and have been impressed every day I use it. The innovative formula is so ahead of its time because it works to blend naturally with all skin tones, meaning there are no shades you have to tediously match. It’s a very difficult concept for my olive undertone to grasp and I’ve never really succeeded until now. When I apply it, the formula blends into my skin and matches the color of my skin tone perfectly. What I like the most is the crazy glow it gives me which is not too much but just the right amount. It also didn’t alter or lengthen my regimen, holding the third and final step in my skincare routine. I can say with confidence that this new staple is something I will buy again. — NM
Drunk Elephant Shaba Complex Eye Serum
“I am obsessed with this eye serum. It absorbs quickly but still leaves my eyes feeling hydrated and supple for hours. In fact, I’m often too generous when pumping it out to apply any excess product to my lips and neck. — Angela Melero, editor-in-chief, TZR
“This sunscreen eliminates the need for skincare in the morning! Typically, I just wash my face, apply a serum or face oil, then finish with that SPF and I’m good to go. The subtle glow also leaves my skin looking radiant, so I usually avoid foundation and just let my complexion glow. A M
Thank You Farmer Sun Project Water Sunscreen
“This is one of my favorite sunscreens because it smells great, doesn’t leave a white plaster on my face, and gives me a slight glazed donut look when I apply it. Even when I have a rash, this sunscreen is gentle enough to use on my pimples and keeps my skin hydrated throughout the day with a blend of african nut oil, inca omega oil and bamboo extracts. (note that this product contains both chemical and mineral ingredients, if that is of concern to you.) I was waiting for this product to come back in stock and now that it is, I’m adding another one to my virtual store cart of cash register STAT.” — Marina Liao, Fashion News Editor, TZR
Josie Maran Whipped Argan Oil Body Butter
“I have the the driest skin, which unfortunately includes my hands. I never go anywhere without hand lotion and one of my favorites is this Josie Maran Whipped Argan Oil Body Butter. I use it on my hands, neck, legs (now that it’s dresses and shorts time), and with all reapplications, I go through the tube pretty quickly. It’s very hydrating and I’ve already purchased five more of these babies, so this will be my go-to body butter for the rest of the summer. — ML
Kiehl’s Squalene Ultra Facial Moisturizing Cream
“I tend to finish a product and then move on to a new one. But I just finished my second Kiehl’s Ultra face cream and am considering buying a third – it’s so good. It has the ideal thickness that is both whipped and lightweight, so it does its creamy duty but absorbs within an hour of application, depending on how dry my skin was that day. I used it year round and sometimes at night when a night cream was too thick and heavy for my skin. I struggle to find the right balance of hydration and texture with day creams, especially one to use for the four seasons. I know I will use it again and again. — Kathy Lee, Managing Editor, TZR
Tatcha Camelia Cleansing Oil
“I love this oil cleanser because it moisturizes and protects the skin barrier on my face while removing makeup and New York pollution that got on my skin that day. It cleanses without leaving a streak. residue and is gentle for daily use. —KL
Vertly Lip Butter
“I live for a lip moment when it comes to my makeup, and in the summer that means easy-to-use tinted balms and butters. This CBD-enriched formula not only gives my lips a soft, plump finish and keeps my pout hydrated for hours, it also provides the most beautiful dewy color that looks like my lips look better. I have gifted this to all the ladies in my family and will be ordering again soon to keep my stash in stock. — Hannah Baxter, Associate Beauty Editor, TZR
Skin Care Essence SK-II
“Using an essence in my skincare routine is non-negotiable since I have dry skin, and the Pitera (or fermented yeast) ingredient in SK-II keeps my skin plump and supple year after year. after year – seriously, I’ve been through about five large bottles at this point. The 50 added nutrients and vitamins soak into my skin and leave it feeling incredibly nourished. And, yes, I definitely see a difference when I forget to keep my bottle on I know it’s an expensive skincare splurge, but it’s one I’ll happily do over and over again for the sake of my healthy, glowing complexion. last drop, so it’s time to order again! HB
Laneige Cream Skin Milk Oil Cleanser
“This is my very first bottle of this product and to say I loved it was an understatement. After trying it for the first time a few months ago, it quickly replaced the oil cleanser I used. I love the milky texture that melts into a lightweight oil when applied to my skin, plus I love that it emulsifies and washes off easily without leaving a film or residue on my skin. my face. While it’s sad to part with this bottle – it’s actually not that sad, my next bottle is already in the mail on its way to me. — Annie Blay, Associate Beauty News Editor, TZR
BeautyStat Universal Pro-Bio Moisture Boost Cream
“When it comes to moisturizers, my oily skin prefers the lighter variety, so it’s no surprise how well this lightweight cream from BeautyStat worked. This product was my introduction to the brand and it has definitely left a good impression. The Moisture Boost Cream is an oil-free airbrush formula filled with ceramides that leaves my skin well hydrated but never greasy. And the fact that BeautyStat is black-owned makes using it even more enjoyable. — A B
Suntegrity Skincare Face 5 in 1 SPF30
“Look, as someone who’s been in the fashion and beauty industry for over a decade…I know, I know, I know you’re supposed to slather on sunscreen every day AND reapply it. But do I? Of course not. As someone with two small children and a full-time job, I have about five minutes in the morning to put anything on my face. Luckily, though, this lightly tinted 5-in-1 SPF lotion packs hydration, sun protection, acne treatment, prep, and concealment in one quick step. If nothing else, I always put it on after my shower – and when I start to run low I cut off the top and scrape what I can until I get a replacement. — Alison Syrett, Associate Fashion Editor, TZR
Tammy Fender Cleansing Milk
“OK, yeah, maybe $60 is a bit too much for a cleanser. But hear me out! Not only do you only need the tiniest amount to melt away makeup for the day, but using it is truly the most soothing, spa-like experience – I love rubbing it gently on my face and then rinsing it off with a super hot towel It usually takes me several weeks to cycle through a container, then when I get to the end, I spill it into a cup of shaving cream so I can literally squeeze every last drop. Bonus: when empty, the bottle makes the cutest little vase for flowers single rod.” — AS