Here are a few of my favorite time-tested “can’t live without” Holy Grail beauty products by category. If you are interested in more detailed information on any of the recommendations or related topics, links to past posts/reviews are referenced.
A subscription-based semi-custom skincare system that addresses anti-aging concerns and hyperpigmentation. For more information, read my in-depth review here. It’s been transformative for my skin.
A fantastic dermatologist-recommended and award-winning sunscreen line dedicated to physical and hybrid sunscreens that are also supportive of skin health. I have a post on sunscreen with more information.
Colorescience total eye 3-in-1 renewal therapy
I wasn’t exactly certain where to put this product since it is a hybrid product that works as an under-eye color corrector, concealer, and SPF 35 mineral sun protection. I’ve been using it happily for years.
Lancome Advanced Genifique Yeux
While I have tried many undereye moisturizers including using face moisturizer under my eyes, somehow this always reappears in my medicine chest. It is my personal Holy Grail of undereye creams.
Vitamin C Serum
Skinceuticals CE Ferulic
This Vitamin C Serum is considered the gold standard for its category. Given the price, I wish it weren’t true, but it is. I’ve tried many over the years and for whatever reason, they just aren’t as skin supportive as this product. For other very decent options, read my post on Vitamin C here.
Sunday riley good genes all-in-one lactic acid treatment
Lactic Acid and licorice extract provide this product with effective non-irritating skin exfoliation and undeniably glowing skin. I have used this product for many years and intend to use it for many more. For more information on this and other chemical exfoliants, read my post here.
Ilia super serum skin tint
A cross between a moisturizing serum and a foundation, this “clean” makeup product gives a glow along with some coverage and a sunscreen of SPF 40. I don’t think I’m overstating when I say the product is a foundation game-changer. Holy Grail for sure. You can read all about how to mix foundations here.
Dr.Jart+ Cicapair tiger grass Color Correcting Cream (CC Cream)
I’ve discussed this Korean “hybrid” product a lot on this blog. It does triple-duty color correcting (redness), mineral sunscreen (SPF 30), and foundation. See the post here on its many uses.
Wet n wild photo Focus Dewy foundation
Best drugstore foundation ever and it rivals more expensive options. At about $5.00, what more is there to say?
glossier stretch concealer
Amidst all of the concealers in the market that I have tried, I return to this one again and again. It lives up to its cult classic label. Dewy and never cakey, it moves with your skin. Unbeatable and at a great price point.
Benefit precisely my brow pencil
Benefit specializes in everything brow: pencils, gel, pomade, and powders. In fact, I never met a Benefit brow product I didn’t like. Precisely, My Brow Pencil is one of my favorites in terms of precision, color, and texture.
Trinny London Eye2Eye
If you’ve read my post, you know that I have a penchant for cream eyeshadows particularly for more mature skin. This is my go-to brand. Trinny has the market cornered on cream eyeshadows. A vast selection of colors and they apply and layer well. They are stackable and easy to store.
Urban decay original Primer potion
Unparalleled nude eyeshadow primer that ensures cream or powder eyeshadow stays on the lids crease-free and true to color for hours. Urban Decay offers several varieties and this is the best of the bunch.
chanel les beiges healthy glow bronzing cream
Bronzer is a must-have for any woman who wants a natural simple look. This one is my go-to and I use it for a quick and easy eyeshadow as well. See my bronzer post here for more about this transformative makeup category.