Our Favorite Products: May 2018 Edition


Welcome to Our Favorite Products, a monthly feature in which ITG's editors discuss our favorite products. They're the best things we've tried all month long, reviewed, photographed, and anthropomorphized before we have the opportunity to get sick of them and move on to something new. It's not officially officially summer, but we are in a post-Memorial Day world, so bring on the bronzer and lightweight moisturizer.

Paula's Choice 1% Retinol Booster

I've had such good luck with PC's Niacinamide Booster. I like the kind of things that make you feel like you're creating the products, like you've got some control—her boosters are great alone or mixed into moisturizer. I tried the Retinol Booster recently by mixing it with my Skincueticals Phyto Gel and it's been super nice. I've noticed immediate texture improvement, smaller pores, and almost NO sensitivity afterwards. That was always my fear with retinol: that my face would blow up. So far I've been doing it once a week in small amounts, and it makes me feel accomplished and prepared. When I'm ready to jump into some full-on retinol use, my skin will be ready. —Tom Newton

La Roche Posay Effaclar Medicated Gel Cleanser

Not for nothing did I scour three other pharmacies in Lower Manhattan for this cleanser when the first two were sold out. I'd run out the day before and was reaching near desperation in my pursuit. That's because while the cleanser has been in my regular skincare rotation for a few years now, historically I only ever used it as a once or twice weekly exfoliating product. This past month, however, in the spirit of attempting to reduce my hormonal breakouts and improving the texture of my skin, I swapped out my daily morning face wash for this one. The change was immediate: My skin is brighter and smoother than ever, any remaining pimple scars are disappearing, and I haven't broken out once since I started using it every day. Coincidence? Guess we'll see. But I'm stocking up for now. —Anna Jube

Dr. Barbara Sturm Baby & Kids Body Cream

Ugh, how adorable!? The ITG fixation on baby products for the body is longstanding—but this guy??? My obsession is officially renewed and I'm currently stalking the Mustela bathtime sets, the Johnson & Johnson baby oil, and the biggest tub of Aquaphor you can imagine. In the meantime, I'm covered in the Good Doctor's ultra-milky, quick-absorbing formula—exactly what you want to use after a day in the sun, once you've scrubbed off your sunscreen and bug spray but want to hold on to whatever tan might be peeking through. And because it's for babies, the size is perfect. Not travel sized but not huge either; throw in your duffle and use liberally. —Emily Ferber

Supergoop Super Power Sunscreen Mousse

As summer weather quickly approaches, I'm trying to make suncare as easy and painless as possible. Glossier Invisible Shield is already on deck, and Supergoop's Super Power Sunscreen Mousse is just as seamless, but for my entire body. It's a foam! Lightweight, no white cast or residue—super easy to layer on top of my body lotion or body oil. No excuses for not wearing sunscreen this summer. —Utibe Mbagwu

Regime des Fleurs Freeworld Parfum

This fragrance is summer to me. I usually like a musky woody fragrance like Goop 1 or 2, but when I'm sweaty and under the sun, I like something different. I'd actually describe this one as sweet, like a '50s drive-in milkshake with a Roy Orbison song playing, mixed with a tinge of metal or smoke or something. You'd be doing yourself a disservice not to go to their site and read every single poem they've created for each fragrance. They are mesmerizing. I like a fragrance that's about the story and the bottle. —TN

YSl Rouge Volupté Shine Oil-In-Stick in Red In The Dark

Maybe it's because I've worn this lip color almost every day this month, but I can't imagine what I did before it. This is the perfect non-berry (but maybe currant?), non-pink deep red shade. The product goes on easily and can be layered for more or worn with lip balm for less. Either way it's what I'm going to be wearing all summer. —AJ

Tenoverten Summer Trio

I want to let Dior's Vernis in Blop have its moment and everything, but Tenoverten just launched the canyon-themed nail polish trio of my dreams and my whole summer has taken on a new vibe. (Blop can stick around—the dusty not-quite-navy has a place on my nails all year round, don't worry). With Hester, a red clay, on my fingers and Broome, a pinky taupe, on my toes, I'm ready for a season full of tumbled linens, easy slacks, and open-toed shoes. For the at-home manicure enthusiasts among us, I'm currently using Deborah Lippmann's Gel Lab Pro top and bottom coats. Just as good as my beloved Smith & Cult duo, just not empty. —EF

& Other Stories Marble Blush in Coquille Heat

I've never really worn bronzer. I rarely wear a traditional blush (save for the universal no-brainer of lipstick to cheek), so my appreciation for cheek makeup is clearly very advanced and full of weight. But. This is really nice. The sunny earth shade gives me best of both blush-bronzer worlds, depending on how I angle my brush. The only thing that’s not so great is that it’s out of stock—probably because it was a near dupe to Hourglass' Ambient Lighting Blush in Brilliant Nude. While I search for something similar, please share your favorite blush-bronzers for deeper tones! —UM

Photographed by Tom Newton.