Our Favorite Products: September 2019


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. This month we’re talking about a way to have a better period, a new-ish mascara that's already a cult favorite, and the product that makes it OK to sleep in your makeup.

A Lightweight Foundation With A Whole Lot Of Coverage

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Imagine everything that makes a tinted moisturizer good. There’s the blendability factor, the way it looks like your skin (and not like makeup), and the general ease of use (it’s not complicated, just pump, rub, and move on). Now picture everything that makes a foundation good—the coverage, the finish, the way it matches your skin tone and undertone. And now think of a product that does all of that—and boom! You’re picturing my guy. Surratt’s Dew Drop foundation takes the easy wearability of a tinted moisturizer, plus the coverage of a foundation, and marries them as one. It’s the perfect foundation to wear if you’re trying to look like you skipped foundation altogether. I love it. It’s the makeup equal to the comfy pair of jeans in your closet that you can always rely on for a quick, casual look. The finish is dewy for sure, but it’s not greasy. I plop a few drops around my face, spread around with my fingers, brush my brows, put on some blush, and then I’m out the door. —Ashley Weatherford

A Better Period

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I have never been more skeptical of a personal care product than I was about a menstrual cup. For obvious reasons. But almost a year ago I was convinced by a very smart, very sustainably-minded friend that not only were cups better for the environment (one will last years with proper care), but that I’d like it better. And I do! Once you get over the initial learning curve, which certainly exists, a cup outcompetes a tampon in pretty much every way. You can’t feel it at all, no string you have to deal with while peeing, and you can wear it all day without needing to change it or worrying deeply about toxic shock. I was once a person who blew through Super+ tampons, but now I only reset my cup once in the morning and once before bed. Life changing! The Hello Cup, which I came across recently at the Indie Beauty Expo, is particularly good. Here’s why: it’s opaque. Most other cups are slightly translucent, and become discolored over time, which is gross. Which is not to say periods are gross! Periods are cool… but also, the worst. I’m glad to have found something to make it slightly better. —Ali Oshinsky

A Peel For Sleepyheads

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This month, I fell asleep with makeup on more times than I’d like to admit. It happens to the best of us: You come home later than normal, immediately disrobe of your outside clothes, and decide to watch the latest installment of Succession while curled up next to some tacos de cecina. You close your eyes—you know, to give them a ‘break’—and when you tap your phone, it’s 5:47am. Once I scramble to wash yesterday’s mistakes down the drain, I’ll double cleanse my face, and then put on Peter Thomas Roth’s Exfoliating Super Peel while scrubbing the rest of my body. Use with caution, because this stuff ain’t gentle: It’s got a highly concentrated medley of acids (AHAs phytic and glycolic acid, and salicylic acid), but it really does work to deep clean pores and keep inflammation in check. I’m calling it my secret weapon. —Utibe Mbagwu

An Everyday Mascara That You’ll Actually Want To Use Every Day

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This message is in no way paid for or influenced by our friends a few desks over. I honestly believe Glossier's Lash Slick is the best everyday mascara around. The wand delivers the perfect amount of product—and the brushes are short and firm enough to do that wiggle, wiggle move (you know what I'm talking about). I have worked in fashion and beauty for over a decade and have tried all of the mascaras. This is the only one that coats, lengthens, separates (aka does all the things you want it to) but NEVER (truly never!) smudges or runs. —Leah Chernikoff

The Eye Cream That Might Introduce You To A Life Of Crime

Tatcha’s Silk Peony Eye Cream may have just hit the market in August, but I’m ready to fully commit to a bulk order right now. I originally gifted this product to my eye cream-obsessed fiancé, but kept finding myself stealing just a little bit every night. (And then a little bit in the morning...) Soon I regretted the gift that had turned me into a thief in my own bathroom. It’s super hydrating, thanks to double-fermented Hadasei-3 (the holy trinity of Tatcha anti-aging superfoods, featuring green tea, rice, and algae) and has this melty texture that makes my under eyes feel like petals on a peony flower. I’ve been using it as an eye makeup primer as well, and my shadows have never looked better. Cam, if you’re reading this, I’m sorry I stole your eye cream, I’ll order us his and hers cream ASAP. —Chloe Hall

The Most Flattering Blush (Truly)

I mean, I get it. Everyone says Nars Orgasm is the most universally flattering blush shade on the planet. And it should be… It’s peach-pink, and anything peach-whatever is going to warm those cheeks of yours, making you look alive, and thereby amazing. But while I love Orgasm, sometimes I want an Orgasm minus the shimmer. Clinique’s Cheek Pop in Ginger Pop gets to the heart of that, with its shimmer-less peach-pink pigment. I’ve used this blush on and off for at least six years now—it’s that good. It’s a touch richer in color than Orgasm, making me look flushed but not shiny. A little goes a long way, and I’ve found both a brush and my fingers to be equally excellent applicators. I think it’s perfect? And it goes with any look—a cat eye, a crazy colorful eye, or no eye at all. And really, does it get any more universal than that? —AW

A Perfect Red Lipstick Contender

Will I ever cease my quest to locate the perfect red lipstick? Probably not. Instead, I’ll keep bringing home reds in the hope that one of them will be The One. This one, from Kosas, is a great contender. The shade Fringe is right—not too blue, not too orange, not too bright. The formula, in addition to being cruelty free and clean (something you might want to think about particularly with oft-accidentally-ingested lipsticks), is matte without being chalky. It’s best suited for the ol’ blotted lip: Simply dot some pigment in the center of your mouth and use your ring finger to smudge it out to the edges for a red lip with insouciant French ease. Maybe The One doesn’t exist—if I don’t believe in soulmates in love, why project it onto lipstick? It’s more French to have multiple great loves, anyway. —AO

An Eyeshadow With Big Fall Energy

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I’m a big Frida Kahlo fan and did not think I was going to like this product. I’m not one for postmortem brand collaborations (Did Tupac really want to be on a PacSun shirt?) but I will say this is one of my favorite new makeup palettes. I’ve been really leaning into tangerine, terra cotta, and sienna shades for my brown eyes, and this palette offers three of the best with colors Adobe, Amor, and Mystical. It’s perfect for fall energy. For a recent night out I mixed the midnight blue shade, Karma, with the gold shade Muse, and got a number of compliments. The pigment is strong and it lasts all day or night. Ulta, you did good. —CH

A Top Coat That's Never Tacky

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I’m becoming a person who likes to do their nails a lot, and Dior’s Sun Glow is just my speed. It’s bronzed and has a subtle shimmer. And although it doesn’t look bad as it chips off, I wanted to make it last even longer, which brought me to Olive and June’s top coat. Not only does it share a gorgeous chrome packaging moment with Dior’s nail polish, but layered on top, it makes for a finish that’s gilded but never tacky. I’m ready for Shiny Nails Fall! —UM

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