If there’s a buzzy beauty product that everyone is talking about, you’d better believe I’m trying it out for myself. I regularly test out the latest cult beauty products to land on shelves because I want to see if they’re really worth the hype. And as a result, I’ve used my bathroom as the testing grounds to experiment with hundreds of cult beauty products over the years to see if they actually work.
Some have been disappointments. There’s a famous drugstore mascara I’d seen in dozens of articles (and in the makeup bags in plenty of insiders), but when I used in myself, it left a barely-there tint on my lashes that left me feeling pretty underwhelmed. On the other hand, there have been plenty of cult products I’ve loved so much that they’re now a part of my regular beauty routine—as well as those of friends and family I’ve recommended them to.
I’ve heard a lot of hype about this face cream over the last six months—A LOT—and was eager though somewhat skeptical to try it. But when Fiona Zanetti told me it was “literally a miracle in a bottle,” I knew I had to put it to the test. After months of using it at night, I can attest that it’s truly as transformative as people claim. My skin feels permanently hydrated, with a dewy finish and an even texture.
In the cluttered world of skincare products promising to make you look younger overnight, it’s hard to know what you should actually be using, but there’s a reason the C E Ferulic serum from SkinCeuticals has earned cult status. Stocked with vitamin C, it really, truly brightens up the complexion and reverses lines with regular use.
Celebrity facialist Shani Darden (who sees stars like Rosie Huntington-Whiteley and Laura Harrier) has her own line of products, and they’re seriously epic. I had struggled to find a vitamin A product that worked for me, since most left my skin red or peeling, but that all changed after I tried her retinol reform. It delivers all of the perks of a retinol without the unpleasant side effects.
This candle from Byredo is supposed to mimic the scent of a library filled with old leather-bound books. I know, I know—that sounds kind of bizarre, but it’s truly the most heavenly candle, with a scent that’s warm and velvety. Take a scroll through Instagram and you’re sure to spot these candles.