Introducing the 2023 Very T&C Beauty Classics
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Welcome to the fifth annual Town & Country Beauty Classics. Each year we award the very best makeup, complexion-perfecting skincare, and game-changing beauty tools—both brand new and tried-and-true favorites—that will find a place in your top shelf for years to come. Below, the 2023 picks for the #veryTandCBeautyClassics.
The NEW Moisturizing Soft Cream
Crème de la Mer devotees know that its moisturizing powers are second to none. The new formulation of the brand’s Soft Cream is now as hydrating and glow-boosting as the OG rich cream, but it remains as light and fluffy as a cloud. Key to the updated delivery system are multi-sized spheres of La Mer’s proprietary Miracle Broth, which can penetrate multiple layers of skin to deliver their payload where it is most needed—resulting in plumper, firmer contours, and a more robust natural barrier.
24K Gold Serum Intense
This silky, ultra-fast-absorbing serum from Chantecaille contains Vitamin C that has been bonded to gold, which stabilizes it and enhances its ability to penetrate and revitalize skin. With hyaluronic acid, hexapeptides, gold-bonded pentapeptides, microalgae enzymes and other glow-boosting and antioxidant botanicals, it is truly a new gold standard anti-aging product to have in your arsenal.
The Face Cream Mask
As temptations in the ever-expanding Augustinus Bader universe continue to multiply, the new Face Cream Mask is most likely to earn status as a stone-cold classic. Rich in Bader’s proprietary TFC8® complex, the mask can be used as a quick 8-10 minute treatment to hydrate and tone, or it can be left on overnight for a transformative, glow-enhancing complexion boost. Use the included tool to sculpt contours and melt away facial tension.
Bio-Shield Face Oil
Sure, this face oil was formulated for reactive skin but we'd argue its an oh-so-luxurious crowd pleaser across all skin types. Not only is this dry oil packed with adaptogens holy basil and reishi to take down signs of stress, but it also has fruit based vitamins c & e, oat ceramides, and plant derived omega fatty acids to restore reactive skin to a healthier, more resilient state. Bonus: not only does it absorb brilliantly, but makeup applies over it like a dream.
MINI+ Starter Kit
While there's no replacing the work of your favorite esthetician, incorporating a microcurrent device into your skincare routine comes as a close second. NuFace's latest innovation delivers an electrical current to the muscles and skin cells in the face, which in turn lifts, tightens, and tones skin. It has three intensities and connects to an exclusive app that offers a variety of at-home treatments for different areas of the face.
Platinum Rare Haute-Rejuvenation Eye Elixir
If the eyes are the windows to the soul, don't they deserve the star treatment? Just a dot of this luxe, milky serum immediately imparts a firmer look to the eye area and smooths imperfections—because no one should have to wait to look more luminous.
Mini Squalane + Vitamin C Rose Firming Oil
The secret to a radiant, youthful-looking complexion lies in this powerhouse product. Like a facial in a dropper, the luxuriously lightweight oil is formulated with a combination of shelf-stable vitamin C, squalene, and chios crystal and rose oils, which all work together to intensely hydrate, brighten, and firm skin at once. The results: unbelievably soft and bouncy skin with an exquisite glow.
The Camellia Cleansing Oil
We dare you to find an editor that doesn't love this all-star cleanser. Not only is it best in class at removing every single trace of makeup without leaving a residue of its own, but Tatcha's camelia oil formulation also works to improve the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines, rendering it an integral part of any skincare routine.
Advanced Night Repair Synchronized Multi-Recovery Complex Serum
This nighttime treatment had earned itself legions of devoted fans—and well before the serum craze, too. The reason? It goes on incredibly light, deeply hydrates, and reduces the appearance of lines and dullness over time. In addition to moisturizing hyaluronic acid, the new formulation also includes the brand's latest innovation, Chronolux Power Signal Technology, to boost your skin's natural collagen production.
Cryo De-Puffing Facial Mask
For after the after-party, the bleary morning (or night) after a long-haul flight, or any time you look in the mirror and see puffiness and dullness, turn to 111Skin. Inspired by cryotherapy, this two-piece hydrogel sheet mask is infused with caffeine to boost microcirculation, as well as with peptides that tighten, tone, and support collagen integrity. Tip: It feels—and works—even better if you keep it in the fridge.
Luminous Silk Foundation
There's about a 90 percent chance that if you ask a makeup artist or glam pro their go-to foundation for making their clients look radiant and red carpet ready, they’ll tell you it’s Luminous Silk. There are more than a few reasons why, too: it gives the perfect amount of buildable coverage, never looks cakey, and—as the name implies—gives your skin a smooth, silky finish that lasts all day.
Bi-Facil Double-Action Eye Makeup Remover
This OG oil-based makeup remover makes wiping away the day's makeup a breeze. Formulated with a special lipid concentrate and emollient mix, the lightweight formula instantly removes the most budgeproof of beauty products with ease without leaving behind a greasy film and it keeps skin feeling clean, soft, and fresh.
Noir Allure Mascara
A longtime makeup artist staple, Chanel's mascara is formulated with three naturally-derived waxes that wrap around individual lashes to make them look thicker, longer, and more defined. It has incredible staying power, too, so not even a sweat sesh, humid day, or rubbing your eyes will smudge your fanned-out look.
High Performance Neck & Décolletage Treatment
Thin, crinkly skin on the neck is notoriously one of the most difficult areas of the body to effectively treat with skincare (or anything else, for that matter). Thankfully, dermatologist Dr. Macrene Alexiades has harnessed the power of scores of plant-derived active ingredients to create this superior serum, which visibly firms and plumps skin below the chin.
Moisture-Rich Body Lotion
Don't let the name fool you—this Clarins body lotion may be packed with moisture but it isn't greasy in the slightest. Made with 88% natural ingredients such as shea butter, organic raspberry water, tamarind pulp acids, and oat sugars, not only does this luxe body treatment leave limbs hydrated, brightened, and firmed but it doesn't leave a trace of residue behind. The only tell tale sign you're using it? Silky smooth skin.
Black Rose Cream Mask
This mask is a red carpet secret weapon—and for good reason. It's made with a potent blend of clock-reversing ingredients (namely black rose, padina pavonica, and alkekengi calyx extracts), and within 15 minutes of application, signs of fatigue are banished. What you see instead is a bright, smooth, and energized complexion. You'd be hard pressed to find a beauty pro who doesn't keep this in their kits.
The LYMA Laser
Yes, the price tag may elicit a small gasp. But if you are looking for a top-of-the-line medical grade at-home laser treatment, you can do no better than the LYMA Laser. The small hand-held device is a technological marvel, combining high-powered antibacterial blue LED light, which treats breakouts on the skin’s surface, with a safe infra-red laser that penetrates more deeply to stimulate collagen. Inspired by the low-level laser therapy (LLLT) in the medical world to rebuild cartilage, the LYMA Laser emits no heat, requires no goggles, and is safe to use around the eyes. Recommended usage is 15 minutes a day for three months before results—including plumper skin, diminished hyperpigmentation, and a reduction in wrinkles—can be seen, but the device is so no-fuss (promise: it’s incredibly soothing to glide it over skin while watching Netflix) it’s easy to commit.
Touche Éclat All-Over Brightening Concealer Pen
YSL's iconic Touche Éclat was first introduced 30 years ago, and it is still—despite thousands of copycats—top of class. The secret? Light-reflecting pigments, suspended in a creamy base, that both conceal imperfections and add a soft-focus luminosity to skin.
Rose Hermès - Silky Blush Powder
With its petal-soft texture and elegant (and refillable) case, Rose Hermès Silky Blush powder is cheek chic incarnate. The blendable, buildable tint imparts just the right amount of fresh-faced color and luminosity without superfluous shimmer.
Terracotta Sunkissed Natural Bronzer
Trick everyone into thinking you just came back from paradise with this cult-classic bronzer from Guerlain. Enriched with 96% naturally-derived derived ingredients, as well as hydrating Moroccan Argan oil, the luxurious powder formula swipes onto the high points of cheekbones like a dream, leaving behind a gorgeous sun-kissed glow with a hint of shimmer. It has a silky texture that feels anything but drying and you'll never have to worry about it creasing, settling into fine lines, or depositing a line of demarcation.
Diorshow On Stage Liner
The perfect cat eye? Done. This Dior liquid liner features a flexible felt tip that delivers a softer line than one can achieve with a brush applicator (rendering it practically fumble-proof), and the waterproof—but easy to wash off—color lasts all day without a smudge.
Radiant Corrector for Eyes
This is no mere concealer. Cle de Peau Beaute’s Radiant Corrector covers imperfections and dark circles, and contains pearl pigments that bounce light off of the skin’s surface so that it appears radiant and smooth. Even better? The formula is packed with antioxidants and moisturizing ingredients that provide hydration for up to 8 hours, a helpful boost for the delicate, fatigue-prone eye area.
SkinCeuticals C E Ferulic
A gold-standard anti-aging serum recommended by dermatologists, SkinCeuticals CE Ferulic acts as a potent antioxidant that neutralizes free radical damage while also working to reduce fine lines and visibly brighten skin overall. The watery, fast-absorbing consistency makes it ideal to layer under other products, and it can even help skin heal more quickly after in-office procedures.
Alpha Beta® Extra Strength Daily Peel Pads
Many in the beauty industry consider Dr. Dennis Gross's Alpha Beta Extra Strength Daily Peel Pads their gateway to the at-home peel craze—and for good reason. New formulations come and go, but this two-step acid and anti-oxidant packed treatment is always worth returning to for its complexion-clearing, tone-improving, wrinkle-reducing, and texture-refining brilliance. And the instant glow you get? That's not too bad either.
AQ UV PROTECTION Broad Spectrum SPF 40 Sunscreen
Sunscreen meets skincare in this luxe mineral formula, which combats UVA and UVB rays while also hydrating, soothing, and vitalizing skin. White macuna (a botanical used in traditional medicine) boosts microcirculation and helps de-stress skin, sandalwood extract nixes oxidation, peptides promote collagen, and alginic acid calms irritation. Unlike many mineral sunscreens, it instantly vanishes when applied, and plays nicely with makeup too.
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