8 Makeup Products Our Editors Are Playing With at Home in May

May 01, 2020
By: Alanna Martine Kilkeary | Makeup.com by L'Oréal
Beauty Products Our Editors Are Buying This May

It’s a brand new month, which means a new round of products is making its way onto store websites and into our makeup bags at home. These are the products Makeup.com’s editors can’t live without this May while practicing social distancing. 


Sarah, Senior Editor

Essie Originals Remixed Collection Nail Polish in Satin Slip

Is it just me, or do you feel like you spend most of your free time washing dishes and your hands these days? Needless to say, all that running water is doing a number on my nails. When I do try to fix them up with an at-home mani, it starts chipping within a day. That's why I'll be using Satin Slip, a sheer pink shade, exclusively until further notice. Because of the sheer finish, chips — and my subpar manicure skills — aren't as noticeable.

Alanna, Associate Editor

NYX Professional Makeup Filler Instinct Plumping Lip Color in Sugar Pie

Even though most of my time right now is being spent at home (or on my boyfriend’s rooftop), I still like to add a little lip color into my routine. Lately, I’ve been reaching for the new Filler Instinct Plumping Lip Color in Sugar Pie by NYX because it’s that perfect subdued mauve that goes with any makeup look I’m sporting, no matter how minimal. The consistency of this balmy lip product is creamy, coats my lips with just one to two coats and makes me feel put together, even if everything else around me doesn’t!


Kosas The Sun Show Moisturizing Baked Bronzer

As the weather warms up (and I’ve been unable to get a professional spray tan due to COVID-19), I’ve been in search of a deep, baked bronzer to help add glow to my skin for a faux tan. Enter the new Kosas The Sun Show. This highly pigmented bronzer melts seamlessly into my skin and gives me the color and vibrancy of a fake tan in an easy-to-use powder form. Not to mention, this formula is non-drying and super moisturizing, which makes it look a lot more natural than typical bronzer makeup.

Genesis, Assistant Editor

Ivy & Elder Willow Talk Leave in Hair Mask

Admittedly, I already do very little to take care of my strands, but this hair mask has been a serious game changer because it serves double duty as a hair mask and styling cream. The formula is made with white willow bark to provide deep moisture, babassu seed oil to help prevent breakage and pracaxi seed oil to condition and add a healthy shine. But what I love about it most is that after I apply it to my damp stands and let my hair air dry, I'm left with a textured and voluminous finish without any extra effort. 


Tower 28 Bronzino Illuminating Cream Bronzer in West Coast

While I live for a glowy, sun-kissed complexion, there’s nothing I hate more than an overly sparkling bronzer. I’ll admit they’re usually gorgeous when you swatch them against your hand, but once placed on the hallows of your cheeks, the large glitter specks often look unnatural. Fortunately, the new Tower 28 Bronzino Illuminating Bronzer has found the perfect balance, and to say I am obsessed is an understatement. This balmy bronzer is everything I’ve been looking for to help me get that warm, lit-from-within glow. Its formula infuses subtle shimmers that blend effortlessly into the skin while moisturizing and soothing your complexion thanks to the inclusion of mango butter and calming green tea.

Samantha, Assistant Editor

Giorgio Armani Neo Nude Foundation

Makeup? What’s that? Seriously, I can’t even remember the last time I cracked open my makeup bag and did a full face beat. While my bright lippies and glitter eyeshadow haven’t made an appearance in quite some time, I still like to even out my complexion every morning. My current go-to has been the Giorgio Armani Neo Nude Foundation. It’s super lightweight, so I don’t feel like I’m wearing any foundation. Plus, it’s infused with good-for-you ingredients like glycerin, hyaluronic acid and emollient oils to keep skin feeling moisturized and looking dewy all day long. It’s the perfect barely-there at home complexion product. 


Playa Healing Hair Mask

Given that I haven’t left my house in over a month, I’ve taken it as an opportunity to train my hair. That means only two washes a week and of dry shampoo. To get all the gunk, build-up and grease out of my hair during hair-wash days, I’ve been relying on the Playa Healing Hair Mask. It’s formulated with kaolin clay to decongest and balance the scalp, as well as amla oil to strengthen strands and help with dandruff. Since I started using this mask in my hair-care routine, I’ve noticed that my hair goes grease-free longer and feels so much softer and silkier than it did before.

Jillian, Senior Social Media Editor

NYX Professional Makeup Escape Artist Shadow Palette

I’ve never been one to show off with my eyeshadow, but now that I have more time on my hands (thanks, social distancing), I have a great excuse to get a little fun and funky with my eye makeup. I love that there are so many shade options in the palette. I never run out of looks to try, but I also can stay in my comfort zone with the nude colors and still feel like I’m making the most of the palette itself. Plus, the shimmer shades are gorgeous. I have no choice but to stan.