These 11 Products Are The Unicorns of Beauty
It’s safe to say that unicorns’ rarity—and super cool hair accessories (their swirled horns, duh!)—is what makes them so enticing. But these mythical, horse-like creatures aren’t the only types of unicorns out there. There are beauty unicorns, too! We’ve rounded up 11 beauty products we love for their unique—read: innovative—formulas, ahead.
1. URBAN DECAY URBAN DEFENSE
It may not be hard to find a clear-colored makeup primer formulated with SPF, but one that is clear in color and formulated with Broad Spectrum SPF 30? That may be harder to come by. Fortunately, it does exist and it goes by the name of Urban Defense. We love this invisible makeup primer for its ability to smooth the look of the skin and create an ideal canvas for makeup application.
For more on Urban Decay’s Urban Defense ($34 MSRP) and other primers in their Complexion Primer collection, see our full review here.
2. LANCÔME JUICY SHAKER
If you’re a fan of Lancôme’s iconic Juicy Tubes, you’ll love their Juicy Shaker. Made with skin care in mind, the bi-phased pigmented lip oil can hydrate the look of lips and leave the pout with a burst of pigmented shine. We love this innovative beauty product because it gives lips a glossy appearance without the added stickiness that you may experience with a regular lip gloss.
For more on Lancôme’s Juicy Shaker ($22 MSRP), see our full product review here.
3. THE BODY SHOP HONEY BRONZE DROPS OF SUN
We’ve all heard of self-tanners, but what about a tanning serum that can be added to your moisturizer or foundation for a natural-looking, wash-off faux glow? The Body Shop’s Honey Bronze Drops of Sun is one of our favorite products to use during warmer months when we want to look bronzed without actually, you know, bronzing in the sun. Small enough to fit in your carry-on, this travel-friendly bronzer is a summer vaca must-have!
The Body Shop Honey Bronze Drops of Sun, $20 MSRP
4. NYX PROFESSIONAL MAKEUP PRO FOUNDATION MIXER
Speaking of beauty products that can adjust the shade of your foundation, NYX Professional Makeup makes one that can be used to adjust the tone, shade, and finish of your foundation for the perfect match! The Pro Foundation Mixer comes in six different shades and can either lighten or darken the look of your foundation—depending on the shade you choose—and help you DIY your foundation for a shade that better matches your skin tone.
5. SHU UEMURA POREFINIST ANTI-SHINE FRESH CLEANSING OIL
While there are many oil cleansers on the market that oily skin types might want to steer clear from, there are a few that are made specifically with oily skin types in mind. Case in point: Shu Uemura’s Porefinist Anti-Shine Fresh Cleansing Oil. The lightweight, water-like formula gently cleanses the skin of pore-clogging dirt and debris and can leave the skin with a more refreshed look.
6. L’ORÉAL PARIS MAGIC BB ANTI-REDNESS
We’ve heard of color correcting makeup primers and concealers, but color correcting BB creams may be harder to come by. One of our favorites is L’Oréal Paris’ Magic BB Anti-Redness. Made with all skin types in mind, the drugstore BB cream is tinted green to help neutralize the look of redness on the complexion for a more flawless-looking makeup application.
L’Oréal Paris Magic BB Anti-Redness, $10.99 MSRP
7. VICHY LIFTACTIV SERUM 10 EYES & LASHES
Wish you could combine your favorite eyelash serum with your eye serum and create the ultimate 2-in-1 product? Dreams do come true! Vichy’s LiftActiv Serum 10 Eyes & Lashes is a nourishing eye serum that can hydrate the eye contour and condition lashes upon application.
Vichy LiftActiv Serum 10 Eyes & Lashes, $35 MSRP
8. GIORGIO ARMANI MAESTRO GLOW
Bi-phase beauty products may be increasing in popularity, but finding a makeup foundation made with the innovative 2-in-1 formula is still a challenge. Luckily, Giorgio Armani has one that our beauty editors swear by—especially in the warmer months when they want something lightweight and inspired by skin care. The Maestro Glow is a luxe bi-phase foundation formulated with true skin care oils and pure pigments and can provide the skin with a nourishing no-makeup makeup look.
For more information on Giorgio Armani’s Maestro Glow ($64 MSRP), see our full product review here.
9. GARNIER ULTRA-LIFT 2-IN-1 SERUM + MOISTURIZER
Looking for a way to enjoy the benefits of two skin care products in one? Look no further! Garnier’s Ultra-Lift 2-in-1 Serum + Moisturizer can help you do just that. This multi-tasking skin care product can help hydrate and nourish aging skin upon application and reduce the number of steps in your skin care routine. Plus, the swirl of moisturizer in the center of the packaging is totally on-theme, as it resembles that of a unicorn horn!
Garnier Ultra-Lift 2-in-1 Serum + Moisturizer, $16.99 MSRP
10. LA ROCHE-POSAY SEROZINC
Your search for an oily skin facial mist that can target key signs of oily skin ends here. La Roche-Posay’s Serozinc is a zinc sulfate solution with a water-like formula that can be spritzed onto the complexion after cleansing as a facial toner to mattify the look of skin.
La Roche-Posay Serozinc, $14.99 MSRP
11. KIEHL’S BUTTERSTICK LIP TREATMENT SPF 25
Looking for the ultimate 3-in-1 lip care product that can protect, nourish, and provide your pout with a burst of color? Say no more! Kiehl’s Butterstick Lip Treatment with SPF 25 is one of our favorite ways to rock a fresh lip color while nourishing and protecting our lips. With six shades to choose from—including clear, if lip color isn’t your thing—this hydrated lip emollient is formulated with coconut oil and lemon butter and can help to hydrate lips and leave them looking—and feeling—their best.
Kiehl’s Butterstick Lip Treatment SPF 25, $19.50 MSRP