8 Of Our All-Time-Favorite Summer Beauty Buys

There are certain beauty products that editors, stylists, and trusted friends alike recommend time and time again. You know the ones — the tried-and-true favorites that never fail to make our hearts skip a beat when we see them on our top shelves, often lovingly referred to as cult classics. How does one product earn said status, you ask? Beyond winning awards and culminating a wait list like no other, it’s the elusive It factor they possess — only truly earned by a word-of-mouth buzz.

As we update our beauty routines for the hotter months ahead, we wanted to know exactly what products our fellow R29ers consider such essentials this season. From the Oribe texturizing spray that boosts one manager’s hair through all the humidity to the legendary Laura Mercier tinted moisturizer that gives an editor that ideal dewy coverage, these are the products we can’t imagine doing summer without. See how many you’ve tried ahead, and then bookmark this story for your next trip down the beauty aisle.


“This was the first base product I ever used as a teen, and I remember turning all of my friends on to it. It has the best coverage of any tinted moisturizer I’ve tried, so I still come back to it even though I no longer have the supple skin of a 10th grader. I love the version with SPF because it’s such an important step I often skip.” —Danielle DeJoy, Director, On Platform Reporting & Insights

Laura Mercier, $45, available at Sephora


“Although I’m proud of how long I can go without washing my hair (blame all the bleach), that doesn’t mean my roots couldn’t benefit from a deep clean at least once a month. I keep this salty scrub in my shower so my dry-shampoo-loving scalp gets what it needs, when it needs it.” —Samantha Sasso, Beauty Writer

Christophe Robin, $53, available at Sephora


“I’m currently obsessed with body oils — especially after spending long days in the sun. I find that oil is the best solution for dry or flaky skin, and it has been really helpful in maintaining my tan. It also makes me feel like I’m at a super luxe spa — even when I’m just at home in a bath towel.” —Cassidy Turner, Associate Photo Editor, Branded Photo

Rodin, $130, available at Rodin Olio Lusso


“Come summer, all I want is a primer that sinks into my skin easily and provides that lit-from-within, dewy glow. This Laura Mercier option does just that. I know it won’t cake on my face, and I end up with that elevated yet natural look that is perfect for rooftop parties and beach days.” —Rebecca Smith, Managing Editor

Laura Mercier, $38, available at Sephora


“As a once-a-week hair washer, this product saves my life. There’s something about day-two hair that’s just so right. This texturizing spray brings back that sexy oomph without any sticky residue. Not to mention, its refreshing fragrance is way better than the baby-powder scent from many other drugstore brands.” —Paulina Canini, Senior Project Manager

Oribe, $46, available at Oribe


“I hate having to deal with my hormonal acne, but this product is a lifesaver. I apply it at night before bed, and it helps prevent zits before they get a chance to form — all while leaving my skin with an I-woke-up-like-this glow.” —Alex Marino, Senior Designer

Biologique Recherche, $28, available at Rescue Spa


“There are so many face masks out there that sometimes it can be hard to choose just one. Trust me when I say this detox mask is a must buy. It removes oil buildup like a dream and cleanses my pores like no other. I have oily skin (especially in the summer), and this foam mask rids it of all the gross stuff — while still leaving me feeling hydrated and dewy.” —Anissa Richmond, Video Producer, Branded Video

Malin + Goetz, $46, available at Malin + Goetz


“The ultimate beauty staple. It might sound simple, but this beautiful brush makes brushing my hair more of a bedtime ritual and less of a chore.” —Megan West, Associate Creative Director

Mason Pearson, $120, available at Net-A-Porter

Like what you see? How about some more R29 goodness, right here?

30 Drugstore Beauty Products The 1% Loves

7 Celebrity Summer Updos That Beat The Essence Fest Heat

The First Episode Of Dr. Pimple Popper Is A Popaholic's Dream Come True