I’m not super deft in the bronzing-oil-for-the-face department. No matter what I do or what I apply, it always seems to look OK in the mirror, but less-than-mediocre in real life. (After testing the latest “glow-from-within” product recently, my brother told me my face looked like a rum ham, which I think is safe to say was not intended as a compliment.)
Enter caliray’s new just add rays glow boosting drops ($34), a “clean” and lightweight multitasking body-and-face bronzing oil that the California-cool beauty wizards Wende Zomnir and Jenna Dover cooked up to deliver a very “juicy, luminous, satiny skin” experience. And they’ve achieved it to complete mango coconut–scented success—even making it a no-brainer, foolproof product for those of us who aren’t typically skilled with this specific category.
To say the sheer organic oil–infused drops—there’s also a ton of omega fatty acids and vitamin E in the formula—give a buildable “sun-kissed” glow seems like a gross understatement, so whatever that adjective means times 100 is the best way to describe the miracle-worker, which launches at Sephora this Tuesday. (Bonus: Radiant-skin seekers can grab it early on the Sephora app today.)
Using the drops isn’t that complicated, but I did find that they looked the best—in the mirror and in real life—when I applied the tiniest half-drop post-SPF (the formula looks fairly sparkly in the bottle, but it definitely doesn’t give disco ball–like results). Likewise, Zomnir and Dover recommend “the drizzle” method, i.e., you apply the drops directly to skin with a light hand, but they also say the drops work “magic” when mixed with a primer, skin tint or any kind of body and skin care.
Either way, while it might be too early to start a solid list of summer skin-care essentials, it’s safe to say, no matter how you get the drops on your skin, this one is a “do.”
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