Familiarizing ourselves with all the best beauty retailers and, in turn, all of the best products they carry is part of the job description as a beauty editor. (Rough life, right?) While big-time beauty-centric retailers like Sephora, Ulta, and Dermstore get a lot of love and attention, we never underestimate the secret treasure troves of formulas you can find at more fashion-focused retailers like Net-a-Porter or Nordstrom. Today, we’re focusing on the latter.
If you love and routinely shop at Nordstrom but never take the time to scroll or walk through its affluent beauty department, my friend, you are missing out. Not only does Nordstrom carry everything from makeup to haircare to skincare, but it also boasts some of the most cult-loved products everyone in the beauty and fashion worlds scrambles to get their hands on, not to mention the best (albeit under-the-radar) brands and products editors well-versed in the industry are already quite obsessed with.
Since Nordstrom’s stock of beauty products is so extensive, we’ve used our well-trained eye to sift through its stores to bring you an exclusive, very craveable list featuring the most important beauty items you can buy—i.e., the product recommendations we whisper in our friends’ ears mid-shopping trip or surreptitiously add to their shopping cart whenever they’re not looking. (Eh, they’ll thank us later!) Oh, and these are all products that specifically work glow-enhancing wonders on our skin.
Ahead, 18 holy-grail Nordstrom finds that will low-key gift you with flawless skin. Keep scrolling!
If you’re not familiar with Odacité, it’s a natural, French-inspired skincare line many celebs are already obsessed with featuring delicious and targeted formulas to help address any and all skin concerns. (Personally, I live and die by its collection of serum concentrates.) For a clean, purified, and glowing cleanse which will set the rest of your skincare regimen up for success, we suggest this minty-fresh cleanser boasting luxe ingredients like tea tree oil, activated charcoal, peppermint, rhassoul clay, and nourishing amino acids derived from apples.
Any dermatologist and esthetician will tell you that regardless of how many amazing skincare products you’re using, if you’re not regularly exfoliating, all other product efforts are pretty much wasted. With the goal of removing dead cell buildup and congestion that can dull the skin, this dreamy paste from Aēsop utilizes strategic ingredients like riverbed quartz, lactic acid, and other delicate botanicals to reveal your most-deserving glow.
If you love to mask, you need to snatch up this brand-new hydrogel and probiotic-spiked version from Tula ASAP. It’s my newest pre-makeup obsession (it also pairs well with coffee and IG-scrolling) and is a limited-edition iteration specifically designed to boost your glow and overall skin health.
I’m forever grateful to this essence because it taught me a very important life lesson: Never bring my most prized skincare possessions home to Arizona where my mom will proceed to steal them. At 71, my beautiful mother has freakishly amazing skin to begin with, and since she started using (ahem, pinched!) this cult, caviar-infused essence from my suitcase, her skin has become even plumper, more glowing, and unfairly devoid of wrinkles and lines.
Every beauty editor, makeup artist, and celebrity we regularly keep tabs on IRL and over IG lusts after Dr. Barbara Sturm’s German-made collection of skincare. It’s hard to choose a favorite, and every product bearing her name is pretty amazing, but if flawless, glowing skin is what you’re after, we recommend adding this pricey—but worth it—serum to your morning and evening routines. It helps correct dark spots and other forms of pigmentation, imparts immediate and long-lasting radiance and also fights premature signs of aging and inevitable environmental damage to boot.
If facial oils agree with your skin, this is one of the most exciting new products to add to your current skincare collection. Not only will it make your skin glow like a gemstone (and hey, it’s officially Taurus, aka emerald, season!), it’s also enriched with tons of other buzzworthy ingredients like omega-rich, soothing hemp oil and protective adaptogens like ashwagandha root and shiitake mushroom.
Some haters are going to hate, but if you choose the right primer, the extra product is a total game changer where creating the appearance of flawless skin is concerned. This brightening potion from glow-inducing makeup artist Charlotte Tilbury is one of the best and basically makes you look like a gleaming, red carpet–bound orb of perfection. (And we’re not just being dramatic here!) Of course, you can add it pre-foundation in status quo primer fashion, or you can get really crazy and add a drop or two into your foundation.
Even though this foundation from Chanel has been around for years, it never ceases to be an editor, celeb, and makeup artist favorite. The finish is impeccably lightweight and sun-catching, but it’s also buildable enough to achieve whatever level of coverage you so desire. I’ve never not received a compliment on my skin (not makeup!) when I’ve worn it, which I think is proof in and of itself.
Although it might not be as iconic as the brand’s OG cult-classic Concealer ($70), when it comes to perfecting our natural skin and covering up any shadows or pigmentation, we’re partial to this makeup-skincare hybrid which comes in a handy-dandy wand form. We bring it anywhere and everywhere for on-the-go touch-ups.
We can’t put down this giant, peacock-decorated, limited-edition compact from Too Faced ever since its launch. One part bronzer, one part luminizer, it delivers the perfect ratio of color and shimmer, leaving even the dullest of complexions with an immediate, sun-kissed glow. Oh, need we mention it’s made in Italy and also smells like coconut?
Ever since a makeup artist dusted my face with this prismatic, pearly highlighter last year, I’ve been monogamously obsessed with the stuff. Unlike so many highlighters on the market, it layers effortlessly and is super buildable without ever going from zero to 100 in an aggressive, not-believable way. The finish is so lit-from-within and light-catching, and believe me when I tell you it will make you look about 88% more photogenic. All the shades are gorgeous, but the blushy tone in Devotion is my absolute fave.
Here’s the quick. When I know I have a long, stressful, and potential makeup-wrecking day ahead of me, I reach for Urban Decay’s iconic All Nighter Long-Lasting Setting Spray ($32), no questions asked. But when a dewy (and still durable!) finish is what I’m after, this new debut from Beautyblender is my number one. I love how featherlight and fine the mist is. As a rule, I hate spraying things on my face, and it truly leaves my makeup looking significantly prettier than when I started. It’s also great for midday pick-me-ups, leaving skin hydrated, balanced, and rejuvenated.
When it comes to body scrubs, the sugar- and coffee-infused selection from Aussie brand Frank Body is pretty much the only one we recommend to our friends. This shimmer-spiked version is so popular, in fact, it’s often sold out. In addition to its talent for buffing away dead skin, the formula also targets other stubborn skincare occurrences like scars, stretch marks, breakouts, and cellulite.
Just when you thought you left two- and three-in-one formulas with your dad or brother, this intoxicating multitasker from Meant comes into your life. If you haven’t heard of the brand, consider yourself formally introduced to a beloved insider secret, and prepare your nose because the brand makes the most delicious-smelling organic bodycare products your credit card has ever seen. Fortified with antioxidants, white willow bark, an exotic mix of oils, and vitamin B5, after just one palm pour, you’ll never want to leave your bathroom. Plus, your skin will glow.
Yes, $250 is a lot to spend on a body cream, but consider this potent elixir a true investment if you’re in the market for achieving the best skin of your life. My former boss at Byrdie, Hallie Gould, introduced me to 3Lab, and I’ve been using and recommending the dark horse brand ever since.
This formula, in particular, boosts your body with tons of active ingredients designed to brighten and blur any imperfections, simultaneously leaving skin more hydrated and toned.
Consider this pint-size bottle of oil your targeted antidote for every dry-skin woe. An ancient remedy, castor oil has been used for centuries for hair growth, healing, and other skincare uses, and this high-quality, concentrated formula from Briogeo is one of the best options on the market right now. Use it on your scalp, hairline, elbows, cuticles, eyebrows—anywhere. Your skin will thank you.
If you despise stains, stink, and icky ingredients associated with self-tanner, you’ve just met your new formula BFF. Completely invisible upon application (no stains!), this lightweight, ultra-whipped self-tanning foam from the masters at Tan-Luxe is a total game changer. It works with the skin’s natural melanin to create a personal, flattering hue and utilizes vitamins B, C, and E and raspberry seed oil to keep skin nourished.
The tan will develop within four to six hours after application (we like to sleep in it!) and will last up to—wait for it—15 days.
I pretty much refuse to use any other sunscreen. Colorscience has a strict, no-funny-business mentality when it comes to creating dependable formulas, and this 100% mineral elixir, in particular, offers complete protection from anything the environment wants to throw at you—from UVA/UVB damage to pollution and blue light.