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Urban Decay Liquid Aura Illuminating Mix-In Medium, $32

The claim: Add a shot of this opalescent serum to foundation for an instant glow. Iridescent pigments leave skin looking luminous, dewy and youthful. 

The verdict: If you try this, go easy on the “shot of serum.” My face looked like a glowy hologram in event pix that popped up on Facebook.

Dermalogica Daily Superfoliant, $56

The claim: This highly active resurfacer smooths skin and helps fight biochemical and environmental triggers that accelerate skin aging.

The verdict: A next-generation product. The powerful enzymes are deep-cleaning, and the white charcoal pulls out pollutants, leaving behind the softest skin ever.

Vitabrid C¹² FACE Brightening Powder, $60

The claim: A chemistry prof harnessed the power of Vitamin C through biotechnology, allowing this product to penetrate the skin and release the Vitamin C for 12 hours.

The verdict: First, I love the idea of potent Vitamin C continually releasing into my skin. Second, I’m so crazy about the brightening benefits that I just purchased my second bottle.

DermaFlash Facial Exfoliating Device, $189

The claim: Inspired by the costly Dermaplaning available in medical offices, the device gently removes the outermost layer of skin with a sonic-vibration scalpel to reveal a brighter, smoother complexion. 

The verdict: Try this! It sweeps away dull skin cells and peach fuzz, creating a clean slate to absorb serums and potions and a flawless canvas for make-up.

Chantecaille Longest Lash Faux Cils Mascara, $72

The claim: The newest lash peptide technology helps enhance the appearance of natural lash length, thickness and fullness.

The verdict: For 72 bucks, one hopes it delivers. And it does. In less than three weeks I saw a noticeable difference in my lash health and length.

Glossier Wowder, $22

The claim: Wowder will cut shine, blur pores, set make-up, look like skin. It won’t leave a chalky film, cake into fine lines, flatten skin’s texture, and there’s no camera flashback.

The verdict: All true. The best powder I’ve ever used. It’s the perfect density for the optimal matte-not-flat finish. And buy the angelically soft Wowder brush for application.

Ouai Dry Shampoo, $24

The claim: This dry shampoo neutralizes product build-up and oil, leaving hair refreshed with a light, airy scent. No suspicious white spots.

The verdict: It works as promised, even with post-massage-oiled hair. But the intense fragrance is neither light nor airy. You’ve got to like the scent. Big time.

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