No matter how much eye cream I lather on before climbing into bed or setting powder I sweep on before starting my morning commute, my 2:00 P.M. routine never changes. I take a peek at how my makeup is holding up and I’m not-so-kindly greeted with the same under-eye creases and fine lines around my eyes I work so hard to diminish.
The at-my-desk fix of removing my under-eye concealer and quickly re-applying more with my finger (a technique that, admittedly, always resulted in more creases) was my go-to move until the latest launch from Tatcha—one that, according to its packaging, promised a fast and easy solution to pesky lines and dry spots—hit my desk.
Instead of the usual blurring compact or powder, the Serum Stick ($48)—yes, it’s a balm-in-stick you can easily stow in your bag or desk drawer for touch-ups—really is a two-second solution to dry patches and annoying lines you can’t seem to camouflage.
Filled with squalane to lock in moisture, Japanese lemon balm to nourish and blur and Hadasei-3, the brand’s proprietary blend of anti-aging nutrients to help skin out long term, the product is a no-brainer. Simply swipe the cool-to-the-touch stick around your always-dry areas and watch as lines are filled, dry patches are quenched and makeup applies so much easier on top.
Whether you use it as a makeup touch-up tool or as the final step of your skin-care routine, it’s safe to say the decade’s first non-negotiable purchase has officially been found. Here’s to a year of line-free skin!