As a beauty editor, I test approximately one million beauty products a year — and that’s only a slight exaggeration. My list of favorites changes now and then, but one product that consistently stays at the top is Shani Darden’s Retinol Reform Serum.
New mom Shay Mitchell is also obsessed with the skin-perfecting formula. She’s a client of the famed aesthetician and has been going to her for years. They’re also close friends, which is why the duo just teamed up to launch the BÉIS x Shani Darden Wander & Glow Kit: a must-have if you’re a fan of both brands and a must-try if you’re new to them entirely.
“My friend Shay Mitchell and I have always talked about how hard it is to organize our skincare, especially when we’re on the go,” says Darden. “It seems like we can never find what we need when we need it. So we teamed up to create the Wander & Glow Kit: A limited-edition set that keeps your regimen within reach, wherever life takes you.”
The kit includes the “simple PM routine” that Darden recommends for her clients: Cleansing Serum, Sake Toning Essence, Weightless Oil-Free Moisturizer, and — drumroll, please — a full-size bottle of Retinol Reform.
The products come packaged inside a limited-edition, vegan leather cosmetics case from Mitchell’s luggage brand, BÉIS. There’s a pocket inside of the case for all of the Shani Darden pockets, as well as two extra to pack your morning skincare essentials or other beauty must-haves.
This collection is extra game-changing because it’s the first time Shani Darden’s ever come out with travel-size products. But that’s not to say that her clients haven’t been begging her to do so for years. The expert told fans that she “just couldn’t” launch travel-size versions without her “travel queen.”
Shani Darden got her start in Los Angeles after training under a top dermatologist. None other than Jessica Alba convinced her to break off on her own — and that’s when her name began to circulate among the nation’s A-listers.
Darden started her skincare line in 2013, the same year she unveiled her cult-favorite retinol serum. She set out with the mission to make sure her retinol serum was gentle. Darden didn’t want her clients to have to worry about ending up with dry, irritated skin — which is a common side effect of retinol use. In 2016, Kim Kardashian raved about the serum on Snapchat. Now, it’s present in practically every celebrity skincare shelfie.
In 2019, she opened her first flagship skincare studio in Beverly Hills. Naturally, the space is as chic as her skincare line’s product packaging. And in 2020, she announced a retail partnership with Sephora, and her line is now available to purchase from the beauty retailer.
We can hardly wait to see what’s next.