Colin Jost is an eye cream guy. At least, that’s according to Scarlett Johansson. “I’ve never had a partner who used eye cream before,” she tells Allure over a Zoom call. (The actor and Saturday Night Live star married in 2020, and share a six-month-old son, Cosmo.) “I always forget to put eye cream on, even though my makeup artists always tell me to.”
And so Johansson tapped Jost to be the “guinea pig” for her new eye cream, part of her new skin-care brand, The Outset. “He was the first one to use it regularly,” she shares. “He’s been using it secretly for a year.” Before The Outset came into his life, Jost regularly used Kiehl’s Facial Fuel Eye De-Puffer. “I think it makes him feel invigorated,” Johansson adds.
The Outset’s first drop contains five products. First, there’s a Gentle Micellar Antioxidant Cleanser. For the uninitiated, micellar water is a combination of water, ingredients like glycerin and surfactant. Board-certified dermatologist Francesca Fusco, M.D., previously told Allure that this formula works well on acne-prone skin since micellar water “removes trapped debris from the skin, but doesn’t dry it out.”
Then there’s the Firming Vegan Collagen Prep Serum, and as the name implies the collagen does not come from fish (as it has in the past). “Newer collagen sources can be bio-engineered or from plant sources,” cosmetic chemist Ginger King previously explained to Allure.
Next up are the Nourishing Squalane Daily Moisturizer and Restorative Niacinamide Night Cream. Squalane works best for folks with dry or mature skin and that the ingredient can “aid in skin-care problems wherein the skin barrier is disrupted and transepidermal water loss is an issue,” says board-certified dermatologist Samantha Fisher, M.D. (The Nourishing Squalane Daily Moisturizer is also a favorite among the lucky Allure editors who received the line ahead of the launch.)
As for niacinamide, New York City-based board-certified dermatologist Marisa Garshick, M.D., says “it provides a great option on its own to help target skin-care concerns, such as discoloration and redness while being gentle on the skin.”
On to Jost’s favorite, the Smoothing Vitamin C Eye + Expression Lines Cream. Board-certified dermatologist Patricia Wexler, M.D. once told Allure that vitamin C “is a potent antioxidant that can neutralize free radicals,” which means it can help repair damaged skin cells — and in the Expressions Lines Cream, it can brighten the undereye area over time.
“This project to me was not a vanity project,” Johansson says. “I really spent five years familiarizing myself with this industry, and we’ve really been very mindful every step of the way of creating something that’s clean, effective, sustainable, and purpose-driven.”