Best Beauty Buys: 2015
2015 Best Beauty Buys
The votes are in. We enlisted a dream team of derms, makeup artists, hairstylists and editors to put this year's newest products to the test. Meet the 50 standouts.
Makeup Artist Andrew Sotomayor
Makeup Artist Emily Kate Warren
Dermatologist Dr. David E. Bank, MD
Dermatologist Francesca Fusco, MD
Hairstylist Sadah Saltzman
Hairstylist Nick Penna
Hair Colorist Paul Cucinello
All beauty award winners are available at drugstores, mass-market retailers, Target, Ulta or Sally Beauty.
Maybelline Face Studio Master Prime Weightless Blurring Primer, $10
While keeping makeup fresh all day, the silicone-infused formula also creates a flawless finish, says Sotomayor.
Makeup: Brow Product
Smashbox Brow Tech Trio, $26
With two shades and a wax sealant, this trusty trifecta is just what you need for perfectly polished brows.
Makeup: Lip Balm
Burt's Bees Squeezable Lip Balm, $4
Everyone's favortie blam has gone from twist to tube, and classic beeswax-based formula is now richer and creamier than ever.
Physicians Formula Organic Wear 100% Natural Origin BB Bigger! Better! Lashes Mascara, $10
The double-duty brush—a comb on one side, densely packed bristles on the other—defines and lengthens lashes without clumping.
Video: Pretty Daytime Makeup Look
Makeup: Lip Crayon
Sonia Kashuk Lustrous Shine Lip Crayon, $9
Warren loves the subtle plumping effect of this magic stick. And lips stay supple with no greasy feel.
Maybelline SuperStay Better Skin Foundation, $12
The name says it all—this creamy base stays put. Vitamin C helps improve skin's texture and tone.
Makeup: Lip Gloss
NYC New York Color Expert Last Lip Lacquer, $4
Take your pretty pick from an array of bold brights and muted neutrals. At only $4 a tube, you can afford to flaunt every color.
Makeup: Eye Shadow
CoverGirl Eye Shadow Quads, $7
Four pearlescent brighting shades make this palette your ultimate go-to eye opener.
Milani Color Statement Moisture Matte Lipstick, $6
One swipe of the super-pigmented bullet results in vibrant, moisturized lips. Warren suggests using it as a stain by lightly patting on with your fingers.
SheaMoisture Cosmetics Color Correcting, Contouring, Highlighting Palette, $25
Sculpt like a pro with three complementary matte shades that create a natural bronzed glow.
Makeup: Tinted Moisturizer
IT Cosmetics CC+ Illumination SPF 50+, $38
Buff the color corrector all over for instant brightness, natural-looking coverage and sun protection—that’s what we call a triple threat.
CoverGirl Intensify Me! Liner by Lash Blast, $7
This felt-tip marker is incredibly inky—in a good way. The paddle-shaped applicator delivers a solid, clean line.
Flower Transforming Touch Powder-to-Crème Blush, $13
Meet the blush of the future. It starts as a loose powder but transforms into cream on contact with skin.
Laneige Cushion Concealer, $20
The pillowy plush tip makes it easy to smooth on, while the ultra-light tint covers any imperfections
L’Oréal Paris True Match Lumi Liquid Glow Illuminator, $13
Light-reflecting liquids warm up the complexion. Dab around eyes, nose and lips for a candlelit glow.
Video: Fun Evening Makeup Look
Skin Care: Spray Lotion
Vaseline Intensive Care Advanced Repair Spray Moisturizer, $6.50
Infused with micro-droplets of Vaseline’s much-loved petroleum jelly, the speedy skin-saver heals from neck to toe.
Skin Care: Body Wash
Caress Adore Forever Body Wash, $4
A scent that lasts and lasts and lasts. Fragrance pearls release a sweet vanilla and rose aroma that lingers for up to 12 hours.
Video: Quick & Easy Weekend Makeup
Skin Care: Deodorant
Dove Dry Spray Antiperspirant, $5.50
Two-day protection (yes, really) in a convenient spray makes Dove’s sweat and odor blocker a major time-saver.
Skin Care: Sunscreen
Banana Boat Dry Oil Clear UltraMist Sunscreen with Argan Oil, $8
Spray on for quick-drying protection and satiny skin.
Skin Care: Hair Removal
Gillette Venus Swirl Razor, $13
When it comes to getting stubble-free, Fusco looks for ease, speed and no-fuss application. Her latest obsession: the flexiball. It contours to every curve for a close shave, nicks not included.
Skin Care: Body Scrub
Tree Hut Oatmeal Scrub Vanilla & Honey, $7
Organic shea butter, honey and aloe are the all-stars in this mild exfoliator, which is gentle enough for everywhere—even the face.
Skin Care: Hand Cream
Jergens BB Hand Perfecting Hand Cream with Sunscreen, $7
A luxe lotion lightens dark spots and smooths uneven texture. SPF 20 is the icing on the cake.
Skin Care: Body Lotion
Aveeno Daily Moisturizing Sheer Hydration Lotion, $7
Every pump of this hydrator contains five essential nutrients—including vitamins and antioxidants—to nourish even the most sensitive skin.
Skin Care: Self-Tanner
St. Tropez Self Tan Luxe Dry Oil, $50
This oil-based formula began working in four hours after a morning application and still looked perfect at night, says Fusco. Slather it on for a “just got back from vacation” glow.
Skin Care: Eye Cream
Boots No7 Beautiful Skin Dark Circle Corrector, $17
The cooling tri-ball applicator de-puffs, while vitamin C helps to brighten the eye area.
Skin Care: Facial Cleanser
Neutrogena Healthy Skin Boosters Facial Cleanser, $8
Radiance, bottled. Use twice daily for a brighter, tighter complexion
Skin Care: Spot Brightener
Vichy ProEVEN Night Overnight Concentrate, $48
So long, dark spots. This concentrate lessens discoloration by 50% after 10 days, says Fusco. And it’s not just for the face—it can be applied on larger areas, like your décolleté.
Skin Care: Mask
Yes To Tomatoes Detoxifying Charcoal Mud Mask, $16
A powerful combo of organic tomato extract and charcoal battles blemishes and draws out impurities.
Skin Care: Daily Moisturizer
Laneige Water Bank Gel Cream, $32
Not your average face cream, this Korean mega-moisturizer includes mineral-enriched H2O for 24-hour hydration.
Skin Care: Wrinkle Fighter
Lumene Time Freeze Ultra-Firm Elixir, $30
Micropearls coat skin and protect against free radicals, while peptides support collagen turnover.
Skin Care: Night Treatment
CeraVe Skin Renewing Night Cream, $18
Rest easy knowing that ceramides and hyaluronic acid are awakening your skin.
Skin Care: Facial Scrub
Olay Fresh Effects Acne Hater Deep Scrub, $7
Salicylic acid—a derm-approved multitasker—clears breakouts, minimizes oiliness and shrinks pores.
Skin Care: Serum
Nip + Fab No Needle Fix Serum, $20
Wrinkles and imperfections don’t stand a chance. The supercharged serum also prevents makeup from settling into creases, says Fusco
Skin Care: Acne Product
Neutrogena Rapid Clear Stubborn Acne Spot Gel, $9
This benzoyl peroxide treatment reduces both larger cysts and minor blemishes without stinging, says Bank.
Skin Care: Facial Oil
L’Oréal Paris Age Perfect Cell Renewal Facial Oil, $25
A cocktail of eight essential oils, including chamomile and argan, protects from everyday stressors like pollutants and free radicals.
Hair Care: At-Home Hair Color
Vidal Sassoon Salonist Permanent, $14
Looking for the whole package? This DIY kit—which includes gloves, a brush and a mixing bowl—brings professional techniques to your fingertips. The result is rich and believable, says Cucinello.
Video: Help My Hair, Christo! The Ponytail Braid
Hair Care: Pomade
Schwarzkopf Styliste Ultime Crystal Shine & Hold Transparent Polishing Pomade, $7
Fast and flexible, it molds and holds with lightning speed while allowing for movability.
Hair Care: Curl Booster
Tresemmé Runway Make Waves Shaping Gel Cream, $5
Say hello to touchable bounce. This gel-cream hybrid packs a one-two punch: It moisturizes and enhances your natural curls.
Hair Care: Shampoo (Hydrating)
Proganix Quench Coconut H2O + Electrolytes Shampoo, $10
A blend of coconut water and oil gently cleanses the scalp and nourishes parched hair. And the piña colada scent is sheer paradise, says Penna.
Hair Care: Conditioner
Vidal Sassoon Cherry Almond Conditioner, $2.50
Satisfy your sweet tooth with the classic scent. Plus, the new formula is gentle enough for color-treated hair.
Video: Help My Hair, Christo! The Sleek Blowout
Hair Care: At-Home Highlights
L’Oréal Paris Superior Preference Glam Lights, $13
Achieving salon-quality highlights on your own is no longer impossible—in fact, it’s now foolproof. The three-prong brush makes it easy to apply as much or as little as you want.