Best Beauty Buys: 2015

Our experts' top 50 products of the year.

1 of 59

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.

Expert Panel

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.


2 of 59

Makeup: Primer

 primer pic moneky.jpg

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.



3 of 59

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.



4 of 59

Makeup: Lip Balm

 berts bees yellow.jpg

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.



5 of 59

Makeup: Mascara

 mascarra pic monkey.jpg

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.

6 of 59

Video: Pretty Daytime Makeup Look

Pretty Daytime Makeup Look

7 of 59

Makeup: Lip Crayon

lip crayon pic.jpg

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.



8 of 59

Makeup: Foundation

 foundation pic monkey.jpg

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.

9 of 59

Makeup: Lip Gloss

Untitlip gloss pic.jpg

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.


10 of 59

Makeup: Eye Shadow


CoverGirl Eye Shadow Quads, $7

Four pearlescent brighting shades make this palette your ultimate go-to eye opener.



11 of 59

Makeup: Lipstick

lipstick pic .jpg

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.

12 of 59

Makeup: Contour


SheaMoisture Cosmetics Color Correcting, Contouring, Highlighting Palette, $25

Sculpt like a pro with three complementary matte shades that create a natural bronzed glow.

13 of 59

Makeup: Tinted Moisturizer

 it pic moneky .jpg

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.

14 of 59

Makeup: Eyeliner

eyeliner pic black .jpg

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.

15 of 59

Makeup: Blush


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.

16 of 59

Makeup: Concealer

 white concealer final .jpg

Laneige Cushion Concealer, $20
The pillowy plush tip makes it easy to smooth on, while the ultra-light tint covers any imperfections

17 of 59

Makeup: Highlighter


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.

18 of 59

Video: Fun Evening Makeup Look

Fun Evening Makeup Look

19 of 59

Skin Care: Spray Lotion

vas final pic .jpg

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.

20 of 59

Skin Care: Body Wash

body wash monkey.jpg

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.

21 of 59

Video: Quick & Easy Weekend Makeup

Quick & Easy Weekend Makeup

22 of 59

Skin Care: Deodorant

dove Pic .jpg

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.

23 of 59

Skin Care: Sunscreen

 final boat sun pic .jpg

Banana Boat Dry Oil Clear UltraMist Sunscreen with Argan Oil, $8

Spray on for quick-drying protection and satiny skin.

24 of 59

Skin Care: Hair Removal

razor purple  mon .jpg

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.

25 of 59

Skin Care: Body Scrub

oatmeal scrub pic .jpg

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.

26 of 59

Skin Care: Hand Cream

jergins pic .jpg

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.

27 of 59

Skin Care: Body Lotion

aveeno final pic.jpg

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.

28 of 59

Skin Care: Self-Tanner

topaz pic .jpg

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.

29 of 59

Skin Care: Eye Cream

 no 7 pic.jpg

Boots No7 Beautiful Skin Dark Circle Corrector, $17

The cooling tri-ball applicator de-puffs, while vitamin C helps to brighten the eye area.

30 of 59

Skin Care: Facial Cleanser

facial clean pic.jpg

Neutrogena Healthy Skin Boosters Facial Cleanser, $8

Radiance, bottled. Use twice daily for a brighter, tighter complexion

31 of 59

Skin Care: Spot Brightener

vichy pic.jpg

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.

32 of 59

Skin Care: Mask

tomatoes pic .jpg

Yes To Tomatoes Detoxifying Charcoal Mud Mask, $16
A powerful combo of organic tomato extract and charcoal battles blemishes and draws out impurities.

33 of 59

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.

34 of 59

Skin Care: Wrinkle Fighter

wrinkle fighter web.jpg

Lumene Time Freeze Ultra-Firm Elixir, $30

Micropearls coat skin and protect against free radicals, while peptides support collagen turnover.

35 of 59

Skin Care: Night Treatment


CeraVe Skin Renewing Night Cream, $18
Rest easy knowing that ceramides and hyaluronic acid are awakening your skin.

36 of 59

Skin Care: Facial Scrub

olay pic.jpg

Olay Fresh Effects Acne Hater Deep Scrub, $7

Salicylic acid—a derm-approved multitasker—clears breakouts, minimizes oiliness and shrinks pores.

37 of 59

Skin Care: Serum

nip pic.jpg

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

38 of 59

Skin Care: Acne Product

acne product pic.jpg

Neutrogena Rapid Clear Stubborn Acne Spot Gel, $9

This benzoyl peroxide treatment reduces both larger cysts and minor blemishes without stinging, says Bank.

39 of 59

Skin Care: Facial Oil

facial oil pic.jpg

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.

40 of 59

Hair Care: At-Home Hair Color

hair color pic.jpg

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.

41 of 59

Video: Help My Hair, Christo! The Ponytail Braid

Help My Hair, Christo!: The Ponytail Braid

42 of 59

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.

43 of 59

Hair Care: Curl Booster

curl pic.jpg

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.

44 of 59

Hair Care: Shampoo (Hydrating)

quench pic.jpg

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.

45 of 59

Hair Care: Conditioner

cherry almond pic.jpg

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.

46 of 59

Video: Help My Hair, Christo! The Sleek Blowout

Help My Hair, Christo!: Sleek Blowout

47 of 59

Hair Care: At-Home Highlights

hightlights pic.jpg

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.

48 of 59

Hair Care: Cleansing Conditioner

matrix pic.jpg

Matrix Biolage Cleansing Conditioner for Medium Hair, $26
If your mane concern is damage and dryness, this velvety co-wash is your new best friend. Apply from root to tip to restore shine.

49 of 59

Hair Care: Smoothing Product

smooth pic.jpg

Garnier Fructis Sleek & Shine Sleek Primer Style Prep, $4.50

Sorry, humidity—this smoothing superstar not only preps hair for styling but also protects against the steamiest of temps.

50 of 59

Video: Help My Hair, Christo! Frizzy and Flyaways

Help My Hair: Frizzy and Fly-aways

51 of 59

Hair Care: Frizz Fighter

 pure style pic.jpg

Pureology Smooth Perfection Frizz-Fighting Serum, $28

“My client loved this so much, she took it from me!” says Cucinello. With flyaway tamers and cuticle smoothers—like camellia and vitamin E oils—it’s a major hair helper.

52 of 59

Hair Care: Hair Oil

 hair pil pic .jpg

Phyto Huile Supreme, $40

Mist this weightless wonder onto palms, then comb through with fingers for sleeker, glossier strands.

53 of 59

Hair Care: Leave-In Conditoner

 hair spray red.jpg

Redken One United All-In-One Multi Benefit Treatment, $22

Boasting a whopping 25 benefits, the sulfate-free spray prevents heat damage, combats dryness, decreases blow-dry time and more.

54 of 59

Video: Help My Hair, Christo! Thinning Hair

Help My Hair: Thinning Hair

55 of 59

Hiar Care: Hairspray

 big hair pic.jpg

Big Sexy Hair Push Up Thickening Finishing Spray, $19

One spritz enhances volume and provides a long-lasting hold—minus the crunchiness.

56 of 59

Video: Help My Hair, Christo! Frizzy Hair

Help My Hair: Frizzy and Shaped like a Pyramid

57 of 59

Hair Care: Shampoo (Detoxifying)

 john pic.jpg

John Frieda Beach Blonde Cool Dip Purifying Shampoo, $10

Great for all hair types (and colors), the energizing mix of mint and seaweed cleanses while adding fullness and texture.

58 of 59

Hair Care: Hair Mask


Dove Quench Absolute Intense Restoration Mask, $6

Apply the oil-enriched cream once a week to soften strands without a trace of product residue, suggests Saltzman.

59 of 59

Hair Care: Dry Shampoo

 Dry shamp pic.jpg

Aussie Total Miracle 7N1 Dry Shampoo, $5

Tapioca in your hair? Believe it. The starchy key ingredient zaps oils, revives roots and keeps your style looking fresh with every spritz.