Best Beauty Buys: 2015

Our experts' top 50 products of the year.


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2015 Best Beauty Buys

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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.








 


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Makeup: Primer

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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.


 


 


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Makeup: Brow Product

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Smashbox Brow Tech Trio, $26


With two shades and a wax sealant, this trusty trifecta is just what you need for perfectly polished brows.


 


 


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Makeup: Lip Balm

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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.


 


 


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Makeup: Mascara

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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.


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Video: Pretty Daytime Makeup Look

Pretty Daytime Makeup Look


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Makeup: Lip Crayon

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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.


 


 


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Makeup: Foundation

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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.


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Makeup: Lip Gloss

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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.


 


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Makeup: Eye Shadow

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CoverGirl Eye Shadow Quads, $7


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


 


 


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Makeup: Lipstick

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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.





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Makeup: Contour

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


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





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Makeup: Tinted Moisturizer

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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.





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Makeup: Eyeliner

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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.





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Makeup: Blush

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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.





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Makeup: Concealer

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





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Makeup: Highlighter

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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.





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Video: Fun Evening Makeup Look

Fun Evening Makeup Look


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Skin Care: Spray Lotion

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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.





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Skin Care: Body Wash

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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.





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Video: Quick & Easy Weekend Makeup

Quick & Easy Weekend Makeup


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Skin Care: Deodorant

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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.





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Skin Care: Sunscreen

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


Spray on for quick-drying protection and satiny skin.





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Skin Care: Hair Removal

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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.





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Skin Care: Body Scrub

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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.





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Skin Care: Hand Cream

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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.





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Skin Care: Body Lotion

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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.





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Skin Care: Self-Tanner

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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.





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Skin Care: Eye Cream

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Boots No7 Beautiful Skin Dark Circle Corrector, $17


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





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Skin Care: Facial Cleanser

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Neutrogena Healthy Skin Boosters Facial Cleanser, $8


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





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Skin Care: Spot Brightener

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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.





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Skin Care: Mask

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





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Skin Care: Daily Moisturizer

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Laneige Water Bank Gel Cream, $32
Not your average face cream, this Korean mega-moisturizer includes mineral-enriched H2O for 24-hour hydration.





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Skin Care: Wrinkle Fighter

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Lumene Time Freeze Ultra-Firm Elixir, $30


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





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Skin Care: Night Treatment

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





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Skin Care: Facial Scrub

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Olay Fresh Effects Acne Hater Deep Scrub, $7


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





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Skin Care: Serum

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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





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Skin Care: Acne Product

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Neutrogena Rapid Clear Stubborn Acne Spot Gel, $9


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





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Skin Care: Facial Oil

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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.





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Hair Care: At-Home Hair Color

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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.





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Video: Help My Hair, Christo! The Ponytail Braid

Help My Hair, Christo!: The Ponytail Braid


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Hair Care: Pomade

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Schwarzkopf Styliste Ultime Crystal Shine & Hold Transparent Polishing Pomade, $7


Fast and flexible, it molds and holds with lightning speed while allowing for movability.





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Hair Care: Curl Booster

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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.





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Hair Care: Shampoo (Hydrating)

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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.





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Hair Care: Conditioner

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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.





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Video: Help My Hair, Christo! The Sleek Blowout

Help My Hair, Christo!: Sleek Blowout


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Hair Care: At-Home Highlights

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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.





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Hair Care: Cleansing Conditioner

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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.





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Hair Care: Smoothing Product

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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.





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Video: Help My Hair, Christo! Frizzy and Flyaways

Help My Hair: Frizzy and Fly-aways


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Hair Care: Frizz Fighter

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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.





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Hair Care: Hair Oil

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Phyto Huile Supreme, $40


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





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Hair Care: Leave-In Conditoner

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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.





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Video: Help My Hair, Christo! Thinning Hair

Help My Hair: Thinning Hair


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Hiar Care: Hairspray

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Big Sexy Hair Push Up Thickening Finishing Spray, $19


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





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Video: Help My Hair, Christo! Frizzy Hair

Help My Hair: Frizzy and Shaped like a Pyramid


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Hair Care: Shampoo (Detoxifying)

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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.





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Hair Care: Hair Mask

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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.





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Hair Care: Dry Shampoo

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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.