Beauty-editor picks for 10 beauty gems that are tops in their categories.
We know that money can’t buy happiness, but it can buy these beauty products that deliver on on their promises. And that is, indeed, a happy thing.
Here are our picks for 10 beauty gems that are tops in their categories.
Charlotte Tilbury Goddess Skin Clay Mask ($70 at Nordstrom). This face mask changes your skin after just one use. The soft Spanish clay never gets a dry, cracked finish, and minimizes pores. It also evens out skin tone and leaves your skin silky soft.
The Original Beautyblender ($20 at Sephora). This hot-pink sponge is in almost every top makeup artist’s kit. Apply water, squeeze it out, then use it to dab and roll your foundation across your face for a flawless finish.
NYX Matte Lipstick ($6 at Target). These $6 lippies are as good as their pricey counterparts. One swipe delivers pure, matte pigment that doesn’t budge or flake, while remaining relatively non-drying.
Shu Uemura Eyelash Curler ($20 at shuuemura-usa.com). This is the eyelash curler to end all eyelash curlers. The silicone pad has just the right amount of bounce, while the lash curler is curved to magically fit all eye shapes.
Stacked Skincare Micro-Roller ($30 at stackedskincare.com). Don’t let the scary looks of this needle-covered device deter you. This skin-care tool works to decrease under-eye bags, get rid of skin irritations and boost collagen.
SK-II Facial Treatment Essence ($99 at sk-ii.com). There’s a reason this pricey product has reached cult status. The potent essence is made almost entirely of the brand’s proprietary Pitera — a blend of fermented ingredients that works to restore radiance and provide a glowing complexion.
La Mer The Perfecting Treatment ($240 at Nordstrom). Yes, this product is pricey, but one silky sweep rids your skin of dull surface cells, helps reduce redness and gives your skin a brighter visage.
Batiste Dry Shampoo ($6 at Target). Who says expensive is always better? This dry shampoo reigns above all. The smell is strong, but not unpleasant, and it soaks up oil while adding volume.
Harry Josh Pro Dryer 2000 ($300 at dermstore.com). A $300 hair dryer? Hear us out. Our editor swears it cuts her blow-dry time in half and leaves her strands ridiculously soft and silky.
Vintner’s Daughter Active Botanical Serum ($185 at vintnersdaughter.com). Made up of 22 natural botanicals, this indulgent face oil works to heal and defend your skin from aging, pollution and other aggressors. It’s a natural-beauty gem.