Presenting: The 2015 Nylon Beauty Awards

    the best of the best products in face, hair, nails, and more

    by · September 23, 2015

    Photographed by Daria Ritch

    Considering that I’m the only person who’s worked on every, single one of our beauty awards, to say our fourth annual awards mean a lot to me is a total understatement. And talk about the pressure: What do I do to make this one different? What girl(s) do I feature? Which products are going to win?!

    I started with the concept first: I was inspired by school superlatives (I won “Most Unique” back in my day), yearbooks, prom queens, and all things teen dreams. I also wanted to celebrate girls with different shapes, skin tones, personalities, and careers, so I reached out to some of my friends, who just so happen to be some of the coolest people we know: Steak (a.k.a., Rachael Finley), Tallulah Willis, Niki Takesh, Lanna Lyon, and Jordan Rebello. So, NYLON photo director Beth Garrabrant and I flew to Los Angeles and shot on site at Palisades Charter High School with our amazing photographer Daria Ritch, and then jet-set back to NYC to shoot the product winners.
    Voted, tested, and reviewed, I tallied up the best of the best available out there. I hope you guys love the end result as much as I do! Here’s to next year.
    Xoxo, Jade

    Photo by Daria Ritch


    1. Best Powder Blush: Sephora Collection Colorful Blush in 05 Sweet On You and 09 I’m Shocked, $15 each.

    2. Best Highlighter: Kjaer Weis Highlighter in Radiance, $56.

    3. Best Makeup-Setting Spray: Japonesque Color Makeup Setting Spray, $29.

    4. Best Tinted Moisturizer: Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer Broad Spectrum SPF 20, $44.

    5. Best BB Cream: Dr. Jart+ Premium Beauty Balm SPF 45, $39.

    6. Best CC Cream: Giorgio Armani Luminessence CC Color Control Bright Moisturizer SPF 35, $52.

    7. Best Primer: Kat Von D Lock-It Featherweight Primer, $32. 

    8. Best Concealer: Covergirl Trublend Fixstick Concealer, $8 each.

    9. Best Foundation: Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Invisible Cover Foundation, $43 each.

    10. Best Contour Kit: Anastasia Beverly Hills Contour Cream Kit, $40.

    11. Best Bronzer: Stila Stay All Day Contouring Bronzer, $36.

    12. Best Cream Blush: Rituel de Fille Inner Glow Cream Blush in Delirium and Desire, $24 each.

    13. Best Translucent Powder: NARS Light Reflecting Loose Setting Powder, $36.

    14. Best Powder Foundation: Chanel Les Beiges, $58 each.


    Photo by Daria Ritch


    1. Chanel Misia Les Exclusifs de Chanel Eau de Toilette, $280 for 6.8 fl. oz.

    2. Balenciaga B. Eau de Parfum, $110 for 1.7 fl. oz.

    3. Bulgari Eau Parfumée au Thé Bleu Eau de Cologne, $97 for 2.5 fl. oz.

    4. Best Diffuser: Tocca Cleopatra Reed Diffuser, $48.

    5. Byredo Gypsy Water Eau de Parfum, $145 for 1.7 fl. oz.

    6. Chloé Love Story Eau de Parfum, $105 for 1.7 fl. oz.

    7. Yves Saint Laurent Black Opium Eau de Parfum, $115 for 3 fl. oz.

    8. Juicy Couture I Am Juicy Couture Eau de Parfum, $74 for 1.7 fl. oz.

    9. Givenchy Dahlia Divin, $110 for 2.5 fl. oz.

    10. Tom Ford Black Orchid Eau de Parfum, $115 for 1.7 fl. oz.

    11. Best Rollerball: Viktor & Rolf Flowerbomb Rollerball Eau de Parfum, $29 for 0.33 fl. oz. 

    12. Bond No. 9 Brooklyn Eau de Parfum$275 for 3.3 fl. oz.

    13. Best Perfume Oil: Elizabeth and James Nirvana Black Pure Perfume Oil, $35.

    14. Best Candle: Diptyque Paris Baies Candle, $60.

    15. Prada Candy Florale Eau de Toilette, $90 for 2.7 fl. oz.

    16. Best Unisex Fragrance: Maison Martin Margiela Replica Jazz Club, $125 for 3.4 fl. oz.

    17. Thierry Mugler Alien Eau de Parfum, $120 for 2 fl. oz.


    Photo by Daria Ritch

    Photo by Daria Ritch


    1. Best Thickening Mascara: Eyeko Rock Out & Lash Out Mascara, $26.

    2. Best Curling Mascara: Maybelline Lash Sensational Waterproof Mascara, $9.

    3. Best Lengthening Mascara: L’Oréal Paris Voluminous Miss Manga Rock Mascara, $8.

    4. Best Mascara Primer: Estée Lauder Little Black Primer, $24.

    5. Best Brown Mascara: Burberry Curve Lash Mascara in Chestnut Brown No. 02, $29.

    6. Best Volumizing Mascara: Rimmel London Scandaleyes XX-Treme Mascara, $6,


    Photo by Daria Ritch

    7. Best Liquid Eyeliner: Clinique Pretty Easy Liquid Eyelining Pen, $19.50.

    8. Best Gel Eyeliner: Tarte Clay Pot Waterproof Liner in Black and Brown, $21 each.

    9. Best Pencil Eyeliner: Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Cosmetic Colour Pencils in Tarred, $16.

    10. Best Brow Pencil: Bobbi Brown Perfectly Defined Long-Wear Brow Pencil, $42 each.

    Photo by Daria Ritch

    11. Best Big Eye-Shadow Palette: Urban Decay Naked Smoky Eyeshadow Palette, $54.

    12. Best Small Eye-Shadow Palette: Hourglass Modernist Eyeshadow Palette in Infinity, $58.

    13. Best Eye-Shadow Primer: Benefit Cosmetics Air Patrol BB Cream Eyelid Primer, $29.

    14. Best Cream Eye Shadow: Shiseido Shimmering Cream Eye Color in BR727 Fog, $25.

    15. Best Powder Eye Shadow: Gucci Magnetic Color Shadow Mono in Iconic Gold, $37.

    Photo by Daria Ritch


    1. Best Lip Stain: Josie Maran Coconut Watercolor Lip Stain & Shine in Poppy Paradise, $22.

    2. Best Holographic Lip Gloss: Inglot AMC Lip Gloss in 541, $18.

    3. Best Mauve Lipstick: Charlotte Tilbury k.i.s.s.i.n.g. Lipstick in Bitch Perfect, $32.

    4. Best Lip Tint: L’Occitane Peony Tinted Lip Balm, $16.

    5. Best Creative Color Lip Gloss: Make Beauty Satin Luminous Lip Gloss in Sea, $25.

    6. Best Purple Lipstick: Lipstick Queen Silver Screen Lipstick in Stella, $50.

    7. Best Red Lipstick: Temptu Color True Lipstick in Imperial Red, $24.

    8. Best Orange Lipstick: Guerlain Kisskiss Shaping Cream Lip Color in 345 Orange Fizz, $37.

    9. Best Nude Lipstick: Stiks Cosmetiks Lipstik in Nude, $15. 

    10. Best Anti-Feathering Lip Pencil: Too Faced Borderline Lip Pencil, $18.50.

    11. Best Vamp Lipstick: Kevyn Aucoin The Expert Lip Color in Bloodroses, $35.

    Photo by Daria Ritch

    12. Best Lip Base: Bite Beauty BB for Lips in Natural, $24.

    13. Best Lip Balm: Eos Visibly Soft Lip Balm in Blackberry Nectar, $3.

    14. Best Lip Liner: Smashbox Always Sharp Lip Liner in Ruby, $20.

    15. Best Pink Lipstick: Milani Color Statement Moisture Matte Lipstick in 63 Matte Diva, $6.

    16. Best Lip Crayon: Circa Color Saturated Lip Crayon in 02 Demure, $10.

    17. Best Creative Color Lipstick: Ardency Inn Modster Long Play Supercharged Lip Color in Black Is Blue, $25. 

    18. Best Lip Top Coat: NYX Cosmetics V’amped Up! Lip Top Coat, $6.

    19. Best Berry Lipstick: Elizabeth Arden Beautiful Color Moisturizing Lipstick in Sangria, $25.

    20. Best Lip Gloss: MAC Cosmetics Lipglass in Myth and Desire, $15 each.

    21. Best Rose Lipstick: Lise Watier Rouge Plumpissimo Lipstick in Rose Pétale, $22.

    Photo by Daria Ritch


    1. Best Hair Brush: Mason Pearson Popular Mix Brush, $205.

    2. Best Face Tool: Clarisonic Smart Profile Sonic Brush, $265.

    3. Best Eyelash Curler: Surratt Relevée Lash Curler, $30.

    Best Eye-Makeup Brushes: 

    4. Sigma Beauty E30 Pencil, $14.

    5. Sigma Beauty E25 Blending, $14.

    6. & Other Stories Concealer Brush, $11. 

    7. & Other Stories Eyebrow Brush, $13.


    Best Face-Makeup Brushes: 

    8. Sigma Beauty F-80 Flat Kabuki Brush, $24.

    9. & Other Stories Shimmer Powder Brush, $18.

    10. RMS Beauty Skin2skin Foundation Brush, $38.

    11. Lorac Pro Contour Brush, $22.

    12. Real Techniques Blush Brush, $9.

    13-14. Real Techniques Core Collection, $18 for four brushes.

    15. Sephora Collection Pro Contour Kabuki #82, $38. 

    16. Best Straightener: GHD Eclipse Hair Straightener, $245.

    17. Best Round Brush: Unite Pro-System 37mm Round Brush, $29.

    18. Best Makeup Sponge: Beautyblender the Original Beautyblender, $20. 

    19. Best Travel Tool: Foreo Luna Mini in Turquoise Blue, $139.

    20. Best Blow-Dryer: Paul Mitchell Neuro Motion, $185.

    21. Best Makeup Bag: Sonia Kashuk Small Train Case in Cheetah, $17.

    22. Best Curling Iron: Sarah Potempa Beachwaver, $200

    Photo by Daria Ritch


    1. Best Multi-Purpose Skincare Product: Glossier Balm Dotcom, $12.

    2. Best Treatment: Verso Skincare Dark Spot Fix, $150.

    3. Best Toner: Amorepacific Treatment Toner, $50.

    4. Best Eye Cream: Byterry Cellularose Hydraradiance Eye Contour, $75.

    5. Best Face Wipes: Yes to Grapefruit Correct & Repair Brightening Facial Towelette, $6.

    Photo by Daria Ritch

    Photo by Daria Ritch

    Photo by Daria Ritch

    Photo by Daria Ritch


    1. Best Frizz Control: Living Proof No Frizz Humidity Shield, $22.

    2. Best Hair-Cleansing Cream: Oribe Cleansing Créme for Moisture and Control, $44.

    3. Best Hair Paste: Redken Move Ability 05, $19.

    4. Best Hair Serum: Toni & Guy Classic Shine Gloss Serum, $13.

    5. Best Volumizer: Kérastase V.I.P. Volume in Powder, $37.

    6. Best Shampoo and Conditioner: OXG Healing + Vitamin E Shampoo and Conditioner, $8 each.

    7. Best Hairspray: O&M Original Queenie Firm Hold Hairspray, $26.

    8. Best Hair Oil: Bumble and bumble Hairdresser’s Invisible Oil, $39.

    9. Best Mousse: Davines This Is a Curl Moisturizing Mousse, $26.

    10. Best Hair Gel: Malin+Goetz Firm Hold Styling Gel, $22.

    11. Best Sea-Salt Spray: R+Co Rockaway Sea Salt Spray, $25.

    12. Best Hair Mask: Bedhead by TIGI Urban Antidotes Re-Energize Treatment Mask, $27.

    13. Best Hair Color: Manic Panic High-Voltage Classic Cream Formula Hair Color in Blue Steel, $14.

    14. Best Dry Shampoo: Batiste Dry Shampoo Original, $8.

    15. Best Texturizer: Joico Hair Shake Finishing Texturizer, $18.

    Photo by Daria Ritch


    1. Best Hand Cream: Weleda Sea Buckthorn Hand Cream, $12.50.

    2. Best Deodorant: Dove Cool Essentials Dry Spray Antiperspirant, $5.50.

    3. Best Razor: Gillette Venus Swirl, $8.

    4. Best Self-Tanner: St. Tropez Self Tan Bronzing Mousse, $32.

    5. Best Body Oil: Tata Harper Revitalizing Body Oil, $90.

    6. Best Body Moisturizer: Kiehl’s Creme de Corps, $29.50 for 8.4 fl. oz.

    7. Best Post-Shower Moisturizer: Jergens Wet Skin Moisturizer with Refreshing Coconut Oil, $8.

    8. Best Body Sunscreen: Avène Eau Thermale Ultra-Light Hydrating Sunscreen Lotion Spray SPF 50+, $30.

    9. Best Bath: Lush Bath Bomb Sex Bomb, $7.

    10. Best Body Wash: Soap & Glory Rich & Foamous Body Wash, $10.

    11. Best Body Scrub: The Body Shop Mango Body Scrub, $20.

    12. Best Shower Gel: Rituals Tai Chi Foaming Shower Gel Sensation, $15

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