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NYLON's Beauty Hit List Winners Are Here.

by The EditorsPhotography by Lissy Elle
Still Life Photography by Gabby RuddickAugust 1, 2018

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After a summer full of rigorous testing, we’re happy to announce that NYLON’s very first digital Beauty Hit List is here, honoring the best of the best from this past year’s launches.

For the past few months, we have put product after product to the test, narrowing down the thousands—yes, thousands—of launches that made their way to our office. Each product—whether a formula, a collection, or an industry-revolutionizing product—launched between August 2017 and, well, today. We tested items within a cool 81 different categories, including skin care, hair care, makeup, and nails.

And while our medicine cabinets, makeup drawers, shower caddies, and storage closets may now be overflowing with products, we can’t say we’re complaining. We got to try some of the very best in the game, after all. We spot masked, we contoured, we highlighted, and we wore an excessive amount of eye shadow, all for the sake of beauty. (I know, pretty tough work being an editor, right?)

And now, the results are in. Here are our picks for the best beauty products of the year.

Beauty Hit List

Body

The latest products to do a body good.

Chanel is wearing a Baserange two piece swimsuit and knit shorts and Lady Grey earrings. Jasmin is wearing an Araks bodysuit, Jennifer Fisher earrings, and Lady Grey rings. Emmy is wearing a Jeremy Scott top and Alix bodysuit.Chanel is wearing a Baserange two piece swimsuit and knit shorts and Lady Grey earrings. Jasmin is wearing an Araks bodysuit, Jennifer Fisher earrings, and Lady Grey rings. Emmy is wearing a Jeremy Scott top and Alix bodysuit.Chanel is wearing a Baserange two piece swimsuit and knit shorts and Lady Grey earrings. Jasmin is wearing an Araks bodysuit, Jennifer Fisher earrings, and Lady Grey rings. Emmy is wearing a Jeremy Scott top and Alix bodysuit.
Best Body Wash
"I wish everything in my life smelled this good."
—Gabrielle Korn, Editor-in-Chief
Le Labo,Mandarin/Argan Shower Oil
Available atLe Labo
Best Body Scrub
Frank Body,Express-o Scrub
Available atFrank Body
Best Body Cream
"In addition to feeling luxurious and hydrating on the skin, this cream smells divine."
—Irina Grechko, Managing Editor
Oribe,Oribe Côte d’Azur Restorative Body Crème
Available atOribe
Best Body Oil
Paul & Joe,Body Oil
Available atAmazon
Best Shave Product
EOS,Dry Skin Shave Cream
Available atJET.com
Best Bath Product
Goop,Bath Soaks
Available atGoop
Best Hand Cream
Oribe,Côte d’Azur Nourishing Hand Crème
Available atOribe
Best Deodorant
The Takesumi Detox,Black Oak + Bourbon Deodorant
Available atAmazon

Chanel is wearing a Baserange two piece swimsuit and knit shorts and Lady Grey earrings. Jasmin is wearing an Araks bodysuit, Jennifer Fisher earrings, and Lady Grey rings. Emmy is wearing a Jeremy Scott top and Alix bodysuit.

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Fragrance

Our picks for the top 15 fragrances of the past year.

Pritika is wearing an Alix bodysuit, a Milly skirt, and Lady Grey earrings. Chanel is wearing an Acne shirt and dress and Bonheur earrings.Pritika is wearing an Alix bodysuit, a Milly skirt, and Lady Grey earrings. Chanel is wearing an Acne shirt and dress and Bonheur earrings.Pritika is wearing an Alix bodysuit, a Milly skirt, and Lady Grey earrings. Chanel is wearing an Acne shirt and dress and Bonheur earrings.
Best Fragrances
Chanel,Gabrielle
Available atSephora
Proenza Schouler,Arizona
Available atProenza Schouler
Prada,Candy Sugar Pop
Available atSephoraJET.com
Glossier,You
Available atGlossier
Goop,Edition 04 - Orchard
Available atGoop
Byredo,Velvet Haze
Available atByredo
"This scent transports me to my favorite days of summer, spent on the beach inhaling the scent of the sea, the wind blowing through my hair."
—Irina Grechko, Managing Editor
Maison Margiela 'Replica',Sailing Day
Available atSephora
Miu Miu,L'eau Rosée
Available atSephora
Commodity,Bois
Available atCommodity
Diptyque,Fleur de Peau
Available atAmazon
"This has become my go-to summer scent, it’s one part floral, one part beachy."
—Jenna Igneri, Associate Fashion & Beauty Editor
Gucci,Bloom
Available atSephora
Christian Dior,Rose Gipsy
Available atChristian Dior
By Kilian,Love The Way You Taste
Available atBy Kilian
Ex Nihilo,Viper Green
Available atBergdorf Goodman
Floraïku,In The Rain
Available atFloraïku

Pritika is wearing an Alix bodysuit, a Milly skirt, and Lady Grey earrings. Chanel is wearing an Acne shirt and dress and Bonheur earrings.

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Lips

The year’s best for all things pout-related.

Jasmin is wearing a 3.1 Phillip Lim dress and Jennifer Fisher earrings.Jasmin is wearing a 3.1 Phillip Lim dress and Jennifer Fisher earrings.Jasmin is wearing a 3.1 Phillip Lim dress and Jennifer Fisher earrings.
Best Lipstick
"I love this lipstick collection! Somehow, each shade in this wild spectrum is flattering in its own way."
—Sarah Lutkenhaus, Design Director
Fenty Beauty,Mattemoiselle Plush Matte Lipstick
Available atSephora
Best Liquid Lipstick
Lawless,Liquid Lipstick
Available atSephora
Best Lipgloss
Marc Jacobs Beauty,Cream & Sugar Hi-Shine Gloss Lip Lacquer
Available atSephora
Best Lip Liner
M.A.C,Liptensity Lip Pencil
Available atM.A.C
Best Lip Balm
"Aside from the adorable packaging, this lip balm hydrates really well without leaving your lips feeling overly oily or sticky. I also love how it doesn’t have an overpowering taste or scent, which can be pretty hard when trying to find the perfect lip balm."
—Nicole DeGregoris, Integrated Marketing Manager
Paul & Joe,Treatment Lipstick
Available atAmazon

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Eyes

From brows and lashes to shadows and palettes, the best new launches to showcase those peepers.

Sarah is wearing a Maryam Nassir Zadeh jacket and top.Sarah is wearing a Maryam Nassir Zadeh jacket and top.Sarah is wearing a Maryam Nassir Zadeh jacket and top.
Best Brow Pencil
NARS,Brow Perfector
Available atSephora
Best Brow Tint
M.A.C,Shape + Shade Brow Tint
Available atM.A.C
Best Brow Gel
"This isn't just the best mascara of the year, it's maybe the best mascara I've ever used. Now that I've tried it I literally don't want to wear anything else!"
—Gabrielle Korn, Editor-in-Chief
Milk,Kush Brow
Available atSephoraMilk
Best Pencil Liner
Elizabeth Arden,High Drama Eyeliner
Available atAmazon
Best Liquid Liner
"I've gone through the vast majority of liquid liners—drugstore, high-end, you name it—over the years, but this is definitely my new staple. It goes on super-smooth, gives me that perfect, thick, black line, and stays forever—even in NYC's humidity! I'm obsessed."
—Sandra Song, Senior Entertainment Editor
Pat McGrath,Perma Precision Liquid Liner
Available atSephora
Best Mascara
Milk,Kush Mascara
Available atSephoraMilk
Best False Lashes
BeautyGARDE,Faux Lashes + Adhesive
Available atBeautyGARDE
Best Eyeshadow Palette
Marc Jacobs Beauty,Eye-Conic Palette
Available atSephora
Best Powder Eyeshadow
ColourPop,Super Shock Shadow
Available atColourPop
Best Cream Eyeshadow
Tarte,Chrome Paints
Available atSephora
Best Liquid Eyeshadow
Stila,Shimmer & Glow Liquid Eyeshadow
Available atAmazon

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Skin

From serums to SPF, the best of this year’s complexion perfectors.

Pritika is wearing Jennifer Fisher earrings. Jasmin is wearing Bonheur earrings.Pritika is wearing Jennifer Fisher earrings. Jasmin is wearing Bonheur earrings.Pritika is wearing Jennifer Fisher earrings. Jasmin is wearing Bonheur earrings.
Best Face Mask
Ole Henriksen,Cold Plunge Pore Mask
Available atSephora
Best Sheet Mask
"I love this mask! It has the perfect amount of serum on it, and after I peeled it off, my skin looked hydrated, bright, and smooth. Bonus: It comes in a five-pack!"
—Maura Gaughan, Video Producer
Beauty Pie,Advanced Serum-Infusion Biocellulose Sheet Mask
Available atBeauty Pie
Best Overnight Treatment
Dr. Perricone,Intensive Overnight Treatment
Available atSephora
Best Cleanser
Drunk Elephant,Jelly Cleanser
Available atSephora
Best Oil Cleanser
Chanel,Cleansing Oil
Available atChanel
Best Exfoliating Scrub
Huxley,Secret Of Sahara Scrub Mask
Available atAmazon
Best Chemical Exfoliator
"I love the light floral smell and the way that the layer of oils helps prevent the dryness typically associated with a chemical peel. Plus, putting it on at night before bed makes it really easy to use and integrate into my routine."
—Charlotte Prager, Senior Video Editor
Lancome,Rose Drop Night Peeling Concentrate
Available atLancome
Best Acne/Spot Treatment
Glossier,Solution
Available atGlossier
Best Face Mist
Mario Badescu,Lavender Facial Spray
Available atAmazon
Best Toner
Chanel,Invigorating Toner
Available atAmazon
Best Facial Oil
Mileo,Elixir Oud
Available atMileo
Best Serum
Tata Harper,Resurfacing Serum
Available atSephoraTata Harper
Best Face Cream
Herbivore,Pink Cloud Moisture Creme
Available atSephoraAmazon
Best Eye Cream
Drunk Elephant,C-Tango Eye Cream
Available atSephora
Best SPF
Biossance,Squalane Mineral SPF 45
Available atSephora
Best Makeup Remover
M.A.C,Gently Off Eye and Lip Makeup Remover
Available atAmazon

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Nails

The latest and greatest in nail technology.

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Best Treatment
CND,Cuticle Eraser Gentle Exfoliator
Available atAmazon
Best Remover
"I guess I've just been living my life under a rock, because I've been using 99-cent, acetone-based nail polish remover for as long as I can remember. This is a serious game changer! It's quick-acting, hasn't dried out my nails, and doesn't smell like a chemical plant."
—Ali DiEmidio, Senior Manager of Integrated Marketing
ORLY,Genius Remover for Gel, Lacquer, + Hybrid
Available atORLY
Best Press-Ons
"I was never really big on the idea of press-on nails until I discovered these. Not only do these nails look professionally done, but they also actually stay on for days on end."
—Jenna Igneri, Associate Fashion & Beauty Editor
Static Nails,Pop-On Manicure Set
Available atAmazon

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Face

From highlight to contour, these are the products that’ll keep you looking flawless.

Emmy is wearing Nora Kogan rings.Emmy is wearing Nora Kogan rings.Emmy is wearing Nora Kogan rings.
Best Primer
Col-Lab,The Fundamental Smoothing Primer
Available atAmazon
Best Foundation
Laura Mericer,Flawless Fusion Ultra-Longwear Foundation
Available atSephora
Best Pressed Powder
Dr. Perricone,No Makeup Instant Blur
Available atSephora
Best Concealer
Laura Mericer,Flawless Fusion Ultra-Longwear Concealer
Available atSephoraAmazon
Best Bronzer
"Bless this bronzer! Not only does it leave you with the perfect shade of sun-kissed bronze, but the palette also includes shades that act as a blush and highlighter as well. Three birds, one stone, happy me."
—Ali DiEmidio, Senior Manager of Integrated Marketing
Becca,Gradient Sunlit Bronzer
Available atSephora
Best Contour
Tarte,Park Ave Princess Chisel Palette
Available atSephora
Best Powder Blush
BareMinerals,Gen Nude
Available atSephora
Best Cream Blush
Too Cool For School,Jelly Blusher
Available atUlta
Best Makeup Setter
Urban Decay,AllNighter Pollution Protecting Spray
Available atSephora
Best Tinted Moisturizer
Lancôme,Skin Feels Good Hydrating Skin Tint
Available atLancôme
Best Powder Hightlighter
Physician's Formula,Butter Highlighter
Available atAmazon
Best Cream/Liquid Highlighter
"These highlighters are shimmery without being glittery, giving you a true glow from within!"
—Erin Parker, Associate Social Media Editor
Fenty Beauty,Shimmer Skinsticks
Available atSephora
Best Highlighter Palette
Huda Beauty,3D Highlighter Palette
Available atSephora

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Hair

The best in hair care, from shampoos and conditioners to texturizers and volumizers.

Chanel is wearing a Vivetta dress and Baublebar earrings.Chanel is wearing a Vivetta dress and Baublebar earrings.Chanel is wearing a Vivetta dress and Baublebar earrings.
Best Shampoo
Oribe,Serene Scalp Shampoo
Available atOribe
Best Damage Shampoo
"After bleaching my hair for three years straight, I was in need of some serious help. This shampoo is revolutionary. It leaves my hair feeling clean, but never dry or greasy."
—Jenna Igneri, Associate Fashion & Beauty Editor
Briogeo,Don't Despair Repair Moisture Shampoo
Available atSephora
Best Conditioner
Oribe,Serene Scalp Conditioner
Available atOribe
Best Damage Conditioner
Wella,Fusionplex Conditioner
Available atUlta
Best Dry Shampoo
IGK,First Class Dry Shampoo
Available atSephora
Best Leave-In Treatment
Alterna,CAVIAR Anti-Frizz Blowout Butter
Available atSephora
Best Hair Mask
Coco & Eve,Coconut Hair Mask
Available atAmazon
Best Texture Styling Product
Alterna,CAVIAR Resort Breeze Air Dry Styling Balm
Available atSephora
Best Hold Styling Product
Oribe,Flash Form Finishing Wax Spray
Available atOribe
Best Volume Styling Product
amika,Volume Powder Spray
Available atSephora
Best Natural/Curly Hair Shampoo
Carol's Daughter,Coco Creme Shampoo
Available atCarol's Daughter
Best Natural/Curly Hair Conditioner
DevaCurl,Leave-In Decadence Conditioner
Available atSephora
Best Natural/Curly Hair Treatment
Carol's Daughter,Coco Creme Velvet Cream Hair Mask
Available atCarol's Daughter
Best Natural/Curly Hair Styling Product
"A styling cream that leaves curly hair both defined and soft is a rarity in the beauty space, but somehow Amika has managed to do just that. Use the cream along with the gel, and you'll have curls worth showing off way past wash day."
—Taylor Bryant, Web Editor
amika,Curl Corps
Available atSephora

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Tools

The best beauty tools of the year, from space age skin-care innovations to New Age crystal facial tools.

Emmy is wearing Calvin Klein Jeans jacket, turtleneck, and jeans. Jasmin is wearing a Jeremy Scott sweater.Emmy is wearing Calvin Klein Jeans jacket, turtleneck, and jeans. Jasmin is wearing a Jeremy Scott sweater.Emmy is wearing Calvin Klein Jeans jacket, turtleneck, and jeans. Jasmin is wearing a Jeremy Scott sweater.
Best Razor
"Come for the convenience factor (this razor works on a subscription model; you'll be sent new razor blades according to how often you shave), and stay for the incredibly close shave. Seriously: My legs were silky smooth for a full two days after using it. Plus, the magnetic holder is the best way of storing a razor I've ever seen, and is weirdly fun to use?"
—Kristin Iversen, Executive Editor
Billie,Razor
Available atBillie
Best Makeup Sponge
Fenty Beauty,Precision Makeup Sponge
Available atSephora
Best Crystal Facial Tool
Aquarian Soul,Rose Quartz Facial Tool
Available atAquarian Soul
Best Skin Tech
"This is the easiest facial exfoliator and peach fuzz remover I've ever used! My face feels so smooth and is super-luminous after using."
—Lindsay Hattrick, Design Assistant
Dermaflash,Dermaflash 2.0
Available atSephora
Best Straightener
Chi,Lava
Available atUlta
Best Curling Iron
amika,The Chamelon
Available atamika
Best Blow Dryer
Paul Mitchell,Neuro Halo Blow Dryer
Available atAmazon

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Innovator Awards

Winners

Innovator Awards

This year, for the first time ever, the NYLON Beauty Hit List expands beyond products and brands to celebrate beauty’s most innovative people. These visionaries have made strides in everything from product development and the business of beauty to the fitness and wellness space. Check out our honorees, below.

NYLON’s Innovator
of the Year

Jessica Alba

Jessica Alba

Founder of The Honest Company & Honest Beauty
Sarah Levey

Sarah Levey

Founder of Y7 Yoga
Cyndi Ramirez

Cyndi Ramirez

Founder of Chillhouse
Mallory Blair

Mallory Blair

Co-Founder of Small Girls PR
Dianna Ruth

Dianna Ruth

Co-Founder of Milk Makeup
Katherine, Caroline<br />& Michelle Ramos

Katherine, Caroline
& Michelle Ramos

Co-Founders of Rituel de Fille
Arnaud Plas

Arnaud Plas

CEO & Founder of Prose
Nancy Twine

Nancy Twine

CEO & Founder of Briogeo Haircare
Julia Wills

Julia Wills

Founder of Herbivore Botanicals
Amanda Chantal Bacon

Amanda Chantal Bacon

Founder of Moon Juice
Tati Westbrook

Tati Westbrook

YouTube Star & CEO of Halo Beauty
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Credits