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    NYLON’s Beauty Hit List Winners Are Here.

    by The Editors Photography by Lissy Elle
    Still Life Photography by Gabby Ruddick August 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 Lad… Chanel is wearing a Baserange two piece swimsuit and knit shorts and Lad… Chanel is wearing a Baserange two piece swimsuit and knit shorts and Lad…
    Best Body Wash
    “I wish everything in my life smelled this good.”
    —Gabrielle Korn, Editor-in-Chief
    Le Labo, Mandarin/Argan Shower Oil
    Available at Le Labo
    Best Body Scrub
    Frank Body, Express-o Scrub
    Available at Frank 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 at Oribe
    Best Body Oil
    Paul & Joe, Body Oil
    Available at Amazon
    Best Shave Product
    EOS, Dry Skin Shave Cream
    Available at JET.com
    Best Bath Product
    Goop, Bath Soaks
    Available at Goop
    Best Hand Cream
    Oribe, Côte d’Azur Nourishing Hand Crème
    Available at Oribe
    Best Deodorant
    The Takesumi Detox, Black Oak + Bourbon Deodorant
    Available at Amazon

    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 earrin… Pritika is wearing an Alix bodysuit, a Milly skirt, and Lady Grey earrin… Pritika is wearing an Alix bodysuit, a Milly skirt, and Lady Grey earrin…
    Best Fragrances
    Chanel, Gabrielle
    Available at Sephora
    Proenza Schouler, Arizona
    Available at Proenza Schouler
    Prada, Candy Sugar Pop
    Available at Sephora JET.com
    Glossier, You
    Available at Glossier
    Goop, Edition 04 - Orchard
    Available at Goop
    Byredo, Velvet Haze
    Available at Byredo
    “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 at Sephora
    Miu Miu, L’eau Rosée
    Available at Sephora
    Commodity, Bois
    Available at Commodity
    Diptyque, Fleur de Peau
    Available at Amazon
    “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 at Sephora
    Christian Dior, Rose Gipsy
    Available at Christian Dior
    By Kilian, Love The Way You Taste
    Available at By Kilian
    Ex Nihilo, Viper Green
    Available at Bergdorf Goodman
    Floraïku, In The Rain
    Available at Floraïku

    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 at Sephora
    Best Liquid Lipstick
    Lawless, Liquid Lipstick
    Available at Sephora
    Best Lipgloss
    Marc Jacobs Beauty, Cream & Sugar Hi-Shine Gloss Lip Lacquer
    Available at Sephora
    Best Lip Liner
    M.A.C, Liptensity Lip Pencil
    Available at M.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 at Amazon

    Jasmin is wearing a 3.1 Phillip Lim dress and Jennifer Fisher earrings.

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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 at Sephora
    Best Brow Tint
    M.A.C, Shape + Shade Brow Tint
    Available at M.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 at Sephora Milk
    Best Pencil Liner
    Elizabeth Arden, High Drama Eyeliner
    Available at Amazon
    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 at Sephora
    Best Mascara
    Milk, Kush Mascara
    Available at Sephora Milk
    Best False Lashes
    BeautyGARDE, Faux Lashes + Adhesive
    Available at BeautyGARDE
    Best Eyeshadow Palette
    Marc Jacobs Beauty, Eye-Conic Palette
    Available at Sephora
    Best Powder Eyeshadow
    ColourPop, Super Shock Shadow
    Available at ColourPop
    Best Cream Eyeshadow
    Tarte, Chrome Paints
    Available at Sephora
    Best Liquid Eyeshadow
    Stila, Shimmer & Glow Liquid Eyeshadow
    Available at Amazon

    Sarah is wearing a Maryam Nassir Zadeh jacket and top.

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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 e… Pritika is wearing Jennifer Fisher earrings. Jasmin is wearing Bonheur e… Pritika is wearing Jennifer Fisher earrings. Jasmin is wearing Bonheur e…
    Best Face Mask
    Ole Henriksen, Cold Plunge Pore Mask
    Available at Sephora
    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 at Beauty Pie
    Best Overnight Treatment
    Dr. Perricone, Intensive Overnight Treatment
    Available at Sephora
    Best Cleanser
    Drunk Elephant, Jelly Cleanser
    Available at Sephora
    Best Oil Cleanser
    Chanel, Cleansing Oil
    Available at Chanel
    Best Exfoliating Scrub
    Huxley, Secret Of Sahara Scrub Mask
    Available at Amazon
    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 at Lancome
    Best Acne/Spot Treatment
    Glossier, Solution
    Available at Glossier
    Best Face Mist
    Mario Badescu, Lavender Facial Spray
    Available at Amazon
    Best Toner
    Chanel, Invigorating Toner
    Available at Amazon
    Best Facial Oil
    Mileo, Elixir Oud
    Available at Mileo
    Best Serum
    Tata Harper, Resurfacing Serum
    Available at Sephora Tata Harper
    Best Face Cream
    Herbivore, Pink Cloud Moisture Creme
    Available at Sephora Amazon
    Best Eye Cream
    Drunk Elephant, C-Tango Eye Cream
    Available at Sephora
    Best SPF
    Biossance, Squalane Mineral SPF 45
    Available at Sephora
    Best Makeup Remover
    M.A.C, Gently Off Eye and Lip Makeup Remover
    Available at Amazon

    Pritika is wearing Jennifer Fisher earrings. Jasmin is wearing Bonheur earrings.

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    Nails

    The latest and greatest in nail technology.

    Best Treatment
    CND, Cuticle Eraser Gentle Exfoliator
    Available at Amazon
    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 at ORLY
    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 at Amazon



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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 at Amazon
    Best Foundation
    Laura Mericer, Flawless Fusion Ultra-Longwear Foundation
    Available at Sephora
    Best Pressed Powder
    Dr. Perricone, No Makeup Instant Blur
    Available at Sephora
    Best Concealer
    Laura Mericer, Flawless Fusion Ultra-Longwear Concealer
    Available at Sephora Amazon
    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 at Sephora
    Best Contour
    Tarte, Park Ave Princess Chisel Palette
    Available at Sephora
    Best Powder Blush
    BareMinerals, Gen Nude
    Available at Sephora
    Best Cream Blush
    Too Cool For School, Jelly Blusher
    Available at Ulta
    Best Makeup Setter
    Urban Decay, AllNighter Pollution Protecting Spray
    Available at Sephora
    Best Tinted Moisturizer
    Lancôme, Skin Feels Good Hydrating Skin Tint
    Available at Lancôme
    Best Powder Hightlighter
    Physician’s Formula, Butter Highlighter
    Available at Amazon
    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 at Sephora
    Best Highlighter Palette
    Huda Beauty, 3D Highlighter Palette
    Available at Sephora

    Emmy is wearing Nora Kogan rings.

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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 at Oribe
    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 at Sephora
    Best Conditioner
    Oribe, Serene Scalp Conditioner
    Available at Oribe
    Best Damage Conditioner
    Wella, Fusionplex Conditioner
    Available at Ulta
    Best Dry Shampoo
    IGK, First Class Dry Shampoo
    Available at Sephora
    Best Leave-In Treatment
    Alterna, CAVIAR Anti-Frizz Blowout Butter
    Available at Sephora
    Best Hair Mask
    Coco & Eve, Coconut Hair Mask
    Available at Amazon
    Best Texture Styling Product
    Alterna, CAVIAR Resort Breeze Air Dry Styling Balm
    Available at Sephora
    Best Hold Styling Product
    Oribe, Flash Form Finishing Wax Spray
    Available at Oribe
    Best Volume Styling Product
    amika, Volume Powder Spray
    Available at Sephora
    Best Natural/Curly Hair Shampoo
    Carol’s Daughter, Coco Creme Shampoo
    Available at Carol's Daughter
    Best Natural/Curly Hair Conditioner
    DevaCurl, Leave-In Decadence Conditioner
    Available at Sephora
    Best Natural/Curly Hair Treatment
    Carol’s Daughter, Coco Creme Velvet Cream Hair Mask
    Available at Carol'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 at Sephora

    Chanel is wearing a Vivetta dress and Baublebar earrings.

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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… Emmy is wearing Calvin Klein Jeans jacket, turtleneck, and jeans. Jasmin… Emmy is wearing Calvin Klein Jeans jacket, turtleneck, and jeans. Jasmin…
    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 at Billie
    Best Makeup Sponge
    Fenty Beauty, Precision Makeup Sponge
    Available at Sephora
    Best Crystal Facial Tool
    Aquarian Soul, Rose Quartz Facial Tool
    Available at Aquarian 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 at Sephora
    Best Straightener
    Chi, Lava
    Available at Ulta
    Best Curling Iron
    amika, The Chamelon
    Available at amika
    Best Blow Dryer
    Paul Mitchell, Neuro Halo Blow Dryer
    Available at Amazon

    Emmy is wearing Calvin Klein Jeans jacket, turtleneck, and jeans. Jasmin is wearing a Jeremy Scott sweater.

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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& 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