Reviewing products is one of the best parts of the job. It’s the reason our desks are always cluttered and our skin is (almost) always smooth. But we review it all—the good, the not so good, and the How did we ever live without this? good. These 12 products fall into the latter category—the best of the best.
Scroll through to discover the products we fell head over heels for this year!
Ask any one of us to empty our handbags and you’re guaranteed to find at least a half-dozen lip colors roll out, and more than likely than not, there will be a few of these highly pigmented tinted lip balms in the mix. Oftentimes with tinted balms, you either get the pigment payoff or the hydration factor—not both. With these, you get all that and more (The color lasts longer than most lipsticks—no joke.)
Usually we all can agree we like a product, but it’s as common for all of us to fall in love with a product. This two-minute exfoliating mask is one of those rare products. It’s the kind of thing you buy in multiples so you never run out. First, the obvious selling point: two minutes. Twenty-minute masks are an indulgence; two-minute masks are lifesavers. Use it anytime you want to perk up your complexion—we swear people will tell you your skin looks glowing.
Any beauty editor will tell you the importance of toning for maintaining vibrant hair color. However, most people can barely find time to get to the salon for their initial color appointment, let alone a between-appointments gloss. Enter John Frieda’s at-home color-refreshing gloss. Three minutes in the shower and you’ll emerge with a noticeable improvement in dullness, brassiness, or whatever your hair woe may be. Editor tip: Apply it after shampoo but before conditioner (conditioning last helps keep your hair silky soft).
Speaking of getting compliments on your skin, try this tinted moisturizer and concealer duo. A hydrating tinted moisturizer, with a full-coverage cream concealer and mirror in the cap—need we say more? Not into tinted moisturizer? It’s worth it for the concealer alone; trust us.
If you’ve joined the no-shampoo movement but aren’t one to whip up baking soda mixtures in your shower, try this apple cider vinegar rinse. You’ll find it in every Byrdie editor’s bathroom. It leaves our locks shiny, soft (sans conditioner), and most importantly clean (not stripped). Even the shampoo lovers in our bunch are hooked on this rinse.
After the boom in bold brows, we welcome a subtler approach to defining our brows. This brow pomade is exactly what we were looking for—a touch of natural color and definition with a flexible hold. It’s safe to say we’ve officially ditched all of our brow gels. Editor tip: If you still like to pencil in your brows, apply this first. That way, you’ll only have to fill in the sparse areas that remain.
Is it the most expensive cleansing towelette we’ve ever tried? Probably. Is it the only thing we’ll use to remove our makeup? Absolutely. If you think you’re removing your makeup with your current method, you’re not. Until you try these cleansing water wipes, you haven’t experienced an effective and efficient makeup removal. These changed everything for us.
We’re suckers for great, minimalist packaging, which is what initially drew us to this haircare-styling hybrid product. The intoxicating scent of the essential oils and the product’s uncanny ability to tame to frizz, add shape to our style, and soften dry strands keeps us coming back for more.
We know a good product when we try one. But it’s the great ones that make our hearts flutter. Great ones like this gel-cream tinted dream product. It’s not a foundation or BB cream, and we can’t call it a tinted moisturizer—the formula is really one of a kind. It delivers the perfect amount of coverage that looks and feels like nothing at all. Editor tip: Apply it with a brush or sponge for best results.
Remember the peel-off masks of your childhood? This is not those. It’s exponentially better. Any peel-off mask that leaves us with cleaner, clearer, brighter skin is okay in our book, but this one is liquid gold. It even tingles as it exfoliates away dead cells and impurities. Editor tip: Avoid getting the mask on your eyebrows. And if you do, don’t attempt to peel that part off—wash it off instead.
We try a lot of highlighters. And admittedly, we like most of them. But there are only so many highlighters a girl needs in her overflowing makeup bag. You’ll find this convenient brightening stick from natural beauty line W3ll People in each and every Byrdie editor’s cosmetic case. Even if you think it’ll look too light on you, it won’t. The formula disappears into skin without a chalky or glittery finish. All that’s left is a lit-from-within glow.
What’s the most game-changing product you tried this year? Leave your mini review in the comments below!