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The Best Beauty Breakthroughs to Splurge On

  • Miko Lim 

    What Makes a Winner

    Our editors narrowed down approximately 1,500 nominated new beauty products to 558 semifinalists, which were evaluated by our experts. The pros' top selections were then sent to our reader testers, who scored each on such factors as effectiveness, texture, scent, and ease of use to determine our winners.

  • Miko Lim 

    Face Oil

    Winner: Drunk Elephant Virgin Marula Luxury Facial Oil 

    Massage a few drops of this antioxidant-rich oil into your skin to hydrate, protect, and deliver a pretty dewiness. ($72, drunkelephant.com)

    Runner-up: Origins Plantscription Youth-Renewing Face Oil ($50, origins.com)  

     

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    Serum

    Winner: Dior One Essential

    Hibiscus extract in this powerhouse serum helps detoxify skin and rejuvenates cells, transforming your complexion from dull to radiant. ($100 for 30 ml, dior.com)

    Runner-up: L’Oréal Paris Age Perfect Cell Renewal Serum ($25, drugstores) 

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    Mask

    Winner: Perricone MD Chloro Plasma

    Meet your facialist in a jar. In just five minutes, you can minimize the appearance of pores, help soften fine lines, and calm redness. ($75, perriconemd.com)

    Runner-up: Neova Serious GlyPeel Peel-Off Mask ($56, neova.com)

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    At-Home Derm Treatment

    Winner: Tria Age-Defying Laser

    This handheld device gives you younger-looking skin without the downtime or steep price tag of an in-office laser treatment. ($495, triabeauty.com)

    Runner-up: BeautyRx Dr. Schultz The Progressive Peel ($70, beautyrx.com

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    Tool

    Winner: Silk'n DermBeaute Facial Brush

    This has five heads to upgrade your cleansing routine. Use it at night to remove makeup, in the shower for deep exfoliation, or before a big event for a glow. ($49, silkn.com)

    Runner-up: Foreo Lunta T-Sonic Cleansing and Anti-Aging System ($199, ULTA stores) 

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    Lipstick

    Winner: Dolce & Gabanna Classic Cream Lipstick 

    After swiping on 20-plus tubes, this rich, long-lasting lip color stole our hearts. The nondryiny formula has a slight sheen, and it comes in 42 flattering shades. ($33, saksfifthavenue.com)

    Runner-up: Estée Lauder Pure Color Envy Sculpting Lipstick ($30, esteelauder.com)

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    Moisturizer

    Winner: Charlotte Tilbury Charlotte's Magic Cream

    When you're sleep-deprived, hungover, or stressed, this buttery mixture will perk up your complexion with hyaluronic acid and flower extracts. ($95, nordstrom.com)

    Runner-up: L’Oréal Paris Age Perfect Glow Renewal Day Lotion SPF 30 ($25, drugstores) 

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    Body Self-Tanner

    Winner: Vita Liberata pHenomenal 2-3 Week Tan Lotion

    This lotion takes the guesswork out of getting a faux glow. It's free of everything we typically loath about self-tanner: the smell, streaks, and orange hue. ($54, sephora.com)

    Runner-up: Xen-Tan Moroccan Tan Ultra ($65, xen-tan.com)

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    Body Scrub

    Winner: Archipelago Botanicals Black Honey Sugar Scrub

    This scrub made our skin baby-soft, but what really wowed us was that it wasn't too abrasive and it rinsed clean. ($19, shoparchipelago.com)

    Runner-up: Nyakio Giant Fig Body Scrub ($39, hsn.com)

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    Hot Tool

    Winner: Harry Josh Pro Tools Ceramic Styling Iron 

    It heats up superfast, and the nano-ceramic titanium plates are extra wide, which means fewer passes over your hair. Strands look healthy, not fried. ($250, hairenvy.com)

    Runner-up: Ion Titanium Auto-Rotating Curling Iron ($70, sallybeauty.com