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The 381 (!) Best Beauty Products Fashionista Editors Discovered in 2019

We tested a lot (no, like a lot) of skin-care, makeup, hair, fragrance and wellness products over the past 12 months.

Each month, Fashionista editors try a *lot* of beauty products. And while not every formula we test is a winner, we’re constantly unearthing new favorites. Here, we’ve rounded up our latest hair, skin, fragrance, wellness and makeup discoveries — whether fresh-to-market drops or merely recent additions to our personal routines.

Goodbye, 2019, we hardly knew ye. Just kidding, we were actually far too well acquainted with you, the ultimate year in a decade that seemed truly endless. As we ready our bodies and minds to head into the roaring ’20s (that’s what we’ve collectively already decided to call them, right?), let’s take a look back at the absolute best beauty finds of the year. 

Team Fashionista tested a lot (no, like a lot) of skin-care, makeup, hair, fragrance and wellness products over the past 12 months. Ahead, we’ve rounded up 381 (!) of our favorite finds from 2019. Buckle up and read on.


Last January, we raved about mood-lifting candles, skin-saving masks that work their magic while we sleep, fragrances that reminded us spring was (eventually) coming, face mists that protected our complexions from the daily struggles of being a human, oils that cured our breakouts and mascaras that transformed our lashes. 

Playa Dusk & Dawn Candle, $48, available here. “This has been the official scent of Fashionista HQ ever since the brand first sent it to me — I light up the blend of sandalwood and tonka in the office pretty much every single day.” — Stephanie Saltzman, Senior Editor, Beauty

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In February, we were loving colorful makeup palettes, energy-boosting supplements, glow-enhancing exfoliators, spring-y fragrances and rich moisturizers that kept our skin hydrated through winter’s worst weather.

Maison Margiela Replica Under the Lemon Trees Eau de Toilette, $126, available here: “The whole point of Margiela‘s Replica fragrance range is that it smells like real-life experiences, and its latest citrus-y iteration smells like bottled sunshine: effervescent fresh lemons, greenery and just a hint of musk. Perfect for that time of year when you’re starting to lose hope that spring will ever arrive.” — Stephanie Saltzman, Senior Editor, Beauty

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During March, we test-drove skin-saving gadgets, glow-enhancing highlighters, curly-hair miracle workers, delightful fragrances, game-changing nail products and oh, so much more. 

Ole Henriksen Banana Bright Face Primer, $36, available here: “A face primer version of the brand’s wildly popular (and beloved-by-me!) eye cream, this brightening formula creates a smooth canvas for makeup and leaves skin feeling moisturized, but not greasy.” —Stephanie Saltzman, Senior Editor, Beauty

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In April, Fashionista editors unearthed mesmerizingly pretty makeup palettes, complexion-perfecting face maskssupplements that saved our skin (as well as our sanity) and a face oil that fully lives up to the hype. 

Tom Ford Lip Blush, $55, available here: “Have you ever seen such a pretty lip balm? Me, neither — and I’ve seen a lot of them. The transparent bullet is flecked with bits of gold, though on lips it transforms to a sheer pink tint with the faintest hint of shimmer. (And don’t worry, it doesn’t feel chunky or anything.)” —Stephanie Saltzman, Senior Beauty Editor

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May’s discoveries included a spray-on sunscreen, a Rihanna-approved lip scrub, a palo santo-spiked moisturizer, CBD gummies that support a noble cause and more.

Chillhouse Big Little Sur Candle, $39.50, available here: “Aside from having a very good name, this earthy candle — which, according to the brand, features notes of firewood, oakmoss, campfire marshmallow (!) and amber — feels perfect for summer.” —Stephanie Saltzman, Senior Beauty Editor

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The best beauty products we tried in June? A dream foundation formula from a beauty industry icon, an athleisure-inspired dry shampoo, a mousse sunscreen, game-changing hair tools, a cool-kid candle find and several vibrant eye makeup options. 

Playa New Day Mist 3-in-1 Styler Refresh, $24, available here: “I was already a huge fan of Playa’s Dry Shampoo, which smells and works like a dream, but this non-powdery re-set spray is a whole new concept: It refreshes second-day hair, smooths out any weird bumps or kinks that may have cropped up — and yes, has the brand’s incredible signature scent.” —Stephanie Saltzman, Senior Editor, Beauty

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July’s beauty favorites included blessedly lightweight, skin-protecting sunscreens; travel-friendly, perfectly seasonal fragrances; amazing-smelling, frizz-busting hair products; playfully bold additions to our makeup bags; and even practical, utilitarian fixes for the season’s little annoyances, like less-than-presentable sandal feet and bug bites.

Everyday Resting Beach Face Anti-Pollution Sunscreen Serum, $30, available here: “I practice what I preach about wearing sunscreen every single day, and I love that this brand is literally founded on that concept. This lightweight, protective moisturizer (the brand touts it as a ‘serum’) offers SPF 30 coverage and an extra dose of antioxidants to shield skin from a variety of different damaging elements. It quickly became a part of my daily routine after first use.” —Stephanie Saltzman, Senior Beauty Editor

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In August, Fashionista editors discovered a calming and centering perfume oil, an update to the iconic tinted moisturizer that inspired a million copycats, a CBD-spiked cream that’s the stuff of relaxation dreams, an inexpensive hair oil that works wonders on frizz, a drugstore lip color and two (!) dental flosses that completely revolutionized our oral hygiene routines. 

Rahua Palo Santo Oil Perfume, $32, available here: “This roll-on oil gives me an instant hit of one of my favorite stress-soothing, centering aromas — palo santo — in an uncomplicated, wearable form. I swipe it on any time I’m feeling anxious for a moment of calm.” —Stephanie Saltzman, Senior Beauty Editor

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During September, we tried a mask that rehabbed seriously damaged hair, several complexion-perfecting serums, a ridiculously luxurious body cream and a beloved mascara with an under-$20 price tag.

Bumble & Bumble Glow Bond-Building Styler, $32, available here: “The last time I colored my hair, it somehow wound up feeling significantly more damaged and dry than it usually is. To combat the fragile, cotton-candy-like texture, I used a hair mask followed by this bond-strengthening styling cream, and together the duo rehabbed my strands back to normal smoothness and shine.” —Stephanie Saltzman, Senior Editor, Beauty

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October’s finds included a biodegradable body wash, the perfect fall nail polish, candles we couldn’t get enough of, a game-changing nail polish remover that didn’t dry out cuticles, several cannabis skin-care products that are actually legit and a whole host of lip colors we couldn’t stop wearing. 

Bathing Culture Biodegradable Mind & Body Wash, $20, available here: This body wash is not only incredibly pleasant to use, but it’s also formulated with the environment in mind. And it smells kind of like an enchanted forest.” —Stephanie Saltzman, Senior Beauty Editor

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In November, team Fashionista discovered hair-saving conditioners, skin-transforming serums, unexpected signature scents, ultra-effective exfoliators, time-saving brow enhancers, de-puffing undereye treatments and the one candle we can’t stop burning lately.

Gucci Joslyn Clair Baume à Lèvres Lip Balm, $38, available here: “Not only does this lip balm make me feel incredibly fancy every time I use it  —how good is that packaging? — but it also coats my lips with the loveliest, non-sticky layer, lending subtle shine and a surprisingly intense shot of lip-softening moisture.” —Stephanie Saltzman, Senior Beauty Editor

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In December, we dabbled in all things moisturizing — for undereyes, for cuticles, for arms and legs, for hair and for faces — and also discovered a (way) cheaper alternative to the Dyson Airwrap, an unexpected winter nail color, several glow-enhancing highlighters and a couple of new hair helpers.

Aesop Parsley Seed Anti-Oxidant Eye Serum, $81, available here: “I love that this oil-like serum is super light, so it absorbs easily and wears well under makeup. Aloe and a blend of oils including parsley seed oil, soothe and protect skin.” —Stephanie Saltzman, Beauty Director

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