Find this year's top beauty values in our annual roundup.
Ever wondered which lotions and potions are worth the cash? ALL YOU editors and readers dabbed, scrubbed and polished their
way through hundreds of new products to find the best bargains of the year. So go ahead -- treat yourself! At these prices,
you can afford it.
Why it won: With one easy stroke, this creamy lipstick delivers full coverage and look-at-me color at a great price. Testers noted their
lips stayed moist throughout the day.
Why it won: This creamy, vitamin E-enriched blush is "easy to blend," feels lightweight and lends a "pop of natural-looking color." Testers
reported that it stayed on all day without fading, and it gave the perfect rosy hue to the apples of their cheeks.
Why it won: This sulfate-free face wash gently gets rid of the grime, leaving skin feeling fresh.
Readers' choice: "It cleaned without drying out my skin and I loved the smell. For just a few minutes, I could pretend I was on a tropical island!" --DeeAnna Fugate, 53, Manhattan, Kan.
Why it won: A moisturizer, primer and foundation in one, it "provides sheer coverage" and boasts a higher SPF (30) than the majority
of its rivals.
Why it won: The quick drying time and glossy, long-lasting results were among the reasons this polish scored rave reviews.
Readers' choice: "The intensity of the pigment? In-freaking-credible! A week later the color still looked like I just put it on." --Christine Fanning, 23, Fair Lawn, N.J.
Why it won: Serious lift and touchable hold were two reasons this spray earned high marks. Even testers with the limpest locks reported
they got a boost.
Why it won: This rich serum combines ginkgo extract, an antioxidant that protects skin, with plant cells to make your complexion appear
brighter and more luminous -- and it works!
Why it won: "No sticky feeling" earned this gloss a big thumbs-up from testers, who also raved about the "yummy" sugar-cookie scent and
the hint of sheer color.
Why it won: Each palette contains four variations of a single shade (matte, metallic, shimmer and sparkle), so you can swipe on a simple
wash of color or layer them for all-out glam.
Readers' choice: "I could wear this to the park with my daughter or on a date with my husband. The color palette lets you easily change up the look. It made me feel fabulous!" --Nicole Wilks, 26, Belleville, N.J.
Why it won: Age-fighting ingredients like a derivative of olive oil and dill seed extract make fine lines look less noticeable. Testers
saw results after just one use.
Why it won: A natural pimple fighter that can zap a serious zit? You bet! The plant-derived salicylic acid in this gel combats blemishes
Why it won: This emollient cream "blends into hair with no residue," coaxing strands into "loose curls without the crunchy texture" that
a lot of other curl creams leave behind.
Why it won: Three words: No yucky smell! (The odor often comes from the chemical reaction that gives your skin color.) This formula has
a barely there scent and leaves skin with a "subtle glow."
Why it won: The formula targets lines and thinner, crepe-like skin, and the applicator stimulates circulation.
Readers' choice: "This cream is phenomenal! The metal applicator felt cool on my skin. I noticed results immediately. I looked more awake and alert." --Maggie Parke, 42, Mechanicsburg, Pa.
Why it won: "Nail stickers can be tricky to apply, but these went on seamlessly," said one tester. They come in a variety of fun patterns
and stay chip-free for up to 10 days.
Why it won: The oil-free formula improved the appearance of brown spots, thanks to a blend of soy and vitamin B3. Testers felt skin looked
"brighter and more glowing" by morning.
Why it won: It's all about the brush -- this product's high-tech wand is a game-changer. With a trio of settings (lengthening, volumizing
and curling) that cater to every lash need, it's like getting three different mascaras for the price of one. Now that's a
Why it won: Oily skin comes with two gripes -- too much shine and enlarged pores. This lotion makes pores look smaller and leaves a matte
Why it won: Its new formula "revived dry lips" leaving testers' pouts feeling "soft." And the berry flavor was reminiscent of junior
high -- but in a good way.
Why it won: Testers preferred this cover-up because it "stayed on all day," concealing dark circles "without becoming cakey" or settling
into fine lines.
Why it won: You don't need a steady hand to get high-quality nail art at home with this set. It contains three monochromatic polishes
you apply in stages, allowing you to create a cool ombre effect on your nails even while you watch TV.
Why it won: The product blends into a universally flattering shade. Testers said it delivered a "healthy flush of color" with "a hint
Readers' choice: "This bronzer gave my skin a warm glow and helped conceal my blemishes. I loved the overall effect. It brightened up my face!" --Mary Manning, 33, Stephens City, Va.
Why it won: This hardworking product does double duty: It makes your scalp feel "refreshingly clean," and it helps tame frizzy hair so
it "looks smooth, even on humid days."
Why it won: This skin perfecter acts like a soft-focus lens, filtering out flaws. Testers said their pores looked smaller.
Why it won: This lotion "absorbs quickly" and "leaves zero greasy residue." "Makeup glides easily over it," and skin stays hydrated all
Why it won: Part primer and part moisture-rich foundation, this skin-firming formula lets you fake a flawless, dewy complexion with one
less step. Testers loved the "easy-to-use pump" and swore that "skin looked smoother" and "pores were less noticeable" after
applying this product.
Why it won: Testers claimed this formula made their hair feel smooth and healthy.
Readers' choice: "It's heavy-duty enough to heal split ends!" --Diamond Smith, 34, Cleveland
Why it won: The fast-absorbing lotion "faded dark spots" and has a pleasant white-lily fragrance.
Why it won: This pencil glides on easily (it's virtually goof-proof!), leaving a line of intense color that, according to testers, "stays
on for the long haul" without smudging.
Why it won: The spray-on formula absorbs in seconds (really!). "No more greasy hands," and no waiting forever for your lotion to dry
before you can get dressed, say testers.
Why it won: Testers loved the fun, fruity smell.
Readers' choice: "I work in a smoky casino, so this product was put to the test! Six hours into the job, I still smelled great!" --Alexandra Oelschlaeger, 26, Ignacio, Colo.
Why it won: This broad-spectrum spray sunscreen promises to moisturize for 12 hours. Testers loved the "old-school coconut smell" and
Why it won: Testers loved the speedy results. Hair felt softer and more manageable after leaving it in for just one minute -- perfect
for the gym.
Why it won: No more dry, brittle strands, as is often the case after you dye. This ammonia-free formula delivers rich color and contains
botanical oils, which smell amazing and make hair silky soft.
Why it won: No guesswork -- you warm the disposable strips with the heat of your own hands, and the logo fades when the wax is hot enough
Why it won: Testers said their roughest patches still felt soft and hydrated hours after applying.
Why it won: Heat, exercise and stress are the reasons you sweat. This stick stands up to all three. Testers said the clinical-strength
formula kept them "feeling fresh."
Why it won: Two words -- "unbelievable shine." This weightless, nongreasy treatment absorbs instantly, taming frizz and leaving hair