The Best Beauty Products of 2018: Here Are the Winners of Our Beauty Awards
Date February 4, 2019
Our juries divided and conquered, tirelessly slathering, sniffing and spraying all 477 entries in skincare, body care, hair care, makeup, nail polish and fragrance to select the winners based on performance, quality, packaging and ease of use. Here are the best beauty products of 2018.
Fragrance is a subjective category so we enlisted global fragrance expert, Marian Bendeth, to balance our personal opinions with objective critiques. She joined beauty director, Lesa Hannah; the editor in chief of Weddingbells, Allison McGill; and FASHION Magazine reader, Caroline Patel in choosing our top three.
Beauty Products of 2018: Fragrances
With new, hyped-up products launching seemingly everyday, makeup is a big bracket. Luckily, we were able to narrow it down to 21 winners with the help of freelance beauty writer Souzan Michael; makeup artist Diana Carreiro; influencer Stephanie Valentine; manicurists Gabrielle and Julia Bautista; and Mélanie Viger, a FASHION Magazine reader.
Best Beauty Products of 2018: Cosmetics
For this category, we tapped freelance beauty writer, Souzan Michael; influencer, Nelia Belkova; hair colourist, Brittney Banks; hairstylist, Jason Lee; and FASHION reader, Kristen Leonardelli. To test out all our entrants, the jurors washed their hair way too frequently, but these were the products that made it well worth it.
Best Beauty Products of 2018: Haircare
We admit it: sometimes we forget to take proper care of all of our skin, but we couldn’t rate the best beauty products of 2018 without considering bodycare. From sun care to an “SOS spray,” our beauty director, Lesa Hannah; influencer, Jennifer Chiu; FASHION Magazine reader, Cat Forsley; and dermatologist Dr. Sonya Cook slathered on every type of lotion, cream, scrub and treatment out there. Here are the top seven.
Best Beauty Products of 2018: Bodycare
To see what a man wants on his top shelf, we asked our features editor, Greg Hudson; influencer, Jonathan Cavaliere; hairstylist and makeup artist, Richard Jastrzebski; and Patrick Willoughby, a reader of Title Magazine to give their thumbs up on men’s fragrance and grooming products.
Best Beauty Products of 2018: Men’s
Best Men’s Shampoo of 2018
Rene Furterer Forticea Energizing Shampoo
($30, Various Hair Salons)
Best Men’s Innovation of 2018
Peaceful Warrior Deodorant
“Men are (rightfully) suspicious of natural products that promise the kind of odour protection of your classic brands. In that regard, this is going to change a lot of minds. It’s honestly strong enough for a man but not so strong it will ruin your undershirts.” —Greg Hudson
With 18 winners in the skincare category, there is a product for every price point and every skin type. Luckily we had our jurors – beauty director, Lesa Hannah; influencer, Jennifer Chiu; FASHION Magazine reader, Cat Forsley; and dermatologist Dr. Sonya Cook – to test out every serum, moisturizer, mask, cleanser and treatment.