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Dianna Mazzone
Apr 17, 2018 @ 9:00 am

For our 23rd annual Best Beauty Buys, we surveyed leading dermatologists, makeup artists, hairstylists, and manicurists to find out which products they can’t get enough of. The votes are in: You’ll want to clear a shelf for these 165 beauty game-changers.

Maybe it's the musical theater kid in me, but when it comes to beauty products, I love a dramatic presentation. Give me collectible boxes, gold-foil tissue paper, and silver-plated applicator spatulas. I want it all! (And I save and treasure it all, too—no waste here.)

So it's no wonder I find the MDNA Skin Rejuvenator Set ($600; barneys.com) so enticing.

It's exactly what you'd expect from a face mask made and marketed by none other than the Material Girl. (The MDNA in MDNA Skin? Yep, that's Madonna.) Nested inside a silk-lined box sits a shiny gun-metal jar and what looks like a small kitchen appliance. The former houses a black mixture laced with magnetic particles. (Keep following here...) And the latter is a spoon-like magnet that whisks it away for mess-free removal.

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Allow Madonna to demonstrate:

Needless to say, even the clean-up method appeals to my dramatic sensibilities. But would this set give my skin an even brighter, healthier look than I can get with a run-of-the-mill face mask? After a few experiments, I'm pleased to report that the answer is yes. The mineral-rich clay in this formula made for excellent exfoliation, while the activated thermal water left my skin looking hydrated. After applying it at night, I found the immediate results even lingered through the morning.

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All that said, at $600, the set is the priciest winner in our 2018 Best Beauty Buys Awards. But keep in mind: It's also the only one personally backed by the Queen of Pop.

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