Best Beauty Buys

The winners are in! We’ve polled the beauty industry’s top experts about the hair, makeup, and skin products they can’t live without. Filter by categories to click through 165+ concealers, lotions, hair care products, and more.

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        Best 2005 Volumizer

        Bumble and Bumble Thickening Spray

        Best 2005 Volumizer
        WINNER 2005

        Bumble and Bumble Thickening Spray

        "It makes fine hair look like Texas hair," says Rodger Azadganian, owner of Seven salon in Seattle. New York City hairstylist Oscar James, who has worked with Ashanti, spritzes it on damp hair for "instant fullness."

        $25/8 oz.
        Editor’s Pick
        Editors' Pick 2005

        Oral-B Hummingbird Vibrating Flosser

        Editor’s Pick
        WINNER 2005

        Oral-B Hummingbird Vibrating Flosser

        This compact, user-friendly wand holds floss and gently vibrates to massage gums and remove plaque that can lead to infection or bad breath. When flossing is this easy and effective, there's no excuse for skipping the crucial dental-care step.

        $10
        Best 2005 Body Sunscreen

        Bull Frog Superblock SPF 50

        Best 2005 Body Sunscreen
        WINNER 2005

        Bull Frog Superblock SPF 50

        Bull Frog's long-lasting lotion protects even the fairest, most sensitive skin. Its nonsticky formula contains 4.5 percent titanium dioxide, which is a top agent for blocking the sun's wrinkle-causing UVA rays.

        $10/5 fl. oz.
        Best 2005 Self-Tanner for Face

        Clarins Tinted Self Tanning Face Cream SPF 15

        Best 2005 Self-Tanner for Face
        WINNER 2005

        Clarins Tinted Self Tanning Face Cream SPF 15

        This lightly tinted cream creates a smooth, streakless sun-tanned appearance in less than two hours, and it protects from real rays with broad-spectrum SPF 15.

        $36/1.7 oz.
        Best 2005 Oil-Free Self-Tanner for Face

        Clarins Sheer Bronze Self Tanning Hydrating gel

        Best 2005 Oil-Free Self-Tanner for Face
        WINNER 2005

        Clarins Sheer Bronze Self Tanning Hydrating gel

        To give your complexion a subtle, nongreasy glow, this light, aloe-enriched gel is just right. "It creates an even, soft finish without being orange," says Los Angeles makeup artist Darrell Redleaf, who has used it on Michelle Rodriguez. "The tone is perfect on almost any skin type." The gel also blends easily and dries quickly.

        $28/1.7 oz
        Best 2005 Body Treatment Product

        Amlactin 12% Moisturizing Lotion

        Best 2005 Body Treatment Product
        WINNER 2005

        Amlactin 12% Moisturizing Lotion

        Head and (smooth, exfoliated) shoulders above other intensive body treatments, this lotion has 12 percent lactic acid-which makes it comparable to prescription-strength alpha-hydroxy-acid (a natural humectant), says Yale University dermatologist Leffell. The sheer formula softens even the scaliest skin.

        $22/14 oz.
        Best 2005 Body Wash

        Aveeno Stress Relief Body Wash

        Best 2005 Body Wash
        WINNER 2005

        Aveeno Stress Relief Body Wash

        This rich, creamy body wash treats chapped or itchy skin with the softening effects of oatmeal. And, it may even boost your mood. Says dermatologist Lisa Donofrio, "The calming aromatherapy benefits of lavender and chamomile turn an ordinary bath into a spalike experience."

        $7/12.5 oz.
        Editor’s Pick
        Editors' Pick 2005

        Davines Shampoo

        Editor’s Pick
        WINNER 2005

        Davines Shampoo

        These Italian-made shampoos come in a veritable garden of herbal-enhanced formulas: Momo for dry hair contains arugula extract, Dede for fine hair has carrot extract, Solu for all hair types uses barley extract, and Nounou for color-treated hair has chestnut extract. Each one leaves hair softer and healthier-looking.

        $18/8.4 oz.
        Best 2005 Shampoo for Oily Hair

        Rene Furterer Curbicia Purifying Shampoo

        Best 2005 Shampoo for Oily Hair
        WINNER 2005

        Rene Furterer Curbicia Purifying Shampoo

        Pros love this gentle, creamy shampoo, which squelches oil production and makes strands "voluminous and bouncy," says stylist David Cruz, who has worked with Denise Richards.

        $23/7.13 oz.
        Best 2005 Overall Conditioner

        Kérastase Nutritive Lait Vital Proteine

        Best 2005 Overall Conditioner
        WINNER 2005

        Kérastase Nutritive Lait Vital Proteine

        This creamy formula smoothly coats hair, making it supple and easy to style. When used daily, it leaves locks "silky and shiny," never greasy-looking, says hairstylist Townsend.

        $38/200 mL
        Best 2005 Lightweight Conditioner

        Rene Furterer Clarify and Shine Rinse

        Best 2005 Lightweight Conditioner
        WINNER 2005

        Rene Furterer Clarify and Shine Rinse

        This sheer formula contains the vitamin C-rich extract of acerola, or Barbados cherry, which smooths frayed cuticles and creates a brilliant gloss. "It makes hair shiny, like glass," says L.A. stylist Lazo.

        $26/8.4 oz.
        Best 2005 Deep-Conditioning Treatment

        Kérastase Nutritive Masquintense

        Best 2005 Deep-Conditioning Treatment
        WINNER 2005

        Kérastase Nutritive Masquintense

        Just a dab of this rich cream with silicone and lanolin revitalizes hair. "It adds a lot of moisture, and you can leave a small amount in very dry hair," says Los Angeles stylist Sean James, who has used the treatment on client Allison Janney.

        $58/200 mL
        Best 2005 Facial Moisturizer with SPF for Sensitive Skin

        Eucerin Extra Protective Moisture Lotion SPF 30

        Best 2005 Facial Moisturizer with SPF for Sensitive Skin
        WINNER 2005

        Eucerin Extra Protective Moisture Lotion SPF 30

        The "gold standards" of sun-protection ingredients are microfine zinc and titanium oxides, says N.Y.C. dermatologist Debra Jaliman. This has both, to guard against aging UVA rays and burning UVB rays.

        $8/4 fl. oz.
        Best 2005 Facial Moisturizer with SPF for Normal Skin

        Olay Complete All Day Moisture Lotion UV Defense

        Best 2005 Facial Moisturizer with SPF for Normal Skin
        WINNER 2005

        Olay Complete All Day Moisture Lotion UV Defense

        This noncomedogenic formula won't clog pores and lead to breakouts. Plus, the zinc oxied-made sheer for this formula-shields skin against both UVA and UVB rays. Along with antioxidant vitamins C and E, the lotion also contains an oil-absorbing microfine powder that makes it ideal for combination skin.

        $11/6 fl. oz.
        Best 2005 Anti-Wrinkle Treatment for Normal Skin

        La Roche-Posay Active C

        Best 2005 Anti-Wrinkle Treatment for Normal Skin
        WINNER 2005

        La Roche-Posay Active C

        The stabilized, concentrated form of vitamin C in this sheer, fast-absorbing formula attacks wrinkles and dark spots. New York City dermatologist Brad Katchen says the serum "is lightweight, so it can be used with other skin-care products as well as under makeup."

        $44/1 fl. oz.
        Best 2005 Pimple Healer for Acne Prone Skin

        Kiehl's Blue Herbal Spot Treatment

        Best 2005 Pimple Healer for Acne Prone Skin
        WINNER 2005

        Kiehl's Blue Herbal Spot Treatment

        "Cosmetically elegant," says dermatologist Min-Wei Christine Lee of Walnut Creek, Calif., of this fast-acting, blemish-fighting gel, inspired by the company's classic Blue astringent. "Salicylic acid and glycolic acid help treat acne," she says, "while herbal ingredients amp#91;such as cinnamon bark and ginger rootamp#93; calm the skin."

        $16/.5 oz.
        Best 2005 De-Puffing/Dark Circles Eye Treatment

        Olay Regenerist Eye Lifting Serum

        Best 2005 De-Puffing/Dark Circles Eye Treatment
        WINNER 2005

        Olay Regenerist Eye Lifting Serum

        Enriched with cell-regenerating penta-peptides, this serum firms and brightens the eye area. "Layer it under or over makeup," says Birmingham, Ala., dermatologist Betty Davis.

        $15/.5 oz.
        Best 2005 Firming Product

        Estée Lauder Re-Nutriv Ultimate Lifting Crème

        Best 2005 Firming Product
        WINNER 2005

        Estée Lauder Re-Nutriv Ultimate Lifting Crème

        This is "a rich emollient with staying power," says Lancer. "Quality ingredients amp#91;such as hyaluronic acidamp#93; offer hours of ongoing hydration." Micro-milled South Sea pearls enhance shine.

        $100