All the Beauty Products InStyle Readers Were Obsessed With In 2021
It wouldn’t be right for us not to share the game-changing products that stayed on our top shelves this year.
If navigating the endless land of new beauty launches isn't your strong suit, you've come to the right place. For InStyle's 2021 annual Readers' Choice Awards, we asked our trusted beauty community to tell us about the next-level products that saved their lives — and their sanity — last year. And of course, as editors do, we couldn't help but to throw in a few of our favorites, too.
In addition to the hair, makeup, and skin products we can't get enough of, there are a few other obsessions that had to make the cut. From innovative nail care launches to wellness supplements that actually work, these winners are among some of the most talked-about products of the year.
Apologize to your wallet in advance and scroll on to shop these beloved beauty products.
Best Nail: Olive & June The Pedi System
Meet the 12-piece kit that will turn a DIY pedicure novice into a pro. The luxurious at-home salon setup comes with a foot serum, toe separators, and a footrest for the ultimate self-care session.
To buy: $100; oliveandjune.com
Best Fragrance: Marc Jacobs Perfect Eau de Parfum
This charming bottle houses bright notes of daffodil and rhubarb. Each spritz is meant to make you feel absolutely perfect, just as you are.
To buy: $133/100ml; macys.com
Best Candle: Diptyque Citronella Candle
Extra time at home warrants lighting up this slow-burning candle that is laced with a lemongrass scent and topped with a spicy citrus, making it perfect for hot evenings. Once you blow it out, the aroma lingers for hours.
To buy: $68; diptyqueparis.com
Best Wellness: Olly Hello Happy Gummy Worms
Adult gummy worms do exist. Satisfy your sweet tooth, but make it healthy, with these vitamin D-packed saffron supplements, praised for their mood-boosting powers.
To buy: $20; olly.com/
Best Sustainable Launch: BioBlender by EcoTools
Made of entirely biodegradable material, these blenders won't harm the planet after hitting the landfill.
To buy: $6; ulta.com
Celebrity Brand: About-Face Shadowstick
In addition to becoming a mom this year, singer-songwriter Halsey launched a beauty brand with playful color schemes and eye-catching packaging. This multipurpose stick is a best seller because it can be used as either an eye shadow or an eyeliner.
To buy: $21/each; aboutface.com
New Beauty Brand: Makeup by Mario Soft Pop Blush Stick
Mario Dedivanovic has captured our attention with his chic label that has quickly become a staple in beauty kits across the country. His latest innovation? A blendable cream blush that comes with a built-in brush for a fast application.
To buy: $28; sephora.com
Editor's Pick: Youtheory Collagen Powder
"When I need an extra pep in my step, I add a scoop of this into my morning coffee," says beauty director Maya Allen. "I notice an extra boost in my energy, and overtime it strengthens my nails and keeps my skin glowing."
To buy: $24; youtheory.com