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Ten Best Beauty Products of the Year

This year saw its share of some truly fabulous makeup, skin and hair product launches! From a vampy collection of matte lipsticks to a miracle body cream, here are the ten beauty products we lived for this year.

1.Denim eyeshadow shades were all the rage this year, and no one did it better than Estee Lauder. Their Blue Dahlia Palette ($42, nordstrom.com) came with five complimentary blue hues in a variety of finishes, including: matte, satin, shimmer and metallic.

2.MAC’s new Studio Sculpt Foundation SPF 15 ($29.50, maccosmetics.com) does everything but your taxes! The satiny base erases fine lines and dark spots, never smudges or fades, and leaves the most natural, “is she wearing makeup” finish ever.

3.This year, Maybelline managed to improve upon their already-legendary Great Lash Mascara with a bigger, better version: Maybelline Great Lash Big Mascara ($3.99, target.com). Now spiked with super-volumizing ingredients, the mascara comes with an oversized brush that gives you incredibly lush lashes.

4.Nars Pure Matte Lipstick ($25, narscosmetics.com) was one of 2010’s most popular new launches, and it’s no mystery why. The deeply pigmented lipstick not only gives a vampy, velvety finish, the hues stay put for hours on end. We’re wild about the Terre de Feu shade, a rich brick red.

5.Moroccanoil Oil Treatment ($15, folica.com) revolutionized the hair industry this year! A favorite among celeb hairstylists and their A-list clients, the lightweight, leave-in moisturizing treatment leaves hair of all textures looking and feeling healthier than ever.

6.This year, were were obsessed with Clinique’s new Even Better Dark Spot Corrector ($49.50, clinique.com). This gentle gel not only corrects dark spots and hyperpigmentation (the bane of every Black woman’s existence), it leaves the complexion looking positively radiant and luminous.

7.Sonia Kashuk Circle of Hope Kabuki Brush ($12.99, target.com) is a multi-tasking miracle worker! This soft, fluffy brush is just the thing for applying powder (loose or pressed), blush, or mineral foundation.

8.Cover Girl ShadowBlast Smoky Shadow Sticks ($8.50, drugstore.com) were an instant hit this year. The portable wands each come with two complimentary eyeshadow crayons, one for the lid and one for the crease—perfect for creating a sexy smoky eye. Kudos, Cover Girl!

9.Kiehls Imperial Body Balm ($42, kiehls.com) was our favorite body moisturizer of the year! Blended with sea buckthorn berry oil—an ingredient lauded for its replenishing effects—this rich balm moisturizes even the dryest, most winter-worn skin, keeping the ashies away for good.

10.When Beyonce’s “Why Don’t You Love Me” video came out last winter, everyone was instantly obsessed with her wintergreen-meets-robin’s egg blue nail polish. Within days, Essie’s Mint Candy Apple Nail Polish ($4.25, amazon.com) became the hottest mani shade in the land. So pretty with brown skin!

The article was first published in Essence

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