Parents' Mom Knows Best Beauty Awards 2019
Best Body Lotion
Mineral-based CeraVe Hydrating Broad Spectrum SPF 30 Sunscreen ($18) goes on like a luxe lotion, “absorbs immediately,” and is “low on that SPF smell.”
Best Body Scrub
Biodegradable jojoba wax and cellulose beads made the Eau Thermale Avène Gentle Scrub Body ($24) a fan fave. Testers raved about the “nice, delicate scent” and said they left the shower with “soft, even skin.”
Best Body Wash
Let the “light, crisp scent” of Mrs. Meyer’s Rain Water Body Wash ($8) fill your shower for a ten- or, er, two-minute escape from the kids. Plus, aloe-vera gel and flaxseed oil leave a “refreshing, clean feeling.”
Moms loved the seeming contradictions in Secret Aluminum Free Deodorant: It “looked like a gel but went on like a powder,” it “smelled great but wasn’t overwhelming,” and it had “no aluminum but was just as hardworking as antiperspirant.”
Best Moisturizer with SPF
Neutrogena Hydro Boost City Shield Water Gel Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 25 ($20) “felt like a tall glass of water” for our testers’ skin. “I like the clean ocean-breeze scent too,” one said.
Best Antiaging Cream
Pregnant mamas loved the retinoid-free, “luxurious-feeling” BeautyRx Intensive Hydrating Peptide Cream ($148; beautyrx.com). The moisturizing humectants and firming peptides help tighten skin and blur fine lines.
Best Night Cream for Dry Skin
One application is all you need to get hooked on Dove DermaSeries Overnight Face Cream ($18). One mom smoothed it on and “woke up the next day with an instant feeling of moisture.”
Best Night Cream for Sensitive Skin
La Roche-Posay Toleriane Ultra Night ($30) is a “lightweight fluid” that “made my skin feel supple in the morning,” said one mom.
Moms raved about Philosophy Renewed Hope in a Jar Peeling Mousse Instant Glow Facial ($35). Witch-hazel and pineapple extracts “remove dead skin and impurities” and leave you feeling “bright, healthy,” and “baby soft.”
Best Eye Treatment
Undereye bags were no match for the “refreshing,” “cooling” effects of Physicians Formula Refreshmint Cucumber & Bamboo Eye De-Puffer Gelée ($23).
Biossance Squalane + Tea Tree Balancing Oil ($85) “cleared my breakout” but also “made me feel I was doing something good for my skin,” said one mom.
Yes, using the Bliss Mint Chip Mania Mask ($13) may leave you craving a scoop of ice cream. But the mint also has a “relaxing, cooling effect” and shea-butter chips are a “two-in-one that moisturize and exfoliate.”
Best Makeup Remover
Before bed, reach for Olay Sensitive Hungarian Water Essence Fragrance Free Calming Makeup Remover Wipes ($7). One “gentle” towelette “cleans a whole face” with “no residue.”
Sephora Collection Lashcraft Defining Mascara ($12) gave tired eyes “lengthened,” “lifted” lashes. Consider it a “must-have” for your everyday routine.
Kaja Cheeky Stamp Blendable Blush ($24) is supercute, and the highly pigmented cream formula is “fun to tap on” and “easy to blend with your fingers.”
Maybelline New York Super Stay Ink Crayon Lipstick ($8) is a simple-to-apply chubby pencil that’s “perfect for the playground” because it doesn’t smudge. The biggest selling point? One tester said she received compliments mere seconds after she put it on.
One mom told us, “The only person who sees me without makeup is my husband, so my products need to perform and last all day.” The “lightweight,” “medium-coverage” L’Oréal Paris Infallible Fresh Wear Foundation ($9) was up to the task, delivering “smooth, even skin” and “SPF 25!”
After dabbing on Fenty Beauty by Rihanna Pro Filt’r Instant Retouch Concealer ($26), one mom exclaimed, “Yes! Yes! Yes! Where has this been all my life?” She’d been looking for a concealer with better blemish and undereye coverage, and this one came through in a big way.
Best Brow Definer
The eight shades and “dual-ended applicator” (a pencil and a micro brush) of NYX Fill & Fluff Eyebrow Pomade Pencil ($11) gives you “natural-looking,” “brushed-up,” “filled-in” brows.
The 12 “gorgeous” neutral and jewel-toned hues in Stila Cosmetics Eyes Are the Window Shadow Palette in Hope ($34) come as “coordinated mattes and shimmers” that are “so versatile and easy to apply.”
Best Face Palette
IT Cosmetics Hello Cheekbones Contour Palette ($36) has everything you need for a sculpted face: “a subtle highlighter” and a “bronzer that’s easy to blend.” Testers with fair to medium skin tones loved the shades.
Testers were wowed by the “super-dark” “dramatic felt tip” of Benefit Cosmetics Roller Liner Liquid Eyeliner ($26). “It helped me master a winged-liner look for the first time!” said one mom.
The naturally derived, sulfate- and paraben-free Aveeno Almond Oil Blend Shampoo ($7) left hair “looking and feeling smoother after just one week of use.”
Herbal Essences Sulfate Free Honey & Vitamin B Conditioner ($15) was “moisturizing” yet “rinsed clean.” One tester said, “I’m using up this bottle and then purchasing again.”
Best Dry Shampoo
Batiste Hydrating Dry Shampoo ($16) “makes hair look clean,” “amps up volume,” and “refreshes roots without drying out the scalp.” Plus, it doesn’t leave hair sticky, powdery, or white. “It’s worthy of a clapping-hands emoji,” said one mom.
Best Hair Mask
“The experience of using this felt like being at a spa,” said one mom about OGX Extra Strength Hydrate & Repair + Argan Oil of Morocco Hair Mask ($7). It was “so luxurious” and left strands “soft and hydrated.”
Best Heat Protectant
The secret sauce in Joico Defy Damage Protective Shield ($17) is a blend of moringa-seed oil, keratin, and lipids that “smoothed,” “moisturized,” and “protected against damage while blow-drying.”
Best Frizz Fighter
Sailor by Captain Blankenship Jellyfish Hair Gel ($16) was a surprising multitasker that “worked wonders on frizz” without forming a “sticky, crunchy film.” Curls were “soft and nicely defined” too.
Best Curl Refresher
Members of the curl squad know hydration is key to stellar second-day strands. TRESemmé Between Washes Curl Revive Styling Foam ($8) “rejuvenated” and “added volume” so hair “looked better on Day 3 than it did on Day 1.”