Parents' Mom Knows Best Beauty Awards 2018

2018 Beauty Awards Best In Makeup
Claire Benoist
We recruited 75 moms to test hair, skin, and makeup launches to determine the standouts. Thanks to their research, one mom became “a brow person,” several discovered the “life changing” magic of a hydrating serum, and all of us will look and feel better for it. Keep reading for the 40 winners! 
Claire Benoist
Claire Benoist

Best In Makeup

Lip Treatment
ChapStick Total Hydration Vitamin Enriched Lip Oil ($5)
The “light” texture was lovely to apply. Mom testers cheered for the “natural” tints that “made lips look so plump!”

Lip Gloss
Elizabeth Arden Beautiful Color Liquid Lip Gloss Finish ($22)
These “not-sticky” glosses come in a nifty, clickable pen. “I’ve used mine every single day since I got it,” one mom said.

AOA Go Brow Mascara ($1)
Testers were wowed when they heard that this “quick to apply” brow tint that “easily tamed unruly hairs” cost only one buck!

Revlon ColorStay 16-Hour Wear Eyeshadow ($8)
Moms “loved, loved, loved” the versatility of these “pretty” colors. The smokyeye how-to was a bonus.

L’Oréal Paris Infallible Pro-Last Pencil Eyeliner ($9)
This soft pencil “glides on so smoothly,” “didn’t smudge,” and “gave my always tired-looking eyes a nice pop.”

NYX Worth The Hype Mascara ($8)
It’s everything you want: a “super-black,” “clump-free” formula that gives “fuller” lashes.

Urban Decay All Nighter Concealer ($29)
“I look like I finally got sleep,” one tester told us. Enough said.

Stila Cosmetics Heaven’s Hue Highlighter ($32)
Testers liked the feeling of this “Play-Doh-like” formula. Apply it on cheekbones and lids for a “natural, no-streak” glow

Benefit POREfessional Pearl Primer ($31)
When moms applied this “silky” pink primer before makeup, they discovered “minimized pores” and “a pretty radiance.”

Maybelline New York Superstay Full Coverage Foundation ($12)
Your “imperfections vanish” after you blend in this “fabulous,” long-lasting matte formula, which “doesn’t feel cakey.”

Skin Tint
IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Foundation Full Coverage Moisturizer With SPF 50+ ($40)
“Not nearly as heavy as foundation,” this still “provides good coverage” and “great sun protection.”

Claire Benoist
Claire Benoist

Best In Body

Body Wash
Cetaphil Ultra Gentle Soothing Body Wash ($8)
Mama testers were already fans of this “safe for sensitive skin” brand—and thrilled to start using this “creamy” aloe vera wash.

Dove Exfoliating Body Polish ($6)
Crushed pomegranate seeds whisk away dead cells, while shea butter leaves “amazingly” smooth skin. The “delicious scent lingers after your shower.”

Body Butter
L’Occitane Almond Delightful Body Balm ($39)
It felt “amazingly luxurious” to spread this “decadent” cream on dry spots like heels and elbows or on “just-shaved legs,” our testers said.

Body Lotion
Mrs. Meyer’s Clean Day Body Lotion ($8)
Moms adored the “handy” pump. Plus, the sweet almond oil and shea butter blend offers up a “fresh, clean scent” and “silky skin.”

Stretch-Mark Treatment
Palmer’s Massage Lotion for Stretch Marks ($5.50)
Pregnant testers raved that the “not greasy” lotion made it easy to get dressed afterward and added: “Only time will tell if it works!”

Claire Benoist
Claire Benoist

Best In Skin

Face Wash
Aveeno Ultra-Calming Hydrating Gel Cleanser ($7)
Moms loved this “gentle, but hardworking” formula that “takes everything off in one rinse!”

Face Wipes
Olay Daily Facials ($9.50)
These wipes stay dry till you wet them. “They’re the most practical thing ever and perfect for diaper bags,” said one mom.

Bliss Pore Patrol Warming Scrub ($15)
It’s like a spa in a bottle, “making your face feel nice and warm” as it polishes skin with volcanic sand and fruit acid.

Thayers Alcohol-Free Coconut Water Witch Hazel Toner ($11)
Hooray for a toner that “doesn’t strip skin.” “I found extra time in the day to use it,” one mom said.

Neutrogena Hydro Boost Multivitamin Booster ($20)
A few testers called it “the best product overall!” This gel makes skin visibly “healthier and glowy.”

First Aid Beauty Hello FAB Coconut Water Cream ($34)
As lightweight as water, this “feels nice going on,” leaves skin “smooth,” and “smells great” too.

Moisturizer with SPF
Mary Kay TimeWise Age Minimize 3D Day Cream SPF 30 ($32)
This “scent-free” and “rich” cream brightens, smooths, and protects skin.

Eye Cream
Skinfix Calm & Rejuvenate Eye Cream ($50)
Deemed “worth the splurge,” it “hydrates and reduces puffiness without any irritation,” our tester moms reported.

Yes to Grapefruit Vitamin C Glow-Boosting SnapMask Stick ($16)
The “mess-free” swipe-on applicator makes this antioxidant-rich mask “so fun and easy to use.”

Sheet Mask
Freeman Beauty Infusion Firming Hydrogel Eye Mask ($5)
“I could actually feel my skin getting tighter,” exclaimed one tester.


Best In Hair

Not Your Mother’s Naturals Matcha Green Tea & Wild Apple Blossom Shampoo ($9)
The scent is “amaaazing!” plus it leaves hair looking “shiny” and “lifted.”

Conditioner for Normal Hair
Garnier Whole Blends Gentle Conditioner Oat Delicacy ($4.50)
This lightweight formula is “gentle” enough to use daily and “smells nice”—a bit like “baby powder!”

Conditioner for Fine Hair
Herbal Essences Refresh Blue Ginger Foam Conditioner ($7)
“I love the foam!” said one mom tester, adding that its “airy” texture leaves hair “light yet so conditioned.”

Dry Shampoo
SexyHair HealthySexyHair Hair Laundry ($23)
A non-aerosol powder that “leaves no white residue on my super-dark hair,” one woman said, and it has an incredible “clean-hair-but-better” scent.

Styling Product
TRESemmé Compressed Micro-Mist Hair Spray ($5)
An extra-fine mist “doesn’t leave that sticky feeling you get with most hairsprays,” so you can “still change and style hair as much as you want!”

Hair-Growth Treatment
Aveda Invati Advanced Scalp Revitalizer ($65)
Two weeks into spraying this tincture each day, one tester reported that her hair “felt thicker” and “didn’t break as much.”

HASK Unwined Deep Conditioner ($4)
Grapeseed oil in this mask creates such a “silky feeling” that one tester wanted to “run out and buy more,” while another said, “This is my favorite hair product ever.”

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Claire Benoist
Claire Benoist

Timeless Faves

Jergens Natural Glow Daily Moisturizer ($9)
This. Is. Foolproof. You’ll look naturally bronzed, never orange or streaky, with this easy-to-use gradual self-tanner.

Skin Balm
Aquaphor Healing Ointment Advanced Therapy ($8)
What would we do without this all-purpose, fixes-everything salve? We rub it on all of our dry or dull spots.

Nail Polish
Essie Nail Polish ($9)
Dishes... bathtime... playground shenanigans. This lacquer can stand up to it all.

Secret Clinical Strength in Clear Gel ($8)
When we can’t risk a midday sweat storm, this is our tried-and-true savior. Goes on clear, dries quickly, and offers the max level of wetness protection.

Skin Treatment
BeautyRx by Dr. Schultz Advanced 10% Exfoliating Pads ($70)
These glycolic-acid peel pads have healed our acne, evened out our skin tone, and smoothed the texture of our skin. We swear by them!

Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick in Cherries in the Snow ($6)
When we want bold red, we reach for this timeless tube.

Body Oil
Bio-Oil ($12)
We’ve slathered this multi-use, vitamin enriched formula on our pregnant bellies and smoothed it into our scaly, midwinter limbs.

This article originally appeared in Parents Latina Magazine as 'Mom Knows Best Beauty Awards 2018.'

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