Every year, beauty experts Allure put together a huge list of products that their readers consider to be must-haves. Anyone who's a fan of makeup, haircare products, and other beauty items should make sure to take a glance at the Allure Readers' Choice Awards winners! Not only will you encounter products that have cosmetics lovers' seal of approval, you'll find suggestions that cater to every shopper's needs. There's a category for totally natural products, breakthrough products that are currently trending, and traditional body care and makeup products. It's the ultimate beauty industry wishlist, and it's compiled by consumers.
Of course, not everyone has time to trawl through dozens and dozens of recommended products to work out which Allure suggestions are worth giving a try. Plus, if you tried every single product that wins a Reader's Choice Award, your bank balance wouldn't exactly thank you for it! Luckily, you've got us here to trawl through the full list for you. We've identified some of the stand-out products that have won awards so far in 2018, ranging from budget pieces to more high-end extravagances. Whether it's a new shampoo, eyeliner, body butter, or moisturizer that you're looking for, we've found a winning product for you!
NYX is well-known for creating high-quality makeup products for an affordable price. It's a staple brand of any drugstore makeup fans out there!
While the majority of its products are pretty amazing, one particular range stood out to Allure's readers.
The NYX Butter Gloss collection is one of the Makeup category Readers' Choice winners, and it's easy to see why. As Allure notes, these glosses are favorites of consumers and beauty gurus alike. Plus, they cost just $5 each - what a bargain! The shade "Créme Brulée" was particularly highlighted as an Allure reader favorite.
Judging by Allure readers' reviews, there is absolutely no reason why you shouldn't own the St. Ives Fresh Skin Apricot Scrub. For one, it's now won a Reader's Choice Award no less than fourteen times. FOURTEEN. That has to be some kind of record, right? The scrub will leave your skin looking and feeling polished and has a gorgeous apricot scent. The best bit, though? It costs $3.65. What an absolute steal! Use this product once or twice a week, and just watch as your skin becomes smoother than ever.
If you're in the market for natural, vegan and generally amazing beauty products, Lush is the place to go.
Dozens of its products are subject to huge amounts of hype, but it's the Ocean Salt Face and Body Scrub that really stands out to Allure readers.
This exfoliant will buff and brighten your skin without being too harsh and contains natural ingredients such as sea salt, avocado, and coconut oil. Plus, according to TotalBeauty, you can use water to adjust this scrub's potency according to your skin's sensitivity.
If your hair has been through the ringer and needs a bit of TLC, the Briogeo Don’t Despair, Repair Deep Conditioning Mask could well be the fix you need. According to Allure readers, this mask will make your hair feel rejuvenated and refreshed after just five minutes! To be fair, anything that contains argan oil is likely to do wonders for your locks. According to Essence, this mask will also help to prevent hair breakage and restore plenty of healthy shine. It's a miracle worker!
At $82, the Tata Harper Regenerating Cleanser isn't exactly marketed at an accessible drugstore price.
However, if you're willing to pay more for a product that's totally natural, then this could be the cleanser for you.
This exfoliating cleanser comes in a recyclable bottle and features natural ingredients such as apricot powder, pink clay, and willow bark. It cleanses and exfoliates the skin without leaving any damage behind, and apparently smells amazing. According to blogger Caroline Hirons, it's also suitable for pretty much every skin type.
It's hardly a shock that one of Rihanna's Fenty Beauty products has made it onto this year's list of Allure Readers' Choice favorites. The brand has enjoyed a huge amount of praise and hype since it launched last year! Particularly popular is the Pro Filt'r Soft Matte Longwear Foundation range, not only because it's a high-quality product but because of its huge range of shade options. As LiveGlam notes, there are 40 color options available, which is incredibly rare in the current beauty climate. We love a brand that celebrates diversity!
Tarte Cosmetics' Amazonian Clay Blush range won its second Allure Readers' Choice Award this year and was first highlighted by the website as a must-buy product all the way back in 2011.
Tarte claims that these blushes will stay put for 12 hours straight, a claim that Allure readers seem to agree with.
In fact, one reviewer reported the blush maintaining its glorious pigment even through a 30-minute run! That's impressive staying power. With thirteen shades to choose from, you're bound to find an Amazonian Clay Blush that you love.
Those of us with dry skin know that it can be a bit of a hassle finding a cream that is hydrating enough to actually moisturize your skin. However, Allure readers believe that Neutrogena's Hydro Boost Gel-Cream is a great product for those even with skin as parched as a desert. Pretty much immediately after application, this gel will soak into your skin and get to work. You don't have to have super-dry skin to use it, either: it can benefit pretty much any skin type.
The Body Shop's body butter products have been the subject of rave reviews for years now. While every version of this body moisturizer has its own benefits, it's the Cocoa Butter product that has Allure readers the most exciting.
Anything that contains shea butter and cocoa butter is bound to be amazing for your skin!
Not only does this body butter totally nail its task of hydrating your skin, it also smells incredible. That chocolatey scent is to die for!
It's hard to believe that just one spritz of a hairspray could genuinely affect how voluminous your locks appear. However, according to Allure readers, the Living Proof Full Dry Volume Blast Spray does just that! It may not be the cheapest haircare product at $29 for an average-sized can, but boy is this product worth it. It gives the illusion of extra volume pretty much immediately without having an overly heavy formula. It'll leave your hair looking and feeling amazing all day - and possibly overnight if one review is to be believed!
If you're looking for a natural sunscreen that doesn't have the usual "chalky" feel of this type of product, Drunk Elephant's offering is definitely worth a try. As Allure notes, a lot of zinc-based natural sunscreens have a less than pleasant consistency, but Drunk Elephant's Umbra Sheer Physical Daily Defense seems to have avoided this pitfall!
The product blends and spreads with ease and, most importantly, works well in its protection against the sun's rays.
Once you've come back inside for the day, this sunscreen will wash off easily too.
If you've never heard of dermaplaning, don't worry - it's an exfoliation and hair removal technique that isn't exactly commonly used at the moment. However, that's not to say that you shouldn't give it a try! According to Allure's readers, the Michael Todd Sonicsmooth Sonic Dermaplaning System is a great place for those new to this method to start. It's gentle on the skin but still does its job of removing dead areas and small hairs. It doesn't get clogged as easily as other dermaplaning tools and is refreshingly easy to use.
As Allure itself notes, there's a whole lot of hype surrounding Urban Decay's Naked eyeshadow palettes.
That puts a fair bit of pressure on the product to perform as well as consumers expect it too, but luckily, the Naked 2 palette lives up to its glowing reviews.
It's not just Allure readers who adore this product, either: even six years after the palette's release, Glamour was still singing its praises. Sure, Naked 2 isn't cheap, but it sounds like it's worth the cost!
The GlamGlow SuperMud Clearing Treatment Face Mask has been something of a sensation in the beauty world for quite some time now. Byrdie describes it as a "cult classic" and a favorite of both the press and social media, and Allure readers seem to agree. It's just won a Readers' Choice Award for the fourth year in a row, with consumers claiming that it's pretty much as good as having a professional facial. It'll set you back almost $60, but it sounds like it might be worth it.
Finding a good-quality sunscreen is imperative in the summer months, no matter what skin type you have.
According to Allure readers, the Neutrogena UltraSheer Dry-Touch Sunscreen is the perfect product for anyone looking for an incredibly high-coverage cream.
Its SPF of 100+ is pretty much as good as you can get! While a lot of super-protective lotions have a tendency to become sticky or fail to rub into the skin, this product apparently both feels and looks great. Most importantly, it'll help to keep your skin safe from multiple forms of sun damage.
Anyone who regularly exposes their hair to heat from a blow-dryer, curling iron or straightener needs to have a good heat protectant product in their haircare arsenal. Ignoring this crucial step in your routine is a sure-fire way to get damaged and brittle locks. If you're looking for a new heat protectant to try, the Briogeo Rosarco Blow Dry Perfection And Heat Protectant Créme is a popular choice amongst Allure readers. It's sulfate, silicone, and paraben-free, and protects hair from temperatures up to 450 degrees. Ideal!
Sulfate-free hair products are becoming more and more popular these days, with dozens of brands bringing out their own ranges of gentler shampoos and conditioners. According to Allure, one of the premier sulfate-free lines out there comes from Carol's Daughter, whose Black Vanilla products are both kind to your hair and soothing on the scalp.
As you'd expect, this range also gives your locks a gorgeous vanilla smell.
While they're a tad expensive at $10 for the shampoo and $12 for the conditioner, they're a great natural hair care option.
Essie is one of the most popular nail product brands in the world, so it's unsurprising that one of its products has been honored in the Allure Readers' Choice list. The Treat, Love, and Color collection features polishes that are bright, chip-resistant, and incredibly kind to your nails. Copolymer chemicals included in this range's formula prevent your nails from chipping or peeling, and the products are easy to remove without hassle or damage. Plus, there are 32 colors currently available to choose from, ranging from bright, light shades to darker tones. Give one a try!
Kat Von D has been hitting the headlines for all the wrong reasons lately, but whatever your opinions on the woman herself, her Tattoo Liner is a firm favorite amongst Allure readers.
It's easy to apply, highly pigmented, basically smudge-proof, and lasts for an insanely long amount of time.
Who can forget the recent viral review of this liner in which, as Allure notes, a woman claimed her cat-eye stayed put through a literal car accident? It's a truly impressive product.
The Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser may not look all that exciting, but don't judge a book by its cover. This face wash has won seven Allure Best of Beauty prizes and three Readers' Choice Awards, and is described as a "sink-side staple." It's available in pretty much every drugstore and will set you back less than $10. There's also a version of this product catered especially to oily skin, which StyleCraze claims prevent breakouts, reduces the appearance of acne scars, and combats shine. This product is simple, yet effective!
The world of fake tanning can be a somewhat daunting one for those who've never entered its realm before. What if you pick the wrong shade of tan? What if you make a mistake and end up streaky and orange?
If you've ever experienced worries like these, then take the advice of Allure readers and try the Jergens' Natural Glow Firming Daily Moisturizer.
This product provides a gradual tan rather than an immediate color-change, meaning you can build up its coverage until you're happy with your skin's shade.
According to Allure readers, the CHI for Ulta Beauty 1" Tourmaline Ceramic Hairstyling Iron is a must-have hair styling tool. For one, it's incredibly versatile, and can be used to effortlessly straighten and wave your hair. It has a wide range of temperature settings, can heat up within thirty seconds, and is a pretty good price at just $90. You can get less effective styling wands for much more than that! This iron also comes in a range of colors, if the look of your styling tools is important to you.
BareMinerals is possibly the best-known natural makeup company out there, so it's unsurprising that one of their products has made the Allure Readers' Choice list! This time around, it's their Flawless Definition Mascara that's received this accolade, and seemingly for good reason.
This product really does give your lashes noticeable definition: it adds volume, doesn't clump, and lengthens your lashes too.
It's resistant to smudging and apparently makes your lashes feel softer due to its shea butter formula. Sounds pretty flawless to us!
While heat styling your hair can help you to achieve some pretty stunning looks, it can also be more than a little bit damaging to your locks. If you're looking to subject your hair to a little bit less heat but still want tresses that look textured and styled, the Living Proof Perfect Day Hair In-Shower Styler is worth a try. It's designed for use with air-dried hair and can help to enhance your hair's natural texture. It reportedly gives straight or wavy locks a "beachy" feel, which is perfect for the summer months!
Every eyeshadow fan needs a good-quality blending brush in their lives, although this is a purchase often easier said than done.
If you want to acquire a brush that has professional-looking effects and doesn't shed after one use, you often have to pay quite a lot of money.
However, Allure readers have found the solution to this financial issue. The Morphe M433 Pro Firm Blending Brush is soft, precise, and high-quality - and all for a mere $6. Can you get much better than that?