The 257 (!) Best Beauty Products Fashionista Editors Tried in 2022

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We never said we were minimalists.

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We never said we were minimalists.

Each month, Fashionista editors try a *lot* of beauty products. And while not every formula we test is a winner, we’re constantly unearthing new favorites. Here, we’ve rounded up our latest hair, skin, fragrance, wellness and makeup discoveries — whether fresh-to-market drops or merely recent additions to our personal routines.

It’s almost a new year, which will no doubt bring with it a whole crop of new beauty favorites with which team Fashionista will become obsessed. But before we get ahead of ourselves, we’re taking a moment to look back at some of the standout hair, makeup, skin, fragrance and wellness finds we discovered in 2022. Join us, won’t you?

Scroll through for a selection of our top product discoveries of the year, as well as our month-by-month roundups.


Crown Affair The Leave-in Conditioner, $48, available here: “Leave-in conditioners can be tricky for my fine hair and often weigh it down, but this ultra-lightweight one is a game-changer. It drenches my strands with hydration, making them smoother and less snarl-prone, but doesn’t compromise volume. And a little goes a long way — a nickel-sized dollop is all I need for my below-the-shoulder length hair.” —Stephanie Saltzman, Beauty Director

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Topicals Faded Under Eye Masks, $22, available here: “I love these undereye treatment masks for those long days where I’m staring at my computer screen for hours on end. My skin is on the dry side, so after work, I like to treat myself to these bad boys. I know that the whole ‘tired’ look is a trend, but it’s not for me, so I like how this product reduces the puffiness and the darkness, too.” —India Roby, Staff Writer


Rhode Peptide Lip Treatment, $16, available here: “Despite the apparent naming snafu, Hailey Bieber’s new skin-care line has some excellent products. I’ve been obsessed with the lip treatment, which leaves my lips perfectly soft, plump and glossy without any annoying stickiness. It’s great under (or over) a lip color or on its own, and while the flavored versions are nice, I personally prefer it unscented.” —Dhani Mau, Editor-in-chief

Phlur Apricot Privée Body Wash

Phlur Apricot Privée Body Wash, $30, available here: “The addition of tonka and sandalwood to this fruity body wash makes it less ‘Clean ‘N’ Clear microplastics aughts commercial’ and more sumptuous and lush, especially with the silky and moisturizing, serum-y texture.” —Liza Sokol, Sr. Audience Development Manager


Ami Colé Lip Treatment Oil, $20, available here: “I’d been wanting to try this product pretty much since the brand launched, and the wait was well worth it. The oil-to-gloss formula feels super substantial, and the really beautiful taupe color complements the natural color of my lips. It’s my everyday lip product now.” —Ana Colón, Deputy Editor

Flawless Repairing Deep Conditioning Masque

Flawless by Gabrielle Union Repairing Deep Conditioning Masque, $10, available here: “The first time I used this mask from Gabrielle Union‘s hair-care brand, I was happily shocked with how defined my curls looked. And it’s no wonder: Ingredients like castor seed oil, shea butter, avocado oil, rice complex and biotin make for a powerful formula — and for the price point, that’s especially impressive.” —Andrea Bossi, Staff Writer


Dieux Auracle Reviving Eye Gel, $44, available here: “The makers of social media’s favorite reusable eye masks have finally introduced an eye cream, after an intensive product development process. The result — a bouncy, fast-absorbing, serum-like gel that plumps, brightens and softens fine lines around the eyes — is a total keeper. It also layers beautifully beneath other skin-care products, like the heavy-duty moisturizers that become all the more crucial in cold weather.” —SS


Violette FR Bisou Blush in Inès, $35, available here: “I was first struck by how pretty this marbleized cream blush stick is in its tube — and it’s just as stunning on skin. The texture is soft and blendable, with intense pigment, so a tiny swipe is all you need. It also has a non-chalky matte finish, so it just looks like it could be skin’s natural flush.” —SS

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Elf Cosmetics Putty Blush in Turks & Caicos, $7, available here: “My latest Target impulse buy was this inexpensive cream blush, and I’m now obsessed: It gives the perfect natural-looking — but noticeable — sunkissed glow.” —DM


Iris & Romeo Weekend Skin SPF 50 + Vitamin C + Glow, $47, available here: “This hybrid mineral sunscreen/tinted moisturizer/vitamin C serum is literally my perfect summer skin-care product: It provides SPF 50 and antioxidant protection in one simple step, while also creating a glow-y, more evenly-toned finish — meaning I can go pretty much makeup-free. My skin has been garnering more compliments than ever since I started using it daily. One caveat is that it comes in a single shade, which the brand claims is transparent and universal, but I have difficulty imagining it doesn’t look at least a little chalky on darker skin tones.” —SS


BeautyStat Universal Moisture Essence, $40, available here: “If my skin is feeling dryer than usual, I’ll layer this squalane-based oil over or mix it in with my moisturizer at night. It adds that perfect boost of lasting moisture without the heaviness or greasiness of a typical face oil.” —DM


Loewe Paula’s Ibiza Eau de Toilette, $133, available here: “From the moment I smelled this perfume, I knew it would be my summer staple. While Loewe describes it as a ‘floral, aquatic and ambery scent,’ what drew me was its resemblance to that perfectly refreshing spicy margarita we all crave on a hot summer day – and who wouldn’t want to feel like a spicy margarita?” —Brooke Frischer, Contributing Writer


Sunnies Face Lip Treat in Poppy, $16, available here: “This sheer tinted balm is ultra-moisturizing, thanks to shea butter and medowfoam seed oil, and deposits the perfect wash of poppy red pigment, which can be layered for more intensity. It’s been a late summer go-to for me.” —SS

Youthforia DEWY GLOSS Hydrating and Nourishing Lip Gloss

Youthforia BYO Color Changing Blush Oil, $36, available here: “*Lizzo voice* All the rumors are true, this blush oil is amazing. I love how it interacts with my skin’s pH for a natural flush, and the finish is so dewy and glow-y, but the color doesn’t transfer.” —LS


Soft Services Theraplush Overnight Repair Treatment, $58, available here: “My hands have been loving the fancy little nightly ritual of applying this treatment, which melds the youth-preserving effects of retinol with the soothing properties of colloidal oatmeal.” —SS

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Kosas Revealer Skin-Improving Foundation SPF 25, $42, available here: “The first foundation from everyone’s favorite no-makeup makeup brand is creamy, blends beautifully and feels like nothing while effectively blurring away any unevenness on my skin. As a bonus, it’s packed with skin-care ingredients and UV and blue-light protection.” —DM


In January, we found new candles and perfumes that became instant favorites.


February brought us luxurious body creams, fancy scented candles, soothing bath soaks and hair-rehabilitating treatments.


Our March favorites included delightful spring candles, reparative hair treatments and at least one skin-care product all the TikTok cool kids convinced us to try.


During the month of April, we unearthed products that revolutionized our at-home blowout routines, enhanced our overnight skin-care regimens and livened up our Zoom makeup looks.


Our May faves? Cream and oil (yes, oil!) blushes, potent brightening serums and sunscreens.

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June gifted us an under-$10 mascara that seems far more expensive, innovative sunscreens and a nostalgic fragrance that’s a compliment magnet.


In July, team Fashionista fell in love with a non-irritating retinol, hair products that help us make the most out of our styles and a whole bunch of anxiety-soothing CBD remedies.


Amid August’s heat wave, we became obsessed with gentle skin-care formulas that actually do what they promise on their labels, hair products that revive our lived-in styles and tinted lip balms with multi-sensory appeal.


September was full of perfect-for-fall candles, pretty makeup we wore to weddings and hair care that has become a crucial part of our regular routines.

available here: “This tiny tube is pricey — but after trying the lightweight, glow-inducing serum/makeup hybrid inside, I totally get it. Despite being silicone-free, it goes on with a luxurious glide, offering sheer-but-buildable coverage and imbuing skin with a dewy glow. It also includes hyaluronic acid for hydration and filters to protect skin from exposure to blue light and pollution.” —Stephanie Saltzman, Beauty Director

” data-full-height=”945″ data-full-src=”” data-full-width=”1245″ data-image-id=”ci02ac75cfb00326ba” data-image-slug=”westman-atelier-dewy-complexion-foundation-drops” data-public-id=”MTkyNjU4NDE4NjczMzI5ODUw”>available here: “From the brand of master esthetician Joanna Vargas, these sheet masks leave my skin feeling hydrated, without any of the sticky residue I typically find annoying in other sheet masks. The set includes a variety of targeted treatments; my favorite is the Twilight Face Mask, which brightens my skin when it needs a little extra glow.” —Brooke Frischer, Contributing Writer

” data-full-height=”758″ data-full-src=”” data-full-width=”640″ data-image-id=”ci02ac75cff00025b4″ data-image-slug=”joanna vargas glow to go sheet mask set” data-public-id=”MTkyNjU4NDE4NjczMzk1Mzg2″>available here: “This candle, created in collaboration between iconic model Grace Jones and fragrance company Boy Smells, is unlike anything I have ever smelled before. The brand describes the scent as ‘salty sea air with floral waves,’ but I just call it magic.” —Liza Sokol, Sr. Audience Development Manager

” data-full-height=”2000″ data-full-src=”” data-full-width=”1775″ data-image-id=”ci02ac75d0000026ba” data-image-slug=”Boy Smells Grace Jones Candle” data-public-id=”MTkyNjU4NDE4NjczNzg4MzQw”>available here: “This treatment set brings out your inner chemist, cake decorator and esthetician all in one. Each mask requires a quick, easy mixing process before it turns into a whipped pink formula that looks like cake frosting. The mask has a cooling sensation when you apply it and, without failure, reveals glowing, plump, clear skin after removal.” —Andrea Bossi, Staff Writer

” data-full-height=”1000″ data-full-src=”” data-full-width=”1000″ data-image-id=”ci02ac75d0300025b4″ data-image-slug=”erno laszlo vitality mask” data-public-id=”MTkyNjU4NDE4OTQxODMwODQy”>available here: “Warm and sweet, this hair and body mist has notes of caramelized vanilla with toasted macadamia nut, sea salt and caramel. Simply delicious. I like to wear this in my hair, where it lasts longer and helps me give unforgettable hugs.” —AB 

” data-full-height=”2000″ data-full-src=”” data-full-width=”1999″ data-image-id=”ci02ac75d0500125b4″ data-image-slug=”sol de janeiro” data-public-id=”MTkyNjU4NDE4OTQxODk2Mzc4″>available here: “This waterproof liquid liner creates sharp, fluid strokes. And because black can sometimes be too dramatic for the look I’m going for, I love the dark chocolate shade option as an alternative.” —Angela Wei, Staff Writer

” data-full-height=”1000″ data-full-src=”” data-full-width=”1000″ data-image-id=”ci02ac75cfe00125b4″ data-image-slug=”too faced better than sex liquid eyeliner” data-public-id=”MTkyNjU4NDE4NjczNTkxNzMy”>available here: “As someone with acne, I’ve long been on a search for skin-care products that can reduce my tiny bumps and brighten my hyperpigmentation. I was gifted Dr. Rossi Derm MD’s set earlier this year, and I’ve since noticed a significant difference in my skin texture. I’m mostly a fan of this serum, which features the brand’s special complex of peptides and hyaluronic acid. ” —India Roby, Staff Writer

” data-full-height=”1800″ data-full-src=”” data-full-width=”1800″ data-image-id=”ci02ac75d0200026ba” data-image-slug=”dr rossi derm md the catalyst serum” data-public-id=”MTkyNjU4NDE4OTQxNTY4Njk4″>available here: “Sometimes, celebrity skin-care brands get it right. This dense, salve-like — but not waxy — lip treatment from Winnie Harlow’s brand imparts a cushiony layer over lips that replenishes moisture levels, offers antioxidant protection and carries the loveliest vanilla scent.” —SS

” data-full-height=”700″ data-full-src=”” data-full-width=”700″ data-image-id=”ci02ac75cfc00026ba” data-image-slug=”cay-skin-deepwater-lip-mask” data-public-id=”MTkyNjU4NDE4NjczMjY0MDUy”>available here: “The combination of bright citrus and warm sugar in this light-as-air lotion is truly wonderful, and it doesn’t leave skin feeling sticky or like you have to sit in front of a fan for 20 minutes before you can go about the rest of your day.” —LS

” data-full-height=”720″ data-full-src=”–sweet-creme-herbal-body-moisturizer.png” data-full-width=”720″ data-image-id=”ci02ac75d0100025b4″ data-image-slug=”Hempz Bare Body Soft Citrus & Sweet Crème Herbal Body Moisturizer” data-public-id=”MTkyNjU4NDE4OTQxNTY4NDM2″>available here: “Fenty’s latest gloss addition is my new personal assistant. Since I got this gloss weeks ago, it’s gone with me everywhere I go. Regardless of the day, whether or not I’m going outside, or how I’m feeling, I’m usually wearing lip gloss. The clear shade has an irresistible, glass shine, and the cooling mint sensation and larger-than-usual applicator are the cherries on top.” —AB

” data-full-height=”1500″ data-full-src=”” data-full-width=”1200″ data-image-id=”ci02ac75d0400026ba” data-image-slug=”fenty gloss bomb” data-public-id=”MTkyNjU4NDE4OTQxNzY1MDQ0″>available here: “As a big fan of vanilla scents — I’ve been wearing some version of them since high school — I wasn’t surprised to find out I liked this one: With notes of two kinds of vanilla, sandalwood, musk and peony, it’s a more interesting, elevated take on those fragrances of my youth. It’s about as sweet and gourmand as it gets, though, so I also like to layer it with other, smokier perfumes to keep it more grounded.” —SS

” data-full-height=”2000″ data-full-src=”” data-full-width=”2000″ data-image-id=”ci02ac75cfb00626ba” data-image-slug=”ellis-brooklyn-vanilla-milk-perfume” data-public-id=”MTkyNjU4NDE4NjczMTk4NTE2″>available here: “I’m forever a sucker for excellent branding, so it’s always nice when the product itself doesn’t suck, either. Vacation’s whipped cream-inspired sunscreen (it comes out in white, fluffy clouds that could easily be mistaken for the dessert topping) is a glorious mix of both. It’s also vegan and reef-friendly, smells amazing, and is water-resistant.” —LS

” data-full-height=”1000″ data-full-src=”” data-full-width=”1000″ data-image-id=”ci02ac75d0000125b4″ data-image-slug=”Vacation Classic Whip” data-public-id=”MTkyNjU4NDE4OTQxNjM0MjM0″>available here: “My main concealing needs revolve around my ever-present undereye circles, so color-correcting formulas that claim to also be crease-resistant — like Kulfi’s new liquid version — always have my attention. This one didn’t disappoint: From the shade range to the opacity to the slightly glow-y, skin-like finish, it delivers.” —SS

” data-full-height=”700″ data-full-src=”” data-full-width=”700″ data-image-id=”ci02ac75cfd00026ba” data-image-slug=”kulfi-main-match-crease-proof-concealer” data-public-id=”MTkyNjU4NDE4NjczMTMyOTgw”>available here: “I know coffee scrubs are nothing new, but after trying out a lot of them, I’ve landed on this Australian brand’s, which has a simple ingredient list and feels like a fresh start for my skin.” —BF

” data-full-height=”1000″ data-full-src=”” data-full-width=”1000″ data-image-id=”ci02ac75cfd00126ba” data-image-slug=”body blendz coffee body scrub” data-public-id=”MTkyNjU4NDE4NjczMzI5NTg4″>available here: “This lip balm has a jelly-like consistency that keeps my lips super soft, with a nice, shiny finish.” —IR

” data-full-height=”1500″ data-full-src=”” data-full-width=”1500″ data-image-id=”ci02ac75d0300026ba” data-image-slug=”image-skincare-ormedic-lip-treatment” data-public-id=”MTkyNjU4NDE4OTQxNjk5Nzcw”>available here: “While my days as a ballerina are far behind me, I always appreciate a good bun. This pins help to hold hair close to your head, so it’s easy to move around without worrying about flyaways.” —AW 

” data-full-height=”879″ data-full-src=”” data-full-width=”378″ data-image-id=”ci02ac75cfd00226ba” data-image-slug=”bloch 3 inch hair pins” data-public-id=”MTkyNjU4NDE4NjczNTI2MTk2″>available here: “While I normally steer clear of lip glosses because of the stickiness, I gave into curiosity on this one. It offers the perfect amount of sheerness for a natural wash of color, and it feels like a smooth, thick balm — not an adhesive.” — BF

” data-full-height=”700″ data-full-src=”” data-full-width=”700″ data-image-id=”ci02ac75cff00126ba” data-image-slug=”rare beauty stay vulnerable glossy lip balm” data-public-id=”MTkyNjU4NDE4NjczNjU3MjY4″>available here: “I first discovered this mulit-tasking body lotion during a visit to my favorite New York City spa, The Well, and the herbal, lavender-laced scent alone is enough to transport me back to that tranquil spa mindset. But I also love that the blend of grapeseed and coconut oils works wonders on super dry skin, while a healthy dose of magnesium (88 mg per 5 mL of product) soothes muscle tension.” —SS

” data-full-height=”1196″ data-full-src=”” data-full-width=”780″ data-image-id=”ci02ac75cfc00125b4″ data-image-slug=”neom magensiumm body butter” data-public-id=”MTkyNjU4NDE4NjczMzk1MTI0″>available here: “My hair can absolutely never get enough moisture and this shampoo — fortified with seed oils and plant extracts — hydrates and moisturizes without weighing my curls down. The earthy scent, which the brand touts as ‘like the desert after a rainstorm’ is really nice, too. I also like the conditioner.” —LS

” data-full-height=”700″ data-full-src=”” data-full-width=”700″ data-image-id=”ci02ac75d0000025b4″ data-image-slug=”Dae Monsoon Moisture Milk Hydrating Shampoo” data-public-id=”MTkyNjU4NDE4NjczNDYwOTIy”>available here: “Every time I spritz on some of this facial spray, my skin feels like it’s taking a breath of fresh air. Made with ginseng, white tea and prebiotics, it also uses antioxidants and micronutrients to protect skin from environmental damage while keeping it glow-y.” —AB

” data-full-height=”1080″ data-full-src=”” data-full-width=”1080″ data-image-id=”ci02ac75d0400025b4″ data-image-slug=”yina essential mist” data-public-id=”MTkyNjU4NDE4OTQxODMwNTgw”>available here: “It’s hard to find a sunscreen that’s both protective and non-oily, yet this product is both. It’s one of the smoothest, most matte formulas I’ve used, and it contains vitamin C and salmon collagen to protect skin.” —AW

” data-full-height=”1000″ data-full-src=”” data-full-width=”1000″ data-image-id=”ci02ac75cfe00525b4″ data-image-slug=”kahi aqua balm” data-public-id=”MTkyNjU4NDE4NjczNDYwNjYw”>available here: “I recently purchased this at-home sugaring starter kit, which comes with three sugars (in different firmness levels), body powder, aloe vera gel and reusable strips. It includes a detailed how-to guide, and I’ve gotten comfortable with the process, now using it every few weeks. It can get messy, but overall I recommend trying it out.” —IR

” data-full-height=”533″ data-full-src=”” data-full-width=”533″ data-image-id=”ci02ac75d0200925b4″ data-image-slug=”sugardoh sugaring kits” data-public-id=”MTkyNjU4NDE4OTQxNjk5NTA4″>available here: “This bouncy gel formula feels lightweight, but also impressively quenching on skin. As someone who usually relies on creams, I’ve been impressed by how effective it is at warding off dehydration.” —BF

” data-full-height=”600″ data-full-src=”” data-full-width=”600″ data-image-id=”ci02ac75cff00125b4″ data-image-slug=”laneige water bank hyaluronic gel moisturizer” data-public-id=”MTkyNjU4NDE4NjczNzIyODA0″>available here: “I’m a bit of a broken record when it comes to how much I love Kayali’s fragrances, but I’ll only stop when they stop being so good. The mix of black cherry, raspberry, praline and palo santo in this one is absolutely delicious; I’ll be wearing it till the last drop.” —LS

” data-full-height=”700″ data-full-src=”” data-full-width=”700″ data-image-id=”ci02ac75d0100125b4″ data-image-slug=”Kayali Lovefest Burning Cherry” data-public-id=”MTkyNjU4NDE4NjczNTI2NDU4″>available here: “This fragrance is presented in the perfect package: an amethyst-topped potion bottle. The scent is something floral, bourbon vanilla and enchanting. Plus, the bottle is refillable!” —AB

” data-full-height=”2000″ data-full-src=”” data-full-width=”2000″ data-image-id=”ci02ac75d0500026ba” data-image-slug=”viktor rolf good fortune” data-public-id=”MTkyNjU4NDE4OTQyMDI3NDUw”>available here: “I’m a bit late to the gua sha hype because I figured using my hands to massage my face is both effective and free. But I finally caved and bought this tool, and let’s just say, I haven’t put it down since. The stone really helps me to de-puff my face for a more contoured effect.” —IR

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October’s finds included a face oil we’ll be slathering on obsessively through winter, eye-brightening makeup and a multi-tasking moisturizing balm that does basically everything.


In November, we discovered an overachieving nude lipstick, actually-good at-home hair color, winter skin saviors and a high-tech wellness gadget.


December delivered perfectly festive lip and nail colors, an innovative alternative to traditional perfume and a slew of winter-skin-calming treatments.

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