Best of 2010: The year’s most innovative, most effective—and yes, highly covetable—new beauty products

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The last post in my trifecta of 2010 re-caps is this one: a look at the new beauty product launches that I thought were either the most groundbreaking, efficacious or just all-around AMAZE (I’ve dropped the -balls). (Check out 2010′s best hair and best makeup, if you missed ‘em.)

Some of these I’ve raved on and on and on about (hello, Tom Ford lipsticks? Buy one). But a few might be new to you, because I haven’t mentioned them on the blog until now.

Ready for the big reveal? If someone gave you a Sephora gift card for Christmas, have yer shopping list at the ready…

FACE:

1. Clinique Even Better Skin Tone Corrector

Clinique Even Better Skin Tone Corrector Best of 2010: The years most innovative, most effective—and yes, highly covetable—new beauty products

This serum (you wear it under your regular moisturizer) was put up against 4 percent hydroquinone (a whitening agent) in a clinical trial, and the results on pigmentation issues were deemed “comparable.” Not too shabby for a non-prescription, and most importantly, non-toxic product. (If you want to call in the big guns, however, I cannot praise Lumixyl enough.)

2. Biotherm Aquasource Skin Perfection Moisturizer

Biotherm Aquasource Skin Perfection Best of 2010: The years most innovative, most effective—and yes, highly covetable—new beauty products

This is the star in a brand new category of 24-hour moisturizers, which hydrate and plump up your skin like nobody’s business (yes really—I tried this for a FLARE story I wrote in the fall, and was surprised at how impressed I was). It’s not at all greasy and smells great too.

3. Clarisonic Opal Sonic Infusion System

Clarisonic Opal Sonic Infusion System Best of 2010: The years most innovative, most effective—and yes, highly covetable—new beauty products

Don’t you love beauty gadgets? I’m a huge fan of my Clarisonic, and this is the newest offering from the brand—a hand-held device that delivers an anti-aging marine serum into eye-area wrinkles, puffiness and dark circles using sonic infusion technology. I can’t comment on dark circles or puffiness, since I don’t really struggle with those issues, but I DID find it left my baby crow’s feet looking softer and more hydrated.

4. Olay Professional Pro-X Intensive Treatment Masks

Olay Professional Pro X Intensive Treatment Mask Best of 2010: The years most innovative, most effective—and yes, highly covetable—new beauty products

If you’ve been reading here for a while, you know that I go gaga for cloth masks. Previously, they seemed to only be available in high-end lines (like Shu Uemura, SK-II, etc.). While the luxe ones are all excellent, I’m so delighted that Olay now offers a pack for around $30. You will not be disappointed.

5. StriVectin Overnight Facial Resurfacing System

strivectin overnight facial resurfacing serum Best of 2010: The years most innovative, most effective—and yes, highly covetable—new beauty products

This puppy generated waiting lists across the UK when it was launched at the beginning of the year. And with the claim “sleep in a bottle,” I can see why. My tester (okay, my mom) concurs with reports that it makes your skin smoother and brighter without the irritation that can come with glycolic acid-type products.

6. Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Concentrate

Kiehls Midnight Recovery Concentrate Best of 2010: The years most innovative, most effective—and yes, highly covetable—new beauty products

Beauty eds LOVED this launch—arguably the first mainstream version of a face oil. It’s a paraben-free blend of squalene, evening primrose and essential oils, and just two drops, worn overnight, make you glow, glow, glow.

MAKEUP:

7. TEMPTU At-Home Airbrush System

temptu airbrush makeup system Best of 2010: The years most innovative, most effective—and yes, highly covetable—new beauty products

This is an at-home version of TEMPTU’s pro airbrush system, and even though you’d imagine such things to be useful for only die-hard makeup junkies, it actually does a pretty quick, and flawless job. My video review is here.

8. Revlon ColorBurst Lipstick

revlon colorburst lipstick Best of 2010: The years most innovative, most effective—and yes, highly covetable—new beauty products

Whenever anybody asks me for a not-too-expensive lipstick recommendation, this is my go-to recommendation. Designed by makeup artist Gucci Westman (check her out in this vid!), these are simply incredible—I’ve never seen these kinds of finishes (flat, not shimmery), pigments (super-intense in a good way) or packaging (very Chanel-esque) at the drugstore.

9. Tom Ford Private Blend Lip Color

Tom Ford Private Blend Lip Color Best of 2010: The years most innovative, most effective—and yes, highly covetable—new beauty products

Do I really need to go into detail here? Sure, there have been other fab lipstick launches in 2010—Chanel’s Rouge Coco and YSL’s Rouge Pur Couture, for example—but this is the Grand Daddy of them all. So much so that beauty editors have been known to gift cupcakes that look like this:

Tom Ford cupcakes Best of 2010: The years most innovative, most effective—and yes, highly covetable—new beauty products

10. Lancôme Hypnôse Precious Cells Mascara

Lancome Hypnose Precious Cells Best of 2010: The years most innovative, most effective—and yes, highly covetable—new beauty products

If you’re not down for Latisse (and I heard some disturbing stuff about it lately from a celeb makeup artist), you can still hop on board the long-lash trend with one of the new mascaras with lash-enhancing ingredients. There are a number of them in clear formulas, which you wear overnight, but I personally like that Lancôme has added the technology to a regular black mascara. (So does Revlon, but I found theirs quite clumpy.) Stay tuned for an even better lash-lengthening makeup innovation in 2011!

HAIR:

11. Kérastase Chronologiste Hair Treatment

kerastase chronologiste Best of 2010: The years most innovative, most effective—and yes, highly covetable—new beauty products

Definitely a splurge, but easily rationalized. This is an all-in-one treatment that makes your hair simultaneously de-frizzed (if it needs it), volumized (again, if it needs it), repaired, hydrated, smooth, shiny, soft and UV-protected. Got all that? It’s available as an in-salon service as well (my review here).

12. Living Proof No Frizz Humidity Blocking Shampoo and Conditioner

Living Proof No Frizz Humidty Blocking Shampoo and Conditioner Best of 2010: The years most innovative, most effective—and yes, highly covetable—new beauty products

As a straight-haired person, I never thought I had frizz, until I used this shampoo-n’-conditioning duo and they made my hair CRAZY smooth. But in a good, non-flat way.

13. Avon Lotus Shield Anti-Frizz Treatment

Avon Lotus Shield Best of 2010: The years most innovative, most effective—and yes, highly covetable—new beauty products

Speaking of frizz, here’s another rockstar product. Although they work great on thicker, curlier-haired types, I avoid hair serums like the plague because they make me look like I forgot to wash my hair. This one is the first that doesn’t: it’s verrrrry light (and yes, silicone-based, but that’s how it works its magic). The effects last up to three days and it defies weather with up to 97 percent humidity.

14. Pantene Colour Preserve Volume Shampoo

Pantene Colour Preserve Volume Shampoo Best of 2010: The years most innovative, most effective—and yes, highly covetable—new beauty products

Pantene revamped their entire line in 2010, and I’ve gotta say, I’m impressed. I was never a Pantene user simply because I found their prodz too moisturizing for my fine hair… but because this range gets so specific (you can choose both volumizing AND colour-protecting features), they actually came out with a shampoo that works great. (I actually skip the conditioner.) And when you consider the incredible amount of research that goes into the R&D (as I learned in my trip to CinCin in the summer), it’s great value.

15. Joico K-Pak ReconstRx VaporIron

Joico Kpak ReconstructRx VapourIron Best of 2010: The years most innovative, most effective—and yes, highly covetable—new beauty products

What a product name! But seriously—this is a cool one, because it’s a flat iron that infuses your hair with a protective serum. While I still like the performance of my Chi the best, this is a great choice for someone with damaged hair: it made mine feel very smooth, and is supposed to reduce breakage by 40 percent. (It also protects colour and has some humidity-blockers to hold curl… okay, maybe I should use it more often!)

NAILS:

16. CND Shellac Hybrid Nail Color

cnd shellac Best of 2010: The years most innovative, most effective—and yes, highly covetable—new beauty products

Okay, this isn’t technically a beauty product—it’s an in-salon treatment—but it’s definitely the biggest news in nails this year. You can check out my review of the process, which lasts for up to 14 days, maybe more. (P.S. I’m reviewing OPI’s Axxium soon, so stay tuned!)

BODY:

17. TRIA Laser Hair Removal System

Tria Laser Hair Removal Best of 2010: The years most innovative, most effective—and yes, highly covetable—new beauty products

I’m still testing this bad boy, an at-home version of laser hair removal, but already impressed by how easy it is to use AND the fact that you don’t have to buy those rip-off replacement cartridges. It’ll take me eight months to see results, so I’m in this for the long haul. My only wish: that the charge lasted longer… I’m always having to stop treatment mid-way through to plug the thing in again.

18. Love that White Smile Tooth Whitening System

Love That White Smile Best of 2010: The years most innovative, most effective—and yes, highly covetable—new beauty products

Whitestrips, you and I have had a nice time together, but I’m dumping you for this line. These two foams are meant to be used twice a day for one month after you brush your teeth. (They say to apply them to your toothbrush, but that’s stupidly messy, so I just put ‘em directly in my mouth.) They taste great, are fluoride-free and don’t make your teeth sensitive AT ALL. Big win.

Wow, I can’t believe I distilled 2010 down into just 18 products! Tell me—

Have you tried any of these prodz?
Have I forgotten some good ones? Probably. Tell me!
Did you receive any cool beauty stuff for Christmas?

12 Comments

Marina(Makeup4All)
Thursday, December 30/2010 at 5:39 pm

Love such posts and I am writing them myself now (I’ve divided into several parts). Agree about Revlon lipstick, I also really like the matte lipsticks from the brand. From your list I really want to try the Tom Ford lipstick and the Kérastase Chronologiste Hair Treatment. And why can’t I pick Avon for e.g? haha
Oh and Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Concentrate… I’ve heard a lot of good things about this one. But this year is was all about Elemis for me :)

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Comment Avatar Michelle Villett
Saturday, January 1/2011 at 12:13 pm

Oooh I don’t know Elemis… I don’t think we have that here (or if we do they don’t publicize themselves at all). I am going over to your blog to read more about it :-)

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Kat
Thursday, December 30/2010 at 11:23 pm

I need advice, whoever can help. About the Revlon ColorBurst Lipstick, took mine for a day out, cause y’know, I don’t test drive on New Year’s Eve.. :P The color is GORGEOUS (Ruby), but I had problems with it running… after a few hours, the red would spread around in tiny lines around my mouth (creating a pink-ish halo around my actual lips, soo not cool!).. I did forget, in my hurry this morning, to apply my makeup base for lips and eyes on my lips (but not on my eyes, go figure!). Did I just answer my own question and find the culprit? Or is this a regular occurrence with flashy lip color in general, primer or not? I’m just so used to pale/nude-y lip color or tinted gloss, I’m totally out of my comfort zone..

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Gimped
Thursday, December 30/2010 at 11:53 pm

Hey Kat

I’ve found that with reds I definitely need a primer. When I started looking at red lip colour I also started looking for something to help it stay put, so I feel your pain :) I use a primer from Guerlain. It fills in the lines in my lips and helps my colour stay put, but it’s a bit drying though.

You could also try an anti-feathering pencil, like this one from Too Faced. I looked into things like this briefly when I was on my own hunt, but I haven’t tried prodz like this myself so I can’t offer any insight. Pls let me know if you try something like this, though. I’d like to hear about it!!

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Kat
Friday, December 31/2010 at 12:11 pm

That’s what I had thought, thanks for confirming Gimped.. ^_^ I’ve been a long-time user of Lise Watier’s base for eyes and lips, so I’ll try that this afternoon. And if it still “feathers” (love that!) I’ll apply it under my pencil AND over it again before I apply the lipshtick :P I just couldn’t believe myself for forgetting primer under RUBY lips.. (just like I couldn’t believe I forgot to spray my top-knot with hairspray before I left yesterday also.. ahh, the joys of being a lunatic lol)

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Comment Avatar Michelle Villett
Saturday, January 1/2011 at 12:32 pm

Hey Kat – Gimped is right, anything that gives your lips a drier texture can help. Primer or even a bit of foundation…or you could just do a lip liner or lip stain underneath the lipstick – just something with more of a dry texture that the lipstick can “grab” on to. Don’t apply lip balm underneath.

There are also clear lipliners that are kind of cool – I’ve tried the DuWop but not Revlon (not sure if it’s avail in Canada?)
http://shop.duwop.com/reverselipliner-1.aspx
http://www.walmart.com/ip/600-Clear-Colorstay-Lipliner/14654129
Looks like the same thing as the Too Faced pencil Gimped mentioned:
http://www.toofaced.com/product_template_003.aspx?dept_sub_id=5&dept_id=1&cat_id=154

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Kat
Saturday, January 1/2011 at 8:58 pm

Update: I had used a pencil, but my mistakes were not to use primer first (lunatics, I swear!) so I figured I’d use half of that Cover Girl lipstick my mom gave me, some sort of “Step 2″ that, together with the original lipstick by CG, makes for a long-lasting, no stain kinda deal, but I found out pretty quickly that they probably are formulated to work with each other, and that basically, it acts sorta like a bad gloss over other lipshticks: make ‘em runny and sticky.

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Comment Avatar Michelle Villett
Monday, January 10/2011 at 5:17 pm

Ugh – so the CG “topcoat” thing is a no-go? I guess it makes sense that it’s formulated just for their brand. (L’Oreal and I think Maybelline both have a version of the stain + topcoat)

Did it work with the primer then?

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Makeup Morsels
Saturday, January 1/2011 at 4:43 pm

I love these posts ;) I did a best of 2010 post a couple of days ago too, ohh and I included Lavilin’s Deodorant. Thanks so much for introducing me to that! I’ve been dying to test those Revlon lipsticks since they came out (a loongg time ago), but I keep telling myself that I don’t really need another lipstick. Which I probably don’t. But I want one…

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Comment Avatar Michelle Villett
Monday, January 10/2011 at 5:19 pm

YES! I have that bookmarked re: Lavilin… Wordpress told me you wrote about it! Heading over to read about your results!

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Sophia
Wednesday, January 5/2011 at 12:57 pm

What kind of results have you had with that whitening foam? It sounds wayyyy better than strips and all these bright lippy trends call for whiter teeth!

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Comment Avatar Michelle Villett
Monday, January 10/2011 at 5:24 pm

I’m going to do a teeth whitening post soon as I just learned a ton about this from a cosmetic dentist who did veneers for me. My quick thoughts: Don’t expect too much from the over the counter stuff. I really like the foam as it just tastes better and is less of a hassle than the strips…. BUT I can’t say it did anything major in terms of whitening. Certainly no better/worse than Whitestrips – but on me, nothing dramatic. I just plan to use it as maintenance.

For serious whitening you really have to get the professional trays made at your dentist – and they’re about $300-500. After finally trying them I do have to admit they are worth it. More on this soon!

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