It’s that time of year again, when Savoir Flair scours stores and beauty counters, tries every beautifying lotion and potion, and rigorously tests must-have makeup to find out which products deserve a place on the ‘Best of Beauty’ list. From finding the mightiest mascara to the best hair booster, we made it our mission to find the very best beautifiers you should be buying. And here they are… introducing 2015’s winners from the worlds of hair, skin, body, and makeup, which will leave you looking and feeling fabulous from top to toe.
Best Hair Mask
This indulgent and luxurious mask is a must-have for hair that’s in need of some TLC. Infused with the highest quality natural ingredients, including lychee extract, amber extract, wild mango butter, and macadamia nut seed oil, its deep conditioning formula helps repair and prevent damage whilst providing protection against the elements.
By far the best boosting shampoo and treatment for fine hair, Kérastase’s ‘Resistance Bain Volumifique’ adds thickness and volume to even the finest of locks without weighing it down thanks to clever cationic polymer technology, leaving it feeling and looking thicker and healthier than ever before.
Whether you have blonde hair or not, these perfecting purple products will put the life back into colored locks. Formulated with violet micro-pigments, they combat the effects of hard water and pollutants to remove brassiness and yellowness to give you super shiny and soft colored hair.
Tame coarse and thick locks with this oil-infused shampoo and conditioner. Containing oil extracts from six different flowers, including rose, chamomile, flax, lotus, tiara, and sunflower, they tame even the wildest of manes whilst nourishing and adding softness and shine.
The ultimate frizz fighter, this amazing oil contains breathable silicons and roucou oil to create a protective film to prevent hair aging and damage whilst restoring shine and softness. Just two to three pumps and you’ll instantly have smooth, luscious locks.
The best way to revive and refresh locks in between washes? Colab’s ‘Dry Shampoo’. It adds height, volume, bounce, and body to hair whilst refreshing the roots to plump and perfect, without white powder residue. It also smells fabulous and comes in a range of scents inspired by the fashion capitals of the world.
For the ultimate finishing touch, this magical mist repairs hair whilst adding extreme shine sans oily residue. Enriched with vitamins A, C, and E, as well as with immortelle, baobab, and bamboo extracts, simply spray your way to stronger, shinier, superstar hair.
It’s hardly surprising that the Kardashian Beauty ‘Volume Foam’ beats other volume boosters, as the Kardashian sisters sure know a thing or two about big, beautiful hair. Formulated with proteins to thicken, strengthen, and lift locks, it also contains black seed oil to nourish and add shine.
For over 50 years this has been the hairspray of choice on film sets and editorial photoshoots, and it’s definitely still Savoir Flair’s hair hero. Providing a strong hold that will take hair from morning meetings through to evening soirées, it doesn’t leave locks feeling sticky or crispy and instead it creates a soft, shiny finish.
Not only do these detangling tools come in an array of colors and designs, they also allow you to style your hair with dramatically less splitting, damage, and breakage than most regular brushes cause, making them the best brushes you can buy.
For wonderful waves and chic curls, this is the ultimate waving wand. It heats up in a flash and features advanced tourmaline technology to seal the hair cuticle with negative ions, locking in moisturizer, smoothing down flyaways, and helping to keep your waves in place. Perfect.
Whether your skin is thirsty for a hydrating hit, needs to detox after a long day, is feeling a little oily, or is looking a little dull, Caudalie’s facial masks will work their magic in just ten minutes. Made with over 85 percent natural ingredients, they deliver serious results and are suitable for all skin types. By far the best face masks on the market.
Gentle enough for even the most sensitive of skins, this calming cleanser from Neal’s Yard Remedies nourishes dry skin with organic calendula and jojoba extracts and without nasties or scary-sounding chemicals.
Many products formulated for oily skin actually make skin oilier by stripping it of too much moisture, but this clever cleanser from Avène doesn’t. Enriched with thermal spring water and free from soap, oils, and parabens, it gently cleanses and removes impurities whilst helping balance the skin’s pH.
Banish breakouts, beat blackheads, and say see-ya to spots with this pore-perfecting cleanser from Clinique. An oil-free cleansing gel that forms a foam when mixed with water, it helps control the production of oil whilst deeply cleansing skin to leave it feeling fresh, soft, and smooth.
Get the glow with this powerful powder. A totally unique way of exfoliating, forget the abrasive scrubs and instead try this rice-based powder formula which activates when mixed with water to micro-exfoliate dead cells. With a soothing blend of green tea, ginkgo, and oatmeal, it helps calm the skin and leaves it looking brighter and beautiful without causing redness or skin stress.
Bursting with Mother Nature’s best beautifying ingredients, including pineapple, passion fruit, lemon, and grape extracts, this multi-function toner will totally transform your skin by reducing pores, evening out oiliness, sloughing away dead cells, and smoothing the surface, all with just the sweep of a cotton pad.
The perfect way to transform your peepers, Chanel’s latest ‘Le Lift’ launch sees the introduction of this lightweight eye treatment to tend to the delicate skin around the eye area. Containing marine extracts to blur fine lines, reduce puffiness, eliminate dark circles, and brighten the eye area, it’s your secret beauty sleep solution in a product.
This dream cream from Dior is one of 2015’s biggest beauty launches from the brand and came onto the market with a bang. Harnessing the perfecting powers of rose petals, it goes onto skin as soft as silk and works to reduce the appearance of wrinkles whilst softening, smoothing, and refining skin to visibly transform the complexion.
One of the most amazing anti-agers available, Elemis’ ‘Pro-Collagen Marine Cream’ hasn’t won an array of awards (including the Savoir Flair ‘Best of Beauty’ Award) for no reason. It uses unique algae found in the Mediterranean that has shown to dramatically boost skin cell activity, and it significantly improves suppleness, firmness, and elasticity, with results proving it reduces the appearance and depth of wrinkles by up to 78 percent in just two weeks. Winner!
The first ever face oil from La Mer was an instant hit and definitely deserves the award for ‘Best Face Oil’. A dual-phase elixir that you gently shake to activate, it infuses skin with La Mer’s nutrient-rich ‘Miracle Broth’ made with sea-sourced actives to load skin with youth-boosting ingredients. Not only does it give you a gorgeous, radiant glow, but it also visibly softens lines and firms your face. Fabulous.
This serum is a serious skincare superhero and a firm Savoir Flair favorite. Powered by 20 pure plant extracts, including arnica, white tea, hops, and musk rose, it reactivates the skin’s vital functions to firm and even skin tone.
This spot treatment from Murad is, well, pretty spot on. It uses high performance and powerful ingredients, including sulfur, salicylic acid, zinc, and licorice root extract, to stop spots in their tracks.
Spray your way to superstar skin with Institut Estherderm’s ‘Cellular Water Spray’. This is no ordinary water — it is cellular water created to replicate the water found in our skin. With balanced levels of mineral salts and trace elements, it gives skin an instant, energizing boost, and is the perfect product to put in your bag for on-the-go radiance and a refreshing hit.
Harnessing the perfecting powers of white flowers (stargazer lily and white crocus), this night cream’s vitamin C-based formula targets dark spots and pigmentation. With porcelain rose to promote the elimination of waste, cherry blossom to moisturize and reflect light, and sunflower oil to nourish with essential fatty acids and antioxidants, it will help you wake up looking bright and beautiful.
This new and improved solution to sun protection from Kiehl’s is the perfect way to protect your skin from the three forms of damaging UV rays. It also has the added bonus of vitamin E that keeps skin in tip-top condition and adds hydrating properties.
A makeup remover that strips skin of daily dirt, grime, and makeup without disrupting even the most sensitive and fragile faces? Yes, this really is a revolutionary remover. Thanks to fatty acids and micelles, it supports skin by helping it lock in moisture and to stay balanced whilst cleansing and refreshing.
A favorite of Kylie Jenner‘s, these pads are soaked in glycolic acid to gently exfoliate, cleanse, and retexturize the skin. With witch hazel to tone, hyaluronic acid to moisturize, and blue daisy to soothe and smoothe, simply wipe over skin to feel instantly fresher and to brighten your complexion without stickiness or dryness.
Cara Delevingne, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Scarlett Johansson, Natalie Portman – these are just some of the leading ladies that swear by Lucas’ Papaw Ointment for luscious lips. This iconic red tube contains a gel made with fresh, fermented papaw to help heal and moisturize lips (and skin) and it contains natural antiseptic to give you the smoothest superstar smile ever.
When it comes to the perfect primers, Make Up For Ever’s collection consists of 10 that cater to any and every makeup need. Whether worn alone or under your foundation of choice, they keep makeup in place all day long and leave skin feeling silky soft without drying it out. Whether you need to neutralize redness or you want to create a matte base, pick these primers.
Lancôme’s ‘Miracle Cushion Foundation’ is just as its name suggests — a makeup miracle. A perfectly portable liquid foundation, it uses a clever cushion that releases just the right amount of product for effortless and easy application. Providing lightweight and buildable coverage, it leaves skin glowing with a natural, dewy finish whilst boosting hydration levels. Love.
Giving you a gorgeous glow whilst subtly concealing imperfections, this tinted moisturizer uses mineral pigments and jojoba to leave skin looking healthy and radiant. Natural extracts look after skin from the inside out, including sunflower seed concentrate to hydrate and strengthen, Shea butter to lock in moisture, and spruce knot to protect from free radical damage. Plus, it has the added bonus of an SPF15.
This BB Cream boasts nine beautifying qualities that will transform your skin without the need for heavy makeup. It primes, minimizes pores, moisturizes, conceals, smoothes, covers, mattifies, brightens, and protects. Need we say more?
Forget cakey concealers that crease on your skin, as this two-shade system from Laura Mercier allows you to custom blend your color to perfectly match your skin tone. Using high levels of pigments, aloe, chamomile, and vitamins A, C, and E, it nourishes skin whilst covering up everything from spots to scars.
For sun-kissed skin and a natural looking tan, this bronzing box beats going to the beach. Well, almost. You can sculpt, contour, and define features thanks to its pure matte color, or for a bronzing boost simply sweep across skin to bring your face to life.
A simple way to strobe and add a heavenly highlight to any part of your face or body, this luminizing pen is the perfect way to recreate one of 2015’s hottest beauty trends – glowing skin. A universal shade that suits any skin tone, its cream to powder formula glides easily across skin to give you a soft, iridescent shimmer in seconds.
An easy way to add shape and definition, Smashbox’s clever contour kit helps you sculpt your face in a flash. Three blendable, buildable shades come together to bronze, contour, and highlight, and it comes with expert tips and tricks to help you pick the perfect place to apply the product. Kardashians, eat your heart out.
It’s not surprising that this perfecting powder is a must-have for makeup artists. It helps control shine without drying skin and sets your makeup with a velvety smooth finish. Simply dust over your makeup to keep it in place, or wear alone to perfect the “no makeup makeup” look.
Highly pigmented and available in a range of heavenly hues, from barely-there blush to peachy pink, these really are the best blushers ever. Whether you prefer a powder or a cream texture, turn to Illamasqua for a fast way to get a fabulous flush.
Undereye bags and dark circles? They’re a thing of the past thanks to Bobbi Brown’s ‘Intensive Skin Serum Concealer’. Unlike many concealers that just focus on masking the problem, this silky serum works to treat skin around the eye with ingredients such as Indian tree root, bamboo grass, and cordyceps mushroom, to leave you looking bright-eyed and refreshed (even if you don’t feel it).
Created by Charlotte Tilbury, the lady behind some of the sexiest and sultriest smoky eye looks, this eye pencil brings the best elements of a liquid and kohl liner together. It stays in place for up to 14 hours and delivers incredible, intense pigment to peepers thanks to its wax-rich formula that easily blends onto skin. Oh, and it contains crushed pearl powder to stimulate collagen production. Perfection.
This magic wand works wonders at creating thick, long, luscious lashes without weighing them down or creating lumpy clumps. Don’t be put off by its bold rubber bristles, because they’ve been designed to evenly catch and coat every single lash from root to tip, without causing damage. The more dramatic you dare to go, the more layers you add, as thanks to its buildability you can keep going and going.
Matte black, pure purple, bright blue… Whatever color you want to line your eyes with, Sephora’s long-lasting liners will make your peepers pop. Not only do they stay put for 12 hours, the brushes have flocked tips to ensure easy and precise application, allowing you to create that perfect cat-eye flick without any flaws.
Bold, big brows are here to stay, so give yours a boost with the ‘Brow Wiz’ from Anastasia Beverly Hills. It fills in gaps or areas of sparseness with natural-looking color, and its smear-proof formula won’t fade throughout the day. Complete with a mini brush to perfectly place each and every hair, you’ll soon be competing with Cara for the best brows in the world.
Available in two finishes, matte or metallic, Guerlain’s ‘Last Ever technology’ means that these shadows stay put all day long, with no creasing and settling into lines, and they provide the perfect amount of pigment to bring your eyes to life without the need to reapply every five minutes. Marvelous.
With 12 stunning shades to create the most sophisticated and sultry smoky eye, this is pure palette perfection. Whether you opt to wear one color or to blend a few together to create a more striking look, once you add this palette to your makeup bag your eyes will never go naked again.