There’s one thing actually compelling a few suggestion from a pal who’s obsessive about a magnificence product. It’s why so many patrons, on this age of influencers who’re paid to endorse issues, head to locations like Makeup Alley and Reddit to search out genuine critiques from actual individuals. And that’s as a result of they don’t have any incentive to take action aside from pure, unbridled enthusiasm.

Racked’s Just One Thing sequence exists to honor this custom of word-of-mouth raving. It’s the place our editors and freelance contributors from all totally different backgrounds have a platform to gush in regards to the issues they genuinely love and have bought. This yr, a bunch of actually cool magnificence suggestions resonated with our readers and workers alike. Some are brand-new launches, some are tried-and-true, however all of them are incredible. Right here, we current the 14 buzziest merchandise of the previous yr.


Kevyn Aucoin Volume Mascara ($28): “I hate magnificence hyperbole. Mainly nothing is definitely a miracle product, however I do consider that Kevyn Aucoin’s Volume Mascara actually will change your life.” Britt Aboutaleb

Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner ($22): “…I’ll by no means cease repurchasing it, as a result of it’s the one eyeliner I’ve ever tried — ever — that doesn’t migrate onto my higher lids by lunchtime.” Elana Fishman

Wunderbrow Brow Gel ($20.90): “I’ve tried quite a lot of totally different forehead fillers, however the one which I like probably the most is Wunderbrow Brow Gel. It’s a UK model that up till not too long ago you would solely discover on Amazon; my mother, who additionally has sparse brows, is the one who turned me on to it… actually, the very best half about it’s it is going to critically final for days. I fall asleep with it on (gross, I do know) and get up with eyebrows!” Tiffany Yannetta

Clinique Beyond Perfecting Foundation + Concealer ($28): “Proper earlier than I felt the striped partitions [at Sephora] start to collapse on me, I discovered the Clinique Beyond Perfecting Foundation + Concealer in a bevy of brown shades. (Reality be instructed, any shelf lined with greater than one is a bevy in my eyes.) How the hell had I not heard of this? The place had been the #advertisements? The #inpartnershipwiths? The #spons? Why is nobody speaking about this basis?” Jascmeen Bush

A collage of four skincare products


Cosrx Pimple Patches ($5): “[Acne] might be the one factor my 13-year-old son and I’ve in frequent at this specific second in time. On just about all the pieces else, from how a lot he ought to be on his telephone to how cool and not-embarrassing I’m, we’re in agency disagreement. However our faces are each form of a large number, and on this shared distress, we bond. And we struggle over my stash of pimple patches from Cosrx, which I preserve in a bit of field below my vainness.” Cheryl Wischhover

Aesop B Triple C Facial Balancing Gel ($120): “This gel is like Emergen-C to your face. It’s filled with nutritional vitamins and mysterious antioxidant superpowers that can defend you from a day on Planet Earth, the Place We’re Ruining With Automobiles and Cow Farts… Don’t consider in magic? This gluey goo can be a ridiculously efficient primer.” Alex Beggs

Ending Touch Flawless Shaver ($18.69): “This little gadget, which is clearly rose gold-colored like all correct lady-marketed magnificence instruments, seems to be like both an elongated lipstick tube or a shortened vibrator, relying on the place your sensibilities are… It zips proper over your pores and skin with a tender buzzing sound with none pulling or ache, and it does the job in lower than a minute. After that, I’m left with completely clean pores and skin that lasts for a number of days earlier than I would like to make use of it once more.” Cheryl Wischhover

Shangpree Gold Black Pearl Hydrogel Eye Mask ($60): “The factor I really like most about these sparkly little black patches — moreover that they’re just kinda fun-looking — is that they instantly cut back the undereye discoloration that makes me look drained even once I’m not.” Laura Gurfein

Alpha Pores and skin Care Enhanced 12% Glycolic AHA Renewal Cream ($16.14): “Beautypedia praises its potential to ‘assist cut back the looks of positive traces’ and lists its cons as ‘none’… After three months of use, my smile traces look smoother. My solar spots are fading. And tinted moisturizer evenly glides into place, like I utilized it with a mixing sponge as a substitute of my fingers and a few bathroom paper. All with out noticeable patchiness or flaking. Lena Singer

A collage of bath products

Tub and Physique

Aromatherapy Associates Deep Relax Bath and Shower Oil ($73): “It’s a superbly balanced mixture of roughly one thousand important oils. I attempted to recreate it with oils as soon as and ended up with a shower that smelled like expired mud… It should additionally knock you out. Once I’m mendacity there in my cracked porcelain tub listening to ‘Planet Cash’ and inspecting my stomach button, I can really feel my heartbeat slowing down.” Alex Beggs

Davines Oi Body Wash ($25): “I can’t really put into phrases how good this smells, which I do know is problematic for a narrative like this. However let me let you know: It smells so good. It smells such as you simply did yoga and the trainer got here round to rub important oil in your temples. It smells like a scorching man who works as a paddle board teacher.” Tiffany Yannetta

Harper + Ari Exfoliating Sugar Cubes ($22): “On aesthetics alone they’re good: The colourful cubes are available in a transparent glass jar with a easy black-and-white label, cute sufficient to double as lavatory decor when not in use. However certainly the very best half is that they actually work, too.” —Tanisha Pina

A showercap and shampoo


Shhhowercap Noir Shower Cap ($43): “I find it irresistible as a result of it does what it says it’s going to do: It’s fully waterproof in order that once I step out of the bathe I’m not making puddles on the ground, and it does — no, nice — job of defending my hair. It would not yank at my scalp or brow once I take it off, and it doesn’t go away my hair sweaty or damp.” —Tanisha Pina

Hairstory New Wash ($40): “…the shortage of suds turned out to be considered one of New Wash’s best property: As a substitute of feeling a giant mass of bubbles that offers the phantasm of cleansing, I used to be centered on massaging the product into my scalp, ensuring I lined each strand, after which being pleasantly stunned that I may run my fingers by way of my hair with out problem regardless of no conventional conditioner.” —Alana Massey

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