Best Beauty Products W+G Readers Loved This Year

Robert Hundley
With the Well+Good SHOP, our editors put their years of know-how to work in order to pick products (from skin care to self care and beyond) they’re betting you’ll love. While our editors independently select these products, making a purchase through our links may earn Well+Good a commission. Happy shopping! Explore the SHOP

Here at Well+Good, we have the privilege of testing out hundreds of beauty products and speaking to some of the best and brightest in the industry to figure out which products are worth your money. From the anti-aging serums that actually work to the moisturizers that feel oh-so-good, we’re always here to share the items we’re loving.

What’s really fun to see is which of these products you, our lovely readers, are also super into. Below, we’ve rounded up the products that you all could not stop adding to your carts in 2021. If you missed these buys—or are ready to re-up—keep scrolling to shop the best (and most beloved) beauty products of the year.

Murad Targeted Wrinkle Corrector, best beauty products

Murad Targeted Wrinkle Corrector — $78.00

This wrinkle-smoothing serum uses hyaluronic acid to instantly plump skin, and hexapeptide and squalane provide long-term skin-smoothing benefits. “Immediately after application users will see visible improvement in motion-induced wrinkles, smoother texture on the applied areas, and smoother facial expression lines wherever the product is applied,” says Kristen Robinson, Murad’s senior director of new product development.

Peace Out Retinol Eye Stick, best beauty products

Peace Out Retinol Eye Stick — $24.00

“The eyelids are one of the first areas to show early aging as this skin is thin in comparison to other areas of the face,” says Smita Ramanadham, MD, a double board-certified plastic surgeon. “This stick contains encapsulated retinol and is a great way to address fine lines and dark circles without the dryness and irritation that a traditional retinol is associated with.”

Theraplex Clear Lotion Spray

Theraplex Clear Lotion Spray — $19.00

This lotion spray, which is really more of a body oil, is a favorite of Deirdre Hooper, MD, a board-certified dermatologist in Louisiana. “When I’m feeling too lazy to get out of the shower and put on lotion in winter,” she says, “I’ll turn off the shower and apply Theraplex ClearLotion and then pat dry after.”

Paula's Choice Retinol Skin-Smoothing Body Treatment, best beauty products

Paula’s Choice Retinol Skin-Smoothing Body Treatment — $29.00

“Retinol body cream can help improve the evenness of the skin’s texture and soften the skin while also reducing the appearance of fine lines,” says David Petrillo, a cosmetic chemist and founder of Perfect Image, a beauty and skin-care company. This treatment contains 0.1 percent concentration of retinol, plus hydrating emollients and natural oils so you can use it without worrying about irritation.

Ilia Multi-Stick

Ilia Multi-Stick — $34.00

Perfet for adding color to your eyes, cheeks, and lips, this multi-stick is poised to become a staple in any makeup bag. It’s beloved by celebs like Cami Menders, Emma Watson, and Megan Fox, and pretty much all of our editors.

La Mer Crème de la Mer Moisturizer

La Mer Crème de la Mer Moisturizer — $95.00 to $530.00

If you’ve ever wondered if La Mer is really worth the hype, the answer is yes. If you’re looking to treat yourself to something really special, this is what you should get. It’s incredibly thick and creamy and will leave your skin feeling nourished and cared for.

Revision Skincare C+ Correcting Complex 30{5c5ba01e4f28b4dd64874166358f62106ea5bcda869a94e59d702fa1c9707720}, best beauty products

Revision Skincare C+ Correcting Complex 30{5c5ba01e4f28b4dd64874166358f62106ea5bcda869a94e59d702fa1c9707720} — $160.00

“I’ve used many, many, many vitamin Cs and I’ve never seen anything that helped my skin look healthy and at the same time, improve my pigment as much as Revision C+ Correcting C,” says Dr. Hooper. It mixes vitamin C and a peptide complex to help inhibit pigment production while leaving the skin with a radiant glow.

Kora Organics Noni Glow Face Oil

Kora Organics Noni Glow Face Oil — $25.00 to $68.00

This is the oil that Miranda Kerr swears by for helping here to seemingly age in reverse. “I’ve actually been using Noni Glow Face Oil since I was about 26 and feel like it was—and still is—a huge game-changer for me,” she says. “It smooths, nourishes, brightens, and helps even skin tone and texture. It’s my holy grail oil that I use religiously morning and night. I cannot go without it!”

Isdin Eryfotona Actinica, best beauty products

Isdin Eryfotona Actinica — $60.00

Derms never stop singing the praises of this sunscreen. It feels silky smooth and moisturizing when you rub it on your skin. It provides broad-spectrum SPF 50 protection with zinc oxide without leaving behind a white cast, making it perfect for skin of color.

Pat McGrath Labs Sublime Perfection Concealer

Pat McGrath Labs Sublime Perfection Concealer — $32.00

Because our skin naturally gets dryer as we age, it can be hard to find a concealer that applies to mature skin without creasing. This concealer from Pat McGrath is supremely creamy yet lightweight. Plus, it includes a vita-serum complex to moisturize and help fight the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

Ilia Super Serum Skin Tint SPF 40, best beauty products

Ilia Super Serum Skin Tint SPF 40 — $48.00

Fans of barely there makeup take note—this skin tint from Ilia is weightless and will give you that perfect your-skin-but-better look. It has a dewy finish, but is still good for all skin types.

IT Cosmetics Confidence in a Cream Hydrating Moisturizer

It Cosmetics Confidence in a Cream Hydrating Moisturizer — $18.00 to $49.00

“This neck cream is one of my favorites,” says Ramanadham. “Similar to the undereye, the neck typically shows early signs of aging because the skin is typically thinner than the remainder of the face. Few creams address this area specifically, so this is a winner all around. It contains ceramides that improve the skin barrier, hyaluronic acid to hydrate and plump the skin, and collagen to improve the skin’s texture, elasticity, and firmness.”

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