The beautiful thing about, well... beauty? Its iterations are unique to everyone. My Friday night happy hour lipstick and sparkly eyeshadow combination, for example, might be someone else's midday grocery store run. Contouring might be a foreign concept to you, while your best friend can't live without her chiseled cheekbones and chin. But no matter your aesthetic, artistry at any level is only achievable with quality products. The year's best new luxury makeup goods speak to that very fact, as they run the gamut of staples required for any beginner, intermediate, or advanced look.
The Zoe Report's editors and our panel of experts dedicated weeks on end to testing the most blendable foundations, pigmented palettes, hydrating lip balms, gleaming highlights, and prettiest lipsticks on the market. While the team has an array of preferences regarding beauty, the common denominator rests in the fact that wearability is key. Fenty Beauty Pro Filt'r Hydrating Longwear Foundation — our winner for best base product — features grapeseed oil for all-day moisture. Same with EM Cosmetics Color Drops Serum Blush, which contains hyaluronic acid, squalane, and vitamin E in its formula. Makeup might mean something different depending on who you ask, but comfort is something that anyone can agree on.
Check out 2019's TZR Beauty Award-winning makeup products:
Kosas Kosasport LipFuel Hyaluronic Lip Balm
"This super hydrating lip balm features a unique combination of konjac root, hyaluronic acid, and wild mint. The gel-like konjac root (which you might recognize from skincare konjac sponges!) works to anchor the hyaluronic spheres to the lips so they can do their work. The fresh mint scent is energizing and soothing. The component is a sleek oval tube that fits perfectly in your pocket. It comes untinted or in two universally flattering shades." — Cindy Deily, Sephora's VP of Skincare Merchandising
Supergoop! Shimmershade Illuminating Cream Eyeshadow
"This is one of the first eyeshadows with SPF 30 and it has a great long-wearing, creamy formula. Formulating a high SPF product with great aesthetics can be a challenge, so I applaud them for being able to deliver both." — Ron Robinson, Cosmetic Chemist
Gucci Makeup Rouge À Lèvres Voile Lipstick
"Super subtle color and not at all sticky (which I loveee). [It's] great for an everyday, no-makeup makeup look." — Shelby Hyde, TZR Shopping News Editor
EM Cosmetics Color Drops Serum Blush In Sunset Sky
"Love! I love the glossy effect. This product works perfectly with my natural beat. This glossy blush took my natural makeup look up three notches. Also, I love the color — the perfect color for my skin tone." — Ryan Gale, TZR Fashion Market Assistant
Fenty Beauty Pro Filt'r Hydrating Longwear Foundation
"Obsessed with this — it's definitely high coverage, but it sits nicely on the skin!" — Lauren Caruso, TZR Site Director
Chanel Baume Essentiel Multi-Use Glow Stick
"If you're into easy, dewy skin, then this glow stick is perfect for you. It's ridiculously easy to apply, and melts into the skin without much manipulation. I usually just blend it in with the warmth of my fingertips — and in a matter of seconds, at that." — Khalea Underwood, TZR Beauty Editor