As any beauty editor will attest, a great complexion is the foundation of a covetable beauty look. That's why, as part of The Zoe Report's second annual Beauty Awards, we've compiled 2019's best new luxury skincare products to aid you in your quest to find the best formulas for you. And yes, as implied by the word "luxury," you might have to shell out a little extra in favor of these high-octane benefits, but trust us when we say these are the best of the best.
For weeks, TZR editors tested and reviewed 2019's biggest skincare launches, taking note of what they loved, what they'd try again, and what they'd recommend to others. We also tapped experts like Cindy Deily, Sephora's vice president of skincare merchandising, celebrity makeup artist Jo Baker, and dermatologist Joshua Zeichner to weigh in on the best and most brightening moisturizers, masks, and more. Plus, these industry pros are able to share insights into the trendy formulas that have staying power and innovative new ingredients that are changing the game. "Advancements in cosmetic formulation technology have brought a host of new serums which can maintain stability for longer and deliver higher concentrations of active ingredients," Zeichner tells TZR, reinforcing the benefit of shopping the newest releases.
Here are the products that represent the freshest cream of the skincare crop, pun most definitely intended. See what experts and editors had to say about each TZR Beauty Awards skincare winner.
Eighteen B Revitalizing Hydrogel Moisturizer
"One of the most innovative new launches is the Eighteen B Revitalizing Hydrogel Moisturizer. This light, gel moisturizer uses an innovative silk protein as both a barrier and a carrier. The silk itself forms a breathable, protective seal over the skin, and at the same time helps deliver active ingredients like hyaluronic acid and squalane to the skin." — Dr. Joshua Zeichner, Dermatologist
Tatcha The Silk Peony Melting Eye Cream
"This eye cream is the dreamiest texture ever — sort of a cushiony balm — that is packed with incredible ingredients and really delivers results. Tatcha’s Japanese labs really outdid themselves with this one. Combining silk extract, Japanese white peony extract, and Tatcha’s proprietary Hadasei-3 complex, The Silk Peony delivers amazing hydration and smooths the eye area, while reducing the look of fine lines and wrinkles, providing powerful antioxidant protection to guard against future damage, and perfectly priming the under-eye area for makeup application. I’m lucky enough to get advance lab samples of new product launches, and this was one of the few of which I had to request additional samples before the launch because I found myself unable to live without it!" — Cindy Deily, Sephora's VP of Skincare Merchandising
Saint Jane Luxury CBD Beauty Serum
"Face oils are no longer a new thing, so it takes an act of near-magic to get skincare [enthusiasts] to obsess over a new face oil these days. Saint Jane has managed to do just that with this divine combination of 500mg of the highest quality full-spectrum CBD, and 20 powerful botanicals. This 100% natural oil-serum is lightweight, absorbs like a dream, and immediately nourishes and smooths the skin, delivering deep hydration, pore detoxification, and boosting glow. It is produced in small batches with an obsessive focus on quality. A little really goes a long way — two or three drops is plenty for your whole face and neck! I also love that Saint Jane is a small, female-founded and owned company, and that all of their products are made in California with sustainably-sourced, organically grown ingredients, and they use only the best U.S.-cultivated hemp." — Deily
Weleda Sensitive Care Cleansing Lotion
"This one of my favorite skincare discoveries this year. I have extremely sensitive skin, as do many of my clients, and this cream cleanser has made makeup removal a far less arduous experience. Every night whether I have been wearing makeup or not, I sit down for a few minutes and use this calming, cold-creamy cleanser to massage and wipe away the day's dirt and build-up. Once finished, I take a warm cloth and gently compress and steam my face, and afterwards my skin is clean, hydrated, and most importantly, not aggravated. For anyone who suffers from easily irritated skin, this cleanser is a must." — Jo Baker, makeup artist
Guerlain Abeille Royale Honey Cataplasm Mask
"I did this mask before bed last night, woke up with goddess skin this morning. This is luxury." — Margaret Wheeler Johnson, BDG Director of Special Projects
Drunk Elephant Lala Retro Whipped Cream Moisturizer
"Love the rich, creamy texture. I put it on at night, and felt like it absorbed well into my skin." — Aemilia Madden, TZR Senior Fashion Editor
Tom Ford Research Serum Concentrate
"I loved this. My skin could beat the Sahara Desert on dryness any day, and I was seriously blown away by how soft this left my normally patchy-feeling skin." — Theresa Massony, Elite Daily Senior Style Editor