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April 2024

The 2024 TZR Beauty Groundbreakers Awards

Staying up to date with the latest beauty launches in 2024 is a full-time job. With so many bond-building hair treatments, wrinkle-smoothing serums, and pore-blurring foundations hitting virtual and physical shelves daily, brands are working overtime churning out countless innovations. Quite frankly, it’s nearly impossible to decipher which products are worthy of a coveted spot in your routine. For the inaugural TZR Beauty Groundbreakers Awards, we’re spotlighting the year’s most revolutionary products that live up to their lofty promises, along with cutting-edge in-office treatments that top skin care experts turn to for maximum impact with little downtime. Over several months, we enlisted our team of TZR editors, BDG staffers, and a panel of the industry’s top experts — from celebrity hairstylists to renowned dermatologists — to test 397 products for an entire month, then rate them based on ingredient innovation, formula technology, and sustainability initiatives in production and packaging. As the beauty industry continues to evolve and grow, we’re excited to put our seal of approval on a set of products and treatments that are in a league of their own.

Presenting the most groundbreaking beauty products of 2024. We hope you discover a new favorite … or a few.

The TZR Beauty Team

We Tested Hundreds Of Skin Care Products — These Are The 27 That Impressed Us Most

Your new favorites await.

by TZR Beauty Team
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Best Acne Treatment

SOFIE PAVITT FACE

Mandelic Clearing Serum

See On Sofie Pavitt Face

Best Brightening Serum

DR. IDRISS

Major Fade Hyper Serum

See On Dr. Idriss

Best Cleanser • Balm

NOBLE PANACEA

The Elemental Cleansing Balm & Exfoliating Refiner

See On Net-A-Porter

Best Cleanser • Cream

BIOLOGIQUE RECHERCHE

Lait S.R.

See On Biologique Recherche

Best Cleanser • Gel

U BEAUTY

The Mantle Skin Conditioning Wash

See On U Beauty

Best Do-It-All Serum

TATCHA

The Silk Serum

See On Tatcha

Best Essence

RHODE

Glazing Milk

See On Rhode

Best Exfoliator • Chemical

SHANI DARDEN

Triple Acid Signature Peel

See On Shani Darden

Best Exfoliator • Physical

ALASTIN

ReSURFACE Skin Polish

See On ALASTIN

Best Eye Cream

SULWHASOO

The Ultimate S Eye Cream

See On Sulwhasoo

Best Face Mask • Hydrating

ESTÉE LAUDER

Nutritious Melting Soft Creme/Mask Moisturizer

See On Estée Lauder

Best Face Mask • Firming

RÉVIVE SKINCARE

Fermitif Chin Contour Instant Tightening Peptide Mask

See On Nordstrom

Best Face Mist

ARQ BOTANICS

Refresh Facial Mist

See On Arq Botanics

Best Face Oil

RETROUVÉ

Balancing Face Oil

See On Retrouvé

Best Firming Serum

SWEET CHEMISTRY

Reparative Oil-Serum Infusion

See On Sweet Chemistry

Best Hydrating Serum

ELEMENT EIGHT

O2 Niacinamide Eight Active Serum

See On ELEMENT EIGHT

Best Moisturizer • Daytime

111SKIN

Repair Day Cream NAC Y2

See On Nordstrom

Best Moisturizer • Nighttime

CHANEL

Sublimage La Crème Texture Universelle

See On Chanel

Best Retinol

IS CLINICAL

Retinol+ Emulsion

See On Angela Caglia

Best Serum For Aging Skin

ANGELA CAGLIA

Cell Forté Serum

See On Angela Caglia

Best Skin Multitasker

DANUCERA

Cerabalm

See On Danucera

Best Chemical Sunscreen

E.L.F. SKIN

Suntouchable! Whoa Glow SPF 30

See On E.L.F.

Best Physical Sunscreen

PAVISE

Dynamic Age Defense SPF

See On Pavise

Best Toner

ALPYN BEAUTY

Pore Perfecting Liquid with 2% BHA + Borage

See On Sephora

Best Face Tool

THERABODY

Theraface Mask

See On Therabody

Best Skin Treatment

WESTMAN ATELIER

Skin Activator Rollerball

See On Westman Atelier

These Hair Care Products Make Achieving Your Favorite Styles A Breeze

No matter your type or texture.

by TZR Beauty Team
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Best Shampoo • Fine Hair

PAYOT

Cleansing & Microbiome-Friendly Solid Shampoo

See On Care To Beauty

Best Conditioner • Fine Hair

NEXXUS

Unbreakable Care Thickening Conditioner

See on Ulta

Best Treatment • Fine Hair

SPOILEDCHILD

A29 Shine Activator

See on SpoiledChild

Best Styling Product • Fine Hair

LIVING PROOF

Full Texturizing Foam

See on Ulta

Best Shampoo • Medium/Thick Hair

RŌZ

Foundation Shampoo

See On RŌZ

Best Conditioner • Medium/Thick Hair

LOLAVIE

Restorative Conditioner

See On Ulta

Best Treatment • Medium/Thick Hair

REDKEN

Acidic Bonding Concentrate 5-Min Liquid Mask

See On Redken

Best Styling Product • Medium/Thick Hair

VIRTUE LABS

Frizz Block Smoothing Spray

See On Virtue Labs

Best Shampoo • Curly Hair

SUPERZERO

Solid Shampoo for Curly + Extremely Frizzy Hair

See On Superzero

Best Conditioner • Curly Hair

DOVE

Love Those Bold Curls Defined Curls Sulfate-Free Co-Wash

See On Walmart

Best Treatment • Curly Hair

OUIDAD

Unbreakable Bonds Mixing Drops

See On Ouidad

Best Styling Product • Curly Hair

Carol’s Daughter

Born to Repair Defining Leave In Cream

Carol's Daughter

Best Conditioner • Textured Hair

BREAD BEAUTY SUPPLY

Baby-Soft Hair Conditioner

BREAD Beauty Supply

Best Conditioner • Textured Hair

hOURS

Day 7 Clarifying Shampoo

See On hOURS

Best Treatment • Textured Hair

PATTERN

Deep Scalp Detox

See On PATTERN

Best Styling Product • Textured Hair

Function of Beauty

Mane Moisture Styling Gel

See On Function of Beauty

Best Dry Shampoo

Olaplex

No.4D Clean Volume Detox Dry Shampoo

See On Olaplex

Best Scalp Treatment

Act + Acre

Microbiome Cooling Scalp Serum

See On Act + Acre

Best Hair Growth Product/Treatment

CURRENTBODY

CurrentBody Skin LED Hair Regrowth Device

See On CurrentBody

Best Hair Tool

DYSON

Airstrait

See On Dyson

20 New Makeup Products That Are In A League Of Their Own

Upgrade your personal kit.

by TZR Beauty Team
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Best Lightweight Foundation

MAKEUP BY MARIO

SurrealSkin Foundation

See On Makeup By Mario

Best Full-Coverage Foundation

YSL BEAUTY

All Hours Foundation

See On YSL Beauty

Best Skin Tint

KEYS SOULCARE

It's Like Skin 2-In-1 Concealer & Tint

See On Keys Soulcare

Best Concealer

DIOR

Forever Skin Correct Concealer

See On Dior

Best Contour

MAKE Beauty

Skin Mimetic Microsuede Bronzer

See On MAKE Beauty

Best Blush

AMI COLÉ

Desert Date Cream Multistick

See On Sephora

Best Cream Highlighter

KJH.Brand

Hyper Shine High Lite Kit

See On KJH.Brand

Best Powder Highlighter

SAIE

Glow Sculpt Multi-Use Cream Highlighting Blush

See On Sephora

Best Eyeshadow

ADDICTION TOKYO

The Eyeshadow

See On ADDICTION TOKYO

Best Eyeliner

LISA ELDRIDGE

Seamless Glide Eye Pencil

See On Lisa Eldridge

Best Brow Gel

Live Tinted

HUEBROW Clear Setting Gel

See On Live Tinted

Best Brow Pencil

MILK MAKEUP

KUSH Brow Shadow Stick

See On Sephora

Best Lip Gloss/Stain

REFY

Lip Gloss

See On Sephora

Best Lipstick

HOURGLASS COSMETICS

Unlocked Satin Crème Lipstick

See On Hourglass

Best Makeup Multitasker

VALENTINO BEAUTY

Liquirosso 2 in 1 Lip & Blush Soft Matte Color

See On Sephora

Best Makeup Primer

GLOW RECIPE

Strawberry BHA Pore-Smooth Blur Drops

See On Glow Recipe

Best Makeup Remover

FENTY BEAUTY

Melt Awf Jelly Oil Makeup-Melting Cleanser

See On Fenty Beauty

Best Mascara

THRIVE CAUSEMETICS

Liquid Lash Volumizer Mascara

See On Thrive Causemetics

Best Setting Powder

CIELE

Filter & PROTECT SPF 30+ Finishing & Setting Powder

See On Sephora

Best Setting Spray

BEAUTYBLENDER

BOOST 4-in-1 Firming Peptide Setting Spray

See On Sephora

Award-Winning Fragrances That Will Become Your New Signature Scent

Prepare for endless compliments.

by TZR Beauty Team
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Best Floral Fragrance

GUCCI

The Alchemist's Garden Where My Heart Beats Eau de Parfum

See On Nordstrom

Best Fruity/Gourmand Fragrance

RABANNE

Fame Eau de Parfum

See On Rabanne

Best Skin Scent Fragrance

ELLIS BROOKLYN

Vanilla Milk Eau de Parfum

See On Ellis Brooklyn

Best Spicy Fragrance

RELEVANT: YOUR SKIN SEEN

13 Stems Eau de Parfum: Scent Meets Soul

See On Thirteen Lune

Best Woodsy Fragrance

FUTURE SOCIETY

Invisible Woods Eau de Parfum

See On Future Society

Best Candle

ESKER

Travertine Plantable Candle

See On Esker

The Best Nail Products To Level Up Your At-Home Manicures

From classic red polish to realistic press-ons.

by TZR Beauty Team
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Best Base Coat

ESSIE

Hard To Resist Advanced Nail Strengthener

See On Essie

Best Clean Nail Polish

DEBORAH LIPPMANN

Gel Lab Pro Nail Polish

See On Deborah Lippmann

Best Bold/Bright Nail Polish

NAILS. INC.

Naked In Neon 4-Piece Nail Polish Set

See On Nails. INC.

Best Cuticle Oil

CHILLHOUSE

On The Mend

See On Chillhouse

Best Long-Lasting, Chip-Proof Nail Polish

OLIVE & JUNE

Quick Dry Nail Polish

See On Olive & June

Best Neutral Nail Polish

GITTI

Nail Glaze

See On Gitti

Best Press-On Nails

UUUUU

Venom x Uuuuu

See On Uuuuu

Best Red Nail Polish

DIOR

Dior Vernis in 999 Rouge

See On Dior

Best Top Coat

LIGHTS LACQUER

Totally Gelly Air Dry Top Coat

See On Lights Lacquer

The Best In-Office Treatments For The Most Common Skin Concerns

Effective with minimal downtime.

by TZR Beauty Team
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About the Experts

Stephanie Stone

Nail Artist
Manicurist Stephanie Stone is as equally renowned for her flawless artistry and intricate design as she is for her friendly personality. Stephanie’s celebrity clients include Miley Cyrus, Lili Reinhart, and Billie Eilish, to name a few. She has collaborated with celebrated photographers, including David Sims, Emma Summerton, and Hedi Slimane, and her fashion editorial clients include international Vogue, Teen Vogue, and Elle. She has worked on major campaigns for Saint Laurent, Dior, and Michael Kors. Nail art is a particular specialty of hers — Stephanie is in truth an illustrator with the nail as her canvas, a skill she has translated into partnerships with various brands such as Disney, Vans, and NCLA. Beyond this, her professionalism and uncanny eye have led to partnerships with Essie, Chanel, OPI, and Christian Louboutin.

Takisha Sturdivant-Drew

Celebrity Hairstylist
Aside from being a supermom to her adorable twin boys and a loving wife to her husband, Takisha Sturdivant-Drew is also an award-winning celebrity hairstylist, savvy entrepreneur, and proud owner of a flourishing business, TSD Hair Extensions. She is also in IATSE Local Union 706, working on movies and TV shows as a head of the hair department. Her journey began at 18, styling hair in high-end salons, where she quickly made a name for herself and expanded her horizons into the beauty industry.

Reece Walker

Celebrity Hair Colorist & Stylist
Reece Walker is a New York-based celebrity hair colorist and stylist with a career that spans more than 20 years and multiple continents. His styling work can be seen on some of the world’s most influential actresses and celebrities, including Victoria Beckham, Bella Hadid, Miranda Kerr, Eva Longoria, Poppy Delevingne, Sara Bareilles, and fashion doyenne Carine Roitfeld. Known for his signature bright blond coloring technique, Reece has color clients including Christine Baranski, Olivia Amato, Serena Samuela, and Kendall Toole. Reece has been a prominent personality backstage at London, New York, and Paris fashion weeks for brands like Michael Kors and Tom Ford. In 2024, he accepted global ambassadorship roles for Epres Beauty and Guy Tang Mydentity, and he recently worked alongside Guido Palau to launch his first collection for Zara’s new hair care line.

Kirin Bhatty

Celebrity Makeup Artist
Kirin Bhatty spends her time between New York and L.A. She is a celebrity makeup artist who is known for her emphasis on glowing skin and a lit-from-within look. Jenny Slate, Kate Mara, Ayo Edebiri, Geraldine Viswanathan, Beanie Feldstein, Rupi Kaur, and Auli’i Cravalho are among her clients.

Dr. Blair Murphy-Rose

Cosmetic & Medical Dermatologist
Dr. Blair Murphy-Rose, M.D., FAAD, is a top cosmetic and medical dermatologist in New York City and a clinical instructor of dermatology at NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center. Rose specializes in facial rejuvenation and is an expert in the treatment and detection of medical conditions including skin cancer, acne, rosacea, eczema, and psoriasis. She is the founder of Skincare Junkie hypoallergenic, uncompromising, clean skin care.She has been published in peer-reviewed journals, including the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology, Dermatology Surgery, and Pediatric Dermatology, and has been featured in numerous publications as a medical expert.

Dr. Dara Liotta

Facial Plastic Surgeon
Dr. Dara Liotta, M.D., FACS, is board-certified in both ear, nose, and throat (ENT) and facial plastic surgery. Her practice, located on the Upper East Side of Manhattan, focuses mainly on rhinoplasty and complex revision rhinoplasty. She maintains offices in both New York and Dubai, with a surgical license in Dubai, and has participated in cleft lip, cleft palate, and facial reconstructive medical missions worldwide with Medical Missions for Children.

Mali Thomas

Celebrity Makeup Artist
Mali Thomas, also known as Mali Magic, is a beauty educator and founder well-versed in working with all skin tones, but she has emerged into an omnipresent activist through the her #DewyBrownGirl project on Instagram. This continuum of relentless representation ensures women of color receive equitable opportunities within the beauty industry. With an expansive body of work extending over many years, she has curated a system that magnifies overall health and restoration of the skin. Her “wellness first” approach has garnered the trust of notable luminaries and inclusive cosmetic brands. Prior to notable pursuits, she studied visual arts acquiring a masters in fine arts. She resides in Los Angeles and Atlanta with her husband and sons.

Dr. Melissa Kanchanapoomi Levin

Dermatologist
Dr. Melissa Kanchanapoomi Levin, M.D., is a board-certified dermatologist, founder and medical director of Entière Dermatology, and clinical assistant professor of dermatology at the Mount Sinai Icahn School of Medicine. As a recognized leader in her field, she serves on the advisory boards; consults for multiple leading skin care, beauty, and dermatological pharmaceutical companies; shares her expertise at multiple national and international conferences; and serves as a reviewer for top dermatologic peer-reviewed journals. Known for her honesty, she has become a trusted go-to voice for major media outlets for dermatology and beauty.

Dr. Michelle Henry

Dermatologist
Dr. Michelle Henry, M.D., FAAD, is an international speaker, trainer, and author. As a board-certified dermatologist and dermatologic surgeon, she has established herself as a prominent figure in the industry. She serves as the CEO and founder of Skin & Aesthetic Surgery of Manhattan, as well as the founder of The Henry Research Group. In addition to her private practice, she holds the position of clinical instructor of dermatology at Weill Cornell Medical College. She specializes in general dermatology, Mohs micrographic surgery, and cosmetic surgery. Additionally, she actively serves on multiple medical boards, conducts FDA clinical trials, and is a member of the product validation board at L’Oréal. She is a distinguished fellow of the American Academy of Dermatology, American Society of Dermatologic Surgery, and American College of Mohs Surgery.

Photographs: Chelsea Kyle

Set Designer: Emma Chao

Photo Director: Alex Pollack

Editor in Chief: Kathy Lee

Executive Beauty Director: Faith Xue

SVP Creative: Karen Hibbert