Burt’s Bees Lip Balm With Blueberry And Dark Chocolate ($4; burtsbees.com)
“This smells and tastes like a piece of expensive gourmet chocolate,” gushed one tester. It’s a darn good lip balm to boot: “Great moisturizer, long lasting”; “Never felt tacky”; “My lip condition improved while I used this.”
What hooked the testers: This product provided ample volume but didn’t clump or smear (many lash-fattening formulas do). A few specifics: “Kept my lashes from clumping; loved the brush design”; “Product went on easily, was not goopy and did not cause lashes to clump”; and, finally, “Didn’t smear and made my lashes look both fuller and longer.”
A hybrid of lip balm and lipstick, this formula (and the Sheer Pink Lust shade) was unanimously beloved. “Gorgeous color—would look good on anyone—and my lips felt so smooth and hydrated,” said one. “Just the right amount of pigment without feeling heavy,” said another.
Maybelline Volum’ Express The Falsies Big Eyes Mascara ($10; maybelline.com)
Dual ended, this mascara has one jumbo, fluffy brush for top lashes and a tighter, narrower wand for grabbing and coating the shorter fringe on the lower lash line. Testers loved the versatility, which led one woman to reconsider her morning routine. “I rarely put mascara on my lower lashes because I end up with raccoon eyes,” she said.“But the little brush doesn’t over-deposit color, so there is less smearing.”
Nuance By Salma Hayek Brightening Hand Cream ($10; cvs.com)
Our Opinionistas raved about how good this hand cream smelled, how quickly it was absorbed and how much they liked using it. “I kept the tube on my desk at work so I could reach for it throughout the day,” said one. The cream also promises to help fade age spots, a claim we couldn’t fairly test because of our deadlines (testers used the products for only several weeks; noticeable fading usually takes about three months). Even so, one tester said her skin tone looked more even.
Who doesn’t love gleaming hair? This shine-enhancing styler delivers that—and more. Thanks to a mix of oils, a spritz will boost hair’s moisture and prevent breakage. Testers of all hair types were pleased. “I loved that this had a superfine mist so the application was really light. Fine-haired types needn’t worry about overdoing it,” explained one.
L’Oréal Paris Age Perfect Glow Renewal Face Oil ($25; drugstore.com)
Face oils, a surprisingly nongreasy way to hydrate, were until now something you could find only at department stores and beauty boutiques. But this new L’Oréal product, a cocktail of eight essential oils, is bringing all that deluxe dewiness to drugstores. For our testers, the product was a winner. A typical verdict: “This oil delivers—it eliminates dry skin and gives just a touch of shine.”