Best In Black Beauty: Ones To Watch

ESSENCE beauty editors can’t stop gabbing about their favorite new goods...those with real staying power.


ESSENCE.COM Apr, 15, 2015

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“Thirty years ago, pigment-rich eye shadows put Make Up For Ever on the map. This latest collection—five finishes and 198 shades!!!—is next-level amazing.” —Nykia Spradley, Beauty Editor

$21 each,

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“Bravo to CoverGirl for delivering a fashion-forward color range of glosses that wear beautifully.” —Pamela Edwards Christiani, Beauty & Style Director

$8 each, Walmart. Available in 9 shades.

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“The colors are fun, the glide is smooth and the formula remains crease-free all day long.” —Andrea Jordan, Beauty Assistant

$25 each, Sephora. Available in 25 shades.

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“This at-home system [available in 36 shades] can self-correct smudges and dents days after your manicure.” —Andrea

$10 each, Target

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“Finally, a foolproof brow tool that thickens and defines in a sweep. The result? Serious brow envy from my friends.”—Andrea

$8, Rite Aid. Available in 3 shades.

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“The two-in-ones pop perfectly on our skin and the velvety texture blends seamlessly. I carry at least one with me at all times.” -Nykia

$10 each, Walmart. Available in 5 shades.

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“With 10 brushes and 3 shape options, it distributes color precisely and softly. After one use, you’ll wonder how you ever lived with traditional makeup brushes.” —Nykia


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“Dove’s new Quench line brings my natural curls to life with moisture, body and shine.” —Andrea

$5 each, Target

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“This treatment literally works miracles. I’ve used it on both new and old scars with noticeable results. It’s perfect for clumsies like me.” —Andrea

$35, 1.7 oz, Walgreens

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“Rarely do I finish a bottle of anything, but this serum was an exception. All of my issues (uneven skin tone and texture, lack of radiance) improved, quickly.”—Pamela

$115, 1.7 oz,

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“Body serums penetrate and treat the skin just like a facial serum does. Vaseline is genius for giving us a drugstore version that rivals the best.” —Pamela

$8, Walmart

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“This spray totally transforms dry locks in a flash, without any buildup.” —Pamela

$12, Walgreens

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“When my hair needs a shine and moisture refresh, this instantly does the trick.” —Nykia

$5, Sally Beauty

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“This is my next-gen de-puff solution. Pop the pods in the freezer, then lay on eyes to banish bags.” —Nykia

$50, Sephora

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“Steam is a curly girl’s best friend, so I appreciate SoftSheen’s system, especially the mask, which leaves my hair with a soft, smooth finish.” —Andrea

$18, Sally Beauty

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Now I get why the Europeans love Micellar water. It’s the lazy girl’s solution for cleansing and makeup removal, without stripping the skin.” —Pamela

$8, CVS