Beauty Products That Deliver
Sephora Collection Long Lasting 12 HR Wear Eyeliner
This long-lasting eyeliner got the top score for longevity in GHRI tests. Sephora Collection's Long Lasting Eyeliner ($12, (amazon.com) proved the most smudge-proof, looking almost perfect after six hours in our lab evaluation, and our consumer testers gave it high scores for lasting all day too. Plus, in 13 fun shades, this liquid liner is sure to suit any look or mood.
Lumene Vitamin C+ Illuminating Anti-Age BB Cream SPF 20
BB creams are ambitious beauty products, making a wide range of claims from evening skin tone to covering imperfections. Lumene's Illuminating BB Cream ($14.99, amazon.com) really brought the benefits in GHRI tests, moisturizing more than any other product in the BB cream bunch and doing a great job improving the look of skin in the process. This top performer comes in only two shades, but we found that it blended well with a wide range of complexions.
Estée Lauder Double Wear Light Stay-in-Place Makeup SPF 10 Foundation
Looking for coverage that will last through the work day? Estée Lauder Double Wear Foundation ($33.50, amazon.com) was the only one to last a full nine hours in GHRI tests. Our volunteers praised this "lightweight" formula for lasting from morning until night too, though some had trouble finding a good match as it only comes in six shades.
Joico K-Pak Protect & Shine Serum
A nice scent and pleasant texture are all well and good, but there's only one thing you really want from an anti-frizz serum: frizz-fighting power. Luckily Joico K-Pak Protect & Shine Serum ($17.50, amazon.com) has all three. This formula was the only one in our tests to earn perfect scores for keeping hair manageable in humid conditions, and our volunteers were big fans of its easy application too.
Crest 3D White Professional Effects Whitestrips with Advanced Seal Technology
The only product to lighten teeth multiple shades, Crest 3D White Professional Effects Whitestrips ($49.99, amazon.com) was a real standout. These strips will take dedication — application is for 30 minutes over 20 days — but many of our consumer testers started to see a difference in less than a week. The best boost in our test? An impressive four shades whiter with this formula.
Maybelline New York Great Lash Waterproof Mascara
This drugstore staple came the closest to a perfect score for being smudge-proof in GHRI tests. Our volunteers also gave Maybelline's Waterproof Mascara ($6.16, amazon.com) high marks for staying put, but some complained that the formula was harder than they would have liked to remove at the end of the day.
Clinique Pore Refining Solutions Instant Perfector
Pores are notoriously tricky to minimize, so it was even more impressive that our top performer, Clinique Pore Refining Solutions Instant Perfector ($18, amazon.com), managed to improve the look of skin in our tests. This instant formula made pores look noticeably smaller after application. Plus, our volunteers gave this formula high marks for improving skin tone too!