Shining stars: The top 10 cosmetic products to hit the scene in 2015
Forget movies and albums, what we really want to know is what were this year's best beauty launches. Katie Wright runs down the 10 must-buys of the last 12 months
That H&M alone debuted more than 700 new beauty products over the last 12 months hints at the scale of an industry that churns out a staggering number of new creams, colours and concoctions every year.
Even for beauty writers, it can be hard to keep up. But, on the other hand, the vast profusion of product means that when something fantastic arrives on the scene, it really stands out.
From super sun cream to a truly eye-opening mascara, these are the cosmetic stars that shone this year.
10. Clarins Sun Care Radiant Oil Spray High Protection UVB/UVA 30, £19.50 (www.clarins.co.uk)
A non-greasy sun oil is hard to find, but Clarins nailed it with this lightweight factor 30 spray, which sinks in rapidly, leaving skin smooth but not slippery. Packed with exotic actives like Indonesian Nyamplung oil, it already smells like a week in the Maldives, and can be used to protect hair too.
9. Boucleme Curl Cleanser, £15; Curl Conditioner, £17; and Curl Defining Gel, £15 (www.boucleme.co.uk).
Okay, so technically it comprises three products, but this trio is such a life saver for curly-haired girls (and guys), it would be a crime to split them up. Created by a reformed straightener, the combination of non-foaming shampoo, silky conditioner and scrunchable gel will make you fall in love with your curls all over again.
8. Origins KissZing, £16.50 (www.origins.co.uk)
Striking the perfect balance between pigmentation and moisture is a tall order, but these twist-up crayons have hit the nail on the tinted lip balm head. From the coveted 'your lips but better' Rosemance to the deep raspberry of Begonia Blush, the six shades are perfect daywear wardrobe for your lips.
7. MAC Viva Glam Miley Cyrus Lipstick, £15.50 (www.mac-cosmetics.co.uk)
If a bright red lippy is a mainstay of your make-up routine, you've got to get your hands on a MAC Viva Glam Miley Cyrus II before the limited-edition lippy disappears. Combining a zingy red-orange hue and the perfect suede-like texture, it's what lipstick dreams are made of. In fact, you'd better get two.
6. Nails Inc Paint Can, £10 (www.nailsinc.com)
Gasps of, 'Why has this not been invented sooner?!' were heard around the world when Nails Inc unveiled their super-easy spray-on nail varnish in silver and hot pink. Our only complaint? It's so darn popular they can't keep it in stock long enough.
5. Nars Dual-Intensity Blush in Frenzy, £30 (www.nars-cosmetics.co.uk)
With a shimmering, almost metallic texture and wet or dry formula, Nars twinset blushers offer endless possibilities, from a gentle flush of colour to bold, cheekbone-enhancing contouring. We love the coral and gold combo of Frenzy for a pearly-peach glow.
4. Marc Jacobs Decadence Eau de Parfum, £41 for 30ml, (www.johnlewis.com)
Don't be deceived by the ridiculously cute bottle: this is anything but a case of style over substance. The designer's latest juice is an intoxicating blend of amber, plum and vetiver, and a far cry from his recent propensity for prim, girly florals.
3. Soap & Glory Speed Plump Overnight Miracle Moisture Mousse, £14 (www.soapandglory.com)
If you think that a hefty dose of hydration can only come from a thick, unctuous cream, think again: Speed Plump mousse is about as airy as Angel Delight but still delivers intense hydration. The whipped night cream snuggles up to your epidermis and stays put, so your skin retains that squidgy just-moisturised feeling from dusk 'til dawn. Pair it with the Speed Plump Day Cream for round-the-clock radiance.
2. BareMinerals Complexion Rescue Tinted Hydrating Gel Cream, £26 (www.bareminerals.co.uk)
In the past, tinted moisturisers were either: A) not moisturising enough; B) not tinted enough, or C) both. But in 2015, BareMinerals unleashed a game-changer that magically ticked every box. Providing gorgeously dewy coverage (in 10 shades), a surge of non-greasy hydration, plus SPF 30, Complexion Rescue caused converts to abandon not one but three separate products (day cream, sun cream and foundation), every morning. Unlike traditional formulas, it's oil-free and water soluble, encapsulating super-moisturiser squalane in mineral-infused water. No wonder clinical trials showed 100% of women experienced an improvement in skin tone after just one week.
1. Benefit Roller Lash Super-curling & Lifting Mascara, £19.50 (www.benefitcosmetics.co.uk)
It was something of a banner year for mascaras, with much-hyped new releases from a bunch of big name brands, but by far and away the best was Benefit's curvy beauty. With its patented pink Hook'n'Roll brush, Roller Lash uses imperceptibly tiny grips to yank lashes (gently) skywards, faking wide-eyed innocence on even the guiltiest face.
"We successfully solved the lash dilemma of millions of gals all over the world," explains Benefit executive vice president Julie Bell.
"We created a universal mascara that delivers super-curling and lifting performance for every lash - no matter how short, straight or thin." Roller Lash was the top-selling mascara in the month it launched - you could practically hear the clatter of thousands of eyelash curlers being cast aside for good.