2014's Best Beauty Buys (& A Few 2015 Ones To Get Excited For)

Photo: Courtesy of Kevyn Aucoin.
We love beauty launches here at R29. In fact, we count down the minutes to when we can get our hands on a new favorite lipstick or night cream. There are so many of 'em, though, that it can be easy to forget which shiny, new toy came out when.
Plus, 2014 was a huge year for beauty: We saw major lines take off, luxury brands test the waters of skin care, and technologies emerge that we thought were years away.
Luckily, we kept track of it all. If you need a refresher, we've rounded up our favorite launches from the past year for you to feast your eyes on. But, make sure you're paying attention: We've also sprinkled in a handful of upcoming 2015 releases that we can't wait to test-drive.
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Here's to a rad (and gorgeous) new year.
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Photo: Courtesy of Estée Lauder.
Estée Lauder's new batch of lip color proved that quality swipe-and-go products are the wave of the future. High-pigment and long-lasting, these were the ultimate apply-and-forget lipsticks of 2014.

Estée Lauder Pure Color Envy Sculpting Lipstick, $30, available at Sephora.
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Photo: Courtesy of Gucci.
It's hard to reinvent black eyeliner, but that's pretty much what Gucci did this year. This pencil slides on easily, remains malleable for smudging and blending for 30 seconds, and then sets into a won't-go-anywhere line.

Gucci Impact Long Wear Eye Pencil, $32, available at Gucci.
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Photo: Courtesy of Shu Uemura.
If you're hoping to close out 2014 with a mascara that lengthens, volumizes, and separates, look no further than Shu Uemura's Petal Lash. Our beauty director said it gave her "Disney-princess lashes." 'Nuff said.

Shu Uemura Petal Lash Mascara, $28, available at Shu Uemura.
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Photo: Courtesy of Rita Hazan.
Before Rita Hazan's mousses, you had to haul to the salon to get a good gloss. Now, you can keep your hair vibrant in the comfort of your own shower. How's that for innovation?

Rita Hazan Ultimate Shine Gloss, $26, available at Rita Hazan.
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Photo: Courtesy of Laneige.
Instead of the typical dense, creamy night masks that exist on the market, Laneige's is a cooling gel. We've been slathering it on whenever our skin is in need of some serious TLC (so, often).

Laneige Water Sleeping Mask, $23, available at Target.
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Photo: Courtesy of Purely Perfect.
Whether or not you're on Team No 'Poo, the movement got some serious play this year. That's why we were so excited to try this cleanser, which we subsequently fell in love with. No suds and no soap — just the cleanest, softest hair you've ever had.

Purely Perfect Cleansing Creme, $40, available at Purely Perfect.
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Courtesy of & Other Stories.
When & Other Stories opened stateside, it was pretty hard not to spend our entire paycheck there. Its standout line was, without a doubt, Cotton Care, which uses cottonseed oil to hydrate and nourish.

& Other Stories Cotton Care Gift Set, $35, available at & Other Stories.
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Photo: Courtesy of Surratt.
Makeup artist Troy Surratt changed the brush game this year with his new line: These are the softest, most luxe brushes your skin has ever come in contact with. That's a promise.

Surratt Medium Sculpting Brush, $90, available at Barneys New York.
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Photo: Courtesy of By Terry.
By Terry's Baume de Rose was already a cult favorite. This year, the brand released the tinted version of everyone's favorite balm.

By Terry Baume de Rose Nutri-Couleur, $56, available at Space NK.
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Photo: Courtesy of Clinique.
Fans of Clinique's Chubby Sticks had a lot to celebrate this year. The brand came out with a cheek version of its cult-favorite lipstick.

Clinique Chubby Stick Moisturizing Cheek Color Balm, $21, available at Nordstrom.
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Photo: Courtesy of Bite Beauty.
We were floored when we first tried Bite's Matte Crème Lip Crayon. This pigment sticks to your lips and doesn't come off — and it's available in the most vibrant shades out there.

Bite Beauty Matte Crème Lip Crayon, $24, available at Sephora.
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Photo: Courtesy of NARS.
Just when you thought NARS couldn't get any radder, the brand dropped a line of lipsticks so intense and gorgeous, our jaws hit the floor. And, it tapped Charlotte Rampling to be the face of the collection.

NARS Audacious Lipstick, $32, available at NARS.
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Photo: Courtesy of Lancôme.
This mascara is innovative because of its curved brush, which is specially designed to work with the contours of your face — making application a snap.

Lancôme Grandiôse Mascara, $32, available at Lancôme.
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Photo: Courtesy of Nudestix.
NudeStix took a concept — all-pencil everything — and ran with it, delivering it in beautiful packaging. Concealers, blushes, eyeliners, and lip colors all come in pencil form, with their own detachable sharpeners. Talk about on-the-go beauty.

Nudestix Concealer Pencil, $24, available at Beautylish.
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Courtesy of Charlotte Tilbury.
Charlotte Tilbury's makeup line is an overall slam dunk, but Wonderglow is one of our favorites. The primer adds a serious dose of shine, which is pretty much everything we could ever want from it.

Charlotte Tilbury Wonderglow, $52, available at Charlotte Tilbury.
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Courtesy of R+Co.
R+Co is paving the way for a new perspective on hair care, acting as a collective of hairstylists that allows pros to lend the brand their expertise and help develop products. This color conditioner is "colorblind" — great for hair of any hue.

R+Co Gemstone Color Conditioner, $25, available at R+Co.
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Photo: Courtesy of Love + Salt.
Sure, Love + Salt's mist is perfect for creating volumized, beachy waves. But, this bottle won 2014 by also being a body mist. The Himalayan pink salt hydrates and nourishes your skin, making this the ultimate two-in-one product.

Love + Salt Beach Hair and Body Mist, $24, available at Olivine.
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Photo: Courtesy of Space NK.
Poppy King, the beauty and brains behind Lipstick Queen, has created the gold standard in crave-worthy lip pigments. Her Silver Screen Collection, which was inspired by the ladies of the cinema, delivers a high-hue gloss that we couldn't stop swatching this year.

Lipstick Queen Silver Screen Collection, $50 each, available at Space NK.
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Photo: Courtesy of Christian Louboutin.
Christian Louboutin's first polish collection had us talking from day one. But, it was the shoe genius' impeccable take on nudes that really won us over. The line covers a wide spectrum, ranging from pale-ivory to deep chocolate-brown.

Christian Louboutin The Nudes Nail Colour, $50, available at Nordstrom.
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Photo: Courtesy of Dior.
Dior took the stigma out of anti-aging products this year by rolling out a line marketed to all ages. Dreamskin improves skin tone and texture, making it a must-have, no matter how old you are.

Dior Capture Totale Dreamskin, $110, available at Sephora.
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Photo: Courtesy of Smith & Cult.
What happens when the creator of Hard Candy comes back with a luxe line of polishes? We want just about every single one, naturally.

Smith & Cult Nailed Lacquers, $18 each, available at Smith & Cult.
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Photo: Courtesy of Talika.
Talika's mask is a chemical peel and microdermabrasion in one product. It works to help fade your acne scars, reduce wrinkles, and plump your skin in minutes.

Talika Bio Enzymes Mask, $12, available at Talika.
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Photo: Courtesy of Kevyn Aucoin.
Do you hate heavy, cakey foundations? Your prayers were answered this year. Kevyn Aucoin's base has a smooth, water-like consistency, but offers unmatched coverage.

Kevyn Aucoin The Sensual Skin Fluid Foundation, $65, available at Beauty.com.
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Photo: Courtesy of Pinrose.
Pinrose basically revolutionized perfume this year. Instead of heading over to your mall's fragrance counter and getting spritzed until you get a migraine, grab the brand's sample kit of fragranced towelettes. It'll make finding your signature scent enjoyable, not nauseating.

Pinrose Starter Kit, $7, available at Pinrose.
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Photo: Courtesy of Sally Hansen.
Always the innovator, Sally Hansen brought gel manicures to the comfort of your couch this year. The starter kit has everything you need for a mani that will last up to two weeks.

Sally Hansen Salon Insta Gel Strips, $18.19, available at Walgreens.
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Photo: Courtesy of Tom Ford.
This double-sided pen is a complexion savior. It covers up imperfections, helping us achieve our most even tone yet.

Tom Ford Correcting Pen, $44, available at Tom Ford.
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Photo: Courtesy of Net-A-Porter.
James Read has managed to combine two things we never thought to mix, but that are so perfect together: a self-tanner and a night mask. It works like a facial, but also delivers a subtle, bronzy glow.

James Read Sleep Mask Tan, $43, available at Net-A-Porter.
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Courtesy of John Frieda.
Coming up in 2015: The return of John Frieda's Beach Blonde Sea Waves. We're looking forward to killer waves and that coconut smell we all know and love.

John Frieda Beach Blonde Sea Waves Sea Salt Spray, $8.99, available Jan. 1 at Target.
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Photo: Courtesy of Hourglass.
We've always been fans of Hourglass' launches, but the brand's soon-to-be-released Modernist palette may be our favorite yet. Hourglass created a special pressing technique, which allows the pigments to sit together seamlessly, allowing for artist-level blending. That calls for a round of applause.

Hourglass Modernist Eyeshadow Palette, $58, available mid-January at Sephora.
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Photo: Courtesy of Neutrogena.
Next year, those high-end gel formulas you've always wished were within your budget will be available at your local drugstore. Neutrogena is releasing its first moisturizer with hyaluronic acid, and we're counting down the days until we can scoop it up.

Neutrogena Hydro Boost Water Gel, $17.99, available January at Walgreens.
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Photo: Courtesy of Maybelline.
Maybelline is poised to change your liquid eyeliner next year. This baby has an angled, felt tip, making it easier than ever to sketch on your classic cat-eye. Meow.

Maybelline Master Graphic Eyeliner, $7.99, available January at drugstores.
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Photo: Courtesy of Giorgio Armani.
The problem with most metallics and shimmers, is they look amazing when you first put them on, but then they migrate and slide off as the day goes by. These gorgeous eye tints, which launch in a few short weeks, solve that issue by offering matte metallics in liquid-to-solid form — so you get a unique texture, beautiful shimmer, and color that lasts and lasts. We can't wait to try every single one of the shades.

Giorgio Armani Eye Tints, $35, available mid-January at Giorgio Armani.
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