Article by Allure Editors, Allure, September 15, 2021
Photograph by Martin Vallin

The best things in life are free. But some of the runners-up can get pricey. These are the creams, lipsticks, and delightful silky hair things that have brought us much joy this year — and earned themselves a spot on our winners' list for the 2020 Best of Beauty Awards.

To splurge or save? It's a serious question — now more than ever. In early March, life took a major turn, and since then, our routines have not been very routine at all. This held a lot of truth as we, Allure editors, worked remotely amid the pandemic, testing hundreds and hundreds of beauty products from the confines of home.