Summer is coming and it’s that time again–the 2017 edition of our annual Essence Best in Black Beauty Awards has officially arrived! On Wednesday, April 26, 2017 at The Sugar Factory in NYC, the Essence Best in Beauty Awards hosted an event where tastemakers and beauty products lovers gathered to samples new product choices.

Essence has spent weeks swiping, swatching and smelling the newest products so you don’t have to. From the splurge-worthy to the drugstore favorites and Black-owned must-haves, these are the picks that every Black woman must know.

Launches of the past year were all about innovative formulas, and these picks certainly fit the bill. Some of the favorites from the past have included a dry co-wash that conditions and refreshes, an invisible gel sunscreen, a hair oil that promotes hair growth, a teeth whitener that brightens beyond the surface and a micellar water cleanser that rids scalp of gunky buildup for weightless curls.

This is an event to celebrate black beauty and the products we can use to preserve it.

Products from the Essence Best in Beauty Awards in NYC.

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