31 Award-Winning Beauty Products We Love
by Elle Wignall
Cosmetic Executive Women, Inc., an organization of more than 6,000 executives in the beauty, cosmetics and fragrance industries, awarded their annual CEW Insider’s Choice Beauty Awards May 16, showcasing the best in mass market and prestige beauty products. Check out the award-winning beauty products with top honors, and see what beauty editors, bloggers and consumers have to say about what makes them so great!
Mass Market: Sonia Kashuk for Target Eau De Toilette in Pink Innocencia
The Sonia Kashuk for Target line took home several honors, including this award for best mass market women’s scent. With notes of tuberose, magnolia and amber, Pink Innocencia is a great option on a budget and has a quiet, pretty floral scent.
Prestige: Coty Prestige, Honey by Marc Jacobs
Marc Jacobs’ Honey gets high marks for its blend of pear, orange blossom and honey notes. “It’s a new take on his daisy scent that is a little less floral and a little more feminine and sensual—a good day-to-night scent,” says New Yorker Danielle Zahavi.
Dior Nail Glow
Dior’s Nail Glow formula won kudos for its ability to enhance the natural tint of anyone’s nails for the perfect near-nude nail look. “For someone who doesn’t have the time or patience for regular manicures, this shine-enhancing, rose-tinged lacquer is a lifesaver,” says More Magazine Associate Beauty Editor Deanna Pai. “My hands look polished, and I don’t have to worry about chips or smudges.”
Mass: Sonia Kashuk for Target Chic Luminosity Bronzer/Blush Duo
Sonia Kashuk’s Bronzer/Blush Duo is long-lasting and adds dewy warmth to the skin—and it will make you look like a superstar in photos—for less than $13!
Prestige: bareMinerals Ready To Go Complexion Perfection Palette
A favorite of Better Homes & Gardens Beauty and Fashion Director Ellen Miller, the Perfection Palette compact includes small amounts of all the products needed for a flawless complexion. In her blog post after the awards ceremony, she praised the Perfection Palette, saying “I’ve streamlined my daily makeup bag with this product, which packs foundation, powder, bronzer, blush, and concealer into one tiny palette.”
Bath and Body
Mass: Vaseline Spray & Go Moisturizer Total Moisture
This compact, super convenient spray-and-go moisturizer is genius for even the laziest lotion users. One coat provides all-day moisture. “A lot of mornings when I could have skipped lotion, I didn’t because it was too easy not to,” says DivineCaroline staffer Hilary Abrahamson.
Prestige: Shiseido Cosmetics America Future Solution LX Total Regenerating Body Cream
If you’re looking to splurge, Shiseido’s Regenerating Body Cream boosts your skin’s metabolism for younger skin and is rich and subtle-scented.
Mass: L’Oréal Paris Voluminous Butterfly Mascara
L’Oréal’s Butterfly Mascara has an ergonomic brush for maximum lift in outer corner edges that creates a winged-out effect. You’ll get 6X the volume of your natural lashes without breaking the bank!
Prestige: Dior Diorshow Iconic Overcurl Mascara
The Iconic Overcurl thickens and fills lashes with only a couple coats. “I have the stubbiest eyelashes in the world,” says DivineCaroline staffer Hilary Abrahamson, “and this is one of the only high-end mascaras that I think is worth the price.”
Iconic Beauty Award
The Iconic Beauty Award is given to two products that have been beauty staples for 20 or more years. These are tried-and-true products that get a lot of love from beauty consumers and stylists alike.
Mass: Maybelline New York Great Lash Mascara
America’s best-selling mascara is thick and quick to dry. This conditioning formula is price-worthy and natural in appearance, says blogger and DivineCaroline contributor Ulrika Elder of Yet Another Beauty Site.
Prestige: YSL Beauty Touche Éclat
This little pen packs a punch with brightening formula for the toughest under-eye circles. Ulrika loves the Touche Eclat: “It’s a great concealer, especially for under the eye. It has a great color range, goes on smoothly without creasing and lasts all day.”
Mass: Sonia Kashuk for Target Shine Luxe Sheer Lip Colour
Described as sheer and highlighting, Luxe Sheer Lip Colour will hydrate your lips with infused moisturizers and amino acids. It goes on creamy and smooth for a perfect finish.
Prestige: Clé de Peau Beauté Extra Rich Lipstick
For a perfect pout, try Extra Rich Lipstick, which pampers your lips with skincare ingredients while you wear it. No more dried-out lipstick!
Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare One Step Acne Eliminating Pads
These simple face pads are perfect for people who don’t want to spend all of their evening on their skincare routine. Take it from Fitness Magazine’s Amanda Wolfe: “These one-step pads really work. Over the years I’ve tried every product out there. These get rid of spots without being overly drying,” she says.
La Roche-Posay Anthelios 60 Ultra-Light Sunscreen Fluid
Water-resistant and free of smell, this award-winning sunscreen won’t thicken your foundation. “This sunscreen is a godsend for anyone that gets greasy in sticky weather,” says More Magazine’s Beauty Director Genevieve Monsma. “It’s as light as a serum, dries almost instantly and won’t make your makeup tacky.”
TRIA Beauty, Inc. Age-Defying Laser
Move over, fountain of youth. This professional laser is FDA-approved and available for home use and works by stimulating natural cell renewal, which in turn plumps the skin.
Mass: L’Oréal Paris Age Perfect Glow Renewal Facial Oil
L’Oréal’s Facial Oil is considered a winner because of its fast-absorbing properties and lightweight nature with eight essential oils.
Prestige:Josie Maran Cosmetics 100% Pure Argan Oil Light
Josie Maran’s Argan Oil is light and has so many uses. DivineCaroline makeup guru and beauty blogger Ivy Boyd uses it as a dewy highlighter on cheekbones, on the ends of her hair, a few drops in the bathtub for dry skin, a few drops into hand cream and to apply to her face as a fast-absorbing moisturizer.
Mass: Vichy Liftactiv Serum 10 Eyes & Lashes
Vichy’s Liftactiv Serum is the first dual-powered eye and lash serum. It works to knock out eye wrinkles while strengthening lashes. Say goodbye (or at least, see you later) to prominent crow’s feet!
Prestige: GLAMGLOW Inc. Brightmud Eye Treatment
Brightmud is ideal for you if you strain your eyes in front of a computer or phone all day, and let’s face it: that’s pretty much everybody these days. “Something cooling around the eye area feels heavenly, and the BrightMud is exactly that,” says blogger and DivineCaroline contributor Ivy Boyd of Wake Up for Makeup. “I love using this as a refresher for the under-eye area if I have an event after work and need to revive myself.” And her insider’s tip: You can actually get more bang for your buck by using one pod’s worth for both eyes.
Sugar Cherry Tinted Lip Treatment SPF
Keep your pout soft and smooth without sacrificing sweetness. (Yes, there is literally sugar in this winning lip treatment!) “When I worked at Sephora, I would tell clients that, yes, it’s a lip balm for $22.50, but it’s the best one you’ll ever buy,” beauty blogger and DivineCaroline contributor Ivy Boyd says of this sweet treat. “The scent is lovely, the feel is not waxy, sticky or greasy and the hydration is excellent. The SPF in this is great for summers at the beach with just a kiss of natural color.”
Cleanser & Scrub
Yes to Grapefruit Brightening Facial Towelettes
Yes to Grapefruit’s cleansing wipes are packed conveniently for on-the-go use, and they are loaded with real grapefruit for a fresh, exfoliated face. DivineCaroline staffer Shannon Bauer loves using these towelettes in the summertime. “They are a great pick-me-up for my skin throughout the day or after a workout. They leave my skin feeling clean and refreshed with the added bonus of a light citrusy scent!”
Mass: L’Oréal Paris Revitalift Miracle Blur
Think of this cream as a magic line-be-gone blending tool; it blurs fine lines and wrinkles. More Magazine’s Associate Beauty Editor Deanna Pai says,”Foundation need not apply: This smooth, primer-like formula gives such a flawless finish that all I need is a dab of concealer. It’s perfect for weekends and sticky summer days.”
Prestige: Clé de Peau Beauté Le Serum
Le Serum strengthens the skin’s support and protects from future damage so you can get out there glowing anew every day. It’s a luxurious way to keep your skin feeling and looking young and radiant.
Kérastase Initialiste Advanced Scalp and Hair Concentrate
Kérastase has created a hair super-serum! In only seven days, you will notice an improvement in strength, softness and substance in your hair with this award-winning beauty product.
Living Proof Perfect Hair Day (PHD) 5-in-1 Styling Treatment
PHD is a two-in-one deal: When you style your hair, you’re also treating it to renewed smoothness, strength and volume!
Color Wow Root Cover Up
A winning treatment in six shades, Color Wow’s root fixer-upper cleans up hair color without a drop of peroxide.”At last, a cover-up product that works for blondes with dark roots,” says More Magazine Beauty Director Genevieve Monsma. “I use a combination of the two blonde shades to help camouflage regrowth on my highlighted hair.”
Most Buzzed About Award
Prestige: Estee Lauder Modern Muse Eau de Parfum
Estee Lauder is a big winner with their heavily praised new scent, Modern Muse. The high-end perfume has hints of floral, woody, and citrus notes and comes in a sleek, feminine bottle.
QVC Beauty Quest Award
Dr. Macarene Skin Results
CEW and QVC join forces to look for the next big “it” beauty product, and this anti-aging cream from Dr. Macrene was the winner. With 50 of the world’s best anti-aging ingredients combined in one cream, we can see why.
Best Seller Award
Mass: Maybelline New York Volum’ Express The Falsies Big Eyes Mascara
This drugstore mascara delivers instant volume at a reasonable price, creating an instant beauty favorite. “When it comes to mascara, I like drama, and Volum’ Express The Falsies delivers it in spades,” says More Magazine‘s Beauty Director Genevieve Monsma. “Two quick coats makes my lashes look longer, thicker, and Betty Boop black.”
Prestige: Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion
This re-vamped moisturizing cream is a favorite of beauty junkies everywhere. “Can you improve on a classic? Yes,” says Dori Katz, Family Circle Beauty Editor. “This reformulated cream is even more hydrating, thanks to a blend of hyaluronic acid, glycerin and urea.”