Monday, January 17th, 2011


2011 Editor’s Choice Awards: Part 1 – Best of 2010

One of the most fun things I get to do with Temptalia is my very own awards–it actually gives me a chance to really think about what products I love and covet. It also helps me provide readers with a reference of standout products that are fabulous from start to finish; there are no so-so products here–if I don’t think it deserves an award, it doesn’t get one, even if that means I don’t give out any award at all!

The process is never-ending, because I consider any and all products that I try, whether I review them or not. All products are trialed for a thorough testing period: body care, hair care, and skincare for 3-8 weeks (as appropriate per the particular product); makeup for 1-2 weeks (as appropriate per the particular product). I evaluate using the following criteria: product efficacy, packaging, value, feel/texture/color (as applicable), and actual results. The majority of the categories do not require products to be released from a specific timeframe–the way I look at is I want to know what is the best of the BEST, not the best of what happened to come out in a given year. There are 73 categories, split into five sections.

The first section is the Best of 2010 awards, which is followed by (in order): eyes, cheeks/face, lips/nails/tools, and body care/skincare/hair care.

URBAN DECAY
Best Brand of the Year

Some of 2010’s best products came from Urban Decay: Book of Shadows: Alice in Wonderland, Book of Shadows, Vol. III, Naked Palette… I really feel like Urban Decay continually put out quality products, and I also think they expanded their core line with new product types and showed a lot of growth as a brand this past year.

Past Winners: Guerlain (2009), MAC (2007, 2008)

SUGARPILL
Best Indie Brand of the Year

Sugarpill debuted and really made such a splash in 2010, and the feedback from the blogosphere has been entirely favorable, including my own experiences with the brand. The brand has a very strong commitment to quality and their customers, and you really get a sense of how personal the line is to the creator. Something I really love is how customer feedback really does get incorporated into future products–Amy reformulated two of the Chromalusts based on feedback received and the products are better for it. (See my reviews here.)

Check out winners for New Product of 2010, Most Surprising Product of 2010, along with Best Seasonal Collections of 2010!

MAKE UP FOR EVER AQUA CREAM
Best New Product of 2010 (High-end)

These are so divine, and I love how workable they are as a product. They multi-task to the extreme–eyeliner, base, cream eyeshadow, for cheeks, for lips–and the shade range is fantastic. One of things I always like to see is a broad shade range, because while it’s all well and good to have a great product, when you really love it, you can’t help but want more! (See my reviews here.)

Past Winners: Chanel Rouge Allure Laque (2009), Clarisonic (2008)

WET ‘N’ WILD COLOR ICON EYESHADOW
Best New Product of 2010 (Budget)

Wet ‘n’ Wild hit a home run with their new Color Icon Eyeshadow formula–it’s soft, smooth, and nicely pigmented and won’t empty your wallet either. With singles, trios, and palettes, you may find yourself with a whole new stash for under $20. (Review to come.)

Past Winners: L’Oreal HIP Chrome Eyeliner (2009)

ORLY COSMIC FX
Most Surprisingly Amazing Product (High-end)

Talk about some of the coolest nail polish to hit the block! I fell in love with this new formula/texture as soon as I applied the first coat. Though I’m loathe to admit it, even the promotional photos and marketing jargon had me a little excited to try them. (See my review here.)

Past Winners: Stila All Doll’d Up Palette (2009)

WET ‘N’ WILD COLOR ICON EYESHADOW
Most Surprisingly Amazing Product (Budget)

See above for description — but I know that I didn’t see this product topping my favorites’ list from the get-go! (Review to come.)

Past Winners: Aveeno Positively Ageless Warming Scrub (2009)

BOBBI BROWN CABANA CORALS COLLECTION
Best Spring Collection of 2010

The Cabana Corals Collection was a really nice way to kick off spring, and I loved how they introduced corals for all skin tones. I often hear readers say that corals only work on warmer skin tones, but I think Bobbi Brown did an excellent job of making them more wearable and universally appealing. One of my favorite products from this launch was the Nectar Shimmer Brick.

Past Winners: Guerlain Exotic Paradise (2009)

MAC TO THE BEACH COLLECTION
Best Summer Collection of 2010

I really loved the summery theme of MAC’s To the Beach Collection, and I think the overall quality of the products was exceptional. Besides, who can forget when I attempted to stuff Mellan in the To the Beach Bag? Loved Sweet & PUnchy, Firecracker, Thrills, Fun Bathing, and Float on By. Oh, yeah, and this collection gave birth to the phenomena known as Marine Life.

Past Winners: Dior Cristal (2009)

NARS FALL 2010 COLLECTION
Best Fall Collection of 2010

NARS created a sophisticated collection of darker, smoldering shades just in time for autumn and did so with true skill. Strawberry Fields was a winning gloss, while Rajasthan and Tzarine are both beautiful eyeshadow duos. It’s a shame Rajasthan, being so lovely, was limited edition.

Past Winners: Bobbi Brown Ivy League (2009)

NARS HOLIDAY 2010 COLLECTION
Best Holiday Collection of 2010

For the holidays, NARS captured my attention with Etrusque Eyeshadow and Melusine Eyeshadow Duo–but they also gave me Downtown Lipgloss and Petit Monstre Lipstick. It was a nice cohesive collection with a few holiday-esque colors mixed with more wintry shades.

Past Winners: Guerlain Imperiale (2009)

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21 thoughts on “2011 Editor’s Choice Awards: Part 1 – Best of 2010

  1. I like your picks Christine! Sorry there was so much drama on Twitter earlier about the difference with “indie” brands. I think people just have different definitions of what makes something indie. I adore both NYX and Sugarpill and am happy to see the recognized by you and your readers! :)

  2. Julia

    I love all of your choices! Are you planning on reviewing the newer Sugarpill chromalusts? I hear she is releasing new eyeshadows soon as well!

  3. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Megan Megan

    Glad to see Wet N’ Wild get some love. I have bought all of their eyeshadow now… the singles, palettes and holiday collection. I went to Walgreens last week and bought 6 palettes for under $10… so impressed! I hope they keep up this quality, it is amazing!

  4. Rosanna

    Yay, for my favourite brand winning two categories: NARS!
    I can’t wait for their Spring Collection!

  5. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of sarath penelope

    Love all of your choices. I agree with the products that you have mentioned and the brands. You are best.

  6. Ani_BEE

    I love the AQUA CREAMS myself as well. The packaging it not as air tight compare to MAC’s as I would have like to seen but it nice to get some gel paints in a multitude of mica pigments.

  7. Lulee

    Wow I agree pretty much all your choices… Keep doing what you do Christine! Btw I’m glad to see wet n wild get some loved and it shocked me that you picked that since You haven’t reviewed them yet. I think that brand has truly upped their game!

  8. Michelle

    Those Wet n Wild eyeshadows were so surprising. I have bought all of them I have been able to get my hands on and barely have spent as much money as I would have on a single luxury eyeshadow!

  9. ShockingBlue

    Well I think the cool thing about your winners is that it is more likely that you are going to be trying a wide array of different beauty products/brands…when I was voting 75% of the nominees were things I never tried so it made it difficult for me to give a true opinion.

  10. Ashley

    I am so excited that you tried the Wet n Wild eyeshadows, Christine! I know you’re not big on drugstore products, but these eyeshadows are incredible! I use my palettes constantly, especially Night Elf from the holiday collection. And I’m pretty darn excited that you are going to review the new Chromalusts as well, I’ve been wanting to ask but didn’t want to bother you! Oh, and quick question, in your comments you mentioned that Sugarpill reformulated two eyeshadows…which ones were they?

  11. Carrie Ann

    Great choices! I love Urban Decay, NARS and the To The Beach collection. The Orly nail polish in Galaxy Girl is really cool and The Wet ‘N Wild palettes are great. I didn’t realize until after I bought a couple of them that they’re made in China, though, which worries me a bit.

  12. Ginnia

    Thanks for these!

  13. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Shannon Keen Janine

    Great picks! I agree with these picks more than with the readers choice. :-) I can’t wait to see how NARS does this year. I’m anxiously awaiting their new tinted moisturizer.

  14. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of somhrita Somhrita

    “the phenomena known as marine life” LOL. :) good choices!

  15. Shelley

    You’d better hurry to get the Wet and Wild Icon Palettes because in my city, the drug stores are clearancing them out. Not sure if W&W is just gonna launch new color schemes or if they are gonna “pull a MAC” and get rid of something good.

  16. Casey

    I’m so pleasantly surprised you love the aqua creams as much as I do! I have oily lids, and these babies saved me. I think I have four by now… and they last forever!

  17. April

    I ordered over $100 worth of Sugarpill to try out because I heard such good things. The post office made an error and the package showed delivered even though it was not. And trust me, the post office makes errors. They’ve opened a Consumer Affairs investigation at my post office. Amy told me she was sorry and it sounds like there’s a problem at my post office and did nothing further. She would not even answer me back via email or Twitter when I asked her if by any chance she shipped it with insurance. I hope in the future she starts shipping products out with insurance to avoid situations like this because I will NEVER again do business with a company that treated me in this manner and basically I just lost over $100….sucks to keep reading about how great of a line it is, I wouldn’t know!