The Readers’ Choice Awards recognize brands and products that really impressed our readers over the past year. We began the process by gathering nominations from readers over a two-week period. After compiling nominations, the top 10 to 15 nominees from each category made it onto the short list. Readers had the opportunity to vote from these short lists over a one-week voting period. The nominee with the most votes took home the big prize!

We have also included runner-ups and a recap of the shortlists for each category, because one of my favorite parts is the creation of shortlists, as they represent the best of products as nominated by readers. Even though a product or brand may not win, making it onto the shortlist is still noteworthy and always helps me find new products to try!

Printable List of Award Winners

Previous Awards: 2014 Editor's Choice Awards, 2013 Editor's Choice Awards, 2012 Editor's Choice Awards - 2013 Readers' Choice Awards, 2012 Readers' Choice Awards

Best of the Year

2013 Readers' Best High-End Beauty Brand

Urban Decay

Urban Decay dominated this category with a whopping 31.8% of votes--this is up from 22% the year before! Runner-ups included Hourglass (13.7%, up from 1.8% last year) and NARS (10%, up from 5.3% last year). For the first time ever, MAC did not make the top 3 (it was fourth, with 8.3% of votes).

Read Urban Decay Reviews

Brand Highlights

Naked3 Palette

Ocho Loco 2 24-7 Glide-On Eye Pencil Set

Anarchy 24/7 Glide-On Lip Pencil

Vice Nail Color

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Urban Decay (2013, 2012, 2011), MAC (2010, 2009, 2008, 2007)

2013 Readers' Best Budget Beauty Brand

Maybelline

Maybelline wins for the first time since the category was created with 21.6% of votes (up from 17.5% last year). Runner-ups included NYX (19.1%, up from 9.9% last year) and Revlon (15.3%, down from 23.1% last year).

Read Maybelline Reviews

Brand Highlights

Downtown Brown Color Tattoo Pure Pigments

Neon Red ColorSensational Vivid Lipcolor

Signature Scarlet (020) Color Elixir Lip Color

Coral Burst Blush

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Revlon (2012, 2011)

2013 Readers' Most Innovative Beauty Brand

Hourglass

Hourglass won with a dominating 26.7% of the vote (up from 2.2% last year). Runner-ups included Urban Decay (13.6%, up from 11% last year) and OCC (13.3%, down from 15% last year).

Read Hourglass Reviews

Brand Highlights

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Palette

Radiant Light Ambient Lighting Powder

Mood Light Ambient Lighting Powder

Luminous Light Ambient Lighting Powder

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Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics (2012)

2013 Readers' Most Underrated Beauty Brand

theBalm

theBalm wins this category for the second year in the row with 13.1% of votes. Runner-ups included Inglot (11.2%, up from 9.3% last year) and LORAC (7.9%, up from 4.3% last year).

Read theBalm Reviews

Brand Highlights

Balm Voyage Makeup Palette

Down Boy Blush

Houndstooth Instain Long-Wearing Staining Powder Blush

Put a Lid On it Eyeshadow Primer

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theBalm (2012)

2013 Readers' Best Niche Beauty Brand

Hourglass, Makeup Geek

Hourglass and Makeup Geek tied with the exact same number of votes, both receiving 14.7% of votes to win this year, up from 5.4% and 3.9% respectively! In third place was theBalm with 13.8%, up from 12.5% last year.

Read Hourglass Reviews - Read Makeup Geek Reviews

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theBalm (2012)

Readers' Best New Product of 2013

Hourglass - Ambient Lighting Powder

With 24.5% of votes, Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder was readers' favorite product released in 2013! Runner-ups included Urban Decay Naked3 Eyeshadow Palette (18.4%) and Urban Decay Revolution Lipstick (10.0%).

Read the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder Review

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Maybelline Color Tattoo 24HR Eyeshadow (2012), Urban Decay Naked 2 Palette (2011), Urban Decay Naked Palette (2010), Sigma Brushes (2009), MAC Dazzleglass (2008)

Readers' Most Surprisingly Amazing Product of 2013

Hourglass - Ambient Lighting Powder

Readers didn't expect to fall in love with Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powders but they did--19.0% of votes made Hourglass another winner! Runner-ups included Maybelline ColorSensational Vivids Lip Color (10.8%) and Urban Decay Naked3 Eyeshadow Palette (8.5%).

Read the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder Review

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Maybelline Color Tattoo 24HR Eyeshadow (2012), Wet 'n' Wild 8-Color Color Icon Eyeshadow Palettes (2011), Urban Decay Naked Palette (2010), Sigma Brushes (2009), Urban Decay Primer Potion (2008), MAC Paint Pots (2007)

Readers' Best Skincare Brand

Clinique

For the second year in a row, Clinique wins with 8.6% of votes (down from 9.6% last year). Runner-ups included Lush (7.1%, down from 8.1%) and Neutrogena (6.6%, down from 6.8% last year).

Read Clinique Reviews

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Clinique (2013)

Readers' Best Hair Care Brand

Bumble and Bumble

With 9.1% of votes, Bumble and Bumble is the winner (up from 7.4% last year). Runner-ups included L'Oreal (8.5%, up from 5.4% last year) and Moroccanoil (8.1%, down from 8.6% last year).

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Moroccanoil (2013)

Eyes

Readers' Best Eyeshadow Base

Urban Decay - Original Primer Potion

With 27.4% of votes, Urban Decay's Original Primer Potion wins, making it a 7-time winner. Runner-ups included NARS Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base (19.6%, up from 12.6% last year) and MAC Pro Longwear Paint Pot (11.2%, down from 13.7% last year).

View All the Urban Decay Original Primer Potion Shades

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Urban Decay Primer Potion (2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007)

Readers' Best Cream Eyeshadow

Maybelline - 24hr Color Tattoo

Maybelline's Color Tattoo 24HR Eyeshadow wins for the second year in a row with 32.0% of votes (up from 27.8% last year). Runner-ups included MAC Pro Longwear Paint Pot (20.4%, up from 16.8% last year) and Chanel Illusion d'Ombre Long-Wear Luminous Eyeshadow (8.1%, down from 9.0% last year).

View All the Maybelline 24hr Color Tattoo Shades

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Maybelline Color Tattoo 24HR Eyeshadow (2012), MAC Paint Pots (2011, 2010)

Readers' Best Loose Eyeshadow

MAC - Pigment

For the fourth year in a row, MAC Pigments win with 28.8% of votes (up from 22.6% last year). Runner-ups included L'Oreal Infallible Eyeshadow (17.8%, up from 17.5% last year) and Fyrinnae Eyeshadow (9.6%, up from 4.6% last year).

View All the MAC Pigment Shades

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MAC Pigment (2012, 2011, 2010)

Readers' Best Powder Eyeshadow

Urban Decay - Eyeshadow

With a crushing amount of votes, Urban Decay wins for the third year in a row with 40.3% of votes (up from 34.8% last year). Runner-ups included MAC Eyeshadow (13.2%, down from 14.9% last year) and LORAC Eyeshadow (7.0%, up from 0% last year).

View All the Urban Decay Eyeshadow Shades

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Urban Decay Eyeshadow (2011, 2012), MAC Eyeshadow (2009, 2010)

Readers' Best Cream/Gel Eyeliner

MAC - Fluidline

MAC Fluidline continues to be a proven winner, as it collects its seventh award in this category with 29.1% of votes (down from 31.1% last year). Runner-ups included Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Gel Eyeliner (16.1%, down from 19.2% last year) and Maybelline Eye Studio Lasting Drama Gel Eyeliner (13.8%, up from 11.5% last year).

View All the MAC Fluidline Shades

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MAC Fluidline (2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007)

Readers' Best Pencil Eyeliner

Urban Decay - 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil

Now a five-time winner, Urban Decay's 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencils won with 42.1% of votes (up from 40.7% last year). Runner-ups included Rimmel Scandaleyes Waterproof Kohl Kajal (9.5%, up from 0% last year) and NARS Larger Than Life Long-Wear Eyeliner (4.9%, up from 4.0% last year).

View All the Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil Shades

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Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-on Eye Pencil (2012, 2011, 2010, 2009)

Readers' Best Liquid Eyeliner

Stila - Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Liner

With 16.6% of votes, Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Liner was your winner, (up from 5.9% last year). Runner-ups included Urban Decay 24/7 Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner (10.3%, down from 11.5% last year) and L'Oreal Lineur Intense Felt Tip Eyeliner (9.8%, down from 11.1% last year).

View All the Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Liner Shades

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Urban Decay 24/7 Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner (2012), L'Oreal Lineur Intense Liquid Eyeliner (2011, 2010)

Readers' Best High-End Mascara

Benefit - They're Real Mascara

Benefit They're Real Mascara continues to be readers' top favorite with 28.4% of votes, up from 20.1% last year. Runner-ups included Tarte Lights, Camera, Lashes! (7.5%, same from last year) and Dior Diorshow Mascara (6.5%, down from 7% last year).

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Benefit They're Real (2011, 2012), Benefit BADgal Mascara (2010)

Readers' Best Budget Mascara

Maybelline - The Falsies Mascara

Maybelline's The Falsies Mascara dethrones a 4-time winner with 12.5% of the votes (up from 11.7% last year). Runner-ups included CoverGirl Clump Crusher Mascara (11.6%, up from 3.5% last year) and Maybelline The Rocket Mascara (9.7%).

View All the Maybelline The Falsies Mascara Shades

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CoverGirl LashBlast (2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012)

Face

Readers' Best Highlighter

Hourglass - Ambient Lighting Powder

Taking down a three-time champ, Hourglass' new Ambient Lighting Powder won with 19.6% of votes. Runner-ups included theBalm Mary Lou-manizer (15.2%, up from 11.8% last year) and MAC Mineralize Skinfinish (11.3%, down from 13.4% last year).

View All the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder Shades

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MAC Mineralize Skinfinish (2012, 2011, 2010), NARS Albatross Highlighting Blush (2009)

Readers' Best Powder Blush

NARS - Powder Blush

NARS Powder Blush is now a four-time winner with 25.3% of votes (up from 23.4% last year). Runner-ups included Tarte Amazonian Clay Blush (18.0%, up from 16.9% last year) and MAC Powder Blush (10.4%, down from 12.0% last year).

View All the NARS Powder Blush Shades

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NARS Blush (2012, 2011, 2010)

Readers' Best Cream Blush

Chanel - Le Blush Crème de Chanel

New for 2013, Chanel's La Blush Crème de Chanel wasn't just my favorite, but it was readers' top choice with 16.4% of votes. Runner-ups included Stila Convertible Color (9.7%, up from 5.2% last year) and NYX Cream Blush (9.1%, up from 8.3% last year).

View All the Chanel Le Blush Crème de Chanel Shades

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MAC Cremeblend Blush (2012, 2011), Make Up For Ever HD Blush (2010)

Readers' Best Everyday Blush

NARS - Orgasm

For the fifth year in a row, NARS Orgasm Blush is readers top pick for everyday blush with 15.4% of votes (down from 17.2% last year). Runner-ups included Tarte Exposed (12.6%, up from 10.7% last year) and NARS Deep Throat (8.7%, up from 6.9% last year).

Read the NARS Orgasm Review

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NARS Orgasm Blush (2012, 2011, 2010, 2009)

Readers' Best Bronzer

Too Faced - Chocolate Soleil Matte Bronzing Powder

With 18.6% of votes, Too Faced Chocolate Soleil Matte Bronzing Powder dethrones a three-time winner. Runner-ups included Benefit HOOLA (13.6%, up from 13.0% last year) and NARS Bronzing Powder (12.2%, down from 13.5% last year).

Read the Too Faced Chocolate Soleil Matte Bronzing Powder Review

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NARS Bronzing Powder (2012, 2011, 2010)

Readers' Best Makeup Brushes

Real Techniques

Real Techniques took out a three-time winner by garnering 31.8% of the votes this year (up from 20.3% last year). Runner-ups included MAC Brushes (19.4%, down from 25.8% last year) and Sigma Beauty (10.6%, down from 14.6% last year).

View All of Real Techniques' Brushes

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MAC Brushes (2012, 2011, 2010)

Readers' Best Face Primer

Hourglass - Veil Mineral

With 18.5% of votes, Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer SPF 15 wins this year (up from 9.2% last year). Runner-ups included Benefit the POREfessional (17.9%, up from 12.9% last year) and Smashbox Photo Finish Primer (11.2%, down from 12.8% last year).

Read the Hourglass Veil Mineral Review

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Benefit the POREfessional (2012), Smashbox Photo Finish Primer (2011, 2010, 2009, 2008)

Readers' Best Concealer

NARS - Radiant Creamy Concealer

NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer takes home top honors in this category with 18.5% of the votes. Runner-ups included MAC Pro Longwear Concealer (13.5%, up from 9.0% last year) and Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Concealer (6.2%, up from 6.0% last year).

View All of NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer Shades

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Bobbi Brown Creamy Concealer (2012), MAC Studio Finish Concealer (2011, 2010)

Readers' Best Tinted Moisturizer

Laura Mercier - Oil-Free Tinted Moisturizer

It was a close race from start to finish, but Laura Mercier's Tinted Moisturizer emerged as the winner with 13.4% of votes (down from 18.6% last year). Runner-ups included NARS Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer (13.1%, up from 10.3% last year) and Dior Diorskin Nude BB Creme (6.0%).

View All of the Laura Mercier Oil-Free Tinted Moisturizer Shades

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Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer (2012, 2011, 2010, 2009), MAC Select Tint SPF 15 (2008)

Readers' Best Liquid Foundation

Urban Decay - Naked Skin Liquid Makeup

With 9.7% of votes, Urban Decay Naked Skin Liquid Makeup was your top pick (up from 8.6% last year). Runner-ups included Make Up For Ever HD Invisible Foundation (8.4%, down from 9.5% last year) and Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua (7.9%, down from 10.2% last year).

View All of Urban Decay Naked Skin Liquid Makeup Shades

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Revlon Colorstay (2012), Make Up For Ever HD Foundation (2011, 2010, 2009, 2008)

Readers' Best Loose Foundation

bareMinerals - Original Foundation

Now a four-time winner, bareMinerals Original Foundation won with 21.4% of votes (up from 15.4% last year). Runner-ups included bareMinerals Matte (10.1%, up from 9.8% last year) and Laura Mercier Mineral Powder SPF 15 (9.6%, up from 8.0% last year).

View All of bareMinerals Original Foundation Shades

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Bare Escentuals Bare Minerals Original Foundation (2012, 2011, 2010)

Readers' Best Powder Foundation

MAC - Mineralize Skinfinish Natural

MAC Mineralize Skinfinish is now a four-time winner with 23.% of votes (up from 20.3% last year). Runner-ups included bareMinerals Ready Foundation (7.6%, up from 7.3% last year) and Benefit Hello, Flawless! (6.5%, up from 5.2% last year).

View All of MAC Mineralize Skinfinish Natural Shades

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MAC Mineralize Skinfinish Natural (2012, 2011, 2010)

Readers' Best Setting Powder

Hourglass - Ambient Lighting Powder

With 15.4% of votes, Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder is readers' top pick for setting powder. Runner-ups included Rimmel Stay Matte Pressed Powder (10.4%, up from 8.1% last year) and NARS Light Reflecting Loose Setting Powder (9.9%).

View All of Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder Shades

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MAC Mineralize Skinfinish Natural (2012, 2011, 2008), Make Up For Ever HD Powder (2010)

Readers' Best Makeup Remover

Bioderma - Crealine H2o Micellaire

With 14.2% of votes, Bioderma Crealine H20 Micellaire is your top remover of choice (up from 12.6% last year). Runner-ups included Neutrogena Makeup Remover Cleansing Towelettes (10.5%, down from 11.5% last year) and Lancome Bi-Facil (8.5%, down from 10.8% last year).

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Bioderma Crealine H2o Micellaire (2012), Neutrogena Makeup Removing Towelettes (2011, 2010), MAC Cleansing Wipes (2009), Lancome Bi-Facil (2008), Clinique Take the Day Off (2007)

Lips

Readers' Best Lipstick

MAC - Lipstick

Now a 7-time winner, MAC Lipstick continues to be readers' top favorite with 29.6% of votes (down from 33.5% last year). Runner-ups included Urban Decay Revolution Lipstick (14.4%) and Revlon ColorBurst Lip Butter (7.3%, down from 11.1% last year).

View All the MAC Lipstick Shades

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MAC Lipstick (2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007)

Readers' Best Lipgloss

NYX - Butter Gloss

With 14.3% of votes, NYX Butter Gloss takes home the honor of best lipgloss this year and de-thrones a 5-time winner. Runner-ups included Buxom Big & Healthy Lip Polish (10.7%, up from 8.7% last year) and MAC Lipglass (9.6%, down from 10.6% last year).

View All the NYX Butter Gloss Shades

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MAC Lipglass (2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2007), MAC Dazzleglass (2008)

Readers' Best Lip Balm

Jack Black - Lip Balm

With 13.3%, Jack Black Lip Balm won this year's battle of the lip balm (up from 12.1% last year). Runner-ups included Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment SPF 15 Lip Balm (11.4%, down from 14.1% last year) and eos Lip Balm (9.6%, same as last year).

Read the Jack Black Lip Balm Review

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Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment SPF 15 Lip Balm (2012), eos Smooth Sphere Lip Balm (2011), Burt's Bees Lip Balm (2010)

Nails

Readers' Best Top Coat

Seche Vite

With a dominant 33.7% of votes, Seche Vite wins for the fourth year in a row (up from 32.8% last year). Runner-ups included Sally Hansen Insta-Dri (10.7%, up from 7.9% last year) and OPI Top Coat (8.9%, down from 10% last year).

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Seche Vite (2012, 2011, 2010)

Readers' Best Base Coat

OPI - Nail Envy

OPI Nail Envy won with 9.2% of votes (down from 8.7% last year), while OPI Base Coat was in second-place by a margin of a single vote (9.2%, down from 11.0% last year). In third place, Orly Bonder Base Coat (8.1%, up from 7.2% last year).

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OPI Base Coat (2012), OPI Nail Envy Base Coat (2011), OPI Natural Nail Base Coat (2010)

Readers' Best Nail Lacquer

OPI

It was a closer race this year than ever before, but OPI goes on for its fifth win with 19.3% of votes (down from 25.4% last year). Runner-ups included Essie (17.6%, up from 16.9% last year) and Zoya (12.4%, up from 7.6% last year).

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OPI (2012, 2011, 2010, 2009)