Wednesday, December 19th, 2007

The Audience
Temptalia readers are composed of 97.6% females and only 2.4% males (hey guys!). The majority of our readers are aged 22-30 (44.5%), with 32% of readers aged 18-22; this means 76% of our readers fall into the category of 18-30 (one of the most prized female demographics). 13% of readers are age 30-40, while only 4% of readers are over 40. We have a few younger readers, roughly 7% of readers are under 18 (but only 0.2% are under 14).

Now, see the results for the best brands, products, and collections of the year, from your votes! (Be sure to add your own result commentary by leaving a comment!)

Beauty Brand of the Year: MAC Cosmetics

1. MAC Cosmetics
2. NARS
3. Dior
4. Chanel
5. Clinique
6. Bobbi Brown
7. Make Up Forever
8. Lancome
9. Shiseido
10. Urban Decay
11. Benefit
12. Giorgio Armani
13. LORAC
14. Philosophy
15. Smashbox

Honroable mentions: Bourjois, CoverGirl, Estee Lauder, Kevin Aucoin, Laura Mercier, Napoleon Perdis, Olay, Origins, Prescriptives, Shu Uemura, SK II, Stila, Tarte, Too Faced, Trish McEnvoy, ZuZu Luxe

Commentary: MAC won by a landslide quite honestly! It isn’t too shocking, considering this site began utterly devoted to MAC. It’s good to see so many brands mentioned, though – I can’t argue that the ones on the list aren’t worth looking into more often!

My pick: MAC. But you already knew that, right? I can’t help it – I truly love how often they come out with new products and collections; it makes the brand exciting.

Best MAC Collection: Barbie Loves MAC (17%)

1. Barbie Loves MAC (17%)
2. Smoke Signals (15%)
3. C-Shock (10%)
4. Antiquitease (7%)
5. Moon Bathe (6%)
6. Flashtronic
7. Royal Assets
8. Curiousitease
9. Alexander McQueen for MAC
10. Heirlooms

Commentary: If Barbie Loves MAC was truly the hit it was last year, I have no doubt that this year’s Fafi for MAC will be any less loved! I’m not at all surprised that while C-Shock comes in at three on the best list, it also comes up three on the worst list; people love brights, but then so many feel self-conscious in them that makes them unwearable.

My pick: I really enjoyed the Smoke Signals collection; I just found everything so usable and great to own, even as a collector.

Wost MAC Collection: Alexander McQueen for MAC (20%)

1. Alexander McQueen for MAC (20%)
2. Balloonacy (10.5%)
3. C-Shock (10%)
4. Barbie Loves MAC (6%)
5. Mattene (4.5%)
6. Blue Storm
7. Metal-X
8. Antiquitease
9. Tendertones
10. In 3D

Commentary: It is amusing to see Alexander McQueen pop up on both the best and worst lists; same with Barbie Lvoes MAC. It definitely seems like Balloonacy was disfavored by Temptalia readers and did not receive many votes for best at all.

My pick: I would have to agree that either Balloonacy or McQueen were my least favorites. McQueen was lovely in a sense, but I bought nothing from it! I wasn’t too impressed with Balloonacy, as I wasn’t into the beauty powders or pressed powders, and the pigments weren’t amazing.

Most Surprisingly Amazing Product: MAC Paint Pots (7%)

1. MAC Paint Pots (7%)
2. Urban Decay Primer Potion (5%)
3. MAC Eyeshadow (4%)
4. Dior DiorShow Mascara (3.4%)
5. MAC Pigments (3.4%)
6. MAC Lipglass (2.5%)
7. MAC Mineralize Skinfinish (2%)
8. NARS Blush (2%)
9. Mineral Makeup (2%)
10. MAC Plushlash (1.5%)

Commentary: We had SO many products mentioned – it was amazing how many products you have all tried and loved over the year. Nearly two-thirds of readers selected a product that only one or two other readers loved along with them – the top 10 only represents 33% of votes cast!

My pick: MAC Metal-X shadows, because I didn’t think they would work as well and as easily as they actually did/do. I thought they were going to be a flop as a cream shadow, but they’re quite lovely and not difficult to work with at all. I found that they last as long as any other base I’ve used.

Most Disappointing Product: Nothing (7.5%)

1. Nothing (7.5%)
2. Dior DiorShow (4%)
3. NARS Blush (3%)
4. MAC Plushlash (2.5%)
5. MAC Mineralize Eyeshadows (2%)
6. MAC Mineralize Skinfinishes (2%)
7. MAC Paint Pots (2%)
8. MAC 3D Glass (1.5%)
9. Smashbox Primer (1.5%)
10. Maybelline Greath Lash (1%)

Commentary: I was completely surprised by the result – many of you didn’t feel as if any products disappointed you this year. This is actually great news for beauty brands! Again, when left to enter anything your heart desire, we had 50% of our responses that either one hit wonders or only one or two readers agreed with the item.

My pick: Dior DiorShow mascara was utterly disappointing to me, because it is such a loved product by the beauty community, and it turned out miserable on me. Sure, I get decent length and volume, but it’s not nearly as good as the price tag warrants (nor all the raves) – and it flaked on me. Yes, flaked! I have never had a mascara do that to me until I tried DiorShow.

Best Beauty Tool: MAC 187 Brush (18%)

1. MAC 187 Brush (18%)
2. Shu Uemura Eyelash Curler (8.5%)
3. MAC 217 Brush (5%)
4. MAC 182 Brush (4%)
5. MAC 239 Brush (4%)
6. MAC 224 Brush (3%)
7. Shiseido Eyelash Curler (2%)
8. MAC 225 Brush (2%)
9. MAC 190 Brush (2%)
10. Sonia Kashuk Brushes (2%)

Commentary: It was clear that the 187 brush is the most loved beauty tool, but if MAC brushes had to be lumped together under one category (MAC Brushes), MAC Brushes would be the readers’ choice in tools with 62% of the vote! Brushes by Bobbi Brown, Smashbox, and Chanel slipped just outside of the top ten.

My pick: I am, and will always be, in love with the 182. I discovered its amazing-ness in January, and I haven’t looked back since!

Best Eye Liner: MAC Fluidline (29%)

1. MAC Fluidline (29%)
2. MAC Kohl Powers (12%)
3. Urban Decay 24/7 Eyeliners (5%)
4. MAC Kohl Liners (5%)
5. Bobbi brown Gel Liners (3.5%)
6. L’Oreal HIP Cream Eyeliners (2.5%)
7. MAC Powerpoints (2.5%)
8. MAC Technakohls (2%)
9. Smashbox Cream Liners (2%)
10. Stila Smudge Pots (1.5%)

Commentary: So many of you are loving MAC fluidline for its staying power, and several readers clearly favor the limited edition kohl powers MAC introduced in Smoke Signals/Blue Storm (MAC, make them permanent, Temptalia readers have spoken!). Clinique Brush-On Cream Liners, Lancome Kohls, Sephora Jumbo Pencils, and Clinique’s Cream Shapers were all just outside of the top ten, but did quite well respectively.

My pick: MAC kohl powers, especially Feline, for a super dark, sultry black kohl. Oh my, how I wish I had gotten a back up!

Best Eyeshadow Base: Urban Decay’s Primer Potion (41%)

1. Urban Decay’s Primer Potion (41%)
2. MAC Paint Pots (22%)
3. MAC Paints (15%)
4. None (6%)
5. MAC Shadesticks (3%)
6. ArtDeco Base (3%)
7. Laura Mercier Eye Basics (1.5%)
8. Benefit F.Y. Eye (1%)
9. Clinique Touch Base (1%)
10. L’Oreal De-Crease (1%)

Commentary: There was no dispute here–UDPP is your number one selection for making your eyeshadow last all day (and night) long. MAC must have hit the spot with their paint pots, introduced earlier this year with Painterly/Novel Twist, because that gained them a ton of ground in the eyeshadow base market! I am a bit shocked that 6% of you don’t even use a base for your eyeshadow looks, lucky you!

My pick: MAC pigments with water-based mixing medium – can’t go wrong with this combination!

Best Mascara: Dior’s DiorShow (19%)

1. Dior’s DiorShow (19%)
2. MAC’s Plushlash (12%)
3. Cover Girl Lash Blast (4%)
4. MAC ZoomLash (4%)
5. YSL Faux Cils (3%)
6. Lancome Defincils (3%)
7. Benefit BadGal (3%)
8. Cover Girl Volume Exact (2%)
9. None (2%)
10. Maybelline Full ‘n Soft (2%)

Commentary: Shock of all shocks… DiorShow takes home the award! DiorShow has long been a cult favorite for dramatic lashes, but MAC’s Plushlash is catching up–especially since it was only introduced halfway through the year! There is a definite preference for drugstore mascaras by Cover Girl, Maybelline, and L’Oreal by many readers.

My pick: MAC Plushlash was my favorite mascara this year, and I’ve definitely tried a lot. Clinique’s High Impact comes in at second, I would think. Plushlash just gives me the length, volume, and overall dramatic lashes.

Worst Mascara: Dior DiorShow (13%)

1. Dior DiorShow (13%)
2. MAC Plushlash (8%)
3. MAC ZoomLash (6%)
4. None (4.5%)
5. Maybelline Great Lash (4%)
6. Too Faced Lash Injection (4%)
7. Benefit Bad Gal (2%)
8. Imju Fiberwig (2%)
9. Maybelilne XXL (2%)
10. Revlon 3D (2%)

Commentary: I always find it ironic when the best is also the worst, don’t you? So while DiorShow is beyond fabulous for 19% of you, 13% of you can’t stand it. Every MAC mascara made was mentioned by a few of you, with Pro Long Lash just outside of the ten worst. Clinique High Impact and Cover Girl’s sought-after Lash Blast also hovered just outside the list.

My pick: Bobbi Brown Everything Mascara was a surprisingly dull mascara. I know, I know, sometimes you need an everyday, non-dramatic mascara. For me? Nearly never (why not just go with one light coat of any of your mascaras, then?).

Best Lipstick: MAC Lipsticks (67%)

1. MAC Lipsticks (67%) — favorites in Viva Glam, Queen’s Sin, Sparks Can Fly, Brew, Hug Me
2. Don’t Wear (7%)
3. MAC Mattenes (4%)
4. Clinique Lipsticks (2.5%)
5. NARS Lipstick (2%)
6. Lancome Lipstick (2%)
7. Dior Lipstick (2%)
8. Rimmel Lipstick (1.5%)
9. Smashbox Lipsticks (1.5%)
10. Avon Lipsticks (1%)

Commentary: It was difficult deciding how exactly to tabulate votes, but in the end, I opted for bunching up brands, only because there are far more lipsticks that I even dreamed possible existed! However, MAC Lipsticks would have dominated in a top ten (no other brand had a shade consistently mentioned enough!) with Viva Glam V coming on top.

My pick: I love MAC’s lipsticks, too; I think my favorite would have to be Mari-sheeno for all time or Queen’s Sin for the year! I would probably make this my pick, if only for the fact that I wear them so often. I really do love Estee Lauder’s new lipsticks (in the gold tube), as well as YSL’s Rouge Pure.

Best Lipgloss: MAC Lipglass (34%)

1. MAC Lipglass (34%)
2. MAC Lustreglass (14%)
3. MAC 3D Glass (7%)
4. MAC Plushglass (5%)
5. None (4%)
6. Chanel Glossimer (4%)
7. NARS Lipgloss (3%)
8. Stila Lipglaze (2%)
9. Dior Addict Gloss (2%)
10. MAC Lipgelee (2%)

Commentary: I honestly expected Chanel Glossimers to be higher on the list, because I have heard so much hype about them; I’m not surprised by the dominance by MAC glosses, just because who can resist? My lipgloss be poppin’… Other favorites that were just outside the top ten included Lancome Juicy Tubes, Urban Decay XXX Shine, and C.O. Bigelow Lip Shines.

My pick: I adore lipglass! I honestly like the thick, tacky formula. I find that lipglass stays on me for hours on end (assuming I don’t do a lot of kissing, eating, etc.) with little change; even when it wears off through eating, it doesn’t leave an awful edge of gloss on my lips. My favorite lipglass released this year is Red Romp, because it is the most delicious shade of berry-red that goes perfectly for every lipstick!

Best Foundation: MAC Studio Fix (13%)

1. MAC Studio Fix (13%)
2. MAC Studio Fix Fluid (10%)
3. Don’t Use (6%)
4. Bare Minerals (5%)
5. Bare Escentuals (5%)
6. Revlon ColorStay (4%)
7. MAC Select Tint (3%)
8. Prescriptives (2.5%)
9. Clinique (2.5%)
10. Everyday Minerals (2%)

Commentary: I fully expected to have a whole laundry list of foundations from everyone, because foundation is such a personal item and goodness knows, it’s tough to find! However, we had several contenders, and you can see how the mineral makeup trend is still going strong, with three mineral foundations in the top ten. Studio Fix is a long-time favorite, and it is often one of the first foundations women start with.

My pick: I have been a long-time advocate for MAC’s Studio Fix Fluid. It is still my holy grail foundation, but I have come to love MAC’s Face & Body as a lighter weight foundation for days when your skin is pretty rockin’ au natural that SFF may be too heavy. Make Up Forever’s Mat+ Velvet was a good foundation (as was Napoleon Perdis’ China Doll – loved this, but the price is a bit too high), too; it’s comparable to SFF.

Best Blush: MAC Blush (24%)

1. MAC Blush (24%)
2. NARS Blush (22%)
3. Benefit Blush (2.5%)
4. Bobbi Brown Blush (2%)
5. Don’t Wear It (1.5%)
6. Clinique Blush (1%)
7. Bobbi Brown Shimmerbricks (1%)
8. Chanel Blush (1%)
9. theBalm Hot Mama (1%)
10. Milani Blush (1%)

Commentary: MAC blushes just barely edged out NARS, which is definitely known for their blushes! While MAC favorites were scattered from dozens of shades, NARS clearly had some front runners: Orgasm, Luster, and Deep Throat.

My pick: I actually was swayed by NARS’ Luster blush this year, but I’ve tried several other blushes without as much adoration. The formula of NARS’ blushes is amazing, and their packaging is sleek and chic. MAC Margin blush is my all-time favorite, though, because of how glowy it makes my skin look. As for this year, Don’t Be Shy (from the Barbie Loves MAC collection) was the first cool pink blush I could wear with ease.

Best Moisturizer: Clinique Dramatically Different (13%)

1. Clinique Dramatically Different (13%)
2. Olay Complete (10%)
3. None (6%)
4. Aveeno Positive Radiant Moisturizer (4%)
5. Philosophy’s Hope in a Jar (3%)
6. MAC Strobe Cream (2.5%)
7. MAC Studio Moisture Fix (2%)
8. Clinique Moisture Surge (2%)
9. Neutrogena (2%)
10. Kiehl’s Ultra Moisturizer (1.5%)

Commentary: I think this has to be one of my favorite categories, because the top ten is so diverse. Clinique being the top of the pack doesn’t surprise me, as it is such a gentle lotion that’s great for sensitive skin. I am also pleased to see one of my personal favorites, Olay Complete, take second spot! Some choices that were close to being in the top ten were Biotherm Aquasource, Chanel HydraMax, Dermalogica Active Moist, Korres Sugar Crystal Cream, and Mario Badescu.

My pick: I am loving Estee Lauder’s DayWear Plus right now. It has a great consistency for the winter: thick, but not overwhelming. It has SPF 15 in it, which is a must for me, as I like to keep my morning routine as quick as I can.

Best Acne Treatment: None (26%)

1. None (26%)
2. ProActiv (10%)
3. Neutrogena (7%)
4. Clean & Clear (6%)
5. Clinique (4%)
6. Philosophy (2%)
7. Tea Tree Oil (2%)
8. Avene Cleanance (1%)
9. Retin-A (1%)
10. Clearasil (1%)

Commentary: So many of you do not have acne problems… I am so envious of you all! Goodness – who knew? Those of you who do chose ProActiv as your favorite treatment, and when it comes to over-the-counter, Neutrogena & Clean and Clear do it best.

My pick: To be honest, I haven’t found an acne treatment that I like enough to give it as “my pick.” The quest is ever going!

Best Makeup Remover: Clinique Cleansers (8.5%)

1. Clinique Cleansers (8.5%)
2. Lancome Bi-Facil (8%)
3. MAC Wipes (6%)
4. MAC Cleasne Off Oil (5%)
5. Ponds Cold Cream (4%)
6. Almay Makeup Remover Pads (3%)
7. Neutrogena Oil Free Makeup Remover (3%)
8. Neutrogena Makeup Removing Towelettes (3%)
9. Shu Uemura Cleansing Oil (3%)
10. Vaseline (3%)

Commentary: I didn’t honestly think that Vaseline would come anywhere near the top ten, even though I know some use it to remove makeup. It just seems like a solution that would make many wary (including myself). Clinique offers a variety of great, gentle cleansers, so it’s nice to see them take the number one spot in this category. Bi-Facil is also not to be missed for a great eye makeup remover!

My pick: Renee Rouleau’s AHA/BHA Cleanser is my favorite, because it exfoliates in such a gentle manner that even sensitive skin would have no problem using it. My face feels ultra clean afterwards, but without any squeaky, tight skin. I was just completely blown away by the product, and I can’t believe it took me so long to discover it.

Closing Comments

I want to thank everyone who participated by filling out a survey, because the votes really do matter and it is fun to see what everyone is loving from the year. Next year, there will definitely be a few modifications and changes made to the survey format to create a more cohesive result. I am very happy with the voter turnout, especially since the survey was a tad on the longer side. I hope you enjoyed the results as much as I did putting them together!

I would LOVE to hear what you think about the results and any other commentary you have! So please… comment away!

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62 thoughts on “First Annual Temptalia Beauty Awards 2007 – The Results Are In!

  1. dee

    In Best Lipgloss, MAC Lustreglass is on there twice as numbers 2 and 4.

    I’m glad to read the results. It comforts me to know than in my minimal time with make-up my favorites are the favorites of other people. Means I have good taste :)

  2. lisa

    The next time i go shopping i will surely look into some mac fluid fix foundation and into the 182 mac brush.

    • GOOD :D You won’t regret the 182 if you happen to buy it!

      • victoria

        yup, that’s my goal for 2008 is to purchase a 182. it’s a lot for just one item so have to save up for that. my hopes for 2008 is more products that gives glow to the skin, hence the 182. ease up with the pop e/s unless it’s something really really nice, unusual and workable.

  3. Sara

    Some of these results/answers have surprised me! Like you said, I wouldn’t expect Vaseline to be anywhere in the tops for a makeup remover. I personally love the Neutrogena Removing towelettes, but I haven’t exactly tried tons of makeup removing products.
    I ADORE Estee Lauders Daywear Plus, lol and I dont think I put that down though. I have a really small jar of it that I stole from my mother and Im in love! I’ve been using Olay Complete or Neutrogenas Oil-Free moisturizer on daily use because they’re much more afordable and theres more to use!
    As far as the many many #1 picks for Mac, I’m not surprised! That was to be expected.
    I don’t use any acne products either. I tried Pro-active a long time ago, though I never had acne and I didnt really enjoy it… I dont think it made a difference. It actually dried my skin out from what I can remember. Whenever I get a blemish I put tea tree oil on it, but I dont over do it because as I’m sure you know, that can cause it to be worse and break out more from the drying of the skin! I also love the Apricot scrubs by St. Ives, I use the one for oily/acne prone skin- have you tried that?

    Also, I’m thinking about trying Clinique Dramatically Different, is it worth it?

    xoxo

    • Hey Sara! I’ve never used Vaseline to remove makeup (it just seems soooo greasy – I love Vaseline as much as the next gal, but yeah!). Yay, I am so glad there is another DayWear Plus fan out there! It’s such a great product, I loved it from the first application!

      A lot of intense acne medications can dry out the skin, so I’m not surprised ProActiv did it!

      I am going to get tea tree oil soon… along with jojoba oil!

      It’s a great lotion for sensitive skin, and it’s not too pricey for a high-end line. I know people love it for its gentleness and the fact that it works on sooo many skin types.

  4. nice work. Thanks.
    By the way, I’m curious about 2 things:
    - if MAC is the most popular lipstick, I’m actually curious about which texture is most popular (satin, matte, lustre, frost, glaze…?)
    - I’m surprised that collections like Raquel Welch or Novel Twist weren’t mentioned along the worst and best lists.

    • Thank you, Bart!

      That’s a good question! Maybe I will ask it as a Temptalia Asks You post :) Based on all the answers I remember, I want to say lustre or frost was probably the most popular.

      I guess because Novel Twist was a Nordstrom exclusive, it’s not as well known… perhaps?

  5. Its so interesting to see the results!! Especially the categories where the “worst” were also the “best.” I think you &I have very similar eyelashes… I know I put Badgal as my fave mascara of the year, but that was before I had been using Plushlash for at least a month (if I like a mascara, I always make sure to get thru the whole tube before making my final decision). Plushlash is definitely my fave, very impressed with the results. And Diorshow was AWEFUL!! It very dry, did not give any volume/curl, clumped my lashes AND flaked. With a pricetag like that, I can get 3 Plushlash that give me great results :)

    • It just goes to show you truly cannot please everybody all the time or even at once! I’m so glad you are lovin’ Plushlash! Once you manage to find a technique that works, it’s a dream.

      It is so ODD that it flaked on me. My jaw dropped when I saw flecks of black underneath my eye. I went, “HUH?!”

  6. Sara

    haha sorry for the long comment, I just reread it. I usually type really really quick and dont go back and “edit” or reread it before I send and I end up soundin silly! Anyways, I thought the survey was a really good/fun idea!

    hope all is well gorgeous*

  7. hhaha that´s funny, best and worst mascara diorshow.

    Nice work christine, this is really helpful :-)

  8. Tekoa

    What a great list! It amuses me also that things were both on the top best/worst products at the same time. Now I’m going to try some of the top ten stuff to see if I like it too. Except Diorshow. *lol*

    • I’m glad others see the amusement in that! I would giggle every so often last night while compiling the results, and my boyfriend would quirk his brow at me.

      Report back your findings, Tekoa, I insist! :)

  9. This must have taken you some time to collect and sort out. Thank you very much Christine to your dediction. This was highly ejoyable and I am sure I will be referencing back to this list in the future many times.

    • It’s my pleasure! I’m a huge statistics nut, so trust me when I say I loved seeing everything come together, what votes went where… I’m a nerd!

      I’m glad you found it useful :)

  10. Kat

    I’m surprised Baloonacy did so poorly! I kind of liked that collection… the Pigments were good :) I also find it funny that Diorshow was best and worst.

    Though because this website is so MAC dominated it doesn’t surprise me that MAC did well. It also happens to be my favourite brand and I think a lot of MAC users have brand loyalty… :) I’m surprised that Lancome didn’t do better, though!

    It was a lot of fun! Thank you for doing this!

    • It’s so crazy how true the statement, “you can’t please everyone” is!

      Yep, MAC is definitely a favorite around these parts. I am trying to branch out a bit, so at least we can see what else is going on, ha :)

      My pleasure!

  11. Tanya

    despite your negative experience with DiorShow I am curious to try it and after the poll, I am even more curious. Its great to read the poll and see where everyones favorites and dislikes fall. Thanks for doing the work :)

    • You will definitely have to tell me how it works out for you if you happen to try it! I am always an advocate of trying products out, because they always work differently for people. :)

  12. I am sorry that more people in USA and Canada don’t know about some brands we have in Europe. It’s a shame ArtDeco, Bourjois, Pupa and Deborah are not as popular as they should be, IMO.

    I wanted to mail you about using other brands, because, for example, we don’t have MAC here, in my country, yet. (it’s coming, it’s coming, don’t get upset! :P)

    So I wanted to see you using and reviewing other brands too, but I guess you might have hard time getting it.

    BTW, did you try Lush B Beautiful make-up? I just can’t get my hands on it! Grr

    • Hi Sound of Vision! I’ve honestly never heard of ArtDeco or Deborah before — I have heard of Bourjois and Pupa, though. I think Bourjois is probably the biggest out of the four you list.

      Hun, we don’t even have Lush B Beautiful Makeup in the states! I can see it on the UK site, but nope, nothing for makeup for the US!

      The majority of the brands I review are huge brands, at least US-wise, so I surely hope they quickly expand so that others can enjoy them, too! And perhaps not hike up prices too much!

  13. Sam

    Wow this is so interesting and useful. =]

    I think that Bare Escentuals and Bare Minerals are actually the same.

  14. elizabeth

    These results are such a great resource for anyone trying a new product. Lots of info. I started the questionnaire, but I stopped midway through because I wasn’t sure if I was the knowledgeable enough about cosmetics to fully fill it out. I tend to stick to what I know works on me. Although, I try a new product once a month or so. You’ve definitely inspired me to try MAC… I don’t know how Ive actually gone this long without ever buying something from that brand. Anyhow, you clearly put a ton of work into this. So, **thank you** for sharing your expertise!!!

    • Hey Elizabeth! I hope you like MAC when you try it! It really is a fun brand to get into or even just peruse from time to time, especially since when do they NOT have something new out?

      Thanks :)

  15. Lola

    Hmmm…I agree with a lot of the products, but that’s a lot of MAC! For example, I wish there had been polls for best/worst collections and lipsticks from ALL brands! Still, love this blog!

    -see my fashion blog at http://fashionpoirot.blogspot.com

    • Hi Lola! Yes, we have a lot of MAC fans here at Temptalia. I think the survey might have been a bit daunting if we attempted to cover best/worst for ALL brands, though, lol!

  16. Shefali

    MAC Paint Pots and Urban Decay Primer Potion are my biggest discoveries this year and I never leave home without either on my face!! I’m so excited that I have good taste :)

  17. victoria

    oh bummer, i didn’t take part in this. i thought it was a contest which i try to stay away from because i’m a sore loser lol. i love reading this though, so many products were in the best list and so interesting reading about stuff i didn’t try. i love your site, it’s pretty much a site for grown ups. i feel bad sometimes reading comments from teens envying how extensive our makeup collection is when teens, very young teens, really don’t have to worry about their looks at this time. i find your site more comfortable to be a part of and like mac, it’s for different people, ages, race, class. i don’t feel too bad though because i wasn’t that into mac or cosmetics too much this year but i am in that phase now so i’ll definitely take part in the next one. keep up the good work christine, you’re future looks so bright.

    • Hey Victoria! I picked five random winners for small giveaways to create incentive for people to participate in the award survey – I don’t think quite so many would have without a possible prize :)

      Thank you so much for your compliments!! I’m glad you have been enjoying the site!

  18. amrika asgarali

    hey jus wanted to say i absolutely love the site! i not too long ago got a 182 n yep it rocked!! :) i was seriously calling it the best brush eva! :)

    anyways i never did contouring before n i wanted to no how to go bout that.. i have full cheeks n a wide nose :( i always joke wid my mom because her’s is perfect …. anways so wat do i use to do the contouring ? bronzer? or a darker foundation? n how do i go about doing it… also i noticed that their r diff ways to apply blush sum above the cheekbones, some below…. as i hav full cheeks how should i apply it?

    i also have a problem wid lipsticks/ glosses .. they never seem to stay on me for long..(porbably cus i lick my lips now n again) …..but other than that how do i make them stay on as long as possible

    another thing is i use a sponge applicator to apply my foundation makeup .. but i saw u use brushes…do u not like the sponges?

    tnx :)

    • Hi Amrika,

      Please check out the two contouring tutorials I have on the site (go to tutorials and then to face!), that should help you for that.

      Lip liner can help add lasting power to your lipstick/glosses, but there’s not much else from what I understand.

      I prefer brushes because they’re more sanitary and waste less product. I find brushes tend to cling onto product and unless you wash them every time, it just seems to hold bacteria!

      Thanks for stopping by the site!

  19. Marissa

    BareEscentuals is a larger brand of makeup (they make everything from foundation to mascara). BareMinerals is a line within BareEscentuals composing their foundations, blushes, concealers, and eye shadows…hope that helped.

    As a side note, BareMinerals is the absolute BEST thing to happen to foundation ever…it’s so light, yet if you take a before and after picture of yourself you’ll be floored with the difference. They make a product called “well rested” that you put all over your eye area before your eye shadow and it does wonders for racoon eyes (which I have every day thanks to genetics)

    love the site! keep it up!

  20. Miki

    I soooo disagree about Studio Fix. It’s the worst thing ever on the planet and a skin killer.

    • Skin is a really personal thing, so it can vary a lot between people!

      • Miki

        *Thinks of some stupid rebuttal*…and I got none. =P Hehe. I agree with you and I still hate Studio Fix. XD I guess its a hit or miss. How do you like it?

        • Studio Fix was a miss for me, but I adore and love Studio Fix FLUID :) I don’t know if it was my lack of skin care regimen or Studio Fix, but I did break out more from what I remember (honestly though, I was not a strict face washer back in those days!).

  21. ash

    hey christine is it safe to use studio fix fluid with studio fix?also what do u think about the MAC mineralize powder?is it worth?i do really want to achieve a flawless face from eyes to lips to the whole face itself like the stars.how do i get that dewy fresh look can u please give me any tips?it has happened b4 and i cant seem to recreate it as much.
    really all i want is that dewy,illuminous look that would stay fresh and not make me look sweaty or too sweaty at the end of the day at least?
    also what moisturizer do u think would be good for an AA skin that would bring the makeup out.i feel oily in my t-zone and feel my skin is very senstive especially my face but yet i did a skin analysis by a loreal skin analyst and was told my skin was dehydrated.I just want my skin to look smooth even when i am not wearing too much make up.I know u can’t really ans all my ?s but i would appreciate any little help…
    Sorry the mail is long.

    • Hi Ash,

      You can definitely use both. The mineralize skinfinishes (naturals) are great for setting makeup, but I would use it without the Studio Fix powder (since the powder sets the Studio Fix Fluid).

      Try Clinique skincare, they are really good about getting you the right products for your skin (take a skin test on clinique.com) and they’re all for sensitive skin.

  22. Thalia

    I remember doing the survey and noticed that there were options for MAC collections that weren’t even released yet. It got me thinking that maybe the survey was put up a little to early to review the “best of” in a year when it wasn’t even over yet. Is it possible that we can review the “best of” for one year a month after that year is over?

    • Hi Thalia! I totally understand where you’re coming from. Our view is that we want to release it shortly after the year closes, because if we were to start it later on, then the results would end up coming out in March of the next year!

  23. Melissa

    top blush: make up forever;
    best acne product (spot treatment): serious skin care sulfur spot treatment (similar to mario badescu’s spot treatment, but works better as it literally shrinks the size of pimples overnight, while mario badescu’s takes a couple of days); and
    best moisturizer: clinique repairwear day lotion / cream and dr. denese spf 30 tinted oil-free day cream.

    as for the comments about dior show mascara, i admit that i’ve been using it for over a year now, as it is the best mascara i’ve found for increasing volume and length, although it does begin to flake after two months of use, making it a rather expensive habit…i’m waiting for someone to finally manufacture a mascara that does what dior’s show mascara does, but actually lasts for a full three months before flaking.