2009 Readers' Choice Awards -- Results -- Part 2

2009 Readers’ Choice Awards — Results — Part 2

As always, I’d love to hear your thoughts on the winners — agree, disagree? Surprised? Thought they were a shoe-in from the get-go?

Best Beauty Tool: MAC 217 Brush

14.6% of voters just have to have MAC’s 217 Brush! shu uemura’s Eyelash Curler (10.0%) and Clarisonic (9.4%) came in second and third, respectively.

Best Lipgloss: MAC Lipglass

MAC Lipglass continues to be the favored lipgloss amongst readers with 19.8% of votes. MAC shouldn’t worry, though — its various glosses all held the top four spots in this category. MAC Dazzleglass (15.8%) and MAC Cremesheen Glass (8.9%) came in second and third, respectively. MAC Lipglass won in 2007, but MAC Dazzleglass won in 2008. But for 2009, we’re back to Lipglass!

Best Lipstick: MAC Lipstick

MAC Lipstick continues to be a strong, now three-time winner, with 46.5% of votes. YSL Rouge Volupte (9.9%) and Chanel Rogue Allure Laque (6.0%) come in a distant second and third, respectively.

Best Highlighter (Face): NARS Albatross Blush/Highlighter

NARS Albatross Blush/Highlighter is certainly a reader-favorite this year, winning with 13.0% of the vote. MAC’s limited-edition Perfect Topping Mineralize Skinfinish (11.4%) and Benefit High Beam (11.0%) came in second and third, respectively.

Best Everyday Blush: NARS Orgasm Blush

NARS Orgasm Blush (now a two-time winner) really must give you that lovely, natural glow that we all seek, because 30.2% of you thought it the perfect everyday shade. Benefit CORALista (8.3%) and MAC Dainty Mineralize Blush (7.4%) came in second and third, respectively.

Best Primer (Face): Smashbox Photo Finish Primer

With 15.8% of votes, Smashbox Photo Finish Primer managed to edge out MAC Prep & Prime (14.8%) and become a two-time winner. Coming in third was Make Up For Ever HD Primer (12.2%).

Best Foundation: Make Up For Ever HD Foundation

Now a two-timer winner, Make Up For Ever HD Foundation (11.6%) just barely beat out two incredibly strong contenders: MAC Mineralize Skinfinish Natural (11.4%) and Revlon ColorStay (11.4%) — and yes, MAC and Revlon tied for second!

Best Tinted Moisturizer: Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer

Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer picked up this award with 21.3% of the vote, with Stila Sheer Color Tinted Moisturizer (9.8%) and MAC Studio Moisture Tint (8.9%) coming in second and third, respectively.

Best Nail Polish: OPI

OPI is no doubt a reader favorite, as it received 45.6% of your votes. China Glaze (22.1%) and Essie (5.8%) came in second and third, respectively.

Best Exfoliator (Face): St. Ives Apricot Scrub

St. Ives Apricot Scrub (19.3%) wins for the second year in a row! MAC Volcanic Ash Exfoliator (17.0%) and Clarisonic (8.8%) came in second and third, respectively.

Best Moisturizer: Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Gel

Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Gel won again this year, with 9.5% of the vote, but Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion (9.3%) kept it close. Philosophy Hope in a Jar (8.9%) came in third.

Best Cleanser: Cetaphil

Cetaphil (14.6%) really, really barely won out over Philosophy Purity Made Simple (14.6%) — like it came down to just a few votes. As I watched the votes come in, they would change places regularly, but Cetaphil won it at the end of the day. Clinique Liquid Facial Soap (11.5%) came in third.

Best Makeup Remover: MAC Wipes

MAC Wipes make taking your makeup of a breeze with 14.4% of the vote. Lancome Bi-Facil (13.5%) and Neutrogena Makeup Removing Cleansing Towelettes (9.8%) came in second and third, respectively. Lancome Bi-Facil won in 2008 but must give up its crown to MAC this year.

Best Body Scrub: St. Ives Apricot Scrub

For the second year in a row, St. Ives Apricot Scrub continues to reign supreme with 17.5% of the vote. The Body Shop scrubs (11.7%) and Bath & Body Works scrubs (10.7%) came in second and third, respectively.

Best Shampoo: Herbal Essences

Herbal Essences wins our new-for-’09 category, Best Shampoo, with a mere 12.1% of the vote. Shampoo, on the whole, varied quite a bit, with 27% voting other. Pantene (11.9%) and Frederic Fekkai (6.3%) came in second and third, respectively.

Best Conditioner: Pantene

Pantene may be second in shampoo, but they’re your number one for conditioner with 12.4% of the vote. Herbal Essences (9.2%) and Kerastase Conditioning Treatment (6.3%) came in second and third, respectively. Like Best Shampoo, the vote was more scattered across the board amongst the nominees (other only received 7.8% of votes).

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I must be the only person on this planet who does not understand the wonders of NARS Orgasm. It is so not a very flattering color on the cheeks. (Or as always, I must be the only one who lucked out) But I’m starting to wonder if people just WANT to like this color…hmm..

LOL! Aww 🙁 I’m not a huge fan of Orgasm myself. It’s OK, but it’s not quite the HG product some of the raves make it seem!

This is so cool! Oh, and Christine, have you heard if MAC is having a Friends and Family Sale this month, or anytime soon? I keep looking for information on it, but can’t seem to find it anywhere!

Hi Olivia,

I haven’t heard anything, but as soon as I have any information, you can be sure I will post it right away 🙂

LOL, I’m surprised! I remember lot of the “Best” (e.g.:Pantene, Herbal E, Clinique DDMG, St.Ives scrub) proved the Worst previously in your “what is the worst…product” type posts.

Oh the beautiful 217! Although I cant remember if I voted for that or the 239, I love both those brushes so much. But my 217 is prized for putting on those MAC mineralized eyeshadows. So little fallout compared compared to the 239 when it comes to the mineralized stuff.

random question perhaps, but related to the laura mercier tinted moisturiser — the makeup artist at the laura mercier counter recommended using primer first, then the moisturiser….i would have thought that since its a moisturiser i wouldn’t need to prime first, and would benefit more without… anyone have expertise on this to share?

I’ve done it… but I don’t know, it’s kind of weird. I’d say you could do it and give it a shot, if you already have a primer. I don’t usually wear a primer underneath a tinted moisturizer, though.

I expected OPI, China Glaze and Essie. I wish I could try China Glaze! 🙁 OPI is very expensive here, but I might cave.
Being added to my wishlist: Albatross and Orgasm (wait! They were already on there! *trendsetter*), Clinique’s Dramatically Different Moisturizing Gel…
I don’t get the hype with the #217 brush though. It just seems like a brush I don’t need AT ALL! Maybe I should try it for concealing? I don’t particularly like multitaskers though!

Even though I love me some China Glaze, I really haven’t run into any polish that’s been difficult to use, lol. So, I’m sure what’s available is still good! 🙂

I don’t get the hype on the 217 either. I rarely reach for it myself. I just use it randomly, as a whatever-I-need-at-the-moment brush, mostly ’cause my others are dirty, lol.

Ouch! I can’t use them near my eyes, but they’re OK elsewhere. I always use ’em for lip and arm swatches, though!

I heard St. Ives. Scrub is horrible for your face! I used to use it and I told a few reps at Nordies and they were horrified. She said use the rest on my body but never on my face. Thoughts?

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