2011 Editor's Choice Awards - Part 4: Lips, Nails, Tools

2011 Editor’s Choice Awards – Part 4: Lips, Nails, Tools

This section includes awards for lip products, nail polishes and the like, along with a few beauty tools.

Best Lipgloss (High-end)

I always find this to be one of the more challenging categories to choose. I rediscovered my love for Le Metier de Beaute’s Lip Cremes this year, and they really are a fantastic gloss that doesn’t get as much recognition as I’d like–but it is expected as it is a relatively inaccessible brand (and pricey, too). So comfortable to wear, beautiful finishes and shades.(See my review here.)

Past Winners: Guerlain KissKiss Gloss (2009), Calvin Klein Light Glistening Lipgloss (2008)

Best Lipgloss (Budget)

Sheer, lightweight glosses with lots of dazzling shimmer with little to no scent (some smell synthetically sweet but subtly so while others have had no scent). It is non-sticky and lasts three to four hours on me.

Past Winners: NYX MegaShine Lipgloss (2009)

Best Lipstick (High-end)

Rouge G delivers excellent color pay off with a full range of shades from nude to copper to red. They come in space-age packaging (though I could do without it, if it meant a price reduction!), too. The shades have such nuances to their colors, which is probably why I gravitate towards the line. (See my reviews here.)

Past Winners: Chanel Rouge Allure Laque (2009)

Best Lipstick (Budget)

Maybelline ColorSensational Lipcolor are smooth, creamy lipsticks that go on evenly and look fantastic. They have a lot of wearable shades, and the packaging feels and looks pretty nice for a budget brand. They have kind of a synthetic sweet scent, but it’s not too strong and not noticeable once you’ve applied the color. (See my review here.)

Past Winners: Maybelline ColorSensational (2009)

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Best Liquid Lipstick (High-end)

Chanel Rouge Allure Laque are like liquid lipstick, except completely made out of awesomeness. They’re creamy and moisturizing . STILL LOVE YOU DRAGON! (See my review here.)

Best Liquid Lipstick (Budget)

It’s a smooth lipstick/gloss hybrid with the glossiness of a gloss but the color pay off of a lipstick. The texture is creamy without being too thick nor watery, and it wears for three to four hours.

Best Lip Scrub (High-end)

Sara Happ The Lip Scrubicon is a deliciously scented sugar-based lip scrub that exfoliates well without tearing. It always leaves my lips smooth and soft — totally necessary when you take way zoomed in photos of your lips on the regular! (See my review here.)

Past Winners: Sara Happ The Lip Scrub (2009)

Best Lip Scrub (Budget)

If you’re on a budget, picking up a bottle of jojoba oil and mixing it with a little sugar (or brown sugar) works a treat to give lips a smoother, healthier appearance.

Past Winners: Jojoba Oil + Sugar (2009)

Best Lip Balm (High-end)

I have a secret stash of these, because I love them so. I have one in every bag and area where I spend prolonged periods of time at (desk, bed, etc.). These lip balms moisturize so, so well, and they last for hours on the lips. I put it on before bed and I can still feel some of it left when I wake up eight hours later. (See my review here.)

Past Winners: Philosophy Kiss Me Intense Lip Therapy (2009)

Best Lip Balm (Budget)

Creamy, smells of vanilla, and just works – but one interesting part about this is it’s actually a multi-tasking stick that can be used elsewhere, too. It lasts a couple of hours on lips before it needs to be re-applied.

Past Winners: Yes to Carrots Lip Butter (2009)

Best Nail Lacquer

China Glaze’s Nail Lacquers wear a week on me without chipping (just minor tip wear), come in a slew of shades, and always have something new on the horizon. (See my reviews here.)

Past Winners: China Glaze (2009)

Best Top Coat

If you want ultra shine, Seche Vite is perfect. It gives nails a beautiful, fresh and shiny look.

Past Winners: Seche Vite (2009)

Best Base Coat

I’m a big fan of Zoya’s Color Lock System, and I really love Anchor, which helps to keep my polish on for a week at a time.

Past Winners: Zoya Anchor (2009)

Best Fast-Drying Top Coat

This is a really nice quick-drying coat that cuts the drying time down infinitely while also providing the added benefit of chip-resistance.

Best Makeup Brushes (High-end)

MAC Brushes are soft, durable, and well-made. I love that MAC has a huge variety of brushes to choose from with different shapes, sizes, and materials. (See my eye brush reviews here, face brush reviews here.)

Past Winners: MAC Brushes (2009)

Best Makeup Brushes (Budget)

Sonia Kashuk Brushes are a great budget-friendly alternative for quality brushes. She always has sets available, sometimes in ultra-cute pouches and bags, which are even more cost-effective. They’re soft, shaped well, and there is a good variety of tools available.

Past Winners: Sonia Kashuk Brushes (2009)

Best Beauty Tool (High-end)

Clarisonic MIA takes off $50 from the original Clarisonic’s price tag and sure, it doesn’t have quite as many bells and whistles as the original (but it really didn’t lose much), it gives greater access to a really fantastic product. (See my review here.)

Past Winners: Clarisonic (2009)

Best Beauty Tool (Budget)

This is an absolute must-have for any person who finds themselves with unwanted facial hair (above the lip, between the brows, peach fuzz, whatever).

Past Winners: Tweezerman Slanted Tip Tweezers (2009)

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Do you plan on reviewing some of the Revlon Super Lustrous Lipglosses? I love them (along with the Colorburst Lipsticks!) so I’d love to see your thoughts

Jack Black lip balms are my husband and mine favorite as well, he cannot lives without it and the blue tube is so pretty and very convenient to carry in a pocket. China Glaze is my all time favorite nail polish as well, it really does last longer than Essie, OPI, and Zoya on me and it is more affordable than the above brands.

I like Revlon more for lipstick… the Maybelline lipstick is so soft it smashes when I apply it. Covergirl’s new lipstick is nice too, but Revlon is great. Also, I must be cursed because China Glaze chips on me within a day! Still love it tho… it just requires more maintenance.

Thanks for posting this! But I have a question. I don’t live in the States, so what other low-end brushes do you like? I can’t access any Traget, Walgreens Kmart, CVS or Ulta brands. I’ve heard Ecotools is nice, but that’s limited where I live. Thanks!

Christine, you got me onto Jack Black lip balms – love them so much! The Grapefruit and Lemon ones are my favourites!

I also adore the Insta-Dri top coat. Now I only wish I could get China Glaze easily in NZ…

(oh and Rouge G’s are of course, LOVE!)

Nice mention of Eve Pearl! I love her, and I’ve been thinking of placing an order, one that includes the travel razor. I want to try her foundation but I’m worried, because of my annoying sensitive and reddish skin.

I know that she formulated it with skin in mind, but you could try to email her team–I know they’ve been really good about addressing concerns since accessibility is typically online.

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