2014 Readers’ Choice Awards

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!

Best of the Year

CategoryWinner
Best High-End Beauty BrandUrban Decay
Best Budget Beauty BrandMaybelline
Most Innovative Beauty BrandHourglass
Most Underrated Beauty BrandtheBalm
Best Niche Beauty BrandHourglass
Best New ProductHourglass Ambient Lighting Powder

Best Eye Products

CategoryWinner
Best Eyeshadow BaseUrban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion
Best Cream EyeshadowMaybelline Color Tattoo 24 Hour Eyeshadow
Best Loose EyeshadowMAC Pigment
Best Powder EyeshadowUrban Decay Eyeshadow
Best Liquid EyelinerStila Stay All Day (Discontinued)
Best Pencil EyelinerUrban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil (Eyeliner)
Best Cream/Gel EyelinerMAC Fluidline (Discontinued)
Best High-End MascaraBenefit They're Real! Mascara
Best Budget MascaraMaybelline Volum' Express the Falsies Waterproof Mascara

Best Face Products

CategoryWinner
Best Face PrimerHourglass Veil Mineral Primer SPF 15
Best ConcealerNARS Radiant Creamy Concealer
Best FoundationUrban Decay Naked Skin Weightless Ultra Definition Liquid Makeup
Best Setting PowderHourglass Ambient Lighting Powder
Best BronzerToo Faced Chocolate Soleil
Best HighlighterHourglass Ambient Lighting Powder
Best Powder BlushNARS Powder Blush
Best Cream BlushChanel Le Blush Crème de Chanel
Best Brand for Makeup BrushesReal Techniques

Best Lip Products

CategoryWinner
Best LipstickMAC Lipstick
Best LipglossNYX Butter Gloss
Best Lip BalmJack Black Intense Therapy Lip Balm SPF 25

Best Nail Products

CategoryWinner
Best Brand for Nail LacquerOPI