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2012 Readers’ Best Budget Brand

Revlon took top honors this year with 23.1% (up from 20.6% last year) of votes! Runner-ups included Maybelline (17.5%) and L’Oreal (11.5%).

Other Nominees

Bourjois, Catrice, CoverGirl, E.L.F., Essence, Milani, Neutrogena, NYX, Physicians Formula, Rimmel, Sleek MakeUp, Wet ‘n’ Wild

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2013 Readers’ Best Liquid Foundation

There’s been a bit of a shakeup in this category!  Revlon ColorStay took 11.9% of votes to come in first, while Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua was in second with 10.2% of votes. Third place went to previous four-time winner Make Up For Ever HD, which generated 9.5% of votes (down from 13.3% last year).

Other Nominees

Estee Lauder Double Wear, Giorgio Armani Maestro, Guerlain Lingerie de Peau, Illamasqua Skin Base, Lancome Teint Idole Ultra 24H, Laura Mercier Silk Crème, L’Oreal True Match Magic Lumi, MAC Face & Body, MAC Pro Longwear, Make Up For Ever Mat+ Velvet, NARS Sheer Glow, Urban Decay Naked Skin, YSL Le Teint Touche Eclat Illuminating

2013 Best Budget False Eyelashes

I like the variety in Revlon’s False Eyelashes line, and I also love that they have self-adhesive lashes, too (which I tried per readers’ recommendations last year!)–they’re even easier to apply than Revlon’s regular False Eyelashes. They’re good for multiple uses, too.

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2013 Best Budget Liquid Foundation

Revlon ColorStay Liquid Foundation is a natural-looking liquid foundation that feels lightweight and provides medium coverage. It looks really good on, but there are a few areas where it could be improved (primarily, scent — has kind of a cheap, chemical scent). It’s one of the better drugstore foundations I’ve tried in the past few years, though, because ultimately, it looks natural and gives good coverage without being too heavy and lasts for hours!

2013 Best Budget Cream Blush

Revlon Cream Blushes are easy-to-use creamy, smooth blushes that add just a subtle hint of color to cheeks. The end result is very natural, yet you’ll notice you have more color on your cheeks. The compact is kind of cute, with a little pop-out mirror for on-the-go application. (Personally, I use a stippling brush with creamy blushes, so it’s not actually so practical for me!) One piece of advice, though, what you see in the pan is not quite what you get — so don’t let the color in the pan intimidate you!

2013 Best Budget Lipstick

The best characteristic of Revlon’s Lip Butters is how comfortable they feel when they’re applied; they’re creamy enough to glide on like a slick lip balm, but they don’t slip around so much that they’re gone in a half hour. They actually deliver real color coverage, too, and they’re not just a wash of color.