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2011 Editor’s Choice Awards – Roundup

2011 Editor’s Choice Awards – Roundup

For easy reference and bookmarking, Temptalia’s 2011 Editor’s Choice Awards can be found all in one place here. If you want to browse through it by sections, you can also reference this list:


  • Brands with the Most Awards in 2011: Maybelline (6), Neutrogena (6), Chanel (5), MAC Cosmetics (5), Revlon (5), Guerlain (4), Kiehl’s (4), NARS (4), Wet ‘n’ Wild (4)
  • Total Brands Recognized: 43 (High-end), 26 (Budget), 69 (total)
  • Total Award Categories: 72
  • Total Winners: 131

Thank you for giving me the opportunity to recognize and share with you my favorite products from 2010 and all-time.  I hope you saw at least a couple of products you love make my cut but maybe some new ones you’ll think about trying next time you’re in the mood for something new! 🙂

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2011 Editor’s Choice Awards – Part 5: Skincare, Body Care, Hair Care

2011 Editor’s Choice Awards – Part 5: Skincare, Body Care, Hair Care

This is the last and final section–all about skincare, body care, and hair care products. There were definitely some new favorites this year, but this section had several categories where the product I awarded last year is still the best product I’ve tried.

Best Facial Cleanser (High-end)

For me, it does all the cleansing that I need. It gets rid of dirt and grime and any foundation/tinted moisturizer I’ve worn that day. This won’t breakdown heavy eye/lip makeup, but in my experience, gentle cleansers rarely do as that is not what they’re designed for. (See my review here.)

Past Winners: Chanel Exfoliating Mousse (2009)

Best Facial Cleanser (Budget)

Cetaphil Daily Facial Cleanser is the world’s best cleanser to go to whenever my skin is out of whack. Whenever I feel like nothing’s working, I turn back to Cetaphil. It’s gentle, soothing, and great for my skin, even when it’s sensitive.

Past Winners: Cetaphil Daily Facial Cleanser (2009)

Best Daily Facial Exfoliator (High-end)

Kiehl’s Rare Earth Deep Pore Daily Cleanser is a gentle cleanser that softly exfoliates and can be used on a daily basis. I love the lightness of this cleanser. It’s almost like a milky cleanser, because even though it lathers up, it’s not a traditional foaming lather. (See my review here.)

Past Winners: Kiehl’s Rare Earth Deep Pore Daily Cleanser (2009)

Best Daily Facial Exfoliator (Budget)

Dove’s tiny exfoliating beads provide gentle exfoliation hidden inside a thick, foaming cleanser that does a nice job of cleansing the skin without leaving it dry and tight.

Past Winners: Dove Gentle Exfoliating Daily Facial (2009)

See more awards for skincare, body care, and hair care!

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)

Check out the rest of the awards for Lips, Nails, and Tools!

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2011 Editor’s Choice Awards – Part 3: Cheeks/Face

2011 Editor’s Choice Awards – Part 3: Cheeks/Face

Next up, we’ll focus on the cheeks–from blushes to highlighters–and face products, like foundations, primers, and concealers.

Best Cheek/Face Highlighter (High-end)

Meteorites impart this lit-from-within glow without frost, glitter, or even really traditional shimmer. It’s such a micro-fine shimmer that it doesn’t look like you’re really wearing anything, even though you know you are. What edged it over Dior’s SkinShimmers is that they’re more versatile; you can use one with any blush, all over, or just on specific areas. (See my review here.)

Past Winners: Dior DiorSkin Shimmer (2009)


The Highlighter Mosaic Powder has a soft texture and doesn’t prove too frosty or shimmery; it’s more shimmer-sheen and should work for several skin tones.

Best Cheek/Face Highlighter (Budget)

Past Winners: Physicians Formula Shimmer Strips (2009)

Best Everyday Blush (High-end)

Sugarbomb is still a product I always find myself reaching for, regularly pack for overnight trips or weekend getaways, and have to slap my hand away from so I don’t use it so often! (See my review here.)

Past Winners: Benefit Sugarbomb (2009)

Best Everyday Blush (Budget)

Santa Rose is this darkened brownish pink–think MAC Blushbaby but pinker–that works well to give a hint of color without going overboard.

Past Winners: Milani Luminous Blush (2009)

See more winners for blush, foundation, and concealer!

2011 Editor’s Choice Awards – Part 2: Eyes

2011 Editor’s Choice Awards – Part 2: Eyes

Whew!  I added a few more categories this year, partially based on readers’ suggestions over the year but also in response to commonly asked questions (what’s your favorite x, favorite y, etc.!).

Best Pencil Eyeliner (High-End)

Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencils wear well, apply softly and smoothly, and come in a variety of colors. I love the shade range as well as the texture! (See my review here.)

Past Winners: Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Pencil (2008, 2009)

Best Pencil Eyeliner (Budget)

Milani’s Liquif’Eye Eyeliners have such a soft, creamy texture paired with excellent pigmentation and long-wearing prowess, they’re impossible not to love. Here’s hoping for more shades in 2011! (See my review here.)

Past Winners: L’Oreal HIP Chrome Eyeliner (2009)

Best Gel Eyeliner (High-End)

Fluidlines have that smooth, rich consistency of gel eyeliner and apply seamlessly. They don’t smudge, budge, or fade at all. I love how pigmented they are, because you can do a thick or thin line and always get great, consistent results.

Past Winners: MAC Fluidline (2009)

Best Gel Eyeliner (Budget)

MegaEyes Creme Liners are affordable and apply smoothly with nice color pay off and no dragging or patchiness.

Past Winners: Sonia Kashuk Gel Eyeliner (2009)

See lots more award winners from eyeliner to eyeshadow to curlers!

2011 Editor’s Choice Awards: Part 1 – Best of 2010

2011 Editor’s Choice Awards: Part 1 – Best of 2010

One of the most fun things I get to do with Temptalia is my very own awards–it actually gives me a chance to really think about what products I love and covet. It also helps me provide readers with a reference of standout products that are fabulous from start to finish; there are no so-so products here–if I don’t think it deserves an award, it doesn’t get one, even if that means I don’t give out any award at all!

The process is never-ending, because I consider any and all products that I try, whether I review them or not. All products are trialed for a thorough testing period: body care, hair care, and skincare for 3-8 weeks (as appropriate per the particular product); makeup for 1-2 weeks (as appropriate per the particular product). I evaluate using the following criteria: product efficacy, packaging, value, feel/texture/color (as applicable), and actual results. The majority of the categories do not require products to be released from a specific timeframe–the way I look at is I want to know what is the best of the BEST, not the best of what happened to come out in a given year. There are 73 categories, split into five sections.

The first section is the Best of 2010 awards, which is followed by (in order): eyes, cheeks/face, lips/nails/tools, and body care/skincare/hair care.

Best Brand of the Year

Some of 2010’s best products came from Urban Decay: Book of Shadows: Alice in Wonderland, Book of Shadows, Vol. III, Naked Palette… I really feel like Urban Decay continually put out quality products, and I also think they expanded their core line with new product types and showed a lot of growth as a brand this past year.

Past Winners: Guerlain (2009), MAC (2007, 2008)

Best Indie Brand of the Year

Sugarpill debuted and really made such a splash in 2010, and the feedback from the blogosphere has been entirely favorable, including my own experiences with the brand. The brand has a very strong commitment to quality and their customers, and you really get a sense of how personal the line is to the creator. Something I really love is how customer feedback really does get incorporated into future products–Amy reformulated two of the Chromalusts based on feedback received and the products are better for it. (See my reviews here.)

Check out winners for New Product of 2010, Most Surprising Product of 2010, along with Best Seasonal Collections of 2010!