5 Things To Know About The CBA Editor’s Choice | Clozette

When we launched the Clozette Beauty Awards last year, it was our way to give our vibrant beauty community a voice in honouring the finest in beauty. We gathered a panel of 50 beauty influencers around the region and received close to a whopping 40,000 votes! How’s that for a voice?

A few of the Clozette Beauty Awards 2016 beauty panelists

This year, Clozette Beauty Awards is all spruced up to continue on our search for the Holy Grail products of 2016. Our beauty panel from Singapore, Malaysia, and the Philippines still remain as our VIPs in nominating products for the Community Choice category. But instead of four main voting categories like the previous year, we put the spotlight on two main categories – skincare and makeup – before delving into 22 sub-categories and dividing them into ‘Department Store Brand’ and ‘Specialty Store Brand’. Whether you’re looking to save or splurge, there are a total of 44 winning beauty goodness.

On top of that, we also introduced a brand new award category this year, the Editor’s Choice, where our Editors judge and award beauty products released within the past year. Our Editors receive and try new products all the time, so really, where better than the Clozette Beauty Awards to congregate our shared passion with the beauty community? So before you check out the 26 winners of The Clozette Beauty Awards 2016: Editor’s Choice, keep reading to know more about our five judging criteria.



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Before we try a particular product, we make sure to read the marketing claims on the product and in the PR kit. Does it live up to its claims? Does it really do anything for our skin or hair? As far as we all know, the product is only as good as the final visible outcome reflected on us.


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The application is really about how the product feels, or smells, or sits on the skin or hair. We usually like to start off by doing a swatch of the product on our hands just to get a feel of its texture and finish. Just so you know, we’re very particular about how a product sits because comfort is a very important factor.



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Because beauty brands are increasingly coming up with amazing new products that we have not seen or experienced before, the word “innovation” has always popped up during our CBA preliminary discussions. We love how beauty companies are constantly pushing themselves to create differentiating products that are functional and in tune with the trends and our fast-paced lifestyle. That is why “Innovation” became one of the judging criteria for the CBA Editor’s Choice.


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You know how first impressions matter? We are such visual creatures that we are always on a look out for all things pretty (hey, it’s beauty after all). But of course, we not only judge based on how “nice” the packaging looks, but also on the functionality of the packaging in relation to the product. Convenience plays a significant role when it comes to packaging. Is it going to make us "dig" the product out, or is there the convenience of a spatula or a pump?


Price point

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To save or to splurge – that is the big question. Is the product worth the value? Is it something that we would buy again? At the end of the day, it’s all down to our experience with the product. If it does beauty wonders, let’s just say we really don’t mind splurging just that little bit more.


Did your favourite beauty product make it to our list? See the 26 winners of The Clozette Beauty Awards 2016: Editor’s Choice here.


As soon as the festive season started kicking off, waves of green and red welcomed us with a bang. With everyone sporting the holidays' signature colour, wearing empowering shades of red can be a bit challenging. With the colour popping up in almost every place and wardrobe, it's easy to run out of ideas as to how you can play with it.

If you're worried about having all the holiday reds wash out the way you're wearing the shade this time of the year, we've got just the ways on how you can stand out with your crimsons this festive season.

Wear it on your lips

What better way to celebrate the festive season than by going with a bold lip? If you want to stand out from the myriad of greens and reds this season, save your crimson-shaded fashion pieces for when the season is over and wear this colour on your pout instead. 

Walk like a queen with it

Make a statement this season by playing with the idea of colour-blocking and mixing your bright tops and dresses with a splash of red on your toes. 

Use it as an accent, not a centerpiece

If you feel like you're missing out on all the "red outfit" fun, no worries! One way to prevent your reds from being washed out is by wearing it as an accent rather than going for a full-on red fashion piece. This way, you can still give off that festive vibe, and give more structure and dimension to your outfit without blending in with the Christmas baubles and wall decors everywhere.

Go for layers

With the weather cool and breezy, putting on layers is a practical option. To make your reds stand out this season, matching it up with fashion pieces that have edgy cuts. Mixing and matching with the idea of playful, sleek and chic will give divine results (trust us!). 


Play with textures and prints

Red is a powerful colour. Combined with the loud and bright festive feel of the season, there are more than enough reasons to kick things up a notch and be more experimental with this bold shade. Give yourself the liberty to reach for plaids, wools, corduroys, and other patterns and prints and be surprised at how this will light up and level up your holiday look. 


Want to take your holiday outfits to the next level? Revamp your outfits in a snap with these tips.


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With 2016 coming to a close, the year-end parties are in full festive swing. But with numerous social gatherings also come late nights, cocktail drinking bashes, and the pressure of completing your workload before the year officially ends. All these festivities can lead to distressed skin and a dull, tired-looking complexion -- not exactly the kind of holiday look we’re going for this season.

That doesn’t have to be the case, though. Whether it is to refresh and rejuvenate, or conceal and enhance, the beauty department’s got whatever we need to look fresh for any occasion. So if you’re gearing up for a month of hectic holiday parties and gatherings, keep reading below for the five beauty must-haves that will ensure you’re ready to party as soon as you step out of the office.


Lip & Cheek Pencil

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Have your lipstick and blush already faded? If you’re looking to make them pop, a lip & cheek stick will easily do that for you without the extra bulk. Because let’s be real here: keeping a lipstick, lip liner, blush compact, and blush brush in your purse for more than eight hours every day is just not practical at all.


Dry Shampoo

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No time to head home for a quick shower before heading to that party? Dry shampoo to the rescue! With a few spritzes, it instantly freshens up and gives your hairstyle a little boost by combating greasy hair and adding volume. Plus, dry shampoos often come in travel sizes so you won’t have to worry about lugging around a tall and heavy bottle.

Facial Essence

All that partying, end-year travels and late nights can really take a toll on your skin, so it’s always best to take care of it first before whipping out your makeup SOS kit. Our favourite to use this season (and frankly speaking, every other season) is the SK-II Facial Treatment Essence, which is now available in a limited edition Suminagashi art-inspired design.

It’s the perfect holiday companion for whenever we want to take our makeup look to the next level. All we need to do is apply the FTE before our base to help smooth and even out our skin’s texture. And voilà, one simple step is what we need to show off a primed and prepped crystal-clear complexion.


Waterproof Mascara

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Who wants to worry about mascara running down their faces while they’re enjoying themselves? To make sure that your lashes stay in tip-top shape until dawn, add a layer of waterproof mascara over your current favourite to seal them in. It’ll ensure that your va-va-voom lashes stay fluttery-flawless even if you cry from laughing too hard.

Wave Spray

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Master the chic “undone hair” look this season with the use of a wave spray. Also known as a sea salt spray or texturising spray, this miracle hair product creates natural-looking beachy waves without leaving your locks crunchy or dry. With this little bottle in your kit, you can easily change up your hairstyle into a party-ready ‘do.