Award-Winning Makeup Products You Have To Try | Clozette

While some people are busy cleaning out their closets to make space for their latest 2017 pieces, and others are thinking about how to be healthier and more active in the New Year, we are thinking about the various beauty products we want to cop before the year ends (and when the year begins).


If you’re already making your list of must-buy items, why not consider adding these ones in there? Not only were they given the Clozette stamp-of-approval at the latest Clozette Beauty Awards 2016 – whether you love a minimalist approach to your makeup look, or a full-on glam one – all of these products will cater to your beauty needs.

So keep reading below to see the award-winning beauty products that you ought to add into your makeup collection.

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Primer

Departmental Store: Revlon PhotoReady Perfecting Primer

Soothing and smoothing, this lightweight primer works to soften your skin and reduce the look of fine lines and pores to help your makeup stay on all day. The best part? It’s suitable for all skin types.


Specialty Store: Benefit the POREfessional Face Primer

For silky smooth skin, the balm-like consistency of this primer fills in all your pores and fine lines for a smoother-than-smooth look. Infused with a vitamin E derivative, this translucent formula will also protect your skin from free radicals.


Foundation

Departmental Store: L'Oreal True Match Super Blendable Foundation

With patented colour technology, True Match will precisely match your skin tone and allow you to control your coverage and fine-tune it. Without oils, fragrances, and oil-clogging fillers, all you will end up with is radiant, flawless, and beautiful skin.


Specialty Store: Estée Lauder Double Wear Stay-in-Place Foundation

Lasting through heat, sweat, and humidity, Double Wear’s 15-hour staying power prides itself in its flawless and natural-looking foundation that won’t smear or smudge on clothes and won’t change colours throughout the day.

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BB/CC Cream

Departmental Store: Innisfree Long Lasting Cushion

Sweatproof, SPF 50+, and a long-lasting 12 hours; what else can a girl ask for from this ultra-affordable cushion foundation? Formulated with natural Jeju mineral powder, this long-wearing foundation won’t break you out and will protect your skin all day.


Specialty Store: Laneige BB Cushion

Makes your skin look matte outside but moisturised inside? It’s true. This famous BB Cushion brightens, smoothes, and blurs pores and uneven textures, resulting in a skin-like finish that’s dewy, even, and clean.


Concealer

Departmental Store: Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Eraser Dark Circles Treatment Concealer

Instantly erases your dark circles for a radiant and refreshed look. This famous concealer is formulated with goji berry and Haloxyl which helps erase dark circles and fine lines, while visibly diminishing puffiness too for a smooth and bright eye area.


Specialty Store: NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer

A must-have for makeup artists and beauty junkies alike, this concealer provides medium-to-full coverage while correcting, concealing, highlighting, and perfecting your skin. Its multi-action formula and light-diffusing technology helps to correct imperfections, making it suitable for both blemishes and dark circles.



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Mascara

Departmental Store: Maybelline Volum’ Express The Colossal Waterproof Mascara

In just one coat, your lashes will look thicker and darker thanks to the mascara’s volume-plumping formula, which contains collagen to allow anyone to achieve a voluminous look, minus the clumps.


Specialty Store: Lancôme Hypnose Volumizing Mascara

Tired of having sparse lashes? Well, they are no match for this Lancôme mascara which increases volume up to six times. If you’re worried about a heavy, stiff finish, you don’t have to. Its formula will leave your lashes soft and supple.


Eyeliner

Departmental Store: Maybelline Hypersharp Liner

Because of its ultra-thin applicator, the Hypersharp Liner lets you create exact and thin lines with easy control. Its carbon-black colour delivers a shine to intensely define your eyes, while remaining smudge-proof and sweat and water-resistant all day.


Specialty Store: Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Gel Eyeliner

It’s no wonder why this Bobbi Brown eyeliner is loved by everyone. It has the precision of a liquid liner but with the ease of a gel. It is also highly pigmented, easy to apply, smudgeproof, and longwearing.



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Eyeshadow

Departmental Store: Maybelline The Nudes Eyeshadow Palette

Featuring 12 different shades from brazen bronzes to sultry sands to bold beiges, this palette is perfect for creating various daytime and smoky eye looks.


Specialty Store: Urban Decay NAKED3 Palette

The follow-up to the famous NAKED1 and NAKED2 palettes, the NAKED3 does not disappoint with its 12 never-before-seen rose-hued neutrals. Encased in a gorgeous art-school-inspired tin, you’ll be able to choose from every eyeshadow finish imaginable: from ultra-smooth mattes to gorgeous pearls and to glimmering metallics.


Brows

Departmental Store: Etude House Tint My Brows Gel

An innovative formula for fuller, darker, and bushier brows, when this brow tint is drawn on your eyebrows in your desired shape, dried, and peeled off, you’re left with nothing but perfect brows that will last for up to seven days!


Specialty Store: Benefit Cosmetics Gimme Brow

Formulated with tiny microfibers that adhere to your skin, the Gimme Brow volumises, tames, and tints your arches for a visibly thicker look that will resist water, sweat, and oil, while stay on for longer.



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Blush

Departmental Store: Etude House Lovely Cookie Blusher

Adding a gorgeous flush of colour to your cheeks, this cute blush from Etude House has a blurring effect to reflect a healthy shine, absorbs excess sebum to maintain its fresh look, and contains a pigment to make sure it lasts all day and night.


Specialty Store: NARS Orgasm Blush

It’s so famous it’s been made into a lip gloss, multistick, and illuminator. Yes, we’re taking about the Orgasm Blush from NARS, and it’s easy to see why everyone loves it. It’s suitable for all skin tones, and depending on your undertones, the colour can come out either looking peach or pink with a beautiful luminosity to it – thanks to its soft shimmers.


Highlighter

Departmental Store: Etude House Play 101 Stick Contour Duo

Highlighting and contouring have never been easier as this Contour Duo from Etude House allows you to just swipe the two shades where you want to add dimension to your face, blend, and that's it.


Specialty Store: BECCA X Jaclyn Hill Champagne Pop

The highlighter everyone wants, Champagne Pop allows you to amplify your natural radiance – whether you have a light, medium, or deep skin tone. Its buttery formula will easily glide over your skin for a sophisticated glow that will accentuate all the high points of your face.



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Bronzer

Departmental Store: NYX Matte Bronzer

Perfect for whenever you’re in the mood to give yourself that sun-kissed look or honeyed glow, the Matte Bronzer allows you to achieve a natural and healthy looking complexion.


Specialty Store: MAC Mineralize Skin Finish in “Give Me Sun!”

A slow-baked powder that provides a dimensional finish to your face, Give Me Sun is perfect for contouring your body too as it’s not too orange. Because of its blendable formula, it will suit both light and medium complexions.


Lipstick

Departmental Store: Revlon ColorBurst Matte Balm

Infused with a Triple Butter Complex, the Matte Balm delivers a burst of matte colour with a balm-like feel for a moisturised pout.


Specialty Store: MAC Lipstick

With a hundred different shades and all kinds of finishes, trust us, it’s definitely worth the hype. You, and everyone else, will definitely find your perfect shade(s) in MAC’s Lipstick collection.



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Makeup Remover

Departmental Store: Biore Cleansing Oil Cotton Facial Sheets

The Biore Cleansing Wipes for you is soft, expandable, sturdy, and can remove even the most waterproof of mascaras. Plus, it’s extremely affordable and enriched with Hydrating Beauty Essence, so you can be sure that your skin is nourished while you’re removing every bit of your makeup.


Specialty Store: Shu Uemura Ultime8 Cleansing Oil

Infused with eight exquisite botanical oils, the Ultime8 Cleansing Oil not only effortlessly removing all makeup and impurities, it also delivers smoother, softer, and moisturised skin – the perfect way to remove your makeup after a long day.


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Check out if your favourite beauty product made it to our list! Click here for the beauty and skincare winners of the Clozette Beauty Awards 2016.
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2016 has been a crazy rollercoaster ride of outrageous beauty trends. No matter how weird these trends and beauty challenges are, it's somehow very satisfying to see how beauty gurus are becoming bolder and more adventurous.

So with the year about to come to a close, let's hit that throwback button, and take a look at some of this year's crazy beauty trends that truly took makeup to new heights. 

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The "bra insert as a beauty blender dupe" trend



Probably one of the most recent of them all, beauty gurus have been raving about using a silicon bra insert to apply and blend your foundation. This happened when the silisponge came into the spotlight – a silicon-made sponge that supposedly absorbs little to no product compared to a brush or a beautyblender. The big question is... does it work? The answer will surprise you. 

Glitter roots



Just when you think mattes owned this year, galaxy and glitter also had their fair share of the crown. As a trend that we probably won't try but will still continue to have our eyes on, glitter roots simply look psychedelic and pretty. It definitely made 2016 a little bit brighter... and shinier.

Glow-in-the-dark hair


We've got pastel hair, balayage, ombre, and just about anything that we can do with our hair. But glow-in-the-dark locks just beat everything to the punch. Instead of yapping about its amazingness, why don't you check out the video above? 


Full face using only highlighters challenge


Blind them with your glow? Yes, queen! This trend may be the most (and probably overbearing) glamorous look that beauty gurus have done this year. It may not be a wearable everyday look, but hey, it's still fascinating to watch from start to finish. 

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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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Results


(Photo from: AnastasiaLove)

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.

Application


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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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Innovation


(Photo from: Vinvola)

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.

Packaging


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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?


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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.

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