After reviewing over 200 beauty products that were newly released over the past year, our editors – Kersie, Becks and Lystra – finally debuted 26 winners from the Clozette Beauty Awards 2016: The Editor’s Choice. From skincare to makeup, each beauty product – whether it’s from a departmental or specialty brand – was strictly tried and tested based on five judging criteria: application, results, innovation, packaging, and price-point.

So, who won the hearts of our discerning resident beauty junkies? Below, we’re welcoming the New Year with these 11 editor-approved skincare must-haves of 2016.

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Best Essence: Elizabeth Arden Prevage® Anti-aging Antioxidant Infusion Essence



This refreshing and lightweight essence is infused with Hydrachannel Technology™ and a powerful blend of seven antioxidants to boost skin’s natural hydration levels instantly and over time while keeping it well protected against environmental radicals.
Best Eye Cream: Clarins Enhancing Eye Lift Serum



This eye serum absorbs easily into the skin, leaving a soothing texture to layer on subsequent eye creams. Concentrated with pure plant extracts, it works on the eye contours to lighten dark eye circles and lifts the upper eyelids for visibly bigger and brighter eyes. On top of that, the Eye Lift Serum also features a Panthenol-Enriched formula, which can help to strengthen lashes for a flutter-worthy look.

Best Facial Oil: SK-II Facial Treatment Oil



Combine PITERA™ with six nourishing oils in a unique Golden Ratio, and you’ll get skin that is intensively drenched with moisture. We recommend using the Facial Treatment Oil once every few days, or everyday for skin that’s constantly exposed to harsh cold weather, air conditioning or pollution.



Best Cleanser: Neutrogena Deep Clean Brightening Cleansing Oil To Foam

We must say, we had quite the sensorial experience when we reviewed this cleansing product. From an oil gel texture to cream to soft foam, its dual-transformation process first removes make-up, before cleansing away dirt and oil effectively in one wash. On top of that, we love how a vacuum at the bottom of the packaging helps to push up any remaining product to prevent wastage.

Best Makeup Remover: RMK Moist Cleansing Balm




The RMK Moist Cleansing Balm – scented with a rose fragrance – does a pretty great job in removing our makeup to ensure a clean face at the end of the day. From a solid balm to silky oil, this cleansing balm combines all the benefits of beauty oils with an emollient base that gently glides on skin to melt away even the most stubborn makeup. Bonus point: it comes with a spatula that can be attached onto the cover for hygiene and convenience.


Best Mask: innisfree Super Volcanic Clay Mousse Mask (Departmental) & Lancôme Énergie De Vie The Overnight Recovery Sleeping Mask (Specialty)

The innisfree Super Volcanic Clay Mousse Mask packs some serious sebum-absorbing power thanks to its Super Volcanic Clusters™. A deep cleansing mask that is great for those with oily skin or various pore concerns, it glides over small pores and fine lines; and is carefully formulated with exfoliating ingredients such as AHA, BHA, walnut shell extract and cellulose. Plus, the packaging provides clear instruction on how to use the product, and its new pump applicator gives a hassle-free experience – exactly how we like it.

The Lancôme Énergie De Vie The Overnight Recovery Sleeping Mask has a transparent, gel-like texture that is lightweight and soothing enough as an overnight mask. It works hard overnight to keep your skin protected throughout the day with a layer of antioxidants. This anti-fatigue mask offers the hydrating and plumping effect of a balm, and the freshness and lightness of a water mist.


Best Moisturiser: Sothys Hydra3Ha™ Hydrating Gel-cream



Available in two textures for different skin preferences – Hydrating cream and Hydrating gel-cream – this moisturiser works to combat dehydrated skin to smooth, soften and intensively hydrate your skin, making it a reliable everyday skincare essential.

Best Serum: Fresh Black Tea Age-Delay Firming Serum



Concentrated with a blend of exclusive Black Tea Complex, this firming serum is said to give a “corset-like” effect to firm and give more definition to the facial contours. This fast-absorbing moisturising treatment smells delightful but not too overpowering, leaving you feeling relaxed and ready to hit the sack. The bottle nozzle also allows you to control the amount of product to be dispensed more precisely as compared to a pump.



Best Sunscreen: Biore UV Watery Essence



If you’re the kind of user who skips the sunblock because of its oily after-feel, this is for you. Packed with SPF 50 PA+++ for maximum protection, this watery-based sunscreen comes in an ultra light texture that does not leave the skin greasy after application. We like that it absorbs quickly and does not interfere with our makeup after.

Best Toner: Porcelain Revive Glycolic Toner


Enriched with a blend of gentle alpha-hydroxy acids, vitamin C and E; and enhanced with aloe vera, sodium hyaluronate and witch hazel, this toner works hard to clarify the skin to make way for a brighter, clearer appearance. This hydrating anti-aging toner also works to speed up collagen and elastin production to treat fine lines and acne for younger-looking skin. 
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Want to know what other products won in their category? Discover all winners of Clozette Beauty Awards 2016 here!
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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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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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