Yesterday the winners of the 2013 Australian Beauty Awards were revealed as part of the 30 Days of Fashion & Beauty Event, with the winning products chosen by a panel of renowned beauty experts including beauty editors from CLEO, Cosmopolitan and Harper’s BAZAAR to name a few.
Products entered into each category were judged on criteria including quality, value, originality, packaging and design, technical manufacture and innovation and consumer experience.
The Winners: Lips
In the lip category, Tom Ford Lip Color won best Cult Lips, with the runner up being Maybelline NY Baby Lips Loves Color in “Rose Addict”. Whilst I’m not surprised to see Tom Ford take the cake (Cherry Lush & Aphrodisiac are among my favourites), I was pleasantly surprised to see that the tinted version of Maybelline Baby Lips was a close runner up. The tint doesn’t show up well on my flushed lip tone, but clearly it must appeal to so many other people. Sheer tint aside, I love Maybelline Baby Lips as it’s a “cheapie and a goodie” all-rounder lip balm that I even featured in my Pout Perfect book in the lip care chapter.
Next up, the winner of the best Lip Gloss was L’Oreal Paris Shine Caresse, with Philosophy Lip Shines in the runner up. I have to admit I was surprised with these nominations, as when it comes to lip gloss I am hopelessly devoted to my Tom Ford Ultra Shine Lip Gloss and Bobbi Brown Lip Gloss. I haven’t tried Philosophy Lip Shines yet, but I’m looking forward to checking them out! I also feel that if a lip stain were going to be awarded in the lip gloss category, it should be YSL Glossy Stain as virtually everyone I know rates them better.
Finally, the winner of the Lipstick category was actually a hybrid liquid lipstick – Giorgio Armani Lip Maestro, with YSL Rouge Volupté Shine in the runner up. Having tried the YSL Rouge Volupté Shine in shade “Fuchsia in Excess”, I can vouch for its exquisite combination of hydration, translucence with punchy pigment. As for Giorgio Armani Lip Maestro, I have heard mixed reviews on the not-quite-satin-nor-matte finish. One of my friends is obsessed about it, whilst others found the texture to be an anti-climax. Since I am very prone to dry lips I’m not in a hurry to try it, especially when I already have Guerlain Rouge G L’Extrait in “Orgueil”, which, in my books, is the ultimate liquid lipstick.
Here’s what the public actually voted for via the Beauty Awards website.
- Winner: Maybelline NY Baby Lips Loves Color in Rose Addict
- Runner up: Burt’s Bees Beeswax Lip Balm
- Winner: Carmex Moisture Plus Ultra Hydrating Lip Balm in Sheer Pink
- Runner up: Revlon Super Lustrous Lipgloss
- Winner: M.A.C Cosmetics Mineralize Rich Lipstick
- Runner up: Rimmel London Lasting Finish Matte Lipstick by Kate Moss
The full list of finalists and winners of the Judges’ Choice and Readers’ Choice Awards can be viewed at www.beautyawards.com.au.