Three years. Three hundred and ninety-three reviews. One hundred and twenty-four beauty columns in The Irish Sun newspaper. Hundreds of products from which to choose. Twenty-five winners. Here TBI brings you the best of the best of 2016 – in our first annual The Beauty Inbox Awards.
1. BEST FOUNDATION
Make Up For Ever Ultra HD (€43)
For flawless, high-definition coverage, you can’t beat Make Up For Ever’s silky foundation. As favoured by the Kardashians, the dewy base is perfect for creating the flawless, Instagram-worthy skin we all dream of.
2. BEST EYE CREAM
Clinique Pep-Start (€28)
For bright eyes in an instant, the cooling roller ball eye cream can be applied on the go. Chock full of peptides, your eyes will love it.
3. BEST FAKE TAN
St Moriz Velvet Finish Tanning Gel (€6.49)
For a realistic glow, the new St Moriz gel is one of the best budget tans on the market. Expect bronzed limbs without that fake tan smell.
4. BEST HIGHLIGHTER
Sleek Highlighter Palette in Cleopatra’s Kiss (€14.49)
First there was the iconic Solstice palette, now Sleek has brought out the bronze-toned Cleopatra’s Kiss. If you love your bronze and sparkle, this palette is for you.
5. BEST TINTED MOISTURISER
Nars Matte Velvet Skin Tint (€38)
For the ultimate matte skin, Nars has nailed it with this beautiful tint. With SPF, the tint gives light to medium coverage for flawless skin.
6. BEST SKIN HERO
La Roche-Posay Effaclar Duo (€17.99)
The bestselling gel-cream from La Roche-Posay helps fights blemishes and unclogs pores. Our make-up bag wouldn’t be without it.
7. BEST LIP PRODUCT
Giorgio Armani Lip Magnets (€29)
Enriched with nutritional oils, the new Giorgio Armani liquid mattes were outright winners. Available in 18 super-bold shades, the mattes last the pace without drying out the lips.
8. BEST EYESHADOW
Urban Decay Ultimate Neutrals (€47)
The latest Naked palette is the best new eye shadow collection of 2016. Featuring 12 brand new mattes, it has your smoky eye needs covered.
9. BEST ANTI-AGEING SKINCARE
Nuxe Nuxuriance Ultra Anti-Ageing (from €48)
Anti-ageing doesn’t get more super-powered than Nuxe’s Nuxuriance Ultra. With seven patents pending, Nuxe boffins have developed an intelligent botanical cell which promises to stimulate the skin’s major cells for 12 hours. Genius.
10. BEST BLUSHER
Clinique Cheek Pops (€21)
These silky smooth blushes in the cutest of packaging give cheeks a natural flush. Expect subtle, effortless colour.
11. BEST KEPT SECRET
M2 Beaute Eye Lash Activating Serum (€120)
Thanks to its complex of highly potent activating ingredients, the M2 Beaute Eyelash Activating serum not only promises longer, fuller lashes in six to eight weeks, it actually delivers. No wonder it’s adored by beauty insiders.
12. BEST PRIMER
Flormar Double Radiance Primer (€12.95)
The new and improved primer from Flormar is one of the best budget primers on the market. Mix with your regular foundation or wear alone for highlighted, radiant skin.
13. BEST MOISTURISER
Yon-Ka Nutri Defense (€52)
Rich in essential fatty acids (omega 3, 6, 9), this super hydrating cream brings immediate and long-lasting comfort. Dry winter skin will love it.
14. BEST BODY LOTION
Garnier Ultimate Blends Delicate Oat Body Lotion (€8.29)
Following on from the success of the Ultimate Blends haircare range, this year’s body care range left us with enviable limbs and silky soft skin. The Delicate Oats lotion features oat milk and white almond cream which makes it perfect for sensitive types and even babies. Love it!
15. BEST MASCARA
Clarins Mascara Supra Volume (€26)
Stylishly packaged in Clarins signature gold, the Supra Volume gives plump, fluttery lashes without clumping or flaking.
16. BEST HAIR HERO
Kerastase Discipline Bain Fluidealiste (from €18)
For soft, healthy hair, Kerastase is difficult to beat. The sulphate-free range, similar to baby shampoos, leaves hair silky and flake-free without nasty chemicals.
17. BEST FACE MASK
The Body Shop Superfood Face Masks (€25)
The delicious new Superfood Face Mask range from The Body Shop is packed, crushed and drizzled with only natural, 100 per cent vegetarian ingredients. Formulated without parabens, the five masks are good enough to eat.
18. BEST CLEANSER
Oskia Renaissance Cleansing Gel (€35)
The cult bloggers’ favourite has a blend of pumpkin enzymes to dissolve grime and Vitamins A, C and E to help restore skin balance.
19. BEST NATURAL BRAND
Dr Hauschka (from €8.95)
One of the original organic skincare brands (and the best in our opinion), Dr Hauschka’s range of healing, ecologically sound products are a soothing alternative to chemically-driven beauty.
20. BEST NAIL POLISH
CND Vinylux, €11.95
Famed for its Shellac gel range, CND has scored another hit with its weekly home polish range Vinylux. The gel-like polishes actually deliver on its week-long promise and feature the same stunning colours as the Shellac range.
21. BEST SUNCARE RANGE
Guinot Nucleic Defense Sun Care Range (from €32)
Renowned for its skincare products, French brand Guinot’s anti-ageing range harnesses the power of DNA to protect against sun damage. Formulated to pharmaceutical standards, the innovative range is an essential part of our anti-ageing arsenal.
22. BEST SERUM
Declare Multi Lift Serum (€59.50)
Formulated with marine collagen, this powerful serum delivers on its promises of reduced age spots and improved elasticity.
23. BEST BRONZER
L’Oreal Paris Glam Bronze Cushion Soleil (€22)
The new wave of cushion foundations give lightweight, airy coverage. For a natural bronzed look, this innovative L’Oreal bronzer allows you to tap-tap your way to radiant skin.
24. BEST MEN’S SKINCARE RANGE
Clarins Men’s range (from €17)
With formulations that are tailored to men’s skin, Clarins Men’s range continues to innovative. This year, we loved the new Line-Control Eye and Face Balm – a highly effective range of balms.
25. INNOVATION AWARD
Clarins Booster Repair (€39)
For a little skincare boost, the highly concentrated Clarins serums can be added to your regular moisturiser for extra oomph.