During the following weeks, votes were cast for the best products and then verified by EY, the leading firm of accountants. Read on for this year’s results, which bring us new stars, must-have buys and recognition for some of the best-loved names in beauty.
With its rose-gold packaging, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley’s beauty range has found its way into our hearts – rather like the supermodel herself.
This draws on the same powder exfoliating format, and can be used daily to leave skin ultra-smooth, fighting brown spots, fine lines and uneven pigmentation. Bust your stress and ease aching muscles with this effective bath and shower treat that warms, soothes – and fills your bathroom with its aromatic blend of rosemary, black pepper, lavender and ginger. The #1-selling blush in the United States, its ultimate natural-looking flush suits all skintones and continues to inspire slavish devotion – not least among CEW’s judges, who love the healthy-looking, complexion-awakening shade.
From top: Highliner Gel Eye Crayon, £20; Le Marc Lip Crème, £25, and Velvet Noir Major Volume Mascara, £20. Who better to deliver than a celebrate tattoo artist, say CEW’s members. Long-wear, high-pigment, full-coverage products deliver flawless, customisable coverage. This skincare line sits alongside Skin Laundry’s famously brightening, blemish-busting, collagen-boosting 15-Minute Laser & Light Facial – but can be enjoyed by those of us who haven’t got around to booking that high-tech treatment. Now it is doing the same for dry-styling, declare CEW’s insiders, with its clever ergonomic brush for your smoothest-ever look. Konjac sponges have for many of us taken over from the muslin cloth for cleansing – but this goes beyond removing make-up to help refine large pores and blackheads, offering a deep cleanse and exfoliation with built-in TLC. Forget all about lifting shine from skin with a ‘blotting paper’ or even a tissue: from the ‘cult’ name in make-up tools comes a mirrored compact featuring two washable ‘blotting cushions’, to soak up excess oil without disturbing make-up. Once upon a time, as far as men were concerned, shampoo simply cleaned hair. It’s charcoal, charcoal, everywhere: increasingly recognised for its powers to purify, lift dead skin cells and absorb excess oils, this affordable scrub features cocoa butter and walnut shell alongside that ‘buzz’ ingredient, to buff and cleanse. The hipster trend has made Bulldog's Original Beard Oil one of their fastest-selling products, enriched with aloe vera, jojoba, camelina oil, green tea and borage to condition facial hair and moisturise beneath, leaving it refreshingly scented. It works with your natural skintone to deliver a natural-looking glow in under 60 minutes that will last for up to a week. This innovative roll-on product – blended with light-diffusing mineral powders, hyaluronic acid and natural caramel – glides onto shins and limbs to deliver a sculpting golden gleam, while algae extra instantly firms. From top: Agrume, Onagre, Rose and Grenade Jardin de Vie, £19.95 each for 50ml, uk.
Now – as fans of this offering attest – it can strengthen and revive locks, smoothing the hair cuticle to deliver shine while nourishing with vitamin B5. Wafting a straight-from-a-rose-garden scent with every Soil Association-certified dab, this is one of the hardest-working multi-taskers out there – great for cleansing, moisturising, as a mask, lip balm, nail treatment and more, more, more. These bath and body treats impressed the eco-judges with its thought-provoking ethos – making us stop and consider an increasingly precious commodity rather than taking lengthy showers or running taps while we wash hands/faces. Founded in 1985, Aromatherapy Associates has brought stillness, calm and inner strength to countless devotees, with ranges designed to lead us on a sensory journey via therapeutic essential oils blended for physical, mental and emotional wellbeing.
With its lash-maximising brush and velvet finish, this is so much easier! This ultra-fine, twist-up pencil – part of Benefit’s huge brow-beautifying range – allows precision strokes that transform even the most shapeless arches.
Sweep through with the built-in brush, at the end, for total brow perfection. The make-up pro dipped into her little black book to collaborate with 12 stellar women on this volumising lipstick.
Its chic, minimalist packaging showcases the highest of skin-tech solutions, which are delivered to beauty-lovers at truly accessible prices. Clockwise from top left: Natural Moisturizing Factors HA, £5; Hyaluronic Acid 2% B5, £6, and 100% Organic Cold-Pressed Rose Hip Seed Oil, £9; It’s a new name which taps into years of experience working for global beauty brands to create great formulations, presented in beautiful packaging, each emblazoned with a make-you-smile quote. Herbal botanist and bee-keeper Jo Chidley’s recognised as one of the 25 Most Influential People in Natural Beauty, for her 100% natural, everyday luxury beauty creations. Emulating the flattering effect that candlelight has on the skin via micro-fine, radiant pearls and light-reflective pigments, this hydrating base shows skin in its best light. For skin that’s matt – but never flat: the make-up artist’s brand embraces something called Velvet Illusion Complex technology in this comfy-to-wear, oil-free formulation, to deliver a soft-focus effect with a soft-touch feel. From CEW’s 2016 Best New Brand, this rising star make-up line now brings us a powder to convert non-powder-wearers, its micro-fine texture blending rose gold and soft peach pigments to deliver a soft, ethereal, lit-from-within glow. CEW fell in love with Charlotte from the minute she launched her range – and the affair is showing no signs of fading.