Can you talk about the awards in general this year (how/if they were different from years past, how many products you received, if there were any surprises, etc.)
Which product category were you most excited about getting your hands on this year?
I love to test mascara—and so does the staff. You get instant gratification; you immediately see the change it’s made in your lashes.
Fragrance! It’s always the most hotly debated category. One person’s favorite is another’s “cleaning solution.” Our conference room and my office reeks for days on end when we’re testing scent. I won’t even notice how potent my office smells until someone comes in waving her hand over her nose while muttering “P-U!”
The issue highlights 12 true innovations that are listed in the big breakthrough section. The products seemed to truly knock the socks off of some of the most experienced editors who have seen it all. What does it take for a product to receive a breakthrough award?
It’s quite rigorous. The product has to do something no other product has done before, and if it’s making strong claims, they have to be backed up by clinical tests. We consult cosmetic chemists and dermatologists, who review these tests to make sure they’re legitimate and were conducted properly.
Everyone should try the Tarte LipSurgence Natural Lip Stain Pencil. It gives your lips a stained look, but it doesn’t feel drying. And it comes in a chubby marker-style applicator, so it’s not drippy or messy.
Is there a product from the awards that is loved by both the beauty and the beast? (Editor’s note: Amy’s husband’s GQ Blog is entitled Beauty Tested, Beast Approved.)
Beauty and the beast are both huge fans of La Roche-Posay Anthelios 60 Ultra Light Sunscreen Fluid, which won for Facial Sunscreen. It’s a liquid sunscreen that’s so light, you barely feel like you have it on—yet it’s so protective with good UVA-blocking ingredients and an SPF 60. The beast brought it with him on a recent boat trip down the Mississippi and Missouri rivers (very manly)—and, of course, no burn.
So many standouts, but if I had to pick a couple new ones, I’d go with: 1. Cover Girl Liquiline Blast Eyeliner—this stuff stays put. It’s really smooth, too. 2. Physicians Formula Organic Wear Eye Makeup Remover Pads. I am so lazy at night and rarely want to exert the effort to take off my makeup. These are easy and don’t make my eyes burn. 3. Yves Saint Laurent Gloss Volupté Gloss Stick in Tangy Orange—love, love, love. Beautiful sheer tangerine shade, with a moisturizing balm feel. 4. Rene Furterer Acanthe Perfect Curls Curl Enhancing Fluid: I have tried every curl enhancer out there on my waves. This is the best—it’s a light lotion that really defines and shapes without turning crunchy.
It takes a little getting used to, but it really can give you long-lasting, mineral-foundation coverage that’s not cakey. Definitely give it another whirl.
for any and all skin types?
That’s why it’s a breakthrough! The company found a way to use such a high amount of glycolic acid in a safe way. Our super-sensitive-skinned editors were amazed that it didn’t irritate their skin.