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Feb 22, 2006
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I was going to post the winners in respective categories, but decided to keep it all together in one.

DRUGSTORE: L'Oréal Paris Colour Riche Lipcolour in Sugar Plum
This beloved berry is subdued only in color—its staying power on the lips is strong.

DEPARTMENT STORE: M.A.C. Lipstick in Viva Glam V
A rich lip color in laid-back, sugar-sweet pink—"I go through it like candy," writes Alexandria Thompson from Santa Rosa, California.

L'Oréal Paris Colour Juice Sheer Juicy Lip Gloss in Watermelon Crush
It's got a fresh burst of color that goes on smooth, not sticky—and stays that way.

DEPARTMENT STORE: M.A.C. Lustreglass Lip Gloss in Pinkarat
This lip shine looks bubblegum bright in the tube but mellows to a sheer, sophisticated pink on lips.

Cover Girl Cheekers Blush in Natural Twinkle
A light, healthy-looking rose, it perks up skin and adds a touch of shine.

DEPARTMENT STORE: Nars Blush in Orgasm
So maybe the name's a bit of a stretch—but this universally flattering pinky-peach guarantees a sexy flush.

Revlon ColorStay 12 Hour Eye Shadow Quad in Neutral Khakis
This quartet of luminous, lightweight shades, including violet and sand, is a revved-up version of basic neutrals.

DEPARTMENT STORE: M.A.C. Eye Shadow in All That Glitters
A Bellini for the lids, this champagne shadow has a dose of peach shimmer that wakes up tired eyes.

Revlon ColorStay Eyeliner in Black Brown
This lithe little pencil self-sharpens to make lining eyes a cinch.

DEPARTMENT STORE: M.A.C. Fluidline Eye-Liner Gel in Blacktrack
A slick double agent: The gel liner can go on as thick and bold as a liquid or be smudged like a pencil.

Maybelline New York Great Lash Mascara
It's the old standby with good reason: A few coats create feathery Betty Boop lashes.

DEPARTMENT STORE: Lancôme Définicils High Definition Mascara
This lengthens, separates, and leaves lashes perfectly defined: "It really never clumps," writes Kari Kilcullen from Manassas, Virginia.

Maybelline New York Cover Stick Concealer
Smooth and simple to apply: One dot of this cover-up from the lipstick-like tube does the trick.

DEPARTMENT STORE: M.A.C. Select Moisturecover
This opaque formula seems to fade away right after application—covering dark spots and its own tracks.

L'Oréal Paris True Match Super-Blendable Make Up
It easily matches skin tones, then gives a light yet convincing veil of coverage.

DEPARTMENT STORE: Bare Escentuals bareMinerals Foundation SPF 15
This silky mineral powder camouflages with a kick of shimmer—and leaves its competitors in the dust. "It matches your skin tone and is sheer while providing great coverage and sun protection," raves Holly from Los Angeles.

Neutrogena Oil-Free Acne Wash
Spiked with zit-fighting salicylic acid, it leaves the face feeling clean but not tight.

DRUGSTORE (TIE): Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser
Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser It's clear why it took top honors: It's so soft and soothing, even the touchiest skin can apply without feeling stripped of oils.

DEPARTMENT STORE: Philosophy Purity Made Simple One-Step Facial Cleanser
This creamy formula coddles dry, sensitive skin and eases makeup off, too.

St. Ives Apricot Scrub Invigorating
The popular scrub is gentle enough to use a few times a week and effective enough to revive dull skin. "It leaves my face soft and smooth," writes Johanna Mellis from Midlothian, Virginia.

DEPARTMENT STORE: Clinique 7 Day Scrub Cream Rinse-Off Formula
The teensy, skin-sloughing granules are hidden in a cleanser so creamy, you don't even need water—just massage on, wipe off.

Olay Regenerist Daily Regenerating Serum
An amino-peptide-enhanced moisturizer that leaves you with zero shine. "It makes my skin so silky. It's the one product that I can't do without," writes Casey Coe from Salem, Oregon.

DEPARTMENT STORE (TIE): Clinique Repair-wear Day SPF 15 Intensive Cream
Like the best dessert, it's rich and indulgent but not heavy.

DEPARTMENT STORE (TIE): Avon Anew Clinical Line and Wrinkle Corrector
This cream's light texture belies its ability to smooth fine lines fast.

: Olay Total Effects 7X Visible Anti-aging Vitamin Complex
This oil-free lotion has more vitamins than your morning cereal—including antioxidants to protect skin from free radicals.

DEPARTMENT STORE: Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion
No wonder this classic hydrator won by a landslide: "It makes my dry skin look soft and smooth without being greasy," writes Vanessa Vu from Mount View, California.

Pantene Pro-V Classic Clean Shampoo
This moisturizing wash doesn't strip hair, even when it's colored.

DEPARTMENT STORE: Aveda Color Conserve Shampoo
Frisky with peppermint, this vitamin E-enhanced color guard brings a whiff of aromatherapy to a morning shower.

Pantene Pro-V Classic Care Conditioner
The rich, clingy formula is the king of detanglers—and perfect for thick, dry hair that likes to frizz.

DEPARTMENT STORE: Matrix Biolage Hydrothérapie Conditioning Balm
It makes hair salon-soft (thanks to cetearyl alcohol) without the salon price.

Garnier Fructis Style Volume Inject Mousse
It pumps up hair with an airy blend that smells like apple Jolly Ranchers.

DRUGSTORE (TIE): Pantene Pro-V Sheer Volume Body Builder Volumizing Mousse
This mousse has enough muscle to hold a style all day.

DEPARTMENT STORE: Aveda Pure Abundance Hair Potion
Rubbed between palms, the powder becomes a thickening, texturizing paste that never gets gluey.

John Frieda Collection Frizz-Ease Hair Serum Original Formula
This silky fuzz-buster blew away the competition. "I use a pea-size drop and suddenly my hair is well-behaved—no more sneaky, wispy pieces sticking up," writes Lee-Ann McRobie from Houston.

DEPARTMENT STORE (TIE): BioSilk Silk Therapy
A drop is all it takes to fuse crackly split ends together—"nothing works better," writes Anna Park from Brooklyn.

DEPARTMENT STORE (TIE): Fekkai Glossing Cream
Put it on wet or dry hair—its smoothing powers come without goopiness or grease.

L'Oréal Paris Superior Preference Fade-Defying Color & Shine System in Lightest Golden Brown
A warm honey brown, it lasts longer than nearly everything else on the shelf.

Neutrogena Body Clear Body Scrub
This exfoliator has salicylic acid to keep below-the-chin zits at bay.

DEPARTMENT STORE: Bath & Body Works True Blue Spa I'm in the Mood for Scrub
It contains the finest crystals that slough off dead cells, while orange extract soothes and shea butter hydrates.

Aveeno Daily Moisturizing Lotion
Rub it on at night, and you'll wake up with pillow-soft skin.

DRUGSTORE (TIE): Vaseline Intensive Care Total Moisture Dry Skin Lotion
This produces a cooling sensation that's perfect for summer—morning, noon, or night.

DEPARTMENT STORE: Bath & Body Works Japanese Cherry Blossom Body Lotion
It feels and smells light, as if the skin has been kissed—not groped—by the petals.

Jergens Natural Glow Daily Moisturizer
This gradual self-tanning gem is hydrating and foolproof. "If I know I'm going to a big event, I'll start applying it two weeks in advance. The result is flawless and glowing," writes Sophia O'Brien, from San Francisco.

DEPARTMENT STORE: Clarins Self Tanning Instant Gel Face and Body
This gel dries in a snap for a quick, natural-looking bronze.

OPI Nail Lacquer in Samoan Sand
Our readers turn to this universally flattering nude beige again and again. "It is the perfect color for any situation," writes Nicole Sanders from Salt Lake City.

DEPARTMENT STORE (TIE): Avon Color Nailwear Nail Enamel in Bare Necessity
It's the perfect pinky brown—especially on dark skin.

DEPARTMENT STORE (TIE): Chanel Nail Colour in Ballerina
This girlish pink is as delicate as a tutu.

DEPARTMENT STORE (TIE): Estée Lauder Pure Color Nail Lacquer in Peach Sorbet
Just a hint of pearly peach makes this tint beloved.

OPI Nail Lacquer in That's Berry Daring
This fuchsia is a knockout on the fingers and toes alike.

DEPARTMENT STORE: Chanel Nail Colour in Organdy
This standout pink is strong enough to give red a run for its money.

Love's Baby Soft Cologne Spray
It's a warm, fuzzy spritz of nostalgia—like baby powder in a bottle.

DRUGSTORE (TIE): Revlon Charlie Cologne Spray
Spice and sass make this old-school charmer a natural choice for warm nights.

DRUGSTORE (TIE): White Diamonds Elizabeth Taylor
This rosy, floral mix doesn't come on too strong.

DEPARTMENT STORE: Chanel No. 5 Eau de Parfum
With heady iris that's anchored by sandalwood and vanilla, this classic fragrance is shorthand for elegance.

Vera Wang Princess Eau de Toilette Spray
It's a flirty, sweet mix of water lily and mandarin meringue.

Acqua Di Gió Giorgio Armani Eau de Toilette Pour Homme
This scent is outdoorsy and athletic, yet not overpowering—just like the man of your dreams.


Feb 28, 2007
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Wow some of them never change. Shows how popular those products are! I think I might try that MAC concealer though.

Feb 22, 2006
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Originally Posted by Share /img/forum/go_quote.gif I'm surprised to see Avon listed as a department brand. They were classified this way:
  • DRUGSTORE: These are products that you buy at places such as Walgreens and CVS or discount supercenters such as Wal-Mart and Target.
  • DEPARTMENT STORE: These are products sold at department stores such as Macy's and Bloomingdale's, at specialty beauty stores such as Sephora and Bath & Body Works, and by direct-sales (and online) companies such as Avon.
Apr 23, 2006
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I love Viva Glam V and St Ives apricot scrub. I use the Viva Glam V lipglass more than the lipstick though. I tried Nars Orgasm once, but it's way too light for my skintone.


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