We are thrilled to share with you the winners of the 22nd Annual CEW Beauty Insider Awards, the only beauty awards program where the winners are determined exclusively by industry professionals who know the best in beauty. A list of this year’s best in beauty can be found here. We are also excited to share the second CEW Beauty Insider Awards Digital Magazine, the ultimate go-to beauty resource for consumers. The digital magazine includes winning and finalist products, expert tips from industry insiders, trend forecasts and clickable icons to purchase products.
Cosmetic Executive Women (CEW) held beauty’s biggest celebration of innovation, recognizing the year’s best beauty products at the 22nd annual CEW Beauty Insider Awards, in partnership with Meredith. Top products were honored across 37 categories including hair care, fragrance, skin care, cosmetics, and more. The complete list of the winning products is included below.
For more than two decades the CEW Beauty Insider Awards have been the only awards voted on by the industry leaders who truly know beauty’s best. CEW’s 6,000+ U.S. members selected 212 finalists from more than 800 entries. Winners were then chosen from the finalists by CEW’s Board of Governors and a select group of beauty industry experts. The CEW Beauty Insider Awards exemplify the industry’s highest recognition for brands and manufacturers.
“Thousands of beauty products are launched every year. With so many options to choose from, it can be challenging for a shopper to distinguish between them,” says Carlotta Jacobson, President of CEW. “Because these winners are selected by industry insiders, the award seal helps the consumer identify and trust that these are the most innovative products in beauty. To help consumers discover the hottest new products, CEW has created the Beauty Insider Awards Digital Magazine for a second year. This magazine features winning and finalist products, plus expert tips, trend forecasts, videos and clickable icons to purchase products from retailer partners. The digital magazine can be found at CEW.org/BeautyMag .
CEW also continues to reach consumers through its retail partnerships. This summer, Birchbox will launch two limited-edition Beauty Awards collections featuring finalist and winning products. QVC will also be featuring select finalist and winning products live on air during a CEW Beauty Awards Show in July.
New This Year
This year, CEW launched the Best Beauty App Award to recognize one mobile beauty app that makes it even easier for beauty lovers to discover, play and shop directly from their smartphones. The winner of the (H)Appy Beauty (Best Beauty App) category is L’Oréal Paris Makeup Genius.
Also new this year, CEW partnered with the Meredith Corporation to launch the Super Hero (Iconic Consumers’ Choice) Beauty Award. For the first time in CEW history, consumers were invited to select beauty award winners, voting on Meredith’s digital platform for their favorite mass and prestige iconic beauty products. The winner of the Iconic Consumers’ Choice Award Mass is NEUTROGENA® Makeup Removing Cleansing Towelettes. The winner of the Iconic Consumers’ Choice Award Prestige is Clinique Moisture Surge Extended Thirst Relief.
Eco and Indie Awards
The Earth Loving (Eco) Beauty Award recognizes a brand that has moved further toward the goal of sustainability. Criteria for the award are based upon principles promoted by The Natural Step, and finalists are voted on by a special voting committee. Presented by Givaudan, the winner was Jurlique.
CEW established the Indie Brand Beauty Award over a decade ago to celebrate the creativity, originality and entrepreneurial spirit of a small, independent beauty company. Indie brands are influencing the beauty landscape at an accelerated rate, exemplified by the increase in entries in the Indie Brand category: forty-three brands entered; a third more entries vs. last year. This year’s winner of the New Game in Town (Indie Brand) Beauty Award, presented by Piper Jaffray, is Color Wow. In addition to receiving this distinguished accomplishment, Color Wow will also receive a complimentary booth from Cosmoprof North America at their annual show in Las Vegas, being held July 24-26. The booth, valued at $8,000, includes marketing, a fully furnished lounge space and guaranteed meetings with the retail buyers attending the event.
This year’s CEW Beauty Insider Awards are sponsored by Meredith Corporation, Givaudan, QVC, Ulta Beauty, Perfect, DermStore, Beauty Inc, Arcade Beauty, Costco Wholesale, Birchbox, Conair + Scunci, Piper Jaffray & Co., RPG, Mintel, Albea, MaCher, Nielsen, Anisa International, Cosmoprof North America, Rpr Marketing Communications, ChemAid Laboratories, Yes to Inc., Unilever, Avon, Elizabeth Arden, P&G Beauty, Cosmopack New York & Cosmoprof Bologna, Consultancy Media, Kraftworks, Suite K, PIMS, Good Engine Media, WWD, The NPD Group and Ernst & Young.
A full list of winners can be found below and online at www.cew.org
Highlights of this year’s event include:
- More than 800 entries
- 212 Finalists
- Host: Laura Benanti, Tony Award-Winning Actress
- Presenters Included:
- Gretta Monahan, Rachael RayFashion & Beauty Expert, Jeannine Morris, Multimedia Beauty & Wellness Journalist: NBC Contributor, Freelance Writer, Blogger, Jenn Falik, On-Air Beauty Contributor and Lifestyle Writer
Online & Print Editors
-Christine Guilfoyle, Senior Vice President, Group Publisher, Better Homes and Gardens and Martha Stewart Living
-Cheryl Kramer Kaye, Executive Beauty Director, SHAPE
-Jessica Torres, Editor-in-Chief, Siempre Mujer
-Melissa Goldstein, Beauty Director, Martha Stewart Living and Martha Stewart Weddings
-Tracy Perez, Beauty Director, Meredith Parents Network
-Nancy Weber, Executive Vice President, Chief Marketing Officer, Meredith Corporation
-Kirsten Londono, SVP, Professional Services, Nielsen
-Diane Nicholson, President, Fashion, Beauty and Sports, The NPD Group
-Shaun Westfall, Managing Director, Consumer Investment Banking, Piper Jaffray & Co.
-Felix Mayr-Harting, Global Head of Fine Fragrances, Givaudan
Sandra Bennett, Program Host, QVC
Forty-three awards were given across thirty-seven categories: Does A Body Good (Bath and Body Mass), Does A Body Good (Bath and Body Prestige), Blemish Busters (Acne Treatment), Turn Back Time (Anti-Aging Mass), Turn Back Time (Anti-Aging Prestige), Keep It Clean (Cleanser & Scrub), Eye On The Prize (Eye Treatment), Lip Service (Lip Treatment), Device Advice (Skincare Tools), Bring On The Sun (Sun Product), S.O.S. – Save Our Skin (Moisturizer Mass), S.O.S. – Save Our Skin (Moisturizer Prestige), Dying For Color (Hair Coloring Product), The Mane Attraction (Hair Shampoo/Hair Conditioner), Hair-spiration (Hair Style/Hair Care), DIY Style (Hair Tools), All Eyes On Me (Eye Product Mass), All Eyes On Me (Eye Product Prestige), #NoFilter (Face Product Mass), #NoFilter (Face Product Prestige), Seal It With A Kiss (Lip Product Mass), Seal It With A Kiss (Lip Product Prestige), Man-Made (Men’s Grooming), Male Attraction (Men’s Scent), It Makes Scents (Women’s Scent Mass), It Makes Scents (Women’s Scent Prestige), Nailed It (Nail Product), (H)Appy Beauty (Best Beauty App), New Game In Town (Indie Brand Beauty Award), Earth-Loving (Eco Beauty Award), QVC Beauty Quest Award, Super Hero (Iconic Consumers’ Choice Beauty Award Mass), Super Hero (Iconic Consumers’ Choice Beauty Award Prestige), #ICYMI – In Case You Missed It (Most Buzzed About Award Mass), #ICYMI – In Case You Missed It (Most Buzzed About Award Prestige), Numbers Don’t Lie (Best Seller Mass) and Numbers Don’t Lie (Best Seller Prestige).
The 2016 CEW Beauty Insider Award winners are:
BATH AND BODY
Does A Body Good (Bath and Body Mass)
NIVEA – In-shower Body Lotion
Does A Body Good (Bath and Body Prestige)
Fresh – Cocoa Body Exfoliant
Blemish Busters (Acne Treatment)
Kate Somerville – EradiKate Mask Foam-activated Acne Treatment
Turn Back Time (Anti-Aging Mass)
Sonia Kashuk – Detox Purifying Black Mask
Turn Back Time (Anti-Aging Prestige)
GLAMGLOW – Flashmud™ Brightening Treatment
Keep It Clean (Cleanser & Scrub)
Simple® Skincare – Micellar Cleansing Water
Eye On The Prize (Eye Treatment)
IT Cosmetics – Your Skin but Better™ CC+ Eye™ Cream SPF 50+
Lip Service (Lip Treatment)
Fresh – Sugar Nourishing Lip Balm Advanced Therapy
Device Advice (Skincare Tools)
Clarisonic – Alpha Fit
Bring On The Sun (Sun Product)
St. Tropez – Gradual Tan in Shower Lotion
S.O.S. – Save Our Skin (Moisturizer Mass)
NEUTROGENA® – Hydro Boost Water Gel
S.O.S. – Save Our Skin (Moisturizer Prestige)
Clinique – Dramatically Different Moisturizing Cream
Dying For Color (Hair Coloring Product)
Oribe Hair Care – Airbrush Root Touch-up Spray
The Mane Attraction (Hair Shampoo/Hair Conditioner)
Living Proof – Perfect Hair Day (PhD) Dry Shampoo
Hair-spiration (Hair Style/Hair Care) – THREE WAY TIE!
Bumble and bumble – Don’t Blow It (H)air Styler
Drybar – Triple Sec 3-in-1
Living Proof – Blowout
DIY Style (Hair Tools)
T3 Micro, Inc. – PROi Professional Hair Dryer
All Eyes On Me (Eye Product Mass)
L’Oréal Paris – Voluminous Superstar Mascara
All Eyes On Me (Eye Product Prestige)
Dior – Diorshow Mascara
#NoFilter (Face Product Mass)
Sonia Kashuk – Undercover Liquid Concealer
#NoFilter (Face Product Prestige)
Laura Mercier – Silk Crème Moisturizing Photo Edition Foundation
Seal It With A Kiss (Lip Product Mass)
FLOWER – Lip Radiance High Shine Lip Lacquer
Seal It With A Kiss (Lip Product Prestige)
Charlotte Tilbury – Matte Revolution
MAN-MADE (MEN’S GROOMING)
Clinique – Clinique for Men Charcoal Face Wash
Male Attraction (Men’s Scent)
Dior – Sauvage
Perfumer – Christian Dior
It Makes Scents (Women’s Scent Mass)
Sonia Kashuk – Eau de Toilette in White Etheriana
Perfumer – Robertet
It Makes Scents (Women’s Sent Prestige)
Yves Saint Laurent Beauté – Black Opium
Perfumer – Firmenich
NAILED IT (NAIL PRODUCT) – TWO WAY TIE!
butter LONDON – Patent Shine 10x™ Nail Lacquer
essie – Gel Setter
NEW! (H)APPY BEAUTY (BEST BEAUTY APP)
L’Oréal Paris – Makeup Genius
NEW GAME IN TOWN (INDIE BRAND BEAUTY AWARD)
EARTH-LOVING (ECO BEAUTY AWARD)
QVC BEAUTY QUEST AWARD
SUPER HERO (ICONIC BEAUTY AWARD)
NEUTROGENA® – Makeup Removing Cleansing Towelettes
Clinique – Moisture Surge Extended Thirst Relief
#ICYMI – IN CASE YOU MISSED IT (MOST BUZZED ABOUT AWARD)
Bioré – Deep Cleansing Charcoal Pore Strips
Urban Decay – Naked Smoky
NUMBERS DON’T LIE (BEST SELLER AWARD)
Covergirl – The Super Sizer by Lashblast Mascara
Urban Decay – Naked Smoky Eyeshadow Palette
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