Over at the Yahoo Canada offices, the Lifestyle team is always on the lookout for award-winning products with rave reviews that are winning over shoppers. That’s why when Allure announced this year’s crop of their Best of Beauty winners, we had to take a look at their top picks.
This year, more than 300 products made their way onto the list, separated into categories that range from skincare to haircare and everything in between. If you’re feeling fancy, they even have a list of their top beauty splurges, but we’re more interested in the affordable products that you can find at your local drugstore.
Ahead, have a look through for the award-winning makeup picks that won’t break the bank, and view the entire list of winners at Allure.
What it is: A universally flattering highlighter that illuminates the brow bone, temples and cheekbones for a natural-looking glow.
Rating: 4.5 stars, 900+ reviews
Customer review: “I use this product as a highlight for an everyday look. I love that it's enough for daytime looks and you can always add more for a more ‘glam’ look. Very pretty and you got a lot of product at a great price!”
SHOP IT: Ulta, $6
What it is: A citrus-scented palette with versatile colours that range from shimmery nude to vibrant shades.
Rating: 4.1 stars, 600+ reviews
Customer review: “I am in love with this palette! Beautiful colours, sparkly and smooth and amazing combinations can be made! And of course it smells delish!”
SHOP IT: Amazon, $14
What it is: A moisturizing lip gloss that provides a holographic finish that can be worn on its own, or over your favourite lipstick for a dazzling effect.
Rating: 4.3 stars, 350+ reviews
Customer review: “I loved this product! It has an early 2000s vibe which is very in right now. I like using it when going out to add a little pop, but still maintain a fresh and not over the top look. I liked the consistency - it's not too sticky like most lipgloss and I got a lot of compliments when I was wearing it.”
SHOP IT: Walmart, $8
What it is: For maximum volume with minimal effort, this creamy formula lifts and separates lashes for all-day wear.
Rating: 4.2 stars, 1,000+ reviews
Customer review: “I have to say that I am pleasantly surprised by the Revlon Volumazing Mascara. I have thin eyelashes and like most with similar eyelashes, we want ours to POP. Be beautiful, full and sexy! Revlon Volumazing Mascara does the job to perfection.”
SHOP IT: Shoppers Drug Mart, $12
What it is: A weightless pressed powder to neutralize shine, minimize pores, and even skin tone in eight shades.
Rating: 4.4 stars, 1,000+ reviews
Customer review: “Super light and helps with keeping my face makeup matte. It doesn’t cling to the drier spots on my skin and helps my makeup look less cakey throughout a long 12+ hour day.”
SHOP IT: Amazon, $7 (originally $9)
What it is: Long-wearing and highly pigmented, this blush is infused with lock on primer powder to ensure a full day of wear.
Rating: 4.8 stars, 65+ reviews
Customer review: “I use this blush practically every time I do my makeup, not only is the colour amazing, the pigmentation is to die for, it's not chalky at all and leaves you with a healthy glow. I want all the other colours now!”
SHOP IT: Ulta, $8
What it is: This set of mini lash extensions allows for precise placement and a natural look that rivals even pricey extensions.
Rating: 4.8 stars, 25+ reviews
Customer review: “For a few years, I paid hundreds every month for individual lash extensions. These are light, easy to apply, and blend in seamlessly with my natural lashes. They look better than anything I have tried, and I wish they were sold in bulk!”
SHOP IT: Ulta, $7 (originally $9)
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