Allure Best of Beauty 2021
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Each fall, Allure releases their Best of Beauty awards and instantly catapults the winning products to cult status with their red stamp of approval. It's no easy feat to select the winners. They have an entire team dedicated to swatching, sampling, testing, and trying out numerous products to ensure they find products that truly stand out amongst a crowd of beautiful options.
This year, Camera Ready is proud to offer 18 products featured on the list across a wide range of categories - from hair and skincare to makeup and beauty tools. We're sure you'll find a few of your own favorites and kit essentials in the lineup.
Keep reading for a list of the game-changing, Allure-approved products you need, right now, or click here to start shopping!
Best of ... SKINCARE
For the third time, St. Tropez Self Tan Express Advanced Bronzing Mousse has earned the Best of Title for best self-tanner. Every self-tanner on Earth does its darkening with dihydroxyacetone (DHA), the chemical that prompts that faux golden glow. But somehow, St. Tropez has managed to make the customizable results of its Self Tan Express Bronzing Mousse the most convincingly un-faux — to the point that your staunchly pro-sunscreen friends might scold you for laying out in the sun. A three-time Best of Beauty winner, the advanced formula even wows scientists. "What's really impressive about this technology is that they've been able to show that every time you wash it off after an hour, you'll get a light, even tan, and so on for the rest of the shades," cosmetic chemist Jim Hammer previously told Allure. "From a chemistry perspective, this sort of consistency is a real achievement. And for people at home, being able to pick three shades from one bottle? That's a first."
Kiehl's Rare Earth Deep Pore Cleansing Mask, $36
Kiehl's Rare Earth Pore Cleansing Mask is formulated with Amazonian White Clay sourced from the mouth of the Amazon River. This detoxifying and purifying clay face mask helps draw out impurities, reduces surface oil production, and visibly minimizes pores.
A real glow-getter, GlamGlow Brightmud Dual-Action Exfoliating Treatment fits every imaginable brightener (AHAs, BHAs, vitamin C, pumice particles) into one elegant formula.
Laced with strawberry extract and resveratrol (the same antioxidant found in red wine), Patchology Serve Chilled Rosé Eye Gels smooth, brighten, and generally take the edge off the day. Want to up your self care game? Try the matching sheet mask!
Murad’s richest cream to date, this award-winning product soothes the visible signs of skin stress, whether environmental or triggered by lifestyle. It may be used on the face and around eyes and reduces the visible signs of stress-induced aging and redness.
Hall of Fame - Best Self Tanner
Best Clarifying Mask
Best Brightening Mask
Best Eye Mask
Best Rich Moisturizer
Best of ... TOOLS
Sigma's E40 brush may be designed to be a blending brush, but its shape and the less densely packed bristles have earned it the title of Allure's Best Highlighting Brush! Lightly tap your brush into your favorite highlighter and glide across the high points of your face for the perfect glow.
If you feel like you're having deja vu, you're not. Tweezerman's Classic Slant Tweezer has been deemed the best tweezer for several years! Famous for its precision, the Slant Tweezer is consistently acclaimed as setting the standard for excellence and quality. With perfectly aligned, hand-finished tips that grab the hair every time, these stainless steel tweezers have been the choice of make-up artists, celebrities, and beauty professionals for over 30 years.
It may come as no surprise that this makeup sponge made the list again this year. In fact, this is the tenth time it's earned the Allure Best of title! Access hard-to-reach areas with stunning ease. The suede texture is sensual to the touch and features unique curves that fit the contours of your face, leaving makeup undetectable. Ideal for applying foundation, powder, BB + CC cream, cream blush, and powder. For best results, wet the sponge before applying makeup. At Camera Ready, we proudly offer a special professional value pack with six BeautyBlenders and a Solid Cleanser.
For the second year in a row, the NuFACE Trinity has proudly claimed the Best of Skincare Device Title. This high-tech uses metal spheres to channel low-level current to facial muscles, painlessly zapping skin into a tighter, smoother, more toned-looking state.
A few short pumps of this award-winning tool transforms lashes from plain Jane to gorgeously seductive! This eyelash curler is a must-have for makeup artists and beauty enthusiasts alike.
Best Highlighting Brush
Hall of Fame - Best Eyelash Curler
Hall of Fame - Best Makeup Sponge
Best Skin Device
Best of ... HAIR
Oribe Imperial Blowout Transformative Styling Creme Spray, $68
This transformative blowout crème, formulated with skincare technology, creates a full, flawless, iconic Oribe blowout that lasts for days while styling in strength, density, softness, and shine. The ultra-nourishing formula smoothes away signs of damage and aging for hair that looks and feels healthier and younger after just one use.
The Christophe Robin Cleansing Volumizing Paste With Pure Rassoul Clay and Rose Extracts is the ultimate grand gesture when you want to pamper your hair in the shower: The thick clay melts into an airy foam that polishes roots, softens ends, and smells intoxicatingly of roses.
Best Hair Splurge
Best Hair Splurge
Best of .... MAKEUP
The Hydra Booster Step 1 Primer is a skin-perfecting and softening base. It instantly hydrates and softens the skin, delivering a plumped effect and an instant luminous finish that lasts 24 hours. Powered by ginseng, glycerin, glycols, polymers, and spherical powder, Hydra Booster Step 1 Primer offers long-lasting hydration, while plumping and softening the skin with a creamy texture and a blurring effect.
Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage Concealer Duo, $32
Laura’s iconic Secret Camouflage, now simplified. A two-in-one, all-over face and under-eye concealer duo effortlessly blurs imperfections and brightens under the eyes. Two high-pigment good-for-skin formulas, infused with Brightening Pearls to brighten the delicate eye area and Lotus Flower Extract to calm skin, give you creamy concealing power anytime, anywhere.
Available in black or brown, this dual-ended liquid liner combines the effortless application of Stila's original liquid liner with the fine precision of Micro Tip.
Bouncy-to-the-touch, these unique, radiance-enhancing highlighters are gossamer-light and melt into skin for a barely-there feel. Ultra-fine, light diffusing particles help skin look lit from within with a soft, luminous, natural-looking glow.
Available in three shades, there is a highlighter that suits every skin tone.
Danessa Myricks is no stranger to the Allure Best of Beauty list! Her pro-favorite Colorfix has won numerous awards in the past, and this year, her Twin Flames liquid eyeshadow now has the same claim to fame. One swipe delivers a holographic, multidimensional gleam.
This finishing powder has earned a permanent spot in Allure Best of Beauty History thanks to winning the 'Best of' title six times! Created for the very latest high-definition technologies of the film and TV industry, ULTRA HD advanced formulas look invisible on 4K camera and to the naked eye. Perfect for the makeup pros and for you. It gives a light matte effect and a smooth luminous finish.
Best Undereye Concealer
Best Liquid Eyeliner
Best Cream Highlighter
Best Liquid Eyeshadow
Hall of Fame - Best Powder
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About Camera Ready Cosmetics
Camera Ready Cosmetics was founded in 2003 by Makeup Artist Mary Erickson. She dreamed of having a pro makeup showroom where artists could play with professional products without the typical makeup store attitude.
Today, our team of beauty industry veterans work together to curate the best quality products on the market. We partner with brands who respect the industry and formulate products for true working artists. You won’t find CRC in high-end malls, and we don't wear matching brush belts.
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