It’s a beauty bonanza week! Why, you ask? Well, not only do we have the results of our annual beauty awards (**cue drumroll**), but our brand-new Beauty Hall at Selfridges Manchester Trafford has officially opened. And what better way to shop all that shiny newness than by revealing our most treasured products of 2018? Selected for their brilliance in a particular field, the winners are…
The selfie star
And the winner is: Huda Faux Filter foundation
One of the most hotly anticipated launches of the year, Huda Beauty’s inclusive 30-strong foundation collection lives up to the hype. Packed with ultra-refined pigments that blur imperfections, conceal hyperpigmentation and help smooth your complexion, it’s an Insta-fan’s dream. #noneedforfilters
And the winner is: IT Cosmetics CC+ Cream
Frankly, there isn’t much that this full-coverage CC cream can’t do. It brightens, hydrates, protects, evens skin tone, fights wrinkles, and instantly diffuses the appearance of fine lines too. Aka everything you could ever want from your skincare and make-up in one single ballet flat.
Ultimate skin SOS
And the winner is: Dr Jart Rubber Mask
OK, so they may look a little creepy, but sheet masks are big news. Why? Because they provide the quickest hit of hydration to the skin. And the mask to beat all masks? Dr Jart’s, which uses rubber masks (rather than soft fabric or paper) made from algae to cool and calm the skin while the serum does its work. What’s more, it feels great, is easy to apply, and leaves your skin looking brighter, plumper and softer.
Most pap-able packaging
And the winner is: Dior Backstage
Forget overly designed packaging; Dior’s Backstage line is housed in lightweight, transparent compacts and bottles, making it super practical and super sleek – not to mention an elegant addition to any dresser or make-up bag.
Champions of sustainability
And the winner is: Tata Harper
Because not only does its skincare really work, but every product is made of 100 per cent natural ingredients, comes in recyclable glass packaging, and is also EcoCert certified, meaning production-wise everything has been evaluated green from start to finish. Bravo!
The lash extension in a tube
And the winner is: Hourglass Caution mascara
Countless mascaras claim instant results in a single swipe, but few follow through with the promise – except this. It ticks all the boxes, providing mega-volume without the clumping, inky-black colour without the smudging, and just the right amount of length.
The hair hero
And the winner is: OUAI
The secret to low-maintenance, salon-perfect hair? Celebrity hairstylist Jen Atkin’s Insta-favourite OUAI. With its fine fragrances, nourishing ingredients, extensive range (from basic shampoos to oily scalp supplements) and chic packaging, it’s become a go-to for tousled, textured locks.
Best niche fragrance
And the winner is: Thameen
The niche British brand creates perfectly balanced and totally original oriental scents inspired by precious gems and jewelry. And the best bit? You won’t smell the same as everyone else.
The best innovation
And the winner is: Slip
Crafted from the highest-grade Mulberry silk, not only is this line of luxurious silk eye masks and pillow cases gentle on your hair, but it also helps your skin to retain moisture, meaning fine lines and wrinkles appear lighter and your eyes less puffy. Brilliant, hey?
The best ride-or-die lipstick
And the winner is: Rouge D’Armani Matte 400
With 50 per cent more pigments and less oil in the formula than a traditional matte lipstick, Rouge D’Armani Matte lipsticks offer eight hours of intense colour and six hours of moisturising comfort. Our favourite? The ultimate paintbox red: Matte 400.
Best beauty gadget
And the winner is: GloPro
This genius microstimulation handheld device uses micro-needling technology to exfoliate the surface skin cells for an impossibly radiant complexion. What’s more, LED light therapy reduces blemishes and a vibrating technique triggers skin rejuvenation. Three beauty boosters in one device? You can’t get much better than that.
The does-it-all palette
And the winner is: Zoeva Caramel Melange
When it comes to delicate, flattering shades that work 24-7, Zoeva’s multi-tasking palette takes some beating. The 10 highly pigmented, creamy shades (in matte and sparkly textures) blend together like a dream, delivering a flawless finish with a rich colour payoff.
And the winner is: Lime Crime
Loved for its rainbow-bright lip pigments and eye and cheek enhancers, the cult US brand’s make-up is also vegan (i.e: it doesn’t include animal ingredients or by-products such as beeswax, lanolin or carmine) and cruelty-free. (Oh, and it has a penchant for unicorns.)
Instant mood changer
And the winner is: This Works Deep Sleep Pillow Spray
Is there anything more calming at the end of a long day than an aromatherapy spray? We think not. Supercharged with stress-busting ingredients such as lavender, camomile and patchouli, spritz this ultra-soothing spray on your pillow and sheets and say hello to a restorative eight hours’ sleep. Zzz…
The best of British
And the winner is: Charlotte Tilbury
Because everything the British make-up artist seems to conjure up, just works: from high-performance skincare to perfectly pigmented lipsticks, palettes and everything in between. The best product of 2018? The Magic Away Liquid Concealer, which helps to banish dark circles, pigmentation, redness and blemishes in one single swipe.
The most brilliant beauty gift
And the winner is: The Selfridges Selection Box
Zoeva, Lime Crime, Beauty Blender and TooFaced are just a handful of the 19 make-up and skincare brands you’ll find nestled in our rather brilliant beauty box. Oh, and did we mention it’s worth over a whopping £245, but is available to buy for only £70? Psst, it’s a fool-proof Christmas gift, so get in there quick.
Celebrating all forms of beauty
And the winner is: MAC Studio Fix
Now offering a staggering 60 shades of its Studio Fix Fluid foundation, 33 shades of a brand-new 24-Hour Concealer, plus additional shades of its Conceal and Correct Palette, MAC’s newly expanded Studio Fix line is one of the most inclusive ranges out there.
Best blockbuster scent
And the winner is: Gucci Flora
Fresh, uplifting and sweet without being cloying, Gucci’s gloriously feminine fragrance is our pick of the (blockbuster) bunch.
The lifetime achievement award
And the winner is: La Mer Moisturizing Crème
A true icon, this luxurious day cream is packed with the brand’s iconic Miracle Broth formula, which leaves skin looking brighter and tighter and wrinkles noticeably lighter. It’s what we like to call a skin-vestment (ahem).
The beauty launch of the year
And the winner is: Anastasia Beverly Hills
Beauty icon Anastasia Soare is known for creating near-perfect brows using the golden ratio method, which brings balance and proportion to the face. In 1997, she founded Anastasia Beverly Hills, and has since expanded beyond brows to lip and contour products. Her brand launched at Selfridges earlier this year – and we can’t get enough of it.
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