Thursday, January 23, 2014

Emily Awards 2013: EYES!

Hi everyone!
I hope you're enjoying this year's Emily Awards so far! The eye category brings so many first-time winners this year, but you'll notice a few old favorites staying in the game as well. Also, being an eyeshadow palette addict, it was so hard to decide on my top palettes of the year! I hope this condensed list is helpful as you refer to the winners, and just like my post for top face products, I've included links for where to buy these products- as well as "more info" links to any additional reviews or tutorials that I've done on the products. 

Don't forget to subscribe to my EmilyNoel83 YouTube channel if you haven't already, so you can get updates when new Emily Awards videos are posted! I'll also notify you on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram, so be sure to follow me there. Also, throughout the Emily Awards I'm still posting quick reviews 5 days a week on Beauty Broadcast Express! Check out that channel for your daily dose of beauty reviews. 

* denotes the number of years a product has won. Products without and asterisk are first-time winners. Not every type of product has winners in both high end and drugstore categories. 

Best Eye Primer
  • Drugstore: Milani Eyeshadow Primer (Buy)
Best Cream Eyeshadow
  • High End: Mally Evercolor Shadow Sticks*** (Buy, More Info)
  • Drugstore: Avon Extra Lasting Eyeshadow Sticks (Buy, More Info)
Best Small Eyeshadow Palette
  • High End: Bare Minerals Ready Quad in The Happy Place (Buy)
  • Drugstore: Wet n Wild Silent Treatment*** (Buy)
Best Large Eyeshadow Palette
  • High End: LORAC Pro Palette** (Buy, More Info) & LORAC Unzipped (Buy, More Info)
  • Drugstore: Sonia Kashuk Eye on Neutral Shimmer (Buy)
Best Overall Eyeshadow
  • High End: LORAC (Buy) & The Balm** (Buy)
  • Drugstore: Wet n Wild**** (Buy) & Coastal Scents (Buy)
Best Eyeliner Pencil
  • High End: Tarte Skinny SmolderEyes (Buy)
  • Drugstore: Jordana 12 Hr Made to Last (Buy, More Info)
Best Liquid Eyeliner
  • Drugstore: Milani Ultrafine Liquid Liner in Black Vinyl (Buy, More Info)
Best Cream/Gel Eyeliner
Best Mascara
  • High End: Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara (Buy)
  • Drugstore: Essence I Love Extreme Crazy Volume Mascara (Buy)
Best False Eyelashes
Best Brow Product
  • High End: It Cosmetics Your Brows But Better Skinny Pencil (Buy, More Info)
  • Drugstore: ELF Studio Brow Kit** (Buy)


  1. you said cg 3in1 was a 2 times winner but i checked out 2012 and it wasnt :) hehe i love your video i adooore you i cant get enough been waiting forever for this

    1. She didn't actually said that. The Estee Lauder double wear is the 2x winner. The cover girl 3in1 is a new foundation and a first time winner.

  2. I received BM The Happy Place for Christmas and I have to agree, it's an awesome quad with a great combo of colors. It was my first exposure to their ready shadows and I must say, I'm hooked!

  3. This is a GREAT list! Off to check out the links I don't have yet!

  4. maybe i'll go with drugstore products to save $$$ this year hehe :>

  5. Love the picks you have here Emily! I totally agree with a lot of the picks here, especially with Wet n Wild Silent Treatment. I definitely need to pick up Lorac Pro Palette!
    <3 Pauline, ­­Addicted to Makeup

    1. Me too. I don't own any lorac palettes. I'll wait til they are on

  6. I love the Emily Awards! I actually found myself giggling out loud at Tyler's parts, which is weird when you live by yourself and your cat is the only one to hear it.... I have a suggestion! I was thinking it might be a good idea to have a "most improved brand" award, like for brands that are innovative, improving packaging, expanding color lines and improving formulas. I've noticed that a lot of drugstore brands are really trying to keep up with the brands in Sephora and at department stores. 10-12 years ago, I was lucky to get a CoverGirl foundation that could match me and I only bought Wet n' Wild for a basic black eyeliner pencil, meanwhile I was actually drooling when I got to go to the Clinique counter and get what I thought was "real" makeup. The times they are a changin'! Anyway, just a suggestion!

  7. I love the emily awards, my favourite oart of January for sure!

    Thanks for inspiring me to start my own beauty blog! I love beauty and if they did more US brands here in the UK i'd buy all your recommendations

    rosielouiselove xo!

  8. Love all your favorites! May I suggest adding some kind of "pin it" button to your posts. I searched for one so I could save this post. Ofcourse, I can do it myself but would be helpful to your readers.

  9. Wow! I was shocked and pleased by the list of favorites! My goal this year is to pare down to more affordable cosmetics for that everyday wear. I am tired of spending so much money on high end stuff and then not really liking them for the long haul. I went to the ELF site and ordered several things to try and if I don't like them its not that much of a loss. They also have a 50% off sale going on which is a bonus to me. Thank you so much for giving us the winners with high and low options. I love your blog.

  10. The Jordana eye pencils are the best - I swear other people are discovering them because they are picked over at my Walgreens..didn't used to be that way!

  11. How about mechcanical pencils? I know that Emily doesn't reall like pencils, so I was surprised that was it for eyeliners for the awards this year.

  12. Emily do you know of a dupe pallette for UD Naked 3 but in matte shadows???

  13. I'm totally in love with your awards! Your picks are always great quality products that I know I'll love. Thanks for the amazing reviews!

  14. I love the Emily awards. i can't wait for the lip version.

  15. I'm so excited for the rest of the emily awards!
    Modern Beauty Girl

  16. I am absolutely in love with the Lorac Pro Palette! I really want to try Too Faced's Better Than Sex Mascara but I don't know how well my stubborn lashes will hold them up.
    Great series! Can't wait for the rest <3

  17. Went out and bought the essence mascara and all I can say is WOW!!!! Incredible... I've never tried such a great mascara, curls your lashes and MEGA volume. Thanks Emily ;)

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  19. So, no best lash glue..... Interesting.... That puts me in a pickle!! I guess there is no perfect lash glue!!