Monday, January 20, 2014

Emily Awards 2013: FACE!

Hello friends!
Can you believe it's time for the Emily Awards again!? This is the 6th year for my annual awards series, and the more products I try, the harder it becomes to decide on the "award" winners! :) It's also tricky to try to come up with a creative theme for the intros. It's become a tradition to pull Tyler and Cupcake into the Emily Awards madness, and this year was no exception. My sister, Pup, was also in on the brainstorming session where we decided on a "pre-game" sports theme, with Tyler taking on a Ron Burgundy-esqe persona. It's deliberately cheesy and goofy :) 

My first video in this 4-part series is focused on face makeup... foundations, powders, blushes, etc. I like to compile all of the winners in an easy-to-refer-to list here on the blog, so if you're browsing the stores, you don't have to pull up my video remind yourself of the winning products. This post is something you can print and take with you, or easily pull it up on your phone. On this list, the "buy" links will take you to a retailer that sells the particular product (none are affiliate links), and if there's a "more info" link, that will take you to one of my videos with an extended review/tutorial using the product. 

Make sure you're subscribed to my EmilyNoel83 YouTube channel to be updated on new videos in this series, and I'll also update Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram when there's something new posted. To see Emily Awards videos from past years, check out my Emily Awards playlist. Thanks for watching!! :)

* 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 Primer
  • High End: Mally Perfect Prep Poreless Primer** (Buy)
  • Drugstore: Rimmel Fix & Perfect Pro*** (Buy)
Best Light Coverage Foundation
Best Full Coverage Foundation
  • High End: Estee Lauder Double Wear** (Buy)
  • Drugstore: Cover Girl Stay Fabulous 3 in 1 (Buy - More Info
Best Concealer
  • High End: MAC Pro Longwear** (Buy) & Bare Minerals Bisque*** (Buy - More Info)
  • Drugstore: Pixi Correction Concentrate** (Buy)
Best Loose Powder
  • High End: Bare Minerals Mineral Veil (Buy)
  • Drugstore: ELF Mineral Booster in Sheer (Buy)
Best Pressed Powder
  • Drugstore: L'oreal True Match Pressed Powder**** (Buy)
Best Powder Foundation
  • High End: Estee Lauder Double Wear Powder (Buy)
  • Drugstore: NYX Stay Matte but Not Flat (Buy)
Best Bronzer
  • High End: Too Faced Chocolate Soleil Bronzer*** (Buy)
  • Drugstore: Revlon PhotoReady Bronzer** (Buy)
Best Blush
Best Cream Blush
  • Drugstore: Maybelline Master Glaze Blush Stick (Buy - More Info)
Best Highlight
  • High End: Laura Geller Baked Highlight in French Vanilla (Buy - More Info)
  • Drugstore: Physicians Formula Happy Booster in Translucent** (Buy)
Best Mattifier/Touch-Up
  • High End: Mally Poreless Face Defender*** (Buy - More Info)
Best Setting Spray
  • Drugstore: NYX Dewy Finish Setting Spray (Buy)


  1. What color are u in the true match pressed powder? Love these series.

  2. I need to print this age group are not all on you tube....but they want the info...

  3. Do you still like the Milani multitasker powder?

  4. I've been checking for these videos everyday! So excited! Watching it right now :)

  5. tyler spongetip!!! roflmao!!!! your husband is awesome and such a good sport. he was absolutely hilarious!! I look forward to more Emily awards to see what you picked - and to see more Mr. Spongetip!!

  6. Love this series! So excited to read what you have for the rest of the categories

    Des Simple Charm Beauty

  7. I can't wait to get off work and watch the video!!! thank you for coming up with this every single year.

  8. Yay for this series starting out finally! I just recently purchase Mac Pro Longwear Concealer and I am very excited in using it! I totally love CoverGirl Outlast foundation, definitely agree with you that it was a 2013 favorite!
    <3 Pauline, ­­Addicted to Makeup

  9. I just purchased theBalm's Meet Matt(e) Nude palette and have been so impressed. The Instain blushes (especially Lace) are on my shopping list! I look forward to more Emily Awards!

  10. I'm so glad you do Emily awards. It was because of them last year I found your YouTube channel. I've been subscribed to you for a year now. Love your videos! You are my favorite beauty guru.

  11. So many fantastic products here and quite a few of them are on my list too! Xx

  12. Great post! Cover Girl Stay Fabulous 3 in 1 just does not work for me. It leaves me looking like a grease ball after 3 hours!! Estee Lauder Double Wear is amazing! Currently my fav foundation!

  13. Hey emily I have a question/request after how many years do you discard your makeup? and I both have a pallete "the too faced"dreams cometrue"

  14. And I just wanted to know if you threw yours out yet,and I'm requesting you do a video about when to discard your palletes

  15. Great list! The Estee Double Wear foundation is amazing! Definitely going to try some of these out.

    Ray | Obey Ray

  16. Emily, are you going to do a Fails of 2013 video? I enjoy those just as much as the award vids and you didn't make one last year so I just wondered.

  17. I just ordered Mally poreless face defender. I've wanted took try it for awhile, but can no longer resist lol thanks for your reviews! Not only are they a way to get honest opinions but also a great way for me to learn about a variety of products.

  18. Great series!
    I wasn't sure about elf's powder but now I think I'll try it for myself :)

  19. Loved your video, can't wait for the rest :)

  20. this was the cutest video ever yet it was so freaking useful.

  21. Please do a review of the newly formulated Covergirl Tru-Blend foundation. Love your blog!

  22. is there any way you can please review the new e.l.f. Studio Contouring Blush & Bronzing Cream? :)
    love your videos!!

  23. so I went to walmart with a list of all the drugstore face winners and they did not have a single 1 of the winners. anyone else having problems finding these?

  24. I have been wanting to try the Mally Poreless face defender for a really long time but it's just too much out of my price range. Today I found CoverGirl TruMagic skin perfector mattifier and I love it. I was wondering if you'd tried it and compared the two? If the Mally is better it must have superpowers.

  25. Does Benefit erase paste no1 fair work as dark circles concealer too? I am quite fair and an afraid the no2 medium will be too dark for me. :(can't get Pixi in Australia