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Beauty posts aren't normally our forte, but this one made it hard not to share with you!

The votes have been counted, and it’s official! These are the skin,hair, and makeup products nearly 5,000 readers, beauty pros, and Shape editors declared the year’s biggest winners.

These are some of our fave winners from the Shape beauty product winners...

Aveeno Positively Radiant Tinted Moisturizer SPF 30 ($15; at drugstores) Testers loved this product’s “totally natural-looking color” and “non-greasy” feel. Plus, the light-reflecting mica it contains helps even out skin tone, while the SPF 30 prevents future damage.
Clinique Comfort on Call Allergy Tested Relief Cream ($40; clinique.com) If your face is on the drier side and seems to react to anything you put on it, “this fragrance-free formula, with skin-calming jabara fruit extract, is for you,” says Shape editorial advisory board member and spa expert Mary Bemis.

Neutrogena Oil-Free Acne Wash Pink Grapefruit Facial Cleanser ($6; at drugstores) “The refreshing blast of grapefruit scent makes this a perfect morning pick-me-up,” said one tester. The potent cleanser also contains a blend of 2 percent salicylic acid and soothing botanicals. The result: clear pores, fewer breakouts, and skin that’s makeup- and oil-free (but never dry).
Aveda Enbrightenment Brightening Cleanser ($35; aveda.com) This creamy wash features the antioxidant vitamin C, exfoliating salicylic acid, and aloe vera extract to gently remove dead skin cells. “It’s even suitable for those with easily irritated skin,” says Shape editorial advisory board member and dermatologist Darrell S. Rigel, M.D.

Jergens Natural Glow Foaming Daily Moisturizer ($9; at drugstores) The usual complaints about self-tanners—too sticky, obvious, and smelly—didn’t come up once with our testers. “The foam imparts a believable ‘tan’ and blends easily,” says Bemis.
Victoria’s Secret Bare Bronze Gradual Tan Firming Body Moisturizer ($18; victoriassecret.com) This skin softener builds a subtle tint with continued use. “The caffeine in it also helps constrict bulging fat cells,” explains Shape editorial advisory board member and dermatologist Ruth Tedaldi, M.D.

Almay Pure Blends Makeup ($14; at drugstores) “My skin is very sensitive, so I don’t usually wear foundation—but this one was so light, I forgot I had it on,” said a tester. Made with 97 percent natural ingredients—including botanicals—this foundation is notable for what’s not in it: potentially irritating fragrances, parabens, and talc.
Bare Escentuals BareMinerals Hydrating Mineral Veil ($19; bareescentuals.com) This soothing powder features a combination of water, rice lipids, shea butter, and glycerin to hydrate skin sans shine. “It gave me a wonderful iridescent glow,” said a tester.

Physicians Formula Organic Wear 100% Natural Origin 2-in-1 Bronzer & Blush ($14; at drugstores) This two-part compact pairs perfectly coordinated shades of bronzer and blush that can be used solo or layered to create a sun-kissed glow. “It gave me a fresh flush,” said one tester. “And the color lasted so long, I didn’t even have to reapply before going out after work.”
MAC Mineralize Blush ($21; maccosmetics.com) Mineral blush is popular for providing lightweight, natural coverage, and this one is no exception. “It felt breathable, not like a thick coating of color, and it didn’t make my skin itch like some makeup can,” said one sensitive-skinned tester.

Maybelline The Colossal Volum’ Express Mascara ($7; at drugstores) For those times you want over-the-top-lush lashes in a hurry, this mascara truly delivers. “I’ve never seen my puny little lashes look so full!” raved a tester. It has a collagen-infused thickening formula and a brush big enough to cover every lash in a single stroke.
Exceptionnel de Chanel Intense Volume and Curl Mascara ($30; chanel.com) When it comes to creating dramatic evening eyes, it’s all about the wand. This innovative six-sided brush—with a mix of plastic comblike bristles to lengthen and define and tight nylon ones to add volume and curl—helps sculpt “faux-like lashes in seconds,” noted a staffer.

CoverGirl Outlast Lipstain ($7; at drugstores) Testers repeatedly commented on this long-lasting stain’s “fabulous texture.” “It felt like it wasn’t there—even though it stayed on throughout my entire lunch,” said one. The addition of conditioners, like glycerin and hyaluronic acid, ensures that lips will stay soft and hydrated.
Burt’s Bees Lip Shimmer in Caramel ($5; burtsbees.com) This all-natural lip color “is perfect for someone who likes a no-makeup look—but with a little something extra,” said one tester. Tedaldi adds, “the blend of sunflower oil, beeswax, and vitamin E in it is nourishing to the delicate skin on the lips.”
Shiseido Makeup Perfect Rouge ($25; nordstrom.com) With a selection of 20 colors—shown here in (from left to right) Ariel, Fuchsia, and Valentine—there’s something for everyone in this lipstick collection. But it’s not just the shade range that won over our testers. The formula contains a polymer that seals hydration into lips so they remain kissable all day. “My mouth still felt soft the morning after I took it off,” said one.

Halle by Halle Berry Eau de Parfum ($28 for 1 oz.; kohls.com) This spicy scent with a hint of fruit is suitable to wear every day. “It’s a rare fragrance because it’s strong enough to linger but doesn’t overpower,” said a tester.
Philosophy Unconditional Love Spray Fragrance ($40 for 1.7 oz.; philosophy.com) “This was the kind of perfume that had me smelling my wrists all day,” reported a tester. It contains sumptuous notes, like black currant and cashmere vanilla.
Elizabeth Arden Pretty Eau de Parfum Spray ($49 for 1.7 oz.; elizabetharden.com) “I usually find florals heavy, but this one strikes a balance between sweet and delicate,” said one tester. It features star jasmine, pink iris, and white peony, all anchored by a rich mix of musk, wood, and amber.

Take a look at the newest issue of Shape for more winners!

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