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Friday, January 3, 2014

Cheapie Awards 2013 - THE WINNERS

After careful consideration and a year's worth of evaluating and testing, today I'm revealing my picks for the Best in Drugstore Beauty for 2013 (as well as the Reader's Choice for Best New Drugstore Beauty Product of 2013)!

If you're new to the Cheapie Awards, this is my way of showcasing the affordable beauty products that I fell in love with in the past year. There's no science behind my selections--these are simply products that I found myself using, reaching for and absolutely loving in 2013. Most of the products that made the cut have been reviewed here on the blog (I'll link to my original review if available) but some products that made the cut are products that I have not yet reviewed. In that case, I'll link to the brand's website for more info.

Before I get to the list of winners, here's the criteria I used to make my selections:
  • The product must be affordable (mass-market level price category). No mid-level or high-end products were considered.
  • The product must have been released into the marketplace in 2013 or near the end of 2012 but considered a 2013 release. If a product debuted near the end of 2013 but was considered a 2014 release by the brand, it was not eligible for a 2013 Cheapie Award (those products will be be considered for the 2014 Cheapie Awards).
  • The product must not be limited edition (limited edition products have their own categories)

THE WINNERS

BEST NEW FOUNDATION

CoverGirl Outlast Stay Fabulous 3-in-1 Foundation SPF20 (review)

BEST NEW BB OR CC CREAM

Lumene Vitamin C+ Illuminating Anti-Age BB Cream SPF20 (review:)

BEST NEW CONCEALER

L'Oreal True Match Super Blendable Crayon Concealer (review)

BEST NEW FACE POWDER

Revlon Nearly Naked Pressed Powder (review)

BEST NEW BLUSH

Flower Win Some Rouge Some Créme Blush in Pure Petunia (review)

BEST NEW LIPSTICK (TIE)

Rimmel Lasting Matte Finish by Kate Moss Lipstick in #104 (review)

Revlon Super Lustrous Shine Finish Lipstick in Fuchsia Shock (review)

BEST NEW LIPGLOSS

Flower Shine-On Lipgloss in Hibis-Kiss (review)

BEST NEW CHUBBY LIP PENCIL (TIE)

Revlon Colorburst Matte Balms (review)

Jordana Twist & Shine Moisturizing Balm Stains (product info; review forthcoming)

BEST NEW LIQUID LIPSTICK

Maybelline Color Elixirs - assorted shades (product info; review forthcoming)

BEST NEW LIP BALM

Vaseline Rosy Lips Lip Therapy (review)

BEST NEW EYESHADOW

Jordana 12 HR Made To Last Eyeshadow Pencils - assorted shades (product info; review forthcoming)

BEST NEW EYESHADOW PRIMER (TIE)

Wet n Wild Fergie Take On The Day Eyeshadow Primer in For My Primas (review)

Milani Eyeshadow Primer (review)

BEST NEW EYELINER

Jordana 12 HR Made To Last Eyeliner Pencils - assorted shades  (product info; review forthcoming)

BEST NEW MASCARA

Essence I Love Extreme Crazy Volume Mascara (review)

BEST NEW NAIL POLISH LINE

Revlon Parfumerie Scented Nail Enamels - assorted shades (review)

BEST NEW MAKEUP REMOVER

Epielle Collagen & Vitamin E Cleansing Tissues (photo here; available at Big Lots; review forthcoming)

BEST NEW BODY LOTION

CeraVe Renewing SA Cream (review)

BEST NEW BODY WASH

Vitabath Cupcake Couture Moisturizing Body Wash in Luscious Lemone Créme (review)

BEST NEW SHAMPOO AND CONDITIONER

Suave Professionals Moroccan Infusion Shine Shampoo and Conditioner (review)

BEST NEW FRAGRANCE (TIE)

Vitabath Fruit Fanatic Body Mist in Wild Cherry (product info; review forthcoming)

Yves Rocher Monoi L'Eau des Vahinés Eau de Toilette* (review)

*(I believe this product technically debuted in 2012 as a limited edition fragrance, but it became permanent in 2013)

BEST LIMITED EDITION PRODUCT OF 2013

Wet n Wild Nude Awakening Palette from the Spring 2013 Spring Forward Collection (review)

BEST LIMITED EDITION COLLECTION OF 2013 (TIE)

Maybelline Fall/Winter 2013 Gilded in Gold Collection (photos and reviews hereherehere)

Jesse's Girl JulieG Frosted Gum Drops Collection (original and holiday)

BEST NEW BEAUTY TOOL

The "Wet" Brush (review)

BEST NEW GENERIC PRODUCT 

Target Up & Up Dip-It (review)

BEST NEW ASIAN BEAUTY PRODUCT

Glitter nail polish toppers from The Face Shop (review)

BEST NEW-TO-ME PRODUCT OF 2013 (TIE) 

(these products were not released into the marketplace in 2013, but my first experience with them was in 2013)

NYC In a New York Minute Nail Polish in Grand Central Station used at top coat (review)

Paula's Choice Earth Sourced Perfectly Natural Cleansing Gel (review)

Desert Essence 100% Pure Jojoba Oil (review)

BEST NEW DRUGSTORE DUPE

Sally Beauty Sally Girl Nail Polish in Brainy (dupe for Deborah Lippmann Mermaid's Dream)

READER'S CHOICE FOR BEST NEW PRODUCT OF 2013 

CoverGirl Outlast Stay Fabulous 3-in-1 Foundation (572 votes)

(This year over 3,500 of you voted, which is a new record. Thanks to everyone who took the time to vote!)

JUST FOR FUN

MOST UNIQUE PRODUCT OF 2013

Avon Mega Effects Mascara (review)

MOST BIZARRE PRODUCT THAT I REVIEWED IN 2013

Mac & Cheese and French Fries Lip Balms (review)

MY FAVORITE MANICURE OF 2013

My Sinful Colors Polka Dots manicure

MOST EXCITING THING TO HAPPEN TO NOUVEAU CHEAP IN 2013

When I was mentioned in the New York Times!

Thanks to each and every one of you for making 2013 the best year yet for me when it comes to this blog. I learn so much from you every single day, and I am grateful that you choose to spend a moment of your day here with me. Here's to finding even more fabulous and affordable beauty products in 2014!

Some of the products above were given to Nouveau Cheap for editorial purposes, either directly from the manufacturer or from the agency that works on behalf of the manufacturer. All reviews on NouveauCheap.Blogspot.com are the honest opinion of its author and editorial samples do not, in any way, affect the outcome of product reviews. For more information, click here.
Some of the products featured in this post were purchased with personal funds. For more information, click here.

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17 comments

  1. Great list. An extra thumbs up for the Jordana eye pencils, because they were one of my favorite discoveries of this year too! :)

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  2. Completely agree with all the recognition of the Jordana eye pencils!

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  3. Yay for the Cover Girl foundation! It is the only one I've worn that stayed perfectly flawless in 90°+ temps.

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  4. +1,000 for all the Jordana love. I discovered that brand for the first time this year, and frankly, I'm blown away by the quality. I've loved every product I've tried from them, and I'm planning a raid on their website (those blushes are hard to find, and I am curious).

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  5. I just finished a tub of the Cerave cream. Finally, a cream that I liked enough to make it to the bottom! Time to get another.

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  6. The Paula's Choice Earth Sourced Perfectly Natural Cleansing Gel is on sale for 8.50. just made my first order. Can't wait to try it!! Thanks G, Happy New Year!

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  7. Great list thanks! writing some down right now! :)

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  8. I actually purchased the covergirl foundation, and liked it! It was a shade too dark for my skin so I returned it, but I may purchase it again after hearing everyone's love for the product.

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  9. So happy that I stumbled across your blog, literally haven't missed a blog post since. Thank you so much for all your reviews, alerts about new products, updates about great deals, and most importantly your honest opinion. Keep up the amazing work G.

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  10. Great list -- and I love the new-to-me idea for a category since that's been happening to me for the past 1 1/2 years with my "makeup renaissance". LOL One of these days, I'm going to try that polka dot manicure!

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  11. Also, I wanted to thank you for this post. It gives me some ideas of products to try (I'm definitely checking out all the Jordana products you've mentioned as well as a few others). I also love the timing of this post as it has given me a very pleasant way to spend my early Saturday morning with a cup of coffee before the rest of my family wakes up. I've been enjoying reading all of your linked posts. You put a lot of work into this post, and it is greatly appreciated! :)

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  12. This was a fun read! Wish my Ulta had that Essence mascara - the only core Essence they carry is nail polish. Weird, huh?

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  13. Thanks so much, G - I just love your blog to bits!

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  14. Thanks for the list with lots of different product types! I LOVE your website! I check it religiously and it's the only site I visit EVERYDAY without fail! Thanks for all the great reviews and recommendations!

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  15. I also love Jordana, I tried their strawberry lip gloss and loved it and got more lip products by them! And I never got a chance to try out WNW's Spring Forward collection. ::kitty tears::

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  16. This is a great round-up for 2013!

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  17. I love you so much for this and all that you do, G! Thank you so much!

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