Byrdie Readers' Choice Awards: The Top Makeup Products, According to You

Updated 07/20/18

We relish in the fact that you, the readers, come to us in confidence for fresh beauty ideas, news, celebrity content, and our favorite launches, but trust when we say that this is a symbiotic relationship. We know that the Byrdie reader is incredibly beauty-savvy, so we love having the opportunity to learn which products you turn to repeatedly, like when we asked for your "top threes" and had you send us your top #doubletapworthy makeup looks. That's why this month, in lieu of launching our Byrdie Beauty Awards, we bypassed a third-party panel and chose to source the top products from you.

Next up in this series is all things makeup. Last week, we sent out a survey asking for your top picks in foundations, blushes, highlighter, and so much more, and boy, did you deliver. Through your responses, we learned about new products and application hacks, but we also found out which products were the clear winners in each category. Below, your top picks.

Best Primer

Becca First Light Priming Filter Face Primer $38
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Right out of the gate, we found ourselves nodding our heads in agreement. Filled with good-for-the-skin ingredients (like prickly pear, hyaluronic acid, ginger, and light-diffusing lavender pearl, nothing fakes (or just enhances) a natural glow like this well-loved primer from Becca. 

Best Foundation

It Comstics Your Skin But Better CC+ Cream With SPF 50+ $38
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While many of you acknowledged that It Cosmetics' cult-favorite CC cream isn't exactly a foundation, per se, your devotion to the buildable yet breathable formula remained resolute all the same. 

"After years of searching for a full-coverage foundation that doesn't break me out, I found the one," says one Byrdie reader. "It's highly pigmented and my skin is actually better after using it. My face is hydrated, and it gives me a healthy glow. I always get compliments when wearing it!"

Best Concealer

Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer $30
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We already knew this creamy concealer was a must-have among makeup artists—and editors—so we weren't surprised to learn you love it too! Explains one such obsessed reader: "I've lost count of all the times I've repurchased this. It's not heavy, cakey, or drying, and I really like the doe-foot applicator." And for those who veer oily, we noticed another subset of our survey takers love the brand's Soft Matte Complete Concealer ($30). 

Best Setting Powder

Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Setting Powder $38
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We get it—there are are two very divided camps in the beauty world. Those who use (and love) setting powders and those who won't touch them with a 10-foot pole. But according to those who don't categorize themselves as the latter, this beloved loose (and pristinely translucent) setting powder from Laura Mercier has your heart. In fact, one reader simply said it was so good, it didn't beg explanation. Word. 

Best Blush

Glossier Cloud Paint in Puff $18
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Hands down, you folks made it clear Glossier's Cloud Paint far and away delivers the most flattering dose of flush upon the apples of one's cheeks."Most blushes make my skin look inflamed instead of flushed. These don't," emphasizes one reader. And in terms of specific shades, you're really into Puff, a whimsical pink (shown above); Dusk, an earthy nude; and Haze, a rich berry. Oh, and you also love how well they blend and how long they last.

Best Bronzer

Benefit Cosmetics Hoola Matte Bronzer $29
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When it came time to choose bronzer, not one other formula came close to beating out this forever-favorite powder from Benefit Cosmetics. Depending on your skin tone, you can choose either the Lite or the original for a touch of sun-kissed warmth. 

Best Highlighter

RMS Beauty Living Luminizer $38
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Okay, so this particular race was neck and neck. Yet ultimately, this organic (and beloved by Team Byrdie) highlighter from RMS Beauty won the race fair and square. (It's also a favorite of the new Duchess of Sussex, mind you.) We think this reader hit the nail on the head: "This highlighter is my most complimented makeup product—it makes it look like you're constantly in candlelight."

Best Eye Shadow

Urban Decay Naked2 Palette $54
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Will any eye shadow ever dethrone the coveted Urban Decay Naked Palettes? We highly doubt it. Apparently, you all have a flair for both the original and the second-generation, but after rechecking our numbers, the Naked2 Palette came out on top. We think it's probably a versatility thing as the palette boasts 12 different shades (in different finishes) of ultra-wearable neutrals. 

Best Eyeliner

Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner $22
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May we just say we appreciate not only your on-point taste but also your stellar dry sense of humor? (Seriously, you all made us laugh more times than once as we weeded through this hefty task.) But back to the subject at hand—point blank, Byrdie readers have a hard-core obsession with Stila's signature long-wearing liquid formula. Why? Well, because it actually does what it's supposed to. "For eyes that, appropriately, stay all day," poked one fan. 

Best Mascara

Too Faced Better Than Sex $24
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"The Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara separates your lashes while still providing the volume you want. I have naturally long eyelashes, but when I put this on it looks like I have on falsies," gushes one reader. And yes, isn't this just the crux of what many of us truly want from out lashes when wearing mascara? Deliciously black and volumizing, nothing seems to ever beat this cheekily named tube. 

Best Brow Product

Glossier Boy Brow $16
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The mass outpouring of love for Glossier's iconic Boy Brow was almost uncanny. Basically, you guys think the flattering formula knocks it out of the park where versatility and usability are concerned. "Boy Brow is super natural-looking and gorgeous on every brow type and skin color," says one reader. And then another, "Glossier's Boy Brow in clear or blonde because I'm not makeup savvy, and that product makes my eyebrows look like I know what I'm doing." (Yep, we've totally been there.)

Best Lipstick

Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution in Pillow Talk $34
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This one was a toss-up—but not between two different lipstick formulas, two different shades. When it comes to lipstick, Charlotte Tilbury just reigns supreme. Both extremely flattering, the queen's Matte Revolution Lipstick in Pillow Talk and Very Victoria dueled it out for favorite child, but as the latter is currently unavailable (coming back soon though, don't fret!), Pillow Talk won by default. Not a pout-worthy outcome, if you ask us. 

Best Lip Gloss

Fenty Beauty Gloss Bomb Universal Lip Luminizer $18
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We knew Fenty would make an appearance somewhere on our best-of list, but honestly, we were surprised it was here. Not because Gloss Bomb isn't amazing—trust us, we're very much in agreement—we just thought Fenty might take the top prize for foundation or highlighter. Alas, not so, and instead, you all are schooling us on our gloss game. Universally flattering thanks to its high-shine rose-gold finish, we were blown away by how many readers claim this as their favorite. And now we want to apply it.

Like, right this second. 

Best Setting Spray

Urban Decay All Nighter Long-Lasting Makeup Setting Spray $32
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Feather-light in delivery but durable enough to withstand 16 hours of play-hard wear, this best seller overwhelmed the polls when it came to your go-to setting sprays. Oh, and just in case you happen to fancy the formula yourself (or are one of the many who voted for it), may we suggest the miniature so you can have it everywhere you go? 

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