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Buro Beauty Awards 2018: All the results

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Text: Renée Batchelor

Buro readers came, they saw and they voted. Now we have the results of our Buro Beauty Awards 2018. Take a first look at all the 15 winning products and tools, as well as the lucky 18 readers who have won hampers worth $500 each

Buro 24/7 Singapore held its second, annual Buro Beauty Awards in August 2018, and this year, we went bigger and better. We fielded an expanded number of nominees and categories, with 75 nominees in 15 categories. New categories included the best men's grooming products, masks and suncare that were requested for for by you, our dear readers in last year's awards. This year we also had a voting booth in ION Orchard from the 31 August to 2 September, where readers could vote 'live' and get the chance to submit two entries instead of the usual one. After 10 days of reader voting, and our judging panel's deliberation — here are the results. And if you haven't seen it, click on our unique awards showcase to see the real women (and one, brave man) who represented the various categories, as well as a behind the scenes video (above) where our models tell us what beauty means to them.

This year, we were excited to add new, enthusiastic faces to our panel, with beauty gurus Marie Soh of 27A and makeup director Nigel Stanislaus joining last year's judges, Deputy Editor Renée Batchelor, Rick Yang of FAC3INC and actor and beauty enthusiast Oon Shu An. Our judging panel made up 60 percent of the vote. The reason why we wanted to give the judges a bigger say? They were the ones who personally tried and tested these products on themselves as well as others, and gave their expert feedback. Have a look at the judging process in the video held in the beautiful surroundings of The Straits Clan (below) that shows that beauty is serious business. Finally, our readers made up the final piece in our puzzle. Reader votes accounted for 40 percent of the vote. Read on to find out the winning products, why our judges loved them as well as the lucky readers who've won.

THE CULT LIP COLOUR OF THE YEAR
Winner: Guerlain Rouge G De Guerlain in 25
Rouge G De guerlain in 25


"The customised, stunning packaging aside, I love the hyaluronic-rich formula that keeps your lips hydrated and plump. The silver microcrystals also have a reflective formula that gives maximum colour with a long lasting and nourished lip experience." — Nigel Stanislaus

THE SCENT THAT MILLENNIALS (AND THE YOUNG AT HEART) LOVE
Winner: Gucci Gucci Bloom 

Gucci Gucci Bloom

"This scent stood out the most and I felt really young and sexy when I wore it. It gave me energy and good vibes!" — Marie Soh

THE BRIGHTENING PRODUCT FOR THAT OSCARS GLOW
Winner: ANIA Marula Brightening Serum
ANIA Marula Brightening Serum

"This is a very organic, unadulterated essence that feels almost divine when applied on skin. It absorbs fast and feels like a skin booster in the most supple and holistic way." — Rick Yang

MOST NATURAL BROW ENHANCER
Winner: Burberry Beauty Full Brows
Burberry Beauty Full Brows
"The powder has a really solid colour, that is very natural, and the liquid pen helps to provide definition. I kind of wish it came with a spoolie too, but overall, this is really good." – Oon Shu An

THE EYELINER YOU COULD RUN A MARATHON IN
Winner: Kat Von D Beauty Tattoo Liner
Kat Von D Beauty Tattoo Liner

"It's super black, super easy to apply and gives you the sharpest lines, with a 100 per cent black out pigment. It's also has 24-hour fade- and smudge-proof formula that will last longer than most Las Vegas weddings!" — Nigel Stanislaus

BEST MASK SUPERHERO
Winner: 111Skin Bio Cellulose Facial Treatment Mask
Bio Cellulose Mask 

"As a mother of a 16 month old who needs 101 per cent of my attention, when I use a mask it has got to impress me, by working quickly and showing results. This mask firstly fit well on my face —there's nothing I dislike more than a mask that slides off my face. After 20 minutes I really felt like my face was lifted and my complexion was glowy!" — Marie Soh

THE PRODUCT THE MAN IN YOUR LIFE NEEDS
Winner: Tom Ford For Men Skin Revitalizing Concentrate

Tom Ford For Men Skin Revitalizing Concentrate
"Love everything about this product from the chic, luxurious packaging to the great lightweight formula that is non-intimidating, for even first-time users." — Renée Batchelor

THE BEAUTY INNOVATION THAT IMPRESSED
Winner: FOREO UFO

FOREO UFO

"This is masking in 90 seconds. You really can feel the difference after one use. I love how you can so easily slide this into your morning and night routine. The design is so fuss-free, easy to bring overseas, and barely any cleanup is necessary. Love it!" — Oon Shu An

BEST FACE SCULPTOR
Winner: Chanel Palette Essentielle

Chanel Palette Esentielle

"This is a concealer, highlighter and colour, all in one small compact. Colour can even be used on the lips. The resulting finish is glowy, dewy, and so fresh." — Oon Shu An

THE FOUNDATION THAT MAKEUP ARTISTS LOVE
Winner: Clé de Peau Beauté The Foundation

Cle de Peau Beaute The Foundation

"This may be expensive, but it's truly worth the splurge. The smooth, cream texture goes on like silk and gives skin even coverage and beautiful radiance without looking mask-like. It helps attains the perfect balance between a matte finish and a lit-from-within glow." — Renée Batchelor

THE MOST COVETABLE BEAUTY BRAND OF THE YEAR
Winner: Giorgio Armani Beauty

Giorgio Armani Beauty

"It's been a long wait but finally the whole range is here. I love Mr Armani's unique approach to beauty — he creates makeup the same way that he does clothing." — Rick Yang

THE HAIR MIRACLE THAT LEAVES YOU BEST TRESSED
Winner: Ouai Wave Spray

Ouai Wave Spray
"I use this in my kit for my clients. It gives you volume, curl and hold when you style your hair. It is not too crispy and not too dry. Also if you like that resort look, spritz this in your hair after a wash, and wear it out for that modern island gal vibe." — Nigel Stanislaus 

THE EYE MARVEL THAT WORKS WONDERS
Winner: Jyunka Ageless Eye

Jyunka Ageless Eye

"This light-textured cream shows visible results in a few days. I have had many issues with fine lines and eye bags, and this cream targets just that. Its non-oily texture gets absorbed fairly quickly and I also felt a firming sensation. Plus, I am always happy to support local brands that produce quality and impressive products." — Marie Soh

THE AGE ERASER
Winner: Jyunka M+ Fluid

Jyunka M+ Fluid

"I do like the texture that is easily absorbed and leaves my skin feeling nourished and refreshed. Filled with potent ingredients, my skin looks brighter and the texture is finer." — Nigel Stanislaus

THE SUNSCREEN THE SUN IS AFRAID OF
Winner: SK-II Atmosphere Airy Light UV Cream SPF50+/PA++++

SK-II UV Cream

"This sunscreen is a game changer — it exceeds all expectations of a traditional sunblock. It’s the first sunscreen that I feel is so light and so comfortable — it feels like nothing on the skin. It also gets absorbed without leaving traces of white that I have to take effort to blend out. Finally, it doesn’t have the typical, overbearing sunscreen smell." — Marie Soh

SEE THE FULL LIST OF NOMINEES HERE

WINNERS OF THE $500 BEAUTY HAMPERS
Thanks to all the readers who participated by voting. The 18 winners are listed below and will be notified by email from the 27 September 2018:

1. Dominique Leicester
2. Christina Koek
3. Loh An Lin 
4. Nie Yile
5. Keoy Wan Hui
6. Siti Nur Othman 
7. Shermin Xie
8. Alicia Chong
9. Farrah Zubeir
10. Cheong Boon Kee
11. Farr Farhana 
12. Roxanne Liang
13. Dawn Teo
14. Cheryl Chan
15. Ursula 
Spemann
16. Sharan Minhas
17. Natalie Khoo 
18. Ruth Francesca Ho 

Credits:
Behind the scenes video
Videographer: Justin Chen
Video editor: Hazirah Rahim

Judging video
Videographers: David Bay and Hazirah Rahim
Video editor: David Bay
Location: The Straits Clan
Special thanks to Apple for use of their iPad Pro

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