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Allure magazine recently released its annual “Best of Beauty” list, selecting makeup and other beauty product winners from a variety of categories. Although we agree with a lot of their picks, when it comes to makeup there are some that don’t exactly make the grade.

Let’s see how Allure’s Best of Beauty winners for 2015 rate on Beautypedia!

The Best of Beauty Makeup Standouts (Beautypedia-rated 3 Stars or Greater)

Lancome Miracle Cushion Liquid Cushion Compact ($46.50) – Cushion makeup is a big trend in Korea, and Lancome picks up on that with a version that’s easy to apply, provides long-lasting, natural coverage, and its cushion applicator can actually be removed from the compact and washed.

Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Invisible Cover Foundation (liquid) ($43) – This lightweight, fluid formula comes in an exceptional shade range and has a beautiful satin finish for normal to dry skin. It’s not the same as the original version, and some haven’t liked that, but we maintain it’s still a good foundation on its own merits.

Maybelline Matte + Poreless Fit Me Foundation ($6.99) – A drugstore deal, this fragrance-free foundation makes good on its claims of blurring pores, and has a balanced matte finish that’s ideal for normal to oily or combination skin.

Bare Escentuals Complexion Rescue Tinted Hydrating Gel Cream SPF 30 ($29) – With its elegant gel-cream texture, this widely advertised tinted moisturizer does a great job highlighting skin while providing broad-spectrum sun protection and some antioxidants as well!

Tarte Maracuja Creaseless Waterproof Concealer ($24) – This moisturizing, full-coverage concealer is easy to blend, has a natural-looking finish, and is waterproof as claimed! Just be sure to set it with powder to keep it truly creaseless.

Urban Decay Naked Smoky Eyeshadow Palette ($54) – Another great palette from a brand that knows its shadows, this features richly pigmented shades that work great for a smoky eye, and comes in a variety of colors and finishes for customizable day or nighttime looks.

Benefit Gimme Brow ($22) – This product’s small wand and brush make it easy to swipe through brows, and the formula works well both to hold hairs in place without feeling stiff. Great for filling in sparse brows, too!

Cover FX Custom Cover Drops ($44) – A true beauty breakthrough that had us all raving, these highly pigmented drops can be added to serums, facial oils, sunscreens, lotions, creams, and even tinted moisturizers and foundations to create a custom-tailored level of coverage.

the original beautyblender ($20) – Not just another makeup sponge, this worth-the-hype applicator works exactly as claimed, cutting down the amount of time it takes to apply makeup as well as ensuring natural-looking, non-streaky coverage.

NARS Dual-Intensity Eyeshadow ($29) – These smooth-textured shadows are easy to apply and blend (whether used wet or dry), have minimal creasing and no fading throughout the day, and come in an attractive range of shades.

The Best of Beauty Underperformers (Beautypedia-rated 2 Stars or Lower)

Dior DiorSkin Nude Air Nude Healthy Glow Ultra-Fluid Serum Foundation with Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 25 ($53) – Though it has attractive, natural-looking coverage, this also contains a strong fragrance that lingers. To add insult to injury, this doesn’t even provide the stated broad-spectrum protection advertised.

CoverGirl Outlast-All-Day-Makeup Primer ($11.15) – A primer that actually makes makeup application more difficult instead of easier, this formula drags as it dries, pills in certain areas of the face, and makes foundation appear patchy and uneven! Several staffers had the exact same disappointing experience.

L’Oreal Infallible Smokissime Powder Pen Eyeliner ($9.99) – This pen’s applicator doesn’t allow for precision application, takes a bit of blending to work, and doesn’t live up to its longwearing claims, fading just a few hours in.

Charlotte Tilbury Eyes to Mesmerise Long-Lasting Easy Cream Eyeshadow ($32) – These mousse-like shadows come in beautiful highly-pigmented shades, but they crease about an hour into their wear time, even if you have a primer underneath. Now that’s cheeky!

Revlon Ultra HD Lipstick ($7.99) – This feels moisturizing while you’re wearing it, but can settle into lip lines over time and has a strong fragrance that lingers for a while after you apply it. Revlon’s Super Lustrous Lipstick is much better!

CoverGirl Outlast Longwear + Moisture Lipstick ($8.99) – Though it’s supposed to be longwearing, this lipstick easily transfers, fades in just a couple of hours, and winds up leaving lips with an uneven stain.

Lancome L’Absolu Rouge Advanced Hydrating Lipcolor ($30) – This lipstick imparts rich color and has a creamy texture that goes on smoothly, but tends to migrate into lip lines, and its highly-fragranced formula can lead to irritation.

Yves Saint Laurent Volupte Tint-in-Oil ($32) – A luxurious lip tint, it lives up to its claims of silky, oil-rich hydrating and a smooth stain of color, but this is another heavily fragranced product that could end up irritating lips over time. And do you really want that scent right under your nose all day long?

Yes to Coconut Cooling Lip Oil ($4.99) – The Yes To brand gets it right with a blend of rich moisturizing ingredients, but also chose to include a high amount of potentially irritating eucalyptus oil (hence the “cooling” part of the name) as well as the menthol derivative menthyl lactate.

Giorgio Armani Luminesscence CC Cream SPF 35 ($35) – You’ll get reliable broad spectrum protection and a natural-looking semi-matte finish from this CC cream, but it also contains a high amount of skin-drying alcohol, a strong fragrance, and a menthol-like cooling agent that will likely cause further irritation. None of those are the multiple benefits CC creams are supposed to have for skin!

To see more of the latest product reviews from all brands, check out the New Reviews Section, and be sure to check out our Allure’s “Best of Beauty” Skincare Winners, Reviewed list, too!

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