What is a Allure Best of Beauty Winner? : Beauty
This past week I’ve been thinking about the new Allure Best of Beauty Winner, the powder nail polish. As I was looking through the list of winners, I was struck by how many of them were things that are hard to find in stores.
The big exception to this is the powder nail polish, which is available in most beauty counters and many drugstores. It’s also a bit of a surprise: there are lots of products on the market that claim to be “all natural” but are actually made from chemicals that can be harmful to you or your family.
I was curious about what makes these products winners and what they’re really like, so I thought I’d take a closer look at some of them and see if they’re as good as they sound.
One thing I’ve noticed is that they tend to contain fewer ingredients than other products on the market. This doesn’t mean they’re better for you – it just means they contain fewer potentially harmful chemicals (and more natural ones).
Many of these products also have a very long list of ingredients that don’t seem like they would be harmful at all, or even beneficial to your skin. For example, some have added fragrance oils, which have been linked to asthma and allergies and may cause irritation.
You might have noticed that all the products in our Best of Beauty Awards are winners. But there’s more to being named a Best of Beauty winner than just making the cut. There’s a vetting process, and then judges, and then we test them again. We do everything but tattoo the winners with a giant B.
What exactly does it take to win Best of Beauty? Check out these tips from assistant beauty editor Jessica Chia:
It’s not easy to earn the title of Best of Beauty, but those who do need to be the best at what they do. In other words, they need to get stuff done. To apply for Best of Beauty, brands submit their products for consideration by our panel of editors who test thousands of products every year. The ones we like most go on to the next round where they’re evaluated by a group of our readers — real women with real skin concerns — as well as outside experts like dermatologists and makeup artists. The final step is even more intense: Every product goes through another round of testing by our editors.
At the end of this multi-step process you’ll find nearly 300 winners across all categories (skin care, makeup, hair, and tools) and price points (from drugstore steals to splurge
In the fashion and beauty industry, one of the most prominent awards is Allure’s Best of Beauty Awards. The results are a culmination of an exhaustive process involving over two hundred products and more than thirty beauty experts. The award-winning products are then presented in the November issue of Allure magazine.
To win this award, powder nail polishes must first meet the following criteria:
– Powder nail polish is easy to apply. It does not require any special tools or devices to achieve a professional look. In addition, it can be removed easily with a standard cotton ball.
– Powder nail polish is fast drying and long lasting. It dries quickly so you do not have to wait for it to dry before applying another layer. Furthermore, it does not smudge or chip even after several hours of wear.
– Powder nail polish has a smooth finish that lasts for several days without chipping or cracking. In addition, it has a beautiful glossy shine that lasts for several days without fading away or becoming dull looking.
The next step in winning this coveted award is to pass rigorous testing by Allure editors and beauty experts who use each product on themselves in order to determine how well they work under everyday conditions like work or school activities where your hands are constantly exposed to
This is a powder nail polish. It goes on like a nail polish but dries like a powder. I was skeptical when I first heard about it because I’ve had terrible experiences with nail polishes that say they “dries in less than 5 minutes” and they still chip off the next day.
This lasted me at least 4 days before any signs of chipping. It’s very easy to apply and you don’t have to wait forever for this to dry. You can apply two coats if you want but you do have to wait until the first coat dries completely or else it will just be a mess. This is definitely my new favorite nail polish!
You probably know the deal: Nail polish in a tub, you dip your finger in and voila! Nails done. Well, that’s what I thought it would be like when I saw this “miracle” product at my local CVS on sale for $7.99. The idea is that it’s supposed to cut out the middle man and let you just dip your finger into the powder, which is supposed to stick right onto your nail.
The instructions said to use a prep solution to clean the nails, then dip into the powder, then apply a bonder (which is some glue-like solution), then dip again and then finish with a sealant.
I followed all those steps, and after the first time dipping my finger into the powder, I realized that this stuff was never going to stick to my nails. It looked like a hot mess of sparkles all over my fingers like some kind of failed arts-and-crafts project for toddlers. There was no way this was going to look good on my nails! So I dipped one more time in an effort to try to get it to stick better and then applied the sealant.
Here’s what happened after 15 minutes: My thumb nail started peeling away from the tip
These gel-like powders come in two steps. First, you apply the color powder using a special angled brush to your nail, then dip that same brush into the clear powder and apply it over the color. The result is a shiny, glossy manicure that doesn’t chip for up to three weeks. And there’s no lamp required! (Just make sure to let each coat dry completely before moving on to the next step.)
This is like regular polish, except in powder form. You apply a base coat first, then dip nails into the little jar of powder, then seal with a top coat. This was my favorite of all the methods because it was super simple and looked just like a regular manicure. In other words, if I did this every week, I’d have no idea I ever had acrylics. The one downside: It only lasts about five days before chipping or peeling off in large pieces – definitely not up to par with the other methods.
The two-step process is similar to dip nails: First, you paint on a protective base coat; then dip your nails into an enzyme bath that removes most of your natural nail oil (which prevents polish from sticking). Next, you paint on adhesive and dip your nails into a jar