Announcing the 2021 #BeautyForAll Awards: The Best in Skincare, Cosmetics, Fragrance + More

Illustration by Alexis Eke

By
FASHION Staff

Date March 15, 2021

It’s the most wonderful time of the year — when we officially announce the winners of our #BeautyForAll Awards. This year, FASHION celebrates the 20th anniversary of the annual awards, in which we test hundreds of beauty submissions and select the best of the best in each category. This year, we called on a diverse group of beauty experts to participate in choosing this year’s winning products. Of hundreds of entries, our judges narrowed it down to 72 winning products they couldn’t get enough of.

This year, categories were revised from previous years and we are proud to present six gender-neutral categories: hair care, body care, skincare, fragrance, clean and cosmetics. Before we get to the winning products, we invite you to meet our incredible panel of judges below.

Meet Our Judges

1/25

Natasha Boateng, FASHION Beauty Director

2/25

Carlene Higgins, Co-Host, Breaking Beauty Podcast

3/25

Dr. Renée A. Beach, Dermatologist and Founder of DermAtelier on Avenue

4/25

Emily MacCulloch, Co-Founder of The T-Zone

5/25

Deborah Fulsang Content Manager, SJC

6/25

Ingrie Williams, Co-Founder, The T-Zone

7/25

Jasmine Merinsky, Beauty Exec

8/25

Jeremy Freed, Freelance Writer

9/25

Max Thompson, Stylist and Drag Queen, Gorgina

10/25

John Nightingale, Model (Elite Model Management)

11/25

Kiley May, Writer, Actor and Filmmaker

12/25

Lora Grady, Freelance Writer and Trends & Features Editor, Cosmetics Magazine

13/25

Lorri Jennings, Textured Hair Specialist

14/25

Maria Velve, Maria Velve, Makeup Artist and Green Beauty Expert

15/25

Mishal Cazmi, Beauty Writer, Editor and Founder of 100 ML

16/25

Alison McGill, Editor-in-Chief, Weddingbells

17/25

Robert Weir, Makeup Artist, Hairstylist and Beauty Director

18/25

Sadé Powell, Digital Illustrator and Freelance Writer

19/25

Kristin Rankin, Owner, Fox and Jane Salon

20/25

Shanelle McKenzie, Co-founder and Director of Community at The Villij

21/25

Temi Shobowale, Industry Beauty Expert and Founder of Essentials by Temi

22/25

Wing Sze Tang, Beauty/Lifestyle Writer

23/25

Aniya Nandy, Makeup and Hair Artist

24/25

Celine Tadrissi, Founder and Director of Hammam Spa by Céla and Céla Skincare

25/25

Victoria Hazell, Educator & Co-Owner of The Office Hair Studio

Now, without further ado, we present the winners of FASHION‘s 20th annual #BeautyForAll Awards.

Hair Care
Can’t get to the salon? These 20 picks, for every hair type and need, should do the trick. These are the shampoos and conditioners, styling products and tools that seriously impressed our judges.

2/20

Best Volumizing Shampoo: Joico

JoiFull Volumizing Shampoo

($18, Chatters)

3/20

Best Volumizing Conditioner: Joico

JoiFull Volumizing Conditioner

($19, Chatters)

4/20

Best Texture Spray: Oribe

5/20

Best Styling Tool: Hot Tools

Black Gold 1″ Flat Iron

($150, Chatters)

6/20

Best Shampoo for Curly Hair: SheaMoisture

7/20

Best Conditioner for Curly Hair: SheaMoisture

8/20

Innovation of the Year: Dyson

Dyson Corrale

($650, Dyson)

9/20

Best Heat Protectant: Kérastase

Chronologiste Thermique Regenerant

($54, Sephora)

10/20

Best Hairspray: L’Oréal Professionel

11/20

Best Hair Oil: Monat

Rejuveniqe Oil Intensive

($129, Monat)

12/20

Best Hair Gel, Pomade or Wax: Alterna

Caviar Anti-Aging Replenishing Moisture Leave-in Smoothing Gelée

($40, Sephora)

13/20

Best Dry Shampoo: Kérastase

Fresh Affair Refreshing Dry Shampoo

($47, Sephora)

14/20

Best Deep Conditioning Hair Mask: Joico

K-Pak Colour Therapy Luster Lock Instant Shine & Repair Treatment

($39, Chatters)

15/20

Best Curl Styling Product: Oribe

16/20

Best Conditioner for Colour-Treated Hair: Nexxus

17/20

Best Shampoo for Colour-Treated Hair: Oribe

Oribe Shampoo for Beautiful Color

($57, Nordstrom)

18/20

Best Blowout Spray: TO112

Superior Blowout Mist

($48, TO112)

19/20

Best Beard Care Product: SheaMoisture

20/20

Best At-Home Hair Colour: Moroccanoil

Color Depositing Mask

($32, Sephora)

Skincare
For the first time ever, skincare sales surpassed makeup sales in Canada last year, thanks to growing interest in the category that sky-rocketed during the pandemic. With that in mind, check out the best moisturizers, cleansers, serums (and so, so much more) on the market.

2/24

Best Wrinkle Treatment: Alumier

3/24

Best Face SPF: Supergoop!

Unseen Sunscreen SPF 40

($20, Sephora)

4/24

Best Overnight Treatment: Laneige

Hypoallergenic Cica Sleeping Mask

($45, Sephora)

5/24

Moisturizer for Sensitive Skin: MV Skintherapy

6/24

Best Moisturizer for Dry Skin: Lise Watier

HydraForce Hydra-Protective Comforting Creme

($47, Lise Watier)

7/24

Best Moisturizer for Combination Skin: Fenty Skin

Hydra Vizor Invisible Moisturizer Broad Spectrum SPF 30

($46, Sephora)

8/24

Best Moisturizer for Oily Skin: Beauty By Earth

Oil Control Facial Moisturizer

($25, Amazon)

10/24

Innovation of the Year: SkinCeuticals

11/24

Best Face Serum for Sensitive Skin: MV SkinTherapy

12/24

Best Face Serum for Oily & Acne Prone Skin: Dr. Belmeur

13/24

Best Face Oil: Bao Laboratory

14/24

Best Face Mask Under $35: Radford

24K Gold Hydrogel Face Mask

($16, Radford)

15/24

Best Face Mask Over $35: Lise Watier

Hydrating Mask Infused With Rose Petals

($35, Sephora)

16/24

Best Eye Cream Under $50: Olay

17/24

Best Face Serum for Dry Skin: SkinCeuticals

18/24

Best Eye Cream Over $50: Clarins

Total Eye Lift. Lift-Replenishing Eye Concentrate

($91, Sephora)

19/24

Best Exfoliator: Radford

Buff Daily Enzyme Exfoliant

($50, Radford)

20/24

Best Cleanser for Oily Skin: SkinCeuticals

21/24

Best Cleanser for Sensitive Skin: Neostrata

22/24

Best Cleanser for Dry Skin: Glow Recipe

Papaya Sorbet Smoothing Enzyme Cleansing Balm & Makeup Remover

($42, Sephora)

23/24

Best Cleanser for Combination Skin: Fenty Skin

Total Cleans’r Remove-It-All Cleanser

($33, Sephora)

24/24

Best Acne Treatment: Pixi Beauty

Body Care
From SPF to self-tanner, shaving products to hand cream (and everything in between), these are this year’s standout body care products—just in time for summer.

2/12

Best Shaving Cream: Jack Black

Supreme Cream Triple Cushion Shave Lather

($25, Sephora)

3/12

Best Self-Tanner: Beauty By Earth

4/12

Best Razor: Jack Black

The Closer 5-Blade Cartridge Razor

($75, Nordstrom)

5/12

Best Nail Product: Quo Beauty

6/12

Innovation of the Year: Uriage

Bariederm Dermatological Cica-Oil

($23, Jean Coutu)

7/12

Best Hand Cream: L’Occitane

Shea Butter Hand Cream

($12, The Bay)

8/12

Best Deodorant: Malin + Goetz

Eucalyptus Deodorant

($26, Sephora)

9/12

Best Body Wash: Céla

Body Cleanser

($35, Céla)

10/12

Best Body SPF: Clarins

Sunscreen Body Lotion SPF 50+

($38, The Bay)

11/12

Best Body Scrub: Buck Naked Soap Company

12/12

Best Body Cream: Saje

Sleep Well Bedtime Coconut & Shea Body Butter

($26, Saje)

Cosmetics
It’s no secret that the cosmetics industry is booming like never before. New makeup launches are a seemingly daily occurrence, which can make shopping for a new holy grail mascara, eyeliner or lipstick an overwhelming task. Luckily, our judges were up to the challenge and selected the ones you should stock up on.

2/17

Best Mascara Under $15: NYX Cosmetics

3/17

Best Mascara Over $15: Avon

True Color Love at 1st Lash Mascara

($21, Avon)

4/17

Best Makeup Remover: Monat

Makeup Vanishing Balm

($85, Monat)

5/17

Best Lipstick Under $15: Physicians Formula

6/17

Best Lipstick Over $15: Gucci

Rouge à Lèvres Mat Matte Lipstick

($55, Sephora)

7/17

Best Lip Gloss: Rimmel London

8/17

Innovation of the Year: Sally Hansen

9/17

Best Highlighter: Physicians Formula

10/17

Best Foundation Under $30: NYX

Can’t Stop Won’t Stop Full Coverage Foundation

($20, NYX Cosmetics)

11/17

Best Foundation Over $30: Estée Lauder

Double Wear Stay-in-Place Foundation

($54, Sephora)

12/17

Best Eyeshadow: Rimmel London

14/17

Best Concealer: Clarins

Everlasting Concealer

($38, The Bay)

16/17

Best Bronzer/Contour Product: Gucci

Gucci Poudre De Beauté Éclat Soleil Bronzing Powder

($81, Sephora)

17/17

Best Blush: Maybelline New York

Fragrance and Clean
Fragrances are some of the most subjective and personal beauty products on the market, but these winning picks impressed all of our judges. Plus, meet the one product that truly wowed our panelists, thanks to its focus on clean innovation.

2/5

Best Sustainable Packaging: Calvin Klein

3/5

Innovation of the Year: Maison Francis Kurkdjian

4/5

Best Fragrance: Gucci

Bloom Eau de Parfum For Her

($119, Sephora)

5/5

Best Clean Product: Nuxe

Bio Organic Nuxe Bio Night Recovery Oil

($55, The Bay)