Exclusive! Image Beauty Awards 2010 Sneak Preview

By | April 15 2010 | 30 Comments

Landing tomorrow is the May issue of Image, and while that might not necessarily be news of note in an average month, this is no average month, because the May issue is the Image Beauty Awards issue, and therefore hotly anticipated. has an exclusive sneak-peek behind the scenes for you today: having held down the job of Image beauty editor in 2007/08, I had the task of organising the awards one year, and I can tell you, hand on heart, having steered the process then and having also been a judge the year previously, this is going to be one impartial set of results, judged by bona fide experts who absolutely know their stuff.

This year, James Brown and Daniel Sandler have lent their celebrity expertise to the process, as have home-grown talents like makeup artists Aisling Eyre and Colette Cassidy, skincare whizzes Dr Rosemary Coleman and the Drs Mulrooney as well as tress teasers such as the excellent Zara Cox. Also new this year is a scoring system, so you can see the percentile each winning product achieved – really useful.

This is not a beauty awards with an advertising agenda. In fact, that is very much not the point, and quality and performance are the names of the game here, meaning Image’s beauty gongs are ones I always look forward to. Want to get a sneaky on three products that have made the cut this year? Oh, you’ll have to look after the jump, so.

I’ve seen the lot, so it’s so hard to only give you a tiny snippet – but here goes. These are three I squeeed with delight at when I saw how well they’d done. They’re all faves too – and if you want to find out the rest, and be in with a chance to win a prize package worth more than €3,000, then you’d better get to the shops tomorrow to pick up your copy of Image with the quickness.

  • Nars Sheer Glow Foundation achieved a whopping 90% rating. We also adore this beautiful foundation, but here’s what Daniel Sandler said: “These bases give beautiful coverage but also impart a lovely light glow and don’t feel at all heavy on the skin. The yellow undertones in the formula are great for neutralising red complexions or blemishes, and one or two dots of product will do the entire face.”
  • Bourjois Smoky Eyes Trio scored 85%. These are staples for me for a night out. “Great palettes with simple instructions and premier pigments that look even nicer when wet,” was what Daniel Sandler had to say.
  • And I was THRILLED to see this one, because it’s for L’Onglex, which also scored 90% for its Nail Polish Remover. “This is one of the original, and still the best, nail polish removers. It quickly dissolves product and is amazing value,” said Jennie Hingston.
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30 Replies to " Exclusive! Image Beauty Awards 2010 Sneak Preview"

  • Eileen says:

    I love L’onglex…it’s the best remover by miles. Out to purchase Nars next. I think it’s hard to find a nice foundation. Currently mid-swap to Olay with touch of Max Factor (due to the sunny climes of late!)

  • Scarie says:

    Good to sea proper Beauty awards and ones that don’t push the same products over and over , Maybelline Great Lash anyone …..

  • daiseeboo says:

    Will be investing in a new foundation in the next few weeks when my current bottle runs out. Do Nars do any nice ones for combination skin?

  • Sarah says:

    I loooove Nars. Its sooo good and the Nars ppl in BT are just lovely

  • candi says:

    I didn’t try sheer glow but honestly sheer matte was the worst foundation I have ever put on my face.

  • sweetie says:

    Image is my favorite glossy EVAH! Always joy to read from cover to cover:)Can’t wait to see the Beauty awards, last year the lineout was amazing.

  • Kirstie says:

    Sweetie – I love it too, an incredibly well-produced mag with lots of meaty content, always look forward to a new issue. I think you’ll like what they’ve done with the awards this year too – they’ve tweaked the format and the layout looks great.

  • BerG says:

    Can’t wait to get my copy of Image tomorrow, its one of the better put together magazines around.
    Great to see L’Onglex on the list, its the business for removing the deep colours with ease.

  • BerG says:

    Forgot to also concur that the girls on the NARS counter in BT’s are really lovely and helpful. Always glad to see you, and make you feel comfortable.

  • Velveteen says:

    Me too Sweetie…’s a fabulous mag! In fact I wish it was out today because I’m going to the hairdressers this afternoon and I’ll be at least 2 and a half hours…..Image would have been perfect to while away the time!!!

  • Kirstie says:

    oh ohh news – seems like in Dublin it may well be in shops!

  • BerG says:

    Will check out Easons on my way home at lunchtime. Thanks Kirstie. Hope the back is on the mend and the haze of pain has lifted.

  • daiseeboo says:

    My local shop can be very late with magazines so it probably won’t hit til next week. Will pick it up on Saturday and it can keep me company when Mr Boo is out with his bro.

  • sweetie says:

    Oh oh, lunchtime trip to the newsagents :)

    Velveteen, if you can’t get Image, I wouldn’t go for British Vogue then – read it all in under 2 hours :(
    Is it only me, or lately British Vogue/Elle/the rest have absolutely nothing interesting in them other than editorials? Vogue and Bazaar are like dummies sometimes, Elle is border-lining on Cosmo more often than not, and US ones – I can never find anything interesting in them at all!! Wish I could read Italian or French glossies :)

  • jen says:

    girls, it is so worth entering the comp, i won all the beauty booty last year and a night in the merrion!!, i only sent in one text, when my booty arrived it was so exciting, the best thing i ever won in my life,


  • Kirstie says:

    Jen – wow!!! congrats!

  • sweetie says:

    Jen – I was SO convinced I’d win it last year ;) You lucky thing!

  • Robin says:

    Hi, i’ve never posted on here but had to say, I tried nars sheer matte for a while and really wanted to keep with it because the colours are amazing for pale irish people, really light with nice yellow tones that aren’t overpowering like mac yellow tones, but the foundation went on horribly and without primer was an even worse mess. it just sits on the skin and dries out even oily skin. Tried sheer glow and got a horrible breakout but it was much nicer than sheer matte, for other people it’s probably quite nice.

  • daiseeboo says:

    Jen – soooooo jealous

  • poppy says:

    Oh no candi – thing it was me who swapped you the sheer matte. Dindn’t think it was that bad just didn’t suit me – too matt + gave me a few spots. Now using vichy ine got in achemist – prety good + no oxidising which can be a problem for me.

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