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BEST Makeup

2013 BEST Makeup

Sephora

Boston

In case you’ve been in a beauty bubble for the past 15 years, Sephora is the adult version of Candyland. Nearly every brand of mascara, lip liner, and blush known to womankind is on display—and you can test all the… read more»

2012 BEST Makeup

Sephora

We have only one rule when shopping at this cavernous cosmetics shop: Bring cash. How else to limit ourselves while stuffing our basket with lotions, powders, polishes, and liners? Oh, and there are the goodies tempting us from the bins… read more»

2011 BEST Makeup, Selection

Sephora

Boston

Though we’re not usually fans of national chains, Sephora’s credentials in this category are unimpeachable (as anyone who’s browsed its well-stocked shelves can attest). The store’s Pru outpost has an even bigger selection of cosmetics than its other locations in… read more»

2011 BEST Makeup, Counter

Chanel

Boston

At this Newbury Street boutique, even customers browsing for mere bronzer receive the same top-drawer service as those splurging on Chanel’s pricey threads. The cosmetics and fragrance area itself is lovely, outfitted with meticulously polished mirrors that reflect the brand’s… read more»

2010 BEST Makeup

A Matter of Face

Boston

Don’t fret the closure of Shu Uemura’s beloved Newbury Street boutique (our former fave). Just head for A Matter of Face in the North End. Unlike some bigger cosmetics chains—where selection is vast, but service is often lacking—owner and makeup… read more»

2010 BEST Makeup, Local

First Aid Beauty

Newton-based Lilli Gordon has serious experience in the beauty biz: She worked for brands like Fresh and Cross before launching First Aid Beauty, her own line of fragrance and paraben-free products for sensitive, aging, and problem skin. FAB debuted late… read more»

2009 BEST Makeup

Rouge Cosmetics

Salem

Beauty junkies can spend years perfecting their primping arsenals. If you’d prefer to skip beta-testing your makeup bag, though, let Rouge founder Ann Supple Massey do the work for you. A former cosmetics buyer at Filene’s, Massey vets every product… read more»

2008 BEST Makeup

Neiman Marcus

Boston, Natick

When we want to mindlessly browse shadows and powders, we hit Sephora. When we need to self-medicate with new lip gloss, we stop by Beauty and Main. But when we get serious—as in, restock-our-entire-makeup-bag serious—we hightail it over to Neiman… read more»

2007 BEST Makeup

Bloomingdales

Chestnut Hill

The heart of the capacious first floor at the new multimillion-dollar Bloomingdale’s in Chestnut Hill is its smartly laid-out, wholly welcoming cosmetics department. Hard-to-find brands include Clé de Peau and Trish McEvoy; personable, informed, and refreshingly nonpushy salespeople make for… read more»

2006 BEST Makeup

Beauty and Main

Hingham

With their baffling variety and often-condescending staff, department-store makeup counters can intimidate the bravest shoppers. Skip the drama and visit Beauty and Main, where there’s nary a frantic perfume spritzer or overeager eye shadower in sight. The sales clerks at… read more»