Best of Boston

BEST Makeup

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


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


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»

2005 BEST Makeup

Saks Fifth Avenue


Armani. Dior. Bobbi Brown. Trish McEvoy. La Prairie. We love small makeup shops, but when it comes to beauty’s most coveted brands, the phrase “you can only get it at Saks” rings true for a reason. All the major makeup… read more»

2004 BEST Makeup

The Beauty Mark


This sunny shop has hit the mark by assembling a rare collection of cult favorites (Molton Brown, Wink, T. LeClerc, TINte), all in a rainbow of colors and shades. What’s more, the outgoing staff helps guide you to goods that… read more»

2003 BEST Makeup, Selection

E6 Apothecary


At too many department store cosmetics counters in this town, too-chic salespeople more often than not will slather your screaming pores with overly perfumed chemicals and then, as if a life depended upon it, try to force you into spending… read more»

2002 BEST Makeup, Selection

E6 Apothecary


E6 owner Elena Frankel has earned her place in beauty heaven by giving Boston a much-needed injection of both high-style cosmetics and low-pressure shopping. Her sunny, well-organized boutique is home to every hot, hard-to-find bottle, tube, and compact a product… read more»

2001 BEST Makeup, Selection

E6 Apothecary


Makeup maniacs need go no further than E6. The store has most of the buzz-worthy lines in stock, including Shu Uemura, Molton Brown, Tarte, Watosa, Biotherm, and Three Custom Color Specialists. What’s more, the intimate, refreshingly low-pressure atmosphere allows you… read more»

2000 BEST Makeup, Counter

Chanel, Saks Fifth Avenue


Leave it to Chanel: The company renowned for staying ahead of the fashion pack is once again leading the way with its makeup products and skin-care lines. See for yourself: Schedule a makeover with Rita Sorrentino, Chanel’s traveling makeup artist,… read more»

2000 BEST Makeup, Selection, City



E6 is a sophisticated candy store for grown-up women. It has built a reputation on offering high-end, hard-to-find makeup lines including Poole makeup kits, Imago skin care, Ramy Beauty Therapy, and Shu Uemura. In addition, the company will launch a… read more»