Best of Boston

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 to sample the products without being attacked by overzealous salespeople—a welcome alternative to more traditional makeup counters.

167 Newbury St., Boston, 617-236-8138,