Best of Boston

Best Makeup

2017 Best Makeup


The holy land of beauty, Sephora's appeal lies not in its endless selection of cult-favorite products from YSL, Bobbi Brown, and Nars, but in its [...] read more»
2016 Best Makeup


When Sephora announced that its Pru outpost was getting a makeover, we wondered how the cosmetics behemoth could possibly improve. But the sprawling new storefront, [...] read more»
2014 Best Makeup


You won’t find blaring music or tweens fighting over glitter eye shadow at this decidedly grownup makeup and skin-care chain—just trusted, celebrity-touted lines like Laura [...] read more»
2013 Best Makeup


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, [...] read more»
2012 Best Makeup


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, [...] read more»
2011 Best Makeup, Counter


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 [...] read more»
2011 Best Makeup, Selection


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 [...] read more»
2010 Best Makeup

A Matter of Face

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. [...] 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 [...] read more»
2009 Best Makeup

Rouge Cosmetics

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 [...] 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 [...] 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 [...] 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 [...] 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 [...] 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 [...] read more»