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»
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»
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 […] read more»