Cosmetics and personal care suppliers honored at 2018 CEW Beauty Awards

By Deanna Utroske

- Last updated on GMT

image via @cewinsider on Instagram
image via @cewinsider on Instagram
The organization’s annual beauty awards expanded this year to celebrate not only innovative brands and products and perfumers but also—for the first time—packaging and ingredient suppliers as well.Cosmetics Design was there to see the 2018 winners, of what they call The Oscars of Beauty, announced.

Last Friday in New York City, Cosmetics Executive Women hosted its annual Beauty Awards luncheon, attracting hundreds of cosmetics, personal care, and fragrance industry insiders and filling the Midtown Hilton event space.

After a dynamic networking reception (replete with selfies and luminary pics in front of a step-and-repeat backdrop), the awards presentations and luncheon event got underway.

Industry endorsement

CEW received over 1000 entries from some 500+ brands for this year’s awards competition. The organization’s president, Carlotta Jacobson, explains why so many brands and products clamor to be recognized by CEW: “As innovation in the beauty space grows, so does the abundance of products for consumers to choose from. Now, more than ever, the CEW seal of approval helps consumers navigate the beauty space to make their purchase decisions.”

“That’s why the CEW Beauty Awards have become the industry’s most important recognition for brands and manufacturers,”​ adds Jacobson.

It may also be why the awards are so dynamic, with adjustments made nearly every year to reflect the current state of the market and the product categories consumers find themselves navigating.

All things indie and niche proliferate the beauty market now, especially when it comes to digital and local brands (though tech pros are working swiftly to make these niche brands global phenomena). So CEW added an indie hair category for 2018 as well as a niche fragrance category. And, there was also a nutricosmetic category on the roster this year as well, mirroring the rise in beauty-from-within products and functional foods making beauty claims.

Suppliers welcome

This year, CEW also added a couple of supply-side categories to its prestigious awards program. The Packaging Innovation and Formula Innovation awards were the first supplier awards given by the organization.

The Packaging Innovation award went to Derek Lam 10 Crosby Parfum Stick—a twist-up solid fragrance that comes, depending on the scent, with a colorful array of collars; the winning design is really a mix of product format, applicator, and packaging decoration.

Formula innovation of the year (which is really more of an ingredient innovation) went to Geltor Inc. for that company’s N-Collagen—an animal-free collagen for skincare.

Soojin Choung, the biotech company’s director of cosmetics and personal care, was in New York City last week and accepted the award. Since then, the company’s CEO, Alex Lorestani, has commented, “We are delighted to have Geltor’s first product recognized by the premier coalition of beauty industry leaders. N-Collage being the ‘Innovation of the Year’ in a highly competitive field validates the power of our ingredient design platform. We are excited to empower our customers to build iconic beauty products for customers seeking performance and sustainability.”

All the winners

The complete list of CEW Beauty Award winners (taken verbatim from the organization’s press release) follows:

Acne Treatment (Blemish Busters)​: 

  • philosophy Purity Made Simple Pore Extractor Exfoliating Clay Mask

Anti-Aging Mass (Turn Back Time)

  • NEUTROGENA® Rapid Wrinkle Repair Regenerating Cream

Anti-Aging Prestige (Turn Back Time)

  • LANEIGE Water Sleeping Mask

Bath and Body Mass (Does A Body Good)

  • Aquaphor Ointment Body Spray 

Bath and Body Prestige (Does A Body Good)

  • OUAI Haircare Rose Hair & Body Oil

Best Beauty App ((H)appy Beauty)

  • Perfect Corp. YouCam Makeup

Best Seller – Mass

  • Herbal Essences Bio: Renew

Best Seller - Prestige

  • Philosophy Purity Made Simple Pore Extractor Exfoliating Clay Mask

Cleanser & Scrub (Keep It Clean)

  • Shiseido Cosmetics America Waso Soft + Cushy Polisher

Eye Makeup Mass (All Eyes on Me)

  • L'Oréal Paris Voluminous Lash Paradise

Eye Makeup Prestige (All Eyes on Me)

  • Urban Decay Naked Heat Eyeshadow Palette

Eye Treatment (Eye on The Prize)

  • Estée Lauder Advanced Night Repair Eye Concentrate Matrix Synchronized Recovery

Face Makeup Mass (#NoFilter)

  • NEUTROGENA® Hydro Boost Hydrating Tint

Face Makeup Prestige (#NoFilter)

  • NARS Soft Matte Complete Concealer

Hair Coloring Product (Dying for Color)

  • L'Oréal Paris Colorista Semi-Permanent Hair Color

Hair Shampoo/Hair Conditioner (The Mane Attraction)

  • Oribe Gold Lust Pre-Shampoo Intensive Treatment

Hair Style/Hair Care (Hair-spiration) 

  • Oribe Swept Up Volume Powder Spray

Hair Tools (DIY Style)

  • Drybar Wrap Party Curling & Styling Wand   

Iconic Beauty – Mass 

  • Dove White Beauty Bar

Iconic Beauty – Prestige

  • Beautyblender The original beautyblender

Indie Brand (New Game in Town)

  • Drunk Elephant

Indie Hair (New Game in Town)

  • Briogeo Hair Care Scalp Revival Charcoal + Coconut Oil Micro-Exfoliating Shampoo

Indie Makeup (New Game in Town)

  • The BrowGal The Weekender

Indie Skincare (New Game in Town)

  • Drunk Elephant T.L.C. Sukari Babyfacial

Lip Product Mass (Seal It with A Kiss)

  • PIXI by Petra Matte Last Liquid Lip

Lip Product Prestige (Seal It with A Kiss)

  • NARS Powermatte Lip Pigment

Lip Treatment (Lip Service)

  • Fresh Sugar Lip Caramel Hydrating Balm

Makeup Tools (Tools of The Trade)

  • Beautyblender beautyblender Swirl

Men’s Grooming (Man Made)

  • Tom Ford Beauty Shave Cream

Men’s Scent (Male Attraction) 

  • YSL Beauty Y Eau de Toilette

Men’s Scent Perfumer 

  • Dominique Ropion, IFF

Moisturizer Mass (S.O.S – Save Our Skin)

  • Aveeno® Positively Radiant Overnight Hydrating Facial

Moisturizer Prestige (S.O.S – Save Our Skin)

  • IT Cosmetics Secret Sauce™

Most Buzzed About Beauty Collaboration 

  • BECCA Cosmetics Becca x Chrissy Teigen Glow Face Palette

Nail Product (Nailed It)

  • Essie Treat Love & Color in Sheers to You

Niche Fragrance

  • Derek Lam 10 Crosby Parfum Stick

Niche Fragrance Perfumer Award

  • Clément Gavarry, Pascal Gaurin, Yves Cassar and Laurent LeGuernec, IFF

Nutricosmetic Product

  • Sakara Life Beauty Chocolates

Skincare Tools (Device Advice)

  • Rodan + Fields Redefine Amp MD Micro-Exfoliating Roller

Sun Product (Bring on The Sun)

  • Supergoop! Super Power Sunscreen Mousse SPF 50

Women’s Scent Mass (It Makes Sense)

  • Pacifica Beauty Aromapower Hardcore Happy

Women’s Scent Prestige (It Makes Sense)

  • Gucci Bloom

Women’s Scent Prestige Perfumer

  • Alberto Morillas, Firmenich

Packaging of the Year

  • Derek Lam 10 Crosby Parfum Stick

Innovation of the Year

  • Geltor, Inc. N-Collage

Sustainability Excellence 

  • NaturaBrasil

QVC 2018 Beauty Quest 

  • Chuda



Deanna Utroske, Editor, covers beauty business news in the Americas region and publishes the weekly Indie Beauty Profile column, showcasing the inspiring work of entrepreneurs and innovative brands.

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