NEW YORK — Last year may have been the mass market’s big year at the Cosmetics Executive Women’s annual awards, but this year, the prestige companies went home with the statuettes and the bragging rights.

While last year, Pond’s, Jergens, John Frieda, Crest, Olay and Cover Girl garnered many of the top prizes, this ceremony was dominated by prestige brands, especially Lancôme, which gathered four awards, and Shiseido, which won in three categories. “OK, last year, we thought it was a fluke,” joked Heidi Manheimer, president for U.S. operations of Shiseido Cosmetics (America) Ltd., when she picked up the first of her awards. “But now, we’re getting used to it.” The Estée Lauder brand also carted off two awards, prompting Patrick Bousquet-Chavanne, the group president of The Estée Lauder Cos., which oversees the brand, to thank Leonard Lauder for the “spark that formed Pure Color.”

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