NEW YORK — The memory of Estée Lauder was certainly present at the Waldorf-Astoria Friday, as the company she founded swept the ceremony at the Cosmetics Executive Women’s annual beauty awards — taking home 11 Lalique statues out of the 24 contested product categories.
After opening the afternoon with a tribute to the late cosmetics titan, the atmosphere turned jovial as Kyan Douglas of “Queer Eye for the Straight Guy” took the stage for hosting duties. The event was rife with laughter with the antics of Douglas and his co-star Carson Kressley, who served as a presenter.
Douglas put the ceremony on a lighthearted course from the beginning, when he swept over to plant a lip lock — à la Halle Berry and Adrien Brody — on Joan Lasker of ColorMetrics, who was presented the Enterprising Beauty Award.
Later, Kressley expressed his fondness for Estée Lauder’s Fabrice Weber — whom he called a “hottie” and warmly embraced when he approached the podium to claim an award for Aramis Life for men’s scents priced $24 and over. MAC, Origins, Estée Lauder and Clinique were brands from The Estée Lauder Cos. that took home awards.
CEW chairperson Robin Burns noted that when the awards were first held 10 years ago, there were 35 entries. For the 2003 awards that number grew to 320, representing 140 companies.
Origins took the award for bath and body product, $12.50 and over, with its Incredible Spreadable Scrub Ginger body smoother; for the under-$12.50 segment, Schick Wilkinson Sword won with its Schick Intuition razor.
In facial skin care, Clinique’s Take the Day Off Face & Eye Cleansing Towelettes won for cleanser/toner, $10 and over, and in the under-$10 segment it was Dove Face Cleansing Pillows. For eye treatments, $20 and over, it was Origins No Puffery Cooling Mask. In the mask, peel and scrub category, $15 and over, Estée Lauder Idealist Micro-D Deep Thermal Refinisher was the top vote-getter. For the under-$15 segment, Neutrogena’s Hydrating Facial Cloth Mask took the honors. For moisturizers, $20 and over, it was Clinique RepairWear Day SPF 15 Intensive Cream, and for products under $20, Olay’s Regenerist Enhancing Lotion with UV Protection won. Also in skin care, there were awards for problem-solving products. In the $25-and-over category, Avon took the award for its Anew Clinical Line and Wrinkle Corrector, while MAC ’s Tinted Lip Conditioner won in the under- $25 group.
For the makeup segment, Estée Lauder took home the prize for the eye product, $12.50 and over, for MagnaScopic Maximum Volume Mascara; the under-$12.50 prize went to MAC for Fibre Rich Lash. Face product, $15 and over, was won by Benefit Cosmetics Dandelion, and Del Laboratories took the award in the under-$15 segment for Sally Hansen Healing Beauty Fast and Flawless Airbrush Makeup. For the lip product, $12.50 and over, it was Chanel’s Lèvres Lumiére Intense Glossimer Extreme, and in $12.50 and under, it was Kiehl’s Lip Balm SPF 15 Hue 30G.
For the women’s scent, $24 and over, Estée Lauder won with Beyond Paradise, while Avon’s Mark brand won in the under-$24 segment with Mark Garden Blu Lotion Glow Stick.
There were also awards for the hair care and coloring category. For products $15 and over, L’Oréal Couleur Experte took home the prize, while Revlon’s High Dimension Color Accents Highlighting Kit won for $15 and under.
Finally, there was an award for sun products, $15 and over, which went to Estée Lauder’s Go Tan Towelettes.
— Laura Klepacki and Julie Naughton