Beauty Store Business magazine - January, 2020

And the CITY Award Goes to …

Manhattan Penthouse front entrance

The finalists for the Independent Cosmetic Manufacturers and Distributors’ seventh annual CITY (Cosmetic Innovator of The Year) Awards were announced last week.

Unlike the Oscars most years, there isn’t a clear favorite for one CITY nominee to win really big with something—such as five of the prestigious awards.

Nevertheless, please get your ballots out, ladies and gents ...

Here’s who could be winning CITYs—usually, one per category—during the dinner ceremony June 20 at the Manhattan Penthouse in New York City along with my picks (not that I have a say in any of this).

1. Members’ Choice/Color Cosmetics
Besame Cosmetics: Crimson Rouge
Forsythe Cosmetic Group: Magnetic Force
Iredale Mineral Cosmetics: Chocoholicks Lip Color
My pick: Forsythe Cosmetic Group

2. Best Color/Cosmetics Packaging
IT Cosmetics: Hello Lashes 5in1 Grip Mascara
Jouer Cosmetics: Blushing Beauty
NYX Cosmetics: Haute Jersey Leopard Couture
My pick: NYX Cosmetics

3. Members’ Choice/Bath, Body & Hair
American International Industries: Woody's JUST4PLAY Body Spray
Miss Smarty Pants: BareEase & Cream
Swedish Skin Care: Razor Burn Freedom for Women
My pick: American International Industries

4. Best Grass Roots Marketing Campaign
ECRU: Little Green Pediatrician Program
Skindinavia: Skindinavia True Hollywood Makeup Campaign
Yes To: Yes To Market Takeover in Denver
My pick: ECRU

5. Best Skincare Facial Product
CellCeuticals: InterActive Moisture Serum 2
Hydroxatone (Atlantic Coast Media Group): Anti-Aging BB Cream
Murad: Rapid Age & Pigment Lightening Serum
My pick: Murad

6. Members’ Choice/Skin Care
Chella: Anti-Fatigue Eye Mask
Jack Black: DIY Power Peel Multi-Acid Resurfacing Pads
Temptu: Temptu Base Smooth & Matte Primer
My pick: Temptu

7. Best Hair Product
Aloxxi: Colour Rich Treatment Masque
ColorMetrics: TouchBack Plus
Oribe: Apres Beach
My pick: Aloxxi

8. Best Color Product
Jouer Cosmetics: Sheer Bronzing Tint
IT Cosmetics: Vitality Cheek Flush Powder Blush Stain
rms beauty: Cream Eye Shadows
My pick: IT Cosmetics

9. Best Bath & Body Product
JA Cosmetics: e.l.f. Lotion Wipes
MD Skincare: Alpha Beta Glow Pad for Body
Naked Princess: Love Lust Light Body & Boudoir Candle
My pick: Naked Princess

10. Best Fragrance
Lux Beauty Group: Holland Park Eau De Parfum
Spadaro Luxury Fragrances: Noche Del Fuego
My pick: Spadaro Luxury Fragrances

11. Best Print Ad
CellCeuticals: Unlock the Code to Visibly Younger Skin Ad Campaign
eos: Smooth Sphere Lip Balms
Iredale Mineral Cosmetics: Awaken Your Beauty Campaign
My pick: Iredale Mineral Cosmetics

12. Best Skincare Packaging
World Wide Packaging: Murad: Time Release Retinol Concentrate for Deep Wrinkles
HSS Sales: Hevia Skin Science
vbeaute: vbeaute It Kit
My pick: World Wide Packaging

13. Best Bath & Body Packaging
Dayna Decker: Essence Wash & Lotion
eos: eos Hand Lotion
World Wide Packaging: Oscar de la Renta Tube
My pick: Dayna Decker

14. Best Fragrance Packaging
Crafting Beauty: It’s Me
Nicka K Cosmetics: Absolute! Perfume Stick
Spadaro Luxury Fragrances: Noche Del Fuego
My pick: Nicka K Cosmetics

For the record (and for what it’s worth)—as I admitted on our Twitter account in April—I, uh, didn’t do that well with my 2012 Cosmetic Executive Women Beauty Insiders’ Awards ballot for the finalists there.

For more information about the CITY Awards and the awards dinner, please click here or contact Marilyn Mages, CAE, ICMAD marketing/communications coordinator, 800.334.2623,

Marc Birenbaum

[Image caption: On June 20, beauty suppliers in 14 categories will walk out of the front entrance of the Manhattan Penthouse in New York City with 2012 CITY Awards. Image courtesy of Manhattan Penthouse]