Class of 2021: The JONES Beauty Awards

The votes are cast and the results are in. It’s time to celebrate the best of beauty at David Jones.

A celebration of the cult, the classic and the coveted: welcome to the JONES Beauty Awards. For the fourth year running, our judges have picked the latest and greatest in make-up, skincare, fragrance and haircare at David Jones. These are the Holy Grail products that have changed their beauty routines for the better. 

But first, let us introduce you to the expert panel. Drawing on diverse industry experiences, they’ve painstakingly tried and tested each of the winning products.

Justine Cullen, Editor-in-Chief of JONES
Rachel Duffy-Packer, GM of Beauty David Jones
Eleanor Pendleton, founder of Gritty Pretty
Nicole Warne Shadbolt, digital entrepreneur
Nigel Stanislaus, make-up artist
Victoria Lee, model
Ingrid Seaburn, celebrity facialist and skin health expert

And the winners are…

The people have spoken

David Jones American Express People’s Choice Award – Fragrance

CHANEL Coco Mademoiselle Eau de Parfum Spray was inspired by Gabrielle Chanel’s bold personality. The olfactory incarnation of an independent thinker, it has notes of patchouli, vetiver, rose and jasmine.

David Jones American Express People’s Choice Award – Make-Up

Dior Addict Lip Glow is your lips, made better. This moisturising balm gives a natural flush of pink as it reacts to the wearer’s skin tone with its colour-reviver technology.

David Jones American Express People’s Choice Award – Skincare

Estée Lauder Advanced Night Repair is an industry favourite. Beauty editors have praised it as a Holy Grail product, and a reformulation seven years in the making has solidified its cult status. 

The make-up kit heroes

Flawless Foundation

Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation promises a flawless glow. “Super creamy, rich in colour and easy to blend, this iconic foundation has been a staple in my kit for 21 years. It allows skin to look like skin but more expensive,” shares Stanislaus.

Miracle-Working Mascara

Take care of your lashes with Dior Diorshow Maximizer 3D. Warne Shadbolt sings its praises; “It makes my lashes look longer and fuller with a dramatic curl. I love that it maintains the health of my lashes, too.”

Most-Loved Lipstick

Hermès orange summons instant elegance, and the brand’s Rouge Hermès Satin Lipstick doesn’t disappoint. “The rich pigment delivers vibrant, long-lasting colour while leaving lips feeling supple and conditioned,” says Pendleton.

The luxury fragrances worth coveting

Cult Niche Fragrance

A Chant for the Nymph Eau de Parfum from The Alchemist’s Garden collection by Gucci is a treasure to behold. Cullen says: “Being made from natural plants and flowers, it’s more than just a pretty bottle for the dressing table.”

Men’s MVP

Seaburn puts it simply when it comes to Tom Ford Ombré Leather: “Hard to resist a man with this scent. Let’s leave it at that!”

Best Home Fragrance

Lee calls it “springtime in a candle”, and we’d have to agree: Carrière Frères Tomato Candle offers an instant mood boost.

The skin and hair saviours to invest in

Go-To Serum for Great Skin

La Prairie Skin Caviar Liquid Lift is worth its weight in gold. According to Seaburn, “This product is lush. The science behind caviar as an ingredient is wonderful, helping to firm the skin”. The ultimate skincare indulgence, this one’s an investment for the true beauty devotees. 

Anti-Ageing Skin Essential

A brand signature, SK-II Facial Treatment Essence isn’t shy of the spotlight. This self-proclaimed miracle water works to smooth and soften texture, brighten lacklustre skin and rehydrate the complexion. A loyal fan for more than a decade, Pendleton says: “It’s the one skincare product every woman needs”.

Master of Masks

Giorgio Armani Crema Nera Reviving Volcanic Black Gel Mask is the obvious choice for an at-home spa experience. Working to clean and clear the skin, this mask reveals a radiant complexion in 10 minutes. 

Screen-Time Saviour

Described as being the failsafe, ‘just enough’ of make-up products to make you feel done up but never overly so, the Screen Time Saviour award goes to… Dior Addict Lip Glow. “A quick slick in your phone reflection is all you need for instant polish,” says Cullen.

Best in SPF

We know how important wearing sunscreen is but finding the right formula isn’t always easy. Enter Edible Beauty Basking Beauty Natural Sunscreen SPF 50. Broad spectrum and ocean friendly, it offers hydrating and collagen-boosting botanical actives to nourish your skin while staying safe in the sun.

Beauty Launch of the Year

Dermalogica Neck Fit Contour Serum reminds us that skincare shouldn’t stop at the jaw. The roller application delivers all its goodness with ease, working to tighten skin, remove fine lines and protect from environmental aggressors. 

Hair Hero

All women want glossy locks, and Oribe Gold Lust Repair & Restore Shampoo delivers. Offering a gentle clean, this shampoo balances the scalp and reinforces each strand.

Best in Australian Beauty

Shadbolt is a big believer in beauty from within. Touting the benefits of The Beauty Chef Glow Inner Beauty Essential, she says: “This powder is packed full of everything your gut needs to thrive: prebiotics, probiotics, antioxidants and vitamins. And it tastes like a wild berry dream.”

Champion for Change

Emma Lewisham is leading the charge when it comes to conscious beauty. The New Zealand brand’s products aren’t just good for your skin, they’re kind to the world, too. From refillable pods to fully recyclable packaging, the brand champions a zero waste ethos.

JONES Editor’s Pick

With it’s Revitalizing Fortifying Serum, Hair Rituel by Sisley proves that good scalp health gives good hair. The intensive treatment works to build stronger and denser strands without leaving your hair greasy.

Holy Grail Eye Product

An eye cream that works to reverse signs of aging and prevent future damage sounds too good to be true, right? Wrong. La Mer The Eye Concentrate does just that. Fine lines appear smoother and dark circles faded, thanks to the brand’s signature Miracle Broth.

Best Instore Service

Blow Bar Co at David Jones’ Elizabeth Street flagship is the ultimate beauty pick-me-up. The salon has earned a cult following for its buoyant blow-outs with a side of champagne, but up-styles, make-up and lash appointments are also on the menu.