Introducing the 53 Beauty Grand Prix winners, as chosen by ELLE readers.
This article originally appeared in the November 2018 issue of ELLE Canada.
Lise Watier Havana Trio Highlighter ($46) Lisa Boone from St. John’s, N.L., said that this highlighter left her “glowing like an angel.” Sounds heavenly.
Rimmel London Magnif’Eyes Eye Contouring Palette ($15) For the second year in a row, this palette reigns supreme. You can credit the rich pigments and easily blendable formula for the win.
EYELINER Under $15 (Tie)
L’Oréal Paris Infallible The Super Slim Liquid Eyeliner ($12) Terri Bourque from Scarborough, Ont., said this liner was “easy to use, stayed on all day and went on smooth without bleeding.”
Marcelle Precision Liquid Eyeliner Pen ($11.95) This waterproof formula lives up to its name. Plus, it sets quickly and doesn’t budge.
EYELINER Over $15
Lise Watier Féline Eyeliner HD ($22) Jurors said this liner was highly pigmented, which helps make the elusive flawless cat-eye a little more achievable.
MASCARA Under $20
Sephora Collection LashCraft Length & Volume Mascara ($16) Everything you’ve ever wanted from a mascara: It’s separating, lengthening and volumizing. Swipe on one coat for a natural look, and keep on swiping to build up intensity.
MASCARA Over $20
Zorah Biocosmétiques Mascara Pure Argan Volume and Care ($25) Shalyn Krempasky from Winnipeg asks, “Who needs falsies when you have this mascara?” It made her lashes “appear thick and volumized with no clumping.”
Benefit Cosmetics Precisely, My Brow Pencil ($32) No one does brows like Benefit. This pencil makes it easy to fill in sparse areas thanks to its thin tip, which allows for hair-fine strokes. Plus, the futuristic metallic packaging makes it stand out in your makeup bag.
LIQUID LIPSTICK Under $20
Sephora Collection Cream Lip Stain Liquid Lipstick ($18) Anjum Khimji from Markham, Ont., gave this lipstick two thumbs up for staying on throughout dinner. “This is one of the longest-lasting products I have ever tried,” she said.
LIQUID LIPSTICK Over $20
NARS Powermatte Lip Pigment ($34) Kiss and don’t tell with this transfer-proof liquid lipstick. Jurors said it was so comfortable it felt like they weren’t wearing anything on their lips at all.
CONCEALER 30$ And Under
Lise Watier Teint Lumière Perfecting Concealer ($30) When you’re skimping on sleep (so, always), this creamy concealer covers dark circles and adds a hint of luminescence for a convincing “I’m a morning person” look.
CONCEALER Over $30
Chanel Palette Essentielle ($85) This three-in-one face palette conceals, highlights and gives cheeks and lips a hint of coral. Editor’s tip: Use your fingers to blend the cream formula seamlessly into foundation.
BB CREAM Under $30
Marcelle CC Cream Complete Correction SPF 35 ($29.95) Kari Zalik from Toronto loved the texture of this CC cream, calling it “silky but not runny, soft but still pigmented and dewy but not greasy.”
BB CREAM Over $30
Guerlain Météorites Baby Glow Light Revealing Sheer Makeup ($65) This light foundation leaves a dewy glow that’s perfect for those no-makeup-makeup days. Bonus: the lovely citrus and violet scent.
Clarins Fix’ Make-Up ($30) It’s simple: Want your makeup to last all day? Use this. Jurors also noted that the subtle rosewater scent has a calming effect.
Sally Hansen Miracle Gel ($11.95) Julie Blacker from Abbotsford, Man., owns an astonishing 200-plus nail polishes. So we took it seriously when she said this product has “the best-designed polish brush I’ve ever used!” (It’s extra-wide for easy application.)
FACE SCRUB Under $30
Philosophy The Microdelivery Daily Exfoliating Facial Wash ($20) Katie Haddin from Ancaster, Ont., especially enjoyed using this exfoliating cleanser in the mornings. “The refreshing scent woke me up and got me ready for the day,” she said.
FACE SCRUB Over $30
Clarins One-Step Gentle Exfoliating Cleanser ($38) Michelle Organ from Dartmouth, N.S., praised the light orange scent of this scrub as well as its ability to leave her skin feeling “squeaky clean.”
Bioderma Sensibio H2O Make-up Removing Micelle Solution ($23.90) The rise of long-wearing lipsticks, setting sprays and 24-hour-wear foundations has created quite the task for makeup removers. This one is up for the challenge, gently nixing every last speck without tugging on skin.
Sephora Collection Waterproof Eye Makeup Remover ($19) Nithya Saravanan from Toronto found this product very effective yet non-irritating on eyes. “Only a few drops is more than enough to take off makeup, with no scrubbing required.”
Institut Esthederm Eau Cellulaire Mist ($29) Thanks to the superfine mist, this hyaluronic-acid-rich spray makes for the perfect midday refresh—without leaving you drenched.
Clarins Extra-Firming Mask ($69) Wear this fatigue-fighting mask for 10 minutes and then wait for the compliments on your smoother, more radiant complexion to roll in.
Klorane Smoothing and Relaxing Patches With Soothing Cornflower ($17.25) This is an instant way to trick people into thinking you’re well rested (and not feeling the effects of last night’s wine).
MOISTURIZING DAY CREAM Under $40
Bioderma Hydrabio Gel-Cream Light Moisturizing Cream ($29.50) This light (but still hydrating) moisturizer has a touch of salicylic acid to gently exfoliate. “My skin was glowing after a couple of days,” said Fatima Merheb from Windsor, Ont. “I knew I owed it to this!”
MOISTURIZING DAY CREAM Over $40
Charlotte Tilbury Magic Cream ($125) The name says it all: This cream works wonders. Once reserved only for her model and celebrity clients, makeup artist Charlotte Tilbury’s secret blend of peptides, antioxidants and hyaluronic acid is now available for all.
EYE-CONTOUR CARE Over $50
G.M. Collin Bota-Peptide Eye Contour ($96) Priya Chendke from Toronto noticed her eye area looked smoother after using this peptide-rich formula. “I felt younger after just a week of using it,” she said.
EYE-CONTOUR CARE Under $50
Clarins Multi-Active Yeux ($45) With its always-cold metal applicator, this gel-cream serum, rich in plant actives, is excellent for calming puffy eyes in the morning.
Estée Lauder Advanced Night Repair Serum ($123) There’s a reason this serum is a long-time top seller. The luxurious oil-free formula contains patented technology that minimizes fine lines while nurturing parched skin.
DAY SERUM Under $50
Marcelle NewAge UpLift Energizing Serum ($33.95) With this serum’s four types of hyaluronic acid (the ingredient is famous for retaining up to 1,000 times its weight in water), it’s no wonder the jurors noticed more hydrated skin after just one application.
DAY SERUM Between $50 to $100
IDC Dermo Boost Energy ($60) Jurors loved the candy-like scent of this serum and its ability to calm redness. Evelyn Ballard from Langley, B.C., said that after using it for one week, her skin looked “less irritated.”
DAY SERUM Over $100
Lancôme Advanced Génifique ($132) Embrace your inner Benjamin Button with this serum that jurors said immediately absorbs into skin without leaving a tacky residue.
Clarins Mission Perfection Serum ($69)Krista Urchenko from Ottawa loved the texture of this serum, which she said feels “like putting clouds on your face.”
SUN PROTECTION Over $30
Coola Mineral Face Sunscreen Unscented Matte Tint ($48) This mineral-based sunscreen is an excellent option for those with sensitive skin (which can react to chemical UV filters).
ANTI-AGING NIGHT CREAM
Clarins Super Restorative Night ($129) Tracy Rafuse from New Glasgow, N.S., said this moisturizer felt “like butter” on her skin. “It was so nice after a long day to wash my face and apply this little piece of heaven.”
Clarins Hydra-Essential Moisture Replenishing Lip Balm ($20) This hydrating balm applies like a gloss, enhancing your natural lip colour for the ultimate rosy glow.
ANTI-AGING DAY CREAM Under $60
Clarins Multi-Active Jour ($54) Jurors loved how soft their skin felt after using this antioxidant-rich moisturizer. Even those who said they don’t usually love scented products enjoyed its fresh floral fragrance.
ANTI_AGING DAY CREAM Over $60
IDC Dermo Express 360 ($62) Lee Pearson from Hamilton, Ont., gave this anti-pollution moisturizer five stars. “If I were to use this for the rest of my life, my skin would be happy.”
Klorane Dry Shampoo With Nettle ($15.50) We weren’t surprised to see this quick-absorbing formula take the top spot: It’s an ELLE-editor favourite.
Joico Power Spray Fast-Dry Finishing Spray ($19.95) Imagine a hairspray that provides ultra-firm hold, increases shine, combats humidity and protects hair from heat…for three days. Well, that’s this one. You’re welcome.
Joico K-Pak Color Therapy Luster Lock Treatment ($26.20) Jeanne Lem from Mississauga, Ont., said this peptide- and argan-oil-rich mask was “fantastic for quenching dry, coarse hair.” Even her husband noticed she was using something new.
SHAMPOO AND CONDITIONER FOR COLOURED HAIR
Pureology Hydrate Shampoo ($35) and Conditioner ($38) This vegan and sulphate-free duo gently washes and hydrates colour-treated hair without stripping its vibrancy.
SHAMPOO AND CONDITIONER FOR DAMAGED HAIR
L’Oréal Professionnel Inforcer Strengthening Anti-breakage Shampoo ($25) and Conditioner ($29) Made for fragile hair (we’re looking at you, peroxide blondes), this vitamin-B6- and biotin-infused hair care reduces breakage and adds mega shine.
Moroccanoil Blow-Dry Concentrate ($30) Monika Hejdova from London, Ont., called this styler a “miracle in a bottle” for leaving her hair “smooth and silky with zero frizz.”
SHAMPOO AND CONDITIONER FOR NON-COLOURED HAIR
René Furterer 5 Sens Enhancing Shampoo ($30) and Conditioner ($34) Christina Truong from Toronto said this set kept her hair feeling clean, even when she spaced out her washes. “I was able to go up to three days without having to wash my hair or use dry shampoo.”
OGX Hydrating Moisture + Shea Soft & Smooth Body Wash ($8.49) The scent of this moisturizing body wash reminded Ashley Taylor from Kingston, Ont., of “warm homemade vanilla sugar cookies.”
Dans un Jardin Mirabella Sugar Scrub ($20) This scrub contains real sugar granules to gently exfoliate, leaving skin soft, smooth and, most importantly, smelling like dessert. A necessity for dry winter skin.
BODY MOISTURIZER Under $20
Aveeno Daily Moisturizing Body Yogurt Lotion Vanilla & Oats ($14) With one application, this rich and creamy lotion leaves skin velvety soft the whole day.
BODY MOISTURIZER Over $20
Moroccanoil Body Soufflé Fragrance Originale ($62) Karina Tokashiki from Brossard, Que., loved how thick and luxurious this formula felt, describing it as “more of a body butter than a moisturizer.”
MEN: FACE WASH
ClarinsMen Exfoliating Cleanser ($32) Male jurors loved this refreshing and slightly exfoliating gel cleanser, which they said left their skin feeling clean and soft.
ClarinsMen Shampoo & Shower ($30) Xavier Poulin from Gatineau, Que., said his hair looked shinier and fuller after using this shampoo. “It feels great!”
MEN: SHAVING PRODUCT
ClarinsMen Smooth Shave ($23) This gel has a dense lather that stays in place for the shave. “It provides a nice glide so I don’t get any irritation or tugging,” said Tim Forsyth from Spruce Grove, Alta.
MEN: MOISTURIZING FACE CREAM
CW Beggs and Sons Anti-Wrinkle Defense Moisturizer ($38) Gerald Gero from Gatineau, Que., said this face cream made his skin feel softer right after application—and the next day too.