The Winners of The 2019 Beauty Grand Prix

Oct 06 2019 by
Categories : Beauty Grand Prix

A grand total of 261 makeup, skincare, body-care and hair-care products were blind-tested by 480 readers across the country. Which products emerged victorious? Find out below, and enter for a chance to win them all here.

This article originally appeared in the November 2019 issue of ELLE Canada. 

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    © Aveeno

    Body Lotion Under $20

    Aveeno Positively Radiant Body Lotion ($14.50) Radiance need not be limited to your face. This formula uses a soy complex to replenish dry, dull skin and impart luminosity all over. “It leaves your skin feeling soft and moisturized all day,” said Alison Chisholm from Oshawa, Ont.


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    © Clarins

    Body Lotion Over $20

    Clarins Moisture-Rich Body Lotion ($46) This smooths dry patches and improves skin tone for a full-body glow. “The moisturizing effect was very noticeable,” said Nicola Kentridge from Toronto. “I loved the scent – it lasted throughout the day.”


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    © Clarins

    Firming/Anti-Cellulite Cream

    Clarins Body Fit ($69) While it’s not a free pass to skip your workout, this cream-gel formula absorbs quickly to target the appearance of cellulite. “It felt like it worked the first time!” said Christine Mercedes from Abbotsford, B.C. “Best of all, it makes me feel great.”

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    © Bioderma

    Hand Cream Under $20

    Bioderma Atoderm Hands and Nails ($9.90) Loaded with glycerine, this cream creates a protective later for especially dehydrated hands. Michele Lavallee from Winnipeg is a fan: “It absorbs very quickly, and my hands feel protected – which is especially good when I’m at work. I’m a nurse, so frequent handwashing is a necessity.” 

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    © Clarins

    Hand Cream Over $20

    Clarins Hand and Nail Treatment Cream ($34) Dry hands, like social awkwardness, are about as uncomfortable as it gets. This emollient-rich formula nourishes skin as well as nails while forming a barrier against the elements.

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    © Olay

    Body Wash

    Olay Foaming Whip Body Wash ($6) The best way to describe this is ‘fun’!” said Jennifer Mitsuk from Halifax of the thick, mousselike shea butter lather. Feel free to skip the body lotion after this one.

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    © Kopari


    Kopari Coconut Oil Deodorant ($19) Everyone is hopping on the natural deodorant train – consider this one your boarding ticket. Jessi Gould from Ennismore, Ont., said “It glides on easily, leaves no residue on clothing and is extremely effective.” 

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    © Nuxe

    Dry Body Oil

    Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse ($27) For those of you who wish it were summer all year long, the orange blossom magnolia and vanilla notes of this French pharmacy icon might be the answer. Use it on the face, body, hands and hair to feel deeply hydrated and glowy with no greasy residue.

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    © Dove

    Body Scrub

    Dove Exfoliating Body Polish Crushed Lavender & Coconut Milk ($8) Our jurors liked how a generous scoop of this scrubs away dry flakes while being gentle on skin. Inhaling the scent of crushed lavender might be the next best thing to a five minute meditation.

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    © Urban Decay

    Eyeshadow Palette

    Urban Decay Naked Heat Eyeshadow Palette ($68) The hottest (pun intended) of the infamous Urban Decay palettes features warm-toned neutrals, burnt orange and sienna – all super blendable and versatile enough to take you from day to night and back again.


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    © Lise Watier


    Lise Watier Havana Trio Glow ($46) This three-in-one product was made for multi-taskers who want to look sun-kissed year-round. Hit up the highest points on your face – cheekbones, the bridge of your nose – with the highlighter or brush it all over. Who’s stopping you?

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    © Kat Von D


    Kat Von D Beauty Lock-it Concealer Crème ($36) If it’s pigmented enough to cover tattoos, then dark circles don’t stand a chance. “A little goes a long way with this buildable product,” said Jo Deacon from Beamsville, Ont.

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    © Clarins

    Setting Spray

    Clarins Fix’ Make-Up ($31) Scented with grapefruit extract and rosewater, this can be used as a midday refresh or the final step in your makeup routine. Bonus: The bottle is small enough to fit into a makeup pouch if you’re on the go. (Which is, like, always, amirite?)

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    © Chanel

    Liquid Lipstick

    Chanel Le Rouge Duo Ultra Tenue ($46) With its dual applicator – one side with intense colour, the other with a sealing gloss – this will last right through your most epic dinner and possibly until breakfast.

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    © Lise Watier


    Lise Watier Blush-On Powder ($31) This velvety blush creates a rosy colour with just a hint of shimmer that melts into the skin for a healthy, I-just-ran-a-10K-glow.

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    © Marcelle

    Mascara Under $20

    Marcelle Xtension Plus+ Prolash Growth Complex Mascara ($14.95) Winner of this award a few years back, this mascara creates both volume and length with its double-sided brush. Plus, it’s formulated with vitamins to help your lashes grow in as little as two weeks.

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    © Benefit

    Mascara Over $20

    Benefit Cosmetics Roller Lash Curling & Lifting Mascara ($33) A lash roller is something you never knew you needed. It sounds gimmicky, but it works: The brush gives lashes an anti-gravity boost while coating them with a long-hold formula.

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    © Marcelle

    Tinted Cream

    Marcelle CC Cream Complete Correction SPF 35 ($31.95) CC creams are born multi-taskers, and this one managers to do more than most. It evens out skin tone, provides radiance, protects from UV rays, stays put all day and looks totally natural. “I’m in love with how my skin looks like skin and not makeup,” said Nathalie Blais from Oshawa, Ont.

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    © Benefit

    Eyebrow Product 

    Benefit Cosmetics Precisely, My Brow Pencil ($32) A second time winner in this category, this brow pencil is a cult favourite for a reason: The ultra-fine pencil tip and all-day formula create natural looking, my-brows-but-much-better arches. File under “need.”

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    © Clarins


    Clarins Joli Rouge ($29) This lipstick glides on like a dream,” said Cera Ziegler from Toronto. The semi-sheer glossy texture is infused with pearl extract and leaves a silky-satin finish.

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    © Lise Watier


    Lise Watier Havana Bronzing Powder ($36) Formulated with amino-acid derivatives to ensure a silky finish and staying power, this bronzer scores extra points for longevity. “It lasted even during a quick workout!” said Maggie Lu from Burnaby, B.C.

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    © Annabelle

    Kohl Eye Pencil

    Annabelle Waterline Matte Kohl Eyeliner ($8.95) Create the smoky eye of your early-2000s dreams with this creamy gel formula. Plus, it was made specifically to go on the waterline, so you don’t have to worry about stinging when you go full out with the haze.

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    © Kat Von D

    Liquid Eyeliner

    Kat Von D Beauty Tattoo Liner ($26.50) This isn’t the liner’s first time on the awards circuit – its high-pigment, smudge-free formula and brush tip have won it accolades for years now, and clearly our jurors agree. “It’s easy to hold, easy to use and wears very well,” said Kim Baghaii from Port Moody, B.C.

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    © Nude by Nature

    Setting Powder

    Nude by Nature Translucent Loose Finishing Powder ($30) Makeup doesn’t migrate with this setting powder, which is formulated with good-for-you ingredients from the brand’s native Australia, like vitamin C-rich Kakadu plum, and features a unique powder-to-liquid finish.

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    © OPI

    Nail Polish

    OPI Nail Lacquer in “Put It in Neutral” ($13.30) This nail polish won points for easy-peasy application – thanks to its wider brush – and versatile but forgiving neutral shade, which is perfect for work or play.

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    © ClarinsMen

    Moisturizing Face Cream (Tie)

    ClarinsMen Super Moisture Gel ($39) Not only does it smell refreshing, but it also works magic on my face,” said Richard Westbrook from Brantford, Ont. This gel is ultra-cool and non-greasy, and it works for the body as well.


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    © CW Beggs and Sons

    Moisturizing Face Cream (Tie)

    CW Beggs and Sons Anti-Wrinkle Defense Moisturizer ($38) This two-time winning moisturizer protects against urban pollution thanks to its Canadian red maple extract. “After a few days of applying this product twice a day, I started getting remarks on how well rested and fresh I looked,” said Timothy Forsyth from Spruce Grove, Alta. That’s when you know it’s good.

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    © ClarinsMen

    Shaving Products

    ClarinsMen Smooth Shave ($24) Enriched with soothing ingredients, this cushiony gel allows your razor to glide smoothly for a simple shave, Shawn Dyer from Greenwood, N.S., sums it up in a few words: “Smells good. Works well. Definitely the best shaving cream.”

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    © ClarinsMen

    Face Wash

    ClarinsMen Exfoliating Cleanser ($33) A little goes a long way with this foamy scrub. Not to mention its refreshing formula will jolt you out of your sleepiness in the morning – like splashing icy water on your face but better.

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    © ClarinsMen


    ClarinsMen After Shave Soother ($32) Noah Black from Puslinch, Ont., knew this one was a winner after all the compliments he got while wearing it. “I only needed a small amount, and the scent was better than any cologne in my collection,” he said.

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    © Jouviance

    Anti-Aging Day Cream Under $60

    Jouviance 3-D Acton Boost First Wrinkle Anti-Aging Cream ($52) Developed for those who can’t tolerate retinol, this product’s “light, creamy texture is non-greasy and feels amazing,” said Lynn Duchesne from Owen Sound, Ont. Plus, it will be like using jumper cables for your collagen production.

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    © G.M. Collin

    Anti-Aging Day Cream Over $60

    G.M. Collin Diamond Radiance Cream ($240) Shine bright like a diamond – literally. This cream’s ingredient list includes powder derived from the gem as well as peptides and snow algae to boost hydration and radiance. After using it, Hasmik Zeretsian from Toronto found that her “fine lines were almost invisible.


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    © Uriage

    Anti-Aging Night Cream Under $60

    Uriage Age Protect Multi-Action Detox Night ($47) By improving cellular oxygenation and increasing hydration, this night cream detoxifies and regenerates while you slumber. “I felt my skin overall looked more even in texture,” said Linda Olds from Burlington, Ont. “And I noticed a slight reduction in wrinkles, especially around my mouth.


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    © Clarins

    Anti-Aging Night Cream Over $60

    Clarins Super Restorative Night All Skin Types ($131) Although it’s heavy on benefits, this night cream is super-light in texture, leaving the skin feeling fresh and supple. “My skin appears lighter and firmer, and it feels refined,” said Carole Adam of Sherbrooke, Que.

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    © SkinCeuticals

    Dark-Spot Corrector

    SkinCeuticals Discoloration Defense ($130) Clinically proven to reduce dark spots and even out skin tone, this formula won over its fair share of jurors. “I’ve been able to go makeup-free since using this,” said Brianna Farnsworth from Ottawa.


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    © Vichy

    Sun Protection

    Vichy Idéal Soleil Anti-Shine Dry Touch Lotion SPF 60 ($28.95) Despite having some qualms about the thick texture of this SPF, jurors were eventually won over by its quick absorption. “Plus, I could easily ensure that I had even coverage,” said Kim O’Reilly from Calgary.

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    © Clarins

    Makeup Remover

    Clarins My Clarins Re-Move Micellar Cleansing Milk ($22) A few swipes of this moringa and fig extract spiked fluid removes all traces of makeup and pollutants while being gentle enough for the most sensitive faces.

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    © Saturday Skin

    Eye Care Under $100

    Saturday Skin Wide Awake Brightening Eye Cream ($60) Peptides, avocado protein extract and hyaluronic acid work to maximize hydration under the eyes. According to Suzanne Perkins from Oakville, Ont., “It had a gel-like texture that was very refreshing, and it absorbed quickly.

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    © Vivier

    Eye Care Over $100

    Vivier GrenzCine Eye ($197) Crow’s feet, who dis? To help keep this a reality, this serum is packed with the good stuff – squalene, vitamin C, peptides – to boost luminosity and diminish fine lines.

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    © Jowae

    Face Mist Under $20

    Jowaé Hydrating Water Mist ($19) No one does dewy quite like K-beauty. This mist tops up hydration throughout the day or can be used over your makeup for a glowy finish. “It feels incredibly soothing,” says Libo Bian from Victoria.

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    © Caudalie

    Face Mist Over $20

    Caudalie Beauty Elixir ($59) We weren’t surprised to see this product take first place. The French cult-favourite toning mist sets makeup, reduces the appearance of pores and provides an instant moisture boost.


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    © Bioderma

    Lip Balm

    Bioderma Atoderm Moisturizing Stick ($6.90) This lip balm comes in a bullet for mess-free application and contains shea butter and vitamin E to soothe and repair. “I loved the texture,” said Nathalie Charbonneau from Limoges, Ont. “It was very silky, and my lips looked great.

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    © Clarins

    Moisturizing Sheet Mask

    Clarins Super Restorative Instant Lift Serum Mask ($25) Enriched with plant extracts, this sheet mask is made from biodegradable stretch fabric that hugs the face to lift, plump and brighten. Its innovative ear loops that keep it from sliding off are just as winning as its potent formula.

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    © Clarins

    Face Wash

    Clarins Gentle Foaming Cleanser with Cottonseed ($35) Touted as being as effective as soap and as gentle as cream, this cleanser will easily remove a day’s worth of long-wear makeup. The light lather softens skin while washing away impurities and dead cells.

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    © Neutrogena

    Face Scrub Under $20

    Neutrogena Hydro Boost Exfoliating Cleanser ($13) Formulated with a super-fine grit as well as hyaluronic acid, this gel-cream cleanser manages to refine and moisturize your face at the same time. It’ll get you one step closer to that coveted glass skin.

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    © Clarins

    Face Scrub Over $20

    Clarins One-Step Gentle Exfoliating Cleanser ($38) Gentle, eco-friendly silica microbeads remove impurities while moringa seed extract refines the complexion.  “I loved that it didn’t dry out my skin and wasn’t too harsh,” said Tannya Flinn from Langley, B.C.

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    © G.M. Collin

    Eye-Mask Patches

    G.M. Collin Instant Radiance Anti-Aging Eye Patch ($50) Slap these on during your Sunday night screening of Succession. Or let their mix of active ingredients like peptides and fruit extracts work overtime and leave them on all night.

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    © Bioderma

    Moisturizing Day Cream Under $30

    Bioderma Hydrabio Gel-Cream ($29.90) Jurors can’t get enough of this moisturizer (it won last year as well) and for good reason. “I love that it fully absorbs to leave a refreshed and clean but fully replenished complexion,” said Julie Blacker from Kamloops, B.C.

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    © G.M. Collin

    Moisturizing Day Cream Over $30

    G.M. Collin Marine Collagen Revitalizing Cream ($98) Moisturized skin is better equipped to stand up to environmental stressors. That’s the idea behind the product, which uses marine algae to hydrate the skin.


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    © Bioderma

    Day Serum Under $50

    Bioderma Hydrabio Serum ($34.90) A previous Beauty Grand Prix winner, this hydrating treatment uses vitamin B and cucumber extract to rehabilitate dry skin – which comes in handy when you forget to drink that eighth glass of water.

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    © Avène

    Day Serum Between $50-$100

    Eau Thermale Avène A-Oxitive Energizing Plumping Defense Serum ($50) With its vitamin E and C derivatives, along with hyaluronic acid for hydration, this serum prompted Vicki Pannu from Toronto to leave a “glowing” review: “I could wear this product with no makeup and my skin would be glowing!”

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    © Elizabeth Arden

    Night Serum

    Elizabeth Arden Retinol Ceramide Capsules Line Erasing Night Serum ($106) These retinol-filled capsules resulted in a watershed moment for Nicole Ramas from Edmonton, who said, “I believe this was the first time I used a night serum and could actually see a difference almost immediately!

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    © Clarins

    Night Serum Over $100 (Tie)

    Clarins Double Serum ($91) Two is better than one. This double pump combines a water-and-oil-soluble formula with a powerful turmeric extract to boost radiance and visibly minimize fine lines.

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    © Guerlain

    Night Serum Over $100 (Tie)

    Guerlain Abeille Royale Youth Watery Oil ($129) Formulated with black-bee honey and royal jelly, this combines the richness of an oil and the power of a serum for a light lotion-like texture that gives you the lit-from-within look. Dry patches, see you never.

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    © Matrix

    Shampoo and Conditioner for Coloured Hair Under $20

    Matrix Total Results Keep Me Vivid Shampoo ($15) and Conditioner ($15.75) Ideal for high-maintenance colours, these help prevent oxidation, dullness and darkening. Brassiness? We don’t know her.

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    © Pureology

    Shampoo and Conditioner for Coloured Hair Over $20

    Pureology Hydrate Shampoo and Conditioner ($35 each) Lovely and Luxurious” is how Alice Ketchum from Barrie, Ont., described this duo. As an added bonus, the minty-floral scent jump-starts your morning.

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    © Redken

    Shampoo and Conditioner for Non-Coloured Hair

    Redken All Soft Mega Shampoo and Conditioner ($21.65 each) The silkening formula of this pair adds strength and shine to your hair whether you have dry, brittle strands or are just looking to amp up your hair health.

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    © Joico

    Shampoo and Conditioner for Damaged Hair

    Joico Defy Damage Protective Shampoo and Conditioner ($24.95 each) This combo washes away impurities while repairing breakage and boosting colour. “My hair was so easy to comb through and style,” said Kelsey Hoey from Rosthern, Sask.

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    © Pureology

    Dry Shampoo

    Pureology Refresh & Go Dry Shampoo ($22) How did we live before dry shampoo? This one includes rice starch to absorb oils while also adding texture and hydration. Plus, “it doesn’t leave a white cast,” says Jennifer Barrington from St. John’s, N.L. And that, as we all know, is key.

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    © Moroccanoil

    Smoothing Treatment

    Moroccanoil Smoothing Mask ($46) A mix of argan butter, argan oil and coconut-derived fatty acids hydrate and nourish, making Ashley Cross from Goodsoil, Sask., a convert from the get-go. “After using it just once, my hair was changed for the better.

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    © Redken


    Redken Forceful 23 Super Strength ($22.30) Meet the multi-tasker of all hairsprays: It provides volume, lift, texture, control and shape memory. “It worked wonders on my thin, coloured hair,” said Laura Nevraumont from La Salle, Man. “I did nothing different but still got compliments on how great my hair looked.

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    © Joico

    Hair Mask

    Joico K-Pak Color Therapy Luster Lock ($26.20) This hair mask ticks all the boxes – easy to apply, easy to rinse and leaves hair silky and smooth. Be the one with the good hair.

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    © Amika

    Pre-Shampoo Treatment

    Amika Reset Pink Charcoal Scalp Cleansing Oil ($33) Jenny Wong-Rinyai from Toronto was a fan of how this gentle detoxifying scalp treatment absorbed all the oil from her scalp and worked quickly. “I like how I don’t have to leave this on for more than five minutes, especially when I’m pressed for time.

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