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2023 ELLE International Beauty Awards: The Winners
Winners, take your places, please!
by : ELLE Canada- Feb 21st, 2023
ELLE beauty editors from around the world have selected the year’s top-performing products— and since they’ve tried pretty much everything out there right now, you know you can trust their judgment.
Lash Clash, Yves Saint Laurent
This super-black polymer- rich iris-infused lash-zhuzhing formula delivers a whole lot of volume, flexibility and strength. And how chic is that tube?
“This created buzz on social media, and we know why! It lengthens, thickens and darkens the lashes to perfection. It’s a real winner.” – Marie-Noëlle Vekemans, ELLE Belgium
Light Reflecting Foundation, NARS
At the leading edge of cosmetic and skincare technology, this ultra-fine foundation gently melts to form a second skin, creating a complexion that’s as perfectly even as it is luminous.
“It’s an amazing way to transform dull and tired skin into pure perfection—it offers the right amount of highlighting and a ‘no- makeup makeup’ result.” – Carin Hellman, ELLE Sweden
Rouge Dior Forever, Dior
It’s a yes without a moment’s hesitation for this red-peony-extract-and-nourishing-oil-filled lipstick, in which vibrant colour, maximum comfort, velvety texture and impressive staying power coalesce to create the perfect lip.
“It’s simply THE best lipstick launched in recent years. It’s saturated with pigment, its matte finish is perfectly balanced (neither too powdery nor too shiny), it’s very comfortable and it lasts for hours.”
– Théo Dupuis-Carbonneau, ELLE Canada and ELLE Québec
Terre d’Hermès Eau Givrée Eau de Parfum Spray, Hermès
Fresh and intense with citrus, juniper and timur notes, this vibrant cologne pays tribute to the singular smell that fills the air after a frost.
“In-house nose Christine Nagel has done it again: She reinvented the classic Hermès men’s perfume in a way that’s both powerful and fresh. It’s a new favourite for all seasons.” – Kaira van Wijk, ELLE Netherlands
Price: $153 for 100 ml
Paradoxe Eau de Parfum Spray, Prada
The triangular bottle—so very Prada!—is home to a modern and complex bouquet of white and amber floral notes that celebrate the wearer’s many sides.
“This is an indescribable original fragrance that breaks the mould and is at the same time fresh, citrusy, floral and absolutely feminine. It ’s avant- garde and elegant—just like the Italian house that created it.” – Arlette Barrionuevo, ELLE Argentina
Price: $140 for 50 ml
Moisturizing Cream, CeraVe
Developed with dermatologists, this body cream—which you can also use on your face—contains hyaluronic acid and ceramides, which quench dry skin faster than you can say “Yes, please.”
“What’s not to love about this? With its thick, creamy formula, which sinks into the skin, locks in moisture and contains great ingredients that help restore the skin’s protective barrier, this cream is my new go-to for dry, itchy skin.” – Carolina Alvarez, ELLE Mexico
Flash Peel, Clarins Beauty
Bid tired, dull skin adieu and say a big bonjour to your radiant, refreshed face in five minutes tops with this almond-extract, freesia, pear and magnolia elixir.
“Beauty Flash Balm has been a favourite skin-S.O.S. product among French women for the past 40 years, so this peel version is a must. Glycolic and salicylic acids brighten, and the brush on the tube is brilliant.” – Elisabeth Martorell, ELLE France
Rénergie H.C.F. Triple Serum, Lancôme
In this ingenious formula, you get a vitamin-C, hyaluronic-acid, niacinamide and ferulic-acid cocktail that plumps the skin, reduces the appearance of fine lines and evens out the complexion in one fell swoop.
“You’ll notice a difference as soon as you apply this to your skin. Its three chambers dispense a gel, a cream and an emulsion that easily mix to produce a slickly textured fluid that’s quickly absorbed by the skin.” – Nilay Yalçinkaya, ELLE Turkey
N°1 DE CHANEL Revitalizing Cream, Chanel
With a formula that’s rich in protocatechuic acid sourced from the red camellia flower, Chanel has devised a very clever way to address cutaneous senescence—a.k.a. what’s responsible for premature aging of the skin. Even the lid is made of camellia husks. Full circle and sustainable? Sign us up.
“I love the whole Chanel N°1 line. It has simple but effective formulas, rich textures and eco-friendly packaging, and it features the heritage brand’s symbol: the camellia flower.” – Michela Motta, ELLE Italy
Luna 4 2-in-1 Smart Facial Cleansing & Firming Device, Foreo
Call it the Cadillac of face tools: This smart brush transforms the chore of facial cleansing into a lovely home- spa ritual with its gentle epidermis-massaging sonic pulsations. Actual heaven!
“Now that I’ve tried the Luna 4, I can’t live without it. I recommend this as an investment for a lifetime of results.” – Chatlina Cheyjunya, ELLE Thailand
Gentle Purifying Shampoo, Hair Rituel by Sisley Paris
This shampoo’s harmonious blend of Java-tea extract and rosemary and verbena essential oils oxygenates the scalp, while its provitamin B5 restores strength and shine to the hair.
“This nourishing shampoo makes my hair feel moisturized and my scalp feel very clean at the same time— which is no easy feat!” – Kathleen Hou, ELLE U.S.
Leave-In Molecular Repair Hair Mask, K18
There’s a reason this hair mask has caused quite a stir: Its molecular biomimetic technology miraculously rebuilds tired hair’s keratin chains—which may have been broken by chemical or physical damage—giving locks what can only be described as “a second life.”
“This hair mask is a secret weapon! It works inside the hair structure for permanent repair, and application is super fast and easy. Even heavily damaged, dry, frizzy hair instantly feels soft and manageable.” – Barbara Huber, ELLE Germany
Elixir Ultime Original Hair Oil, Kérastase
Say goodbye to split ends and frizz and hello to a shiny mane! This iconic elixir by Kérastase delivers magical results thanks to its blend of argan, camellia, corn and pracaxi oils.
“This oil is so versatile—it can be used before or after washing hair, on the entire length or just on the ends and on straight or curly hair. It’s a real must-have.” – Monika Kassai, ELLE Hungary
Lip Suede in Les Nudes, Westman Atelier
In one insanely stylish compact, you’ll find four nude lip shades to wear alone or— for a unique colour twist—in combination. The brand gets major bonus points for a naturally pigmented formula that hydrates and softens lips with every application.
“Under the guidance of Gucci Westman, natural makeup has suddenly become so chic. This palette covers all the basic shades beautifully, and the product itself has a wonderful finish.” – Katy Young, ELLE U.K
Rosehip Bioregenerate Universal Facial Oil, Pai Skincare
This facial oil—which contains rosehip, vitamin E and omegas 3, 6, 7 and 9—addresses dullness, fine lines and blackheads to reveal radiant, supple skin.
“It gives me deep moisture, firmness and luminosity without a whisper of irritation.” – Nicky Khanh Ngoc, ELLE Vietnam
Enchanted Island Shampoo, Rahua
This divinely-tropical-smelling shampoo’s scalp-stimulating secret? Its CBD base, which is expertly blended with coconut, moringa and peppermint oils.
“It’s like an exotic journey—my hair is soft and shiny, and it smells heavenly.” – Maja Mendraszek-Goser, ELLE Poland
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