The Global Judges
- Ying Chu, Beauty & Health Director at Marie Claire USA
- Antonella Bussi, Beauty Director at Marie Claire Italy
- Zoe Zhang, Beauty Director at Marie Claire China
- Ariane Goldet, Beauty Director at Marie Claire France
- Lisa Oxenham, Beauty Director at Marie Claire U.K.
- Ana Serrano, Beauty Director at Marie Claire Spain
The American Judges
- Erin Flaherty, Executive Beauty Editor at Marie Claire USA
Winner (not shown): Lancôme Teint Miracle Foundation, $37. A mineral formula with pink and blue (not chalky-white) pigments that leaves skin looking natural — but better. The velvety finish means you can forgo powder.
Winner: Clinique Even Better Clinical Dark Spot Corrector, $73. This sublime skin-smoothing cocktail of botanicals, glucosamine, and yeast (no harsh hydroquinone) was 10 years in the making — but worth the wait!
Winner: Guerlain Abeille Royale Youth Serum, $140. Hello, perfect skin: A blend of delicious honeys and royal jelly — known for wound- healing capabilities — are infused into this silky face serum.
Winner: RoC Sublime Energy Day, $69. The microcurrent charge in this day cream duo delivers antiaging ingredients deep into skin to lift and firm it. The subtlest shimmer brightens complexions instantly.
Winners/Best New Technology: L'Oréal Paris Solar Expertise Huile Protectrice, $17, and Garnier Ambre Solaire Huile Ambrée Protectrice, $13. Cutting-edge science means serious SPF, served up in these bronzy body oils. Thank you, French sun-worshippers!
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USA: BEST IN SKIN
Winner: Clarins Bright Plus HP Protective Brightening Day Lotion SPF 20, $59. This superb hydrator brightens, smooths, and protects yet feels light as water — a multitasking masterpiece!
Highly Recommended: SK-II Cellumination Essence Hydrating Serum, $220. In a few weeks, your skin will glow from within, thanks to this genius brightening fluid. Points for the minimal-chic bottle!
Highly Recommended: Olay Regenerist Night Resurfacing Elixir $25. The next best thing to a cosmetic derm who makes house calls: a serum that goes to work like a gentle glycolic peel while you sleep.
Highly Recommended: Neutrogena Rapid Clear On-the-Go Acne Treatment Pen, $10. For the post-teen zits that catch you by surprise, this portable pen keeps swelling and redness in check — without drying out your skin.
Highly Recommended: Dior Capture Totale 21 Night Ritual, $225. In three weeks, this brilliant overnight treatment brightens, tightens, and smooths away lines and spots. Use it on your face, neck, chest — and hands, too.
USA: BEST IN MAKEUP
Winner: Chanel Rouge Coco Hydrating Crème Lip Color, $30. These gorgeous, buttery lipsticks come in every true-to-the-tube shade and finish — matte, pearl, shimmer — you'll ever want.
Highly Recommended: Clé de Peau Cream Compact Foundation SPF 18, $128. A cream-to-powder foundation that covers every tiny flaw and goes on like silk. No joke! And even after hours of wear, it never cakes.
Highly Recommended: L'Oréal Paris Studio Secrets Professional Magic Perfecting Base, $13. This almost-weightless primer spackles every crevice and pore on your face to ensure makeup goes on seamlessly.
Highly Recommended: Tom Ford Private Blend Lip Color, $45. Rich colors. Luxuriously creamy formulas. Stunning Art Deco tubes. The perfect accessory for Ford's fierce new women's fashions: his designer lipstick.
Highly Recommended: Sally Hansen Salon Effects Real Nail Polish Strips, $10. No need for hours in a mani bar when pristine nail art — love the lace overlay here — can be applied in minutes on your couch.
USA: BEST IN ECO
Winner: Aveda Damage Remedy Daily Hair Repair, $24. Addiction warning: This leave-in treatment smooths strands with quinoa and wheat proteins — not heaps of moisture-leaching silicone.
Highly Recommended: Tata Harper Rejuvenating Serum, $150. This heavenly serum gently sloughs away flakes while keeping the rest of your skin moist and firm. Even better — it smells like a lush garden.
Highly Recommended: Burt's Bees Natural Acne Solutions Clarifying Toner, $10. An earth-friendly blend of willow bark extract, witch hazel, and hops prevents breakouts without leaving your complexion parched.
Highly Recommended: Korres Lip Butter Glaze, $14. These colorful glazes pack the moisturizing punch of the brand's original Lip Butters but offer unbeatable, patent-like shine and a natural — not syrupy — sweetness.
Highly Recommended: Josie Maran Argan Matchmaker Serum Foundation, $42. This product doesn't just cover up imperfections — the skin-coddling Argan-oil infusion zaps sun damage and dryness, too.