The 2013 Prix d'Excellence Beauty Awards

For the past 27 years, cutting-edge breakthroughs have played an essential role in our Prix d'Excellence Beauty Awards. This year, the best innovations were unanimously selected by our jury of 19 esteemed international journalists.

For the past 27 years, cutting-edge breakthroughs have played an essential role in our Prix d'Excellence Beauty Awards. This year, the best innovations were unanimously selected by our jury of 19 esteemed international journalists. Discover eight international and three American picks, chosen from hundreds of this year's launches. We have a hunch these exceptional winners will be tomorrow's best sellers.
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The 2013 Prix d'Excellence Beauty Awards

This year, the best innovations—from featherlight foundations to potent laser-caliber creams—were unanimously selected by our jury of 19 esteemed international journalists. The "nude" makeup trend continues to grace the runways; eye treatments get powerful supplements; sensitive-skin types can finally reverse the signs of aging without redness or irritation; and lipsticks impart high shine that lasts. Discover eight international and three American picks, chosen from hundreds of this year's launches. We have a hunch these exceptional winners will be tomorrow's best sellers.

YVES SAINT LAURENT ROUGE PUR COUTURE VERNIS À LÈVRES GLOSSY STAIN, $34.

WHY THE JURY CHOSE THEM:

YSL's pioneering antiaging research led to this unique radiance-boosting skincare product, and the luminous foundation (inspired by its cult favorite Touche Éclat highlighter pen) is pure genius. YSL's Vernis à Lèvres Glossy Stain—a lacquer that gleams like glass—also earned a nod.

WHAT THE JURY SAYS:

"This new research is full of potential."

"Crazy-gorgeous colors, packaging worthy of a collector, treatments that make the skin glow, superbright stains—I wouldn't even lend mine to my best friend!"

"This lip stain is sure to spark a trend. Yves Saint Laurent proves its scientific expertise with Forever Youth Liberator and was canny enough to reinvent its hugely popular top seller with Touche Éclat Foundation."

"Anything by Yves Saint Laurent—from makeup to the substantive work they've done on antiaging research—brings together innovation, color, and fun."

"Bravo, Yves Saint Laurent, for this line of specialized skincare and totally irresistible makeup!"

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Special Jury Prize: Yves Saint Laurent

YVES SAINT LAURENT FOREVER YOUTH LIBERATOR SERUM, $150.

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Special Jury Prize: Yves Saint Laurent

YVES SAINT LAURENT FOUNDATION LE TEINT TOUCHE ÉCLAT, $55.

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Lancôme

LANCÔME GÉNIFIQUE EYE LIGHT-PEARL, $68.

WHY THE JURY CHOSE IT:

The antiaging serum softens fine lines and wrinkles, while the cooling stainless-steel tip increases circulation and de-puffs for bright, well-rested eyes.

WHAT THE JURY SAYS:

"This luxurious product wakes up the eye area and diminishes dark circles and bags. The application and texture are so indulgent!"

"A super-serum that brightens the eyes? Yes, please! And we love the little pearl at the end of the wand, which slips around the eye's nooks and crannies to massage, refresh, and gently drain excess fluid. A real gem."

"A beguiling eye treatment and—thanks to the unique wand—a new and very addictive application method."

"Light-Pearl or nothing! The tip, surrounded by surgical-grade stainless steel, functions in tan-dem with the antiaging formula to lead the way for a new generation of applicators. Finally, a product that recognizes how an expert massage can give the skin an indispensable boost."

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La Roche-Posay

LA ROCHE-POSAY REDERMIC [R], $57.

WHY THE JURY CHOSE IT:

Two types of retinol (pure and slow-release) let even sensitive skin benefit from this superpowerful antiwrinkle and antiaging product without redness or irritation.

WHAT THE JURY SAYS:

"Dermatologists love retinol, but it wasn't suitable for anyone with sensitive skin—until now. Thanks to the scientists at the La Roche-Posay labs, it can be applied drop by drop to erase marks, wrinkles, and large pores on even the most sensitive skin. That's why we love it. Potency in a tube!"

"Delicate skin deserves the best antiaging ingredients, too!"

"An antiaging treatment that's brilliantly formulated for all kinds of skin."

"It's the perfect amount of retinol and gives results without any risk. I can even use it around my eyes!"

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Giorgio Armani

GIORGIO ARMANI MAESTRO FUSION MAKEUP, $62.

WHY THE JURY CHOSE IT:

A foundation and skin corrector in one, this unbelievably lightweight formula provides flawless coverage with just a few drops. The secret? Five light oils that create a sensually silky finish.

WHAT THE JURY SAYS:

"Other formulas seem old-fashioned in comparison! This nongreasy veil adapts to your skin tone and looks incredibly natural."

"The apothecary-style packaging is so chic, the applicator is playful, and the texture is just extraordinary. It's like a silky scarf that slips onto the skin and then disappears, leaving you extra-pretty. An ultra-sensual experience."

"A small revolution, this new generation of foundations is made without water or powder—it uses pigmented oils instead. The result? A smooth texture and perfectly transparent coverage. It's my morning treat and is responsible for my daily glow."

"A great lesson in sublimation by a master of foundations."

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L'Oréal Paris

L'ORÉAL PARIS REVITALIFT LASER RENEW, $30 TO $38.

WHY THE JURY CHOSE THEM:

Star ingredients Pro-Xylane (a natural sugar that acts as a smoothing agent) and hyaluronic acid reduce wrinkles and restore skin density. A simple test proves that this formula hits all the same targets as an antiaging laser treatment—and it's affordable!

WHAT THE JURY SAYS:

"It's pretty audacious to compare a home treatment to a dermatologic procedure—laser therapy—then guarantee that it works. But not only does this work—skin is fresher, smoother, and plumper—but it's at a price that's accessible to everyone."

"I can't say no to an eye cream with a cool, soothing applicator."

"The Pro-Xylane formula makes good on an ambitious promise [eight weeks of twice-a-day application of the eye cream is like one CO2 laser session]. What more could you want?"

"An antiaging line comparable to laser treatment—at a fraction of the cost!"

"An amazing texture, a comforting formula, and a smoothing eye cream."

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L'Oréal Paris

L'ORÉAL PARIS REVITALIFT LASER RENEW, $30 TO $38.

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L'Oréal Paris

L'ORÉAL PARIS REVITALIFT LASER RENEW, $30 TO $38.

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Special Jury Prize: La Mer

LA MER THE MOISTURIZING SOFT CREAM, $150.

WHY THE JURY CHOSE IT:

It's a silkier, lighter version of the original cream that penetrates deeply into the skin and retains all the legendary regenerative properties of the Miracle Broth's hydrating sea kelp and lime extract formula.

WHAT THE JURY SAYS:

"A light cream that's just as effective as the original. A high-tech feat!"

"I love how smoothly this emollient, nongreasy cream goes on."

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Estée Lauder

ESTÉE LAUDER REVITALIZING SUPREME GLOBAL ANTI-AGING CREME, $70.

WHY THE JURY CHOSE IT:

Made for women who want to tackle aging on all fronts, a single bottle revitalizes, soothes, nourishes, and replenishes skin, and has a surprisingly light and creamy texture.

WHAT THE JURY SAYS:

"A first of its kind, this cream makes use of sirtuin-3 antiaging technology and powerful antioxidant plants like bamboo and barley."

"With this cream, you're well-equipped to stave off aging. A product that protects the skin in every possible way."

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Dior

DIOR DIORSKIN NUDE COMPACT, $50.

WHY THE JURY CHOSE THEM:

The Nude Compact, which is packed with ultrafine opalescent powder, is handy for both full coverage and quick touch-ups. The liquid foundation melts into skin, hides imperfections, and makes your face glow. Mineralized waters hydrate while light-reflecting pigments adapt to any environment, and the extensive shade range is outstanding.

WHAT THE JURY SAYS:

"All the luxury of haute couture can be found in this foundation: the texture, the skin-matching shades, the packaging. It's a dream!"

"Absolutely superb! The powder brightens the skin without too much shimmer and easily adjusts to its environment."

"Its velvety texture masks dark spots and wrinkles but gives the skin a dewy finish. The compact version is a must-have—and leaves skin fresh."

"Again, Dior attains perfection with this Nude—and the powder's worth it, too!"

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Dior

DIOR DIORSKIN NUDE SKIN-GLOWING MAKEUP SPF 15, $48.

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U.S. Beauty Winners

BAREMINERALS Ready Foundation Broad Spectrum SPF 20, $29, lends skin an airbrushed quality.

L'OCCITANE Immortelle Precious Serum, $70, contains 1,001 collagen-boosting flowers.

LIVING PROOF Restore Recovery Regimen, $38 for five ampoules, revitalizes damaged hair.

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