The 2012 Prix d'Excellence Beauty Awards

In the global gold standard in beauty, only a handful of products are honored for having the year's best innovations. Discover the winners, which truly deliver on their promises of wrinkle-free skin, a glowing complexion, and a firmer body.

May 10, 2012 11:00 AM
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Skin Brightener

ESTÉE LAUDER IDEALIST EVEN SKINTONE ILLUMINATOR, $85; esteelauder.com.

WHY WE LOVE IT: This is one high-tech product: Its "optical" light-reflecting pigments fight fine lines, camouflage red spots, and illuminate skin instantly, while color-correcting agents like rice bran extract and licorice clear complexions in just two weeks.

WHAT THE JURY SAYS:
"This serum is crazy good. Disguised by its gentle formula is cutting-edge technology that erases everything that bugs us about our skin."

"A reliable serum that works on all skin types."

"From the first application, the texture of your skin is silkier, fresher, and brighter, and the little imperfections seem less noticeable. In 15 days, your skin tone starts to look more even. I'm also obsessed with the slightly citrusy scent."