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.

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    Foundation Duo

    GUERLAIN LINGERIE DE PEAU COMPACT FOUNDATION & CONCEALER, $70; nordstrom.com.

    WHY WE LOVE IT: Its insanely velvety texture melts into skin, creating an almost-invisible veil, while silk fibers keep skin supple (not dry), shrink pores, and smooth wrinkles for an instant airbrushed effect. The added advantage? A hyaluronic-acid-infused highlighting concealer erases dark circles and redness in a hurry.

    WHAT THE JURY SAYS:
    "It gives the impression of bare skin but helps hide whatever you want to hide."

    "A super-clever duo of shades."

    "Finally, a compact compatible with dry skin! The breathable formula is incredibly comfortable and dewy. As for the idea of a concealer in a case? Truly genius!"

    "We should all have this in our bags. Touch-up on the fly—how fantastic!"

    J Muckle/Studio D
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