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The Best Beauty Products from Around the World: See the Winners of Our 2017 Prix d'Excellence Awards

Our panel of 24 international journalists tested out hundreds of products and named these the best.

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The beauty industry never ceases to amaze us. Take our annual global award winners, for example: a chameleon-like foundation that nourishes skin; a futuristic, super-hydrating sheet mask; and a mascara that bends all the rules. Our panel of 24 international journalists tested out hundreds of products and named these the best. Dream results, meet reality.

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Special Jury Award: Chanel Rouge Coco Stylo

Multitasking has never looked so good: This lipcolor has the long-lasting pigment of a lipstick; the hydration of a balm (credit the jojoba and coconut oils); and a finish so shiny, you'd think it was a gloss. (We'd also rave about the chic packaging, but we'll let our jurors speak for themselves below.) 

Chanel Rouge Coco Stylo Complete Care Lipshine, $37; nordstrom.com


"The pen-like shape is super-practical and glides on nicely. This is one of the first lipcolors I've actually finished."

"The stick applicator changes the way you apply lipstick."

"In addition to the packaging, which I love, this formula is soft, smooth, and so comfortable to wear."

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Special Jury Award: La Solution 10 de Chanel

When you think of sensitive-skin formulas, ho-hum clinical options probably come to mind. Not so with this luxe, creamy moisturizer. It's made with just 10 ingredients, each specifically selected to help soothe reactive skin, including hydrating glycerin and antioxidant-rich silver needle tea extract. 

Chanel La Solution 10 de Chanel Sensitive Skin Cream, $110; nordstrom.com


"Safe on sensitive skin and dermatologist-tested, this checks all the boxes for a top-shelf moisturizer."

"What your skin dreams of."

"Active ingredients that actually work, and a perfectly delicious texture."

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Prix Research and Innovation Award: Estée Lauder Advanced Night Repair Intensive Recovery Ampoules

If it's not broke, then turn it into ampoules and a mask! Estée Lauder has reworked its cult Advanced Night Repair serum in two new, exciting ways: The ampoules provide a precise, concentrated dose of the antiaging treatment, while the sheet mask adds an extra jolt of skin-plumping hyaluronic acid that absorbs quickly thanks to the mask's metallic-alloy backing. The brand's revitalizing balm is also an all-star; it's made with moringa extract to brighten skin and make you look more awake. Together,they're a recipe for happy skin. 

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Prix Research and Innovation Award: Estée Lauder Advanced Night Repair Concentrated Recovery Powerfoil Mask


"We applaud Estée Lauder for a year of such beautiful and innovative beauty launches that also pay tribute to its fundamental formula."

"Just the right balance of luxury, glam, and technology. You can't go wrong with this line."

"Highly desirable treatments that are efficacious, too!" "A successful combo of inventive products and incredible textures." 

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Prix Research and Innovation Award: Estée Lauder Revitalizing Supreme + Global Anti-Aging Wake Up Balm
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Shiseido Synchro Skin Lasting Liquid Foundation Broad Spectrum SPF 20

A silky liquid that wicks away shine, enhances and matches any tone, feels feather-light, comes in 13 shades, and goes on with buildable coverage: score. Plus, it has St.-John's-wort and mother-of-thyme extracts that nourish skin over time. The result? A foundation that looks like you, just a bit better. 

Shiseido Synchro Skin Lasting Liquid Foundation Broad Spectrum SPF 20, $45; sephora.com.


"The unique blend of powders and polymers easily glides on the skin and corrects deep pores in a subtle way. Amazing!" "The coverage is perfect, the finish is matte but doesn't feel heavy, and the shade range is great."

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MAC Cosmetics Pro Beyond Twisted Lash Mascara

File this under "Why didn't we think of that?" The wand bends up to a 90-degree angle, so you can cover all of your lashes easily—its thin brush reaches even those fine ones in the inner corners. Combine all that with a volumizing formula, and you've got the major lashes you've always wanted.

MAC Cosmetics Pro Beyond Twisted Lash Mascara, $23; macys.com.


"The key to great lashes in 2017 is this mascara wand that coats and curls every single strand." "From the magical pigments to the technology, MAC's products are so original." "The brand consults real pros for feedback, and then actually listens to them and creates the products in real life. The stem, the brush, the formula—it's all unique to this specific mascara."

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Filorga Scrub & Mask Reoxygenating Exfoliating Mask

Try out this innovative weekly treatment that morphs to leave your complexion glowing: Massage on a thick layer so exfoliating grains slough off dead skin cells, wait about 10 minutes as it starts to bubble and release oxygen, then rinse to reveal tightened pores and baby-soft skin. 

Filorga Scrub & Mask Reoxygenating Exfoliating Mask, $59; dermstore.com


"One of the best international beauty brands. This product is so easy to use."

"An incredible formula that transforms the skin. The bubbles tingle in a good way, and after rinsing, your complexion is luminous and oxygenated."

"An exfoliating mask with an interesting texture: It's a professional-grade product, and fun to use. Love!"

"The mask gives you super-pretty skin with amazing luster." "The bubbling sensation is pleasant, and it gently exfoliates in a matter of minutes."

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Phyto Phytodensia Products

What do you get when you mix grape extract, veronica plant, hyaluronic acid, and collagen? A trio of products that improves the health of your scalp for thicker, shinier hair that won't feel weighed-down by residue. 

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Phyto Phytodensia Products


"This brand stays true to its values with high- performing formulas tested by salons. My favorite line!" "It's stressful to have thinning hair, but this line works miracles!" "Phyto is such a pioneer in haircare." "Gives hair density and more body." "Easy-to-use products that are perfect for restoring dull, limp hair." 

Phyto Phytodensia Shampoo, Mask, and Serum (available in the U.S. in the fall); phyto.com.

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U.S. Winner: Dior Capture Totale Dreamskin Advanced Perfect Skin Creator

This rose-tinted cream blurs fine lines, pores, dark spots, and redness—for all skin tones. It's made with an amped-up blend of botanical ingredients like opilia and longoza to deliver both instant and long-lasting results (basically, you'll notice a difference right away, and it improves skin over time). Wear it as a primer under foundation, alone, or over your makeup. Skin will look radiant and, dare we say, dreamy? 

Dior Capture Totale Dreamskin Advanced Perfect Skin Creator, $150; nordstrom.com.

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U.S. Winner: Nexxus Comb Thru Volume Finishing Mist

Just run your fingers through your hair after spritzing, and you'll see why this hairspray is a new must-have. (Spoiler alert: Your strands feel so effortless when you brush through them!) The lightweight formula is designed to maintain your style—without the sticky mess, crunchy feel, or overpowering fragrance of last- generation sprays. Just mist it on for a bouncy, jasmine-scented finish. 

Nexxus Comb Thru Volume Finishing Mist, $13; amazon.com.

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U.S. Winner: L'Oréal Paris Pure-Clay Masks

To address the current "multi- mask" craze, each of these clay treatments addresses specific skin needs. The Exfoliate & Refine treatment is made with red algae to unclog and tighten pores; charcoal in the Detox & Brighten treatment eradicates dirt and pollution; and the Purify & Mattify treatment contains eucalyptus to control oil and shine. Use one all over, or better yet, use all three on different areas of your face. 

L'Oréal Paris Pure-Clay Masks, $13 each; amazon.com.


Prix d'Excellence winners must demonstrate excellence in innovation, efficiency, texture, and design. Only face, body, hair, makeup, and sun products launched in the past year are eligible for consideration. Winning products receive a majority of the votes from our jury of 20 beauty journalists from nine countries. U.S. winners are based on the same criteria but selected by a local jury. Results are independently validated, and the regulations are filed with SCP-Louvion Plumel. 

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