Beauty Awards: The 10 Best Products in the World

If a product were called the “Best in America,” you’d probably give it a try. But “Best in the World” sounds a whole lot better, n’est-ce pas? That’s the idea behind Marie Claire’s 29th annual Prix d’Excellence de la Beauté, which relies on the votes of an international jury of beauty journalists to choose its winners. This article appears in the May issue of Marie Claire, on newsstands now.


 

The Jury’s Choice: Legendary makeup artist Francçois Nars knows color, whether it’s practically invisible foundations and natural—looking blushes or bold lipsticks and bright eyeshadows that pop. To celebrate the 20th anniversary of his brand, he outdid himself with the Audacious Lipstick collection (intense full—coverage colors with a matte finish) and the Dual—Intensity Eyeshadows (shades that can be worn wet or dry for different effects). Perfectly gorgeous.

Dual-Intensity Eyeshadow in Himalia, $29; and Audacious Lipstick in Bette, Carmen, Grace, and Julie, $32 each; narscosmetics.com

The Jury Speaks:

“This French makeup artist who started to conquer New York 20 years ago is a true success story.”

The Jury's Choice: Legendary makeup artist Francçois Nars knows color, whether it's practically invisible foundations and natural—looking blushes or bold lipsticks and bright eyeshadows that pop. To celebrate the 20th anniversary of his brand, he outdid himself with the Audacious Lipstick collection (intense full—coverage colors with a matte finish) and the Dual—Intensity Eyeshadows (shades that can be worn wet or dry for different effects). Perfectly gorgeous. Dual-Intensity Eyeshadow in Himalia, $29; and Audacious Lipstick in Bette, Carmen, Grace, and Julie, $32 each; narscosmetics.com The Jury Speaks: "This French makeup artist who started to conquer New York 20 years ago is a true success story." "The line is a girl's dream, with to-die-for colors each season and beautiful textures that are glam without being overly sexy." "With his multiple collaborations, Nars has a true love of women and knows what can make them even more beautiful and desirable." "It's been 20 years of pure colors, the best pigments, fabulous blushes, and pencils that glide--a faultless performance that deserves to be celebrated." "The matte black compacts are the darlings of makeup artists and beauty insiders worldwide. This great, unpretentious artist deserves the limelight."