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This Stuff Works Beauty Awards: Readers' Choice

We shipped more than 250 breakthrough products to 100 LHJ readers who swiped, smoothed, and dabbed themselves silly. These 21 winners earned our beauty ambassadors' seal of approval.

Face Cleanser

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Avon Anew Platinum Cleanser, $16

Not only did a small dose wash away a day's worth of dirt and oil, the rich lather cleansed without overdrying.

 

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Hair Smoothing Treatment

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L'Oreal Paris EverSleek Frizz Taming Creme Serum, $9

Our testers agreed that the blend of oils works wonders for controlling coarse, thick, or very curly hair.

 

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Neutrogena Wet Skin Sunblock Spray SPF 85+, $11.50

No need to dry off before reapplying: Testers found this "not too tacky, slick, or sticky" and easy to rub on after a dip.

 

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Lipstick

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Lancome Paris L'Absolu Nu Lipcolor, $29

Our testers adored everything about this luxe lipstick, from the hydrating jojoba oil and shea butter to the genius magnetic cap. (Available in 16 sheer shades.)

 

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Foundation

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CoverGirl NatureLuxe Liquid Silk Foundation, $12

The light and creamy consistency won over our pickiest beauty ambassadors.

 

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Laura Geller Air Whipped Blush, $25

Here's a mousse with a gel's lightness, a cream's blendability, and a powder's matte finish. Plus you can apply it with your fingers

 

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Boots No.7 Exceptional Definition Mascara, $8

Testers seriously oohed and aahed over the three-in-one wand. It's the ultimate multitasker for lashes.

 

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Concealer

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Mally Cancellation Conditioning Concealer, $35

This is one concealer that even makeup rookies can handle. Our testers found it absolutely goof-proof for hiding both undereye circles and blemishes.

 

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Nail Polish

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Borghese Rapido Fast Dry Nail Lacquer, $8

Not only are the 12 colors in this collection great, but the speedy drying time and durability got high marks.

 

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Night Treatment

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Olay Regenerist Night Resurfacing Elixir, $25

Testers were willing to permanently swap their regular night cream for a super-hydrating blend of vitamins and peptides.

Reader Rave

"I liked the way it seemed to tighten my skin. When I put the treatment on, it wasn't greasy—and the scent was light and pleasant." 
-Lisa Durrant

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Day Cream

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Neutrogena Rapid Wrinkle Repair Moisturizer SPF 30, $20

No need to layer on the products—one moisturizer is all you'll need to plump, moisturize, and protect. Unlike most daytime formulas, it contains a significant dose of retinol to clear and smooth skin.

 

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Lip Balm

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Eos Tangerine Medicated Anti-Bacterial Lip Balm Smooth Sphere, $3

Readers were ready to ditch their classic stick balms for this cute conditioning ball packed with antioxidants, zinc, and shea butter.

 

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Eye Cream

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Philosophy Miracle Worker Miraculous Anti-Aging Eye Cream, $60

Although it's packed with powerful wrinkle fighters (retinol, vitamin C, and a blend of peptides), this cream is still emollient and gentle enough for the sensitive eye area.

 

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Anti-Aging Treatment

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L'Oreal Paris Youth Code Serum Intense, $25

A peptide combo (which should be applied twice a day) helps skin cells to turn over faster. The result? Readers say their skin was luminous and tighter almost immediately.

 

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Body Lotion

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Nivea Express Hydration Freshening Gel, $8

The light gel formula ranked highest among testers who had super-dry skin. They also loved the cooling effect of the mint extract.

 

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Shampoo and Conditioner

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Garnier Fructis Pure Clean Fortifying Shampoo and Conditioner, $4 each

Free of silicone, dyes, and parabens, this duo leaves behind only the good stuff. Plus the bottles are made of recycled plastic, so you can feel better about your hair and the planet.

Reader Rave

"I loved how well it worked on my hair. But my favorite part was the smell. " 
-Randi Kobielnik

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Dry Shampoo

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John Frieda Luxurious Volume Dry Spray Shampoo, $6.50

Here's a no-shower-necessary dry shampoo that removes excess oil without leaving a white residue on strands. The "amazing" scent and thorough cleansing earned particularly high marks.

Reader Rave

"I liked that it blended in well with my hair color. It didn't look powdery like some dry shampoos can." 
-Delissa McDonald

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Do-Good Product

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Kiehl's Limited Edition Ultra Facial Cream, $46

This is one face cream with big benefits—and not just for your skin. Twenty-five thousand dollars' worth of sales from this lightweight moisturizer will go to amfAR (The Foundation for AIDS Research).

Originally published in Ladies' Home Journal, September 2011.

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