Out of the millions of beauty products in this world, don’t you wish there was a way to know which are really worth your money?
Well ladies, your wish has been granted. They say the validity in a trial comes from randomization to prevent selection bias. Confusing to say the least but in short, the more perspective, the better the chance for reliability. Good thing Elle had editors from 46 worldwide editions put millions of products to the test. Keep reading to find out which ones came out the best of the best!
Lancôme Visionnaire Crescendo Dual-Phase Night Peel
“I love the idea of interval training for the skin,” says ELLE Czech Republic’s Cindy Kerberova about Lancôme Visionnaire Crescendo Dual-Phase Night Peel, a 28-day treatment that boosts radiance (days 1–14) and tackles fine lines (15–28).
Lancôme Visionnaire Crescendo Progressive Night Peel, $75
“Pure poetry,” says ELLE Belgique’s Marie-Noëlle Vekemans of Gucci Bloom. With lush elements of Rangoon creeper and jasmine, “this fragrance carries you away to a universe full of softness and femininity.”
Gucci Bloom Eau de Parfum For Her, $94
Dior Diorshow Pump’N’Volume Mascara
Lauren Nicoll of ELLE South Africa says that Dior Diorshow Pump’N’Volume mascara—the update to the classic formula— helped her make “lash extensions a thing of the past.”
Dior Diorshow Pump’N’Volume Mascara, $30
Sisley Black Rose Skin Infusion Cream
ELLE US’s own beauty guru, Emily Dougherty, says deeply luxurious Sisley Black Rose Skin Infusion Cream for the face is “more soothing than an hour with my therapist.”
Sisley Black Rose Skin Infusion Cream, $195
Clarins Body Fit Anti-Cellulite Contouring Expert
Firming Clarins Body Fit Anti-Cellulite Contouring Expert targets cellulite with quince leaf and green coffee to give legs a “Photoshop effect immediately,” says Arlette Barrionuevo of ELLE Argentina.
Clarins Body Fit Anti-Cellulite Contouring Expert, $70
Kiehl’s Calendula & Aloe Soothing Hydration Masque
Elisabeth Martorell of ELLE France calls nourishing Kiehl’s Calendula & Aloe Soothing Hydration Masque, which calms and rejuvenates skin in five minutes, “a cosmetic Band-Aid in your SOS kit.”
Kiehl’s Calendula & Aloe Soothing Hydration Masque, $45
L’Occitane Shea Ultra Rich Body Cream
Supermoisturizing L’Occitane Shea Ultra Rich Body Cream with honey and apricot oil is a classic for a reason. International editors describe it as akin to “jumping on an ultrasoft duvet” and a “cashmere sweater for the skin.”
L’Occitane Shea Butter Ultra Rich Body Cream, $44
Kérastase Aura Botanica Bain Micellaire
“When was the last time you really fell in love with a shampoo?” Dougherty asks. With all-natural ingredients that result in crazy-soft hair, Kérastase Aura Botanica Bain Micellaire proves that you can get hooked at first wash.
Kerastase Aura Botanica Bain Micellaire Shampoo, $25
Vichy Idéal Soleil Anti-Sand Sun Protection SPF30
We’re saving room in our suitcases the next time we go to Europe to load up on Vichy Idéal Soleil Anti-Sand Sun Protection SPF30. Überfan Barbara Huber of ELLE Germany loves the “ultradry, nonsticky finish that allows sand to be easily brushed off—and even prevents it from adhering.”
Vichy Idéal Soleil Anti-Sand Sun Protection SPF30, $24
L’Oréal Paris Botanicals Fresh Care Coriander Strength Cure Hair Mask
Kiky Rory of ELLE Indonesia says that L’Oréal Paris Botanicals Fresh Care Coriander Strength Cure Hair Mask with coconut and coriander oils “reveals hair that is deeply hydrated and repaired without feeling greasy.”
NARS Powermatte Lip Pigment
For serious longevity, Nuttika Ongksirimemongkol of ELLE Thailand adores inky NARS Powermatte Lip Pigment (shown in Starwoman). “[Even] after five glasses of champagne, the deep red is still on my mouth, not the glass.”
NARS Powermatte Lip Pigment, $26
CHANEL Les Beiges Gel Touch Healthy Glow Foundation
Must-have CHANEL Les Beiges Gel Touch Healthy Glow foundation is “lightweight and gives skin that fresh, dewy, just-returned- from-a-yoga-retreat glow,” says Mamta Mody of ELLE India.
CHANEL Les Beiges Gel Touch Healthy Glow Tint Broad Spectrum SPF 15, $60
OUAI Dry Shampoo Foam
Lavinia Gogu of ELLE Romania describes OUAI Dry Shampoo Foam as “a quick fix for any girl on the run.” The formula— a mousse rather than a typical powder—ensures a residue-free finish.
OUAI Dry Shampoo Foam, $28