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The 2019 ELLE International Beauty Awards: All The Local & International Winners

Drum roll please...

The ELLE International Beauty Awards only rolls around once a year, and to find the best product (out of many) for each category, we gathered a panel of 5 expert judges, invited them to test all products and give their informed opinions, so we could arrive at the best selection of products for 2019. 

From the ELLE team we had Kelly Fung, Editor-In-Chief and Lauren Nicoll our Beauty Editor. For all things skincare we had aesthetic expert and dermatologist, Dr Portia Gumede, Founder & Owner of Dr. P Lifestyle Aesthetics and for a specific focus on make up and hair, industry expert and make up artist at Lampost, Alex Botha. Mihlali Ndamase, beauty content creator and social media influencer was our final judge. 

After a rigorous two months of testing, all judges sat together and shared comments on their favorite products. Herewith, the winners decided by our local judges...

Make Up

Mascara: CHANEL – Le Volume Révolution de Chanel

"Chanel has released a true example of what the future of beauty has in store for us - and its spectacular. The brush delivery on this super smart wand really does live up to its hype. Hello major volume...goodbye clumps." Lauren Nicoll

Lip Colour: YSL Tatouage Couture Matte Stain

"I loved this lipstick because of its innovative applicator – the everyday person doesn’t own a lip brush so with the YSL, you can literally use it on the go without worrying about a liner. It's packaging also ensures you don’t waste any product." Mihlali Ndamase 

Foundation: L'OREAL PARIS - L'Oréal Infallible 24H Fresh Wear Foundation

"I absolutely loved this product. The colour range is vast and glides onto the skin so easily. It's also able to be built up - from natural to fuller coverage. Plus it has longevity." Alex Botha

Face Care

Moisturiser: INSTITUT ESTHEDERM, Intensive Hyaluronic Serum

"A winner! This formulation is divine and really works. This serum has a high concentration of Hyaluronic acid which brings moisture to the skin and plumps it up to help even out fine lines. It’s great to place onto the skin in winter for hydration, and also after a chemical peel because you have removed dead skin, by placing a product like this on, it will help the skin absorb so much more!” Dr P. Gumede 

Anti-Aging: DERMALOGICA Rapid Reveal Peel 

“It had an instantaneous result and it speaks to research development and innovation.” Kelly Fung

“I love the packaging, it’s so cute and almost feels like you’re taking a doctor home with you.” Alex Botha

Mask: URIAGE Eau Thermal Water Sleeping Mask 

"The sleep mask has changed my skin! It's an easy way to ensure total hydration. You put it on at night, go to sleep and then in the morning - glowing skin!" Kelly Fung

Body Care

Suncare: CETAPHIL Sun SPF 50+ Gel for Sensitive/Oily Skin

“It’s an innovative gel and suits both sensitive and oily skin.” Lauren Nicoll 

“I didn’t have a problem with the product when I applied it because it never showed once I applied my makeup over that layer.” Mihlali Ndamase 

Moisturiser: MIXA Cica Cica Repair Balm (Face, Body & Hands)

“I love it for my face body and hands. My eczema was out of control and this hasn’t given me a rash since I started using it.” Alex Botha

Anti-Cellulite:  ELANCYL LABORATOIRE Slim Design Slimming Oil

"This oil has a great mix of ingredients that help enhance toned skin and smooth it out for the better - it's the perfect addition to a healthy eating plan and exercise regime when looking to help contour the body." Lauren Nicoll 

Hair Care

Shampoo: CAROL'S DAUGHTER Rhassoul Clay Sulphate Free Shampoo 

“I have a very sensitive scalp and it didn’t leave my scalp irritated. Usually I will know if my scalp is irritated because it gets very itchy, even after washing my hair and then it starts flaking but I didn’t have any issues with this Carol’s Daughter range.”  Mihlali Ndamase

Conditioner: CAROL'S DAUGHTER Black Vanilla Hydrating Conditioner

“I normally struggle to get my hair this smoothly pulled back and I can only do it this week because this conditioner softened my hair so much. When I normally pull it back I find that the top layers of my hair are combed through and the layers underneath aren’t, but with the Black Vanilla conditioner I find that the brush goes through all the layers in my hair because it’s so soft and easy. It delivers on all the promises it makes on the bottle.” Danielle Bowler (ELLE Managing Editor and guest judge) 

Mask: TRESEMMÉ Keratin Smooth Masque Treatment

“This mask is beautiful and very versatile for all hair types.” Dr Portia Gumede



“I found this to be new and innovative. It’s sweet, strong and spicy.” Dr Portia Gumede 

Best EDT: MARC JACOBS Daisy Love

"Daisy is the classic feminine fragrance thats hosts flirtiness with it's notes of crystallised cloudberries and cashmere musks - a perfect daytime fragrance for summer ." Kelly Fung 

Future Classic: BURBERRY Her 

"It's very different with floral undertones and notes of berries, which are combined with jasmine, wood and amber. " Lauren Nicoll

Product Innovation

BLACK|UP Paris Double Effect Liquid Lip Colour Matte to Glittery Finish

“This was amazing. I am such a girl when it comes to anything glitter, and I can’t get over how it applies as a liquid, and dries matte and then you can change it up with some glitter. One of the best aspects is that there’s no transfer as well." Lauren Nicoll 

Editor's Choice

URBAN DECAY Born to Run Palette 

"This palette is fantastic." Kelly Fung

“There are universal shades to suit any skin complexion.” Lauren Nicoll  

Along with our local winners, the international winners are decided by beauty editors and directors from 45 ELLE editions across the world, providing different insights and expert opinions on products in similar categories. 

Make Up - International

Foundation: DIOR – Dior Backstage Face & Body Foundation 

"Just perfect for a 'no-makeup' makeup look. Once you wear this light and watery formula, you feel nothing on your face yet it look just like my natural skin (but better!). Needless to say, how can one imagine 40 shades of foundation? Dior can! Peter Philips knows exactly what women want from a bottle of foundation and now we can find the best match to our tone among these amazing 40 shades." Younji Jung – Beauty Director, Korea

Mascara: CHANEL – Le Volume Révolution de Chanel

"Created by 3D printing, this highly-technical wand, which delivers dark, glossy lashes, proves beauty is both a science and an art." Janna O’Toole – Beauty & Fitness Editor, Australia

Lip Colour: GUERLAIN – Rouge G de Guerlain 

"Applying this lipstick while looking in the mirror housed in the lid makes me feel like the most glamorous, luxurious version of myself." Victoria Di Placido – Beauty Editor, Canada

Face Care - International

Moisturiser: LA MER – The Moisturizing Cool Gel Cream 

"It is hard to resist the hypnotic, almost subliminal impact of La Mer's fragrant cream. The subtle scent and soft texture make me believe and feel that my 40-something aged skin is finally hydrated deeply." Mihaela Batinic – Beauty Editor, Croatia

Anti-Aging: LA PRAIRIE – Platinum Rare Cellular Night Elixir 

"A magical and revolutionary anti-aging product because it contributes to the four essential functions of the process of complete regeneration of the skin and helps to purify, nourish, breathe and reinforce its own immunity. For the first time these four key functions are treated with the same and unique formula and all at the same time. The result is extraordinary: it only takes one drop each night for the miracle to occur the next morning." Arlette Barrionuevo – Beauty & Fashion Editor, Argentina

Mask: LANCÔME – Advanced Génifique Hydrogel Melting Mask 

"I always used to think my skin was pretty plumped. It was not until I tried this mask. It has this amazing hydrating effect that makes you shine. And the probiotic formula is great for my sensitive skin. It’s your best friend during deadlines and jet lags."  Marianna Partevyan - Beauty Editor, Ukraine

Body Care - International

Body Moisturiser: THE BODY SHOP – Almond Milk Body Yogurt 

"Playful bi-phase product, colorful packaging, gourmet scent, it protects the skin while making it soft and satiny. It has everything you need to make it a must-have for holidays." Marie-Noëlle Vekemans – Editor in Chief, Belgium

Suncare: VICHY – Idéal Soleil Solar Protective Water SPF 30 Hydrating 

"From 7 to 77 years, no one can resist the generous jars of creams from this fun and committed brand. Healthy girls will be even less resistant to this dairy-free recipe with a delicious scent!" Elisabeth Martorell - Beauty Editor in Chief, France

Anti-cellulite: ELANCYL – Slim Design Slimming Oil 

"Breakthrough 2-in-1 firming oil not only focuses on cellulite but also on stretch marks. Very comfortable texture and it smells so good. A good product to massage yourself with after a bath." Helena Hu - Beauty Chief Editor, China

Hair Care - International

Shampoo: L’ORÉAL PROFESSIONNEL – Source Essentielle

"If you are a newbie on the natural beauty products scene, start with this shampoo and you'll be converted. It leaves the hair and scalp feeling totally clean, even without the usual and "foamy" sulfates - they are not missed here." Carolina Adães Pereira - Beauty Editor, Portugal

Conditioning: HAIR RITUEL BY SISLEY – Regenerating Hair Care Mask with Botanical Oils Hair 

"The ultimate treat for your hair! This hair mask is sensational – a nourishing blend of macadamia, camellia, hazelnut and shea butter. After using it, a comb just glides through the hair." Barbara Huber – Beauty Director, Germany

Styling: KÉRASTASE – Aura Botanica Eau de Vagues 

"The fact that it does not use typical salt to create the waves, it does not leave the hair feeling crunchy or sticky. It is also 99% natural, which makes it even more attractive." Nathalia Pavon – Beauty Editor, Mexico

Fragrance - International

CHLOÉ – Nomade 

"This fragrance is a complex work of art but the purpose is simple. Wear it and enjoy it. It is beautiful. This really is a stoke of genius... or should I say a note of genius? Complex, sexy and filled with beautiful layers. Simple to wear." Anne Pedersen – Beauty Director, Denmark

Green Face Care - International

TATA HARPER – Clarifying Cleanser 

"Tata Harper is a trusted skincare authority and I tend to love every product she produces. This cleanser saves my skin whenever I'm a little run down, it's amazing not to have to compromise between natural skin care and effective skincare." Sophie Beresiner – Beauty Director, UK

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