It was a night of glitz and glamour. On the 12th of October, in a star-studded event, we unveiled the roster of products that won at the ELLE Beauty Awards 2023. Over the course of the past few months, over 400 products from 100 brands across 28 different categories went through a rigorous process involving expert evaluations and editorial scrutiny.
Our esteemed jury panel consisted of Bianca Lozado, Samantha Wadhwani, Saaksha Bhat, Glorious Luna, Yasmin Karachiwala, Mitali Sagar, Deep Pathare, Dr Manasi Shirolikar, Ainee Ahmedi (Editor, ELLE India) and Sukriti Shahi (Beauty Editor, ELLE India).
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Not only did these product winners manage to impress our experts, but they also emerged victorious after rounds of public voting. So, scroll through to discover this year’s skincare, makeup, hair care, body care, men’s grooming, and fragrance winners.
ELLE Beauty Awards 2023: Makeup Winners
Best Base Product- Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay-In-Place Makeup Foundation SPF 10
The Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay-In-Place Foundation is the way to go if you're looking for a matte foundation that is lightweight yet super long-lasting. With a wide range of shades that are flattering to every skin tone, it evens the skin and conceals imperfections without requiring too many touch-ups throughout the day.
Best Blush / Highlighter / Contour / Bronzer- Rare Beauty Soft Pinch Liquid Blush
The hype around this blush is justified because of its feather-light formula that effortlessly blends into your skin to give you a burst of colour that lasts all day long. It's so potent that a dab will do! Plus, it's loaded with a botanical blend of lotus, gardenia and white water lily to care for the skin.
Best Lipstick- Dior Rouge DIOR Lipstick
Packed with lip-loving ingredients from red peonies and pomegranate flowers, Rouge DIOR is your 16-hour comfort ticket to luscious lips. With shades ranging from classic reds to trendy nudes in satin, matte, metallic or velvety finishes, there's something for everybody.
Best Setting Product- Wearified IRL Paris Filter Airbrush Powder
This fabulous powder is, as the name suggests, the embodiment of the oh-so-loved Paris filter from Instagram. A finely milled powder that instantly mattifies the skin and is packed with the goodness of argan, jojoba, vitamin C, and vitamin E; it works well for all skin types and tones.
Best Kajal / Liner- Kiko Milano Intense Colour Long Lasting Eyeliner
Get ready to up your eye game with Kiko Milano's Intense Colour Long Lasting Eyeliner. This pencil glides on like a dream and stays put for 10 hours. Its water-resistant formula, blendable texture and packaging with a nifty sponge at one end make it an eyeliner to be on the lookout for.
Best Mascara- Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara
This mascara has gained its cult status by working like a magic wand for your lashes, delivering intense black volume and mind-blowing definition. Packed with lash-loving peptides, it's a smudge-proof mascara featuring an hourglass-shaped wand that promises intense volume, curl, and length.
Best Brow Product- Benefit Cosmetics Gimme Brow+ Volumizing Pencil
Nobody does brows better than Benefit Cosmetics. So, get ready to amp up your brow game with the Gimme Brow+ Volumizing Pencil. This pencil packs both, fibres and powder into one, sticks to your brow hair, pumps up the volume and defines those arches. Plus, it comes with a spoolie for easy blending.
Best Eyeshadow- Simply Nam Illuminating Cream & Powder Eyeshadow
Simply Nam's Illuminating Cream & Powder Eyeshadow has unique packaging that makes it easy to create the eye look of your dreams–on one end, there's a highly pigmented powder and on the other, an easily blendable cream. Enriched with argan oil, squalane and rosehip seed oil, this dynamic duo offers high coverage and crease-free application.
Best Nail Polish- O.P.I Nature Strong Nail Paint
When one thinks of nail polish, one thinks of O.P.I. Their Nature Strong Nail Paints pack a colourful punch of intense pigments that are long-lasting for up to 7 days. The formula is also hassle-free with its quick-drying wizardry. Free from toluene and formaldehyde, this range is here to give your manicure a natural makeover.
ELLE Beauty Awards 2023: Skincare Winners
Best Cleanser- Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser
When nothing else works, you can count on Cetaphil's Gentle Skin Cleanser to care for your skin. This face wash is like a moisturising hug for your skin and is loaded with niacinamide, panthenol and glycerin. It works at keeping your skin's moisture barrier intact while getting rid of any dirt and makeup residue that's on your face.
Best Makeup Remover- Clinique Take The Day Off Charcoal Cleansing Balm
This makeup remover is trusted by makeup experts worldwide because of its ability to effortlessly melt away makeup without clogging the pores. Clinique's Take The Day Off Charcoal Cleansing Balm transforms from a solid balm to a silky oil upon contact with the skin and eradicates even the most stubborn makeup residue like mascara or kajal.
Best Serum / Essence / Face Oil / Face Mist- Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair Synchronized Multi-Recovery Complex
Estee Lauder's Advanced Night Repair serum battles ageing by boosting the skin's natural repair process by night and shielding it by day. Its hyaluronic acid content keeps the skin hydrated for up to 72 hours so that you wake up to radiant, youthful skin. This is a serum that is adored world wide for this very reason!
Best Face Mask / Peel / Exfoliator- LANEIGE Water Sleeping Mask
Laneige's Water Sleeping Mask is packed with probiotics that smoothen the skin and give the complexion a radiant appearance. This hydrating mask is like a quick drink of water for the skin, leaving it looking fresh and feeling soft.
Best Moisturiser- Bioderma Atoderm Crème
The Bioderma Atoderm Crème is a saviour for dry skin types. It has a non-comedogenic and fragrance-free formula that quickly absorbs into the skin to provide long-lasting hydration for up to 24 hours without making the skin feel greasy or heavy. So, if you're looking for something to trust when all else fails, trust this dermatological-approved hydrator.
Best Eye Care Product- The Ordinary Caffeine Solution 5% + EGCG
We've all heard about the magical depuffing effects of caffeine and The Ordinary's Caffeine Solution 5% + EGCG has proven those rumours to be true. This water-based eye serum is formulated using a high concentration of caffeine that works at reducing the look of puffiness and dark circles in the eye contour.
Best Sunscreen- 82°E Turmeric Shield
Turmeric Shield by 82°E is a soothing sunscreen that offer a sun protection factor of 40 with broad spectrum protection. It is formulated with a blend os turmeric and ceramides to shield against UVA/UVB rays and environmental stressors. While the turmeric in the mix soothes and revives the skin, the ceramides lock in moisture.
Best Lip Balm- RAS Luxury Oils Oh - So Luxe Liquid Lip Balm
This lip balm is, as the name suggests, a luxurious experience for the lips. Its luscious formula is enriched with 100% natural and organic ingredients that promise to give you moisturised, plump and smooth lips. What's more? With the inclusion of rosehip oil, avocado oil, aloe vera extract and argan oil, it also works at reducing lip pigmentation.
ELLE Beauty Awards 2023: Hair Care Winners
Best Shampoo- OUAI Detox Shampoo
Ouai's Detox Shampoo is a clarifying shampoo that means business! It's packed with apple cider vinegar that dives deep to cleanse away dirt, oil, and stubborn product buildup. Moreover, it's formulated with chelating agents to remove mineral deposits and hydrolyzed keratin to tame frizz and add lustre.
Best Conditioner- Kevin.Murphy Bow.Dry Rinse
This conditioner uses Kevin.Murphy's Anti-Breakage Technology that protects coloured hair against fading and environmental stress. While hydrating, nourishing and strengthening the locks, it also shields hair from heat damage. Plus, it's gentle enough for daily use and potent enough to give you fabulous hair days.
Best Hair Mask- The Body Shop Banana Truly Nourishing Hair Mask
For smoother, frizz-free locks, look nowhere beyond The Body Shop's Banana Truly Nourishing Hair Mask. Certified by The Vegan Society, it is composed of 96% natural ingredients including organic banana puree, cocoa butter, and Community Fair Trade shea butter from Ghana. This hair mask fights frizz, leaving the hair looking sleeker, softer, and moisturised.
Best Hair Oil / Hair Serum- Minimalist Maleic Bond Repair Complex 05% Hair Serum
This pre-shampoo serum repairs weak and damaged hair bonds caused by UV exposure, styling, colouring, and chemical treatments. With a potent 5% concentration of maleic acid, transglutaminase, and amino acids, it reduces breakage and makes the hair look and feel healthier.
Best Leave-In Product- K18 Leave-In Molecular Repair Hair Mask
This K18 Leave-In Molecular Repair Hair Mask is a hair hero that reverses damage from heat, colour, and bleach. Enriched with hyaluronic acid, it starts working its magic in just 4 minutes. So, say goodbye to frizz and hello to stronger yet softer strands!
Best Hair Tool- Ikonic Professional VIBE+ HAIR STRAIGHTENER
The Vibe+ Hair Straightener protects the hair from overheating by having adjustable temperature settings ranging from 130 to 235°C. While its floating ceramic plates ensure even heat distribution, its use of ionic technology helps fight frizz and boost shine.
ELLE Beauty Awards 2023: Body Care Winners
Best Body Cleanser- Kimirica Exfoliating & Cleansing Rice Powder Body Scrub
Looking to achieve that soft, radiant skin? Kimirica's Exfoliating & Cleansing Rice Powder Body Scrub is here to help. This body scrub is loaded with beta-glucan, green tea, rosemary and rice powder that gently exfoliate the skin and remove dead skin cells. The process even helps boost blood circulation and elasticity which in turn leads to youthful-looking skin.
A product so good, you'd want to eat it; The Body Shop Body Yoghurt is a lightweight formula that instantly absorbs into the skin, leaving it looking healthy and plump. This product promises moisture of up to 48 hours and is enriched with rose extract from England and Community Trade organic almond milk from Spain.
ELLE Beauty Awards 2023: Fragrance Winners
Best Women's Fragrance- DIOR J'adore Eau de Parfum
With top notes of ylang-ylang, heart notes of Damascus rose and base notes of Grasse jasmine, this perfume by Dior is the ultimate fragrance for the lover of all things floral. But, while it presents itself as a delicate scent with its floral-fruity notes, it stands tall with some equally sensual notes–making it a timeless fragrance!
Best Men's Fragrance- Givenchy Gentleman Society Eau De Parfum
Givenchy's Gentleman Society set out to redefine what it means to be a gentleman. With floral notes of wild narcissus and enigmatic notes of cedarwood, this is a multifaceted fragrance. Apart from these, it also features base notes of sandalwood and vanilla, head notes of sage and cardamom, and heart notes of vetiver.
ELLE Beauty Awards 2023: Men’s Grooming Winner
Moroccanoil Texture Clay
The Moroccanoil Texture Clay is the ultimate styling tool for anyone who wants to achieve a natural, matte-finished hairstyle with a strong hold. Formulated with argan oil, shea butter and bentonite clay, this is a frizz-fighting clay that has a non-sticky finish. It works on both, damp and dry hair, to help one create the look they want!
ELLE Beauty Awards 2023: ELLE Recommends
Intending to create unique and forward-thinking formulations, d’you uses intentional ingredients that undergo rigorous resting for potency, safety and stability. Case in point, their Hustle serum is made using 11 active ingredients that treat acne, dehydration, premature ageing, pigmentation and wrinkles.
Founded by hairstylist Rod Anker and content creator Merryling Boro, Off Days aims at reinventing the approach to haircare with a desire to bring a feeling of effortless and ease to daily haircare routines. Their products are effective, paraben and sulfate-free and vegan.
Shankara is a 100% natural skincare line that uses the ancient Ayurvedic technique of Shata Dhauta Ghrita. Their Gheesutra Face Emulsion is made by the process of washing ghee 100 times in copper vessels, making it velvety-smooth, non-greasy and more absorbent–thus allowing it to penetrate deep into the 7th layer of the skin.
The brand, Chicnutrix, was born to fulfil the nutritional needs of women. They provide a range of products that focus not only on nourishment but also on beautification from the inside out. From skin and hair issues to PCOS and UTI, they have a solution for everything.
If you're craving the feeling of spring amidst scorching summer temperatures, look no further than Ajmal's Aurum Summer For Her EDP. Its aroma fuses the delicate scents of natural florals with an earthy warmth; featuring notes of blossoming flowers, musk, wood and vanilla.
People's Choice Fragrance Of The Year- Embark My Dream For Her Eau De Parfum
Embark is a 100% cruelty-free fragrance brand whose products are made in India, for India. This one-of-a-kind floral yet woody My Dream For Her Eau De Parfum by Embark features top notes of berry and violet, heart notes of Bulgarian rose and base notes of dry amber and sandalwood.
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