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The 2012 Beauty Awards: The Best Face Finds

  • Lisa Shin

    Best Cleanser

    L'Oréal Paris Youth Code Foaming Gel Cleanser ($8, drugstores). The nondrying rinse left our testers' faces soft, clean, and makeup-free. Plus "its lingering scent reminds me of a mix of gardenias and roses," one reported. $

    Runner up:

    Sephora Purifying Cleansing Gel ($12, Sephora stores)

  • Lisa Shin

    Best Makeup Remover

    Embryolisse Lotion Micellaire No Rinse Makeup Remover ($32, embryolisseusa.com). A voter who had never used makeup remover before was converted by this soothing blend of chamomile and witch hazel. "It's gentle, smells fresh, and leaves no residue behind."

    Runner up:

    Pretty Touch Makeup Gone ($5, drugstores) $

  • Lisa Shin

    Best Scrub

    Neutrogena All-in-1 Acne Control Daily Scrub ($7, drugstores). It's made for blemish-prone complexions, but readers of all skin types loved that this salicylic acid exfoliator is mild enough for everyday use. "Now I don't have to worry about sweat-induced breakouts after my hot yoga class," one said. $

    Runner up:

    Peter Thomas Roth Laser-Free Retexturizer ($38, peterthomasroth.com)

  • Lisa Shin

    Best Moisturizer

    Olay Regenerist Micro-Sculpting Cream Fragrance-Free ($25, drugstores). "Definitely my favorite!" one user raved of this formula, which is infused with nourishing hyaluronic acid and glycerin. "It has a rich, luxurious texture and makes my face feel superhydrated and smooth."

    Runner up:

    Clinique Moisture Surge Intense Skin Fortifying Hydrator ($36, department stores)

  • Lisa Shin

    Best Serum

    Lancôme Visionnaire ($87 to $105, lancome-usa.com). This satiny liquid targets fine lines and wrinkles, large pores and sun spots with a patented molecule that repairs skin. It is also absorbed quickly and "smells like a spa," a reviewer noted.

    Runner up:

    Lumene Sensitive Touch Arctic Aqua Moisture Booster ($20, CVS stores)

  • Lisa Shin

    Best Night Cream

    Elizabeth Arden Ceramide Premiere Intense Moisture and Renewal Overnight Regeneration Cream ($95, department stores). After one night a fan's face was "radiant and dewy," and another said her "skin tone seemed more even," thanks to this retinol-spiked hydrating treatment.

    Runner up:

    Neutrogena Rapid Tone Repair Night ($20, drugstores)

  • Lisa Shin

    Best Eye Cream

    Kiehl's Midnight Recovery Eye ($36, kiehls.com). "I've found my new eye cream!" a volunteer told us. "It smoothed fine lines after just a couple of weeks."

    Runner up:

    Origins Plantscription Anti-Aging Eye Treatment ($42, origins.com)

  • Lisa Shin

    Best Lip Balm

    Blistex Revive & Restore ($2 to $4, drugstores). One pot contains a shea butter-based balm with SPF 15; the other has a thicker nighttime salve with vitamin E. Both "heal lips" fast and "stay put," testers reported. $

    Runner up:

    Avalon Organics Vitamin C Renewal Soothing Balm ($5, drugstores) $

    Originally published in FITNESS magazine, October 2012.