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Cosmo Awards for Cosmetics
May 7, 2008   
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Cosmopolitan monthly handed out its 10th "Prix de Beauté" awards at Warsaw's Dom Dochodowy April 21. Crystal diamond statuettes were awarded in ten categories in recognition of the best cosmetics launched in Poland over the previous year. The Prix de Beauté is one of the most prestigious cosmetics awards in Germany, Austria, Switzerland and Poland. The competition was first held in Germany in 1993 and came to Poland in 1998.

The competition involves several stages. Cosmetics firms are invited to submit products in any of the 17 categories. The panel has then to nominate five products for each category. The composition and quality of the cosmetics is evaluated, their effectiveness and consumer satisfaction judged and their value for money assessed. The panel's list is published in the March edition of Cosmopolitan.

Participating firms can then vote for those products they consider best, excluding their own. These votes are considered by the panel in reaching their final verdict. Readers can also vote for the cosmetics they consider best in five additional categories. The final decision for each of the 17 categories is made by a panel of experts.

This year's panel included Cosmopolitan's beauty section editor Jolanta Zakrocka, editor-in-chief Hanna Wolska, and singer, actress and dancer Natasza Urbańska.

The 2008 readers' awards went to Estee Lauder's Idealist-Pore Minimizing Skin Refinisher, Biotherm's Body Resculpt Lift and Clinique's Supermoisture Makeup in the selective cosmetics category, and to Astor's Volumetrix mascara in the popular cosmetics category. Givenchy's Ange ou Demon was the winning fragrance.

The panel selected Shiseido's White Lucency facial care, Clarins' Stretch Mark Control body care, Kerastase's Nutrikuracja Densitive hair care and Dior's Backstage Make-up Pro Cheeks Ultra Radiant Blush make-up as the best selective cosmetics. Their best popular cosmetics, for their respective categories, included Avon's ANEW Ultimate Night, Rexona's Antyperspirant Biorytm, Head&Shoulders' shampoo line, L'Oreal Paris' Casting Creme Gloss line and Maybelline New York's Superstay Silky.

Lancome Men's Age Fight was the best male cosmetic and Vichy's Aqualia Thermal skin care best pharmaceutical cosmetic. Freeman's Heel & Callus Balm was the best hand and foot care product and Terrake's Snow Breeze the best body treatment.

The best fragrances were Emporio Armani's Diamonds and Bulgari's Omnia Amethyste for women and Dolce & Gabbana's Light Blue Pour Homme for men. Eveline's Gold Therapy Złote Nici Młodości Złota Kula was named Polish cosmetic of the year and Chanel's Chance Eau Fraiche the discovery of the year.

Marzena Robinson
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