Circle of Excellence 2010: Best Beauty Products

Our Circle of Excellence awards go to products that wowed us editors and you. We sent samples to readers throughout the country to test. Only items that earned across-the-board raves made the final cut.


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Pantene Pro-V Medium-Thick Hair Solutions Intensive Restoration Treatment

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"Five minutes once a week is a no-brainer. It made my thick hair really shiny."
—Amy, Ladera Ranch, California


Pantene Pro-V Medium-Thick Hair Solutions Intensive Restoration Treatment, $6, pantene.com for store locations


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Jergens Natural Glow Revitalizing Daily Moisturizer

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"I actually had a nice glow after only three applications. Will definitely buy more when the tube runs out."
—LeAnne, Fort Drum, New York


Jergens Natural Glow Revitalizing Daily Moisturizer, $9, available at drugstores


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Neutrogena Deep Wrinkle Moisture Night from Ageless Intensives

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"My wrinkles look softer, and believe it or not, the two age spots on my face have started to fade. Excellent!"
—Judy, Kendallville, Indiana


Neutrogena Deep Wrinkle Moisture Night from Ageless Intensives, $20, available at drugstores


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Nivea Happy Sensation Body Lotion

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"The body lotion smelled yummy, like an orange pound cake. And it moisturized my skin all day—really."

Nivea Happy Sensation Body Lotion, $7.50, available at drugstores


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Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser

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"On the advice of a dermatologist, I tried this years ago, with wonderful results. Now my husband is finding it extremely soothing on his sensitive, often irritated skin."
—Heidi, San Bruno, California


Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser, $10.50, available at drugstores


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Aveeno Continuous Protection Sunblock Spray SPF 50

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"This surprised me. I didn't expect it to spray easily, but the application was even and reached every spot. And it didn't feel greasy or heavy."

—Kathy, Navarre, Florida

Aveeno Continuous Protection Sunblock Spray SPF 50, $10.49, available at drugstore.com


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CoverGirl Lashblast Mascara

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"I absolutely loved this. I will definitely buy it and tell all my friends about it too."

—Carrie, Charleston, West Virginia

CoverGirl Lashblast Mascara, $8.50, available at drugstore.com


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Garnier Nutritioniste Skin Renew Anti-Puff Eye Roller

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"Really helped reduce the bags under my eyes—that's what happens with 12-hour work days and little sleep!"

—Mindy, Dayton, Ohio

Garnier Nutritioniste Skin Renew Anti-Puff Eye Roller, $13.49, available at drugstore.com


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Olay Regenerist 14-Day Skin Intervention

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"I am always a skeptic about products that claim to 'reduce signs of aging,' but this made me a believer. I used it faithfully and the fine lines around my eyes are gone!"

—Ardy, Midland, Michigan

Olay Regenerist 14-Day Skin Intervention, $26.99, available at drugstore.com


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L'Oreal Elnett Satin Extra Strong Hold

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"My hair had terrific texture after I used this. It was soft, and I was able to brush it—even after walking in the wind."

—Vicky, West Babylon, New York

L'Oreal Elnett Satin Extra Strong Hold, $15, available at amazon.com

Originally published in the April 17, 2010, issue of Family Circle magazine.

This piece was accurate at publication time, but all prices, offerings, and styles are subject to change.