Sunday, January 18, 2009

Allure best of beauty 2008 (lips and liner)

Here is a list of some products Allure named their favorites after testing thousands of products...


Dark Lipstick
Chanel Rouge Hydrabase Creme Lipstick in Vamp, $27.
The Châteauneuf du Pape of wine lipsticks, this is still the classic.

Sheer Lipstick
Three Custom Color Specialists Lipstick in Ballet Russe, $18.50.
Many sheer lipsticks deposit so little color, you might as well be wearing ChapStick. But this smooth formula creates a translucent cherry stain on lips.

Nude Lipstick for Medium and Dark Skin
M.A.C. Lustre Lipstick in Fresh Brew, $14.
Nude shades tend to look dead, but this shimmery peachy tone is perfect.

Bright Lipstick
Yves Saint Laurent Rouge Volupté Lipstick in Provocative Pink, $34.
As smooth as butter, this pink makes our eyes seem brighter and our cheeks rosier.

Nude Lipstick for Fair Skin
Yves Saint Laurent Rouge Sheer Lipstick SPF 15 in Natural Pink, $29.
Tinged with pink, this nude will warm up your pale complexion, not wash it out.

Red Lipstick
Shu Uemura Rouge Unlimited Lipstick in RD 165, $23.
Unbelievable—a red that looks good on everyone. The best part? It's as hydrating as a balm but stays put for hours.

Pink Lipstick
Clé de Peau Beauté Lipstick in 13, $55.
If you've been burned by Barbie-ish, chalky, or overly glittery shades this soft rosy tone will restore your faith in pink.

Pixi Lumi Lux Lip Palette, $35.
Most palettes are all pinks, all reds, or all awful but this one's 20 shades offer nearly every lip color under the sun.

Lauren Hutton First Kiss Lip & Cheek Stain + Lip Balm in Larry, $24.
This tube has the prettiest strawberry hue on one side and a clear balm on the other. And the sponge-tip wands mean no drips.

Clinique Long Lasting Glosswear SPF 15, $14.
Each of the 18 pigment-rich, nonsticky glosses makes it possible to go two hours without reapplying. (Ask any gloss junkie—that's a big deal.)

Nivea Sun Protection Lip Care SPF 30, $2.99.
We expected this high-SPF balm to feel like a mouthful of zinc but were pleasantly surprised with the smooth results. Previously only available in Europe, it's now stocked at U.S. drugstores.

Vincent Longo Baby Balm Lipstick SPF 12, $23.
Some tinted balms look too seventh-grade, but this soft, sheer formula comes in a sleek black tube—with colors from pale pink to translucent berry.

Revlon ColorStay Soft & Smooth Lipcolor, $9.99.
Some long-wearing formulas can be a drag, literally, on lips. But not this one. It glides on, stays soft for hours, and doesn't require a scrub brush to remove.


Black and Brown Eyeliner
Make Up For Ever Aqua Eyes Waterproof Eyeliner Pencil in Matte Brown and Pearly Brown ($16) don't set too quickly, giving you time to get the line right. Then they sit tight, even through heat or tears.

Color Eyeliner
Elizabeth Arden Smoky Eyes Powder Pencil in Midnight ($16) is a rich indigo that's brighter than navy but just as tasteful.

Liquid Eyeliner
CK Calvin Klein Beauty Electric Edge Liquid Eyeliner Pen ($16) is a long, thin pen that's as easy to apply as pencil and stays smooth until the tube is empty.

Not only does Shiseido The Makeup Accentuating Cream Eyeliner ($25) never flake, it comes with a full-size brush for a flawless line.

More to come.. shadows, skin, scents, cheap thrills & more...

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