By Amy Sciaretto


For our Spring 2010 preview, we decided to select some of our most favorite products being introduced over the next several weeks and then in honor of that dreaded chore of spring cleaning, we picked some of the keyest products to help you put your lovely new makeup on with and then what you should use when you proceed take it off. Ah, it’s a cyclical life to be a glamazon, isn’t it?

Gerda Spillmann Bamboo Brush Kit boasts five essential tools -eyebrow groomer with eyeliner, blush, eye shadow and concealer brushes– is eco-friendly, and considering that April 20 is Earth Day, you should toss your old, battered, not-cleaned-as-often-as-they-should-have-been brushes in favor of a new, earth-considerate set. With bamboo handles and synthetic taklon, cruelty-free bristles, these look good without being too “granola” and they blend cream and powder products beautifully. The cotton and hemp brushroll is also good for the planet, without sacrificing stylishness.

Available at

Anything over eight dollars may seem outlandishly overpriced for a makeup remover, so we were a little surprised by the steep price tag affixed to Rodial’s Glam Balm Beauty Wipes. But they’re a luxury and we’re addicted to these extra-gentle sheets. Every last trace of makeup will be erased with these paraben-free, ulta-enriched cloths. Go ahead and splurge!

Available at Henri Bendel, Fred Segal and

Trish McEvoy’s mistake-proof Sheer Application Brush will afford you the luxury of being your own makeup artist. From McEvoy’s Bronze Goddess Collection, the brush is designed to prevent you from overdoing it with the blush and bronzer, which is easy to do.

Available at Neiman Marcus locations or

Pop Beauty’s Shakeup Your Makeup Collection includes the No Show Correct and Protect Tint SPF 30 – those last two words are our favorites and are very crucial – is a weightless gel that complements your skin tone and wipes out unevenness and imperfections. Apply with up and out with your fingers or a brush. Or mix with NARS Illuminator in Orgasm, which you can read about in our A La Carte story this month!

Available at or Ulta locations.

Elizabeth Arden’s Get Your Bronze On Spring/Summer series offers the iconic line’s first cream blush in the form of the ultra-sheer Ceramide Cream Blush, which comes in a choice of three shades. It doesn’t cover skin; it lets it breathe as it enhances the apples of your cheeks with the faintest whisper of color. It’s true love in a blush container.

Available at Macy’s or

Sue Devitt’s A Southern Seas Sojourn Collection is inspired by her voyage to the Solomon Islands in the South Pacific. There’s 992 islands there and the lush, colorful region certainly inspired Devitt’s airy, naturally pretty new line. Devitt’s also an experienced diver and the things she witnessed underwater certainly show up in these products. The Lip Intensifier Pencils turn up your natural lip color a notch in order to enhance the natural lip shape. It’s of a velvety texture, so the net effect is that of a glossy lipstick. The Lip Enhancing Gloss in Telina is a matte pink that fills in line and wrinkles and hides the aging process that effects lips. This can go over bare lips or your favorite ‘stick in order to embolden your pout.

Available at Bloomingdales or

Originally published March 2010



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