Best Bets


New York City may still be in a deep chill, but even blustery winds can’t keep us from the snazzy new spring color collections, hitting counters now. Let us introduce February’s Best Bets:

Just Punchy
Clarins superb line of color cosmetics is frequently overshadowed by their popular skincare and unmatched self-tanners. The Spring 2008 Colour Fizz collection aims to change that. A modern take on bold ’70’s inspired shades, new hues of Single Eye Color are the limited edition Sunny Yellow and Sweet Lilac.


So, how do you wear such bold colors? Celebrity Makeup Artist Nick Barose says, “Avoid black liner with these bright shadows…it’s too close to the original 70’s look.” He recommends a brown liner instead – it’s a softer look.

Available via or at Bloomingdale’s stores.

Secret Agent


DuWop’s cleverly named DoubleGlow7 Luminous Face Balm gives a boost of radiance and clarity to sad winter skin, thanks to seven skin nourishing ingredients: jojoba, aloe vera, lily extract, and illuminating pearls as well as vitamins A, E, and F. Wear it under makeup as a primer or over makeup for a more-obvious glow, no spa visit required.

Available this month at or at Sephora stores.

Think Pink!


While I may tire of Bobbi Brown’s never ending neutrals every now and then (really, how many shades of brown do I need?), my inner, fresh-faced girl next door was engaged by the gorgeous Pink Raspberry Face Palette, a limited edition kit with two shades of neutral eye shadow, a bright pink blush for necessary pop and two berry toned lip colors. While I’m not normally one to travel light, I packed this and this alone to cover my proverbial makeup bases on a recent weekend trip and didn’t miss a beat.

Available at or at Saks Fifth Avenue.

Working 9 to 5


Pop’s new Day to Play Palette has you covered, regardless of time or for that matter, occasion. The slim 7″x 3″, croc-embossed case houses twenty-four silky shades of shadow from neutral to bright along with a double-ended brush for pro-quality application.

Available at Sephora stores or

A Fond Farewell
International Artistic Director Gucci Westman bids adieu to Lancôme with the luminescent L.U.C.I. or Luminous Colorless Color Intelligence collection. First seen at the Spring 2008 Peter Som show, Westman was captivated by the beauty of sand, the iridescence of shells and the play of light on water at different beaches around the world and turned to Lancôme’s labs to bring her inspiration to reality.


One key product in the collection is the new Ombre Glacée, a smoothly textured, quickly absorbed highlighter that gave model’s eyes major pop at Som’s show.

The next lipstick in the Westman-created Pout-à -Porter series will also make its debut this spring. Inspired by up and coming designer Thakoon, Pixel Pink is a versatile pink raspberry shade and will be available in limited quantities exclusively at Neiman Marcus, Bergdorf Goodman, Lancôme’s five U.S. boutiques and www.lancô

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