Thursday, May 10, 2012

InStyle’s “Best Beauty Buys” List: Get Out Your Credit Cards, Ladies!

When InStyle comes out with their “Best Beauty Buys” list I get that energy running through my veins, fingers twitching, looking around the room for the location of my wallet so I can covertly grab it without my husband taking notice.  Lucky for our credit card bills I’ve already tried many of the 150 items that made the list.  The majority of the products are incumbents, having won in their categories several years in a row.   This doesn’t mean the editorial staff got lazy and just decided to recycle previous years’ lists.  Like most beauty addicts, the editors probably have their favorite products and are sticking to what they love.  Don’t get me wrong, it’s not all old news — there are some choice newcomers and surprises like the Bliss Pore-Fector Gadget and the Ibiza Boar Bristle Brush (both of which I intend to buy).


I obviously can’t go through 150 products, but here are the highlights:

  • Clinique Almost Lipstick in Black Honey (Best Shade for Dark Skin; Winner ‘10, ‘09): This lipstick may have won for dark skin but this flattering color looks great on the full spectrum of skin shades.  I’ve seen it compliment fair skin blonds and light skinned brunettes like me.
  • Ibiza Boar Bristle (Best Round Brush): I’ve had plenty of talented stylists use this brush on me. The boar bristles bring the shine and it’s easy for the bristles to “grab” the hair to create volume at the crown. I’m definitely buying this!
  • Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer (Best Primer Winner; ‘11, ‘10, ‘09, ‘08): Really? Again? I guess I’m the cheese standing alone on not loving this primer.   Every time I tried this primer it balled up on me. Maybe it has something to do with the molotov cocktail of my morning skincare regimen that interfered with its silicone-heavy consistency. All I know is it never sat well on my skin.  But obviously just because it didn’t work with my skin, it apparently wonders for millions of other faces.  It has a stronghold on everyone’s “Best Of” lists.
  • Elta MD Skincare UV Daily SPF 40 (Best Facial Sunscreen):  Now that I’m living in Cali, I’m going through a tremendous amount of SPF.  I’m always looking for lightweight multi-taskers like this one (has hyaluronic acid to retain moisture), especially when they are advertised as compatible for sensitive skin.  (By the way, the editors must have fallen in love with this entire line or the CEO is married to the beauty editor because this brand won in almost every SPF category)
  • Cle de Peau Beaute Concealer (Best Overall Concealer; Winner ‘11, ‘10, ‘09, ‘08, ‘06, ‘05): Obviously I’m a buyer.  This is a miracle concealer for everything from puffy dark eyes to pimples.  See my Sunday Splurge for more detail.
  • Bliss Pore-Fector Gadget  (Editor’s Pick):  I’ve been eyeing this tool for a while, but for $185 this thing better suck up a hell of a lot of oil.  The gadget uses sonic waves loosen dirt and oil (I love science) which supposedly leave your pores clean and clear.  All I need was the InStyle thumbs up to add this bad boy to my shopping cart.
While the above bullets are just my highlights, I encourage you to sit down with a glass of chardonnay and a credit card handy and go through the list item by item.  Trust me, you’ll get the finger twitch too.
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