Product Girl Faves: The Best of Spring Beauty

Spring weather is here, which means summer beauty is soon to be in full-swing. But before we start lathering on sunscreen and bronzer, we thought we’d give a nod to our favorite products from spring, before they disappear from counters and lose that top spot in our makeup bags. We may say this every season, but there were so many amazing beauty products in spring collections. It really was very difficult to narrow down the best of the best. But here goes, in no particular order…

Chanel Spring 2010 Collection – this Chanel Spring collection had us at “hello”, it is classic and totally wearable. It was packed full of neutral shades ranging from pink and beige to warm brown and khaki, shades that would look good on any woman. We loved practically everything about it, including the now famous Le Vernis in Particuliere. This is the greige nail color that started it all a few months ago and was all the rage. We definitely fell for it and even found a great dupe along the way.

Laura Mercier Radiant Creme Cheek ColorProduct Girl should almost be synonymous with “addicted to highlighters.” We really have a thing for them and this lovely creme highlighter from Laura Mercier’s Polished collection is well, radiant. Three-fourth’s of the pan is a peachy pink highlighter, a tiny strip of metallic gold and the remaining fourth is a cranberry red. Mixed together it is a beautiful blush, but it’s almost too pretty to do that so we’ve been playing it safe and using it primarily as a highlighter and lovely it is.

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Drugstore Steal: Milani HD Advanced Concealer

Does Milani’s HD Advanced Concealer look familiar to you? Sure did to me when I spotted this product at CVS recently! The resemblence to YSL’s Touche Eclat is pretty strong, so I snatched up the last one in the “light” shade and hoped it would live up to my expectations. In terms of packaging, this is very similar in style to YSL with a gold, click pen. It took me a good 20 clicks to get the product finally going, and once I did I slowly started to love this product with each click thereafter.

Milani intends for this to be used as an all-purpose concealer – anywhere you want to brighten or cover an imperfection. I really like the consistency of the formula – it isn’t runny nor is it too thick – and there’s the perfect amount of illumination to the product. The shade selection is pretty limited with four options, but the light works great for my fair skin. I love to use this under my eyes as it really does help brighten the undereye area weightlessly. I stick with my Laura Mercier secret camoflouge for covering blemishes, but think this could do the trick as well.

Milani did a job well done with the HD Advanced Concealer and I highly recommend it if you can find a shade that matches. It’s probably the best seven dollars I’ve spent on a drugstore product in awhile!

Good Makeup at a Good Price: Milani

Since I’m a bit of a makeup snob, I haven’t faithfully used drugstore brand cosmetics for a long time. My biggest issue with drugstore makeup is eyeshadow quality, it doesn’t seem to be pigmented enough for my taste. Since I like eyeshadow with a strong color payoff, this was a problem… until now. I’ve been experimenting with different lines and I’ve found some great stuff recently in drugstores.

Milani_looseeyeshadow_1 Milani Cosmetics has some really great stuff. Everything I’ve tried is super pigmented, from the eyeshadows to the lipsticks. Their eyeshadows are wonderful too. Fans of MAC’s Electric Eel eyeshadow can save their money, Milani’s Atlantis is exactly like this shade. As a bonus, you can depot them and they’ll fit in MAC and Stila pan palettes. They also have some great loose power eyeshadows exactly like Bourjois does… do they look familiar? Hmm… I’m starting to wonder if Milani and Bourjois has more in common that just this.

Next we’ll look at NYX Cosmetics…