This year, I discovered new beauty products as never before!  Here were my top ten favorite discoveries of 2010:

1.   Edward Bess:   Which products? Well, everything I’ve tried so far–bronzer, highlighter, blushes, eyeshadows…. I love new brands, and the quality of these products are superb.  These always make me look and feel my very best.

2. Burberry Beauty:   Introduced during 2010, this full line of luxury cosmetics has been a real pleasure to explore.  Coincidentally, I’ve been able to keep up with the line through the fabulous assistance of Kristy, the sales manager at Nordstrom at San Francisco Centre.  Yes, the packaging is gorgeous but the quality of the products is excellent.  My favorites so far:  Lipsticks, lipglosses, foundation and eyeshadows.  Next year I’ve heard rumors that we should see their beautiful brushes for sale, concealers, more lipstick shades, and eyeshadow palettes.

3.    Chanel Soho Collection:  A step forward in elegance, strength and high quality.   Based on brick and silver/grey tones, Soho worked beautifully together as a collection, and each piece worked well individually.  Originally promoted as a niche release, Chanel Soho eventually found it’s way to Nordstrom’s counters.  Masterminded by Chanel’s Peter Philips, this is one of my very favorite collections of the year.

4.  Guerlain Meteorites:  Despite years of hearing recommendations for these for years, 2010 was the first time that I tried Guerlain’s finishing powder balls that provide a provide a polished and gorgeous finish.  In my case, I tried the Perles D’Or, which gave me a beautiful soft glow.  True love.

5.   Dior Five Golds Palette:  There were several winners from Dior this year, including nail polish, several eyeshadow palettes and their lovely Crystal Nude Skin Perfecter.  Because I love eyeshadows, I’ll highlight the Holiday Five Golds Palette as emblematic of an extremely successful holiday collection.  Gorgeous beyond description.

6.  Le Metier de Beaute Peau Vierge Foundation:  This is my go-to foundation because it actually makes my skin better.  Packed with products that help clarify, smooth, even and improve my skin, I’ve seen enough visible results to order a second bottle.  The finish is sheer but lovely, and can be supplemented with concealer or even a second foundation on top. I think of this as effective skincare that has a side-benefit of being a great cosmetic, rather than the other way around.

7.  Le Metier de Beaute Kaleidoscope Palettes: While I’m on the subject on Le Metier, their Kaleidoscope palettes are worthy of their legendary status.  The texture, complexity and finish of these are beautiful.  I’m addicted.  Better yet, these large palettes with their generous pans and hinged mirror fold down like a butterfly into a tiny round cocoon, ready for travel.  Genius.

8.  Bobbi Brown Modern Classic Lip and Eye Palette: I’m a big fan of Bobbi Brown’s gel eyeliners, correctors, eyeshadows and blushes.  Liz and I take turns stealing her Illuminating Bronzers from each other (Liz is currently in the lead, by the way).  Bobbi’s star for me this year was her Modern Classic Lip and Eye palette, out for Holiday 2010. If you can still find one, you should.  This reminds me of a paintbox–I’m able to create beautiful looks really easily.  The lipglosses are impressive.

9.  Guerlain Le 2 Mascara This mascara has dependably delivered perfect lashes for me every day since the last week of September.  It gives a clean separated look, never smudges, and delivers a long-lasting curl.  After three months, this tube began to run dry and I’m currently beginning to use the voluminous version–Le 2 Volume Mascara–but it’s too soon to deliver a review.  In the meantime, I’m endorsing the version that I’ve come to know and love, this one in the gold tube.

10.  Rescue Beauty Lounge nail polish:   Over 2010, I’ve grown to love this easy-to-apply, classic yet edgy line.  The formula is wonderful, the colors are innovative and the owner, Ji Baek, has written a wonderful book (called “Rescue Your Nails”) that is full of great advice.  Is it just me, or is every red in this line fabulous?

Having written this, I’m beginning to think that it’s impossible to limit this list to just ten wonderful things.  Of course, I’m sure that you have your own opinions and differences–what did you love during 2010?

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