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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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  11 Responses to “My Top 10 Makeup Discoveries of 2010”

  1. Guerlain Blonde Halees!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I had to hunt this down,as it was a LE,but I wear this every day..I hope Guerlain brings this back permanently.

    p.s. good to see you back reviewing 🙂

  2. Great post. I want to try some of these things, esp Burberry, Edward Bess and the Guerlain powder. I am off to Bloomies to purchase the Chanel Perle Ombre quint. Very excited! My favorite thing this year was the Urban Decay Naked Palette… great value, nice packaging, good product and wearable shades.

  3. II discovered MSF Soft and Gentle from MAC; Le Metier de Beaute eye shadow in Spicey (love); D&G Shine lipsticks (Fascination and Emotion, this latter one gives a bronzed look to my lips so it’s a unique shade); BB Shimmerbrick in Pink Quartz (had to overcome a strong resistance to shimmer but this one is subtle); the Armani Eyes to Kill in Copper (pure luxe); and in December, Chanel’s Inimitable Mascara.

  4. I didn’t make too many new discoveries this year. My best discoveries were:

    – Chanel Glossimers. I had never tried them before and now I own three. They have such a beautiful texture and look.
    – Chanel Inimitable Mascara. It’s the best mascara for me. Length, separation, and curl; it does it all!
    – MAC MSF in By Candlelight. I love using this to soften the application of my blush. Since I’m so pale, my blush can look to harsh just by itself.
    – Bobbi Brown Shimmerwash Eye Shadow in Beige. It’s the perfect nude eye shadow for me. It brightens my eye area without looking like makeup.

  5. Absolutely fabulous post! Le Metier and Edward Bess have been great discoveries for me this year. I want to investigate Guerlain more and I’m very tempted to try the mascara now. I discovered Hourglass Film Noir this year and it never smudges on me, prior to that I had just got used to panda eyes in the evening! Burberry is another brand I really want to try. I was really intrigued by your blush swatches earlier this year.

    Thanks for sharing your thoughts. Thanks for your tips this year too, the assistance with the NARS eyeshadow duo was much appreciated. Happy New Year!
    Jane x

  6. My favorite for this year are Chanel Extrait de Gloss and NARS smudgeproof eyeshadow base 🙂

  7. I agree with you about the Modern Classic palette. I really think this is the big sister of last years Chrome palette.

    2011 may actually be the year I jump on the Chanel bandwagon, and Le Metier has really caught my eye. Thank you for the great reveiws and swatches. They are very helpful to those who live in smaller markets and don’t have all the fun stores with counters to play in.

  8. Hello, thank you by all the wonderful posts!
    Please, which color is in the picture of the Rescue Beauty Lounge nail polish above? It is so gorgeous!

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