Figaro Madame magazine in some sort of makeup and treatment contest has chosen what its editors say are the best products in each category, i.e.: lipsticks, mascaras, eye shadows, sun screens, creams, cleansers, foundations and what the magazine refers to as “tents” (tints). . . you get the idea.
I thought it would be fun to share the results with you. And, as always, I would love to have you share your favorite products.
This will be a short series. Today we’ll take a look at the magazine’s choices in lipsticks, mascaras and teints. One must always remember, and I know this from experience, that magazines continue to exist because of the massive advertising revenues they receive from cosmetic companies. There is an implicit quid pro quo: editorial space devoted to products in exchange for advertising campaigns.
Still, let’s try to assume that everything is mostly on the up-and-up in this instance. Bottom line, most beauty products perform well and we choose them because of our personal preferences which could be as random and subjective as texture, fragrance, compatibility with our skin, color — always color — and on and on.
Here are the winners according to Figaro Madame:
1.) Terracotta Poudre Joli Teint by Guerlain
2.) Light-Expert Click Brush, Fond de Teint Pinceau Perfection Lumière by Terry
(Ed. Note: Remember it was she who created the famous Touche Éclat highlighter form Yves Saint Laurent.)
3.) Diorskin Nude Air, Serum de Teint
Rouge à Lèvres
1.) Rouge Fluide, Pure Color Envy by Estée Lauder.
2.) Volupté Tint-in-Oil, Huile à Lèvres Nourrissante by Yves Saint Laurent.
3.) La Rouge-à-Porter by Givenchy.
1.) Audacious Mascara by Nars
2.) Full Lash Volume Mascara by Shiseido
3.) Naked Smoky Palette by Urban Decay
(Ed. Note: I don’t understand why eye shadow would be included with mascara and why someone couldn’t find a third mascara and another category for shadow, but then again, what do I know? Maybe it’s the 200 little thingies that apply the mascara?)
The reasoning behind the winning choices:
Guerlain’s Terracota gives “a delicate matte finish all in nuance. It combines a light bronzing powder with subtle blush either in a rose or apricot tone. There are four colors for blondes and brunettes.”
The Nars mascara “lengthens and separates.”
(Ed. Note: Call me naive, but I thought that was the minimum we ask of all mascaras. If you are a fan of this product, please enlighten me.)
The Estée Lauder lipstick “has the fluidity of a gloss and the comfort of a lip balm in 16 intense colors. It also provides brilliance and plumpness because of its high concentration of hyaluronic acid.”
I’m running right out, as in next week, to buy the Estée Lauder lipstick/gloss/whatever it is. It sounds rather exciting don’t you think?