10 of My Picks for Head of the Class: A+ Makeup and Beauty Department Store (and Other) Products of 2011

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Best Department Store Makeup and Beauty Products of 2011

2011 was another awesome year for feline and human makeup and beauty. Along with rediscovering/falling in love again with a slew of pulse-pounding permanent products from some of my favorite lines like MAC and NARS, I also bumped into bunches of beautiful products to lurve on drugstore and department store shelves.

If you’re on the market for something special to spend a Christmas gift card on, consider one of the overachieving A+ department store products below. All of them are looking for new homes just like yours and can be found in stores now. :)

Tarte Amazonian Clay Blush$25 Tarte Amazonian Clay Blush

Chanel Sophisticated Eye Collection Les 4 Ombres Quadra Eye Shadow in Vanites$57 Chanel Les 4 Ombres Quadra Eye Shadow in Vanites

Pacifica Color Quench Lip TintsPacifica $9 Color Quench Lip Tints

MAC 226 Small Tapered Blending Brush$24.50 MAC 226 Small Tapered Blending Brush

Kerastase Chroma Sensitive Cleansing Balm$42 Kerastase Cleansing Hair Balm


Becca Professional Brush SoapBecca’s $15 Pro Brush Soap

Tom Ford Beauty Violet Fatale Lipstick$48 Tom Ford Beauty Violet Fatale Lipstick

MAC Cleanse Oil Tranquil$30 MAC Cleanse Oil Tranquil

MAC Pro Longwear Lip Pencils$18 MAC Pro Longwear Lip Pencils

Jillian Michaels Banish Fat Boost Metabolism DVDJillian Michaels’ $10 Banish Fat, Boost Metabolism

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,

Karen

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  1. Katherine says:

    I really LOVE that Tom Ford lipstick!
    Katherine recently posted … EXPRESS Beauty Collection

  2. Oooh, I need to check out the MAC Pro Longwear Lip Pencils! Your list rocks.

  3. caitlin says:

    thanks for the list! i’m wondering how soft that becca brush cleansing bar leaves brushes… i have used everything from legitimate brush cleansers to gentle shampoos to bar soaps and i’ve never really been entirely happy with anything i’ve used. i seem to recall one cleanser that left my brushes really soft but i can’t remember what i might have been using!
    i love that chanel quad, i NEED that eye brush and i’d love to play around with that tarte blush.. they’re all currently on my wishlist. after that i want those lip tints and the mac cleanse off! sigh…

  4. Heidi says:

    Definitely agree on the Tarte blushes. They’ve restored my faith in powder blushes!

  5. Chris25 says:

    For me, MAC Me Over was a pretty good collection for this year, and Wet n Wild’s The Gilded Age trio deserved all the hype. :)

  6. Sunny says:

    Wheee I have Tarte Exposed and I love it (Peaceful is on its way)! Kerastase is my all-time favorite hair care brand. I have long hair (halfway down my back) and with the perm I had the ends are pretty dry, but the mask for thick hair continues to work its wonders!
    Sunny recently posted … Review: Tarte Smooth Operator Micronized Clay Finishing Powder

  7. Nina says:

    oh my goodness — what a great list! i love love love the Tarte Amazonian Clay blushes! ive said that those blushes are my 2011 best product of the year!!!

  8. Wendy says:

    Just bought Chanel’s 2011 Spring quad Eclosion. The plum color is so pretty! I’ll have to search to see if you’ve reviewed any GA’s Eyes to Kill shadows. Looking to add a couple.

  9. Chanel Quad and Tom Ford lipstick are tempting but I have to go for the Jillian Micheals Banish Fat Metabolism boost. I don’t even want to know how many pounds I’ve gained between Thanksgiving and Christmas! :/
    Olfactory Obsessed recently posted … New Discoveries: Stunning Fragrance Jewelry from Aromawear

  10. Miso says:

    I love the Tom ford lipstick but it’s so expensive!! Is there a dupe colour MAC makes that u know of??! I may have to splurge if you don’t know of any :(

  11. shiny says:

    Karen, gurl, I bought the 226 based mainly on your recommendation. AND IT ROCKS (OCKS OCKS Ocks Ocks ocks ocks – that’s supposed to be an echo). Anyway, dramatic hyperbole aside :D, this thing does everything you said – it’s fantastic.

    THANK YOU KAREN! HAPPY NEW YEAR!

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