You don't need to spend a small fortune buying loads of individual products to get the latest looks this spring for eyes, lips and cheeks. These all-in-one kits offer collections of best-selling cosmetics, many in full sizes, at affordable prices.
Get a glint on your eyes with the Hot Sparkle Kit from Fort Lauderdale-based Hot Pants Cosmetics. This five-piece kit offers a bottle of Define-a-Line Eye Liner Base; three Op Art Sparkle Eye Glittlers in silver, gold and holographic and an angled brush tucked inside a pink organza makeup bag. Brush liner base on lash line and then dip the brush in the Sparkle Eye Glitter and apply over liner base for stay-put, all-night shine. This is a great value since the sparkle base and a pot of shadows alone run $16 each.
Slough off that dull dermis for spring with the Limited-Edition Clarisonic Plus & Elemis Kit. The cordless Clarisonic brush is paired with Elemis Tri-Enzyme Resurfacing Facial Wash and the anti-aging Elemis Pro-Collagen Marine Cream. The three-speed complexion brush deeply cleanses pores of bacteria and makeup and dead skin, helping the Elemis spa-favorites penetrate so they can work their magic. The device also comes with body brush to polish other rough spots like knees and elbows and a trial-size Clarisonic Refining Skin Polish
Available: $225 at South Florida Nordstrom stores and Nordstrom.com
Pressed for time? The 7 in 7 Mini Kit offers Cargo's best-sellers, but in smaller sizes that are great for travel or a purse. The kit offers OneBase (concealer and foundation in one), four neutral eye shades, eye liner, LashActivator mascara, BeachBlush, Reverse Lip Liner (made to keep lip gloss from feathering) and a tasty lip gloss. The kit comes in light, medium and dark. As promised, our tester was out the door in a flash. For eyes, Cargo's limited-edition Dare to Play Eye Kit makes vibrant eye shadow application super-simple and fun. A brand new Color Palette – Los Angeles – encourages play and experimentation with four complementary eye shadow shades. gorgeous
Available: $39; Sephora inside JC Penney and Ulta.com
Be ready for the morning after with the Walk of Shame from Too Faced. This survival kit's got what you need for that overnight rendezvous. Tucked into a pink-trimmed, black-satin evening bag you'll find a mini Primed & Poreless tinted primer packed with vitamins A and C, full-sized Shadow Insurance primer, a compact with two gorgeous eye shadows plus bronzer, Lip of Luxury Lipstick in the shade Centerfold and, of course, a travel toothbrush and "Oral Fixation" caffeinated chai mints. With this bag of tricks, be ready for anything at sunrise.
Available: $38; TooFaced.com
If you're flying for spring break, get TSA-ready with the Malin+Goetz 1 oz. Essential Kit. This high-performance skin-care line is known for combining natural ingredients and technology to offer products that won't cause sensitivity or irritation. (The line recently was added to guest rooms at The Betsy hotel on South Beach.) The kit includes one-ounce bottles of Grapefruit Face Cleanser, Vitamin E Face Moisturizer, Bergamot Body Wash, Vitamin B5 Body Moisturizer, Peppermint Shampoo and Cilantro Hair Conditioner. Testers especially liked the B5 Body Moisturizer and great-smelling Bergamot Body Wash.
Available: $30; MalinandGoetz.com
If you've got something to hide, then Benefit Cosmetics has what you need: Confessions of a Concealaholic. This cute kit looks like a diary. Open it and find cover-up secrets revealed. It has That Gal Brightening Face Primer, two shades of Boi-ing Industrial Strength Concealer, Erase Paste, Eye Bright, Lemon Aid eyelid primer and four brushes. Our tester found that Erase Paste and That Gal face primer were worth writing home about.
Available: $36; Sephora.com, BenefitCosmetics.com
YouTube makeup sensation Lauren Luke has created By Lauren Luke, five new versatile makeup palettes with how-to directions that show you how to go from day to night or sweet to sexy and classic or funky. Each palette (My Fierce Violets, My Luscious Greens, My Sultry Blues, My Smokey Classics and My Vintage Glams) has an eye primer, three shadows, eyeliner, blush, two lipsticks and a tube of gloss packaged in a super-slim case with big mirror. Our brown-eyed tester tried the Violets and liked the texture and application of the silky shadows. The gloss tasted great too.
Available: $37 at Sephora.com, $32.50 at ByLaurenLuke.com
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