Trend Report: Fall's new bounty of beauty

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By Holly E. Thomas
Sunday, October 3, 2010

We sorted through the seasonal harvest of makeup and moisturizers, lotions and potions, tonics and treatments, to find the beauty counter's best candidates -- those rare concoctions that are worth your hard-earned cash.


Voluminous, Brigitte Bardot-esque waves made cameos on the runways at Rochas and ChloƩ. The Long Layers Catalyst styling cream from HerCut uses polymers to encourage movement between layers, which contributes to that tousled, sex-kitten coif. $28 at


La Mer's Eye Balm Intense uses deep-sea red algae, essential minerals and plant-based ingredients to reduce puffiness and revive tired skin. $145 for .5 ounces at Neiman Marcus and Saks Fifth Avenue stores and


Vichy Laboratoires's Purete Thermale eye makeup remover soothes sensitive eyes with cornflower water and pro-vitamin B5. A few swipes erase the day's mascara without leaving a greasy residue. $15 at mass retailers and


Nail guru Jin Soon Choi collaborated with MAC Cosmetics on the brand's fall polish collection, which includes Jade Dragon, an evergreen with subtle shimmer. Try it on short nails for an ultra-modern mani. $13 at MAC stores and


Update the smoky eye of seasons past by swapping the standard gray or black shadow for a rich plum hue. One to try: Bobbi Brown Metallic Eye Shadow in Black Berry, a highly pigmented, nearly black shade of aubergine. $20 at department stores and


Dramatic lips and sultry eyes may be seasonal staples, but many fall runways celebrated minimal makeup. Jouer Cosmetics's Weekender Collection includes neutral eye shadows and a copper lip gloss to create an effortless, natural face. $58 at

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