New Beauty Items Worth Noting

Here, the beauty products we can't wait to test this month 

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Eye Repair

Clinique Repairwear Laser Focus Eye Cream ($44; hydrates the under-eye area and mendssun damage with an enzyme extract.


Gentle Exfoliant

Perricone MD Blue Plasma ($95; dissolves only dead skin cells (not healthy, vital ones) for brighter skin after a single use.


Face Firmer

Kiehl’s Powerful Wrinkle Reducing Cream ($50; uses copper to stimulate elastin production and lift slack skin.


Line Smoother

Murad Age Reform Rapid Collagen Infusion ($78; contains a peptide-packed complex to plump skin within two hours.


The Best Anti-Ager Just Got Better

Topical vitamin A, known as retinol in its over-the-counter form, is lauded for its anti-aging benefits, but it has a drawback. Like its Rx cousin Retin-A, it can irritate. Luckily, brands are finding better ways to deliver retinol sans redness.


Three innovations: Strivectin-AR Advanced Retinol Night Treatment ($109; pairs ret-inol with NIA-114, a form of niacin, to strengthen skin and prevent inflammation. Kate Somerville RetAsphere 2-in-1 Retinol Night Cream ($85; wraps retinol in a lipid shell that opens under the skin’s sensitive top layers. And Philosophy Miracle Worker Retinoid Eye Repair ($65; philosophy .com) replaced the retinol molecule’s acidic tail with a nonirritating ester. Smart!


The Perfect Polish for All Skin Tones

Greige (that’s gray plus beige, the putty-toned hue that was ubiquitous for the past two winters) has ceded the hot-manicure-color crown to charcoal. Our top pick is shown above: Chanel Le Vernis Nail Colour in Vertigo ($26; Perhaps the shades-of-gray trend is a nod toward a certain sexy trilogy—but the bonus is that this versa-tile color is guaranteed to look good on you.


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First Published Thu, 2012-12-27 10:50

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