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Spring Beauty Products

Spring has finally erupted, and with it come sun-oriented products designed to make us look our best and set the stage for better weather. A melon/apricot gloss, beach-hued shadows and a skin-gilding summer bronzer are among the products washing in to local stores for sun-eager customers.

Calvin Klein's "Tide"

Why invest in a big, splashy, space-gobbling palette
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Why invest in a big, splashy, space-gobbling palette of eye shadows if you can get that one perfect, versatile shade in a convenient, swivel-open case the size of a watch face? CK One’s new “Tide,” a versatile sapphire-gray, shimmers slate gray and deep blue — kind of like the ocean’s, yep, tide. Apply with a liner brush for a sultry dark line or a fluffier applicator to blend as a shadow. “Tide” and “Sand,” limited edition colors, .041 oz., $15 each; available until August at Kohl’s and Ulta

Michael Kors Hydrating Bronze Gel Crème

Washed out by a wicked winter? Fast forward
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Washed out by a wicked winter? Fast forward into summer-colored skin with Michael Kors Hydrating Bronze Gel Crème; a light, fluffy, fragrant bronzer that confers a streak-free veil of temporary color without the need for a brush or applicator. Sun Chaser leaves a pearly golden sheen; Permanent Vacation gives a deeper glow with less shimmer. Want some radiance, but also need coverage and protection? It also works fine as an illuminating moisturizer under an SPF-spiked foundation.

Michael Kors Hydrating Bronze Gel Crème, 1.7 oz., $35; available in April at select Macy’s stores.

Tom Ford eye shadow duos

The new Tom Ford eye shadow duos —
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The new Tom Ford eye shadow duos — ripe plum, raw jade and crushed indigo — pair a sultry, deep hue with an almost white, opalescent complementary counterpart. The satiny formula is supremely blendy and application so effortless even an amateur can obtain a result equivalent to Pat McGrath’s. (The crushed indigo duo in particular is ideal for creating the ever popular “smoky eye.”) Price points are “I guess I won’t eat this week,” but quality tells: With primer, these shadows are as loyal as Labrador retrievers, staying put all day — and all night — long.

Tom Ford eye shadow duos in ripe plum, raw jade and crushed indigo, $60; available now at Bergdorf Goodman, Saks Fifth Avenue and Bloomingdale’s.

Butter London Lippy gloss

Butter London is best known for its eco-correct
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Butter London is best known for its eco-correct nail lacquers, but its new, cleverly colored, reformulated Lippy glosses are worth a smooch. Two new glosses, “All Hail the Queen” (a pearlized cocoa) and “Tiddly” (a lustrous apricot-cantaloupe), provide hours of sheer, shiny tint without any of the flypaper gloppiness associated with stay-put pigmentation. Vitamin E, mango and cocoa seed butters and apricot, avocado and grapeseed oil take the place of phthalates and parabens, so they not only look good, they’re good for you.

Lippy Lip Gloss, 24 fl. oz., $20; available at Ulta stores.

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