Prestige Cosmetics

Prestige Cosmetics At-A-Glance

Strengths: Inexpensive; some winning products in almost every category, including foundation, concealer, powder, blush, and eyeshadow (the singles); great liquid eyeliner; excellent automatic lip liner.

Weaknesses: Many so-so lip products and eye pencils; average mascara; uneven and incomplete distribution of products, even in the same city (which is very frustrating); the makeup brushes are almost impossible to find (and as such were not re-reviewed for this book).

Prestige is a bold name for a cosmetics line that is sold in mass-market outlets and drugstores at prices that any self-respecting makeup snob would scoff at. Yet that would be a mistake, because there are some undeniably good products, especially pencils, powders, and eyeshadow. The quality of these items often exceeds the reasonable price, and is a prime example of a case where expensive does not equate with being better.

Keeping in step with its name, much of the packaging in this line is sleek and functional. All of the compacts are one-piece units (meaning no caps to twist off or fumble with) and the compact foundations include handy mirrors and sponges. Weak points to ignore or consider carefully include the liquid foundation with sunscreen, the eyeshadow duos and quads, and the lipstick, which has taken a turn for the worse since its last review.

You may still find some Prestige makeup brushes available, but these were not reviewed because their availability is haphazard and the company no longer promotes them on their Web site or in their catalog. In fact, "haphazard" is a good way to describe how this Florida-based line is distributed. Found in most major drugstores, the mix of products tends to vary greatly. For example, we had to visit seven locations in the Seattle area just to find everything listed in the Prestige catalog—and this isn't an overwhelming line. It's impressive that there are over 60 eyeshadows and 70 lipstick shades available, but you'll be lucky to find a fraction of that in any single store. The only consistently available items (and all shades were available) were the eye and lip pencils. However, if you don't insist on seeing everything Prestige offers in one place, there is every reason to pursue some essential beauty purchases with them.

For more information about Prestige Cosmetics, call (800) 722-7488 or visit www.prestigecosmetics.com.

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Good Automatic Eye Liner Prestige Cosmetics Eye Pencil  $5.25
Good Beauty Bar Eye Colour Palette (Discontinued) Prestige Cosmetics Powder Eyeshadow  $6.79
Good BlushingDuo Combination Blush & Highlighter Prestige Cosmetics Powder Blush  $5.95
Average Brow Perfection Ideal Match Marbleized Brow Pencil Prestige Cosmetics Brow Pencil  $5.49
Good Brow Perfection Revitalizing Clear Brow Gel Prestige Cosmetics Brow Gels/Tints  $6.49
Good BrowPerfection Brow Building System Prestige Cosmetics Brow Gels/Tints  $7.50
Good BrowPerfection Total Shaping Studio Prestige Cosmetics Brow Powder/Wax  $8.95
Average Classic Eyeliner Prestige Cosmetics Eye Pencil  $3.95
Good Classic Lipliner Prestige Cosmetics Lipliner  $3.95
Best Fresh Glow Baked Mineral Blush Prestige Cosmetics Powder Blush  $7.95
Average iQuad Eyeshadow Kits (Discontinued) Prestige Cosmetics Powder Eyeshadow  $5.99
Average Lash Matrix Length, Lift, and Volume Mascara Waterproof Formula (Discontinued) Prestige Cosmetics Waterproof Mascara  $6.49
Good Let Loose Shimmer Shadow Dust Prestige Cosmetics Powder Eyeshadow  $4.95
Poor Let Loose! Duo Shimmering Shadow Dust Prestige Cosmetics Powder Eyeshadow  $6.50
Poor Light Response Skin Smart Liquid Foundation SPF 15 (Discontinued) Prestige Cosmetics Liquid Foundation w/ Sunscreen  $6.99
Good Lightshine Weightless High Shine Lipgloss Prestige Cosmetics Lip Gloss  $5.25
Average Lipstick Prestige Cosmetics Cream Lipstick  $3.95
Good Liquid Eyeliner Prestige Cosmetics Liquid/Gel/Cream/Cake  $5.75
Average Liquid Glitter Precision Eyeliner Prestige Cosmetics Liquid/Gel/Cream/Cake  $5.50
Good MultiTask Wet/Dry Powder Foundation Prestige Cosmetics Powder Foundation  $7.95
Good My Biggest Lashes Big Lash Effect Mascara Prestige Cosmetics Regular Mascara  $6.50
Good My Longest Lashes Pro Lengthening Mascara Prestige Cosmetics Regular Mascara  $3.75
Average Primed & Ready Face Primer Prestige Cosmetics Foundation Primer  $11.50 0.65 fl. oz.
Average Shadow Duo Prestige Cosmetics Powder Eyeshadow  $4.50
Average Shadow Quads (Discontinued) Prestige Cosmetics Powder Eyeshadow  $5.99
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