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Look!: How you'll be made up this Christmas.

TIS the season to sparkle and shine and with this season's must-have beauty products it's easy. Look! has put to the test a range of Christmas make-up to find the best way to shimmer in style this Yuletide.

EYES Clarins Soft Shimmer Eye Colour -pounds 10 A bit disappointing on the shimmer front,although the blurb does say it is a `delicate' shadow. It goes on well and doesn't crease but if it's Christmas sparkle you're after this isn't for you. The quality is there but the results are a bit flat.

6/10

No. 7 Shimmer Capsules -pounds 10. You get three different coloured roll- on capsules in this pack so it represents good value,and the colours are an adaptable mix too -silver,gold and copper. Better for a light shimmer than a heavy colour, but ideal for seasonal sparkle.

8/10

Nars Single Eyeshadow -pounds 12.50.

This fab purple spiked with glitter is the perfect eye-colour for the party season -if you are brave enough. It went on dense creating high impact eyes but the dramatic shade is not for shrinking violets.

9/10

CliniqueHigh Impact Eyeshadow Duo -pounds 13 Stunning shadow that combines the best of the latest shimmer trends with a high impact smokey effect. It went on evenly and was easy to blend and was still firmly in place at the end of the night. A real find.

10/10

Bourjois Pearl Eyeshadow -pounds 5.50 This gave a lovely sheen to the eyes with a hint of glitter. Itstayed in place throughout the evening and is the perfect eye shadow for any Christmas party. It is also subtle enough to wear during the day.

9/10

The Body Shop Shimmer & Sparkle Cubes -pounds 12 With four pots of colour in one there's a shade in here to suit everyone whether you'rea grey, lilac,brown or pink girl. The pots are a bit fiddly to use but the results are good and it's great vlaue for money.

7/10

NAILS Clarins Multi Eclat Nail Colour -pounds 11.50 Subtle but eye catching this is a polish that provides a great sparkle without being too over the top. It glides on a treat and,if you'rein a hurry,one coat will do fine.It's got stayingpower, too, lasting for four days without a chip. Worth the money.

9/10

Marks & Spencer Autograph Nail Polish -pounds 7.

This deep shimmering ruby red nail varnish went on very easily leaving no streaks and two coats were more than enough for an opaquefinish. It took time to dry but lasted without chipping for several days.

9/10

Bourjois Very Vernis Nail Enamel -pounds 4.95 The perfect nail varnish for the Christmas party. This has a subtle hint of glitter creating just the right effect to give a classy finish to the nails. The nail varnish is quick drying and stays in place for days. Cannot be recommended highly enough.

10/10

No. 7 UltimateNail Colour -pounds 6.

Great for a touch of sparkle, this pearlised shimmery nail polish goes on smoothly and dries quickly. Two coats gives a good coverage,but it did start to chip around the edges within a day.

7/10

Nails Inc Princess In A Pot (colour and a glitter pot) -pounds 15 At first this looks a fiddle to do as you paint your nails and then dip them in a pot of sparkle but in fact it's not as hard as it seems and the results are fabulous. Nails are given almost a frosted appearance -very Christmassy and very different.

9/10

Avon Colour Trend Snow Globe -pounds 3 Very easy to apply, this is a clear varnish with a trace of silvery glitter running through it. It lasts well,gives a great,even colour and can be used to pep up other varnishes. Excellent value for money.

8/10

Virgin Vie Goddess Nail Colour Collection -pounds 7.50 This collection of three nail varnishes promises to make you a party goddess by adding an instant touch of glamour. With the shades Hot Pink,Glamour Puss and Seduction they certainly get you into the party mood and perfectly finish off any festive frock.

8/10

LIPS The Body Shop Stay On Lip Colour -pounds 8.50.

Trust Body Shop to come up with something a bit clever. This stick is double-ended, with step one colour at one end and step two glossy top coat to seal it at the other. A little gunky to apply but great staying power even without a second coat.

8/10

Avon Rich Reflections Lip Colour -pounds 5 This was a creamy formula lipstick in a wearable copper shade which left lips feeling well moisturised. The only complaint would be that it's not particularly long-lasting.

7/10

CliniqueLong Last Lipstick -pounds 12 You really need a long lasting lipstick to see you through the Christmas festivities. This Cliniquelipstick in Baby Kiss, soft shine came in a glamorous silver tube. Although it lasted a couple of hours it certainly wouldn't stay the distance for a party and needed frequent reapplying. Disappointing for the price.

6/10

Virgin Vie Lip Boost -pounds 10 This really did give the lips a fuller look and the lipstick stayed in place even after several drinks and a meal. The lips felt moisturised and smooth and this product also has the benefit of a SPF 20.

7/10

Space NK Lip Rouge -pounds 13.50 A rich,creamy lipstick that was easy to apply and gave an excellent colour thanks to its high pigmentation. It did not dry on the lips at all and lasted through a heavy afternoon of children's parties.

9/10

Marks & Spencer Enhance Colourfast Lipstick -pounds 6.50 Definitely one to wheel out after dark, this gives a great subtle sheen to lips leaving them initially feeling moisturised and glamorous. The staying power was poor, though and it didn't last the meal although, unlike somelipsticks, there was no feathering or drying. Worth a go for the price.

7/10
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Date:Dec 17, 2003
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