Gold—and purple and periwinkle—medalists for your lids and lashes.

1. Most Flattering Version of the Season's Trendiest Color:

Each spring an eye-makeup color emerges as the season's clear favorite. Maybe it's orange (and we ignore it), maybe it's green (and we make do). This year it's purple—and while we had our doubts, these dazzling iterations of violet, lavender, and lilac made us believers.

Rimmel Glam'Eyes Mono Eye Shadow in Royal Violet ($3.50; drugstores)


Revlon Luxurious Color Perle Eye Shadow in Lilac Shimmer ($5; drugstores)


Maybelline New York Color Plush Silk Eyeshadow quad in Legendary Lilac ($10; drugstores)


Dior 5-Colour Iridescent Dentelle in Pearl Glow ($57; department stores)


Yves Saint Laurent Ombres 5 Lumières in Parisian Sky ($56;

Benefit Velvet Eyeshadow in Fancy Pansy ($18;

2. Most All-Around Fun Eyeshadow

benefit Estée Lauder Bronze Goddess Liquid Eyeshadow in Ultra Violet, Molten Bronze, and Aqua Flash, ($17.50 each;

One swipe of these light, supercreamy shadows delivers a delicate wash of metallic color. Two swipes leave lids with a more vivid tint—but it still won't crease or flake all day.

3. Prettiest Palette

avon Chantecaille Les Dauphins ($77;

They're almost too beautiful to use, but once you do, you'll love these pearl-infused powders and their silky feel on your lids. (Five percent of proceeds from the palette goes to Tethys, a research institute dedicated to the study and conservation of the Mediterranean's marine environment.)

4. Most Satisfying Mascara

avon Avon SuperExtend Mascara ($8.50;

This mascara fulfills every lash need imaginable: Tiny fibers create remarkable length, an antistatic ingredient prevents clumping, and a soft plastic brush glides over lashes smoothly from root to ends. A sure way to up your batting average.

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