High marks for mark "Flip for It’s" Spring 2009

We never had any luck with makeup palettes before now, because we’d end up using only one eyeshadow or lip gloss in the entire collection. Sound familiar? So we were happily surprised by mark’s very wearable Flip for It’s color kits. Inspired by the runways, the two new spring collections-LA and Tokyo-contain seven complementary products, and all of them are winners. One side of the kit holds a blush and two eye shadows. Flip it around and there are two lip glosses and two lip colors. The case comes with a mirror and a snap-shut front closure.

LA’s shimmery taupe and golden-brown eye shadows (Hollywood and Mulholland) make our eyes positively pop. The soft coral blush (Sunset Strip) looks natural even on our very fair skin. The lip products (Melrose, Rodeo, Malibu and Beverly Hills) are sheer and moisturizing and fun to layer. If you like a down-to-earth look, this is the palette for you.

As for Tokyo, don’t let the high-voltage, girly pink palette fool you. Applied with a light hand, these colors are a beautiful look for spring. The eye shadows (Shinjuku and Plum Velvet) are drop-dead gorgeous. For an everyday look, we apply Shinjuku on the lid and use Plum Velvet as an eyeliner. The blush (Pink Kimono) has the sweetest hint of petal pink, while lip products (Sake, Cherry Blossom, Ginza and Geisha) add a whisper of rose to the mouth. This collection flatters every skin tone, and it’s a knockout on darker complexions.

We love the convenience of slipping the kit into our bag for touch-ups on the go, and it’s a lifesaver when we travel. An incredible deal at $20, mark Flip for It’s are available at meetmark.com or through a mark representative.