Trying to buy a new makeup or hair product can be overwhelming. There are so many (too many in my opinion) products out there that all claim to do the same thing. Well, god bless the internet! Reading other girls blog posts or vlogs about their favorite products has made my shopping a lot easier. Now I let other girls spend the money, test the products and then tell me what works best. I decided I would pay it forward and do the same and share my favorite products. These are my favorite makeup products. In the future I will do a similar post on my favorite hair and skin products.
I’ve used Quo Total Perfection Face Primer which was good, but not for really hot days because your face ends up shiny halfway through the day. In the winter it’s perfect though. But my new favorite is Loreal Studio Secret Magic Perfecting Base. It really does what it says it will do – it minimizes the look of pores and fine lines and leaves a silky smooth base for makeup application. Love it! I once used a $50 Estee Lauder face primer and I can honestly say that this product works way better and at a fifth of the price.
I used to use MAC Studio Fix, but now use Revlon’s Colorstay Foundation and it works exactly like MAC, if not better. And you can’t beat the price difference. MAC’s costs about $30 and Revlon’s is only $13. It’s full coverage so if I don’t want that heavy of makeup, I just mix it with my moisturizer to lighten it up. Or if I am in a rush and just want something light to even out my skin tone I will use my new absolute favorite: Garnier’s BB Cream ($15). This stuff is incredible! It evens out my skin tone, diminishes dullness, hydrates my skin, adn gives the perfect amount of lightweight coverage. I am finding myself wearing this more often than my foundation.
I have tried every brush, sponge, and technique to apply foundation and the MAC 130 Duo Fiber Brush remains my all time favorite. It buffs my foundation onto my skin perfectly, giving an airbrushed look to my makeup and it is soooo soft. The brush cost $30, but brushes are a tool that you can use forever, unlike makeup which runs out and needs to be repurchased so I don’t mind spending good money on a brush.
I used to use Laura Mercier’s Translucent Loose Setting Powder which is ahh-mazing! It’s extremely lightweight and feels so silky on the skin. However, this stuff is really expensive – $45 for only 1 oz. of powder. So I have since switched to Rimmel Stay Matte Pressed Powder in Transparent. The price is awesome at only $9. I normally wouldn’t buy a pressed powder as I love the silky, soft finish of loose powders, but after reading so many posts like this one from other bloggers raving about this stuff I had to give it a try…and good thing I did because I love it.
I love NYC’s Smooth Skin Bronzing Face Powder in Sunny. I just love the color of this bronzer. Most bronzers look fake and orangy or they have too much shimmer. This bronzer is completely matte and very natural looking. I can even wear it in the middle of winter with no tan and it looks very natural.
I love Tarte’s Mineral Powder Bronzer in the “color” called Park Avenue Princess. It is too dark to be a bronzer for me, but perfect as a contour color. It is expensive ($40), but I bought mine 4 months ago and am not even halfway through this yet. The color is really pigmented so very little goes a long way. In the winter when I have less of a tan I will use my NYC Bronzer (above) as a contour which is a bit lighter.
I use the Sephora’s Collection Classic Angled Brush #40. This is no longer available. I can’t say I love it or it’s my favorite really. It does the job and I have no complaints, but I haven’t really tried anything else.
So many makeup artists and makeup lovers raved about Orgasm by NARS as the perfect peachy-pink blush ever which is exactly what I was looking for. But when I saw the pricetag, ($35 for only .15 of an ounce!!) I decided to find a cheaper equivalent. After reading a few reviews online I decided on buying Hot Mama by The Balm which is only $15. I absolutely love the color. It is perfect for my skin tone.
I have been using High Beam by Benefit for years. I’ve tried other highlighters, but I always find myself coming back to this one. I apply it to the tops of my cheekbones and my brow bone and I love the glow it gives to my face. It is pricier at $30, but it lasts a looong time. I only use a dime sized amount so it usually lasts me about 5-6 months.
MAC Fluidline remains my favorite. I have tried a few drugstore brands, but none seem to compare. To apply it I either use the MAC Small Angled Brush #266 if I want thicker lines or the Sephora Collection Pro Bent Liner Brush #23 if I want a very precise thin line.