Hits & Misses
I've tried my fair share of makeup from high-end products to drugstore brands and dupes. Sometimes I find gems, products that are perfect for my skin type, tone, and needs but unfortunately, I've also come across some that were truly horrid and a painful waste of money. The key to a flawless look (besides clean skin and good brushes) is makeup that works best for you whether it's $5 foundation or $20 mascara. So here are my current beauty hits and misses.
Sephora Collection Cream Lip Stain ($14) - I could go on and on and on raving about these cream lip stains. The colors are gorgeous, they dry down to matte, and they last all day! I've tried Rosewood and Vintage Rosewood and I plan on buying a few more.
Morphe 35B Palette ($19.99) - I've had this palette for quite some time and I love it! The colors are gorgeous, pigmented, and easy to blend. And at $19.99 for a palette with 35 bright colors, it's a fantastic deal!
Maybelline Fit ME! Matte + Poreless Foundation ($5.99) - For the past year, I've been experimenting with a variety of foundations. For the longest time, I stuck with Sephora's 10-hour wear liquid foundation which has a perfect match for me. Sadly, the formula wasn't all that great. I succumbed the hype and tried Kat Von D's Lock-It foundation after seeing it all over social media. It was more expensive and disappointing. Then I decided to stick to drugstore brands and found the Maybelline foundations. It feels light, has great coverage, and actually stays decently matte for most of the day. AND it's only $5.99!
Too Faced Better Than Sex mascara ($23) - I've read a lot of mixed reviews about this mascara. Some find the formula too watery while others say it did nothing for them and even left their eyelashes droppy and goopy. For me, it works just fine. It can get a bit clumpy but that's usually after one too many layers. I think a lot of people have a problem with the kind of wand it uses so keep that in mind.
Colourpop Highlighters ($8) - I've tried quite a number of highlighters and Colourpop's highlighters are my favorite. They are creamy, apply beautifully, and last all day whether applied with my fingers, a brush, or with a beauty blender.
Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz ($21) - For the longest time, I was using Benefit's Goof Proof brow pencil. It worked well for me and I still have it but I wanted to try another product, a more precise pencil. So I tried the popular ABH Brow Wiz pencil and it's been great so far. It doesn't smear or melt off and a little goes a long way.
Benefit The Porefessional Primer: Matte Rescue ($28) - This is another one that gets lots of mixed reviews. So many have said that it does absolutely nothing for their normal to dry skin. Maybe that's exactly why it works for me. I'm oily. Horribly, horribly oily and this primer does a great job of mattefying my face before I throw some makeup on.
Kat Von D Lock-It Tattoo Foundation ($35) - A few months ago, I waltzed into Sephora determined to find a foundation that would finally fit my oily skin. After seeing big names in the makeup community raving about it, I purchased the KVD foundation and it ended up being such a waste of money. It was cakey and stayed matte for only about an hour or two before morphing into a very slick and greasy mask. I ended up patting my face with a tissue throughout the day to keep it from being so shiny. By far the worst foundation I have used.
Urban Decay Potion Primer ($20) - M E H. It didn't do much to help my oily lids or keep my makeup from budging. It creased and left my makeup melting into my eyes.
Beauty Blender ($20) - Don't waste your money, folks. Real Techniques makes makeup sponges that are drastically cheaper and, in my personal opinion, do a better job. It just doesn't make sense to spend $20 on a tiny sponge.
Colourpop Crème Gel Pencil ($5.00) - I purchased Bee Sting and Swerve. While the color and pigmentation are amazing, the liners bleed easily, are super fragile, and break at the slightest bit of pressure. The Bee Sting liner actually broke the first time I tried it. I removed the cap and the whole stick of liner popped out. I know they were only $5 each but after using some great lipsticks and highlighters from Colourpop, I was expecting better quality.
Benefit Cheek and Lip Stains ($30) - My sister loves lip tints and stains so she wanted to give the Benefit stains a try. At $30, I definitely feel it was a waste of money. It took a billion and one applications and layers to finally get some real color going and by that time, your lips feel soaked and icky. On top of that, the applicator resembles a nail polish brush that doesn't feel pleasant and makes it hard to apply the product properly to lips. On my cheeks, the tints barely showed and when they did, I had to start blending it in immediately or risk have an odd pinkish splotch on my face. Definitely a thumbs down for me.
Kat Von D Ink Liner ($20) - I used KVD's Tattoo Liner for years with a just few issues with pigmentation, staying power, and drying out. So eventually I decided to try their colored Ink liners in Bach and Nerdrum. This eyeliner was a huge let down for me. The worse! It applies streaky and required layer upon layer before really showing any color.
What are your hit or miss beauty products?