Beauty bloggers are usually the first to try out new releases and are quick to judge but I'm admittedly more of a late adopter. Of course I would love to test out the latest pore-minimizing primer or 3-in-1 lip color creation but alas I have a limited budget and only one face to play with. I'm constantly making a mental wishlist of products I want to try and sometimes I put off trying overly hyped items because I don't want to conform to what everyone else is using.... Does that make sense? Long story short, these are a handful (or two) of highly raved about beauty bits that you've probably heard about a million times somewhere else but are worth a purchase in my books!
Bioderma Crealine H2O - I feel kind of bad just mentioning this product because I know it's so difficult to procure a reasonably priced bottle of this in the states. But... I really do like it. I was slow to warm up to cleansing waters because many don't do a great job of removing makeup quickly or the scents were off-putting or some other random reason. But Bioderma truly feels like water, doesn't leave a residue and removes my makeup easily. I still have a bit of my first bottle left and an entire giant 500ml unopened bottle to dig into so I'll be set for a few more months.
Origins Super Spot Remover - Oops, I totally forgot to add this little guy to my group photo! At one point I remember quite a few bloggers loved this potent gel for zapping sits but nobody seems to talk about it anymore. I'm on my second bottle of this and already have a third back-up because I always use this on especially pesky under-the-skin spots that I want gone quickly. This is strong stuff so I don't use it all every night but it's good for pinpoint spot reducing.
Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer - I can be a bit of a concealer snob because most of my favorites so far have been high end. But I swear every British beauty blogger and Youtuber has a tube of the Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer and for 4£ I succumbed to the temptation. Looking past the awfully grubby packaging and the label that's so worn off that you can't even tell what product this is, it's a fine concealer for covering blemishes! I don't use this much for my under eyes because I favor a creamier, lighter formula but I love this concealer for spot concealing and it's great for red, healing pimples. Sometimes I'll just do a few strokes of this over problem areas, blend with a foundation brush and set with powder for my base.
Urban Decay De-Slick Oil-Control Makeup Setting Spray - I didn't think this would be worth the price as it's $14 for one fluid ounce. I have been misting my made-up face with toner to get rid of the powdery look for years but this is remarkably good at keeping my makeup fresh for longer. Part of the reason this works is the very fine misting nozzle. Four spritzes and my face is set without looking wet. I plan on trying the full size bottles from Skindinavia soon because they manufacture the Urban Decay ones.
Nars Translucent Setting Powder - While I don't find this gives my skin a luminous finish, I do think it's a wonderful setting powder that lasts well throughout the day and is imperceptible despite the stark white powdery you see in the container. A little goes a long way but sometimes I get a bit too much on my brush and my face never looks cakey. I also like that it's ultra basic without any fancy packaging, scent or marketing. It's a simple basic product that can live on my vanity all year round.
Nars Blushes - When I bought my first Nars blush in Deep Throat, the price was $27. Now they are $30. They're expensive but still a classic go-to product whether you only need one everyday blush or you want five variations of a bold cheek. I've been using Albatross, the white gold highlighter, almost everyday the last two weeks and have fallen back in love. Just the slightest pat with a brush gives a lasting flush for hours.
Bourjois Delice de Poudre Bronzing - I thought everyone loved this bronzer because of the gimmicky packaging but I'm happy to report that this is a very nice bronzer to warm up the complexion. I have been using this everyday for the last two weeks in conjunction with Albatross and I love the natural yet slightly sculpted look this gives my cheeks. The cute chocolate packaging and sweet scent are just extra bonuses.
Maybelline Color Tattoo Eyeshadow in Bad to the Bronze - I have a plethora of neutral eyeshadows in my collection but the thing that stands out about Maybelline's Bad the Bronze is how easy it is to use on it's own. For a normal day, I'd rather spend more time perfecting my skin and base rather than spend 15 minutes blending eyeshadow. With this, I can skip the eye primer completely and the shade is perfect for deepening my eyes slightly and adding a bit of glimmer.
Real Techniques Face Brushes - For the price, I like the Pixiwoos' line of makeup brushes. The colorful handles are cute and the face brushes are quite nice for foundation, powder and creams. I haven't tried the eye brushes but the type of synthetic hairs aren't my favorite for eye work so I can't vouch for those. The buffing brush and contour brush from the Core Collection are definitely favorites.
Mac 217 and 239 Eyeshadow Brushes - I'm not a huge fan of Mac brushes because the price isn't justified by the quality at times and I'd rather invest in Hakuhodo or Wayne Goss brushes. But.... I really enjoy using the popular 217 and 239 brushes. The 217 was my first high end brush purchase and it's great for blending and even after many years it hasn't shed or lost its softness. I have a few 217 dupes but I still prefer the Mac one out of all of them. The 239 is one of the best flat shadow brushes and I appreciate the tiny size for my small lids.
What are your favorite products that have been worth the buzz? Do you tend to trust hyped up products or do you like to go for lesser known brands and products? Let me know what products I should try next!