You know you love a certain product when you keep on buying it over and over again. I have a handful of those in my makeup list.
These five are my favorite makeup products that I have been using for over a year.
Of course I’ve tried a few other foundations, powders, mascaras, eyeliners and lip balms along the way, but I find myself going back to these. They’re my ultimate makeup staples and I thought of sharing them with you guys.
1. Smashbox Camera Ready BB Cream
I don’t like the look and feel of a full coverage foundation because I always end up looking like an oil slick, so lightweight ones are always my choice when it comes to face makeup. I used Stila Perfect & Correct foundation previously and loved it, but it doesn’t contain any SPF so I had to look for something else. Then I found out about Smashbox BB cream which has great reviews so I decided to purchase it. It has SPF 35 which is pretty high – at least I have a little bit of sun protection on my face. Even tho it’s a 5-in-1 formula (serum, moisturizer, primer, foundation, sunblock), I still treat it as a makeup rather than a skincare. Which means, I still use my essence and moisturizer before putting this on. I love the coverage – it gives a great finish that looks like a better version of your own skin, and provides a better coverage than the previous Stila foundation I used without the heaviness.
2. Make Up For Ever HD Microfinish Powder
I’m not a fan of their HD foundation (bit heavy for my liking) but this powder is hands down, the best loose powder I’ve ever tried. It goes on nicely and makes my skin feel so soft and silky. It’s matifying, hides pores and gives you that airbrushed look. I’m seriously in love with this powder!
3. Maybelline Hyper Sharp Liner
I still consider myself a newbie in the liquid eyeliner department because I can’t seem to get that perfect smooth line without it going awry the first few attempts. I don’t know how my sister can do it in a moving car. She must have really steady hands or something! But this liquid eyeliner changed it all for me. I’ve tried dip-brush and felt tip ones, and altho the latter is a lot similar like pencil eyeliners (read: easy to apply), I noticed it dries out really quickly even after just a few uses. This Hyper Sharp liner combines the best of two worlds – it looks like a pen which is similar to felt tip liner, but it has a brush tip like a dip-brush eyeliner. The brush is ultra-refined, making it so easy to make a precise line. Would highly recommend this for beginners.
4. Lancome Hypnose Mascara
Mascara is one of my “can’t leave the house without” makeup items and one of the first makeup I’ve used. I love mascaras so much that I think I have tried almost every mascara brands out there – from drugstore (Maybelline, Revlon, L’Oreal and Majolica Majorca) to high-end ones (Chanel, Dior, Estee Lauder, Clinique, Stila, Benefit, Bobbi Brown, just to name a few). I still think Lancome makes the best mascaras. My favorite Lancome mascara is their Hypnose range. I’m currently using their Hypnose Doll Eyes, by the way (they also have Hypnose Drama, Hypnose Custom Volume, Hypnose Star and God knows what other Hypnoses they have). What I love most about this mascara is how it volumizes my lashes and still separates them. It doesn’t clump no matter how much I applied it on my lashes. The cone-shaped brush makes it a lot easier to apply on the inner corners and lower lashes.
5. Dior Addict Lip Glow
I cannot believe I paid almost a hundred Ringgit just for a lip balm! But then, it’s not just any lip balm. It’s Dior. And the packaging is pretty (that’s always a plus point). Besides, I’ve splurged on lipsticks and lip glosses that I rarely wear so why not splurge on something that I know I would wear, right? (that’s exactly what I told myself when paying it for the first time). It turned out to be one of the best makeup decision I’ve ever made. Haha. It’s everything I’ve ever wanted in a lip balm – smooth, moisturizing, gives a nice pink tint with the right amount of shine. It’s perfect for everyday wear. And did I mention the pretty packaging?