Holy Grail Makeup Products

Monday, 20 August 2018

I seem to have this constant yo-yo relationship with makeup. Some days you're lucky if I leave the house with anything other than brows and mascara, and other days I am so excited by it and cannot wait to beat my face with the full works. As i'm sitting somewhere in the middle at the moment, I  feel like I need a bit of a reminder and inspiration, so i've decided to share some of my all-time favourite products, old and new.

Benefit | kaBROW eyebrow cream-gel colour - 3.5 Medium (£20.50)
From natural to sharpie, to super thin to square, I feel like my brows have truly been through it all. I used to shave half of them off, I used to pluck them until you couldn't see them anymore, and I have tried just about every product on the market for eyebrows. I loved Anastasia Beverley Hills Dipbrow Pomade for years and would still recommend it, but lately i've been favouring Benefit's version. If you don't want to spend so much on an eyebrow product, NYX also do a version for just £6.50, and I also love pairing up their Micro Brow Pencil (£9.00) with the kaBROW to get a sharp, snatched tail.

MUA | Bronzed Perfection Matte - Sunset Tan (£4.00)
You've probably seen me talk about this product 100 times before, but after years of using bronzers that were far too orange, shimmery, or muddy, this bargain from MUA is the perfect build-able natural shade to create a lovely healthy finish. This takes my base from flat to finished in 0.5 seconds and is so easy to blend. The pan is massive, it's less than a fiver, and i've repurchased many times as i'm yet to find a bronzer that tops this one for me.

Jeffree Star Cosmetics | Velour Liquid Lipstick - Celebrity Skin (£16.00)
I dread to think how much money i've spent on lipsticks in the past, trying to find the perfect wearable nude shade for me, but I finally found it a couple of years ago and I haven't looked back since. If you haven't used Jeffree's Liquid Lips, the formula itself is so comfortable and non-drying. I find it so easy to wear because it lasts for hours on end, and when it does wear down after eating or snoggin', it does so naturally and not patchy! Teamed up with MAC's Boldly Bare Lip Pencil (£14.00), this is the dream nude lip for anyone. Honestly the best lipstick ever.

Estée Lauder | Double Wear Stay-in-Place Makeup SPF10 - Ecru (£33.50)
My relationship with this foundation is a funny one, because the first time I tried it around 5 years ago, I absolutely hated it. I visited a Estée Lauder counter and I don't know what the makeup artist did to my face, but it was heavy and caked and absolutely awful. This of course completely put me off, but after seeing a bunch of YouTubers saying it was the best foundation for oily skin and staying power, I decided to bite the bullet and try it again. Surprisingly it sat nothing like the disaster the MUA put on my face, and I fell straight in love. The wear of this foundation really does depend on application, and a little goes a really long way. A close second favourite is Fenty Beauty's Pro Filt'r Soft Matte Longwear Foundation, but my heart sways slightly more to Double Wear - I just wish the packaging had a pump!

© ClaireTalksBeauty, Huda Beauty Mauve Obsessions Palette
Huda Beauty | Mauve Obsessions Palette (£25.00)
If you've seen mine and Paige's dressing table, you'll see we have a ridiculous amount of eyeshadow palettes between us, so trying to cut it down to just one favourite is pretty difficult. It made sense to go for the one I use every day, which is Huda's Mauve Obsessions. This palette is tiny so definitely travel friendly, but the quality of the shadows is definitely worth the money for the 9-pan palette. The obsessions palettes come in a variety of different colour stories, but I went for the mauve as I love pinks and reds on the eyes. If you want a palette with a little better value for money, Morphe are outstanding, and Revolution Beauty have also really upped their game recently.

Urban Decay | Eyeshadow Primer Potion - Original (£17.50)
I have the oiliest eyelids ever,  and until I discovered the Urban Decay primer I just thought my eyeballs were destined to look like a hot mess after an hour. Although i'm on the fence with face primers, this eyeshadow primer locks my shadow in place all day and I now couldn't be without it when i'm going all out with my makeup.

Rimmel London | Exaggerate Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner - Waterproof (£5.29)
Gone are the days where I wouldn't be able to leave the house without a massive cat-eye wing, so I don't have to try and master eyeliner most days. But, when I do want to tie a look together with some liquid liner, Rimmel is always my go to. I've tried pens, gels, kohl, shadow, the lot - but nothing beats an old school black liquid liner. I love the Rimmel one because it has a nib applicator rather than a brush, which I find holds a lot more control, and I go for a waterproof so decrease the smudging throughout the day!

Barry M | Fine Glitter Dust - Silver (£4.59)
Yes, you may be thinking you've flashed back into 2003 with this entry, but the Barry M glitter is perfect for getting that intense popping inner corner. Teamed up with ELF's Glitter Primer (£3.00), this stuff is an absolute dream and so easy to use. Currently lusting after the pink version.

What are some of your holy grails? Let me know in the comments!

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