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Makeup product recommendations (aka my Sephora haul from the weekend)

Over the weekend I decided to buy a few products to add to the arsenal of cosmetics I’ve acquired over the years.ย  And yes, these products tend to get pricey. However, this is how I rationalize it in my head:

  • The products last forever. For-Ev-Errr. My last Bare Escentuals haul from the previous year (BE Mineral Veil, some loose eyeshadows and a few brushes) is in no danger of running out even with daily use. An initial investment bites, but it could be a year or so before you have to buy more. Not too shabby.
  • The pigments (especially with shadow) are more dense with BE products, which means it doesn’t break up or smudge during the day. I’ve had that issue with Almay, Neutrogena, and Cover Girl shadows. They’re also great in that some are more matte, and some can be on the glittery side, so you can mix and match to create your look.

But I digress… my review of the first product: Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer potion.

I’ve used several types of eyelid primer potion before, with mixed results. The UD primer feels much thicker, yet blends well on the eyelid. When I apply shadow, I can see more color sticking to the lid. And, so far, no creasing or smudging. It’s a pretty good buy at $20 and very little goes a long long way.

Benefit Boi-ing concealer

Again, I’ve tested several products for concealers, from Almay to Neutrogena and a few others. I didn’t like the consistency of the concealers, and the product packaging had a lot to be desired. For example, the Almay Wakeup Makeup Concealer comes in a squeeze tube with a brush at the end. If you tried to squeeze with a light touch no product comes out. Then you put more pressure, and suddenly you got concealer on your sink, on your fingers, and it’s a mess.

Benefit’s Boi-ing concealer (shown above) is packaged like a little compact. No messes here. And, you can either apply it with your fingers or with a brush. It’s not overly cakey, and blends well into the skin. It also comes in many shades, so you can find the one that matches your skin tone the best. My tip: When you’re at the store checking them out, put a little of the tester product on your inside wrist and blend a little. The shades that almost appears invisible on your skin is the perfect shade for you ๐Ÿ™‚ It also comes out to about $20.

And last, but not least.. BE’s The Truth eyeshadow quad:

“The Truth” palette. So gorgeous, and versatile.

I’ve heard nothing but good things about the BE Ready line of eyeshadows. I’ve been using the loose BE shadows for a number of years now, and got so used to them I didn’t think an actual solid palette would ever wow me again. Totally wrong. The BE Ready quads are very rich in color/pigment, and blend well with each other to create your daytime and nighttime look. I tend to go for more neutral shadows anyway, but even though The Truth quad is pretty neutral, the colors are amazingly vibrant.

I kind of balked at the price ($30), but if you consider the fact that you’re getting four full sized shadows in that one package, and each loose BE shadow usually runs around $13 bucks, it’s actually a good deal. Almost like buy 2, get 2 free. Not bad. And, they help smooth and de-puff the eyelids with regular use. No need to swipe back and forth for color either… just tap your brush into the color, and you can see the color right away on the brush with just a few taps. Less product going to waste is a good thing.

BE also sells Duos for about $20, so if you don’t want to go for the quads just yet, a Duo is a great option. Still cheaper than the loose shadows after all.

One of the great things about Sephora is when it’s your birthday, you get a coupon for a free gift. I had one recently, and received a trial size of Benefit’s Watt’s Up highlighter. This stuff is awesome. Put a little on the cheekbones, down the nose, and a little on the brow bones, and it really sets off your look. I plan on getting the full sized version when I run out of the mini.

A great highlighter/luminizer

So that’s my review. Hope you enjoyed ๐Ÿ™‚

  1. Sam
    May 6, 2013 at 9:46 AM

    I love the Primer Potion. I have a trial size now, but I will definitely be repurchasing in a full size when I run out. I am a big fan of Bare Essentials face products, but I have never tried their eyeshadows. Right now, I have so many palettes going, I don’t think I can handle another one without going crazy! lol. I might try it out once I start slimming back on palettes.

  2. Jen
    May 6, 2013 at 9:52 AM

    Same here about the palettes. They can get a bit out of control. It’s spring cleaning for my makeup box these days, so I totally get where you’re coming from.

    The Primer is so awesome. I can see why it’s a top seller.

    Gosh, the BE shadows are so great. I got the starter kit some years back with the loose shadows, and believe it or not, I still have some of those and they’re still in use and fully colorized ๐Ÿ™‚ I can’t recommend them enough.

  3. Must Have Boxes
    May 6, 2013 at 2:09 PM

    Great product picks! I love the UD eye shadow primer.

    – KW

    • Jen
      May 6, 2013 at 2:14 PM

      Thanks ๐Ÿ™‚ It’s definitely a wonderful product.

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