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Monday, September 28, 2015

Makeup Wars: Beauty Products That Surprised Me

In this week's Makeup Wars, we're talking about products that surprised us - including the good, the bad, and the returned. To keep thing brief, I focused on the top 5 products that pleasantly surprised me. Check out the video below, and read on to learn more about them!
  1. Charlotte Tilbury's The Retoucher - I was worried this concealer and brightener would go the way of my YSL Touché Eclat - given away to a friend that understands what all of the hype is about. Instead, I found that The Retoucher provides the perfect combination of coverage and illumination. It really won me over when it proved to be amazing breakout camo!
  2. Rimmel Glam'Eyes 5-Color Eyeshadow - Unlike the dodgy 4 shadow palettes from before, all of the shadows in the 5 pan Glam'Eyes palettes are super smooth, very pigmented, and all shimmer is finely milled. These aren't just some of the best palettes from Rimmel, but from the drugstore in general!
  3. Maskcara 3D Contour Palette - This palette filled a hole in my makeup routine that I didn't know I had, and does it with products that will last all day. Just 4 pans of cream product will give you a full face of makeup, including foundation, contour, highlight, illumination, and blush. I was surprised at how easily this palette simplified a process that can typically take a makeup bag full or products, and do it really well.
  4. Ulta Contour Palette - Not only was I shocked to find this gem was a near dupe for IT Cosmetics My Sculpted Face Kit, but the quality of all of the powders in this palette blew me away as well. Ulta products in general are often overlooked in favor of more well-known brands, but they're definitely worth a second look any time you have a chance. 
  5. Starlooks - As a whole, this brand is hugely underrated. I received the 15 pan palette shown above in my first Starlooks Starbox (they now have quite a few different subscription options), and was instantly blown away. After receiving a few more boxes, I was pleased to find that the quality was consistent across their brand. For an affordable sampling of what they have to offer, I recommend looking into one of their subscription boxes!
What beauty products have surprised you?