Monday, March 9, 2015

All About the Face: Best Makeup List

 
I love makeup advice. I’ve found a few definite winners that way but I’m searching for some new products. So let’s share our favorites!

Here are my winners:

Best Eyebrow Product: Anastasia Eyebrow Powder Duo
            I’m amazed how easily it goes on and how it lasts.

Best Eye Shadow Primer:  Urban Decay Eyeshadow Potion Primer in nude
            I’ve tried many other drugstore products. All promise to keep the shadow from creasing. Urban Decay’s primer is the ONLY one that works in Florida heat, both on the lid and under the eye.

Best Eye Shadow: Rimmel trio.
            I stumbled on this inexpensive brand in Germany when I forgot to pack my blush, of all things. I bought the only product I could find near the hotel – the Rimmel bronzing powder. (See below.) That led me to their eye shadow. You can’t beat the price or the staying power, but that factor may be helped by the primer. (See above.) Anyway, I love the brown combination.

Best Mascara: Still looking for a thickening, non-globbing/flaking product. I’ve tried several drugstore brands and Lancome’s Hypnose, Gradiose, and Definicils. They work but they don’t add the thickness I want and some flaking has happened.

Best Foundation: Dior Forever Diorskin SPF 25
            I’ve been looking for a liquid ever since I got tired of my Bare Mineral powder foundation. I wanted something smooth but not thick and also non-toxic. This is somewhat pricey at first glance but it lasts a long time! Only a drop is needed. A special flat brush spreads it, and believe me, a little goes a long way. I tried Bare Mineral’s new liquid and found it thick and oily. It also seems to accentuate the crease on either side of my mouth. Ugh. Dior Forever!

Best Blush: Still looking.

Best Bronzer: Rimmel bronzing powder. Very inexpensive but floats on like a dream.

Best Lip Liner: Still looking for one with staying power.

Best Lipstick: Clinique Long Last Lipstick in Sugared Maple.
            This color seems to change with whatever I’m wearing. I love it.

Your turn! What is your very favorite product? Do you have suggestions for me for mascara, lip liner, and blush?  

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25 comments:

Diane LaBrie Leverson said...

Good Morning Kate, I cant wear any eye makeup due to eye allergies. I do wear Lancome Photogenic Lumessence for my liquid foundation. Dust on dual Finish once in a while if staying home and use Blush Subtil for a poder blush. For lipstick I use Lancome any kind.. I seem to look good in almost any color but pale. That is it for me. Lots of my lipsticks come free when I get the free gift. LOL Most stay on if I don't eat anything.

Kate Collins said...

Thanks, Diane. I'll check these products out. I'm always up for trying something new.

mary kennedy said...

I love that Clinique shade too! And like you, I've never hit on just the right mascara. I've tried several that either end up clumpy or are invisible! I'm going to try your other recommendations, so glad you posted this. On a side note, one of my friends had permanent eyelashes implanted--I would never do that. It worked out well for her, but think of what could have happened. Shudder.

Jeannie D. said...

Good morning! I use Almay all day makeup. It stays on really well. The best mascara I have found is plain old cheap Maybelline in the pink and green tube. My favorite lipsticks and eye shadows (vintage gold and spun silk) are Mary Kay.

Kate Collins said...

Ow! I'd be terrified to get eyelash implants. So close to the eye! I'm with you, Mary.

Kate Collins said...

Thanks, Jeannie. I have used that good ol' Maybelline often. I'll have to check to see if they have a lash thickening type. My eyelashes are long but (sob) they aren't as thick as they used to be.

Karen in Ohio said...

Fun topic, and useful!

I wear lipstick every day of my life, but am too lazy to reapply it all day long. I used to wear a Cover Girl two-step product that stayed on most of the day, but they changed the formula and it was no longer as good. Then I discovered the Revlon Colorstay Ultimate Suede lipstick. It looks just like an ordinary lipstick, but it stays on all day, even if I eat something oily, and there is shea butter in the formula, which keeps my lips from chapping (which used to be a problem until I found this lipstick). The colors are great, too, and my favorite is Couture, which goes with almost everything.

emilia.m said...

very cautious I have to be with anything I put on my face, my eyes tend to react even for a face cream :D so far Yves Rocher is the brand I am going with for all my makeup needs :D

Kate Collins said...

I'm so glad to find a new long-lasting lipstick to try, Karen. I am totally washed out without color on my lips. I'm going to try some ASAP. I had tried the two-step lipstick also, and while it stayed on, my lips felt like the Sahara desert.

Kate Collins said...

Wow, that brings back memories. I used to use Yves Rocher and then somehow stopped getting their catalog. My skin is super sensitive, too, so I've always gone for mineral based products. I'll have to look up Yves on the Internet.

Karen in Ohio said...

You'll like this. Margaret Maron and Nancy Martin both tried it, on my recommendation, and as far as I know are still wearing it.

Kay Bennett said...

I use the colorstay and love it. You should try it and they have some great colors that are true to the look. Can not stand the two process ones, pooh!

Mary Jane Maffini said...

What a great post, Kate! I have some new products now. I've tried many mascaras, but find the inexpensive Maybelline's work best. Of course, mascaras come and go so maybe it won't be there the next time.

Glad to hear about the lipsticks. I don't get out of bed without it!

Hugs.

MJ/VA

Chris said...

Next to books, make-up is my favorite thing. I also love the Urban Decay eye shadow primer. I'm very fickle when it comes to mascara--right now I like Bad Gal by Benefit. The best concealer I've ever used is Bye Bye Under Eye by It. I also love It's CC Cream. I covers like a liquid foundation but feels a lot lighter on my skin. I am also still searching for the perfect blush.

Kate Collins said...

Lipstick is my friend, MJ. I'm a ghost without it. We are the pale ales, I fear.

Kate Collins said...

I keep hearing about IT brand. I definitely need to try this! Thanks for the mascara tip, too.

Irishteacup said...

The best lip liner I have found is MAX. I use burgundy no matter what lip color I wear. I still use Bare Mineral for blush, foundation, etc. Sometimes I mix warmth with Guerlain crystal (for sparkle effect in evening). I agree about the eyebrow duo. I am using Cover Girl mascara (for green eyes) and I am satisfied with it. Have tried others but also notice flaking, etc.

Cathy Shouse said...

Sorry to be here so late. I love your make-up tips. For lipstick I recommend Sonya Kashuk, I think is correct spelling. It is smooth and creamy. I think she still offers lip gloss to add some shine too. Sold at Target. Thanks for the foundation tip because the SPF 25 is needed and mine stopped offering that.

Maggie Sefton said...

I bought some Rimmel in Germany too, years ago. Blush. Let's see---I like several Lancome products like foundation. Oh, and I use that Definicils mascara, too. I can't use a lot of mascars, bec my eyelashes keep getting smeared. Even so Definicils is better than so many others. And I use some Revlon lipsticks but I my faves are Mac.

Lynn in Texas said...

Love the tips. I quit Bare Minerals too, Kate, and I'm back to L'Oreal Visible Lift for foundation. Maybelline makes great mascara in all KINDS of thickeners,volumizers, lengths, etc. I have sensitive eyes and can only stand mascara for 8 hrs. or less, without it feeling itchy and heavy. I try different eye shadows,my latest palette is by NYC, but mostly use Revlon, same with the lipstick Karen recommends. (Beautiful color, "Couture" btw. Thanks Karen!) Blush varies, mostly Maybelline and Revlon, I think. I do like some Rimmel products too, esp. nail polish. This is a fun topic and I'm taking notes!

Kate Collins said...

Heading to Walgreens today to get me some "couture." LOL

Kate Collins said...

Is Max found at Sephora? I'm always looking for a lip liner with staying power.

Kate Collins said...

I think Sonya Kashuk is also a "safe" cosmetic with low toxins. You'll love Dior Forever Diorskin foundation. You truly need just a drop the size of a tiny pearl so that bottle will last a loooong time. Totally worth the cost. And it doesn't settle in lines.

Kate Collins said...

Rimmel is big overseas and so inexpensive that it's worth trying products without breaking the bank. Have to take another look at Definicils. I need a thickening mascara and I seem to remember that one flaking.

Kate Collins said...

Another recommendation for Karen's lipstick. I'm going to buy some today. Have you tried mercury-free mascara, Lynn? That might be what you're sensitive to. You can Google the term and find brands to try.