Mar 26, 2017

Makeup Showdown 2017

This post takes me a lot of planning and research to do. Unlike skincare, it is hard to pick the top holy grail because each product has so many different texture, formula and it all depends on invidual preference what type of makeup they prefer. For example, some people might prefer BB cream over foundation. And some prefer liquid eyeliner over pencil liner.

Anyway, I will just focus on the products that I am using on a daily basis and compare them between high end and budget price point.

If you haven't check out my Skincare Showdown 2017, go ahead and see what are the top skincare products I picked.

Burberry Fresh Glow Luminous Fluid Foundation

This is the best foundation for medium coverage. If you like sheer coverage, this is a great foundation. It gives a healthy glow and even out skin tone. It doesn't cover much of scars or pigmentation. Read the full review <<here>>.

L'Oreal True Match

This is the foundation that I bought over and over again when I was in uni and when I first started to work. I tried a lot of drugstore foundation before and no other foundation can top this. It also has a wide range of tone that can match any skin tone. The formula hasn't change much after so long.

Anna Sui Loose Powder

The Anna Sui loose powder has a few variant. I particularly like the purple one and the pearl one. The loose powder has tiny reflective particles that makes your face glow. It also keeps the foundation from sweat, tears and oil. Check out the compact version <<here>.

Silky Girl Shine Free Loose Powder

Silky Girl have never fail in terms of quality. The price point does not justify its performance. The loose powder holds the foundation for a long time and it doesn't create clumps around wrinkled areas. Do give it a try.

Hourglass Iridescent Strobe Lighting Powder

This highlighter is very subtle and doesn't give that disco-ball effect. Its reflective particles are very fine that it blends onto the foundation very well. It makes me look like a celebrity everytime I wear it. You can check out the full review <<here>>.

Seventeen Highs + Glows Strobing Kit

I got this while I was in London, so I don't know if we can get it here in Malaysia. The kit comes with three highlight sticks that cover cool, warm and neutral highlight. I love the stick form because it is very convenient and you don't have to look for a brush to apply it. Just apply it and blend it with fingers.

Tarte Amazonian Clay 12h Blush

The Tarte Amazonian Clay blush is one of the most raved about blush since it's appearance in Sephora. I have used this blush for the past 2 months and I find that the embossed details on the pan is still intact. It still looks as if it is new. The product is compact in the pan and it doesn't take a lot of products to give a decent blush on your face. I appreciate that the blush stay as it is for the longest hour you can imagine. My favourite color is Fanciful because it suits all skintone.

Silky Girl Blush

Silky Girl is one of the brand that I always go for whenever I am in budget. I find the blush really great. My favourite shade is Honey (I guess). I remember the price used to be only RM9.90 during my college days when the brand just started. But now it is still affordable and cheap compared to other drug store brands. The packaging is really minimalist.

Smashbox Brow Tech To Go

This darling is one of the makeup product that I love from Smashbox. The tip of the eyebrow crayon is in triangle shape. It is easy to apply and very long lasting. The crayon based and also comes with a small brow gel to keep all your unruly hair in place. I don't usually use this except when I'm traveling because it is really expensive. One tube last me about a month and half and it cost RM100 which is extremely expensive for eyebrow.

Kiss Me Heavy Rotation Eyebrow & Nose Shadow

I honestly ditch the nose shadow part and only use the eyebrow products. It comes with a tiny brush which I never use. The product is pretty basic. But in a powder form, it generally don't last long and will smear when your face is oily. I don't experience that with this brand, which is why I will recommend it to you if you are looking for a drug store eyebrow product.

Kat Von D Tattoo Liner

Hands down, the Kat Von D Tattoo Liner is probably the best high-end eyeliner. It comes in a pen form which is easily grip on to. It is also a great eyeliner for newbies because of it pen type, it is easy to use and navigate. The tip is made of brush so it is easy to control and gives the darkest ink. Read about the eyeliner <<here>>.

Maybelline HyperGlossy Liquid Liner

On average, I buy 4 to 5 of this eyeliner in a year. Whenever I run out of eyeliner, I will pop into Watson or Guardian and look for this eyeliner. On sale, the price is about RM16, which is a steal price! The tip is made of felt and the shape gives your hand a sturdy grip. I can easily achieve a perfect wing line with this. Try it! It's worth every cent.
Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara

This is my recent love. I know that there are a lot of great mascaras out there, but I would like to point out that this mascara gives the best volume on my sparse lashes. The wand is in hourglass shape and it creates an intensely long and thick lash.

L'Oreal False Super Star Mascara

For drugstore option, I love the L'Oreal False Lash Super Star (Maybelline has a lot of great mascaras too) because of the duo tip. One side has the serum and another side is the mascara. It is fiber based, so you can easily wash it off with warm water while in shower.

Urban Decay Naked Basics

I am totally hanging on to the Urban Decay Basics eyeshadow. Whenever I travel I will reach out to this palette because it is compact and has all the natural color I need. One downside of the product is the rubbery packaging. After awhile it gets sticky and really annoying. The eyeshadow is great in terms of pigmentation and long lasting.

Maybelline The Nudes

Maybelline's The Nudes palette is quite handy to have. It has all the neutral shades and you can create a hungred looks out of the 12 shades. Recently this is on Watson's PWP list and it is only RM45. It also comes in another version which is the Blushed Nudes for warmer skintone. I personally love the basic one because the shades are more practical for daily use.

Burberry Kisses Lipstick 

I would love to say I like the Charlotte Tilbury K.I.S.S.I.N.G lipstick is the best lipstick I've tried. But I think it would be more appropriate to introduce you the brands available here. The Burberry Kisses is the next in line. It is creamy, the color is amazing, the packaging is so luxurious and basically I love everything about this lipstick. You can read the review <<here>>.

Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvet Lipstick

If you haven't tried, the Bourjois velvet lipstick is probably the best liquid lipstick ever invented before it was cool. The lipstick glides on smoothly like butter and the texture is really light. It has a wide range of colors so you can definitely find one that suit yourself. My favourite shade is the Peach Club.

In general, it is easier to shop for good makeup products compared to skincare. I have a lot of great drugstore products that I want to recommend especially mascara and blush. It is really hard to pick one product and say "this is the best". Even the high-end products have a lot of great ones to try. It is all depending on your personal preference like what texture you like, what is the look you want to achieve and what is your skin condition.

I urge you to try out more makeups and experiment it yourself. It is much easier to tell which makeup is worth it compared to skincare that only gives the result after a long time of use.

Let me know what is your favourite and holy grail makeup that you hang on to. 

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