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Wednesday, 12 April 2017

Cult Beauty Products Buy It Or Leave It?

Makeup trends change, makeup collections expand, makeup formulas evolve but there's one thing in the cosmetics industry that doesn't change: cult beauty products! They got top rates back then and they still have top rates now. Over time, I've collected quite a few popular items and I've been very eager to share with you whether I think hyped makeup products are worth it or not. Let's have a look!

Milani Baked Blush 05 Luminoso €10.99

Even though this has been one of the most hyped makeup products over the years, I was not really wowed by it. The blush is pretty but I'm not amazed by the color or the formula. I have to admit it looks particularly pretty on camera and in pictures, but other than that I just consider it a regular blush. I'm happy I finally got to try it though, the satisfaction of finally owning something I've been seeing online for so long is just really great.

NYX Jumbo Eye Pencil 604 Milk €5.50

In the early Youtube days this was the must have of the century! Many drugstore brands have caught up since then, and even improved the idea and formula of the jumbo pencil. 'Milk' from NYX Cosmetics was definitely the most popular pencil of all, it's a plain white creme eyeshadow, and I have to admit I haven't reached for it a whole lot. I purchased it together with the shade 'Yoghurt', a bronze color, and I just don't find them that great, not as an eyeliner and not as an eyeshadow base. The formula doesn't blend well on my skin type and it creases really badly.

MAC Cremesheen Lipstick €19.50

I feel like MAC Cosmetics is one of the only brands that has been around consistently over the years. Their cremesheen lipsticks, foundations and powders are the products I've always heard the great things about. I received a cremesheen lipstick, in the shade 'Fanfare', as a gift and even though I like the lipstick I don't wear it, ever. Fanfare is a neutral, pinky color that is perfectly wearable on an every day basis but it just doesn't have an 'it formula' to me, I'm just as happy with a €2 lippie from Essence Cosmetics, no joke.

NYX High Definition Blush Taupe €7.50

If there is one cult beauty product I am honestly, truly excited about, it is this blush from NYX. Even though I thought it would be too cool toned for my skin tone, it is absolutely perfect. The formula is pigmented and super easy to blend, I highly recommend it and I am looking forward to trying more of their High Definition blushes.

The Original beautyblender €19.95

I tried the beautyblender for the first time back in april 2015, I think it was one of the first hyped beauty products I ever purchased (besides the Urban Decay Naked palette, but more on that later) and I was very, very impressed. I haven't changed the way I apply my foundation since, it gives such a beautiful and airbrushed finish to the skin. The beautyblender is definitely expensive, considering it's an item you can only keep around for 3 months for hygienic reasons, but it's totally worth a try. If you're looking for a cheaper alternative, the Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge is great and even more affordable: the Primark PS PRO Makeup Sponges, highly recommend.

Sleek Makeup Blush €6.49

Sleek has always impressed everyone with their gorgeous and sleek cosmetics' packaging, especially for those drugstore prices. The blushes, I believe, have always had top shelf reviews, even from beauty bloggers who mainly like to use high end makeup products. I have 3 blushes from Sleek and they're okay, I like the shade Suede in particular, but they're not blushes I reach for often because of the dry texture, I prefer something more smooth.

Urban Decay Naked Palette €52.90

This was my very first high end eyeshadow palette purchase and I don't regret it for the world. I bought it when I lived in the fashion capital of the planet, Milan, Italy, at Sephora and I'm just obsessed. Even though I don't use it that often anymore, I remember not being able to use anything else when I first got it. Now it is displayed in the back of my Youtube videos as a nice piece of decor and I love it.

Even though I don't actually think cult beauty products are worth it, it doesn't stop me from wanting to try them. I've been more disappointed with hyped makeup products than satisfied for sure, but as a blogger I think it's important to share my thoughts about what is popular in the beauty industry. I don't regret purchasing and trying the products but I do think most of them are makeup regrets.

More cult beauty products I want to try:

Revlon Colorstay Foundation
NYC Smooth Skin Bronzing Face Powder
MAC Mineralize Skinfinish
MAC Paint Pot in Soft Ochre
Ardell Wispies False Eyelashes

Q: Have you tried any of these cult beauty products? Which other cult beauty products should I try? Leave it in the comments below!

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  1. I totally agree on the milk eye crayon! I bought it and I haven't even used it once!
    As for the ones you are looking to try, I have used Mac mineralized skin finish for a while now and they are pretty awesome. It's very light coverage but it was a great finish when used by itself or to set foundation. Totally in love! ((Just a heads up, I did find that it oxidizes a tiny bit))
    Great post! I just recently found your YouTube channel and I really enjoy your videos ! :)

    1. Aw thank you so much, you're so sweet, and I really appreciate your insight on the Mac Skinfinishes :D Xxxx

  2. i have tried the beauty blender and its amazing i only have it for 2 weeks i think but i love it so far .Also do you think the nyx jumbo eye pencil is good for the waterline?Another thing (i know it starts getting anoying i'm sorry) did you found milani in stores or you bought it online because for example in Greece we don't have milani in stores.Keep up the great reviews!

    1. Thanks! 😘 I purchased the Milani products online but I have to admit that I'm not too pumped about them, I purchased some of their new releases and they were quite dissapointing 😐 The nyx pencil I don't recommend for the water line 😊 Xxxxx

  3. Such a great post and very helpful! I love the Beauty Blender sponge and I would love to try the Milani and NYX blushes!




    1. You're welcome honey! Have a nice day :D Xx

  4. Ahh the classic Milk by NYX, definitely one of the hypes I fell into and have to agree that I didn't really get it either, really didn't work for me.

    Alice | alicemaysnell

    1. Haha I'm sorry you did, thankfully they don't really break the bank :D Xxx

  5. Hi Jolien, i'm glad i just came across your blog. I kinda miss reading blog like yours, brought me back to when i blogged in 2010 too. I was there when all these cult products were faamously used haha. I've been using Revlon Colorstay foundation for many years. I'm oily and it's the only foundation that suits me well. It oxidizes a bit, but i manage :)

    1. Haha how cute you are! Thank you, I miss it too, cult beauty products are hard to find these days .. everything is now a trend, it's crazy! I've never tried makeup from Revlon as it's kinda pricey here, but I'll let you now once I do ;) Xxx

  6. Leuke blog heb je. Ik kwam het toevallig tegen via FB. Ik heb geen enkel van de cult producten die je omschrijft. Wel diverse MAC lipsticks maar met een andere finish die echt tot mijn staple behoren en zowat dagelijks gebruik.

    1. Misschien zou ik een eens 1 met een andere finish moeten proberen! :D Xx


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