I love trying out hyped up ‘cult classic’ products to see if they really are worth their weight in gold (and priced seemingly so!) as many tout them to be, and it seems you as readers like it when I do as well! I’ve always been one of those ‘exception to the rule’ types, and find because of this I look at products with a skeptical eye, which benefits the blogging process of reviewing quite well. So here are six more products that have had plenty said about them on the web, magazines and word of mouth, put to the test by yours truly. Which ones do I think are hypeworthy?
It probably seems like I’ve had a bit of a love-in with Charlotte Tilbury products these last few months, and that’s because I have. I honestly feel like she’s curated one of the most beautifully put together cosmetic ranges I’ve seen in ages. When I kept hearing about the Charlotte Tilbury Rock ‘n’ Kohl Iconic Liquid Eye Pencils on beauty blogs everywhere, I knew I needed to try them because eyeliners are one of the products I am the harshest critic of. I want them to be super smooth, smudgeable if wanted, and then to set bulletproof with no flaking, smudging or fading. No small feat I assure you, and hers do exactly that. I’ve made the shade Barbarella Brown* my everyday liner and don’t ever want to be without it. For reals.
Another product from the brand that’s seen enough promo in the last year or so is the utterly divine looking and wishlist worthy Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Bronze and Glow*. With it’s rose gold deco-inspired packaging it’s practically part of the vanity decor, but I assure you the product inside is equally stunning. The sculpt shade is what I would consider a cooler toned bronzer, or slightly warmer toned contour – whichever you prefer to refer to it as. Regardless, it gives the complexion lift and shape minus the tell tale racing stripes, and the highlight shade is probably the most finely milled highlighting powder I own, and there are plenty of contenders it needed to compete against!
When it comes to getting a flawless base, I’m practically addicted to trying foundations and concealers. What can I say, I’m always looking for something with better! Some of the recents I’ve tried have been high up on the beauty radar for a little while now, such as the IT Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC+ Colour Correcting Full Coverage Cream * – which I actually didn’t love at first use but came to love. It’s quite thick, and doesn’t seem to take to a brush as well as it does with the heat of your hands or the softness of a damp sponge. When it says ‘full coverage’ on the packaging there is no lie, but it doesn’t feel nor look heavy on the skin at all, making it clear to me why it’s been so well loved.
A new revamp on a massive hit in the cosmetic world is the Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Invisible Cover Foundation* which I recently reviewed here. The original formula was a stinker for me, leaving my skin looking (and feeling) dry and nothing near ‘HD” but thankfully this rebooted edition is nourishing, smoothing and next to invisible as it claims! This could easily be my day to day foundation as well as built up a bit for special occasions and nights out.
When it comes to concealing, the ever versatile and uniquely formulated Kevyn Aucoin Sensual Skin Enhancer gets plenty of kudos. This super pigmented pot of goodness packs a serious punch – a tiny grain of rice sized smear of this could cover a multitude of sins, and can be mixed with primer, moisturizer or a sheer foundation to up the ante. I can see why makeup artists want to pack this in their kits; The tiny pot makes it the ultimate portable product and the shade range is expansive.
Another backstage long time favourite is the Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage* – which I always assumed was much too dry until I actually got my hands on it to try. Turned out this product can be warmed up and then mixed for the perfect tone to cover blemishes, small scars, pigmentation etc. I love that one side is more yellow based, while the other is slightly pinker, giving you the ability to mix and blend to your heart’s content! The product inside is pigmented enough that a tiny dab will easily pinpoint conceal, meaning I can see this lasting me a very, very long time.
There you have it – Six luxury/high end products put to the test and passed with a A+ from me! What are your favourite hyped up products that are worth their notoriety?
* denotes PR Samples
Jaime Pickering | 30-something, makeup hoarding (I prefer to call it "collecting"), classic rock loving, jeans and t-shirt girl - who just happens to love a little gloss from time to time.