Do you ever buy a product, fall completely in love with it, use it to death, recommend it to everyone you know, and then…then you buy a new product that makes you completely forget about that first product? Well it happens to me.
As someone who constantly buys and tries new products, I often forget about perfectly good products. I usually try to “shop my stash”, try mixing it up and using different products each time, but there are certain products I just no longer reach out to and say “hey, I’ll use you today!”. And it’s not that these are bad products, they might even be great products, but I guess I just found other products that work better for me and naturally I choose to use them.
But I’ve decided that as a New Year’s resolution I’m gonna give these products another shot and try to include them in my makeup routine and try to understand why I stopped using them in the first place! These are honestly pretty good products and it would be a shame to see them go to waste.
So today I present to you – a list of my Pushed Aside Products! I dug into my collection and chose a select number of products I would probably recommend if you asked and that I just have to start using again!
Shall we begin?
Revlon – Photoready Perfecting Primer
I purchased this face primer about a year ago during my visit to the US, and when I saw it I said I must have it! Why? Because back then I couldn’t find a good drugstore primer. When first trying it, I instantly fell in love. It is silicone based, feels nice and smooth to the touch and has a nice neutral smell. It goes on easily, isn’t sticky, dries quickly and fills in your pores. It gives a matte look and applying foundation on top of it is easy. It’s biggest disadvantage in my opinion is the fact that I don’t actually feel like it makes my foundation last longer throughout the day, it just makes it look nicer.
The primer comes in a glass bottle with a pump and contains 0.91 Fl. Oz. (27 ml) of product.
Rimmel – Good to Glow Highlighter
Highlighters are without a doubt the product that took over the world in the past year. Any company that has some sort of name came out with their own version of a highlighter, and this includes Rimmel, which came out with a liquid version. The one that I own is in the shade 001-Notting Hill Glow. It has a pasty texture and it blends easily on the skin, it isn’t sticky and sets quickly. It has a settle vanilla scent and contains little glitters so this highlighter won’t suit those who prefer a more toned down look. Personally I’m not a fan of this type of highlighter (with one exception – ColourPop’s Spoon highlighter, which contains lots of glitter and I love it!) so I like to put this one on before my foundation, and it give a “glowing from within” kind of look, if you know what I mean.
The highlighter comes in a tube form, and contains 0.84 Fl. Oz. (25 ml) of product and it can be purchased at Feel Unique.
Nyx – Rouge Cream Blush
As someone with dry skin, cream products are a really good solution. Even though I still prefer to use powder products it’s always good to have a creamy solution for days in which I am extra dry. NYX’s Rouge Cream Blushes are pretty great, and honestly I don’t really know why I don’t use them more often. They have the perfect amount of pigmentation, blend out easily and last for hours. I own 3 shades – Natural, Tea Rose and Glow, and I actually think I need to give Glow away, it is a dark pink shade and on my white face it just makes me look like a clown. The other two shades, however, are perfect for my skin tone and look great on me (if I may say so myself). They are pretty similar to one another – both are light pink neutral shades that would go well with any look.
e.l.f – Eyebrow Kit
Way before Anastasia Beverly Hills entered my life (and into the life of every makeup lover in the universe), there was one makeup product I couldn’t put down – the e.l.f. cosmetics Eyebrow Kit. E.l.f. Cosmetics have any product you might think of; some are awful but some are amazing. This brow duo is one of those outstanding products. The duo contains a brow gel which helps shape the brow, and a powder which is meant to fill in the brow. The duo also comes with a tiny double ended useless brush, which is too small for any use, IMHO. The products do the job perfectly, but I have one major problem with the powder – although the kit I own is in the darkest shade (Dark), the powder is relatively light and does not work well for my brows so when I used to use this duo I would usually make use only of the gel product. (By the way, in the images you can tell that the duo is a brand new one which I only swatched, this is because the original duo has fallen and smashed into the floor, and is currently ashamed to take pictures).
NYX – Eyebrow Gel
Another brow product I have abandoned is the NYX brow gel. This is a fabulous product (like other NYX products), it shapes and sets the brows perfectly. You can choose out of 5 different shades, mine is the darkest – Black (which in reality isn’t really black, but an extremely dark brown. Either that or I’m colorblind). And although it is a great product, I believe I know the reason why I neglect this gel (besides the obvious fact of Anastasia products). This is not a comfortable product to use, because it comes in a tube you cannot always control the amount of product that comes out and you also need to use a surface of some sort (so you don’t put the product straight from the tube to your brows). Also, the consistency of the gel is extremely thick, so it’s very important to use very little product and build it up, or else things can go downhill very quickly.
e.l.f – Cream Eyeliner
As I’ve mentioned earlier, e.l.f. cosmetics definitely have great products, but not all of them are. The company’s Cream Eyeliners are a product I once used regularly, but not as eyeliners. The idea of a cream liner doesn’t really sit well with me. I feel it should do the same job as a gel liner, but it doesn’t, the product smudges throughout the day and because it is so creamy it takes forever to set. So what did I use these liners as? As an eyeshadow base of course! And for this purpose they are great. Even just as a shadow, and not a base – they blend out easily and look good on the eyelid (although some of the shades are a bit patchy and uneven). Their texture is pretty much the same as a cream shadow, so why not use them as such? I did however stop using them over time once I’ve found products which work better for me, but I will definitely try and use them more in my routine.
Il Makiage – Highlighter Dust
Il Makiage is a brand which originated in New York city about 40 years ago, and branched out to the entire world, opening schools for makeup artist wannabees. The brand became extremely popular here in Israel, and it has many stores as well as schools across the country. The brand seemed to have disappeared from the world (though if I am not mistaken they still have a few academies in Russia) but here in Israel they are still going strong.
You probably don’t know, but about 3 years ago I took a makeup course at Il Makiage, which naturally means I have many of their products. The company has had a few issues in the past few years (while I was taking the course the management was a mess!) but over the last year they had a makeover and are now completely stepping up their game. Regardless, they have always had outstanding products, (some are better and some are worse, just like any other company) and one of my favorite products are their Highlighter Dust shadows. These are loose pigment shadows and they are great. They were upon my favorite products to use during my makeup course days and I would try to incorporate them in every look I did. They are extremely pigmented and are a must for ones who love glam looks! Within this collection they have the HD collection (which includes a lot more glitter) and a mineral collection, which is made out of minerals. To apply you must use a wet base first and not above a dry shadow, because it will result in a ton of fallout, and then tap on the lid with the brush. Also, I recommend wetting the brush before applying for the best pigmentation and also for longevity. Trust me, the shadow does not stay on the best throughout the day if you don’t take the proper steps. The shadows come in a wide range of shades, so everyone can find their pick.
Each pigment comes in a jar which contains 0.105 Oz. (3 grams) of product.
Flormar – Diamonds Terracotta Eye Shadow
Flormar is an Italian brand, which has stores all over the world. It has great products and comfortable prices. Upon the first products I bought are the Diamonds Terracotta eyeshadows. I have 3 of these, and they are stunning. They are stunning as they are, but even more amazing when applied wet. This is also a shadow for glam lovers, as this product has a ton of glitters which makes your eyes pop. You can use these shadows alone on your lid or apply it above a base to make the shadow really stand out. I like taking the green shadow and applying it above a black base to get a beautiful smokey effect. I actually don’t have anything bad to say about these shadows, and the only bad thing is that I don’t use them enough.
Each shadow contains 0.175 Oz. (5 grams) – they’re huge!
L’Oréal – Color Infallible
The last shadows I will be speaking of today are the L’Oréal Color Infallible shadows. These are upon the best drugstore shadows I own. Their texture is creamy yet powdery (kinda reminds me of the amazing ColourPop shadows, which I wrote about in my last post, but without that spongy feeling), and it is actually a pressed pigment. The pigmentation on these are amazing, beautiful, just wow. The only downside – fallout. And lots of it. But honestly, it’s not something you can’t deal with. I recommend applying to your lid with your finger and then blending with a brush. I have 3 of these beauties, and honestly if I didn’t have a gazillion other eye shadows I’d be running out to buy more.
Each shadow contains 0.12 Oz. (3.5) grams of product.
NYX – Lip Liner
Last NYX product for the day, is their pencil lip liner. This is a sharpening pencil. It doesn’t last too long on the lips (unless you put a long lasting lip product overtop it) but it is pigmented and doesn’t dry your lips. Well, truthfully – out of the 3 I own, 2 are buttery and smooth but the third (Purple Rain) is a bit harder. As someone with pretty dry skin (which applies also to my lips), using a dry pencil over dry lips doesn’t work well. And I guess that’s the main reason I don’t reach for these much.
L.A. Girl – Glazed Lip Paint
L.A. Girl is a great company. It creates great products for extremely low prices. Their famous concealer, their gel liners, lip products…everything is great! But for some reason I barely use the lip products I own by the company (see also the next section…). When they released the first 6 glosses in the range I got all excited and got all of them (you can’t go wrong for that price)! And then they released another 12 shades, and I got all of those too! Yup, I have all 18 of them. And they are great (been using this word a lot. Great!). They are highly pigmented and opaque, last a decent amount of time (for a gloss), aren’t too sticky…everything a gloss should be! They apply smoothly and evenly (I recommend using a brush) and have a strong minty smell (that isn’t noticeable once applied on the lips). Another great advantage – you can mix and match them to create a custom shade! Which I find, you guessed it…great! When I first purchased them I would wear them all the time, but honestly dealing with a lip gloss takes a lot of time and commitment and as time passed I moved on to less complicated solutions. In general, lip glosses require a lot of attention. They are sticky, they smudge, your hair is really attracted to it, and somehow they get to random parts on our body, and nobody got time for that…am I right?!
L.A. Girl – Matte Flat Finish Pigment Gloss
(Wow that’s a long name for a product!)
The last product I’ll be talking about today is also by L.A. Girl – their liquid lipstick. When this product was released I couldn’t help myself and purchased all 16 shades in the collection. These were among the first ever liquid lipsticks I purchased and back then I thought they were the best of their kind. I guess I was kinda wrong (ever since I’ve discovered the Ofra long lasting liquid lipsticks, nothing has ever been the same). All the shades have a really easy to use double sided doe-foot applicator, yet not all the shades apply evenly (you can see in the swatches which apply better and which not so much). The lipsticks are long wearing, but you need to work with them correctly. As someone with dry skin and lips (this is the last time I bring up my skin issues, I promise!) I need to make sure my lips are moisturized (because the product is extremely drying) and only then can I apply a thin layer of the product. If you apply too much and try to build it up the lipstick starts to get patchy. Also, the product doesn’t fade away nicely, it starts to crumble and makes you want to rip your lips off. In these cases, I find myself removing it from my lips and applying a regular lipstick instead. There are certain shades in this collection which I absolutely love and don’t give me issues, most of these just don’t work well with my lips. Having said all that, these are a great cheaper option for those who love the drying type of lipsticks which stay on forever.
So you can see that I really do like most of the products I’ve mentioned but I have a legitimate reason for stopping to use each and every one of them. I promise though that I will try and incorporate them in my makeup routine and put them to good use!
How about you? What products have you been neglecting in favor of other products? Let me know in the comments!
** All the links mentioned in the post are to websites which ship internationally. Many of the products mentioned can also be purchased in different websites (such as the brand’s website) or at local stores in your country 🙂