Wednesday, November 16th, 2011

By Dustin Hunter, Makeup Artist

Born and raised in the Pacific Northwest, Dustin Hunter has been designing various media since his early teen years. Studying several different art forms, Hunter’s creative background ranges from illustration and photography to fashion and interior design to music production and makeup artistry. He has worked for over a decade as a professional illustrator and his retail interior design concepts have been featured in nation-wide publications, receiving recognition for their uniqueness and creativity.  Check out his blog and YouTube channel!


MAC Reflects Transparent Teal Glitter

7 Tried & True Must-Have Products

I’m a sucker for multi-purpose products: pigments, cream and liquid paints, mixing mediums, etc. I like to custom-blend just about everything! Not everyone feels the same way, though, and sometimes, it’s nice to have one product that does a job and does it well. These are some of my tried-and-true favorites from a few different companies (hopefully some that you haven’t heard of before)!

Estée Lauder Pure Color Lipstick | Their Long Lasting Cream finishes are some of the best lipsticks I own. They cover well and feel luxurious on the lips. The BEST ones are almost always limited edition. Favorites in the Permanent Range: Cherry Passion, Melon and Rose Tea.

Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Lip Tars | I’m actually not a huge fan of these on the lips, but, OH, the blushes these make! They last forever and blend like a dream (they DO have mint in them though so avoid the eye area). Favorites: Cha-Cha and Divine.

Face Atelier Ultra Sheer | I love these liquid luminizers because you can mix them with foundation, cream blush or bronzer for glowing skin or apply them on their own (I use a fluffy blush brush) for a natural highlighting effect. Favorites: Champagne.

Terra Firma Gel Mineral Matte Finish Bronzer | I use this on myself all the time. It’s highly pigmented (I dilute it with body lotion), long-wearing, won’t rub off on clothes and looks SO amazingly natural – If most bronzers are too orange for you, look no further! (There’s also a shimmering version if you like to twinkle.)

MAC Reflects Glitters | A MAC PRO exclusive (but anyone can buy from MAC PRO). I’ve used these in a multitude of ways: mixing custom lip gloss, over mascara for sparkling lashes, on top of just any eye look, pressed over lipstick for a metallic foil effect, as a face and body highlight, worked into a hairstyle, etc. Not many things are THIS pretty! (Be aware that MAC lists these products as “not for use in the eye area.”) Favorites: Reflects Bronze, Reflects Gold and Reflects Transparent Teal.

MAC Blot Powder and Purely Cosmetics Diamond Perfect Finish Powder | My two favorite setting powders! Blot Powder by MAC is perfect for mattifying a look without adding any color or texture. Diamond Perfect Finish Powder by Purely Cosmetics is a transparent loose powder that easily outperforms the transparent powders I have from MAC and MUFE (smoother application, better line diffusing AND it doesn’t bounce light back in photography).

See more photos & swatches!


MAC Reflects Transparent Teal Glitter


MAC Reflects Transparent Teal Glitter


MAC Reflects in Bronze, Gold, Teal


OCC Lip Tars


OCC Lip Tars in Cha Cha, Divine


Purely Cosmetics Diamond Perfect & MAC Blot Powder


Estee Lauder Lipsticks


Estee Lauder Lipsticks in Cherry Passion, Melon, Rose Tea


Terra Firma Matte Gel Bronzer


Terra Firma Matte Gel Bronzer


Face Atelier Ultra Sheer


Face Atelier in Bronze, Champagne, Opal, Peach

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41 thoughts on “7 Tried & True Must-Have Products

  1. I love glitter from Mac,they are supercool!!

  2. Cords

    The want I have for Transparent teal is unnatural and probably inappropriate. Life is infinitely better with glitter.

  3. Timea

    I love the mac transparent teal glitter!

  4. Elle

    Thanks for the tips! I have always wanted to try liquid illuminator, what other brands would you suggest? For reference in MAC I wear NW45 foundation.

    • I use MAC’s Strobe Liquid all the time as an illuminator. It’s different than Ultra Sheer… Not better or worse just different. I use both of those products as highlighters after the rest of the makeup is done (either pressed or swirled onto the skin with a blush brush) and they both work great on any skintone beacuse they’re really just adding shine, not color.

  5. Hi Dustin,

    Huge fan of your work, I’m subscribed to your channel! Thanks for this post, it’s giving me a ton of great ideas!

    One thing I have to ask: how do you use lip tars as a blush? This makes me very curious because as much as I love OCC Lip Tars, my lips do not like them b/c they just get so dry and the application of the product then becomes finicky. At the moment I only have one in Strumpet. What would be a better use of this? It’s an intense red, so I don’t think blush would work for that, but what do you think?

    Any advice is much appreciated! Thanks!

    • A very small amount tapped onto the cheeks then blended in with the fingers works best. Do this BEFORE powder. If you’ve got a color that’s too intense, mix it with something else (foundation, moisturizer, MAC’s Strobe Liquid, etc.) as long as what you’re mixing it with dries down well you should be fine.

      I’d love to use these around the eyes because they are SO intense and come in beautiful colors, but the peppermint oil makes them a little to “cool” for the eye area :) I don’t recommend it (and OCC doesn’t either).

  6. OCC Lip Tars are the best things, ever. I’ve used them at many photo shoots. :)

  7. I’m surprise how much we think alike. haha

    But my favorite liquid foundation comes from Face Atelier (the Ultra Sheer always get my jaw dropping but I just don’t like to add to much glow), Purely Cosmetics Diamond Perfect is also my favorite setting powder, Estee Lauder Lipsticks are the nicest formula I have in a lipstick next to MAC Cremesheen, OCC Lip Tars I use on the lips for something bold and a blush at times.

    I have a few MAC Reflects not in Teal yet because I have Lumi from Sugarpill. ;)

    • I have a strange relationship with Face Atelier’s foundation. Sometimes I’m kinda iffy on it, other times I think it’s the best thing I’ve ever used! If MUFE’s HD Foundation had an older sister that was smarter, dressed better and got more dates it would probably be Face Atelier’s foundation.

  8. amazing items! I m totally crazy about reflects! I wish to try it out!

  9. Wow I had never heard of some of the products and brands and I am glad I checked it out!!

  10. OMG! Lip Tars as blushes!? Dustin, you’re a genius! Can’t wait to try this.

  11. I love ‘Tried & True Must-Have Products’ posts!

  12. lilly

    lip tars as blush?? I need to see this!

  13. t_zwiggy

    I absolutely love the formula of the Estee Lauder lipsticks. Unfortunately the scent gives me a headache. :(

  14. Sharon

    Dusty, SO glad you’re contributing to Temptalia! I’m curious, what don’t you like about using OCC Lip Tars on the lips?

    • Thank you!! :) For me I find the formula on these is too thin and watery. It feathers too quickly no matter how small of an amount I use. If I’m using them on the lips then I’m usually mixing them with something else like: a matte liptick to alter the color and finish or a clear gloss to make my own lipgloss. Either way, I usually reach for a MAC Lipmix before I reach for an OCC Lip Tar on the lips.

  15. Ashley Sarah

    Dusty! I’ve been anxious to see what you write for Temptalia. I have been a subscriber of your youtube channel for awhile as well as follow your website. I haven’t tried any of these products, but heard you talk about many of them before. I have been very interested in getting a Estee Lauder Lipstick some day.

  16. Gina

    omg FINALLY I’ve found someone else who doesn’t like liptars (on the lips)! They always get rave reviews, and I purchased a few recently, and they look dry and awful on my lips. I was so disappointed. But now I’ll just try them as blushes! Thank you for the awesome idea!

  17. MJ

    Just a heads up about the reflects glitter. The reason MAC doesn’t recommend for use in the eye area is that they can actually cause a corneal laceration. If they get under a contact lens the reflects glitter can do serious damage. With that being said I do use them on my eyes, but only with a good adhesive and never with my lenses in.

    This isn’t theoretical, as a RN I have seen at least 2 serious corneal abrasions in the last year from reflects glitter.

    • Eugenia

      Thank you for this heads up, I wear contacts and I never knew that.

    • There are several other companies who make glitter that’s very similar, if not the same (Make Up For Ever for example), that say their glitter is fine for use on the eyes. I always found that strange but it’s up to the company to label their products however they’d like. I’m curious, were the corneal abrasions you saw specifically from MAC glitter or just cosmetic glitter?

  18. I love you dusty! im so glad you here on temptalia now!

  19. bxboricua

    Reflects Transparent Teal is one of my favs! btw I love the first picture you have of it on this post – it looks like stars in a dark sky :)

  20. I love MAC’s reflects transparent teal! I got it when it came out with one of their collection (can’t remember which one!!) and I STILL have it. It’ll probably outlive me haha I think I might get another glitter this year.

  21. dom

    thank you for the tips on the OCC lip tars! :) i’ve always used them just for the lips and some are mintier than the others. the clear lip tar is definitely the mintiest out of the lot. i currently own NSFW, strumpet and a beige one (can’t remember the name) but i reckon i could use that with NSFW to lighten it up into a nice pink.

  22. vicky

    Rose Tea is one of my FAVORITE lipsticks!!
    Great for autumn aswell as winter, the perfect dark rose nude idk! it’s just great ^-^

    • I would have never given it a second look but I got it in a gift with purchase offer a long time ago and fell in love! One of those lipsticks that just looks flattering on so many people :)

  23. Kimberly

    How did you get that wicked-awesome pic of the reflects teal? Looks amazing!

    • Thanks! I did several of them using different glitters. I just set the camera on the ground and set the timer. It was late at night, completely dark and shot outside. I used the flash and just threw glitter in the air. If you try it I recommend covering as much of your camera as you can… Unless you want it to be forever glittery :) LOL

  24. Does OCC Lip Tars stains when you kiss? lol.

  25. Melina

    Can I just tell you how excited I am about your posts?! I follow you on youtube as well, you are absolutely amazing! LOVE YOU!

  26. This is just amazinggg and coming from you Dustin it has to be isnt it ?? I have to try all the things listed here and did i mentioned earlier how much I loveeee you ?? your work shows how much dedicated you are to your passion :D …. you are the biggest inspiration to all of us here , May God Bless you

    @ Christine .. this is it :D …. I so wanted to read him here and cant thank you enough for this honey …..
    you rock :D ….

  27. Andrea

    Oh come on, everyone uses the MAC glitters on the eyes!

  28. Rose Tea is fabulous. DROOL.

  29. C

    I do want to try some of the OCC liptars, but I cannot for the life of me decide on a colour.