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Blinc mascara! Every single mascara I’d ever used (ever! from drugstore to Dior!) had been a failure, making me look like a strung-out raccoon in sometimes as little as 30 minutes. I heard Blinc was the ultimate everything-proof mascara, and even that is an understatement. The world could end and that mascara would still be on. The Amplified version is even better. I’ll never use anything else.

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Same product for me! Although I love makeup (I read this blog every day!), I have very few high end products. However, the NARS primer is truly worth every penny. It makes my eyeshadow stay all day long, with no creasing at all… and I live in Ecuador, where the combination of heat and humidity will usually make you feel you are melting.

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Yes! I bought the NARS Smudgeproof on Christine’s recommendation and was stunned at how well it performs. Kept my shadow on after I accidentally rubbed my eye.

A hundred times, using all of the XYZ Magazine’s favorite Lancome mascaras broke my eyelashes off, after Chanel I get complimented all the time on how thick my lashes are even when I’m not wearing anything on them.

For me it is MUFE Aqua Brow. It is so good for shaping my eyebrows and doe snot smudge afterwards – ever!

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Guerlain Lingerie de Peau Foundation and NARS Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base, I’ve never tried others since I started using these. ๐Ÿ™‚

A second vote for Sisley. I’m on my second jar of Sisley Sisleya eye and lip cream.. it’s fantastic! I also use it on my eyes and also the outer perimeter of my lips and it makes my lips look a little fuller by keeping them well moisturized. I also have zero lip lines at almost 50. Great product.

Hourglass Mineral Veil Primer – I never thought it would be that good that it would justify the price but it did and then some! Same with Clarins Fix Makeup – it is the most wonderful setting spray! Oh, and Tarte blushes. I don’t think I’ll ever purchase another brand.

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Anthropologie’s Albeit lipsticks, which I bought one (Claret) expecting an okay-ish lipstick with a kickbutt case. They’re fantastic. A bit slide-y around, but not even much.

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I used to rarely ever have high expectations for any product, since I know marketing ploys can be misleading. If I’ve had several similar products (e.g. eyeshadows) from the same company that have performed remarkably well, I’d expect the same quality in any future purchases. But, I usually just buy something that looks good, and hope that it’ll be decent quality once I put it on. Sometimes, I’ve been pleasantly surprised, and sometimes, I’ve been disappointed. A lot of times, it’s a gamble.

I have to say, now that I’ve found this blog, I do have higher expectations from some products that have been swatched and reviewed. If you say it wears really well, or that it was a dream to apply, or that you got longer wear out of a certain product, then my expectations do go up. I also know what to avoid, and not waste my money on, now.

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Listen, I don’t buy anything reviewed by Temptalia without reading the review first. PERIOD. I may or may not agree with the review, but I will ALWAYS read first… and buy at my own risk later lol

My Bare Minerals eyeshadow quads.

You gave them good reviews, but they were even better than I was expecting. They just apply very nicely, pigmented and easy to blend (even with my mid to low end brushes).

Too Faced shadow Insurance immediately came to mind. I could not wear eye makeup without it. I always had issues with eyeshadows creasing and mascara smudging on my orbital bone, even with the paint pots. I picked up TFSI just to check out the hype, not expecting miracles, and I’ll never be without it again! I can even wear inexpensive mascara (Great Lash) and no more mascara disappearing off my lashes onto my skin!!

Gosh, I have a few and will add to the throngs voting for NARS smudgeproof primer because I haven’t even looked at another primer since.

My next vote would be for Guerlain meteorites perles light diffusing primer for face. Hourglass feels very heavy in comparison and the Guerlain works better on my skin.

Armani Maestro foundation in 4.0. It really does look like skin. It’s the best foundation for a non-makeup makeup look and one of the best matches I have ever found for my neutral NC20 skintone. The only challenge: it can emphasize small dry patches. I find I can add a veil of NARS tinted moisturizer underneath and the two products work just amazingly well together and the TM helps to minimize dry patches..for me anyway. Plus, both have sunscreen.

Chanel Notorious. Couldn’t believe how natural a sculpting powder could actually look. If you apply lightly, it’s incredibly subtle and that’s my kinda speed.

There’s more, but these are a few of the my favourite performers.

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I bought the Physician’s Formula Happy Boost Blush with low expectations. I got it in Natural because I had been told I shouldn’t wear blush, because I was too pale. Just a little of it gives me a perfect wash of color, not too bright or garish.

I totally agree with Christine, you can wear any blush you like! I use a hot pink blush sheered out with a stippling brush, and I feel like it gives me the perfect flush ๐Ÿ™‚ And I’m the palest of the pale…like Mac NW15 in the summer haha!

I second that! I, too, am paler than pale; in Winter i sort of blend into the snow :). But a nice pink (TF Frantic Pink, anything pink by NARS, Inglot, etc) paired with a stippling brush is PERFECT.
I was also told i should never wear black eyeliner.

Sweetie I am NW15 at my tannest and I rock the blush, Benefit Dandelion looks lovely on us pale ladies and MAC’s blushbaby, well dressed, and pinkswoon are my go tos! All of them look wonderful on pale skin, so I disagree with who ever told you that, Pale girls look BEST with a flush of blush on their cheeks ๐Ÿ™‚ it brings our porcelain complexion alive without making us look like a clown.

Definitely Revlon Colorstay 24 Hour Whipped Foundation. I have tried all types of foundations and this one is by far my favorite.

This is mine too! A girlfriend has been trying to get me on Colorstay for years but I have been firmly devoted to the horrifically expensive Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua Fresh & Hydrating Cream Compact Makeup. It’s amazing, but a compact really only lasts about 3 months if you use it daily, and at around $75 after tax that’s just not enough product. So, I picked up some ColorStay whipped because I figured it was the closest thing in the color stay range to my beloved compact. HOLEY SMOKES! It’s BETTER than the Chanel! It looks and feels like skin once it sets, and doesn’t go ultra-shiny after 5 hours. Plus it doesn’t break me out OR dry me out at all. I really can’t get over how amazing it is.

Pretty much all my Chanel, Guerlain and Ysl items, and that Lancรดme lipstick I just bought is so weightless and gorgeous, I wasnยดt expecting to love it so much.

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