Best New Beauty Products (May 2020)

Here’s a look at the top 25 products reviewed in the month of May, plus a summary of how many products and brands were reviewed and a break out of ratings! 🙂

I think it’d be fun to go through what we used, purchased, resisted, and so forth each month, here are some questions:

  1. What were your favorites from the last month?
  2. What didn’t impress you?
  3. Did you return anything you purchase?
  4. Or successfully resist temptation?

03.

03. Spliff Melt Cosmetics

Melt Cosmetics

PPermanent. $19.00/0.088 oz.

A+

Melt Cosmetics Spliff Gel Liner ($19.00 for 0.088 oz.) is a blackened brown with neutral-to-cool undertones and a flat, matte finish. It was...

Melt Cosmetics Spliff Gel Liner ($19.00 for 0.088 oz.) is a blackened brown with neutral-to-cool undertones and a flat, matte finish. It was...

04.

04. Wallflower Melt Cosmetics

Melt Cosmetics

PPermanent. $19.00/0.088 oz.

A+

Melt Cosmetics Wallflower Gel Liner ($19.00 for 0.088 oz.) is a medium, grass green with warm, olive undertones and a matte finish. It had rich color...

Melt Cosmetics Wallflower Gel Liner ($19.00 for 0.088 oz.) is a medium, grass green with warm, olive undertones and a matte finish. It had rich color...

05.

05. Pink Mist Sydney Grace

Sydney Grace

PPermanent. $9.00/0.25 oz.

A+

Sydney Grace Pink Mist Highlighter ($9.00 for 0.25 oz.) is a pale, whitish-beige base with pink-to-lavender shifting pearl throughout. It had a less...

Sydney Grace Pink Mist Highlighter ($9.00 for 0.25 oz.) is a pale, whitish-beige base with pink-to-lavender shifting pearl throughout. It had a less...

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08.

08. First Date Sydney Grace

Sydney Grace

PPermanent. $9.00/0.25 oz.

A

Sydney Grace First Date Pressed Blush ($9.00 for 0.25 oz.) is a light, peachy orange with strong, warm undertones and a pearly sheen. The finish was...

Sydney Grace First Date Pressed Blush ($9.00 for 0.25 oz.) is a light, peachy orange with strong, warm undertones and a pearly sheen. The finish was...

09.

09. Sun Kissed Peach Sydney Grace

Sydney Grace

PPermanent. $9.00/0.25 oz.

A

Sydney Grace Sun Kissed Peach Highlighter ($9.00 for 0.25 oz.) is a bright, light pink-peach base with light, peachy-gold shimmer that gave it a more...

Sydney Grace Sun Kissed Peach Highlighter ($9.00 for 0.25 oz.) is a bright, light pink-peach base with light, peachy-gold shimmer that gave it a more...

10.
A

Linda Hallberg Cosmetics Virgio Infinity Highlighter ($21.00 for 0.39 oz.) is a soft, yellowy gold with a smooth, metallic sheen. Per the brand, it...

Linda Hallberg Cosmetics Virgio Infinity Highlighter ($21.00 for 0.39 oz.) is a soft, yellowy gold with a smooth, metallic sheen. Per the brand, it...

13.

13. Day Dream Sydney Grace

Sydney Grace

PPermanent. $9.00/0.25 oz.

A

Sydney Grace Day Dream Pressed Blush ($9.00 for 0.25 oz.) is a deep peach with strong, warm brown undertones and a matte finish. It was intensely...

Sydney Grace Day Dream Pressed Blush ($9.00 for 0.25 oz.) is a deep peach with strong, warm brown undertones and a matte finish. It was intensely...

15.

15. Peaches and Cream Sydney Grace

Sydney Grace

PPermanent. $9.00/0.25 oz.

A

Sydney Grace Peaches and Cream Pressed Blush ($9.00 for 0.25 oz.) is a rich, medium-dark coral with moderate, warmer undertones and a matte finish. ...

Sydney Grace Peaches and Cream Pressed Blush ($9.00 for 0.25 oz.) is a rich, medium-dark coral with moderate, warmer undertones and a matte finish. ...

16.

16. Thinking of You Sydney Grace

Sydney Grace

PPermanent. $9.00/0.25 oz.

A

Sydney Grace Thinking of You Pressed Blush ($9.00 for 0.25 oz.) is a rich, deep coral with strong, warm orange undertones and a matte finish. It was...

Sydney Grace Thinking of You Pressed Blush ($9.00 for 0.25 oz.) is a rich, deep coral with strong, warm orange undertones and a matte finish. It was...

20.

20. I Want It All (35) Sephora

Sephora

PPermanent. $13.00/0.1 oz.

A

Sephora I Want It All (35) Rouge Lacquer ($13.00 for 0.1 oz.) is a rich, medium-dark red with moderate, cool undertones and a luminous sheen. It...

Sephora I Want It All (35) Rouge Lacquer ($13.00 for 0.1 oz.) is a rich, medium-dark red with moderate, cool undertones and a luminous sheen. It...

21.

21. Get Ready (37) Sephora

Sephora

PPermanent. $13.00/0.1 oz.

A

Sephora Get Ready (37) Rouge Lacquer ($13.00 for 0.1 oz.) is a muted, medium-dark plum with moderate, warm undertones and a glossy, cream finish. It...

Sephora Get Ready (37) Rouge Lacquer ($13.00 for 0.1 oz.) is a muted, medium-dark plum with moderate, warm undertones and a glossy, cream finish. It...

25.

25. Allegro Sydney Grace

Sydney Grace

PPermanent. $9.00/0.25 oz.

A

Sydney Grace Allegro Highlighter ($9.00 for 0.25 oz.) is a light-medium, rosy copper with subtle, warm undertones and a smooth, metallic sheen. It...

Sydney Grace Allegro Highlighter ($9.00 for 0.25 oz.) is a light-medium, rosy copper with subtle, warm undertones and a smooth, metallic sheen. It...

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What were your favorites from the last month? Australian Gold tinted facial sunscreen, Tarte Martini eyeshadow (man, is it ever gorgeous), MAC Full Fuchsia lipstick
What didn’t impress you? nothing I can think of; I guess I’m not impressed by the weather – it’s too hot and humid to take a walk or do much of anything except stay inside
Did you return anything you purchase? nope
Or successfully resist temptation? yup…there’s plenty I think I want (not because I need or even desperately WANT anything; I just want to get out to a store and buy something sort of “frivolous”, even if it’s just some essential oils).

I don’t want or need anything either, but I totally get the feeling of wanting to browse in a store again and buying something frivolous!

What were your favorites from the last month? Mac Haux eyeshadow, Clinique Dramatically Different Lipstick in Canoodle, and Benefit Precisely My Brow in Grey.

What didn’t impress you? Can’t think of anything.

Did you return anything you purchase? I didn’t purchase anything.

Or successfully resist temptation? I think this is the first time in years that I have no makeup on my wish list!

… I feel like I just answered May’s survey roundup questions and now we’re on June?!?

What were your favorites from the last month? L’Oreal Freshwear Foundation, Hourglass Ambient Lighting Ghost Unlocked palette, Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush in Mood Exposure, Glossier Cloud Paint in Beam, Pixi Multibalm in Sheer Sculpt, Sigma Enchanted palette, LimeCrime Venus XL 2 palette

What didn’t impress you? The Ofra Glitch palette, but only because it wasn’t nearly as metallic as the reviews said. Most were satin or more of a sophisticated shimmer than overtly metallic.

Did you return anything you purchase? I did not!

Or successfully resist temptation? There really hasn’t been a whole lot that has tempted me, but I have resisted buying from Menagerie Cosmetics because they’ve been hiatus for the last few weeks, lol.

What were your favorites from the last month? A Korean blush trio I bought from MBX MEMEBOX: the Afternoon Tea set, and PML Mothership III.

What didn’t impress you? Estee Lauder Pure Color Love Cooling Highlighter in Moon Pearl. I am NC15 and I don’t feel that this shows up on me at all. It’s not even a subtle highlight, it’s feels like it’s non-existent. Maybe I need to try applying it with my fingers instead of swiping it on my face.

Did you return anything you purchase? Nope!

Or successfully resist temptation? Yes and no. I tried a bunch of new to me Korean makeup but there really isn’t much in new US releases that I want to get right now.

Ah, a rebranding. They used to have some Memebox on Ulta. I liked some of the Nooni stuff, but never was into I Dew Care. I hope you didn’t have to order from Yesstyle. That is always a card crashing cluster £^{|< for me.

I looked at I’M MEME’s website and it looks like they have a lot of sub brands. I do order from YesStyle, I haven’t had any issues paying with PayPal. I just worry about shipping due to the situation in Hong Kong.

What were your favorites from the last month? So many! Pat McGrath Divine Rose II Mothership, Melt Spliff Gel liner, many of the UD 24/7 Glide On Eye Pencils and YSL lipsticks. Sydney Grace cheek products, too. And a few of the MAC Bronzer Collection items came home to me!

What didn’t impress you? Melt 420 Eyeshadow palette. I know there were plenty of others, but that’s the first one that popped up in my head.

Did you return anything you purchase? Nope!

Or successfully resist temptation? Yes, TONS of it!

What were your favorites from the last month? Maybelline’s Burgundy Bar, Pixi Beauty Reflex Light, Naked 2 and all of my olive shades. For lipsticks: EA’s Bronze, CP’s Foolish and Gallop.

What didn’t impress you? Not being able to see or swatch Cover FX’s Soft Peach blush duo in Sephora. In fact, Sephora had totally run out of peach/coral blushes in store. Not a single one….

Did you return anything you purchase? Yes, I picked up the Cover FX duo of Spiced Cinnamon, but when I looked at your review Christine, I realised that it would be the wrong shade for me, so I returned it to Sephora unopened and untouched.

Or successfully resist temptation? To be honest, I haven’t really seen anything that I have wanted in the eyeshadow/lipstick line at all. Sephora didn’t have any of their new rouge lipsticks that you recently reviewed, but I was after a good quality blush in my kind of shade. I ended up purchasing Clinique’s Melon Pop and The Balm’s Hot Mama.

What were your favorites from the last month? THAT I BOUGHT: Wayne Goss lip products (especially the Zinnia lipstick and the Cinnamon lipliner), Fenty Beauty Cheeks Out Cream Blushes, L.A. Girl Just Blushing Blush in Just Because… (as a contour shade), MILK Makeup Watermelon Brightening Serum Stick, BH Cosmetics Truffle Blush Palettes, Nomad New York Studio 54 Collection, Looxi Beauty Highlighters, Devinah multichrome shadows, ColourPop Mulan Collection, and Midas Cosmetics Smokey Glow Palette.
THAT I DIDN’T BUY: Juvia’s Place Walhala Palette. I missed it. I hope I get it on the restock. NARS bronzers collection.

What didn’t impress you? THAT I BOUGHT: Melt 420 Palette. I love the color story, but the shadows are horribly dusty, and the quality is all over the place. THAT I DIDN’T BUY: NARS latest Orgasm Collection, MAC Bronzer Collection, MAC x Selena eye palette, Natasha Denona Palette 5-pan palette in 06

Did you return anything you purchased? I’m considering returning the Melt 420 palette, but I’m going to try some tips from friends who have it longer.

Or successfully resist temptation? More of the Wayne Goss collection, more Fenty cream blushes, Norvina Pro Vol. 4, Norvina Pro Vol. 1-3 (even though they came on sale).

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