Best New Beauty Products (September 2020)

Here’s a look at the top 25 products reviewed in the month of September, 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. Did anything new get added to your wish list?
  2. What release tempted you the most?
  3. Did you make any new purchases?
  4. Or successfully dupe a new product with something you already own?

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Did anything new get added to your wish list? The Shroud Cosmetics x Beautbean collab, other things from some indie brands.

What release tempted you the most? I wasn’t really tempted by any of the bigger makeup brand releases. None of the holiday releases, except PMGL MTHRSHP Celestial Divinity (which I purchased), tempted me.

Did you make any new purchases? Several special shades from Devinah Cosmetics, Pinky Rose Exotic Peacock palette, Shroud Cosmetics Arcana palette, ColourPop Lil Ray of Sunshine and Lilac You A Lot palettes, BH Cosmetics Blueberry Muffin palette, PMGL MTHRSHP Celestial Divinity palette.

Or successfully dupe a new product with something you already own? The things I purchased are pretty unique for my collection.

Did anything new get added to your wish list? Lisa Eldridge Lippies.
What release tempted you the most? PML Mega Palette.
Did you make any new purchases? Rare Beauty Lip Souffle in Heroic, Rare Beauty Luminizer in Mesmerize and Rare Beauty Lip Balm in Compliment.

1. Did anything new get added to your wish list? Not really. I do have enough and those aren’t for me, but boy oh boy, it has been so fun to read about the Clionadh shadows and see the swatches.

2. What release tempted you the most? Giorgio Armani Lip Maestro. I am really glad I got a sample from Nordstroms though. My lips chap easily and I’m now on the fence.

3. Did you make any new purchases? I got Blue Blitz eyeliner from PML, ND Glam, and Melt Cosmetics Queen Bee (I may return). I also refreshed an older palette from a brand with newer shadows since they were almost panned.

4. Or successfully dupe a new product with something you already own? No but I did replace my lost Chanel Alezane. I was so sad when I left it behind in a hotel this year. I usually stick to a few blushes that work for me and was so happy to see it re-released. It works so well with my coloring for a light wash of color. Very natural.

1. Did anything new get added to your wish list?
The new Wayne Goss blush/highlight duos as well as the Bite tinted agave tins are on my wishlist. The melt duos would have made the list, but the size/cost ratio was a little hard to swallow and I just purchased a bunch of the CoverFx monochrome duos.

2. What release tempted you the most?
The Rare Beauty release was really tempting and I nearly blind bought a lot of it. I’ve held out though because I just have so many lip products and blushes right now. I might treat myself to either Bliss or Happy from the blushes and Ascend or Motivate from the lip soufflés come spring.

3. Did you make any new purchases?
I made a late-night sleep-deprived decision to get the Pat McGrath Celestial Divinity mega palette. I originally was going to skip it, but then I realized it has Smoked Amethyst, which is the Pat McGrath color I have been most coveting and the price was right (I’d rather have smaller pans and a lower price point in this case). I didn’t get any of the Star Wars themed products when they were out so dupes of that wasn’t a concern for me.

4. Or successfully dupe a new product with something you already own?
Yup – no CP Hocus Pocus palette for me. The only color I was really interested in was Goodbye Cruel World and I own Makeup Geek Steampunk.

Did anything new get added to your wish list? Wayne Goss Blushes. Still trying to figure out which one I want to buy first to try out the formula.

What release tempted you the most? I was tempted to buy the PMGL Celestial Divinity Palette but I have been resisting pretty well. It is a beauty though.

Did you make any new purchases? Other than the Good Molecule Cleanser, I didn’t purchase any makeup or beauty products.

Or successfully dupe a new product with something you already own? No, I haven’t found any dupes in my collection for any of the products I want unless you count the golds in PMGL palettes.

Did anything new get added to your wish list? Not really, just sunscreen and hand cream. I am still on the fence regarding the ND Bronze palette though.

What release tempted you the most? The ND Glam palette

Did you make any new purchases? Yes, I purchased the ND Glam Palette and the PMG Mini Eyeshadow palette in Sublime.

Or successfully dupe a new product with something you already own? I am always trying to dupe new products out – my Pixi Beauty Reflex Light palette does really dupe the key shades I like from the Bronze palette – so I won’t purchase it.

Did anything new get added to your wish list? Shroud Cosmetics x BeautBean It’s Freaking Bats Palette, Nomad Cosmetics Cartegena Magica Palette, Melt Digital Dust Duo Blush in Buzz Kill and Raw Honey, Wayne Goss blush duos in Blush Peony and Vivid Azalea.

What release tempted you the most? Kaleidos Makeup Fresh Fantasy Collection.

Did you make any new purchases? Yes, several. I’m most thrilled to have gotten the Lethel Cosmetics SIDE FX Gel Liners bundle on the restock. I’m also very happy to have gotten the Kaleidos Sashimi City and Lunar Lavender Palettes. They’re absolutely stunning.

Or successfully dupe a new product with something you already own? Not on purpose

Did anything new get added to your wish list? Last month, it was the new Dior 5-pans (thanks to your reviews, Christine, I was able to narrow it down to the 2 best ones for my needs and I think in terms of quality and performance, they were also the best 2); for this coming month…hey-ho, it’s that Dior Holiday 5-pan – the one with the browns and gold, though that grey one with burgundy really interests me, even though I rarely wear greys and silvers and I’m still working to feel comfortable with burgundy and red tones. I really hope both of them are stinkers, to tell you the truth!
What release tempted you the most? Last month – Dior’s 5-pans; this coming month, Dior’s holiday 5-pans!
Did you make any new purchases? Dior’s Jungle and New Look. I think I bought something else too but for the life of me, I can’t remember. And not being able to sample has really curtailed my purchases.
Or successfully dupe a new product with something you already own? Dior’s Cashmere and Grand Bal are both products I can easily dupe.

Did anything get added to my wish list:
Rare Beauty Soft Pinch Blushes, Positive Light Liquid Luminizers

What release tempted the most: Rare Beauty

New purchase: RMS Master Radiance Base Cream Highlighter

Duped a new product with something I already own:
Rare Beauty Soft Pinch Blushes and Positive Light Luminizers

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