Tough one for me since I tend to try things as they release so before they’re really overrated… but here are ones I think might fall under that umbrella looking back: Anastasia Blush Trios (textures were often troublesome), Smashbox Cover Shot Palettes (hit or miss for me), Fenty Galaxy Palette (it’s fun, but it can be a lot of work to use), Pat McGrath Lipglosses (good but not as ground-breaking/improved upon compared to other glosses), Too Faced Just Peachy (better than anticipated but not stellar).
Expensive isn’t always better–you don’t always get what you pay for, and exaggerated claims abound in the industry. The first bit resonates me as I’ve tried a plethora of products from affordable to jaw-dropping in price, and aside from efficacy for the price, I’ve also come to appreciate that I have to feel OK to use what I bought… I don’t want to ration my moisturizer because it was sooo expensive–I want to use what I need comfortably.
For me, it’s definitely putting on foundation. I just really like how even my skin looks post-foundation that it always makes me feel a little “me but better” in a way.
I’d opt for something fresh-faced, luminous but not oily, and neutral all-around. Very “no makeup” makeup but certainly a lot more than one would think, haha. Unless, of course, it was an interview that was driven by makeup skills, then I’d go much bolder/colorful as appropriate, but generally, I’d do a lot less on an interview and wait to see what the environment/culture was like inside.
If I’m going to be outside a lot, particularly in heat or doing a more physical activity, then I’ll probably wear a lot less and go for minimal makeup and opt for waterproof mascara/eyeliner and a long-wear lip color (like a liquid matte) or else a gloss that can be reapplied without a mirror. If it’s indoors, then I build in layers and use a mix of creams and powders along with primers. I’ll also take a powder to touch-up with!
I think it was Benefit’s Show-Offs – they were loose eyeshadows, sort of. I also remember buying a few MAC eyeshadow singles around the same time period, possibly all on the same day, lol.