I must confess that I spend far too much money on make-up, much to my debit card’s dismay; from high street department stores to Beauty Bay and Feel Unique, I can spend a big portion of my pocket money. So, if you’re looking for premium make-up to splash out on, here’s a list of my favourites and my regrets.
I haven’t bought myself a Naked palette but, looking back, it would have been a worthwhile expense. Having been given Naked 2 and 3 for Christmas, I can honestly say they’re a godsend. The colours are neutral, but have enough pigment to make an impact and, with the right combination, the palette creates looks ranging from a neutral eye to a dramatic night look. The brush is dual-ended, but the blending brush side doesn’t blend amazingly. I use a loose bristled eyeshadow brush to blend, but the Naked brush to apply. At £39, they are a dent to the budget, but well worth it!
Foundation-wise, I have really oily skin (bane of my life) so I needed something that could accommodate that, while not looking cakey, so I use Estée Lauder double wear. At £30, I can’t afford to use it everyday, but it’s worth it for those nights out and balls to add something special to your makeup look. The range of colours is disappointing however, ranging from beige to more beige and, although perfect for me (their colour match service is a must), darker skin tones are better looking at other brands like Charlotte Tilbury, Mac or black|Up.
Concealers, I find are good to spend more rather than less on, although there are great dupes out there because it can really make the difference. It means people will notice that sharp-enough-to-cut cat eye before that damned spot or post-cheesies dark circles. I swear by two in particular: the Benefit Erase Paste and the Naked concealer, and I use both at once. The Benefit concealer has pink pigments and neutralises purple undertones to create a fresh, awake finish and comes with a neat little spoon for good application. Its creamy consistency isn’t too thick, so it doesn’t crease too much, especially when used with my trusty beauty blender! The Naked concealer is a recent purchase of mine, but I may honestly be in love (Facebook status: it’s complicated?). It has a liquid consistency but blends seamlessly for an even yet matte finish and covers everything from bags to spots. It’s perfect for those days when you can’t be bothered with your full face, just a little of this stuff goes a long way! With wand application it’s easy to use, although its range of colours is limited.
However, I have bought some premium makeup that I’ve been less than happy with, like benefits ‘they’re real’ mascara, and Laura Geller’s wearables eyeshadow palettes. I found the mascara gloopy and far too wet, making my lashes look sparse, albeit long. The palette, although good with nice colours, has less pigment than I would like, especially in the more maroon colour. With a matte base of a similar colour, the baked shadows would be good as a glitter topcoat, but I don’t think I could use this palette alone to do a good eye look.
So these are my top high end products and ones that really didn’t live up to the hype. Good luck beauty lovers!