The long-running Unsung Heroes series here on Makeup and Beauty Blog features some of our all-time favorite permanent collection products.
When I was looking through all of my makeup, trying to decide what I should write about for a Makeup Unsung Heroes post, I realized that most of what I have are things that everyone else loves, and that’s probably why I bought them. Rarely do I just go out and buy a product because I think it looks good. But sometimes those are the best ones!
Here are three products that I sort of took a chance on and ended up loving, and I think you might like them, too. 🙂
Coty Airspun Loose Face Powder
When I heard about Coty Airspun Loose Face Powder, it was only about $7 bucks, and I was using a super expensive Makeup Forever powder at the time. I wanted to find something cheaper, and I was really loving how loose powders worked, especially for baking under the eyes.
The first time I tried it, I used my beautyblender and pressed it into my concealer under my eyes. The soft formula made my under-eye area feel like silk, ’cause it kind of absorbed the concealer. It made everything look perfect under my eyes, and that’s mostly why I love it.
I also use it to set the rest of my face, and here’s a trick. If you put a little bit more than you normally would where you’re going to be putting your contour, that helps your contour not go all patchy, like mine tends to do sometimes. It just helps everything blend so much better on top.
If you’re really sensitive to scented makeup, this is probably the strongest smelling makeup item I have. It literally smells like the strongest synthetic floral scent in the word, and it reminds me of how my mom’s makeup used to smell in the ’90s. Good thing I can only smell it when I’m applying it, and I don’t smell it on my face the rest of the day.
But just a fair warning if you’re super sensitive to fragrances.
The Body Shop Shimmer Cubes Palettes
I actually used to work at The Body Shop, so I got a chance to try a lot of different things that I honestly would have never thought to pick up on my own, and one of my favorites from the store that I used to sell to everybody that came in were these The Body Shop Shimmer Cubes Palettes ($22 each).
I love both of these two. One is in these gorgeous, kind of gold-y, bronze-y, pink-y colors, and the other has shades of teal and blue, which are awesome for adding pops of color.
But the main reason I love these is because they have the most amazing metallic shimmer finish, and you can use them wet or dry.
When you use them dry, they do go pretty sheer, which I like in this case for a sheer wash of shimmer over the lids, for just like a summer daytime look, but when I’m going, like, buh-bam! with my eye shadow, I get them wet and pat them on the lid, and it’s amazing. I love them.
I also love the line’s single eye shadows, maybe even more than these. They’re just as pigmented as MAC shadows, and they act just the same way. But they’re actually quite a bit cheaper.
That was one thing I loved to show customers in the store. I would just walk over and rub my finger in one of the shadows, and people would be amazed at how pigmented they are.
Unfortunately, I lost my The Body Shop single eye shadows, sadly, so I couldn’t take pictures of them. 🙁 So I need to order some more.
Maybelline Full n’ Soft Waterproof Mascara
I can’t even believe how much I’ve talked about Maybelline Full n’ Soft Waterproof Mascara (about $8) on my blog. I’ve recommended it to everybody I know.
It’s honestly one of my greatest discoveries, but before I discovered it, I was having a lot of problems with my lashes not holding a curl. It also seemed like every mascara I put on would transfer to my lids, or under my eyes, and it would ruin my makeup.
So I set out to find a mascara that would hold a curl, and then I heard about this one. I gave it a try, and now I freaking love it.
When you put it on, it goes on really softly, and it just adds a little bit of fullness and length. It has amazing separation, too, so you don’t have clumpy lashes at all, and you can leave it there, but I normally don’t. I normally like to add a second or third coat to kinda pump them up a little for these amazingly separated, fluffy lashes.
Or, I’ll use a separate mascara on top, but whatever you put on top of it it ends of working that much better. Just curl your lashes, then put this on. It’s going to stay put until you take it off, and it’s going to hold that curl from your eyelash curler.
I know, it’s kind of scary to try products that you haven’t heard much about, but honestly, get out there and try stuff, ’cause a lot of the time, it leads to finding some of the best products. Because it’s really hard for every blog to write about every good product, so there’s a lot of good things out there that aren’t getting attention.
So…ya! OK, bye.