Products I’ve Changed My Mind About

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As all beauty-junkies know, love can be a fickle thing. Favorites come and go, and products that were once, “the best thing ever!” sometimes lose their wow-factor when newer products come along. As someone who’s constantly testing new formulas, I have a pretty good sense of what I like and dislike, but every so often, that changes.

Here are a few of the items in my collection I’ve changed my mind about, for better or worse.

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First, a few things that I don’t love as much as I once did.

  • Marc Jacobs New Nudes Sheer Lip Gel (Eat Cake): When I first bought this lipstick, I was in love. The shade is to die for, and I even thought I might wear it as my wedding lipstick. However, there’s something about this lip gel formula that just doesn’t work for me. It gathers in the corners of my mouth and wears off after just a couple of hours. It does okay when I pair it with a liner, but for $24, I expect a lipstick to hold its own.
  • MAC Pro-Longwear Concealer: I realize that probably sacrilege in the beauty community, but I just don’t like the MAC Pro-Longwear Concealer. In my early days, I was impressed by how long lasting and full-coverage the formula is, but it never looks natural on my skin. No matter how thin a layer I apply, it always looks dry or cakey— especially under my eyes. Add that to the fact that the pump always dispenses way too much, and I just don’t want to fuss with it. I still reach for it when I know I need my makeup to last through 10+ hours or I have a next-to-impossible blemish, but it’s lost its place in my holy-grail lineup.
  • Clinique High Impact Extreme Volume Mascara: I think that my beef with this mascara lies with the wand… The product itself makes my eyelashes look nice and thick, and it doesn’t flake into my eyes. But the wand is so big that I always end up getting product on my eyelids. After weeks of fussing with it and trying to make it work, I realized that the formula wasn’t accomplishing anything my other mascaras couldn’t, and that it was better just to use one with a more user-friendly wand.
  • Urban Decay 24/7 Glide on Pencil: When I first got into makeup, the Urban Decay eyeliners were the first high-end liners I’d ever tried. Compared to the old Revlon twist-up pencil I’d had since high school, it was incredible. There are a million colors to choose from, the formula is pigmented, and it glides (relatively) smoothly onto the eyelid. However, now that my collection has grown, I find these pencils kind of “meh.” They don’t last in my waterline, and they occasionally smudge. They work fine, but I prefer my Stila Smudge Stick Waterproof liners for most looks.

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And now, the products that I’ve grown to love. You may not believe in love at first sight, but I can assure you that love at second sight is a very real thing. After some experimentation, here are a handful of items that have become staples in my collection.

  • Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Bronze and Glow Face Sculpt and Highlight: This sculpting palette has been hyped beyond all belief on YouTube. At $68, I expected miracles when I applied it to my face, but I was disappointed when I didn’t instantly have Karlie Kloss cheekbones. There’s two secrets to this product that I’ve discovered: If you’re a pale girl like me, the contour shade in the palette is a bit too warm to created that strong, chiseled contour  look that Kim Kardashian made popular. Instead, it’s best when dusted lightly around the face to add a bit of depth and dimension. It’s very subtle, but very effective. Second, the highlighter shade is a bit frosty, so it’s important to use a very light hand. Otherwise, you’ll end up accentuating any textural imperfections on your skin. In general, less is more, but the effect is gorgeous. (And of course, it doesn’t hurt that I feel like an old Hollywood movie star whenever I hold this gorgeous packaging.)
  • Bobbi Brown Corrector (Porcelain Peach): My initial dislike of this product is entirely my own fault. This was another one of those products that I bought early high-end makeup-discovery days, and didn’t really know how to use. Important: a corrector is not a concealer. If you try to pack this on under your eyes, it will crease and migrate, and just turn into a giant mess. However, when used in a very thin layer, it works great for counteracting dark circles or neutralizing discoloration. You can use an additional concealer over the top to add additional brightness and coverage.
  • Guerlain Meteorites Baby Glow Sheer Liquid Foundation: Summers in Washington, DC are rough. It’s hot and humid, and definitely not ideal for experimenting with new base products. (Especially not ones with the word “glow” in the title…)  When I first tried this product, it turned me into a greasy, shiny mess. Recently, I decided to give this foundation another go. The weather has cooled down, and I’m not constantly dripping in sweat. I’ve found that this product  is probably much closer to a BB cream or tinted moisturizer, but recently, that’s all I’ve wanted. It’s like eight-hours of sleep in a bottle—it leaves my skin radiant and glowy without being shiny or greasy. However, I’d still recommend that those of you with exceptionally oily skin steer clear, as it doesn’t do much to combat oil production.
  • Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powders: I own a handful of the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powders (Luminous Light, Dim Light, & Ethereal Light). Their effects are subtle, and I think that’s why it took so long for me to love them. At first, I thought they were just regular old face powders. (And why pay $45 for a normal face powder when my $4 Rimmel Stay Matte is still my holy grail?!) However, when used properly, they are magic for your skin. Dim light is like poreless skin in a compact. Ethereal light is great for people who want glow without shine (similar to the Guerlain foundation mentioned above), and luminous light is a beautiful, subtle highlight without noticeable glitter or shimmer (I didn’t actually notice it until I looked at my face in natural sunlight). They’re definitely an investment, and I don’t think people should feel compelled to go out and buy them all. However, if you’re interested, I highly recommend doing some research and finding which of the powders will help you achieve your desired effect.

So there you have it! A few of the products that I’ve changed my mind about over the years. In some instances, it was just a case of learning to use a product correctly. But in others, it was the discovery of new, or more user-friendly formulas. I’d love to hear which products you’ve changed your mind about! Feel free to leave a comment below.

Thanks as always for reading! Until next time!

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