There’s a tag floating around the beauty virtual world on “10 makeup products I would repurchase” if I lost all of my makeup. The intent is to show what products are truly your go-to products, beyond monthly favorites, that you absolutely must have. Here goes!
- Chantecaille Just Skin Tinted Moisturizer SPF 15 in Glow – Despite the hefty price tag of $64, this really is the best base I’ve used. On a daily basis for a light coverage, this is my go-to product. I keep thinking this may not be worth it, but I have consistently been asked by other women what I’m using to make my face so glowy when I’m wearing this.
- Clé de Peau Beauté Concealer in Beige – I use this all over my face to cover discoloration and blemishes. It’s again, another super pricey product at $70, but the retractable stick form is so easy for me to apply with my fingers. It’s also highly pigmented so the stick lasts for A LONG TIME. If I were to use it under my eyes, I might get shade Ivory for that brightening effect, but I’m happy with Beige.
- Majolica Majorca SPF 18+ Skin Remaker Pore Cover in OC20 – This is a sub-brand of Shiseido, and I’ve come to REALLY like their products. I use shade OC20, and it’s perfect. I use this to set my makeup, and it really does create a near flawless finish. One note – you have to buy the gold case separately.
- Chanel Joues Contraste Powder Blush – in shade Orchid Rose or Rose Initiale. I am a blush junkie and rarely wear the same blush two days in a row. I have a hard time picking which blush I would repurchase (I will never go through a blush), but if I were to pick just ONE, then I would pick a Chanel Joues Contraste. I don’t wear my Chanel blushes often, but every time I do, I wonder why I don’t. It’s so finely milled and leaves your cheeks with a natural, beautiful glow.
- Anastasia Brow Wiz in Medium Ash – The thin pencil makes penciling in the eyebrow so easy and natural. It’s also a very natural eyebrow color for those with very dark brown hair with no red tones.
- Majolica Majorca Lash Expander Frame Plus – This is a fantastic mascara for those of us with short lashes that resist holding a curl. It lengthens REALLY WELL and keeps a curl like no other. It’s very water resistant and does not smudge.
- Urban Decay Naked 2 Eyeshadow Palette – Out of all the eyeshadow palettes I have, this is truly the one eyeshadow palette that you need to do multiple neutral to smokey eyes and everything in between.
- Stila Smudge Stick Waterproof Eyeliner – A great eyeliner, but not smudge proof or waterproof by any means. Works better for me than Urban Decay 24/7 and Make Up For Ever Aqua liners. Still needs to be set by an eyeshadow.
- Tom Ford Lipstick in Blush Nude – My light pinky-nude lipstick of choice for a night out. Never fails to make me feel put together. Needs a gloss on top.
- Skindinavia No More Shine Makeup Finish Spray – With extremely oily skin, I NEED to set my makeup. Leaves my face looking glowy, not oily. Love. I currently have the Dance Active Makeup Spray version, but I prefer No More Shine. Urban Decay De-Slick has the same effect.
What are makeup products that you would repurchase?? If you’ve done this tag already, please share with us in the comments!
BB Creams have been on a huge rise in the U.S. “BB” stands for Blemish or Beauty Balm (sometimes other “B” words stand in but all indicate the same meaning), and this product was first created in the 1950’s in Germany to heal and cover post-facial procedure skin. It has been hugely popular in Asia, where women are all about skincare – so BB Creams typically have SPF, skin brightening properties, and other skin benefits in addition to providing a flawless base.
According to WWD:
BB creams are designed to heal problematic skin and create a smooth canvas for makeup. They can be applied directly or blended into foundation. “BB creams aren’t marketed as either makeup or skin care; instead they’re about enhancing a woman’s natural beauty,” says NPD’s Karen Grant, who says the growing popularity here is an “evolution of the brightening craze.”
BB Creams don’t tend to have a huge color selection – it’s made to brighten the skin, so typically there is 1-2 shades and it was general made to suit light to medium skin tones. See below for displays at personal care stores in Taiwan (you’ll see that Maybelline has two versions of BB Cream available in Asia – one regular cream in the tube and one foam, both in aqua packaging):
The dark blue tube in the picture below is actually a BB Cream targeted towards men.
Here in the U.S., more established brands have been putting out BB Creams targeted to the wider range of skin tones that American women have. Smashbox has been promoting their range on Sephora, and the Asian brands Dr. Jart and Boscia have had BB Creams out there as well.
As for the texture, it really varies. Some are thick and provide very heavy coverage, while some are lighter and feel just like a tinted moisturizer. Maybelline has a foam version that my cousin actually uses (she says it’s just ok). There has been some controversy in Asia recently that says BB Creams have been the culprit behind clogged pores, and there are actually facial cleansers that are just for removing BB Creams.
I’ve tried a BB Cream from MAC before – it was WAY too light even for my NC25 skin, but bear in mind the original intent of BB Creams was to brighten and lighten scars and redness, and when I was in Asia, I noticed that some girls purposely wear a lighter shade to “give their skin more radiance”. I recently purchased one from Etude House, a Korean brand, while I was in Asia and that color shade suits me really well and actually gives me a tanned glow.
I wanted to get more when I was in Asia (namely #02 Natural by Laneige), but I restrained myself as I have way too many foundations and tinted moisturizers to get through already. I use BB Creams just as I would my Chantecaille Just Skin and my tarte Amazonian Clay Tinted Moisturizer. I make sure I have SPF underneath and still use concealer where I need it.
Will you try BB Creams? Have you tried them before? Share with us your favorites!