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Best & Worst Makeup Products: August 2015

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August was a busy month for makeup, and we found some gems, including another blockbuster to add to Becca’s already-impressive lineup of highlighters. There were some less-than-great products we reviewed, too, though—among them two primer products that just didn’t live up to their claims.

Here are August’s Best and Worst Makeup products!

The Best New Makeup Products Reviewed

A color-saturated eyeshadow, high-performance foundation, and a primer that provides a lit-from-within glow all made the grade.

  • Becca Backlighting Primer Filter ($38) – This subtle highlighting lotion works for a variety of skin tones and is versatile enough to be used under foundation for all-over radiance (for normal to dry skin), applied selectively to highlight key areas of the face (for combination to oily skin).
  • Kat Von D Metal Crush Eyeshadow ($21) – These fragrance-free shadows have a buttery-smooth texture that’s a breeze to blend. They’re packed with color, so a little goes a long way—plus they don’t flake, crease, or fade!
  • Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Invisible Cover Stick Foundation ($43) - Natural-looking coverage in stick form is possible! This blendable foundation is ideal for combination to dry skin and comes in a good range of shades, from very fair to deep.
  • Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Bronze & Glow Face Sculpt & Highlight ($68) – This bronzer/highlighter combo features a neutral medium-brown powder that works amazingly well on a variety of skin tones, as well as a beautiful highlighter that makes skin glow without obvious sparkle or glitter.
  • Smashbox #Shapematters Palette ($65) – A one-stop-shopping palette, #Shapematters features a range of great products including a brow wax, two brow powders, four face powders ideal for contouring, and nine eyeshadows that are beautiful, blendable, and don’t flake or fade!

The Worst New Makeup Products Reviewed: Two Stars (or Lower)

Most of the makeup products that made this month’s worst list didn’t actually have bad ingredients (such as fragrance or irritants). Instead, they just did not live up to their claims and had an overall so-so performance.

  • Sonia Kashuk Extreme Wear Eye Primer ($8.99) – Though this somewhat tacky eye primer can improve the color quality and delay fading of eyeshadow, it doesn’t stop creasing in shadows that are prone to doing so (one of the main reasons many people wear a shadow primer!).
  • L’Oreal Paris True Match Lumi Liquid Glow Illuminator ($12.99) – There are so many things we liked about this highlighter: Its easy-to-blend texture, luminous finish, and ability to wear through the day without fading. Unfortunately, it contains an iffy amount of alcohol—you can smell it on your face—which could potentially lead to irritation.
  • CoverGirl Outlast Stay Luminous Foundation ($11.30) – This foundation starts out with natural-looking medium coverage, but doesn’t blend well or easily as it should, and over time begins clinging to dry patches and emphasizing imperfections.
  • CoverGirl Outlast Longwear + Moisture Lipstick ($8.99) – Though it claims to be longwearing, we found it didn’t last much longer than a standard lipstick, its color easily transfers, and it can stain lips unevenly.
  • CoverGirl Outlast All-Day Makeup Primer ($11.15) – A makeup primer should make foundation apply more easily and wear better, but this one drags as you apply it, pills on certain areas of the face, and makes foundation appear patch and uneven—the opposite of what a good primer should do!

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