Best & Worst Makeup Products: November 2015
Making a list and checking it twice? Wanna find out which makeup is naughty or nice? The Beautypedia Team is here to help.
The Kevyn Aucoin brand made quite the impression on us, along with a couple superstar products from other brands. We’ve separated the standouts from those not-so-impressive picks in November’s Best and Worst Makeup!
The Best Newly Reviewed Makeup Products (Four to Five Stars)
Kevyn Aucoin The Precision Brow Pencil ($26) – It's on the pricey side, but this precision-tip brow pencil performs flawlessly and comes in a perfectly crafted range of shades for light blonde to near-black brows. Better yet, the slightly stiff texture works amazingly well to draw in between natural brow hairs, and the soft matte finish never smears, fades, or flakes.
Kevyn Aucoin The Pure Powder Glow ($37) – This blush’s buttery-smooth texture had us at hello. Most impressive, as despite being matte, The Pure Powder Glow doesn't appear flat on skin. Instead each shade imparts a healthy "dimensional matte” glow. Genius!
Kevyn Aucoin The Sensual Skin Enhancer ($48) – This concealer is one of the brands' tried-and-true originals, and it remains a “hero” product to this day due to its impressive concentration of pigmentation. Given the fact one container will last you a long (long) time, the price actually isn’t bad.
L’Oreal Voluminous Superstar Mascara Waterproof ($10.99) – As long as you ignore the volumizing claims L’Oreal makes, this is an excellent primer + waterproof mascara for lengthening and defining lashes. The primer does the separating, while the mascara piles on the length for “oh la la” lashes!
Paula’s Choice Berry & Bright Lip Collection ($45) – Long-lasting, bold color AND it moisturizes your lips–what’s not to love? Get your hands on this limited edition set of “chubby” sticks in three rich shades + one shimmer topcoat—before it’s gone!
The Not-So-Great Newly Reviewed Makeup Products (Three Stars or Lower)
Bobbi Brown Brightening Brick ($46) – Despite claims that this “soft flush of a blush” adds subtle luminosity, the glittery finish wasn't as finely milled as we had hoped + the flecks of sparkle ended up drifting to other areas of the face. In the end, this product left us feeling more "meh-from-within" than "lit-from-within."
Clinique Acne Solutions BB Cream SPF 40 ($38) – Between a high amount of alcohol and a less-than-natural-looking finish, this BB cream lands itself on the naughty list. That’s a shame considering its offers impressive broad-spectrum sun protection of SPF 40. We BB-disappointed with this one, Clinique.
Kevyn Aucoin The Eyeshadow Single ($30) – While not necessarily a “bad” product, these ultra-expensive, sheer eyeshadow singles are more blasé than extraordinary. If you’re looking to splurge, we can think of several options more worthy of your hard-earned dollars. Hint: See our Best Eyeshadows list.
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