We all know those classic makeup products; the ones that (at one point in time) every beauty guru had in their collections, fellow beauty lovers raved about, and were out of stock constantly – making it very tricky to actually get hold of them yourself. We’ve all been there, right?
As someone who has been ‘into’ beauty for around 4 years, I’ve tried many hyped up products. Fortunately, many of them have been definite hits and have found a permanent place in my make-up collection. In fact, some have been repurchased over and over again, and will continue to be.
With the beauty industry being valued at a whopping $532 billion in 2019, we’ve become accustomed to brands releasing new must-haves every week and feeling like we need to buy them – and I must admit that I’ve fallen for the type more than a few times in the past, and I still do now (I just like makeup, okay). With so many products being released up until now (which I’m sure will continue when the world starts to return to normal), I thought it would be nice to talk about some of the classics that are worth the hype and have become long-term favourites…
Charlotte Tilbury Bronze and Glow
Let’s start with one of my ride or dies. In fact, this might actually be my favourite makeup item of all time; the Charlotte Tilbury Bronze and Glow. Let’s start with a disclaimer that the price reflects the luxuriousness of its packaging – in fact, I waited until I found a decent discount before I initially purchased this. However, with a standard luxury bronzer or highlighter costing upwards of £20, it isn’t that bad and it lasts for ages. I must have bought my second one a year ago and am still yet to hit pan.
This duo is just perfect for day-to-day or amped up for night outs. I have the Light-Medium shade and find both the bronzer and highlighter compliment my pale warmer toned skin really well. The bronzer is quite neutral, making it great for sculpting, but it adds a nice subtle glow to your skin too. The highlighter is also a lovely champagne shade that isn’t too shimmery or glittery.
MAC Mineralize Skinfinish Natural
I’ve been through a fair few of these powders over the years. Many products from MAC are extremely popular, and this a product that I was inspired to pick up after Anna from The Anna Edit recommended it. Judging by the fact that I keep buying this, you already know it didn’t disappoint! The MAC Mineralize Skinfinish Natural Powder in Light Plus is a great setting powder for me; due to its baked finish, it looks natural and sets my base without making it look too dry or powdery. As someone with skin that is often dehydrated, this is exactly what I’m looking for in a powder.
Chanel Soleil Tan de Chanel
I feel bad including this product because I’m pretty sure it’s been reformulated; it’s now called the Chanel Les Beiges Healthy Glow Bronzing Cream. I’m not sure how different the new version is as I’m still yet to try it, but hopefully not much has changed besides from the name because the original really is the perfect cream bronzer. One of the things that used to concern me about using cream products is that they might not sit nicely over powder. My skin is combination, so I prefer to set my concealer and foundation, and this blends seamlessly over the top like a good powder bronzer would.
This is quite warm-toned (the original at least), but I personally like this – it adds some much needed colour to my face and I think it helps make my skin look sunkissed (well, as sunkissed as my translucently pale skin can look). As much as I love this product though, Chanel really needs to release this in more shades so everyone can enjoy it – as is the case with many of their products. Another downside is that this is pricey. but you do get a lot of product.
Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution Lipstick
Charlotte Tilbury is my favourite makeup brand, so of course I had to feature another of her products in this line-up – and this is one of her most iconic ones. I love the Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution Lipsticks in general because they’re a comfortable, creamy matte with very decent staying power (my favourite colours are Hell’s Bells and Super Cindy), but Pillow Talk is the one that I want to highlight today. Even if you haven’t tried anything from the brand, you’ve probably heard of the Pillow Talk lipstick before – and (of course) the product that started the hype in the first place; the matching lip liner.
Like I said, the formula of her lipsticks are really nice, and it’s no surprise that this shade is so well-loved; it’s a cooler toned pink nude that looks great on a range of skin tones. However, I’m really glad that the brand brought brought out a darker version of Pillow Talk to suit even more skin tones (which also looks gorgeous). If you love the liner and lipstick, the matching blusher and eyeshadow quad are wonderful too!
BareMinerals Original Loose Mineral Foundation
I understand that power products aren’t for everyone. If you have dry skin, you’re probably not jumping at the chance to try this one. However, the BareMinerals Original Loose Mineral Foundation doesn’t look powdery at all on my combination skin (which can be a bit dry in places, oily in others). It actually has quite a silky feel and gives a subtle glow to the skin. To be honest, I like anything that makes me look glowy.
This gives good coverage (medium, but can be built up to full), is quick to apply (I like to buff it in using a dense brush) and it doesn’t look like you’re wearing a face-full of heavy foundation. This is always my go-to when I’m running late in the morning and need to get my face on fast!
NARS Sheer Glow Foundation
Once everyone’s favourite, I feel like this is a bit of a polarising product these days. I’ve seen a few people try the NARS Sheer Glow Foundation in recent years and say that it’s too heavy; that it doesn’t sit nicely on their skin. However, I’ve never had a problem with that. For me, this always looks good no matter what mood my skin is in; whether it’s relatively clear or blotchy and breaking out. The name might be confusing as it doesn’t have a dewy finish (it’s more satin, I’d say) but it provides exactly what the name describes; a sheer glow. It has a liquid-y texture, so it’s easy to build up if you need to, and has a decent shade range too; I feel like the shade Deauville is my perfect match.
Benefit Precisely, My Brow Pencil
A brow pencil is a brow pencil – right? While there isn’t a lot of difference between extremely thin ones like the Benefit Precisely, My Brow (I also like the Hourglass Arch Brow Micro Pencil and the Fenty Beauty Brow MVP), this is the one that I’ve purchased over and over again. I just find this really easy to use; it’s not too waxy or smooth, which can make your brows look too harsh or melt off your face halfway through the day. I like to brush my brows up with the spoolie, then lightly draw in hairs and add texture with a fiber brow gel like the Benefit Gimme Brow. Benefit just excels when it comes to brows.
Which classic beauty products do you love – or simply do not understand the hype around at all? Have you tried any of these products? Let me know!