6 Make-up Cult Favorites to Try Now

Welcome to my second installment of beauty products review!

I’m glad that you’ve decided to read this post today, because I’ve been meaning to share this with you even before. In case you haven’t had the chance to read the first one, please feel free to indulge yourself through this link, where I shared My 5 Favorite Make-up Products.

As always, allow me to place the disclaimer that I’m not a make-up artist or avid guru of any sort; I’m just a plain make-up enthusiast like you. I also tend to try things that are mid-range price-wise and are not necessarily the newest product on the line, but something that other people have tried before and have raved about. I keep my products to a minimum and only purchase new ones once my current stash is empty.

Without further ado, here’s my take on a couple of new make-up products I’ve tried recently:

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Estee Lauder, Double Wear foundation in Buff shade.
I’d been dying to try this brand and foundation since ages ago due to the raving reviews plus the fact that my sister has copped it a few months ago and fell in love with it almost instantly. Right off the bat, I could say that this foundation is a literal godsend. If asked to describe it, I would say it feels like a second skin. For a full-coverage product, it actually feels just like a light and thin veil over your face and it’s a bonus that even if it has a matte finish, it doesn’t dry out badly nor cake in your face. In terms of wear, this lasts quite long in your face, provided that you’re not wearing it to a sweat-heavy activity. No visible transfer as well. 

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Huda Beauty, Faux Filter foundation.
I’d like to consider myself a fan of Huda Beauty products in general because of how pigmented and long-wear they are, but with this specific product I’m a little in-between liking it and not-so liking it. One thing I can say is that this is no doubt a full-coverage product and that it pictures well – like the name itself, it is almost like a filter. If you’re looking for a product that could erase every blemish, scar and even the tiniest pores in your face — this is it. The only thing I have a hard time liking about is its’ thick consistency – which almost feels like clay, especially when it’s on its own. I found the trick to manipulating this product would be to mix it with an oil serum. I typically mix mine with a drop of Estee Lauder’s Advanced Night Serum to make it easier to glide on the skin but, remaining its full-coverage powers.

hud051_hudabeauty_rosegoldremasteredpalette_1_1560x1960-98yqs.jpgHuda Beauty, Rose Gold (Remastered) eyeshadow palette.
This item’s been a part of my wishlist as well for a long time and I just couldn’t muster up the courage to justify spending AED 200++ for a palette when I already have one that’s much more affordable. Thank God though that I was able to score this in last year’s Black Friday. Let me just say that I LOVE this palette, and I LOVE playing with it. It’s so pigmented, the colors are really up my alley and aesthetics. I am most satisfied with the glitter shades like the 24K and Pink Diamond, as well as the transition shades like Risque and Doll Face. The only thing I’d probably comment about this product would be their metallic shades which I’m finding hard to apply both on the brush and on the eye. Swatching them on the back of your palm is no problem, it’s in the application which I find most difficulty with.

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Huda Beauty, Power Bullet Matte Lipstick in First Kiss shade.
I think at this point, there’s no denying that I really love their products, no? LOL. If you’re looking for a really powerful, pigmented lipsticks, look no further than Huda Beauty. This new product is just as great as her previous liquid mattes but the better thing about them is that they do not feel too dry on the lips. They have a moisturizing feel to them and the colors available, although the shading do not differ much, are versatile, flattering and wearable for any occasion. If you’ve also tried their liquid mattes before, you might notice that this one is easier to take off, too.

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Fenty Beauty, Lip Paint in Uncuffed shade.
I’ve always loved the marketing genius behind Fenty Beauty, but it’s actually quite surprising to realize that I haven’t tried much of their products yet. I was only lucky to score this lippie from my sister last year. One thing I first noticed about this lip paint is that it uses a doe-foot applicator which is something new and unusual to me and it took a number of tries before I got used to it. Product-wise, I really loved this because it’s easy to wear, long-lasting, dries out quickly without feeling heavy on the lip. Like the power bullet, this one was very flattering too, and I’ve had a number of my colleagues asking me what product I’m wearing. 

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Estee Lauder, Advanced Night Serum
I was contemplating against including this here as it’s more a skincare product. This serum has been around for ages but it’s still a talk of the crowd even last year. I actually have mixed feelings about this product because although it is undeniable that it hydrates my skin, I also experienced some minor breakout which were kind of unusual. It might not be fair to blame it on the product, as I was simultaneously using other things as well but it was noticeable that they only emerged after use. I have discontinued using it for a while due to this but decided to give it a second try — maybe my skin was just not used to it the first time. I know, a bit of a cheeky cliché to say this, but I actually liked it the second time especially after doing a face mask.


These are really basic products which I could recommend you to invest on, if you’re still on the look-out for your make-up table essentials or must-haves. I have a couple of things I’ve written down on my wishlist (as usual!) which I’m thinking to eventually share with you guys and see what’re your thoughts about.

Should you have opinion on the above items, or would like to recommend some of your must-haves too, I’d be more than happy to read them in the comments section below!

xx,
Bella