I can’t believe it’s time for another VIB Sale! Where did time go?
Well, this year, instead of writing up my list of top recommendations, I’m going to do something a bit different by listing my most repurchased makeup products from Sephora because… what better way to prove that something is sooo worth the splurge, right?
1. BASE: IT COSMETICS CC CREAM SPF 50 ($15-38)
The Laura Mercier Oil Free Tinted Moisturizer ($45) still remains my most repurchased base product of all time, but it’s been years since I last repurchased it because I’ve been trying so many other base products in the last few years, and out of everything I tried I’ve been enjoying the It Cosmetics CC+ Cream the most! I’m on my second travel sized bottle, and just got the full sized recently, as I started out with the mini.
The Laura Mercier is great for medium coverage, but for something with a little more coverage, this is my go-to. This is more of a foundation than a skincare product, but I love that it sits so well on the skin and that it has SPF 50 so my skin feels so protected all day long. I love that even though this has full coverage, it doesn’t feel heavy nor does it look cakey on the skin.
2. CONCEALER: URBAN DECAY NAKED SKIN CONCEALER ($12-29)
I’m on my second bottle and my fourth travel-sized bottle because this is my go-to concealer for travel. This isn’t as opaque and intense as the NARS but it works just as well. It doesn’t cake up like the NARS does, and has a much more skin-like finish, which I love about it. Best of all, it doesn’t crease easily and it lasts all day until it is finally removed. However, this isn’t as budge/smear-proof as the NARS.
3. CONCEALER: NARS RADIANT CREAMY CONCEALER ($13-30)
This used to be my holy grail concealer, until I found the Urban Decay mentioned above. I still prefer the Urban Decay but since this is more intense, dry and opaque, I love using this on spots all over the face. I don’t like using this in too many areas on the face as it cakes up like crazy, but when applied on small areas like tiny little spots/acne it’ll look so smooth!
So I like using this in small areas, and the Urban Decay for larger areas.
4. POWDER: LAURA MERCIER TRANSLUCENT SETTING POWDER ($23-38)
This setting powder has a cult following, and I understand why. Every time someone asks me to recommend a setting powder, this will always be my top answer. It’s completely translucent, doesn’t flash back in flash photography, and leaves a very smooth silk-like finish on the skin. It also prevents creasing really well.
5. BRONZER: BENEFIT HOOLA MATTE BRONZER ($15-29)
It’s weird but I’ve never purchased a full-sized Hoola before. I’ve gone through at least a couple of them but I’ve always received them through sets or in palettes, but my favorite will always be the teeny-tiny travel sized one as they are perfect for travel. They can be used to contour not only cheeks and forehead but the nose and eye socket as well! I like this more than the NARS Laguna Bronzer, which I have also used up many times, mostly because of the color. NARS Laguna is slightly more yellow toned than the Hoola.
6. SETTING SPRAY: MAKE UP FOR EVER MIST & FIX ($14-30)
I LIVE FOR THIS MIST. While everyone is busy parading around the MAC Fix+, I’m here cuddling in the corner with my MUFE Mist & Fix. I’ve always had more luck with this compared to the famous MAC Fix+, especially with regards to the spray nozzle. I’ve never encountered a problem with the MUFE Mist & Fix spray nozzle while my MAC ones often get stuck, and the MUFE has a wider spray diameter, making it easy to cover the whole face in one spray.
Formula-wise, I love how this un-cakes my face makeup when it looks slightly too cakey, and how it just blends all harsh lines really seamlessly. It also works great on eye brushes to intensify eyeshadow application and prolong its wear. I’m on my second full size bottle, and third travel size bottle!
7. PRIMER: URBAN DECAY PRIMER POTION ($22)
This was the first eye primer I’ve ever used, and it continues to hold the number one spot. Over the years I’ve tried many of its varieties, but my favorite is the one in the shade Enigma. I unfortunately think Enigma has been discontinued, but Sin is just as good. It’s slightly tinted so it neutralizes and color corrects the lid, making eyeshadows pop up even more. I also apply this in the under eye area before applying concealer as it helps reduce creasing and increases the wear time of the concealer.
8. LIQUID EYELINER: KAT VON D TATTOO LINER ($20)
I empty out this baddie once every 2-3 months, so I think I’ve gone through over two dozens of these – both in full size and in travel size. I’ve tried tons of liquid eyeliners, from drugstore, to high end, to Asian brands – none of them is better than this, even the highly raved-about Tom Ford and Stila ones!
It dries down to a semi-glossy finish, not completely matte, but I love how intense and crazy-budge-proof it is. I love how this never smears on me. However, one thing I hate about this is that it dries up so fast. My liners can usually last for about 6 months, but this one only lasts for a couple.
To tackle this problem, I recently added the Kat Von D Ink Liner ($20), which comes with a felt tip, into my routine and I love applying that on my lash line, and the Tattoo Liner, which comes with a brush tip, to create a cat-eye flick at the ends because it’s sharper than the Ink Liner. The Ink Liner has the exact same formula but somehow doesn’t dry up as fast as the Tattoo Liner. This way I get to save up the ink in my Tattoo Liner and sort of prolong its life!
9. PENCIL EYELINER: MARC JACOBS HIGHLINER ($25)
As a contact lens wearer, nothing is more annoying than getting your contacts (hence your vision) blurred and clouded by oils from your eye products. Oil based liners and shadows that get into the eyes can stain the contacts and it can’t be removed from the contacts! So I’m very, very picky when it comes to pencil/crayon liners.
One that blew me away is the Marc Jacobs Highliner. Despite its steep price point, it is worth the splurge for me as it stays on the waterline for at least 5-6 hours, and it doesn’t contain oils that could interfere with my contacts. I’ve never had a problem with this liner and I’ve had problems with Giorgio Armani, Urban Decay and Lancome ones to name a few!
The only annoying this about this is it gets dry so fast, so make sure it’s always securely closed. The cap sometimes gets loose, or even break, and that’s when the crayon would dry up.
10. GEL EYELINER: MAKE UP FOR EVER AQUA BLACK WATERPROOF CREAM EYE SHADOW ($23)
I used to swear by the Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Gel Eyeliner ($27) when I was in college, and have repurchased that so many times, but once I was introduced to this, I was hooked. I wore this on my weddings (yes I had two – one in Jakarta, one in Melbourne – lol) and on all other special occasions where tears will be shed. It’s called a cream shadow but is actually more of a gel liner, but is amazing for cut-crease looks and smokey eyes! This is hands down the most waterproof and budge proof eyeliner I have ever encountered in my life.
Oh, and it doesn’t blur my contacts!
11. EYEBROW PENCIL: KEVYN AUCOIN THE PRECISION BROW PENCIL ($26)
The Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz ($21) used to be my go-to brow pencil and I’ve repurchased over a dozen of it, until I tried the Kevyn Aucoin Brow Pencil. I loved everything about the Brow Wiz, except for the fact that it gets short so fast that it literally felt like I was shaving off half an inch from the pencil every time I used it!
The Kevyn Aucoin works just as well as the Brow Wiz, except it doesn’t get short as fast, so it has approximately 5-6 months of use while the Brow Wiz usually lasts for only a month.
12. PALETTE: SMASHBOX FULL EXPOSURE MINI ($25)
I have never completely hit pan on the whole palette, but I did use up the nude shade, which is my holy grail transition color for the crease, so I recently decided to buy a brand new palette. This is my go-to palette for travel because it’s so thin and tiny, and the color variety is perfect for every day use. You get a frosty champagne highlight color, a nude transition color, two dark contour colors, and three varieties of shimmery shades. Seriously, what else do you need in an eye palette? 🙂
13. MASCARA: TOO FACED BETTER THAN SEX MASCARA ($12-23)
Volumizing, lengthening, separating, intensely black and super long wearing… this mascara basically has everything you want in a mascara. I’ve repurchased the full sized twice but have stopped purchasing simply because I keep getting the mini ones in palettes and sets!
Unfortunately, the waterproof version of this mascara is terrible – it’s so dry and barely volumizes the lashes. Stick to the original formula!
14. LIPSTICK: HOURGLASS OPAQUE ROUGE LIQUID LIPSTICK – CANVAS ($28)
I’ve never purchased the full sized but I’ve repurchased the mini several times already because each mini one lasts for only about a month, and I will continue to repurchase as I adore this color so much and I love how tiny it is. I know it’s expensive, but I really appreciate its tiny size as it fits perfectly in my tiny purse. Unfortunately, I haven’t seen the mini size anywhere anymore, so I’ve been using the mini Too Faced Melted Matte in Sell Out ($21) instead, which is pretty similar.
Canvas is described as a dusty rose and it goes so well with my holy grail lip pencil, the Charlotte Tilbury Pillow Talk.
15. LIP GLOSS: FENTY BEAUTY UNIVERSAL GLOSS BOMB ($18)
This is another product that I’ve never purchased in full size, but this is my second mini and will keep repurchasing the mini because, again, I love the size. I travel a lot so I love getting everything in the tiniest packaging possible. LOL.
I think the name “Universal” is so fitting because it’s a very neutral color that will work well on so many different skin tones. I love how this works with any lip color, but would also look beautiful on its own.
So will you be getting anything this time ’round? I personally have purchased everything on my wishlist from Ulta since they had a 20% off sale recently and I much prefer spending my money at Ulta hehe, but hope this list was helpful!