This post is going to be my definitive Makeup Holy Grail! They aren't 100% without their faults but they're GOOD...
Face Primer: Benefit's The Porefessional (£24.50)
I have quite large visible pores and this one is The One in terms of making them look 1000x better! I put off buying this for so long as I thought it was too expensive for the size but trust me, it's worth it. I also feel it provides a generally smooth base for my foundation as well as prolonging my base makeup.
Foundation: MAC Studio Fix Fluid (£21.50)
This was (I think) my first 'proper' foundation. I was having no luck finding anything right on the high street so my mum wisely took me to MAC and the rest of our love affair is history...I think I subconsciously compare every foundation I try to this one and nothing ever quite does it for me like this does. The colour match is spot on (their range is extensive) and it creates such a flawless coverage. It holds back my shine but it's not matte as such. The only thing I can think of as a negative is the fact that it isn't so much of a build-able coverage (it's kind of medium/full right off the bat), which means I tend to reserve it for nights out. Also the fact you have to buy a pump separately...
Concealer: Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer (£22)
Blemishes? Check. Dark Circles? Check? Good Coverage? Check. Non-Cakey? Check. Long-Lasting? Check. A Perfect Colour Match? Check. You get the picture!
Powder: Bourjois Healthy Balance Compact Powder (£8.99)
This is pretty much the one and only powder for me. It holds back my shine but allows a bit of radiance through; it's not too flat or matte.
Blusher: Nars Orgasm Blush (£23)
Yes, it's cliche but this is Nars' most popular shade for a reason! I think it's pretty much universally flattering, you can wear it any time of year and for any occasion. It's a gorgeous peach with a slight gold shimmer running through. It's so easy to apply and it's one I get a LOT of use out of (well, if you're going to spend £20-something on a blusher...)
Contour and Highlight: Sleek Face Form Kit in Medium (£9.99)
I have one or two other separate highlighter and contour products that I really like. However, this is the product that does it all for me. It's available in 4 different shades so everyone's catered for, my only problem with this is that I'm not really a bronzer kind of gal so that pretty much goes unused. Personally I'd have preferred the Rose Gold blusher that comes with the lighter shades (then it would've been my ultimate face product that does everything!) However the contour shade has the perfect amount of pigmentation and can be blended out really easily and the golden-champagne highlight is stunning for day or night.
Brows: Sleek Brow Kit in Dark (£8.49) & e.l.f. Essential Wet Gloss Lash & Brow Clear Mascara (£1.95)
These are two budget gems! I think the Sleek Brow Kit is basically the same as Benefit's Brow Zings, but I included this due to the fact it's soooo much cheaper. You get the wax on an angled brush and get shaping and filling in your tails, then dust the powder through the parts you don't need so much coverage. Then you set it with the brow end of the e.l.f. product, which leaves your brows tamed and in place all day (but not stiff!) I don't tend to use the clear mascara end but it hardly matters at that price.
Eye Primer: e.l.f. Essential Eyelid Primer in Sheer (£1.95)
Another unbelievably cheap Elf product I use every day! I've tried Urban Decay's offerings but I always gravitate back to this to show the eyeshadow's colour to it's full potential as well as to make the formula last all day long.
Eyeshadow: Urban Decay Naked Palette (£38) & KIKO Long-Lasting Stick Eyeshadow in 38 Golden Taupe (£7.90)
I've picked one single cream shadow and one powder palette. My palette is of course the Urban Decay Naked; the quality of the formula is second to none. I think you have every matte and shimmer shade you need for a neutral eye for day or night. If I could only have one palette; this is the one that has it all. Naked through to Dark House are my most-loved shades with Half Baked (a bright gold shimmer) being my absolute favourite. I love the entire KIKO cream shadow stick line but I've picked one to represent the lot and that is 38 Golden Taupe. It's a shimmery taupe shade perfect for any cool-toned neutral eye look. The formula is what I really want to rave about: they're so unbelievably creamy! You get plenty of time to blend it out before it sets and doesn't budge, crease or transfer all day. You can sheer it out across the lid, use it as an eyeliner or as a base. The KIKO range is absolutely vast too.
Mascara: Benefit's They're Real (£19.50)
Mascara is a really individual thing so I'm not going to tell you you'll definitely love it. However for me personally it's the One; it lengthens, it separates, it adds volume. It just does everything! I love the 'wow' factor it adds to my eye look and this is one I'll forever re-purchase.
Eyeliner: Kat Von D Tattoo Liner in Trooper ($19)
I only recently got my hands on this from the US but my goodness, this just does all of the things for me. I thought my other eyeliners were pigmented but this makes them look grey and wishy-washy! The precise and extremely flexible tip means you can get the perfect feline flick.
Lipstick: MAC Satin Lipstick in Twig (£15.50)
Again this is more a case of me choosing my most-worn shade to represent and entire range. MAC has the most amazing range of colours and finishes I feel like I'll never get bored! Twig is just a gorgeous semi-matte mauve/dusky pink that I cannot stop wearing. I know everyone loves Velvet Teddy but for me this shade is even better.
Some great sounding products there, can't say that I have tried all of them, really need to get my hands on some ELF bits and I do want to try the NARS too.ReplyDelete
Great post though and might have to give some thought to what my holy grail products are :)
Pams Stuff and Things
Elf can be a bit hit and miss but it's hits are beyond amazing for that price! xxDelete
Love this post because you have high end and low end items, its always great to find those mix and match ones that don't break the bank! :)ReplyDelete
MAKE IT RAYNE
I'm glad you enjoyed it :) there are some real gems at the drugstore xxDelete
I absolutely love all of these products!!! I have most of them too which is a bonus.ReplyDelete
Jenna | Jenna Loves Beauty
Glad we're in agreement haha xxDelete
I haven't got many of these, but I do really want to try them out!!!ReplyDelete
Definitely give them a go if you get the chance! xxDelete
Fab post, I have to admit as much as I love my Professional I am going off it slightly as my foundation is becoming quite oily with it. I am obsessed with the Nars Radiant concealer - such an amazing product :) The Kiko eyeshadow stick sounds amazing, I really need to try their range.ReplyDelete
Charlee XO | CharmedCharlee
Aww what a shame :( KIKO are really underrated - definitely try them! xxDelete
I adore the Nars concealer it just hides everything. Great post and lovely recommendations xReplyDelete
It works some serious magic! xxDelete
Lovely choices of staples! I definitely need to check out the Sleek stand- I'm still yet to try their contour kits & brow kits!ReplyDelete
Style Sunrise ☀
I feel like I never really talk about them any more as they don't release new things that often but they're seriously one of my favourite brands! xxDelete
Great post :) Just made my wishlist grow by a couple products! I also loved the They're Real mascara until I tried the Roller Lash one and for me, Roller Lash is way better. Have you tried the Roller Lash one?ReplyDelete
Brenda BusyBee | Bella & Bear Pro Makeup Brush Set Giveaway
Haha! I do like Roller Lash but I don't know, They're Real just gives me a 'wow' factor whereas Roller Lash is more of an everyday, subtle look :) xxDelete
I can totally use every single item listed on your holy grail products stash! I love many of the products and I think I need to rekindle my love for Benefit Porefessional because I have only tried the sample size. I have also been toying with the idea of going back to MAC Studio Fix Fluid (which was also my very first foundation) but as you said, I don't think it is ideal for everyday (may be for occasions and nights out)...Lovely post as always....xxReplyDelete
Yeah I tend to leave it for nights out as it's kind of 'all or nothing' haha xxDelete
Great choices! I love Naked Palette, it is definitely one of my holy grail products!ReplyDelete
Great post sweetie.
I'm glad you liked it :D xxDelete
MAC lipsticks are gods gift to women!ReplyDelete
I agree! Haha xxDelete
Totally agree, love the naked palette!
Emma :) x
Glad you like! xxDelete
Mac studio fix fluid is definitely my holy grail for going out, lovely post!ReplyDelete
Sheer Beautiful // Bloglovin'
It really is perfect for evening - glad you liked the post :) xxDelete
A lot of great products! And I agree, the KIKO eyeshadow stick is amazing! I should really try the Sleek contour kit, heard so many good things about it! :-)ReplyDelete
Definitely check it out, i rate it so much! xxDelete
Great picks! I'd love to try MAC's foundation but I've got 5 foundations already and I don't think I could justify buying it to myself least of all my partner! lol And MAC's Twig is next on my hit-list such a gorgeous shade :) xReplyDelete
Haha - I own a fair few but SFF is definitely the standout :) xxDelete
I absolutely adore the Sleek Face Form kit, such an amazing palette to have. Great picks! :) xReplyDelete
Jordan | Keep Dreaming ♥
It just does everything :D xxDelete
Power to you for even being able to pick a definitive collection Jasmine, I'd have had at least 3 options in each category ;) I personally don't think you can beat Mac lipsticks... amazing quality and colour range. Also so pleased you like the Kiko shadow stick too, they are so underrated in my opinion!ReplyDelete
Haha it wasn't easy! KIKO as a brand is seriously underrated in the UK! xxDelete
Im loving my mac studio fix foundation at the moment, i did buy a shade which is a little too yellow toned for me so i mix it with my revlon colorstay foundation xReplyDelete
Emma | Emmys Blog
Aw how annoying - hopefully you can find the right shade next time you buy! xxDelete
I love reading other peoples holy grail products, but I always have such a large shopping list afterwards! Benefit Brow Zings and the NARS concealer are definitely holy grail for me too.ReplyDelete
alice x | beautybyalicee
Glad we agree haha xxDelete
MAC was one of my first proper foundations too, and I'm still just as in love with it!ReplyDelete
Mascara & Maltesers
They're seriously amazing with their formulas and shades! xxDelete
I didn't know there was a healthy mix powder, I love the foundation version of it. I still need a Naked palette though! xReplyDelete
Through New Eyes x
Yes a lot of people seem to love that foundation :) xxDelete
I definitely agree with the Benefit They're Real. That mascara is amazing :)ReplyDelete
Angie x | Chocolate & Lipstick || UK Beauty and Lifestyle Blog
It really has a wow factor to it :) xxDelete
I love hearing what bloggers holy grail products are! Mine at the moment are the Illamasqua brow gel, urban decay primer potion in eden and the Naked palettes xReplyDelete
I really want to try the Illamasqua brow gel! xxDelete
You have some great choices! I always love peeking at what other bloggers holy grail products are. I also swear by Benefits porefessional.ReplyDelete
Lust For Beauty
It's so great! xxDelete
Got to love the original Naked Palette :) It always impresses. Love Benefit too, you should try the Majorette if you haven't already it's fab www.shehearts.net xReplyDelete
I agree- I think the original is the best :) xxDelete
Great post! Love that we both featured Benefit's They're Real - you're right, I find that people really vary when it comes to mascara and not everybody will find that it works best! I used to have that Naked Palette (currently I have second one) but I'm not sure if I should rebuy it!ReplyDelete
It's such a classic! Go for it ;) xxDelete