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A few months back, we discussed the skincare products I'll always repurchase (check it out here) and this time it's the turn of makeup. I'm admittedly a little more focused on my 'tried and true' products when it comes to makeup, but it does take a lot longer to finish up a makeup product, so it's still incredibly high praise for any product to make it onto this list...
The first product I'm giving some love today is the MAC Strobe Cream in Goldlite | £30 | full review | which hasn't left my shelf since MAC launched this iconic product in new shades. It's a creamy-lotion moisturising primer, highlighter and mixing medium. It has a really natural light warm gold sheen that looks natural but gives my skin a gorgeous glow, whether used underneath my makeup for that backlit luminosity or blended in with my foundation to make it look fresher and more radiant.
If you've followed me for any length of time, you won't be remotely surprised to see the Nars Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturiser (St. Moritz) | £37 | full review | in this post. I've been using this product for almost a decade now, and whilst some have come close, I'm still yet to find a lightweight everyday base that surpasses this formula. It gives me just enough coverage to even out my skin tone, hide any redness and make my skin look fresh and radiant without masking my skin, so my freckles and natural complexion still come through. It has amazing longevity and doesn't break up or sink into fine lines throughout the day; it doesn't even look overly shiny after hours of wear! It's my personal perfect 'my skin but better' product I can throw on to just boost and enhance my natural skin.
Concealers are also a category in which I find myself repurchasing the same products that work, over and over again! First, there's the Bobbi Brown Corrector (Peach) | £25 | which I actually like to use underneath my foundation or tinted moisturiser. This is a creamy, potted product and a tiny amount can cancel out the blue tone of dark circles without the need to cake on skin-toned concealer, only for that darkness to still shine through. On minimal makeup days, you can even use this on its own. The other concealing product I've repurchased who-knows-how-many-times is the Nars Soft Matte Complete Concealer (Ginger) | £26. This really isn't that matte but it's a creamy formula that can be applied with the warmth of your fingertips to spot-conceal or even under the eyes for natural makeup days (or even when you're not wearing any other makeup); its crease-resistance and overall longevity are fantastic and I love that it's not too thick or heavy and can be blended in with a few quick dabs.
An everyday staple that's so automatic for me, I often forget to mention it is the Urban Decay Original Primer Potion | £19.50. You only need the tiniest bit of this eyeshadow primer for it to work, yet I'm on my 4th tube, which is a testament to how long I've been using this. And I've still not found anything as good as it! It's a creamy translucent primer, you dab a bit on your lids, blend it in with your fingers and watch as your eyeshadow pops that bit more and - most importantly - stays vibrant and crease-free for hours and hours of wear.
The next product I have has probably been used so much because it's a quick weekday-at-the-office one-step eye makeup look! The Laura Mercier Caviar Stick Eye Colour in Copper | £26 | full review | is an opaque-in-a-single-swipe cream eyeshadow that goes on with the gorgeous metallic finish you see in the bullet. You simply swipe it on, blend out the edges and once it sets down, it has incredible longevity, which is really what makes it stand out for me over other cream eyeshadow formulas on the market. The shade is also the perfect all-over colour for my skin tone; it's a kind of warm ambered gold that looks luminous and dimensional once applied.
Also for the eyes is one of the few palettes I've used up several shades from and had to buy again! The Huda Beauty Toffee Brown Obsessions Palette | £27 | full review. I love these mini palettes from Huda Beauty; they're small, they have a mirror, they're travel-friendly and the colour stories are really cohesive. It's easy to make a look out of the colours, they work well together and you have everything you need to create (in this instance) a warm brown eye look, whether that's a matte look for a day at the office or a glitzy warm golden-copper smoky eye look. Plus, the quality is just fantastic! Creamy, pigmented mattes that blend like a dream and last incredibly well alongside metallics that look like molten metal on the lids. Fantastic stuff all round...
I couldn't make this post without the Maybelline Lash Sensational Mascara | £9.99 | full review. I'm on about the 8 year mark with this one, who knows how many repurchases in I am and I've tried mascaras 4 times its price that just don't compare! I love this mascara because I love length and curl, but most of the formulas that are good at that make my lashes look a bit thin and disappointing, whereas most mascaras billed as volumising are just too thick and clumpy for me! This is my Goldilocks formula; it gives me volume without the clump, it gives me curl, it gives me length and it doesn't smudge or flake on me.
Next is a new entrant, which I use every day I wear makeup and I'm on my third purchase of is the Refy Brow Pencil (Medium) | £14 | full review. I often use this as part of the 3-step brow process that Refy sell, but on lazier days, I often reach for this twist-up micro pencil with a spooly on its own. The texture is perfect (it doesn't go on too heavily, so you can individually swipe on each brow hair), the colour is natural (with that slight ashiness most people have naturally) and it doesn't smudge or smear. You can do the full process, but if you just want a bit of extra colour and to fill in some little gaps: it can be done in under a minute with this product.
Finally, we have a lip product, which I'm only on my second repurchase of, but I have it in other shades and I'm on my third tube of the clear version too, so I thought I'd mention it anyway! The Summer Fridays Lip Butter Balm in Vanilla Beige | £23 | demos. Imagine your perfect lip balm; a cocktail of oils and butters that nourishes the lips but is clear in colour and not too thick or heavy. Now, imagine it in your perfect 'goes with everything' rosy nude shade. That's Vanilla Beige and that's why it lives in my handbag permanently...
Have you tried any of my picks? Which makeup products have you repurchased for years?