Smashbox Limitless Liquid Liner PenWhat I thought: I've featured this before (initial review here) and my opinion has not changed one bit. I LOVE this product. I got so much use out of this - I regularly use it at least six days a week - and it only started to lose performance after six months, whereas usually I'd need a new Collection Felt Tip Liner after about two or three. But that's not the only part that sets it apart from my favourite high street liner. The tip is super slim and precise, and the liner stays a true black even when used over eyeshadow (which I wear a lot of, often) and it sticks around all day without needing to reapply it. The precision is fantastic and it doesn't budge on me until I remove it at night. I completely recommend this product.
Would I repurchase?: Hell yes. And I have already, because I cannot be without it now!
The Body Shop Camomile Silky Cleansing OilWhat I thought: (Initial review here) I remain a huge fan of this product, which I tend to alternate with Ultrabland from Lush for removing my makeup in the evenings. It's my favourite cleanser when I'm wearing a full face of makeup, as the liquid consistency massages well into the makeup to thoroughly remove it all with ease, and the hygienic dispenser means I can add more without mixing makeup into the oil. It is a very gentle product which leaves my skin feeling clean yet not stripped or tight.
Would I repurchase?: I have since repurchased this product as I love the consistency and works perfectly for my skin. Also, despite it's RRP of £11 I always end up paying much less than this as The Body Shop are renowned for their offers - I just picked this up on a 3 for 2 skincare offer but there are often 30-40% off online deals too!
Benefit Cosmetics That Gal PrimerWhat I thought: As I have dry skin this primer delivers better results for me than it's bigger sister, Porefessional, when worn underneath foundation. I mostly use primer as I don't like to touch up my makeup and this provides longevity - also, I like the feeling of having a barrier between my skin and foundation, which can feel like it's clogging my skin. This pink, brightening primer also gives the skin a little glow and soothes it with raspberry and chamomile.
Would I repurchase?: I do really like this product and it does the job well, but I'm not 100% committed and am playing the primer field. I'm currently testing a new one so I'll report back soon!
NARS Creamy Concealer in ChantillyWhat I thought: (Initial review here) I really like this concealer - the pale colour, the coverage, the lasting power on application. But I found that because it was really creamy, it could be a little bit thick and it dried up fairly quickly - I needed to replace this too soon for my liking.
Would I repurchase?: I did not repurchase this even though it wears really nicely - I am reluctant to spend so much money on a product which needs replacing so regularly. I've moved on to Urban Decay concealer which is a little thinner in consistency, equally fair in tone and gives as good coverage as this product - all for a cheaper price. Sorry, NARS!
NARS Sheer Glow Foundation in SiberiaWhat I thought: (Initial review here) I never used to know that foundation isn't one-size-fits-all and varies according to both season and environment. For example, I love this Sheer Glow but it didn't have as good lasting power for me in warmer weather as it did in the winter. In winter this stayed on well, gave a brightened glow, and did not cake on my skin. In the summer, I found the lasting power was quite poor and did not cope with the heat. For short wear times such as nights out this stayed on really nicely and had a really lovely finish, but I stopped wearing it for work shifts or long days out.
Would I repurchase?: I did repurchase this foundation as I love how it looks on initial application, and I think it will be great again as winter approaches. But I'll definitely be looking at different formulas for next summer.
Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundation in ShellWhat I thought: (Initial review here) This foundation is essentially the polar opposite of Sheer Glow in the fact that it lasts perfectly on my skin in the summer yet is terribly drying in the winter! The coverage and holding power is great but for me right now it's a little heavy for every day. Honestly, I think this foundation would be better for somebody with normal or oily skin, but it works for me as long as I use decent moisturiser and a non-mattifying primer.
Would I repurchase?: I did repurchase this product because, love it or hate it, there's nothing quite like Double Wear! However, now I save it for really long days or occasions where I want full coverage. I was really happy with it's performance at the three weddings I attended this summer. By not using it every day I no longer notice a drying effect.
Too Faced Primed and Poreless Loose PowderWhat I thought: (Initial review here) This finely milled translucent powder is quite honestly the best powder I've used. Loose powder is one of those things you seem to have loads of and then none at all, I was genuinely gutted when I realised this had ran out. But seriously, what sets a powder apart? (I'd have laughed at myself two years ago as I picked up my £2.99 powder from Boots!) This is super sheer, super fine and lasts well. So that means it sets my makeup really nicely without feeling heavy, caking it or altering the colour. Powder is so important as if you use a foundation which works well for you, you can still totally ruin the finish by setting it with a poor quality powder which cakes the makeup and alters the colour. Also this is genuinely translucent, not "translucent" [subtext: will still somehow turn you kind of orange] - I know you feel the pain, fellow pale people!
Would I repurchase?: As soon as I ran out I wished I'd ordered a back up beforehand. This stuff is amazing and I wouldn't want to use anything else now.
And so I guess the moral of the story is that if you've used something right to the end, 9 times out of 10 it's because you like the product! A little research into what you're buying beforehand often means you end up with products you're really happy with. But when I don't like something I tend to drop it like it's hot: do you do this, or do you use all your cosmetics to the bitter end? And let me know - have you tried any of these products, or do you have any recommendations?