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I've come across a lot of amazing products, but buying beauty products is a trial and error type of ordeal. If you try out a few products, you're likely to come across one that kinda sucks. I have nothing against any of the products mentioned, but I just noticed that they aren't for me. They may work out for you, but if you have skin exactly like mine, they probably won't. My skin is mainly oily with a few dry spots, and I have to use as little of skincare products as possible to keep it from going out of whack. Certain products will cling to my skin weird, causing me not to like it, and others just don't have the pigmentation that I wished it did.
1. Make Up For Ever Step 1 Skin Equalizer Primer ($37): Luckily with this product, I only got the travel size. I tried the sample and liked it, but then once I got the bigger size, I realized that it just wasn't for me. It was too tacky for my liking, and when I tried to apply my foundation after it, the foundation would cling to it and bead up in weird places. The Benefit POREfessional Face Primer ($31), on the other hand, works like a charm for me. It covers my pores really well, and keeps my skin from getting overly oily throughout the day. It also makes my foundation look flawless, which is a huge plus.
2. TARTE Lights, Camera, Splashes Waterproof Mascara ($23): I've heard so many fantastic things about this mascara, but it just wasn't for me, to be honest. I prefer dryer mascaras, and this was one that just wouldn't dry on my lashes. It always felt tacky and oily on my eyelashes and was just overall uncomfortable, especially with contacts on. I do love the Benefit Roller Lash Mascara ($24), though. It's dry enough to be comfortable, and always separates and thickens my lashes perfectly. It's definitely one I'll keep repurchasing.
3. bareMinerals Mineral Veil Powder ($22): I got this product as a present, and at first, I liked it, but then as my skin changed, it started beading up on my skin and just ruining my overall makeup look. If your skin stays pretty consistent throughout the seasons and doesn't get overly dry or oily, you'll probably like this product, but as my skin changed in the winter, it stopped working for me. The Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Setting Powder ($23-38) is one loose setting powder that I love. It doesn't dry my skin out, but it also sets my foundation really well. It is much more expensive than the bareMinerals powder, but it is also more than double the size (1 oz. vs. 0.3 oz.), and is worth the price because of the quality. The travel size is $23 and has 0.33 oz., so even though the travel size is a dollar more, it's a comparable price.
4. Urban Decay Naked3 Palette ($54): Out of all of the Urban Decay Naked palettes, this one is my least favorite. I love the colors in it, and there are some very quality shadows in the palette, but some of them fall short on pigmentation (specifically, the shadow "Trick"... I have an ongoing joke that the shadow is named "Trick" because it doesn't show up at all). It's not a bad palette by any means, but it falls short compared to the others in my opinion. If you're going to buy an Urban Decay Naked palette, I recommend the original, and I'm actually going to buy a refill of it soon so I can get some of my favorite shades back.
5. Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion ($20): I honestly never really liked this eyeshadow primer, even though it's constantly raved about. To me, it was too oily and separated extremely bad, even when it had been shaken. It also never seemed to extend the wear of my eyeshadow (if anything, it shortened the wear). I much prefer the Too Faced Shadow Insurance ($20), and have bought it multiple times. It covers any veins on my eyelids, dries them up enough to keep the eyeshadow from moving around, and makes all of the shadows more pigmented. At the same price, it's a more quality product in my opinion.