My Favorite Makeup

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favorite makeupI’ve mentioned my favorite makeup in various posts, and my favorite skin care products, but here’s a complete list of the makeup I wear on a daily basis:

Maybelline Pure Makeup in Nude
Ths is a great liquid foundation that happens to be really cheap too. This comes in lots of colors and doesn’t clog my acne-prone skin. It also doesn’t accentuate my fine lines/wrinkles and pores like most makeup does. It dries with a matte finish, yet is not drying on my dry skin. I’ve tried probably 20 different liquid foundations and tinted moisturizers, and this is the first one I actually feel comfortable wearing because it still looks fine at the end of the day. It has light-medium coverage.

Neutrogena Healthy Skin Pressed Powder
I apply this over the Maybelline, and use a foundation brush to apply it. This also doesn’t clog my pores, and it doesn’t cake on my skin like a lot of powder foundations. I’ve tried probably 10 powder foundations, and like this the best so far.

Hard Candy Eye Shadow Quartet – Suede
I know all of my fellow beauty bloggers swear by MAC eye shadow, but I have been a fan of Hard Candy for 10 years and have this color, plus almost every other 4-shade compact they make! This eye shadow is really pigmented, so it goes on well, and it stays on. I’m using Hard Candy as the picture for this post, since I love the brand, and am sad that they don’t sell the brand at Ulta anymore, and it’s getting harder to find it at Sephora, so I’m starting to get nervous. Support Hard Candy! hehe.

Hard Candy Glitter Eye Pencil Midnight
For eyeliner, I love Hard Candy’s Glitter Eye pencils, and have the Midnight (navy blue) and Galaxy (black) ones. They have little silver glitter in them, and I don’t care that I’m in my 30s – I love sparkle. People always comment on how much they like my eyeliner, so there you go!

L’Oreal Blush Delice in Strawberry Tart
The first time I used this blush I thought it was too subtle, but now I love it! It’s a slightly shimmery light pink blush that is easy to apply since it’s not real bright. And I find it stays on better than cream or other types of blush.

Lancome Juicy Tubes – Ultra Shiny Lip Gloss
Juicy Tubes are what I splurge on ($17), because I’m sure I can find a cheaper lip gloss, but I always come back to them. Juicy Tubes last me maybe 6 months, since I do use the cheaper L’Oreal Colourjuice as well. In the past I would buy whatever new drugstore lip gloss came out, and then I’d end up not liking it, so it’s cheaper to stick with what I know I love!

Tweezerman Slant Tweezers Zebra
I love Tweezerman tweezers because they work really well at picking up super tiny hairs, and they don’t hurt as much as cheap tweezers. I have them in purple, but see they now make them in animal prints. They are totally worth the $20 or $25 they cost! I love giving these as gifts.

I’m still looking for a favorite mascara, but for now am happy with the free Clinique High Impact Mascara that I always get as a “gift with purchase” when I buy my Clinique Moisture On-line moisturizer.

Edit: Since I wrote this post, several of these products have been discontinued, or reformulated:(

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13 Responses to “My Favorite Makeup”

  1. Yang Says:

    Do you think that makeup can contribute to acne? I often point out how diet can effect acne, but I don’t know much about what certain makeups do to contribute to pimples. Your thoughts?

  2. stacyk Says:

    I just got the Dior Diorshow Mascara and LOVE it!!!

  3. Allysia-May Says:

    Yang, to some extent makeuo contributes to acne especially when you don’t take it off before going to bed because it ends up clogging your pores and leading to a bacteria buildup. But i can say that mineral makeup are good for acne prone skin as i happen to suffer from acne as well. Dermatologists also recommend mineral makeup as they are talc-free and don’t have uneccessary preservatives in them. If you’re willing to explore, i suggest you try Jane Iredale or Bare Escentuals as these are the best known names for mineral makeup and they’ve been around for a very long time. Hope this helps.

  4. kia Says:

    great list!

  5. June Says:

    There is no Neutrogena Healthy Skin Pressed Powder in Singapore. Can u recommend any other brands of powder that does not clog pores?

  6. Julie Says:

    Has anyone ever used Philosophy the present? Its a primer/clear foundation that is supposed to even out the skin tone. Since my acne is finally gone, I want to work on all the nasty red scars and pit marks. I’m looking in to either dermabrasion or some type of laser treatments, but they are expensive (a couple thousand dollars!) So, in the meantime, I’m looking for a quick makeup-fix.

    The reviews at Makeup Alley were not too good on this product :(

  7. Julie Says:

    btw…my ‘everyday’ eyeshadow is a hard candy quad that I’ved had since 2004!!! That stuff lasts forevvvvvver! Its more expensive than the maybelline eyeshadow from the drugstore, but if you think about it in terms of quality and how long it lasts…its far more economical than a drugstore brand.

  8. Jrzygrl Says:

    I noticed that the Maybelline Pure Makeup contains C13-14 Isoparaffin. In your valuable list of pore clogging ingredients I see that you have Isoparaffin C13-16 listed as a 3. Are these two ingredients different or are they the same and this makeup just isn’t clogging your pores but might have potential to clog pores? I’m trying to figure out one product at a time what might be causing my breakouts. Thanks…

  9. Jeni - Savvy Skin Says:

    It’s probably the same ingredient. It comes in at #11 in the list of ingredients, so it’s not in the Maybelline product in a very large quantity. There’s always a chance that it’s enough to cause a problem, but it seems pretty doubtful. You could look up the Maybelline makeup on to see if anyone has issues with it clogging pores. When I first bought the makeup, I checked with makeupalley, and it got good reviews, and since there were no pore cloggers in the first 7-10 ingredients, I felt it was safe for acne prone skin. But it is true that I’m only one person, so unfortunately something that works great for me could be a problem for someone else.

  10. Jrzygrl Says:

    Thanks Jeni for getting back to me. I think I found the culprit. I didn’t think to check the ingredients on my AHA product…why should I right? After all it states on the back of the product that it’s a “non-pore clogging” formula. Anyway I ran out of my Paula’s Choice AHA liquid so as back up I started using this other AHA I had bought a few months back which is Neutrogena Acne Stree Control 3-in-1 Hydrating Acne Treatment. I noticed that the 2nd or 3rd ingredient is PEG-8. On your pore clogging ingredient list (which has become my Bible) you list PEG-8 Stearate as a pore clogger with a 3 rating. Are these two ingredients the same? If so, I will be shocked that Neutrogena could be so misleading. I have trusted many of their products in the past. Anyway thanks again for your feedback…

  11. samantha Says:

    i have a quick question. you said you use the neutrogena healthy skin pressed powder, but while i was comparing the ingredients to your list of ingredients to avoid… i saw that the very first ingredient in the makeup is octyldodecyl stearoyl stearate, which is similar to the one on the list named Octyl Stearate, which has a 5 rating on your list! do you know if those products are similar enough to wear the first one i mentioned would also be a five? i was just so shocked to see it as the FIRST ingredient in the makeup and then have such a high rating on your list. it worried me about using it because i’m suffering so badly from acne right now and i’ve been using that list as a reference guide (which has been such a big help!) so if you could help on whether the makeup is actually good to use or not, that’d be great. thank you so much! – samantha

  12. Jeni - Savvy Skin Says:

    I don’t believe those are the same ingredients, even though they have similar names. The Neutrogena Healthy Skin pressed powder just changed its formulation, though, and I haven’t tried the new version yet. The new one has Titanium Dioxide, and I’m not sure about what the other ingredients are. So at this time I can’t say whether or not I would recommend the new version until I try it. I just bought Maybelline Dream Matte Powder, and that one doesn’t clog pores, and it’s a pretty good pressed powder.

  13. Amy Says:

    Do you have a concealer or blush that you would recommend? My pores clog easily, but everything that I’ve tried that you have suggested has been great so far!!

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