I’ve found myself reaching for the same base makeup products nearly everyday when I’m getting ready for work, many of which are affordable, and all of which have been working really well for me. Most of them have only been mentioned in passing on the blog, but deserve a little more attention. So, here are the primer and complexion basics, as well as a mascara, that I’ve been loving recently.
It’s been a minute since I’ve mentioned the Sephora Teint Infusion Ethereal Natural Finish foundation, but I have previously reviewed this one. I like that this provides light-medium coverage, depending on how I apply it, and if I’ve really slept in and am in a rush, I can massage a couple of drops into my skin with just my fingers and feel better about how I look. It works really nicely with my combination skin and holds strong for a good amount of time, and has a flattering, satiny finish. [$24]
The Sephora Collection Bright Future Gel Serum Concealer is another Sephora house brand product that I love. While I reach for the foundation about 80% of the time right now, this one has been the only concealer I reach for lately. It’s just perfect for my skin – it looks just as great under my eyes as it does on my nose, and it looks really natural and lightweight. I can get away without setting it, too – it won’t crease under my eyes or wear off prematurely on my oilier areas. The other thing to mention about these Sephora complexion products is that they come in a lot of shades and I have great matches for my skin tone. [$14]
I purchased some new products from BH Cosmetics about 2 months ago, and one of them quietly slipped into my list of everyday favorites. Their Studio Pro Matte Finish Pressed Powder, which only costs $5.50, is really, really good. It’s incredibly lightweight and flattering on the skin, especially for moothing over the appearance of pores, and it is very effective at keeping shine away. I most often use it as a blotting powder late in the afternoon, but it’s also great as an allover setting powder, especially when I’ve gone for a more emollient base product like the NARS Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer. [$5.50]
I do tend to mix it up day-by-day when it comes to color cosmetics, but a consistent product I’ve been relying on to go under my eyeshadows would be my eye primer, the MAC 24-Hour Extend Eye Base. My eyelids tend to eat eyeshadow and I’d beed frustrated with the wear time I was getting with my Urban Decay and Too Faced primers, so I turned to MAC because this primer has a great reputation. It’s a good one to try if you have trouble getting eyeshadow to last, and is cheaper than the NARS eye primer, which also has a great reputation but feels awfully spendy to me. [$22]
The last thing I thought deserved a mention was the mascara I’ve been using recently, which is from the Japanese brand Integrate. I purchased 3 mascaras when I was in Japan from brands that I’d generally heard good things about: Integrate, Kate, and Dolly Wink. This one was the last one for me to start using, and for me it’s a big fat winner. It reminds me of a blacker version of the Maybelline Colossal Cat Eyes waterproof mascara, in that it gives me incredibly long, lifted, curled lashes. It has a comb-like wand, which is something I tend do enjoy – L’Oreal’s Voluminous Butterfly wand comes to mind as an example. At the moment, I’m on the search for a place to purchase Integrate online and will update if/when I have more information. I’m getting toward the end of the tube, I think, so I’ll be back to using mascaras that are much more widely available in the US soon enough.
Have you tried and loved any of these? I’d love to hear what your favorite basics are that you reach for consistently. They may not feel like the most exciting products in the beauty routine, but they’re definitely important!