Over the next few weeks, AF will have a series where I will write about the beauty and skincare products that I’ve repurchased again and again.
I’ve tried a couple eye makeup removers before landing on this one by Sonia Kashuk. Although it’s a few dollars more than the average drugstore remover (which is usually around $6-7), the extra few dollars is well worth it! At $11 with a beautiful, liquid lavender gradient, and exclusively found at Target, this is the most gentle and effective eye makeup remover that removes all waterproof makeup.
I’ve been using this for years, even before they changed their bottle cap packaging to black. Any long time fans of this product who loves the white cap packaging more than the black one like me? 😉
For your reference, I’ve tried removers by Neutrogena and Botanics, the former which was too oily and simply ineffective and the latter which irritated my eyes (no!).
I’m not one who loves loose powder because it has the tendency to get messy and all over the place, but I’m on my third tub of this. In between this, I’ve tried the infamous MAC Mineralize Skin Finish (I never found my perfect color match), but it really says a lot when I prefer this $10 product over a high-end cult favorite. The only down side to this is that it only comes in two shades, which is very limited and I’m lucky that the light-medium fits seamlessly with my skin tone. It really adds a light mattifying finish, but doesn’t look cakey at all!
I can also go through a tub of this quickly, but since it’s a drugstore product, it’s something that is so easier to pick up over and over again.
Because of it’s limited color range (only 4 shades!), I had to mix two shades (light and fair) together to get something close to my skin tone.
The “magic” element that this foundation preaches definitely lives up to its name as the liquid comes out in an ashy white color but oxides as it blends in with your skin during application.
This BB cream is something that has both gimmicks and recommended for people with decent skin.
The coverage is light to medium, but buildable (I always do only one layer of foundation to avoid cakey-ness). Although they call it a BB Cream, its final look is closer to a light foundation than a tinted moisturizer, for your reference.
While many have compared this to Maybelline’s gel liner which comes in a very similar packaging and for less than half the price, I must admit that this is one of those times where it’s better to go high-end than drugstore. The Bobbi Brown gel liner is smooth in its application, but most importantly, unlike the Maybelline one, the product doesn’t drop from my eyelids to my my under eye area, thus creating dark circles a few hours later.
I’ve purchased this product 2-3x in black and granite, but one downfall is that the product dries out quicker than anything else in my makeup collection, including mascaras. With almost daily use, on average, it lasts about one year before the product goes bad. While it’s worth the investment if you use gel liner on a daily basis (I did back then), I’ve always had to throw away half the product because of the situation I mentioned.
Asian women love the winged eye liner look and I’m no exception — that was exactly the reason I was so loyal to Bobbi Brown’s gel liner. Gel liner use to be my favorite way of applying a winged look, but over the years, I’ve somehow preferred a more natural look where I simply just line the rim of my eyes. This is way more efficient for a daily makeup routine for work. Rimmel’s pencil liners really does the trick and I’ve bought it in 4 colors (one at a time) over the years: black, sparkling black (I got this by accident and prefer just regular black), brown, and nude (for the bottom lash line).
These pencil liners are quick and easy to go through if you wear them everyday, but they make a smooth application process and are only $4 a piece!
I’ve tried other makeup remover wipes before, most notably the Neutrogena ones (which I didn’t find as effective and moisturizing), but these were the only ones that I’ve repurchased again and again over the years. I admit I stopped testing out other remover wipes after I found these and for two reasons: they come in a triple pack at Target for a better deal ($10 for 75 wipes) and they are moisturizing.
The only downfall to this (and maybe most remover wipes) is that you’ll still have to go in with an cleansing oil or water afterwards to wipe off any other residue makeup (usually foundation) from your face. These wipes are a quick and easy to get the surface areas off, but I usually go in with my Sonia Kashuk eye makeup remover or a micellar cleansing water (lately) to get rid of any excess.
What do you think?
What are some of the makeup products that you’ve repurchased again and again?