High-End Heroes

Recently I have been dipping my toes in the very shallow end of the high-end beauty pool and it feels so naughty. Subscription boxes and places like Depop have opened doors to the sampling of luxury products without the high price tag.

I am yet to pay full price for a high-end product but I may repurchase first-hand replacements for the following products (my High-End Heroes)…

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Starting with the face, I have two wonders here (both purchased from trusted sellers on Depop:

Diorskin Nude Air Serum

This feels like a dream on the skin. It comes in the form of a liquid with a dropper and all it takes is two drops for skin perfection. A lightweight, medium coverage foundation that lasts all day. Though be sure to shake before use otherwise you will get foundation dripping between your fingers…

Estee Lauder Double Wear All Day Glow BB Moisture Makeup

This is a slighter thicker consistency than the Dior serum (think traditional foundations and BB creams) but provides a similar lightweight result. This contains SPF 30 and vitamin E as an added bonus.

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Now onto the eyes:

Stila Stay All Day Liquid Liner

I’ve mentioned before that seeing me without my signature cat eye is a privilege, and it’s mainly thanks to this product. It really does stay all day and is by far the most pigmented black eyeliner I’ve ever used. And at £13 it doesn’t break the bank!

Mac Mascara

Scrolling through my Depop feed I saw this mascara from Mac. I’ve only ever tried their lipsticks up until now, so thought I’d give this a go at a knock off price. It both lengthens and volumises my lashes, but I believe it’s been discontinued as I can’t find it on their UK site! If anyone knows if this is still in circulation please comment below.

Lancome Grandiose Eyeliner

This seems to be a Marmite product (you either love it or hate it) but I sit firmly on the love it camp. I reach for this over the Stila liquid pen when seeking a matte finish. Just don’t bother with setting the applicator at an angle. For me, this is a gimmick.

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Chanel Eyeshadow

I received this last year in the Cohorted beauty box and it was the first higher end beauty product I ever owned. This is a beautiful midnight blue shade that I use as an eyeliner but could be used to create a sexy smoky eye. I can’t find this exact shade on their website, but it looks like it falls in their Illusion D’Ombre line.

Urban Decay Eyeshadow

If you’re not yet ready to step up into the world of Naked palettes, then why not start with single shades for a fraction of the price? Half baked is my most used shade from Naked 2 and this is a handy pan to take for touch ups on the go. I smear all over my lids paired with my cat eye for an easy desk to dancefloor look.

Clinique Colourpop (Nudepop)

Yet another Depop buy, this time from YouTuber Tamara Kalinic aka The Glam and Glitter. I love this lipstick as contains primer so you can get long lasting colour in one step. This is a near perfect match for my natural lips which I find easy to wear. Plus Tamara donates all profits from her Depop sales to charity, so definitely worth checking out!

What are your high-end heroes?

laura

PS please ensure that any sellers you are considering buying from are trusted and always pay in app! You can find my shop here

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L’Oreal Paris Nude Magique Cushion Foundation

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This has to be one of the most highly hyped products of 2016. I watched my favourite vloggers receiving their samples long before it hit shelves and I for one could not wait. A few months after its release, is this a firm favourite in my makeup routine?

The answer is no, sadly. There is nothing particularly bad about it, I just find myself reaching for it much less than anticipated. Turns out I still use my regular liquid foundations despite the convenience of a sponge and applicator in one tidy package. The one time this comes in handy is on the go. I keep this in my bag for those nights out, work day top ups or unexpected post office pub trips.

I would say this is medium coverage but is very buildable. I have the shade porcelain which is a good match for my pale skin, but there are better matches out there for me. I would say L’Oreal could make a huge improvement by including darker shades so every skin tone is catered for. They did make huge leaps forward with their True Match range earlier in the year and it would be nice to see all products/brands following suit.

But would I repurchase? Probably not. I don’t think I have the need for such a portable foundation when I use so little as it is. It’s a fine product, and perfect for so many, just not needed by me. And at £14.99 it is on the pricier side for a drugstore piece. I prefer to spend a little bit more on a higher end liquid foundation that will stay in place all day, leaving these products redundant.

It will be interesting to see if this a gimmick that will pass with time or whether more brands will take up the cushion trend. Have you tried any of these products? Where do they sit in your makeup routine? I’ll be very interested to hear about your experiences in the comments.

xoxoxo

On a side note, I am selling lots more items on depop including makeup bundles. Check out my store here.