This summer, I decided to do a three part “worth the hype” series to delve into some products that are constantly showered with praise. I decided to start with the high end edition, but don’t worry, drugstore and luxury editions will be coming soon. Make sure to subscribe so you don’t miss those and let’s get into this high end makeup products worth the hype post!
The Claims : minimizes the appearance of pores and fine lines, helps makeup stay put
Worth the hype? This primer really does smooth out the skin and keeps makeup in place longer because of the even canvas it creates. However, this primer costs $31 and many suggest that there are drugstore dupes. If you are looking for a face primer like this for less money, I suggest checking out Maybelline’s Baby Skin Instant Pore Eraser ($7.00) or NYX’s Pore Filler Face Primer ($14.00). Overall, it meets the claims, but is a little overhyped because there are similar products for less.
The Claims : smooths and blurs skin, helps makeup last longer
Worth the hype? This primer definitely delivers on blurring the skin. I also love that they have a whole bunch of primers to target specific issues such as color correcting, minimizing pores, adding radiance, evening skin tone, hydrating, and protecting with SPF. I have the original one which costs $36. Again, I don’t think you need to splurge on primers because I think drugstore options offer similar results. Like the Porefessional, I do like this primer and would recommend it if you have the money to spend, but I don’t think it’s an item that you have to purchase.
The Claims : pigmented, smooth eye shadows
Worth the hype? This was my first ever high end eyeshadow palette. First of all, it smells like chocolate which is delicious. It also has a small mirror and 16 shadows. There are browns, neutrals, two larger highlighting shades, and some pops of color. The matte browns are pretty and easy to blend. Unfortunately, at $49, this palette is just a little lacking in the shimmer department. Many of the shimmers do not have the intensity I am looking for and some (especially the purple) have a lot of glittery fall-out. The champagne shade called marzipan is an exception and is beautifully pigmented. However, it wears away over the course of the day even with a primer. Because of this, I reluctantly say this palette is not worth the extreme hype it gets. It is a good palette, but it isn’t exceptional. Let me know in the comments down below if you would like to see further swatches, thoughts, or tutorials on this palette.
The Claims : good for contouring and highlighting, long wearing, full coverage, lightweight and blendable
Worth the hype? This concealer is extremely hyped, but that is all for a reason. This is the best concealer I have personally ever tried. It absolutely delivers on its full coverage claim. I love the big tapered wand applicator and it isn’t cakey at all. However, I don’t think it’s necessary to buy multiples for contouring and highlighting. I would just buy one to use as a concealer. Lastly, this concealer can fall into some fine lines so it is important to just use a little bit. That’s all you need anyway! Priced at $25, this is 100% worth the hype in my opinion.
The Claims : long-wearing, incredible luster, dries down smoothly with minimal fallout
Worth the hype? YES. YES. And more YES. I have 2 of the 10 glitter finishes. They also have 4 metallic finishes and 3 duo chromes. The shadows glide on effortlessly. The only thing is that you can’t blend after they dry down because they will flake off if you try to move them around. I use a glitter glue with them and have had no problems whatsoever with fallout. They retain their gorgeous sparkle throughout the day and are striking. At $24 they are a little pricey, but I highly recommend picking up at least one.
And that concludes my high end makeup products worth the hype post! I was super harsh on these products, but that is only because I want to be completely honest with my readers and only recommend the absolute best. If you liked this post, subscribe so you don’t miss out! Can’t wait to see you in my next post!
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*All photo credit goes to Jasmine Hwang