I wasn’t intending to have all drugstore products for this favorites but that’s just how it worked out. It helps that SOOO many new drugstore products came out at the beginning of this year. I have a few new products to talk about and a couple of oldies-but-goodies as well.
The Covergirl Trunked Palettes are available in 3 options: Roses, Nudes, and Goldens. I prefer these two over the Goldens palette because I like these shades better on my skintone. They have a silkier texture and more pigmentation than other budget/drugstore palettes I have tried. Typically what I see in cheaper palettes are shadows that are stiff, dry, and have poor color payoff. Although I wouldn’t say these perform as well as higher-end shadows, they are a little more pleasant to work with than something like the Maybelline palettes and I appreciate the very reasonable price tag, which is around $12 each. The Nudes palette has a great selection of mattes and a few shimmery shades to add a pop. It’s pretty much all I would need for a balanced everyday neutral eye, so I wouldn’t have to bring in any other singles or another palette. The Roses palette doesn’t have as many mattes to work with but the mid-tone purple in the middle of the palette is enough and the rose gold shade next to it is gorgeous. This one is really flattering for cool-tone fair skin.
This is a brush I use everyday so I thought it deserved to be featured in one of my favorites posts. I’ve had a few e.l.f. brushes come unglued at the ferule but luckily it hasn’t happened with this one. I love the size and shape for applying setting powder because it’s small enough to use around the eyes and to avoid applying powder on my brows but it’s not so small that it takes forever to do the job. The bristles are made a fine synthetic material so it’s super soft on the skin and easy to clean.
I’ve recently been more into using loose powders because I’ve noticed they generally seem to blend more invisibly into the skin than pressed powders. This one has a very fine, almost slippery feel and it can tend to fly into the air if you jar it around too much but I love how it completely disappears into the skin. It does a great job of mattifying without making my skin look dry and dull.
This has been tucked away in my stash and lately I’ve been annoyed with my large pores and naturally shiny skin. I remembered how well this concealed both of those issues and how it actually made my foundation last longer so I brought it back out. It can leave a little bit of a white cast when used on it’s own but when using foundation over it, that goes away. I have a review and before and after photos, if you are interested.