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Best in Beauty: My Top 5 Favorite High-End Makeup Finds


Hey, pretty girls! Last week I posted about my top 5 favorite drugstore makeup finds, but this week we are taking our (hopefully) filled wallets from either working over winter break, gift exchanges, or generous family gift money, and are branching out into the unknown lands known as SephoraUlta, and MAC.

Though it’s smart and fabulous to get makeup from the drugstore, it’s also really fun to pick up the occasional high-end product to compare the quality and treat yourself! So, as a slight continuation of my post from last week, today I’m going to share with you a list of my top 5 high-end makeup products.

1. Urban Decay Naked Palette

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Urban Decay Naked Palette – $50.00 at Ulta

By now, you’ve probably heard all about it, but just in case you haven’t, let me reiterate: This palette is seriously amazing. If you’re going to spend $50 on eyeshadow, don’t buy single shadows – just get this palette! I have had it for about 2 years now and I still have a ton of product left- so it’s a great investment.

I’ve always been a huge Urban Decay fan – their eyeshadows are some of the most pigmented I’ve tried, and this palette has all of their best shades. Not only are the colors extremely pigmented and easy to apply, the shades are very natural-looking and can be used on an everyday basis. My favorite color in this palette is the second one from the left, called Sin – it’s so beautiful when it catches the light!

2. MAC Lipsticks

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Lipstick – $15.00 at MAC

MAC has the best lipsticks I’ve tried to date! With over 50 (seems like 1,000) shades to choose from, I’m sure you wont have any trouble finding one that will complement your complexion!

The shade I have here is called Angel (a.k.a, Kim Kardashian‘s fave!). It is a pinky-nude color that looks beautiful on everyone.

What I love most about MAC lipsticks is that they don’t dry out and make your lips looked chapped, unlike most lipsticks I’ve tried. Instead, they moisturize your lips while also adding beautifully pigmented color! I have about 7 MAC lipsticks in my collection, and it’s still growing – I’m a little obsessed!

3. Benefit Hoola Bronzer

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Benefit Hoola Bronzer – $28.00 at Sephora

I’m not one to wear bronzer on a day-to-day basis because I’m pretty pale and have naturally red cheeks, but when I do want a nice sun-kissed glow, I always reach for my Benefit Boxed Powder in Hoola.

This bronzer (which is one of our favorite bronzers ever here at CF) is fabulous for everyone because it looks good on almost all skintones! It’s extremely pigmented but blends very easily, so no worries if you accidentally apply too much and show some signs of looking like Snookie – that happens to me all the time. With a few strokes of your brush, it’ll blend in a flash and you’ll be left with a gorgeous golden glow!

4. Bare Minerals Well-Rested

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BareMinerals Well-Rested – $18.00 at Ulta

Like most college students, I don’t get much sleep at night – with countless hours of homework and reading assignments, I’m always up late, meaning I usually arise to find beautiful under-eye circles. What do I use to get rid of them? My BareMinerals Well-Rested powder.

Let me just say, this stuff is incredible. You simply apply this powder (I usually use a small blush brush) anywhere that needs brightening and BAM! – you instantly look 10 times more awake! I use this powder to set the Maybelline concealer that I apply under my eyes to completely eradicate those dark blue circles.

5. Smashbox Camera Ready BB Cream

Smashbox Camera Ready BB Cream
Smashbox Camera Ready BB Cream – $39.00 at Sephora

If you want flawless skin and aren’t afraid of prices, seriously, look no further – Smashbox’s Camera Ready BB Cream (click here for a primer on what BB creams are) is absolutely fantastic. The coverage is medium-to-full and it honestly feels like you’re not wearing anything. Perfect, right?

Not only does the Camera Ready BB Cream cover any and all imperfections also boasts an SPF of 35 – so it not only makes your skin look flawless, but it protects it from the sun, too. This is pretty much the perfect product.

What are your high-end favorites?

Now, of course, you can still stick to your drugstore faves! I’m not telling you that you have to shop for high-end products, but it is fun to treat yourself every once in a while.

I’m really interested to hear what your favorite splurge items are! So, if you were given, hmm, let’s say $200, what 5 high-end products would you purchase? Let me know in the comments below!

Posted on on January 15, 2013 / Filed Under: Beauty & Hair / Tags: , , , , , ,

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38 Responses to “Best in Beauty: My Top 5 Favorite High-End Makeup Finds”

  1. 1
    January 15th, 2013 at 10:59 am

    I adore Estee Lauder max coverage foundation, it makes my skin look airbrushed! The glossy stains by Yves Saint Laurent look like a lipstick but don’t smear or feather. MAC blacktrack cream eyeliner is amazing. Number four is Diorshow Iconic mascara and he last product I swear by is Urbam Decay Primer Potion.

  2. 2
    January 15th, 2013 at 11:37 am

    If I was given $200 for beauty products, I would splurge on…

    Kate Sommerville Complexion Correction Discoloration Perfector (70)
    Clarins Brightening Luxury Set ($91)
    Bare Minerals Pressed Powder $29

    T3 Featherweight 2 ($200)

  3. 3
    January 15th, 2013 at 11:57 am

    NARS bronzer in Laguna (about $32) is the best bronzer I’ve ever used, though I’d try the Benefit Hoola Bronzer!

  4. 4
    January 15th, 2013 at 12:02 pm

    I have sooooo much eye shadow all ready but the Urban Decay palette is still tempting. Can you do a make-up demo using this palette, or post pictures with some different combinations?

  5. 5
    January 15th, 2013 at 12:08 pm

    That seems like a great idea! I’ll see what I can do!

  6. 6
    January 15th, 2013 at 12:09 pm

    I have NARS Laguna bronzer and I actually prefer the Hoola bronzer over it!

  7. 7
    January 15th, 2013 at 12:10 pm

    I have never heard of the T3 Featherweight 2! I’ll have to look it up!

  8. 8
    January 15th, 2013 at 12:11 pm

    Urban Decay Primer Potion is definitely one of my holy grail items!

  9. 9
    January 15th, 2013 at 12:59 pm

    the NAKED pallet is the best thing ever! my sister won’t travel anywhere without it

  10. 10
    January 15th, 2013 at 1:09 pm

    I agree with Jessica, I also have the Naked palette and would love to see some eye-makeup demos!

  11. 11
    January 15th, 2013 at 1:11 pm

    I have a sample of Smashbox BB cream and I love. It doesn’t feel like make up yet gives the coverage of make up. Once I run out of my current foundation, I am planning on getting the smashbox BB cream.

  12. 12
    January 15th, 2013 at 2:25 pm

    Kera, you totally should!

  13. 13
    January 15th, 2013 at 2:25 pm

    I totally agree!

  14. 14
    January 15th, 2013 at 2:25 pm

    I’ll definitely look into it!

  15. 15
    January 15th, 2013 at 2:42 pm

    Hi Emma! I wanted to know what type of skin the Smash Box BB cream best fits? I am an oily skin type. Also, I live in humid Hawaii and go to school in hot hot AZ, what type of BB creams would best fit these type of weather conditions?

    Thanks! (:

  16. 16
    January 15th, 2013 at 2:54 pm

    Hey, Leii!
    My younger sister has extremely oily skin and it really worked for her!
    I actually just vacationed in Hawaii (I went to Maui for winter break) and I used the Smashbox BB Cream everyday and it worked perfectly! So I think that it will be great for both Hawaii and Arizona!

  17. 17
    January 15th, 2013 at 4:59 pm

    My must have splurges:
    Nars Orgasm blush
    Lancôme Hypnose Star mascara
    Urban Decay De-Slick setting spray

    Never leave home without these! I used to swear by Diorshow until they changed the formula a couple years ago and it went all clumpy :(

  18. 18
    January 15th, 2013 at 5:00 pm

    The BEST concealer for chronic under eye dark circles is Bobbi Brown’s creamy corrector and concealer. It comes in tons of shades, and covers everything! I’ve been using it for years, and it is a miracle product!

  19. 19
    January 15th, 2013 at 5:46 pm

    I typically don’t splurge on makeup., but in April I tried Smashbox Camera Ready BB Cream and it was one of the best investments! The one bottle lasted for months and it works perfectly on my combo skin. I tried a million different drugstore foundations before this, but nothing worked as well or felt light like this.

  20. 20
    January 15th, 2013 at 8:44 pm

    JJ I LOVE Nars Orgasm blush! It’s so pretty!

  21. 21
    January 15th, 2013 at 8:46 pm

    Katie, I have always wanted to try to Bobbi Brown concealer! I’ve heard great things about it!

  22. 22
    January 15th, 2013 at 8:47 pm

    Kelsey, I honestly couldn’t agree more with you!

  23. 23
    January 16th, 2013 at 2:23 am

    Recently I’ve been getting tired of my same old drugstore products and have been thinking of splurging into high-end territory, so this article is perfect! I definitely might have to go for that Urban Decay Palette…

  24. 24
    January 16th, 2013 at 2:52 am

    bb cream is the best invention ever by the makeup world! i just bought Urban Decay’s bb cream and it is amazing. i also cant live without laura mercier’s cream blush in nude coral. it gives the perfect amount of color without saying “hey everyone i have blush on!”

  25. 25
    January 16th, 2013 at 10:37 am

    jane erydale bb cream :)

  26. 26
    January 16th, 2013 at 3:10 pm

    You definitely should!

  27. 27
    January 16th, 2013 at 3:13 pm

    Wait, Urban Decay has a BB Cream out right now? I have to go get that…

  28. 28
    January 16th, 2013 at 3:13 pm

    I haven’t heard of it before!

  29. 29
    January 20th, 2013 at 4:21 pm

    I’m very happy to see the Smashbox BB cream in this mix. Western BB creams are notorious for not living up to their East-Asian counterparts, but I believe this is the best one out there. If you’re on a buget I recommend you haul-tail to your nearest Asian makeup/skincare store for great deals on the real thing…

  30. 30
    January 21st, 2013 at 4:56 am

    Is there a specific brand you recommend?

  31. 31
    January 22nd, 2013 at 4:58 pm

    OMG!!! I love the Urban Decay Naked palette….butt my other splurges:

    Perricone, MD No Foundation Foudation ($55), feels amazing and makes your skin absolutely GLOW, entirely covers your face with just a single pump!!!

    Too Faced chocolate soleil bronzer ($29) – BEAUTIFUL, pigmented bronzer, perfect for bronzing. It has actual cocoa powder in it – so you’re basically putting chocolate on your face!!! And what girl doesn’t love chocolate?!

    Urban Decay Baked bronzer in Gilded ($26) – this may be more of a guilty pleasure – the reason I love this bronzer is that it has gold flecks in it…so not only does it warm my complexion, it just makes me feel like royalty :)))))

    Sephora Smoky Studio eye shadow trio pallete ($34) – this has THE most beautiful collection of colors!!! All amazingly pigmented, and it has a little empty compact in the bottom so you can pop the trios out of the case, put them in the compact, and take them with you!

    AND an absolute necessity: Urban Decay All Nighter makeup setting spray ($29) – IT WORKS. Nuff said.

    And has anyone tried Stila face primer? I wanna get it!!!

  32. 32
    January 24th, 2013 at 2:34 am

    ELF’s mineral eye brightener is an EXACT dupe of Bare Minerals well rested.

  33. 33
    January 24th, 2013 at 5:47 pm

    Kate- NO WAY?! Really??

  34. 34
    January 24th, 2013 at 5:48 pm

    Annelis- I have tried the spiral-y face primer from Stila (the one that looks like DNA) and I must say it does not work very well! I don’t see a difference when I use it! It’s supposed to be color correcting and it does NOTHING to help take down some of the redness in my cheeks!

  35. 35
    April 30th, 2013 at 9:17 pm

    In my opinion, BB creams are a little bit of a gimmick. I’m not a huge fan, BUT I do like them for the purpose of a tinted moisturizer that has SPF. I don’t think any of the new ones are true “beauty balms” that transform skin, but that’s just one way of looking at it. Anyone else think so?

  36. 36
    September 10th, 2013 at 4:08 am

    Im addicted to Vichy ProV BBcream, highly recommend for oily and acne prone skin.

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