12.20.2010

Unsung Heroes.

Here are a few fantastic products that I think deserve more hype and recognition than they've received...


+e.l.f Shimmer Palette+
This palette retails for a mere $3 and contains four cream highlighters in pearl, peach, pale gold, and pink. On medium skintones and darker, when applied, the difference in colors is not really detectable and you are left with a very similar looking highlight regardless of which color you use. On fairer skintones, the difference between the four shades will be a bit more apparent.
The consistency is very creamy, a tad bit greasy (just a tad!), and very easy to blend. When used as a highlight on top of the cheekbones or under the brow bone, this shimmer palette gives the most healthy, dewy glow to the skin that never feels oily once blended in.

+Illamasqua Illuminator in Fondle+
Illamasqua is most definitely not an underrated brand but for some reason, I never seem to hear very much about their illuminators. Fondle is a peachy pink with gold shimmer that is super pigmented and a bit darker than NARS Orgasm. It's a liquid highlighter that dries down after applied to the skin, so the staying power is actually really great. The particular shade I have works better as a blush than a highlighter, but I can imagine Odyssey (white pearl) and Halcyon (ivory pearl) would make excellent cheek bone highlighters.

+MAC eyeshadow in Era+
In a land full of Satin Taupe, Cork, and Patina-lovers, I rarely ever hear about Era. Era has a Satin finish and is a light-medium brown with very subtle gold shimmers throughout. When applied, the shimmer is not very visible and rather than making the eyeshadow look shimmery, it adds dimension and life to what could otherwise be a flat and boring eyeshadow shade. Era is particularly close to my heart because it was the second MAC product I ever owned (my first was MAC lipglass in Prrr), and so far, it's the only MAC product I've ever repurchased.
It makes a pretty all-over lid shade for lazy days when you can't be bothered with crease and outer-v gibberish, it makes a great crease shade when used over something simple like MAC Brule on the lid, and it is also an excellent shade to use to blend out a smoky eye. 

+Bonne Bell Lip Lites in Strawberry Parfait+
This is an excellent, affordable lipgloss that smells exactly like you would expect. It's very pigmented and non-sticky. I used to associate Bonne Bell with kid/teenager makeup since they are also the makers of my beloved Lip Smackers that I collected when I was 10, but I've since changed my mind because I'm seriously impressed with this gloss. This is the only shade I've tried from this range but as far as drugstore lipglosses go, I'd say this one is right up there with Revlon Super Lustrous lipglosses.

L to R:
MAC Era
e.l.f Shimmer Palette (4 shades)
Illamasqua Fondle (top: heavily swatched; bottom: blended in)
Bonne Bell Strawberry Parfait

What are some of your favorite underrated products?


16 comments:

  1. Love this post, and Era looks gorgeous- and you're right, I'd never even heard of it before!
    The lip gloss looks great too, and I wouldn't mind that it's Bonne Belle since I admittedly still like Lip Smackers lol!

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  2. WOW the Bonne Belle is a GORGEOUS shade. I am going to Target to pick that one up as soon as i leave work! :p It's def underrated because I used to use Lip Smackers' Celestial Strawberry and remember how much I loved it! :p It was sheer but there still was a lollipop pink color :)

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  3. I am going to have to check out Era!

    xx

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  4. The Bonne Bell lipgloss looks yummy enough to eat!

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  5. Fondle is gorgeous! I love the gold sheen to it.

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  6. I LOVE bonne bell liplites :) I've been using the Cappuccino one since I was in high school..still love it all the same.

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  7. I actually bought the ELF Shimmer Palette months ago but they didn't include it in my order. They finally refunded me after 2 emails and I've never from ELF again because I wasn't happy with their customer service. I actually DID want the palette but they wouldn't give it to me -I wanted that over the refund and told them but they refused. =(

    The lip gloss looks really pretty. I used to have one but I have no idea where it went (I remember it smelling sooo yummy though.)

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  8. What a fun post! I wish Era showed up on me. It and patina kinda blend in with my skin color. I should really try out a colorful base with it. Mmm those bonne bell glosses sound yummy!

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  9. @Jennifer: lol, Lip Smackers are such a classic! :)

    @Rainy Days and Lattes: I used to use Celestial Strawberry too and remember it smelled AMAZING!! Also, if you can't find it at Target, try Walmart. That's where I got it :)

    @Savannah: Let me know what you think of it!

    @Gaby: Doesn't it look so pretty? It smells good enough to eat too!

    @Lauren: Yup, it's sooo pretty and the golden shimmer really makes it special, in my opinion :)

    @ellamarie84: You know, come to think of it, I think I used to have that one back in the day too and loved it. Hmmm...the memory of it is slowly coming back to me...

    @kali: That's so rude/weird! Why wouldn't they give you the product you paid for?! I'm sorry you had such a bad experience :( If that happened to me, I wouldn't purchase from them again either. It's a great product but definitely not worth enduring bad service for.

    @prettyaspeaches: Really? It shows up lighter on my eyelids than it does swatched on my arm, but it's very simple and natural looking. Let me know if it works better over a colored base...I might have to give that a try too!

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  10. I don't think I've ever heard of the elf shimmer palette!! It looks beautiful! HIghlighters are quickly becoming my new addiction! xx

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  11. The Illamasqua one has such a gorgeous colour :-)

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  12. The Bonne Bell gloss is very pretty. You always have such great post ideas, Tiffany.

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  13. Awwh man I used to love the LipLites! This makes me want to go buy Bonne Bell glosses again XD I wish they had testers at my stores though.

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  14. Loved this post and would love seeing more like this. I like being introduced to new products and I will definitely have to check some of these out.

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  15. wow you're right, they are gorgeous, I especially love Era and Fondle.

    I think an underrated product is NARS Gypsy lipstick. Its a perfect sheer berry-red and leaves a just bitten look on the lip

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  16. Era looks lovely, we need more nice and easy/failproof shades! Lol! :)
    xx

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