Since writing My Favorite Products of 2010, I've noticed that while I still really love all of the products I chose, I've also discovered quite a few new products that have started rivalling a few of those products for the top position in their respective categories.

While I think that Dior Amber Diamond is probably still my favorite favorite right now, I really love MAC Perfect Topping MSF too. It's one of the "good" MSFs MAC has released - meaning, an MSF with finely milled shimmer that looks natural on the skin as opposed to chunky shimmer that can sometimes have fallout (I'm looking at you, Soft and Gentle!).

At the moment, I think that Dior Matte Bronzer in 002 Honey Matte has pushed Benefit Hoola out of the top position. Hoola, if you're reading this, I can assure you that you haven't done anything wrong and it's not you...it's me. While I can make you work on my pale skin, Dior Honey Matte is just able to do so with more ease right now since it's lighter and warmer. I'll be sure to show you more love in the Summer, Hoola. I promise :)

The fight for the top spot in the blush category remains at a standstill right now. Korres #15 Natural is still, and will always remain, one of my all-time favorite blushes because it goes with everything. However, when my complexion is looking dull and I need a little pick me up, nothing seems to do the job better than Benefit Bella Bamba. Though I once thought there was really nothing special about Bella Bamba other than being another pretty, pink blush, now, I get it.

.:Lip Balm/Treatment:.
This category is also a bit of a toss-up. Both Aquaphor and Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream are extremely similar in consistency and do, basically, the same things, but the one I prefer depends on the time of day I'm applying it. I prefer Aquaphor when I need intensive lip moisturization during the day because it's not greasy, stays on fairly well, and moisturizes better than all other traditional lip balms. While it's also amazing at night, I prefer Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream at night instead, because it seems to stay on better throughout the night and provides slightly better moisturization overall when worn for several hours. I also don't like wearing it during the day as much because it has a slightly greasier consistency than Aquaphor, not to mention a funky campfire-like scent.

For pencil eyeliner, I still very much prefer my Milani Liquif'eye Metallic Eye Liner Pencils, but when it comes to drawing winged eye liner or a cat-eye, I turn to either gel or liquid liner for a cleaner, more dramatic line. My previous favorite gel liner was MAC Blacktrack Fluidline but when that dried out early on in the year, I switched over to Clinique Brush-On Cream Liner in True Black and I can say for certain that it's creamier, easier to apply, but lasts just as long as the Fluidline. I recently, however, decided to dabble in liquid liner and purchased MAC Superslick Liquid Liner in On the Hunt and I. Love. It. It took a bit of getting used to since I'm liquid-eyeliner-challenged, but with practice, it's now become quite easy to apply, it's really black and non-streaky,and it lasts all day without smudging or flaking off like the L'Oreal Lineur Intense Felt Tip Liquid Liner that I hate so much.

Any rivalries going on in your makeup collection right now?


  1. I love how you talk to your products! haha Hoola bronzer :) I'm just venturing into Dior's blushes and highlighters but haven't compared them to anything else I have. I have MAC's Soft and Gentle but haven't tried it yet. I hate large chunks of glitter!

  2. haha she loves talking to her makeup. :)

  3. I'm wearing Soft n Gentle right now and love it! It's the only MSF I've ever tried, ever though. I think I need to pick up this Perfect Topping you speak of if it's even better than Soft n Gentle.. thank you for the recommendation :)

  4. Apart from MAC F&B v MUFE F&B - MUFE won, nothing really!

    I think I might need to check out the Dior Bronzer. I like how creamy/peachy it looks!

  5. @Rainy Days and Lattes: haha, I'm crazy like that :) I've never tried a Dior blush but my bronzer and highlighter definitely trumps the competition and I don't think it's a coincidence :) It makes me feel better because even though they're expensive, I think they're worth the money. Also, I don't think Soft and Gentle is bad by any means. I used to really like it and it can look beautiful if you get the application right, but I just think there are better MSFs out there too.

    @Justine: You know me! :D

    @Donna: Perfect Topping is LE, unfortunately, but you should absolutely pick it up if it ever gets released again or, you can check for it at a CCO which is where I found mine! And I definitely don't think Soft and Gentle is bad at all (I used to love it), but I do think there are more finely milled MSF highlighters out there as well :)

    @25FLONDON: Can't wait for your comparison post on the two!

  6. omg..i didn't know clinique has a gel eyeliner:) i will definitely look after it (we don't have mac here).
    i'm also searching for a lighter shade of bronzer as i'm too pale for standard ones. great advice for dior one..but i find it too expensive.i'm not a big fan of bronzers anyway...rather invest in blushes and less on bronzers :)

  7. Haha I should have read the comments on this before I went to MAC! I was totally bummed when the lady told me it was LE. That's okay - I got a coral blush instead and will scour out Perfect Topping or a good dupe/repromote for it :D

  8. Oh, that was really an interesting post!!!
    Not so sure I have that much to report on this rivalry front atm, besides tossing the champagne and medium brown eyeshadows for taupes for an everyday look!



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