I've had lots of requests for my makeup Holy Grail products, so here they are! I had planned to do this article about a month ago, soon after I did the skincare Holy Grail article. With the tons of boxes I got in December, though, I got a little behind and never did find time to write this up. I finally got it done!
Pictured above are all of my Holy Grail products. I've broken them up into categories below.
Here are my Holy Grail eye makeup products:
- Urban Decay Vice4 Eyeshadow Palette, normally $60, on sale for $39
- Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion, $20
- Urban Decay Moondust Eyeshadow, $21
- FiOR Minerals Organic Eyeliner, $18
- Julep When Pencil Met Gel Long-Lasting Gel Eyeliner, $16
Obviously, for eyeshadow and eyeshadow primer, I'm all about Urban Decay. I love their colors, their pigment, and their staying power. Vice4 has lots of fun colors that can really get you out of your comfort zone, along with a few neutrals to complement them. UD's Moondust shadows are the sparkliest shadows ever. I love, love, love sparkles, so these eyeshadows were meant for me. My favorite Moondusts are Solstice, Scorpio (pictured), Cosmic. Use a little water when you apply Moondust to really make the color pop. There is a drawback to UD eyeshadow, however: Fall out. Whenever I apply their eyeshadow, I have to have a makeup remover cloth ready to get rid of the eyeshadow that falls onto my undereye area and upper cheeks. UD eyeshadow primer keeps your eyeshadow looking good all day long. I like Sin, which seems to have been discontinued and replaced with Minor Sin, but they are all good.
Good eyeliners are hard to find, in my opinion. FiOR Minerals Black Betty is my go-to black eyeliner. It goes on smoothly and evenly, has good pigment, and lasts most of the day. I haven't tried their other colors, but I imagine they are equally good. As an added bonus, FiOR is a vegan, organic, cruelty-free company.
I've also recently become a big Julep gel eyeliner fan. I've gotten some in a few in beauty boxes over the last several months and they are simply amazing. The gel pencil goes on way easier than regular pencils and the colors are great. My current favorite color is Smoky Taupe Shimmer.
Blush and Contour
My Holy Grail blush and contour:
For blush, my favorite is NARS in Orgasm. A lot of people try to say Orgasm is a color that works well for all skin tones, but that isn't true for any color. It works well for my skin tone. NARS has tons of blush colors, so swatch them at Sephora and see what works best for your complexion before spending $30 on a blush. It has great staying power and is buildable, so you can have the slightest hint of color or a bold splash.
I'm not the type of person to contour every day. It is a special occasion thing for me. When I do need to get a contour stick out, I always reach for Tarte's The Sculptor in Park Avenue Princess 1. I like my contouring very subtle and this works perfectly to make sure I don't have those telltale brown streaks on my face. It is easy to blend this out so you can make it as subtle as you need it to be.
Now for the lips:
- Too Faced Melted Lipstick, $21
- Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics, $15 for lip tar with new packaging, old packaging currently on sale for $6
- Teadora Nourishing Exfoliating Lip Butter, $15
Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics is my favorite makeup company. I absolutely love their lip tar. They have recently made a switch to a hard plastic tube with a doefoot applicator, which has upset me. I much prefer their old soft plastic tube with a brush. They are offering all of the old style lip tars for $6 a piece now, so grab them while you can. While the doefoot applicator makes applying the lip tar a little easier, I find that the lip brush is necessary to get the best line. The lip brush is way more precise, in my opinion. My favorite color, Manhunter (pictured above), an orange-based red with gold shimmer, has been discontinued, but they have tons of beautiful colors, so check them out.
Too Faced Melted Lipstick is also fabulous. I find it doesn't last quite as long as lip tar, but it stays on longer than most other lipstick. They have some really pretty colors that you can have lots of fun with. Melted Metal Jelly, a medium purple with a slight pink tint to it, pictured above, is my favorite color.
If you're looking for a lip treatment, Teadora's Nourishing Exfoliating Lip Butter is the way to go. It comes in two scents, Rainforest at Dawn (orange scented, pictured above) and Rainforest at Dusk (chocolate and berry scented). The exfoliation is very gentle and the butter is extremely moisturizing. I think Rainforest at Dawn is the most beautiful scent, but Emily prefers the Dusk.
My Holy Grail perfumes:
- Elizabeth and James Nirvana White, $60-$100, depending on size
- CLEAN Skin Eau de Parfum, $40-$72, depending on size
Perfume is a very personal thing, so I wasn't sure I should even include it. Why not, though? My two favorite perfumes are Elizabeth and James Nirvana White and CLEAN Skin. Nirvana White is a sexy floral. I get tons of compliments when I wear it. CLEAN Skin is, as you might have guessed, a very clean smelling perfume. Nirvana White might be a little more elegant, but Skin is a great scent for daytime.
For my hair:
- Zabana Essentials Shimmery Dry Glow Shampoo, $9.95
- Obliphica Seaberry Serum, $38-$58
- Alterna Caviar CC Cream 10-in-1 Complete Correction, $25
Zabana makes my absolute favorite dry shampoo. Beauty boxes love sending out dry shampoo, so I can't even begin to tell you how many dry shampoos I have tried. Zabana is the only standout dry shampoo I've found. It has a light scent that quickly goes away, doesn't leave that horrible white dust behind, sops up all the grease, and adds the most subtle bit of shimmer. I just love it. Best of all, it's $10.
Obliphica Seaberry Serum and Alterna Caviar CC Cream are leave-in hair treatments that I put in my hair after a shower. I use only one at a time -- I don't recommend mixing hair treatments. They both leave my hair so silky, shiny, and healthy looking. I am usually not one for hair treatments, but these are so good I actually use them.
My Holy Grail nail polish:
- Trust Fund Beauty Nail Polish, $15
I got my first Trust Fund Beauty polish in an ipsy bag a few months back. Since then, I've gotten three more in beauty boxes. I love them all so much. They have fantastic coverage (you can get by with one coat, though I generally recommend two), they dry quickly, and they stay on my nails for a few days without chipping. The glittery polishes they make have so much glitter packed in the bottle and the glitter goes on evenly! Do you know how hard it is to find a glitter polish that has glitter evenly distributed that doesn't all end up in one little part of the nail? Trust Fund Beauty is also vegan and 5-free! The color above, Champagne Socialite, is a gorgeous rose gold. I also love their silver topcoat, Boy Tears.
Those are my Holy Grail products! What do you think? Have you tried most of them? What are your Holy Grail products?