The products are in 4 different categories: Mascara, CC Cream, Eye Primers, and Face Primers, and the items are: Smashbox Full Exposure Mascara, Lorac CC Cream, Urban Decay Anti-Aging Eyeshadow Primer Potion, Urban Decay Eyeshadow Potion, Lorac Eye Primer, Benefit Cosmetics POREfessional (2), Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer (2), Lorac POREfection Face Primer, Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer.
The Lorac CC Cream is amazing, words cannot really describe it! This CC cream provide medium to full coverage, it applies evenly and very easily as well. It sets quickly as well, so it's not sticky at all, but you do have enough time to blend it all in within a reasonable amount of time. The CC cream sets almost matte (with a little bit of sheen), but doesn't look dull at all or even shiny. I have small dry spots on my face and this CC cream did not extenuate the dry spots all at! The only negative is the color selection, medium was too dark/pink for me and I believe they only have 3 colors. It is sold at Ulta for $28 for a 1.23 FL OZ tube. I am thinking of purchasing a full size because it is simply amazing, and I love the way it makes my skin look and feel!
The Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion is a product I've purchased before and have used, it's not bad at all it works wonderfully but I've found a drugstore dupe/alternative which is the Prestige Primed & Ready Eye Primer which works just as well as the UD primer, only it's priced more reasonably at $9.50 (compared to $20). The Urban Decay Anti-Aging Eyeshadow Primer Potion didn't WOW me...it actually creases on my lid compared to the regular primer potion so I will be skipping on buying both of these primers, and will stick with my drugstore ones!
Same with the Lorac Eye Primer it does the job well, makes the shadows last a fairly long time, doesn't crease, adds vibrancy to shadows, but it just didn't WOW me enough to where I will want to go purchase the full size which retails for $21.
The Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer is an amazing primer hands down one of the best, however I believe that the e.l.f. Studio Mineral Infused Face Primer is exactly the same, an exact DUPE, works that exact same way, and I get the same results as the Smashbox which is why I would not purchase a full size of the Smashbox primer (which retails for $49 vs $3 for the ELF primer).
Lastly, the Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer is a pretty interesting product, looks like a cream but feels very lightweight on the face. The consistency feels very smooth which in return makes my skin baby soft and helps apply my foundation super easily. I do have to try this product out a little bit more to get a better idea whether it is worth the price, which by the way is $52 for a 1 Fl OZ bottle.
So there you have it, a bunch of beauty samples I've been testing out lately! As you can see just because something costs more doesn't mean it is amazing, there are a lot of drugstore alternatives, yet there are some high end products that simply cannot be duplicated. I will be doing a post soon on High End Products Worth Splurging on, hopefully you will find it helpful...that will be coming soon!
Have you tried any of these products I have listed above? Which ones have you continuously repurchased? Which ones have you found drugstore dupes for?
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