With a new beauty product coming out every week, it’s hard to keep up with everything on the market. While some products are hyped through marketing, others fly under the radar and can be hidden gems among a mountain of foundations, primers, and palettes. Check out my list of top 5 underrated beauty products that, in my opinion, we should be raving about!
1. Ulta Professional Matte Prime(r)- Link
This product is two words: absolutely amazing. Ulta’s take on a matte primer does an incredible job of keeping my face makeup in place throughout the day. I have combination skin and in the summer my oily T-zone can act up but this really does keep me shine-free. On top of it all, this product is paraben-free, oil-free, and contains 1.5% salicylic acid to control any potential breakouts. It comes in a simple black tube and comes out with a slightly thick-gel like consistency. However, when you blend it out it doesn’t feel thick or clog pores. If I had to compare the feel to another primer, the closest would be to Smashbox’s Photofinish primer. I often see people on makeup forums looking for an affordable primer for oily/combination skin and I cannot recommend this product quickly enough since virtually no one knows about it (I love it so much I own a backup). It retails at $18 but there’s almost always a sale running on Ulta’s line and their coupons apply as well so the price falls within drugstore range.
2. L’Oreal La Palette Nude 2 – Link
It was not until recently the drugstore started shifting their eyeshadow options from just singles and quads to palettes…so hooray for expanded options! While I love some of my more pricey palettes, I’m a huge fan of quality affordable makeup. The L’Oreal La Palette Nude 1 and 2 launched around springtime of 2015 but I often feel they are a highly overlooked product in the drugstore realm . I picked up the La Palette Nude 2 after the beautiful matte purples caught my eye last summer and it continues to be one of the palettes I reach for in my collection.
There are 10 colors, ranging from lighter neutrals to dark browns and purples, with a mix of shimmer and mattes. I love that this is an all-inclusive palette in which you could easily create a bunch of different looks or go from day to night. I find the colors are easy to apply and blend, and most shades are quite pigmented. The mattes don’t swatch as pigmented but when I actually apply them with a brush they are. Overall the eyeshadows don’t last quite as long as say Urban Decay ones, but with a good primer these last almost a full work day (6-7 hours). I definitely think the La Palette Nude 2 is a great product for people looking to expand their collection of wearable neutrals with some fun purples thrown in, which are especially flattering on us brown-eyed girls. Around me these palettes retail around $16-$20 but check your drugstore for sales and the newspaper for coupons!
3. L’Oreal Paris Color Vibrancy Dual Protect Spray – Link
While my hair dye box recommends every 4-6 weeks to redye, college and other commitments make it hard to stick to that schedule. But thanks to L’Oreal’s Dual Protect Spray, I only have to redye about half as often! (For reference I have naturally brown-black Asian hair but dye it auburn). This helps to prevent fading from the sun, heating products, and works to seal in color. I simply spritz this into my hair after I get out of the shower or as use it as a heat protectant if I’m going to straighten or curl my hair.
4. Tarte Amazonian Clay BB Tinted Moisturizer – Link
Tarte is well known for their blushes and recently expanded in the lipstick and foundation department. However, one product that gets put to the wayside is their BB Tinted Moisturizer. I exclusively wear BB cream, as foundation isn’t necessary for my personal skin needs, and Tarte’s is easily my favorite.
I find it great at creating a smooth finish with light-medium coverage that blends flawlessly with fingers or a brush. I don’t find it cake-y in the slightest and it’s long lasting even in the hot summer months. While I am not religious about chemicals in makeup, it’s an added bonus it’s free from parabens/sulfates/tricsoclan etc and includes SPF. Although I would consider myself medium, I find medium-tan is a perfect match, so I would recommend asking for a sample or someone to match you to one of the 7 shades. It is a bit on the pricier side at $36 but I use and love it so much I justify the splurge. Another note: it comes with 1.7 oz of product whereas most BB creams in the similar price range, such as Smashbox, are the same price for only 1oz.
5. Revlon Ultra HD Matte Lip Color – Link
This spring Revlon launched their Ultra HD Matte Lip Colors which feel like a hybrid of a liquid and a creamy bullet lipstick formula. It comes in a sleek, trendy tube and 8 shades. I recently saw more new ones at my local Wegmans of all places!
This has received somewhat mixed reviews in the makeup community so here’s my two cents. This isn’t a true liquid lipstick that dries down and clings to your lips. It is an amazingly pigmented and comfortable lipstick. It isn’t a true matte, as you can see from my swatch of the shade I own (“Addiction), there is a slight sheen to it. However, it’s not overly glossy and I think “Addiction” is a beautiful color. As someone with dry lips, these Revlon lipsticks are one of the most comfortable ones I’ve ever worn. I find with the apply-blot-reapply technique, they last around 4 hours and leave a beautiful stain.
Note: All products were purchased and tested by me, and all photos and opinions are my own
What makeup products do you love or feel are highly overlooked? Leave me a cool comment down below and let me know! 🙂