My Makeup Hit List

Makeup Hitlist

Lately, I’ve been having a bit of a change of heart with how I cover makeup here on the blog. Reviewing each new launch is fun up to an extent, but this is not all that I’d like to do here on this platform. While I shall continue to do reviews of new makeup items that hit the market, at least the ones that make sense, and continue to do very deep dives into skincare, I’d also like to help you and myself re-invigorate a love for what we already have in our personal collections. I can tell you honestly that I’ve had quite a few makeup items that I didn’t instantly love, but when I would re-visit the item in six months or even a year, maybe during a clean-out, suddenly the product would shine through and then the love for it would come. And so in carrying on that theme for what is essentially shopping one’s existing stash, in this post I share the items that I reach for the most. Sure, so very many of the new launches are exciting and I have new things to share with you in upcoming posts, but everyone has favourites that they use on a daily basis. As a quick aside, I started taking the photographs for this post long before the sun rose. I played around with flash, adjusted the settings and then once the sun began to rise, that’s when the photos came together. Lesson learned, let the sun do the lighting job. So here they are, my most used makeup in no particular order.

Chanel Candeur et Experience

I’ve written about this compact a couple of times before, the four months I had to wait to receive it and the joy that it is to use. Even now, without hesitation, I can say it contains four of the best eyeshadow shades that I have. The texture, blendability, lasting power and versatility make it perfect for travel, for big nights out or as everyday shades. It is part of one of the first makeup collections Lucia Pica did for Chanel after her appointment in 2015 as their Global Creative Makeup and Colour Director. The palette is bold, plays on a red theme yet contains only one burnt reddish shade that looks beautiful on the eyelid without being scary. The other three shades are variations of brown that all layer and blend together for a perfect is she or isn’t she wearing makeup look.This palette is gimmick-free and does what it is meant to without any overuse of shimmer or grit. I’d say the next time you’re in store, have a bit of a play with it and see for yourself.

Eyemakeup Hit List

Mascara, Eyeliner Brow Pencil and Concealer

Maybe you agree with me but sometimes a full line is not required but a little flick at the side of each eye is like turning the lights on. If you do nothing else, giving a little attention to the eyes whether in the form of mascara or a quick fill of the brows or tapping in some concealer with a clean finger can make worlds of difference to the entire face. The four workhorses in the photograph bring the definition that’s needed and most importantly, the lasting power is exceptional. I’ve also written about these before in greater detail and you can see a couple of those posts here for the brow pencil or here for the concealer.

From top to bottom the items are as followsChanel Le Volume de Chanel Mascara in Noir, Tom Ford Eye Defining Pen in Deeper, Chanel Waterproof Defining Longwear Eyebrow Pencil in Brun Profond and Gucci Luminous Perfecting Concealer in 050.

Now Onto Lipstick

Despite there being a finite number of colours on the colour spectrum, there’s always something new. While I salute those who can pull of the opaque blue, green and black lipstick, I know for certain that I never could. Call me boring or predictable, but here are my most used lipsticks from left to right. The last one is actually a lip glow from Dior that makes dry and cracked lips come alive instantly. If you still have never tried this, put it on your list.

Makeup HIt List

From left to right, please meet Tom Ford Lips and Boys in Collin, Charlotte Tilbury Lipstick in Amazing Grace, Chanel’s Pirate and Dior Dior Addict Lip Glow Color Reviver in Berry.

Makeup Hit List Lipstick Quote

Base Layers

I am happy to whack on foundation very quickly with my fingers for errands and to make it fast and easy, I apply it with my moisturiser so it offers a sheer, luminous finish. Makeup need not be complicated or take a long time, although it is nice when there’s time if getting ready to go out, to put music on and carve out an hour or so to lift the spirit and paint away. Givenchy Teint Couture Long-Wearing Foundation in Elegant Amber is included on my list of topshelf beauty finds for last year here, if you fancy a read.

Makeup Hit List

Powder Coated

It’s likely I took my love of powder from my dear mother, who as I mentioned a while back can finish an entire compact in three months flat. I enjoy having different kinds floating around, whether pressed, loose or liquid. However, the one that hits the mark every single time whether I’m doing a quick makeup or more formal one is this one from La Mer. It’s simply called La Mer the powder, which they’ve since reformulated, re-packaged and hiked the price up, for less product in the new jar. How rude. But that’s business I suppose, otherwise I’ll be sticking with this one until I finish every last particle. This is a translucent powder that does beautiful things for the under-eyes especially and the bridge of the nose. While it’s not travel-friendly because of the size, you can always  tap some into a small container with a twist-top for your luggage.

Makeup Hit List La Mer

You know where to find me on the socials, I’m @backstorybeauty so let me know some of your favourites or what you may be thinking of adding to your collection.

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(6) Comments

  1. says:

    Oh absolutely, it’s such a beautiful lippy that doesn’t require a mirror or precision..enjoy!

  2. I’ve been looking for a good winter lipstick that still gives me that glow… Looks like the Dior Lip glow color revivor is the way to go! Thanks for sharing!

  3. says:

    Hi Keziah! I know exactly what you mean, it’s not such an easy thing to figure out at all plus I’ve certainly had my share of total duds along the way! The best way really is to go to the counter and find an SA who understands skin type, undertones and tonicity of the skin etc. Plus, any store that’s worth it should be happy to make samples that you can take home and try out to see which one matches, as that offers you the chance to experience how it looks in different lighting, especially natural lighting and also how the formula plays with the other products you may wear daily such as sunscreen, serum, moisturiser etc. Hope that helps:)

  4. I really really want to get a good foundation. They are either to dark or too light. It is so hard to find my shade!

  5. says:

    It is so very good and is more like a balm than a lipstick. I deal with very dry lips as well so finding this was a real help indeed. It leaves just a hint of colour too and now they’ve expanded the shade range and finish so there’s plenty to choose from:)

  6. plr33 says:

    I am so excited to try the lipstick from Dior! I have the driest lips, I don’t usually wear lipstick because of that. I’m psyched to hear this one is good!

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