Hello again! I hope everyone had a wonderful Valentine’s Day, regardless of how you spent it! I wanted to continue with my Valentine’s Day theme and share with you 8 products that I absolutely love, but that I never hear anyone talk about. Is this topic a bit of a stretch for Valentine’s Day? Maybe. But just roll with it, please? A lot of products are hyped up, some for good reason. For me, I feel like these items don’t get the hype they deserve!
Shiseido Perfect Rouge Lipstick
Everyone talks about the MAC lipsticks, Bite Beauty Amuse Bouche lipsticks, and the Urban Decay Vice lipsticks…but no one talks about the Shiseido Perfect Rouge lipsticks! The formula of these are so stellar – pigmented and creamy, but so lightweight with a bit of shine shine. It feels like you’re wearing a lip balm, only with the coverage of a lipstick. I only own one of these in a full size and a bunch of deluxe samples from GWPs I’ve received over the years, but they all perform beautifully.
Surratt Beauty Artistique Blush
I know a lot of people do enjoy these Surratt blushes, but I don’t really see them widely raved about or featured on social media much. This is hands down the best blush I’ve tried in years; the formula is so buttery and smooth; it almost has a creamy texture to it, even though it’s a powder product. The shade I own is La Vie en Rose, although I would like to one day own all of the shades in the range 😂
Sally Hansen Hard as Nails Xtreme Wear Nail Polish
In the beauty community, the drugstore nail polish darling has always been Essie. I do love some Essie myself, but I’ve never understood why these Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear Nail polishes aren’t more talked about! Even though this doesn’t have nearly as big of a shade range as other brands, I still own a good number of polishes from this line. The formula almost always applies evenly and opaque, with no streakiness. The wand is also big and wide, which means one swipe and most of your nail is covered. The best part is, I’ve seen these for $2.99 at the drugstore when it’s on sale. Such a steal!
Makeup Geek Highlighters
When Makeup Geek first started releasing products, people went crazy for them. Now, I never hear anyone talk about the brand, and I’m not sure why. Admittedly, I’ve only used the brand’s highlighters, which has made it on my list. These give me more glow than highlighters from any other brand I own; they have an almost metallic finish that’s even shinier than the ones from the queen bee of highlighters, Becca. I bought four highlighters from Makeup Geek, and my favourites are Lit (white-pink duochrome) and Luster (shell pink), both shown above.
Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector Poured Creme Highlighter
Speaking of Becca – it might seem weird that I’ve put a Becca product on a list of products that people don’t talk about, considering the brand has a massive legion of loyal fans. Everyone loves their pressed highlighters in particular, but I don’t hear people talk about their poured creme versions much. I love everything about this highlighter – the formula, the texture, and the finish are all perfection, and it’s so much easier to use than any other cream product I’ve used before. The shade I own is Moonstone, which is the most beautiful champagne gold shade. It’s one of the products I’ve featured in my Project Pan, and will also be reviewing it in March!
Shiseido Benefiance Extra Creamy Cleansing Foam
Another Shiseido product – this brand in general is very underrated! This is my HG facial cleanser, and I’ve gone through a number of these. I am currently using another cleanser and the tube in the photo is a backup, but I find that no matter what I’m using to cleanse my face, I always go back to this one. Like the name suggests, it’s very creamy and foams up so much as it’s worked into the skin. Although I have dry skin and people say that foaming cleansers are one of the more drying formulas, this cleanser is so gentle and leaves my face feeling squeaky clean, but never stripped of oils.
MAC Cleanse-Off Oil
I first tried this makeup remover maybe 8 or 9 years ago when I heard about it from Ingrid Nilsen on YouTube (Missglamorazzi back in the day) and I have not looked back since. Besides a small handful of bloggers, I never hear anyone talking about this product. I’ve honestly gone through what has to be almost 20 bottles of these, and despite trying many other oil cleansers, I haven’t found one that I like enough to replace the Cleanse-Off Oil. I love the pleasantly mild scent, the thin texture of the oil, and how it gently takes off any makeup I’m wearing with ease, regardless of how difficult it is to remove.
Bumble & Bumble Hairdresser’s Invisible Oil Heat/UV Protective Primer
While the majority of the products on this list have been in my makeup and skincare routine for years, this is a newcomer which was introduced to me last August. My hair cannot live without leave-in conditioner, nor can it live without heat protectant. I’ve never used a product that does both of these things! In August, I had my hair coloured for the first time in a decade, and the hairstylist said I would likely need to get my hair toned the next time I went in for a cut in order to tone down any brassiness that might occur from exposure to sun and heat. When I went in for my haircut four months later, the hairstylist said I didn’t need any toning because my hair had maintained its colour, despite me blowdrying my hair every day. I attribute the well-maintained colour to this product!
That’s it for my favourite, underhyped products! What’s on your list of makeup that you love, but that people don’t talk about? I would love to know any secret beauty products you have!