While organizing my makeups, I came across some makeups that I used to wear almost everyday. Some of them were my holy grail. Some of them I wore because I did not have another option. It is sad that those products are left in the bottom of my drawer. So, I decided to bring them back and used them in my face. I, too, am curious about what I think about them nowadays because now I have tried many products. If you wanna know what are my old favorites, then keep on reading:
1. Viva Cosmetics Eyebrow Pencil in Black
Eyebrow pencil from Viva Cosmetics was famous even from a long time ago before the makeup industry as fast as nowadays. It was everyone’s favorite, and so were mine. I loved it because it is long wearing and cheap, around IDR 26.000. But then I was introduced to many great brow products. I am so sorry that today Eyebrow Pencil from Viva Cosmetics does not excite me anymore. I think it is too dry. It cannot hold my eyebrow hair in place. I also prefer eyebrow matic that has a spoolie on the other end. So for today, this product is a pass.
2. Nivea Men’s Sensitive Post Shave Balm
Do you know that it was the first primer I have ever bought? Back in 2015, after a long hiatus, I fell in love once again with makeup. Thanks to Beauty Youtuber. And then, this product was going viral on Youtube and Instagram, as started by NikkieTutorials. On the hunt of a good primer, I purchased this product impulsively. Because, it was very cheap and contained a lot of products. I didn’t remember the exact price, but I think it was around IDR 120.000 for 100 ml. NikkieTutorials has warned that the scent of the product is very pungent. As for me, until today, I don’t like the smell. The scent is still strong even after hours of applying. I don’t like the texture either. I think it is too slippery and sticky. But, is it prolong your makeup? I wasn’t sure about that. So, now I tried to wear them on one side of my face. Some users said that Nivea makes the foundation apply better. Yes, it does. You don’t need as much foundation if you are wearing this product. Surprisingly, it is also prolong my makeup. Even after 10 hours, my foundation, bronzer, and blush on did not move.
3. IOPE Air Cushion Matte Longwear in N23
This is the first cushion that I have purchased. It was a hard time to choose between Laneige, Hera or IOPE cushion. But out of the blue, I forgot the reason, I chose IOPE. The price is almost similar anyway. IOPE was around IDR 450.000. Despite its name, the cushion still gives me a dewy look after some hours of wearing. But it is not overly dewy so that your skin look oily. One thing that let me down is the color selection. I wear N23, which is the darkest choice, and it is still to light for me. Upon application, my skin look greyish. But after couple hours, it blends well into my skin. Because it has a matte finish, the foundation is a bit hard to blend.
4. Essence Make Me Brow in 02 Browny Brows
With only IDR 45.000, Essence Make Me Brow is very cheap but does its job nicely. It can hold my eyebrow hair in place for couple hours. It is also very easy to use. Very great alternative to Benefit Gimme Brow.
5. ELF High Definition Undereye Setting Powder
I purchased this because Kathleen Lights used to love it to set her concealer. Whereas for me, because my undereye area is so dry, I don’t really need setting powder. Thus, this product does nothing to me. But, I still use it anyway because even though it is cheap, around IDR 80.000, it would be such a waste if I don’t use it. On the bright side, it brightens my undereye area.
6. Makeup Revolution Redemption Palette iconic 3
This palette I bought because I wanted to have pinkish eyeshadow palette. I wished to buy Urban Decay Naked 3, but I could not afford it. Hearing this palette was as good as UD Naked 3, I purchased this right away because it was only IDR 100.000. The formula is not as good as UD. Some of the lightest colors in the palette are a bit patchy and hard to blend. I love the light matte in this palette because it is smooth and blendable. They are also long wearing as long as you wear concealer or eyeshadow primer underneath.
7. Maybelline The Hypercurl Volum’ Express Waterproof Cat Eyes in Feline Black
Having a short and straight eyelashes is giving me a hard time on choosing the right mascara. Big brush cannot get into shorter lashes, while small brush cannot give the hold and curl that I want. I loved Maybelline The Hypercurl Volum’ Express Waterproof Cat Eyes (IDR 90.000) because it could get to my shortest lashes because the wand is very unique. It looks like a comb. Today, I don’t like it as much as I did back then because this product does not give me the curl. But, it does not smudge even though you are sweating or your face is wet.
8. ELF Contouring Blush & Bronzing Powder in St Lucia
A great dupe for Nars Laguna/Orgasm Duo. I initially purchased this product because of the bronzer. It turns out that I love the blush more. The peachy tone blush gives me a nice healthy glow. I still use it until today. I don’t really like the bronzer because it is too warm and too dark for me. But, for such a cheap price (IDR 85.000), I would recommend this to anyone. The product is also travel friendly, because it is slim and you get bronzer and blush in one place.
9. NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream in Stockholm and Athens
NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream in the shade Stockholm (IDR 90.000) is the first lipstick I fell in love with. I used it everyday because I really really love the color, the formula, and soft doe foot applicator. Having dry lips makes me hard to find a good lipstick that does not suck the moisture in it. Athens also has the same formulas as Stockholm, but the color is a little bit lighter and is not opaque. Today, I still love it, but I wish the lipstick is stay longer on my lips. It does not have longevity that I want. It will vanish easily at the first meal that I have.
10. LA Girl Matte Flat Finish Pigment Gloss in Dreamy and Fleur
I recognized LA Girl Matte Flat Finish Pigment Gloss (IDR 70.000) as one of the pioneers of liquid lipstick. It started the trend on the formula. I loved it because the pigmentation. It covered my lips in just one swipe. However, today I don’t like it because it dries my lips. It also starts fading on my inner lip first, which really annoys me. It is also hard to reapply. You will have to erase all the lipstick in your lips before reapply.