Here are five products that I bought thinking that they would disappoint...but I've used them and found uses for them; and will definitely buy again. This is a mini review, so I will make this quick and to the point.
1. Neutrogena Oil-Free Acne Wash
I've tried several cleansers for acne and none of them really did what they claim. I tried this because it was oil free but I really didn't think it would do the job. It's a really good cleanser; and after using it, my breakouts are very rare. I broke out several times a week (regularly) before using this cleanser and since using it my breakouts are months apart; and when they come they don't stay around at all...they are gone in a day or two. It's made with salicylic acid that treats breakouts and prevents new breakouts from forming.
2. Missy Lynn Eyeshadow and Baked Highlighters Palette
I follow Missy Lynn on You Tube and Instagram and saw her promoting her palette and I really, really was not going to buy it because I have so many palettes. After seeing pics and swatches of the highlighters, I had to get them. The highlighters are very pigmented, they rival all other highlighters that I have in my collection that are high end AND this palette is less than $15 while most of the high end highlighters cost anywhere from $20-$50 for (1) highlighter.
I initially got the palette to use for the highlighters, but; I decided to try the eyeshadows for contouring. The darker reddish-brown color on the top right is perfect for contouring the face; the lighter brown color on the second row is great for subtle contouring on the face. This is a must-have palette for me, (even if you just want the highlighters) it's one of the palettes that I take with me when I travel.
3. Ben Nye Dolce Powder
I use Ben Nye powders in my kit and I decided to keep this one for myself because the shade matches me so well. I love it! It's cheap ($10) and it keeps my face matte. Sometimes when applying powders after foundation the powder can make the foundation appear darker than it really is...I don't have the problem when using this powder because it aids the foundation to stay true to color. I was using the Mac Studio Care Blend pressed powder (religiously), but now I have found a less inexpensive and comparable alternative.
4. Mac Haute and Naughty Mascara (Waterproof)
|Smaller wand for defined lashes|
|Bigger wand for voluminous, dramatic lashes|
I bought this as a recommendation from a Mac employee because I have an issue with my mascara smudging under my eyes. She suggested I purchase this in the waterproof version. I didn't think much of it; but, I was pleasantly surprised. It's long-wearing and smudge proof. I love that it has two wands, one for defined lashes and the other for voluminous, thick lashes. I used the smaller wand the most for the defined lashes because it gets out all of the clumps to give you precise and defined lashes.
5. Mac Prep + Prime Highlighter Pen in Peach Luster
I bought this to use as highlighter for my face when I highlight and contour but it didn't do the job as a highlighter (for me). The shade is in peach luster, but, it's more orange than peach. I really planned on returning it... one day I decided to use it as a corrector to cancel out the darkness around my mouth and from acne scarring.
I discovered that it works excellent as a corrector! I apply it before foundation or sometimes after and then I add concealer or another layer of foundation. It completely cancels out all of the darkness and the "mustache" halo around my mouth.