Are these cult beauty products really worth your money?

I’m a self-confessed beauty magpie – easily swayed by a shiny marketing campaign or suspiciously glowing blogger review. While clothing comes with it’s own slow-burn satisfaction, a new lipstick is like a little hit of happiness – thank God I no longer walk home past a Boots.

New products mean new holy grails but also a fair share of disappointment, so today I thought I’d walk you through three cult products – from Estée Lauder, Laura Mercier & NARS – & let you know what I think.

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Estée Laude Double Wear, £32.50

I used to be complete Double Wear fan-girl but in true grass-is-always-greener style I strayed in search of an even better base & before I knew it Estée Lauder was a distant memory. & if that isn’t proof that people self-sabotage I don’t know what is, because Double Wear is hands-down my holy grail foundation. It’s matte. It’s full coverage. It sets like concrete. It’s not for everyone, I know, & it’s definitely not the easiest to work with, but if you need a foundation that will see you through thick & thin, this is it.

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Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Setting Powder, £29.00

Whenever I told anyone I was getting into loose powder (thanks, RuPaul’s Drag Race) they would insist I check out Laura Mercier. I’m pretty sure someone even referred to it as life-changing. I’m not convinced. Yes, this powder is super silky & lightweight but it just doesn’t feel special enough to justify that hefty price-tag. I’ve gone back to using the Coty Airspun Powder & I can’t honestly say I’ve noticed a difference.

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NARS Laguna Bronzer, £29.00

I love a good bronzer & Laguna is pretty much the final word in bronzing as far as most beauty bloggers are concerned, so I figured it was time to give it a shot. On first swipe, the colour is perfect but the pigment is worryingly dark for someone who often uses the lightest foundation shade in a range. The key here is a gentle touch & lots of blending – luckily this blends out like a dream making it delightfully impossible to recreate the streaky mess that was my teenage makeup.

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What’s the worst experience you’ve ever had with a ‘cult’ beauty product? Let me know in the comments below.

7 Comments

  1. Thanks for sharing 🙂 I have to admit that I do love the Laura Mercier powder. I have a bad cult beauty experience to share though! I recently tried the Clarin lip oil that so many blogger seem to adore and I hated it! It was so sticky and it actually made my lips feel drier and they started peeling really bad.

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  2. The worst experience? Hands down Maybelline Great Lash, which is clumpy and makes my lashes look stumpy af when they’re actually pretty long and have a lovely natural curl.

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