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.


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.


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.


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.


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


  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.


  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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