Cult products that are worth the hype

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A cult makeup product is considered to be so good, it’s a classic. A cult classic. An awesome product. A product you can’t live without. Obviously cults are not a good thing, but when there are so many people raving about that one product and swearing by it… well, I guess you can think of it as a cult.

The good kind – the kind that shares great makeup product tips and helps you to improve your life. Through awesome makeup products.

Because at least my life changed when I found these products. Are you ready? Here are some cult products that are definitely worth the hype.

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Cult makeup products – the best of the best

estee lauder double wear review

Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay-In-Place Makeup

Estee Lauder’s Double Wear foundation is as good as they say. It’s probably the most long-lasting foundation I have tried. It also provides full-coverage, it leaves a beautiful semi-matte finish and it’s quite easy to blend. It’s one of those foundation that are great for an important day (such as a wedding!) or for photoshoots (perfect-looking skin guaranteed). The only downside to it is that if you’re prone to breakouts, it might break you out. Read my full review with before and after photos on it here.

*Estee Lauder’s Double Wear 

laura mercier transluscent powder

Laura Mercier Translucent Powder

Laura Mercier’s loose powder is a great powder. You can find great powders with less money, but to be honest, there are no other downsides to this product except it’s price. The packaging is nice and luxurious. The powder doesn’t look that fine, but it is. It leaves the smoothest most beautiful finish on the skin. Whenever I’m wearing this powder, I just want to touch my face and feel the smoothness. It also keeps my skin nice and matte throughout the day.

Laura Mercier Transluscent Powder

urban decay primer potion

Urban Decay Primer Potion

Urban Decay’s primer potion is a no-brainer to me. I am not letting go of this eyeshadow primer, ever. I trust it and I never do eyeshadow without it. Actually even when I’m not wearing any eyeshadow, I apply some of this on my lid. Just because it keeps my lids non-oily. Next time I’m going to try out their Eden version though, which provides more color and coverage. This original version is quite colorless.

*Urban Decay Primer Potion

MAC Mineralize Skinfinish Soft & Gentle

MAC’s Soft & Gentle highlight is a warm peachy/golden highlighter, that suits neutral warm and olive skintones. It’s not too golden, but it’s also not too light. The shimmer it provides is very fine and looks beautiful on the skin. It’s also great as an inner corner highlight or as an eyeshadow! Sometimes I also apply it on top of my eyeshadow on my lid – and it works great like that as well.

*MAC Mineralize Skinfinish, Soft & Gentle

benefit hoola bronzer

Benefit Hoola Bronzer

Benefit’s Hoola bronzer is a classic matte bronzer that I actually mainly use for contouring. Since I have some warmth on my skin, a warm bronzer looks more natural on my skin than some cool toned contour shade. I also sometimes bronze with this. It blends like a dream, it has great pigment, but it’s not too crazy and I actually also like the brush that comes with it. It’s surprisingly good! And it has a great shape for carving out those cheekbones.

*Benefit Hoola Bronzer

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The beautyblender

Beautyblender is a classic and if you haven’t tried it yet, you need to. It makes applying foundations and any cream products so easy. It’s also great for any thick foundations since it kind of sheers them out. The downside to it is that it’s a bit pricey considering one sponge lasts only for about three months. I almost want to learn to live my life without this and start using my foundation brushes again (because it would be more ecological), but I just can’t seem to keep away from this amazing sponge.

P.S. Luckily there are some options for beautyblender that are almost just as good. In this post I shared my two favorite makeup sponges – the other is fourth the price of a beautyblender!

*the beautyblender


ysl rouge volupte lipstick corail a porter 41

Yves Saint Laurent Rouge Volupte Shine Lipstick – Corail a porter 41

I bought my YSL Lipstick as a Christmas present for myself. So far it’s the most I’ve spent on a lipstick, but I think it’s worth it. The packaging is everything – it’s so luxurious and I love to see it on my makeup table or keep it with me in my purse. The consistency is the lipstick is very nice. It feels smooth and moisturizing on my lips. It’s not the most long lasting, which I don’t mind, because it wears off quite nicely and I love to reapply it. The scent was not my favorite at first – it’s this fruity melony scent (and I’m so used to vanilla I guess), but now I’ve learned to like it.

My shade is Corail a Porter, 41, which is this beautiful coral color. It’s quite pink on the lips, but with a touch of coral.

YSL Rouge Volupte Shine Lipstick*

What are some cult makeup products you love? Or is there something missing from this list? Let me know in the comments!

Double Wear Light – the little sister of the cult classic

double wear light review

double wear light on skin

Ever since I tried Estee Lauder’s popular Double Wear foundation – I knew I needed to try the lighter version of it as well, Double Wear Light.

The original Double Wear foundation is awesome. It really is. I have a whole blog post about it here, but to sum it up, it’s very long-lasting, high coverage and provides a beautiful matte finish. When I need a flawless and glamorous base for my makeup, I choose that foundation.

But – obviously there’s a but – it might be too heavy for some. If you’re prone to breakouts, like I was, when I first started to use it, it can break you out a little bit. And another thing – you don’t always need such high coverage.

So the solution then is, Double Wear Light. If Double Wear is for evening makeup, Double Wear Light is perfect for day wear, though it works well for evenings as well.

I might even like it a little more than the original, but don’t tell anyone.

I got the foundation as a pr-sample.

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Estee Lauder Double Wear Light Stay-In-Place Makeup review

*Double Wear Light has some same qualities, as the original one, but it’s still a bit different. It is very long-lasting, has good medium coverage and it leaves beautiful natural-looking finish on the skin. And though the packaging is not quite as fancy as the original, it is beautiful and it tells you the story: it is the muted-down version of the original Double Wear Foundation.

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Before & after Double Wear Light, in the shade 3.

Double Wear Light foundation stays really well on my skin. The amazing thing about it is, that I don’t necessarily even need powder with it. But that has a lot to do with the pills and my nowadays good skin. Anyway I’ve preferred to wear it without any powder, because lately I’m all about that glow. But put some powder on it, and it’s even more trustworthy.

The consistency is thick, and it actually feels thicker than the original – even though it provides a lighter finish, which is funny. It’s not as runny and watery as the original. So I would recommend applying it with a wet makeup sponge. It makes the blending easier and you get thinner layers. It is oil-free and it has some oil-controlling properties. I’ve done some workouts wearing this foundation, and yes, it does stay through the workout (though you get a bit of shine through). I feel like because it’s not as thick and next-level, it doesn’t break me out. Though now that I’ve battled acne, I’m not as prone to breakouts anymore.

double wear and double wear light swatches comparison
Swatches and comparison on Double Wear Light (shade 3) and Double Wear (shade 1N2 Ecru).

The coverage is perfect, in my opinion. It’s not full-coverage – maybe more like a sheer medium. You can build it up a little, but I don’t think you need to. The finish is beautiful and it does everything you want a foundation to do: even out the skin tone, hide any redness and biggest blemishes and it leaves a semi-matte natural finish.


So how is Double Wear Light different from the original Double Wear? I think it’s not as full-coverage, not as long-lasting and the consistency is creamier.

Double Wear Light on my skin, applied with a damp makeup sponge.

I have a darker shade of this foundation, just because it’s summer and I do get some tan on me. My shade is 3, but here are swatches of all the different shades.

All in all, I love this foundation.


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*Estee Lauder Double Wear Light
*Estee Lauder Double Wear

estee lauder double wear light and original

Have you tried this or the original Double Wear?

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