If I Could Only Use Five Products

Saturday, September 07, 2013


I've been relying on makeup to perk up my face since I was about fourteen, but up until I started blogging my everyday look was just foundation, black kohl eyeliner and mascara (bit of a shocker compared with the ten or so products I use daily now!) I must have owned loads of eyeshadows, cheek and lip products over the years, but for the most part I tended to keep it quite minimal now that I think about it. Blogging has turned me into a self confessed product junkie, and while I do still favour a fairly natural look in the daytime- this post got me thinking about just how many products I actually use when I do a full face of makeup. I decided if I had to go back to basics and only use five products, or was held at gunpoint by some evil makeup fiend and told I could only use five things (yeah I have a wild imagination) what exactly would I go for? The most important things for me are an even base and defined eyes, and so this is what I made my decisions based on. It was a lot harder than expected- here's what made the cut!

Face
I'm yet to find my holy grail foundation, but if I had to pick I'd go with Revlon Colourstay. Once it's set with Rimmel's Stay Matte powder the coverage is good and it lasts all day, I just hate the fact there's no pump on the bottle. I very rarely use concealer anyway and so skipping it was an easy choice, I do have redness to cover but the Colourstay/ Stay Matte combo generally takes care of that. As much as I love blushes I've gone with a bronzer as one of my five products instead, a matte bronzer like Hoola can be used to contour as well as add some warmth and colour to the skin so essentially you're getting two products in one. I look horribly pale without a bronzer, I must have looked like death a few years ago when I rarely used one. 

Eyes
For eyes, at the absolute minimum a black liner and a mascara is a must for me. My eyes are quite big and because they're so light I feel like they need definition; although I'd usually I'd use a liquid liner for the top lash line, I'd line the top with the same pencil at a push (which is what I used to do for years). My weapon of choice is Urban Decay's Perversion, the blackest baddest most long wearing liner you'll ever meet. Mascara is an obvious one, I don't actually like this particular mascara that much it just happens to be the one that I'm using at the moment. My regular makeup routine includes a neutral smokey eye on top of a cream eyeshadow base- again things I could maybe reluctantly skip if I absolutely had to.

The next products I would have added into the mix (in order) would be my Naked 2 palette followed by a cream shadow base; I think at a push I could use the eyeshadows without a primer, especially for just a light daytime look. Next would be my Mac blush in Peaches, a black liquid eyeliner for my top lash line and then some kind of jumbo lip crayon (balm, stain and glossy finish in one, so the most savvy choice!) I'd then go for my HD brows palette; I know brows would probably be a lot higher up most people's list, but despite mine being fairly thin they're still quite dark and defined so are the lesser of my worries when it comes to making myself look vaguely respectable. Finally it would be highlighter and concealer (most likely Mac's Lightscapade and Rimmel Stay Matte Concealer)- two things that are handy to own but that I don't use daily. I have a feeling brows, concealer and lip products will be ranked high on a lot of people's lists and my preferences are completely backwards!

Which five products would you choose? Would you pick similarly to me, or go with a completely different set of items?

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41 comments

  1. I think Stay Matte is the best powder foundation ever I really like to Benefit Hoola Bronzer it looks gorgeous :)
    x

    http://lifethoughtsfunlush.blogspot.co.uk/

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    1. I love Stay Matte, it never goes cakey even when you keep topping up through the day :) Hoola is amazing, I wish it were a tiny bit lighter but it still works really well x

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  2. If I could only use 5 products I would choose (from what I own) Maybelline Fit Me Foundation, Maybelline 24h Super Stay concealer, Maybelline Colossal volume mascara, Rimmel Stay Matte Powder and Sleek blush by 3 palette in Flame. :) x

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    1. Great choices! The blush by 3 palette would be perfect too seeing as you're getting three different colours in one :) x

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  3. Oh this is fun - even if a "horrifying fun" - what? only FIVE product? Oh nooo :P
    I have to try this powder. Currently looking for a good affordable one. Thought i would get the Fit Me powder, but Stay Matte seems to be fine too.

    xo,
    Luchessa.org

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    1. Definitely horrifying fun- hopefully I never have to just pick five products, I at least need a blush and some eyeshadow on top of this haha! I've not tried the Fit Me powder but highly recommend Stay Matte x

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  4. I totally agree with the Benifit Hoola & the Revlon Colour Stay! My fav products

    Beautybytash xx

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    1. I do like Revlon Colourstay, unlike most foundations the lightest shade is actually light enough! Just wish they'd put a pump on the bottle x

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    2. In Australia we have new packaging for the colour stay foundation & it has pumps. I thought they had that in the US and UK too, normally we get things way after you guys! It's very handy having the pump I must say!

      beautybytash.blogspot.com.au xx

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  5. I love the UD liners- they're just so smooth!

    I stopped by via the 'I Love My Post' hop, but I already follow you! Anyhow,I run a beauty blog hop on Mondays if you're interested in joining us-I'm looking for co-hosts as well :D

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    1. They're so nice, they've gone up in price recently which is a bit annoying but I'll always repurchase :) Thank you, if you'd like me to co-host just let me know I'd be happy to :) x

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  6. stay matte is my baby! need to try the revlon colourstay and see what the hype is all about!

    beauty about town ♡

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    1. I wasn't too keen on Revlon Colourstay at first, but once I applied it with the Real Techniques buffing brush I changed my mind- it's definitely one of the better highstreet foundations :) x

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  7. LOVE the Revlon colour stay!! At first I thought it would be bad for dry skin because its so thick, but its perfect!
    Emgeorgias.blogspot.com

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    1. It's really buildable isn't it, I love how you can get a light or heavy coverage with it! x

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  8. I am pleased you have published this post today as you have just reminded me that I need to buy some more stay matte powder for myself. Everyone seems to love Revlon colorstay, so I must get on the band wagon and give it a try myself soon!!! I am just finishing off a bottle of Bourjois Healthy Mix first. :0)

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    1. They run out so quick dont they! My Stay Matte only ever lasts a month, I usually buy three in one go so I'm not having to always worry about running out lol. I've not tried Healthy Mix, I think I should as everyone seems to love it! x

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  9. I've been wanting to do one of these posts for a while now but every time I try to narrow things down to five, I always end up narrowing it down to seven. At least. Everyone's talking about the Hoola bronzer, I have no idea why I still haven't tried it yet. The Rimmel powder is amazing! x

    Daphne | Peanut Butter and Chocolate Life | bloglovin

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    1. It was so hard to narrow everything down, in reality I'd hate to be without eyeshadow or blush- lets hope I never have to make this choice in reality lol x

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  10. I've heard a lot about the matte powder. I'll have to check it out!

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    1. You definitely should, it's brilliant! x

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  11. Great Post! Maybe I will do that this week! I love stay matte powder, its my fave! xxx

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    1. I'd love to see you do this post, maybe turn it into a tag? :) x

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  12. Good choices! That UD pencil looks amaze!

    Alexandra
    xx

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    1. It's soo soft and pigmented, they're the best eyeliners I've ever tried x

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  13. Your posts are really great! Thank you for advice :*

    http://mixijewelrybox.blogspot.com/2013/09/back-to-bronze.html

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  14. Great post, I have no idea what my five products would be.

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  15. If I had to choose only 5 products the Urban Decay eyeliner and the Rimmel Stay Matte powder would also be on my list! I really need to try the Revlon Colorstay foundation. I can't believe I haven't tried it yet!

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  16. Urban Decay Eye pencil looks drool worthy! going to get some and try!
    Following you now! Great blog. Hope you follow back too :D
    xx
    Red Alice

    http://redraoalice.blogspot.com/

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  17. Love this post :) Revlon colorstay is definitely one of my faves too

    Stacey x

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  18. I really want to try Revlon Colourstay, the colour looks like a good match for me too so i think ill have to pick it up!x

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  19. Great post. I use my Rimmel stay matte powder daily and can't believe how awesome it is for a drug-store product. I love Benefit blushes and surprised myself that I still haven't tried their raved-bronzer. Will have to check it out for sure.

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  20. Lovely post! I use my Rimmel Stay Matte Powder everytime I wear foundation - and I'm loving it! Great product selection!
    I think mine would be something similar, if I had to choose 5 products! Cause, boy, do we beauty nerds use a lot of make up on a daily basis without even thinking about it.

    Marie-Louise xx

    Mlhauken // Beauty, Lifestyle & a bit Fashion

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  21. Can't wait to try the Stay Matte powder, hehe. I love the Revlon Colorstay!

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  22. Ooh this makes me really think about what I would choose too! Great picks! I want to get Perversion in my collection.

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  23. Revlon Colorstay is definitely one of my 5. I need to try Stay Matte!!

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  24. My choises would be very similar, I keep it simple for everyday but I would have trouble deciding between taking a black eyeliner and a duo of neutral light and dark brown eyeshadow :)

    www.blushingincolor.com

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  25. I love Hoola bronzer too! I find that it works on my skin all year round which is great! Great post by the way and I much prefer the natural lighting used here :)

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  26. I don't like the lack of pump for colorstay as well. also it is little bit too tacky in texture for my taste. I love the rimmel powder though. it is so soft and smooth.

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  27. I love this post! I agree with you over the lack of pump with Revlon Colour Stay as well! I've just switched to L'Oreal Infallible in Light Porcelain which is really similar to Revlon Colour Stay in Ivory. Being as pale as I am, it's so hard to find the perfect foundation, but they're my go to at the moment!

    Rachael. X http://jegzjegzjegz.wordpress.com/

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