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Best & Worst Makeup Products: February 2016
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At Beautypedia, we don't toss around the phrase "holy grail" product often, but some of last month's makeup launches had our staffers doing just that!

Here's a snapshot of February's top-performers, along with the products you're better off omitting from your shopping list.

The Best Newly Reviewed Makeup Products (Four to Five Stars)

Becca Backlight Targeted Colour Corrector ($30) – We'll admit it…we were skeptical about these color correctors at first glance, but the results don't lie! Each of the four distinctive shades really works to camouflage the imperfections they were designed for. The orange-toned "Peach" shade helps hide brown spots, the mint-green "Pistachio" cancels out redness, the light purple "Violet" enlivens sallow skin, and the bright red "Papaya" helps disguise purple-blue dark circles. (Read the full review for application tips.)

Charlotte Tilbury The Feline Flick Quick Fine Line Shodo Pen ($30) – This liquid eyeliner's super-slim point makes it a breeze to apply right along the lash line and complete the cat-eye design that it's named after. Better yet, it performs flawlessly all day long—no flaking, smudging, or fading. Between the simple application and top-notch performance, this gets an enthusiastic YES!

CoverGirl Plumpify blastPro by Lashblast Waterproof Mascara ($11.99) – This mascara's swift, clean application lengthens, defines, separates, and lifts lashes, far exceeding what you get from most waterproof mascaras. And yes it is superbly waterproof.

Hourglass Ambient Strobe Lighting Powder ($38) – Highlighters come and go, but this is a splurge-worthy option to consider due to its luxe, smooth texture, gorgeous, luminous shades, and brightening, reflective sheen. Translation? You get the 'lit from within glow' without looking frosty.

L'Oreal True Match Lumi Cushion Foundation ($16) – If you've been thinking about getting on the "cushion" foundation bandwagon, this is a fantastic find for those with normal to dry skin, looking for sheer to medium (buildable) coverage. Between the remarkably lightweight texture, fade/crease-resistant wear, and slightly dewy finish, skin is left looking naturally gorgeous—not done up. Hint: This is one of those "holy grail" products we were talking about.

The Lackluster Newly Reviewed Makeup Products (Two Stars or Lower)

Sephora Rouge Gel Lip Liner ($12) – It took just a few hours' time for this lip liner to fade, smudge, and in the case of some of the more dramatic shades, feather. Everything you DON'T want from a lip liner.

Maybelline The Falsies Push Up Drama Waterproof Mascara ($9.49) – This mascara lives up to its waterproof promise, but ultimately leaves lashes stuck together, looking like a hot mess. It's also difficult to remove—no thanks!

M.A.C. Matchmaster Shade Intelligence Compact ($36) – Whereas the L'Oreal foundation we mentioned above soars, M.A.C.'s attempt at cushion foundation falls flat…literally. Between a dull finish, tricky shade range, and failing to live up to its humidity/sweat-resistant claims, this compact is anything but a smart choice.

NYX Lid Lacquer ($7) – This product attempts to imitate the "super-glossy eyelid" look as seen on the NYFW runway but fails to provide comfortable, resilient wear. Between its heavy, sticky feel and propensity to crease, Lid Lacquer is more trouble than it's worth.

L'Oreal Voluminous Superstar Liquid Eyeliner ($9.99) – L'Oreal offers some great eyeliners—this just isn't one of them. Why? It has a strong tendency to travel, smudging all the way up to the brow bone within just a few hours. Super dud—not superstar.

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Check back each week for new content, and let us know what topics you would like to see us cover. Just send our team an email: BeautypediaTeam@Beautypedia.com.

The Beautypedia Team proudly and unequivocally continues the commitment to help you find the best products possible for your skin. We do this by relentlessly pursuing and relying on published scientific research so you will have unbiased information on what works and what doesn’t—and the sneaky ways you could be making your skin worse, not better!

The Beautypedia Team reviews all products using the same research, criteria, and objectivity, whether the product being reviewed is from Paula’s Choice or another brand.