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September was a polarizing month for makeup launches. While there were some exceptional standouts that left us giddy, we also encountered our fair share of duds. We’ve sorted the must-haves from the so-not-worth-it products in this roundup of September’s Best and Worst Makeup!
The Best Newly Reviewed Makeup Products
Sephora Contour Matte Gel Eyeliner Waterproof ($14) – This impressively tenacious, smudge-proof eyeliner works especially well for creating smoky, smudged looks or fine lines. The cherry on top? It comes in a wide range of richly pigmented colors for bold impact. Bravo Sephora!
Bobbi Brown Intensive Skin Serum Concealer ($40) – This under eye concealer caught our attention due to its satin finish that remains flexible on skin and thereby prevents settling into lines around the eye area, but wait, it gets better… It also contains a serious variety of beneficial antioxidants and anti-irritants such as licorice, coffee extract, and several others!
Benefit Air Patrol BB Cream Eyelid Primer Broad Spectrum SPF 20 ($29) – This primer not only enhances eyeshadow application, it also keeps it vibrant and in place for an entire workday (and then some!). But what really sets it apart is the broad-spectrum SPF 20—a rare anti-aging/skin-saving benefit to find with this type of product!
M.A.C. Studio Waterweight SPF 30 Foundation ($33) – This light-as-water foundation sets to a satin finish that is neither matte nor moisturizing, just somewhere perfectly in between and that makes this an option for nearly any skin type, including acne-prone! The SPF 30 + skin-repairing ingredients push the formula to the top of its class with extra benefits for skin—something many other foundations lack.
CoverGirl Colorlicious Jumbo Gloss Balm Cream ($8.40) – If you like crayon-type lipsticks this is definitely one to consider—it performs well, delivering rich color in a single, moisturizing coat and is affordable, too!
The Not-So-Great Newly Reviewed Makeup Products: Two Stars (or Lower)
Garnier Miracle Skin Perfector Daily Anti-Acne BB Cream Salicylic Acid Acne Treatment ($12.99) – While this is touted as an all-in-one BB cream designed to treat acne, the formula fails to do so because its pH is too high for the 2% salicylic acid to function as a pore unclogging exfoliant. If Garnier at least included other ingredients to aide in the acne fight we’d cut them some slack, but as is, it’s a lackluster formula.
Sonia Kashuk Twist-Up Long Wear Gel Liner ($7.99) – This eyeliner is prone to flaking, smudging, and transferring. Save yourself the hassle, and just don’t buy it!
NYX Liquid Suede Cream Lipstick ($7) – This matte lipstick starts out well enough, but a couple hours into wear you’ll notice it flakes off in chunks and leaves an uneven stain of color. No bueno!
Smashbox Brow Tech Matte Pencil ($21) – We had high hopes for this brow pencil, but the soft cream texture never fully sets, meaning you can end up smudging it by accident. Insider tip: Maybelline's Define-A-Brow offers an almost identical design but with better results…for a fraction of the price!
Rimmel ScandalEyes Xx-Treme ($5.99) – This isn’t a horrible mascara, but it isn’t a great one either. Essentially it delivers just so-so results, and considering you can find better options at the drugstore, there’s really no reason to purchase it. See our Best Mascaras list for our top picks.
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