SPECIAL REPORT (Last Updated: 11/21/2014)
Finding the best makeup can be a challenge and wasting money just isn't pretty.
This Special Report lists some of our favorite makeup, tried and tested so you’ll know how it performs and what to expect.
From foundation to lip gloss and everything in between, this is your one stop makeup shopping list.
Whenever makeup is the topic on our radio show, we have more listeners and more questions than for any other topic! That's probably because makeup delivers such instant gratification. Swipe on a new lipstick or blush, and your whole mood can change for the better. Find that perfect foundation for your oily skin or blush that makes your cheeks subtly glow, and you're ready to sing its praises to whomever will listen.
It boils down to this: The right makeup can be transforming by making you feel beautiful. And when you feel beautiful, your whole outlook changes--for the better! What's not to love about that?
Of course, for all the excitement makeup stirs, there are just as many questions: Which products are the best? Which are worth the splurge? Which ones will make me look the most gorgeous (with the least effort and time) day in and day out? That's where this report will prove invaluable. You'll find out about the best products in every major makeup category--and the reasons why the Paula's Choice Research Team recommends them so highly.
Although this is a pretty long list, it is not by any means complete. There are many more top-rated makeup products reviewed on Beautypedia. For this report, we included products that not only were highly rated for performance but also really impressed us and are easy to find. Given how many thousands of makeup products we review, we can assure you that these are among the best of the best. Below each product you'll find brief points describing each product. For the complete review, please visit the Beautypedia Reviews section of this site.
* = a makeup splurge
Almay Clear Complexion BlemisHeal Makeup ($12.99)
Avon Smooth Minerals Pressed Foundation ($11)
*Clinique Almost Powder Makeup SPF 15 ($26)
*Estee Lauder Resilience Lift Extreme Ultra Firming Creme Compact Makeup SPF 15 ($42)
*Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation ($62)
L'Oreal Paris True Match Super Blendable Makeup SPF 17 ($11.49)
*M.A.C. Studio Fix Powder Plus Foundation ($27)
*Make Up For Ever HD Invisible Cover Foundation ($42)
Maybelline New York Dream Smooth Mousse Foundation ($8.99)
Maybelline New York Dream Liquid Mousse Airbrush Finish ($8.99)
Paula's Choice All Bases Covered Foundation SPF 25 ($19.00)
Paula's Choice Best Face Forward Foundation SPF 25 ($19.00)
Paula's Choice RESIST Instant Smoothing Anti-Aging Foundation ($25.00)
*Purminerals 4-in-1 Mineral Tinted Moisturizer Broad Spectrum SPF 20 ($34)
Boots No7 Soft & Sheer Tinted Moisturizer SPF 15 ($11.99)
Neutrogena Healthy Skin Enhancer SPF 20 ($10.49)
Paula's Choice Barely There Sheer Matte Tint SPF 30 ($20.00)
*Stila Sheer Color Tinted Moisturizer SPF 15 ($34)
L'Oreal Paris True Match Concealer ($8.95)
*Lancome Maquicomplet Complete Coverage Concealer ($30.50)
Mary Kay Concealer ($10)
Paula's Choice Soft Cream Concealer ($13.00)
L'Oreal Paris Translucide Naturally Luminous Powder ($11.79)
Boots No7 Perfect Light Loose Powder ($11.99)
*Jane Iredale Amazing Matte Loose Powder ($31)
*M.A.C. Select Sheer Pressed Powder ($24)
Maybelline New York Fit Me! Pressed Powder ($7.99)
N.Y.C. Smooth Skin Pressed Face Powder ($2.99)
Paula's Choice Healthy Finish Pressed Powder SPF 15 ($18.00)
Physicians Formula Mineral Wear Talc-Free Mineral Face Powder SPF 16 ($13.95)
L'Oreal Paris Visible Lift Color Lift Blush ($10.95)
*NARS Blush ($29)
Neutrogena Healthy Skin Custom Glow Blush & Bronzer ($11.49)
Revlon Cream Blush ($9.79)
Sonia Kashuk Beautifying Blush ($8.99)
e.l.f. Studio Baked Bronzer ($3)
NYX Matte Bronzer ($9)
Rimmel Natural Bronzer ($4.99)
*Too Faced Chocolate Soleil Matte Bronzing Powder ($30)
*Laura Mercier Matte Eye Colour ($24)
NYX Cosmetics Nude Matte Shadow ($4.50)
Physicians Formula Matte Collection Quad Eye Shadow or Bright Collection Shimmery Quads Eye Shadow ($6.75)
Revlon Illuminance Creme Eyeshadow ($6.50)
Wet 'n' Wild Color Icon Eyeshadow Singles ($1.99)
Paula's Choice The Nude Mattes Eyeshadow Palette ($40)
Almay Liquid Eyeliner ($7.29)
M.A.C. Technakohl Liner ($16)
Maybelline New York Line Stylist Eyeliner ($5.95)
Sonia Kashuk Dramatically Defining Long Wearing Gel Liner ($8.99)
e.l.f. Wet Gloss Lash & Brow Clear Mascara ($1)
Paula's Choice Brow/Hair Tint ($12.00)
Physicians Formula Brow Definer Automatic Brow Pencil ($5.95)
*Urban Decay Brow Box ($29)
Almay One Coat Lengthening Mascara ($5.99)
Cover Girl Lash Blast Volume or Lash Blast Length ($7.79)
*M.A.C. Studio Fix Boldblack Lash ($16)
Maybelline New York The Colossal Volum' Express Colossal Mascara ($7.77)
N.Y.C. City Curls Curling Mascara ($2.99)
N.Y.C. Lengthening Mascara ($1.99)
Paula's Choice Illicit Lash Maximum Impact Mascara ($12.00)
Maybelline New York One by One Volum’ Express Waterproof Mascara ($8.15)
*Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay-in-Place Lipstick ($26)
Maybelline New York Color Sensational Lipcolor ($7.49)
NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream ($6.00)
Paula's Choice Sheer Cream Lipstick SPF 15 ($15.00)
Rimmel Lasting Finish Lipstick ($4.99)
Sephora Rouge Cream Lipstick ($12.50)
Cover Girl Outlast All-Day Lipcolor ($10.30)
Maybelline New York Superstay 24 Color ($9.99)
Sephora Color Lip Last ($12)
*Korres Natural Cherry Full Color Gloss ($17)
L’Oreal Paris Colour Riche Le Gloss ($7.95)
NYX Mega Shine Lip Gloss ($5)
*Trish McEvoy Beauty Booster SPF 15 Lip Gloss ($25)
e.l.f. Cosmetics Mineral Glow ($8)
*Trish McEvoy Shimmer Pressed Powder ($32)
Victoria's Secret VS Makeup Pro Radiant FX Face Illuminator ($15)
Revlon PhotoReady SkinLights Face Illuminator ($12.99)
e.l.f. Cosmetics 11 Piece Studio Brush Collection ($30)
Paula's Choice Mini Brush Set ($39.00)
Sonia Kashuk Brushes ($7.99-$19.99)
*Trish McEvoy Brushes ($14-$90)
*Trish McEvoy Ultimate Beauty Organizer ($105)
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