If you're anything like me, you often find yourself pretty torn when it comes to the best new beauty products on the market. On one hand, I'm really intrigued by all the new makeup trends and skincare products, especially since ingredients are often headed toward the more natural side of things lately, which thrills me like nothing else.
On the other hand, I already know what works for me, and I already have a makeup bag full of products that I can rely on. Translation: If I take a shot on a new product and it doesn't do anything for me, I've just wasted part of my paycheck on something I'll probably never use again. And there's a little extra sting that comes from breaking the bank on a bad beauty choice.
Thankfully, though, the Reddit beauty boards totally have your back (and your budget) on this one. This is where some of the most knowledgeable makeup enthusiasts on the Internet go to discuss products and beauty — their favorites, their holy grails, their disappointments, their opinions on the most overrated picks, and occasionally, their favorite new products they can't stop raving about. Best of all, since it's just casual people having a casual discussion, you know that their opinions and insights are honest, reliable, and really useful.
1This New Brightening Peel That's 98 Percent Natural
"Don't know if any of you have tried or seen this new Yes To Grapefruit product, but I'm in love!" says kelsbro42. "Its focus is on skin brightening and radiance and unlike most products I can see results immediately." This Yes To Grapefruit Pore Perfection brightening peel uses vitamin C and grapefruit extracts to diminish dark spots and even skin tone all while being effective for sensitive skin.
2This Wearable And Hydrating Lip Tint
"Chosungah 22 is a famous Korean brand that is used by Korean celebrities," says user redditmelissa. "I've tried their lip tint — the one with the dual end, and it is one of my favorites." It leaves lips moist and hydrated, as each end is infused with Cupuacu Butter, and you're getting two wearable shades for one.
3This New Palette Of Berries And Neutrals
"Ugh, I love this color scheme so much," says shieldmaidenx about the new Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance eye shadow palette. "It's like the love child of Venus (or MUR Newtrals vs Neutrals) and Sweet Peach." It features 14 shades spanning from neutral to berry, it's super pigmented and goes on smooth, and it's free of parabens, sulfates, and phthalates.
4This Lighting Palette To Diffuse And Soften
Reddit user potionpotion is a particular fan of the Hourglass Ambient lighting palette. "I love it because it makes my face look like the flawless fanny of the purest, most ethereal cherub." It's great for almost all skin tones because the three colors capture, diffuse, and soften, and they're really buildable for your desirable effect.
5This Ultra-Hydrating Natural Lip Color Balm
"My current favorite makeup item is my Dior Addict Lip Glow and I love it because it's super moisturizing and I can wear it without using a mirror!" says fsutan. It's subtle enough that it just enhances your natural lip color while providing moisture and protection, and people say it feels nothing short of amazing.
6This Convenient Brow Cream For A Bold Look
"My current favorite makeup item is my Anastasia Dipbrow Pomade and I love it because... eyebrows," says guesstalt. People are absolutely flipping over it because it's the easiest way to sculpt, define, and carve your way to bold brows every single time. It's also smudge-free, waterproof, and exceptionally creamy for the easiest application and wear.
7This Genius Mascara That Comes Off In Tubes
"I think it's a fiber mascara," says toomanyanuses about blinc Mascara, "and it makes my lashes look really long and amazing... ALSO when it comes off, the product turns into little black tubes that slide right off the lashes. No raccoon eyes out of the shower and no makeup remover necessary, just water!" It comes in six different colors, and people say that the search for a great mascara is finally over.
8This Absorbent Powder That Won't Leave Your Skin Chalky
"Currently loving Almay's new fine face powder in light/medium," says youreoverthere. "It's light and really good for oil absorbency, especially during spring/summer in Texas!" It evens, smooths, and absorbs, but it's infused with nourishing grape seed and ginseng to prevent that chalky dry finish that no one particularly likes.
9This Flawless Color For Skin With Yellow Undertones
"My current favourite makeup item is my Marc Jacobs Shameless Bold Blush in Obsessed," says kohlinyourstocking. "I love it because it is the most flattering colour ever on my hard-to-color-coordinate yellow undertones and red cheeks." It melts into your skin for a flawless finish that's super lightweight, and if you have trouble finding a shade that mixes with your skin tone, give this one a go.
10One Of The Finest, Airiest, And Lightest Setting Powders Out There
"Laura Mercier Translucent Setting powder," says love-from-london. "I love it because it really makes my skin look airbrushed and holy shit, it lasts forever." It's so innovative because it's got one of the most fine consistencies users have ever felt, so it won't settle into lines or cake up on your skin. Instead, it provides a clean matte finish and non-budge makeup all day.
11This Sensitive Foundation With Crystalline Pigments
Reddit User murphy_rants' current top pick is "[Bourjois Healthy Mix Foundation] because it looks like skin while having decent coverage, matches my fair yellowish skin, doesn't catch my dry patches, and lasts well long enough without looking super scummy and needing high maintenance." It's enriched with crystalline pigments that even out your complexion, it's available in five different shades, and it works even for the most sensitive skin ever.
12This Gel-Based Brow Brush That's Always Sharp And Reliable
"I love it because it's all I need for daily eyebrows now," says hipsmightlie about the Christian Dior ultra-fine precision brow pencil. "It makes them look so defined, without the hassle of a brush and powder and setting gel." It uses a translucent gel that comes out through the thin always-sharp applicator, and the other size functions as a durable brow brush.
13This Soft Yet Dense Brush That's Amazing For Blending
"My current favorite makeup item is my Bionic Flat top buffer brush from Coastal Scents," says Badhorse9774. "I love it because it's so freaking soft and perfect for blending liquid products on my combination skin." Even though it's soft, though, the bristles are still dense and durable for the utmost control while applying foundations, bronzers, and blush.
14This Genius Primer That Actually Minimizes Pores
"My current fav is Too faced Primed and Poreless primer. Why? Because it feels like angel kisses and keeps my face looking amazing all day," says giraffe_jockey. Not only does it lighten and brighten skin for a cleaner, clearer complexion (with less visible pores), but it creates a matte canvas that'll hold your makeup on all day without shine or smudging.
15This Serum Foundation That's Like A Chameleon For Your Skin
Reddit User cloudsnapper is pretty psyched about this Josie Maran Argan Matchmaker serum foundation: "It's so light and easy to apply, but it makes my skin look like it's naturally perfect. Since it has argan oil, it's moisturizing, too." The secret is the chameleon pigments, which go on white but adjust to your natural skin tone for a look that's balanced, natural, and bright.
16This Protective Primer That Covers And Leaves Zero Residue
"My new favorite makeup item is Dermalogica Skin Perfect Primer and I love it because it's smoothing and firming my skin while making my makeup last longer and look smoother. Bonus points because it's tinted and gives me enough coverage to wear under foundation or alone!" says goldieelocks. Soy proteins even out texture, while natural minerals help to give you a light natural coverage that enhances radiance and luminosity.
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