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  1. Tom Ford Blush in Flush

Match My Makeup loves this color is a vibrant peachy pink that most of us would probably pass on, but we promise you that this color is the most gorgeous universal blush that will just light up your day and face! If you're anything like us, we've stayed away from bold bright hues in fear of looking like a clown, but you really can't go wrong with this shade – it gives you a post beauty workout healthy amount of color without having to hit the gym!

If you like Nars Blush in Orgasm, then you'll love this powder blush. Match My Makeup agrees, It works on most skin tones and ages. It is a little pricey but we justify it by wearing it every day so that it works out to be cheaper per use!

It's not just the color that we're raving about here, it's the quality of this powder too. It has just enough tiny reflecting particles that give you a nice 'glow' on the cheek, but not so much or so large that I would call it 'glitter'. The powder is so finely milled and refined that it does not sit in any wrinkles or lines. Used with my Bobbi Brown Blush brush, it picks up just enough product with a light swipe and lasts all day. One of our pet peeves about blush (or any powder for that matter) is that after a few months of use, the oils from your brush can harden the surface of the blush making almost impossible to pick up any product. Not the case with this one….we've used them to the very end loving every moment of it! Check out the Match My Makeup dupe list and makeup recommendations.

US$57 for 0.28g

www.nordtrom.com

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  1. Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution Lipstick in Very Victoria

We're always in search for the best and most flattering lip color that would suit almost anyone! Between all of us here at Match My Makeup we've tried hundreds of lip colors to find the best beauty in Lipstick!

How did Match My Makeup judge it?

We looked for:

  • Color – trying it on different skin tones and different ages to see if this beauty color looked great on them
  • Staying power – how long it lasted on our lips; and
  • Texture – how it felt on. Did it feel drying, moisturizing, luxurious etc.

We then polled our participants asking them to rank and rate every beauty product.

Charlotte Tilbury lipstick in Very Victoria was a stand out amongst us all. It's velvety smooth on our lips and because it is matte, stayed put for quite some time. Some concerns for a matte lipstick were that it could feel drying, but not this one! This felt luxurious and had high color pigment making it last even after drinking our cups of tea! We also didn't mind the gold packaging as it fit nicely into our purses and the square cut tip. Check out our Dupe list.

US$32 for 3.5g

www.charlottetilbury.com

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Notable Beauty Mentions:

  • Tom Ford Lipstick in Indian Rose: This was a good one ranking quite high but lost points for longevity. Most found that while the color was quite flattering on us, it just didn't last! Also, the packaging was bulky in our purses – being a large rectangle and after a few weeks of carrying it around, the gold rimming started to peel off making it look horrible.
  • **MAC Matte Lipstick in Twig: ** While the stay, packaging and price point of this product was great, the color was a hit a miss. This color was perfect for those of us with fair or Olive skin tones but was a complete miss for those with a darker complexion. Match My Makeup
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  1. Nars Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer

Match My Makeup probably talked your ear off about this one. We just can't move on from this tinted moisturizer even after trying some REALLY expensive tinted moisturiezer!

The Nars Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer is superior amongst others for many reasons. Firstly, there is just enough coverage. Match My Makeup has heard a lot of you say that you'd love to use a tinted moisturizer only you find that it is often too sheer. This one gives you coverage without covering up your skin. It won't conceal your pigmentation or scars but will cover your imperfections. So if you are looking for more coverage, you may need to venture into the foundations.

Secondly, this tinted moisturizer has broad spectrum SPF 30++. There are so many beauty products out there that claim to have SPF and when you read the label, it offers a measly SPF 15 with no mention of broad spectrum. A broad spectrum SPF uses both chemical and physical blockers giving you greater protection from UVA and UVB.

Thirdly, this product is Oil-Free! It is friendly to those of us who suffer from acne, have oily skin or T-zones or those that find their face is just too shiny after using a plethora of skincare products under our makeup! For those of us with dry skin, it hydrates it all day even in the harsh conditions of the office or airplanes!

You'll find that this Tinted Moisturizer gives you the illusion of healthy skin by evening out your skin tone but still allowing your skin to come through. It gives a beautiful sheer but satin finish to your complexion. Check out our dupe list

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US$43 for 1.9oz/50mls.

www.narscosmetics.com

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  1. Urban Decay 247 Glide on liners:

Match My Makeuip askes how do you distinguishes a great eyeliner from a good eyeliner? Many things once you've tried about 20 different ones!

If you thought an eyeliner was 'just' an eyeliner, then you are SO wrong! A great eyeliner is SMOOTH. A great eyeliner has high pigment. A great eyeliner lasts all day. A great eyeliner does not irritate the eyes. A great eyeliner does not smudge. A great eyeliner blends well before setting.

Our tired eyes have tried so many…from L'oreal to Lancome and even from Daiso! The standouts are often very clear from the first swipe. We found that while the MAC eyeliners offered great pigment, they were a little dry compared to the Urban Decay eyeliners. A dry formula meant that it felt 'scratchier' when we applied it and took a few more strokes to get the color and density we wanted.

The Urban Decay 247 glide on liners AND its Velvet liners are fantastic. It's smooth on application and really does 'glide on' which its name suggests. Once on, we could easily blend it…even doubling it as our eyeshadow! The metallic colors with tiny reflecting particles did not drop into our eyes – it might sound funny, but you'd be surprised how many others with glitter particles actually irritated our eyes as the particles dropped in! These eyeliners lasted the whole day without smudging. We did use the Urban Decay eyeshadow primer, but more often than not even with this on, many of the reputable brands (CHANEL, Dior, ByTerry, L'oreal) all smudged. Some of the liners from cheaper brands such as Revlon and Daiso were so hard and waxy that it hurt to apply. Check out the Match My Makeup dupe list and makeup recommendations.

US$20 for 1.2g

www.urbandecay.com

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  1. Benefit's Benetint:

As the saying goes… "Often imitated, but never duplicated", this definitely applies to Benefit's original Benetint. There have been so many tints that have hit the market and even Benefit have launched a spin off on the legendary Benetint, but NOTHING can compare to this staple.

Whether you are a makeup aficionado or newbie, there is no doubt that you will get so much use out of this easy-to-use lip/cheek stain.

This is in-expensive for the longevity you get out of it AND if you compare it to buying a separate blush and lipstick, then you can see why this little stain is worth it.

Applied with your fingers or panting it directly onto your cheeks and lips, you really can't do any wrong. You can layer it for more color, apply it alone or over your foundation or even use it as a base before you apply your lipstick! It is so absolutely natural and blends easily as it is the consistency of water!

We've tried others that have tried to compete with fancier ingredients and different applicators but in our eyes, they've all failed to deliver the staying power, the consistency and universally flattering color of Benefit's Benetint. As a bonus, it smells divine…like rubbing rose petals on your lips! Check out the Match My Makeup dupe list and makeup recommendations.

US$30 for 12.5mls

www.benefitcosmetics.com

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  1. Bare Escentuals Frame and Define Brow Styler

There's a lot more to a brow pencil then you may think. Firstly, it's about how much product comes out per stroke – too much and it will make you look harsh (not to mention how messy it will be to create the perfect brow), too hard or waxy and you may find yourself spending 10 extra minutes per brow just to get the right amount. Secondly, it's about how natural each and every stroke looks in mimicking existing hair and thirdly, it's about longevity on your brows even after you've hit the gym.

While many prefer brow powders or a thick tip to fill in the brows, we've rated this brow pencil as the best for its price-point AND for how natural our brows look using it to fill in the gaps and also create shape.

With its fine tip and swivel brush on the other end, you can use this pencil to create a brow shape that is most flattering for you (even if there is little to no hair there). We've used this pencil to turn Ronald McDonald arch-like brows into full and straight brows! The fine tip is an advantage because you can create hair-like strokes that are virtually undetectable as 'drawn'. Using less pressure, we've used the pencil to fill-in the gaps and blending with the swivel brush. Check out the Match My Makeup dupe list and makeup recommendations.

We've tried everything from Tom Ford to Almay and while there are some really good ones out there, this one was unbeatable for US$15!

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US$15 for 0.03oz

www.bareescentuals.com

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  1. Chantecaille Future Skin Foundation

Match My Makeup tried so many foundations and have come across a spectrum of really good ones, excellent ones and then really horrible ones.

Why have we rated this foundation as our #1 foundation?

Regardless of age, skin-type and skin tone, we've found that this was the ONLY foundation to have ticked ALL the boxes for each and every one of our foundation testers.

This gel foundation gave match My Makeup experts opinion that this foundation has enough coverage for skin with sun-spots and pigmentation. It has buildable coverage so that people with darker pigmentation could apply another layer for fuller coverage. Being this foundation is light gel, there were concerns that this product would settle or move into fine lines and crevices, however this was not the case. For our younger testers who wanted a more fresh-face and natural foundation, they loved that this felt so light but gave great coverage. It was moisturizing for those with dry skin, but amazingly was not oily or cause any breakouts for those of us with acne. Check out Match My Makeups Dupe List above.

  • Match My Makeup would classify the finish of this foundation as luminous. The staying power was sufficient, although it could have been improved. Check out Match My Makeups Dupe List. Beauty Experts Tips and Trends.
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US$75 for 1oz.

www.chantecaille.com

Notable mentions by Match My Makeup Experts:

  • Giorgio Armani Fluid Silk foundation: This foundation was high up in the results but lost marks because of the foundations' pink undertones evident in the whole foundation range - a foundations pink undertone makes it harder to match for certain skin tones. This foundation also has the potential to make those with a yellow or olive undertone, look 'ashy'.
  • Nars Sheer Glow Foundation: Another great foundation that just fell a little short because of the smell. Although this has a great color range, buildable coverage and light feel, some felt that it had a greasy feeling after a days wear. Check out Match My Makeups Dupe List. Beauty Experts Tips and Trends.
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  1. By Terry Hyaluronic Hydra Powder

Foundation Tip! Regardless of whether you are a lover of powder or not, Match My Makeup dare you to try this one! This one is a game changer and has converted those that have claimed to despise powder!!

Many women over 40 have told Match My Makeup beauty experts time and time again that they would never wear power because it ages them. Match My Makeup let them try this one over a few weeks and they're now proud owners of one!

This is a unique powder that is micro-milled. It is translucent, so is perfect for setting makeup or just when you feel there is too much shine after you apply your sunscreen and moisturizers. It doesn't make you completely matte, but gives a beautiful luminous glow. It has a 'soft focus' effect which is almost like airbrushing. Made with Hyaluronic Acid spheres, it combines makeup with skincare making it perfect use for day or night.

  • Some of us who use a powder foundation such as Bare Minerals, have applied this little gem over the top and it has not caked, not made us overly matte and has not clogged pores. This is a great product for all skin tones, all skin types and all ages! Check out Match My Makeups Dupe List. Beauty Experts Tips and Trends.

US$60 for 10g

www.barneys.com

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