It was quite easy for me to pick up my Holy Grail makeup because they are products I frequently reach for. I classify products as Holy Grail (HG) if I have repurchased them, have backups or reach for them consistently through the week. I have quite a collection of beauty products but these Holy Grail products leave me coming back for more. The Holy Grail status is not one that is static; some new ones make it into the list and some old favourites make an exit. Initially, I wanted this post to include high end and drug store products but it was turning to a long list/post so I decided to split it into a drug store version and a high end one. I am sure none of these products will come as a surprise to you because they have been featured several times on here so let's cut the chase and dive in...
Laura Mercier Foundation Primer
I was so lucky to receive this in a Latest in Beauty Box last year and even more lucky to get it (again) in February's beauty box. This is just a sample size but it is a very generous one at 30 ml. The one I had in September is just about to finish which means it has lasted me for 6 months and I am well impressed. It is one of the best primers I have ever tried. It smooths out my skin, controls oil/shine and acts as a perfect canvas for my foundation. The full size is pricey but I think I may just close my eyes and purchase it once and for all when these two samples eventually run out. I have a full review here if you fancy a read.
NARS Sheer Glow Foundation in Cadiz
Although this is a new entrant, I have used this so many times that I fear it will get finished soon. I love everything about it starting from the shade match down to the finish. It's a really beautiful foundation and it's one I reach for often. It offers medium to full coverage depending on what coverage you are after. It is so long lasting and looks really natural. I particularly love that it has a demi- matte or velvet finish with a hint of glow which makes my skin look/feel healthy. I apply this with my Beauty Blender or Real Technique Blending Brush and it is ever so easy to blend due to its light creamy texture. I really can't fault this foundation at all and I am so pleased I got it. Once this done, I will be repurchasing another one because it's juts amazing. I have a full review of this foundation over here.
Becca Duo Concealer in Maple
I haver no idea why this has never been featured in its own post on here because I have used this consistently for a complete year. It is definitely the best brow concealer I have ever used. It has two sides; a medium coverage and a full coverage section. Honestly, both sides offer really good coverage and it feels so creamy to touch and a dream to blend in. I use the medium coverage side to clean up my brows and highlight my brow bone and I cam't think of any day that I have not used it. I recently started toying with the full coverage side and it is seriously amazing at covering my dark blemishes. I use it as a colour corrector/concealer and it reduces the amount of foundation and time I have to spend on my face. I am definitely going to order a few back ups because it is incredible.
MAC Mineral Skin Finish Natural in Dark
I honestly don't think there is any powder that comes close to the MAC MSF. This is actually my third pan and I don't think I will stop repurchasing it unless MAC makes something better or another brand does. It just transforms my face and it does not really matter what foundation I use because this powder just ensures it looks flawless. It is one of those products that can be used for a variety of purposes. It can be used on a no-makeup makeup day because it is so natural. It can be used as a setting powder and an all over face powder and it delivers really good results every time. I have paired it with all my foundations and it looks great. Whenever I have a beigey foundation like the Dior Star and Rimmel Lasting Finish, it just makes it much more wearable and warms up skin. I just can't rave about it enough. A full review can be found here.
I think MAC Lipsticks are a firm favourite for many people because they are more affordable than other high end brands. There is a wide selection of shades and finishes to choose from and there is always something for everyone. I don't have a huge collection but I really like all the ones I have. Half of them were got via the Back To MAC programme where you get a free lipstick for every 6 empties packages you return to them. I just go through my sister's and cousins' makeup stash, grab their empties, add some of mine and pronto, I have a new lipstick. I am due to get a new lipstick and I don't know which one to get. If you have any suggestions, please comment in the box below. I love all these lipsticks but my favourite shades at the moment are Love Lorn, Shy Girl and Velvet Teddy. I think I may do a MAC Lipstick Collection soon so keep your eyes peeled.
Laura Mercier Eye Canvas in EC 5 (Tawny)
This is also a new entrant to my HG makeup stash but it is surely here to stay. I bought it off the Space NK sales because I was curious to see if it would live up to its name. I am happy to say I have not been disappointed and I wish I bought two instead. It works as an eye canvas for eyeshadow application by cancelling out any discolourations on the eyelid, a primer and it prevents creasing. Since I purchased it, I have not used an eye primer at all because it does everything for me. I don't know of any product that comes close to this but I am keen to find them because I think this Eye Canvas may have been discontinued. I have written about it over here.
Lorac Pro Eyeshadow Palette
This is also a new entrant but it is one that has become an absolute staple and holy grail item in my stash. I longed for this palette for agesand when I eventually got it, I was not disappointed at all. Granted, I don't use some of the eye shadows as much as the others but I reach for Taupe, Sable, Garnet Pewter, Bronze and Gold often. It is just a fantastic palette that can help create various looks from day to night looks and neutral to bright looks. It's a must-have especially for beginners and I can't recommend it enough. The pigmentation is incredible and the texture is ever so buttery. It has 16 eyeshadows in total with half (top row) being matte and the rest (bottom row) being shimmer shades. The matte shades are surprisingly very pigmented and I am so delighted by that. I still get some fall outs from some of the eyeshadows especially Garnet but I have learned to keep it minimal. I have a full review here.
YSL Baby Doll Mascara
This is my absolute favourite mascara and I don't think I have tried any (except the Chanel Sublime) that makes my eyelashes so pretty. The packaging is lovely and eye catching as expected from YSL. The product in itself is fantastic and ticks all the boxes for my lashes. It lengthens, volumises, holds a curl and does not clump. The results are seriously outstanding and I can't help but reach for it every time I wear mascara. I know I will repurchase in a heartbeat once it runs out. I have a full review here if you want to read more about it. That's all folks and I hope you enjoyed this round up of my Holy Grail Makeup? What makeup products made it on to your Holy Grail Makeup List?