Whether you're a serious beauty lover or not. I think we can all agree that we want the makeup we wear to have some serious lasting power. Who wants to go to all the effort of a precise application only for it to slide of your face in a matter of hours? Not me. So many products claim that they can stand the test of time and last for up to 16 hours, but it's rare that those ambitious claims are true. So today, I've rounded up eight of my favourite long lasting products to share with you.
CLINIQUE EVEN BETTER FOUNDATION:I can't sing the praises of this base highly enough. I was completely blown away upon first application with just how seamlessly it applied and how flawless my base looked. Without the addition of a primer, corrector or concealer. It glides over the skin without accentuating any dry or uneven patches of skin and can be easily built up in any areas that need the extra help. As well as perfecting the complexion it's seriously long lasting, even without the added help of a primer. When it does start to wear away it does so in an even fashion. So you're not left without any foundation on your chin but everywhere else is still looking perfected. The only downside to this base is the shade range. It's absolutely dire if you're very fair or dark skinned which is a real shame.
TOO FACED CHAMPAGNE SHADOW INSURANCE: Whenever I wear eye makeup I always make sure to apply this underneath. It creates a slightly tacky base so that any shadow or pencil that you apply over the top adheres to the lid and stays put all day. Simply worn alone, or in combination with your favourite champagne shades, it's truly beautiful. It helps to smooth out the lid and counteract any discolouration and veins without being overly obvious. When used in combination with cheap shadows it not only improves the quality but the wear time too. I always thought eye primers were unnecessary and just an extra step but this is worth the extra effort and so much more.
TARTE AMAZONIAN CLAY BLUSHER IN EXPOSED: Normally matte blushers aren't my thing as they can easily make the complexion look dull and lacklustre. There is something different about the Amazonian Clay Blushers, though. The shade exposed doesn't look like much is the pan but it's a beautiful dusky brown based pink. It sculpts the cheeks, adds dimension as well as a pretty flush of colour. Dreamy shade choice aside it's the formula that makes these blushers stand out. They're incredibly long lasting but they aren't at all chalky or uncomfortable to wear which is a common issue with matte blushers.
CHARLOTTE TILBURY COLOUR CHAMELEON PENCIL IN CHAMPAGNE DIAMONDS*: I've always been an eyeshadow girl. One of the first makeup products I ever applied was a Collection 2000 purple shadow, which surprisingly wasn't that terrible. Eyeshadow pencils aren't something that I'm overly familiar with but they seem to be having a real moment in the beauty world. I've tested the waters with the Charlotte Tilbury Colour Chameleon Eyeshadow Pencils* and they are truly stunning. Fool proof to use, just simply scribble all over the lid and use a fluffy brush to blend the shadow out. It adds so much more interest and pizazz to any eye look you might be wearing and increases wear time ten fold.
REVLON MATTE BALM IN SULTRY: The Matte Balms are one of my all time favourite lip product formulations. The shade Sultry is absolutely beautiful. It's one of the easiest ways to make a statement without going for a berry or a red. In terms of formulation, they're a complete dream as they're long lasting without being too drying. They're more of a satin finish than a matte like the name suggests. The twist up packaging makes them a breeze to apply. You can get a precise finish without the need for a liner and you don't have to faff around sharpening it and wasting product.
PACO RABANNE OLYMPEA PERFUME*: When it comes to fragrance, I'm quite particular. I like minimal sleek packaging and a sophisticated unusual scent. Paco Rabanne doesn't deliver either of those requirements typically but their latest release Olympea is different. The art deco style packaging with the rose gold detailing is a little chicer than the popular Lady Million. Which I love the scent of but the packaging is very gaudy. Olympea is nothing like anything else I own. The top note is spiced vanilla so it's still sweet with a deep [ slightly masculine] woody pang. But what really makes this perfume for me, is the lasting power, twelve hours later I can still smell on my skin.
LANCOME MATTE EYESHADOW: A shimmery champagne eye is my signature look. However, when I'm going for something super minimal and just want a shadow to take any discolouration out of my lid this is what I reach for. Lancome isn't a brand that I would typically gravitate towards but the quality of this shadow is one of the best that I've used. This natural bone shade is pretty much undetectable on the lid. So it's perfect for those minimal makeup looks that you still need to last all day.
MAYBELLINE LASH SENSATIONAL MASCARA: Often, mascara is one of the first products to wear away on my lashes. They either smudge all around my eye or crumble and flake away. Neither of those things is what I want from my mascara. From high end to the high street the Maybelline Lash Sensation is the best I've ever found for really sticking around all day. It not only keeps it's hold and curl all day but it's got just the right combination of length and volume. Surprisingly it's not a waterproof formula, which is perfect because you don't have to pull and tug at your eyes when you want to remove it.