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  • Writer's pictureKaren Lee

Top 5 Most Reached For Makeup 😍

Updated: Feb 1

A huge part about the fun of makeup is finding the best of the best. The hunt for the ultimate Holy Grail product. These were my go-to products in 2021. Four of these were carry-over favorites that have not yet been bested by a new entrant. But for blush? I have so many favorites, but there was one from new indie brand, Minori, that I kept picking up more than the rest.

With these 5 products, you can have a full-face that's ready to face the day. And best of all? Tools are optional. I have also listed my runner-up faves as well, incase you're curious.

What were your top 5 products? Did you run into any duds? What works for one person, might not work for another, which is why there's Glou Marketplace - the perfect place to buy and sell your underloved beauty products. 😉

Minori Cream Blush $32

This generously sized blush has a beautiful, buildable, cream-to-powder finish. I have both shades of blush available from Minori, but I have a strong preference for Scarlet. It sounds like a scary RED RED shade, but I find it to be a true deep coral. For my full review and swatches check out the Youtube Minori review I did.

The only gripe I have is the little pot can be hard to get your finger into. I usually blend this out with my Nudestix brush, which fits perfectly into the pot.

This blush I found was the most "mask-proof" of the others in my collection, and its longevity is why I continue to pick it up over every other blush in my collection.

I reached for this over:

Merit Flush Balm $28

Westman Atelier Baby Cheeks $48

Rare Beauty Stay Vulnerable Melting Blush $21

Nudestix Nudies Blush $34

Charlotte Tilbury Cheek to Chic $40

Ilia Limitless Lash Mascara $28

The double-sided brush is just brilliant. But so is the fact that this doesn't give me raccoon eyes ever, and it washes off without a fuss at the end of the day.

I reached for this over:

Westman Atelier Eye Love You Mascara $58

Gucci Mascara L'Obscur $35

Victoria Beckham Future Lash Mascara $28

Hourglass Caution Extreme Lash Mascara $29 (still a fave, but I try to stick to clean beauty for everyday, so this is just for special occasions)

Others I tried this year that could be great for others, but give me raccoon eyes:

Charlotte Tilbury Pillow Talk $29

Ilia Fullest Volumizing Mascara $28

Rare Beauty Perfect Strokes Universal Volumizing Mascara $20 (mild smudging compared to the others)

Kosas The Big Clean Mascara $26

Westman Atelier Super Loaded Tinted Highlight $75

This part highlighter, part contour, part blush wonder of a product is such a standout in my collection. I have it in two shades, bu