Saturday, May 18, 2013

Getting Cheeky's Top Five: Base Products

Every month I look forward to coming up with a selection of products I'd like to feature in the newest installment of Getting Cheeky's Top Five. Though I often struggle to narrow my favorites down to just five, I feel this series gives you a good idea of my taste where very specific categories are concerned. If you'd like to take a look at my favorites from the beginning and learn a bit more about what products I can't be without, feel free to take a peek at my favorite blushers, eye shadows, lipsticks, lip glosses or highlighters here.

I must admit that up to this point it's been quite easy to come up with selections to feature. But now that the big ticket items like blush and eyeshadow have been addressed, I'm struggling to think of sets of five! Though base products are considerably less exciting than some of the other collections I've written about, I cannot deny their importance. As far as I'm concerned no single kind of cosmetic is more important. Without a well executed base the cat eyes, pink cheeks or bright red lips I so love to wear just wouldn't look right!

MAC Nubile Paint Pot
MAC's Paint Pots are not something I talk about frequently on Getting Cheeky which is ironic as they are the single product form MAC that I use the most. Urban Decay's Primer Potion and Too Faced's Shadow Insurance have never worked for me as I do not have oily lids. However popular these products may be they tend to make my shadow feel sticky. Paint Pots, on the other hand, are perfect for my skin type and coloring as they even out the complexion of my eyelid while providing the perfect base for shadows. I have long since used up Painterly and am in the process of doing the same with Nubile (which was released with a limited edition collection) before I repurchase.

YSL Le Touche Éclat 01 Luminous Radiance
Le Touche Éclat is unquestionably a cult product that also made an appearance in my post about my top five highlighters! Though I love to use this around my brows to add definition and on my cheekbones every now and then, I most frequently use 01 Luminous Radiance when I just haven't gotten enough sleep. I apply this over the most blue areas of my under eyes after my normal concealer routine to add light reflection to the mix. I find that it gives the optical illusion of wide awake eyes ... even if I don't feel as perky as I look!

Le Métier de Beauté Classic Flawless Finish Concealer Shade 1
 I have yet to meet a Le Métier product that has disappointed me, and their Classic Flawless Finish Concealer is no exception. I purchased this on a whim at the counter last fall and have fallen head over heels in love. Intensely pigmented without feeling dry or creasing hours after application, I refer to this as the "big guns." There is quite literally nothing this concealer cannot cover which makes it a dark circle sufferer's best friend.

Bourjois Healthy Mix Concealer 51 Éclat Clair
I absolutely adore the Healthy Mix range by Bourjois. Both the original and serum formulations of the foundation are incredible (I used both to the very last pump), and the concealer is out of this world. I would agree with what I've read on other blogs: the Healthy Mix concealer is among the most hydrating I own. Both on the under eye area and on various spots of redness on my face, this Bourjois gem blends in and hides whatever is thrown in its path. My only quibble? It's not available in the States meaning that I often have to search high and low online before I finally have another tube in my clutches. 

Giorgio Armani Maestro Fusion Makeup 3.0 (Original Review Here
What can I say about my favorite foundation that hasn't already been said on Getting Cheeky? As far as I'm concerned Giorgio Armani changes the game where cosmetic textures are concerned. From smooth as suede creme blushes to lipsticks that feel light as air on the lips, this brand consistently pushes the envelope and does it successfully. After using this foundation for six months I tried to switch ... and failed. I am a convert for life.

What are your top five base products?