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BRANDS: LOVE IT OR LEAVE IT

What brands are you obsessed with and what sparked your love for them? What is it about that specific brand that makes you come back to buy more or try their new products? Any brands you've been disappointed with? Brands that consistently have products that don't seem to live up to the hype... or that just doesn't work for you. Maybe there's a brand you don't want to buy products from due to poor reviews/image. Any brands you've been wanting to try or any that caught your eye due to packaging or a specific product.

 

Share your stories of brand love and dislike.

 

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One brand that will always hold a special in my heart is MAC. It was the first higher end brand that I purchased from and what started my love and obsession to makeup! I still remember looking at all the beautiful and endless products they offered. What brought me to them was a lip balm I loved. It was a tinted lip balm and I wanted to match that very specific nude beige to a lipstick and couldn’t find it anywhere else. After seeing the range of color they offered I just fell in love. I must admit that I am a bit disappointed in the brand the last few years… it doesn’t feel like it used to and I can’t really put my finger on what makes me feels this way about them.

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KVD is another brand that keeps getting my money. I'm loving pretty much everything she is coming out with! Her packaging and all the work she puts into it make it even more special.  I so wish I would have gotten the face chart reward when it was up. Definitely one of my top brands!

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I also want to mention The Body Deli.  I keep repurchasing from them. I love their products and have been using their body line for a while now.  Here's more info about them from their site.

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THE BODY DELI is the pioneer in fresh, organic, raw superfood enhanced personal care products. Two Cosmetic Chefs, Margaret Skarin Clark and David Anton Parker, created the brand in the resort towns of Palm Desert and Palm Springs, California in 2001. Two "foodies" with an extensive background in nutrition, raw food, wellness and beauty, envisioned a personal care brand so different, fresh and unique that they started making their own healthy skin care products. Their special method is a process similar to crafting fresh juices and smoothies in a high-end Organic Juice Bar. “Fresh Food for the Skin” was their concept, and since then they have evolved a global brand committed and dedicated to providing the absolute purest alternative for nourishing the face, body and hair. Celebrities, fashion designers, Fortune 500 leaders and health conscious people have fallen in love with The Body Deli’s unique, effective and wonderful creations.

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I've mentioned these in the thread today but also a big fan of:

Natasha Denona

Viseart

Pat McGrath

Odacite

Omorovicza 

 

Love the eye products from the first 3 brands, the serums from Odacite and a few products from Omorovicza. Probably more but just have a huge memory blank right now Smiley Very Happy

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@veronika23 I almost didn't put Huda on that list. I have nothing against the brand, but it just doesn't interest me. A lot of the other brands on that list are there for better reasons. Smiley Tongue

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@Asche  I totally understand! I have brands like that too... nothing against them just not for me.

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@Asche - Fan of both KVD and Nars! I'm also the opposite of you with MUFE. I haven't had any luck with the eyeliners but I love the shadows! 

 

Tarte is going through a brand identity crisis, lets hope they figure it out soon, lol. 

 

As for the brands being shilled on Youtube, the worst is when a brand you really like gets thrown in with these other brands *Looking at you Ardency Inn*  and you're like "Noooo! Why?" *The chorus of Meatloaf's I would do anything for love but I won't do that starts playing in the background* 

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I wish I could give you a hundred hearts @themusefactory!! Smiley Very Happy You made me burst out laughing.

 

I hadn't thought of it until you said it, but I completely agree about Tarte. They moved away from the Amazonian Clay theme to the 'Rainforest of the Sea' thing, and then came out of nowhere with the 'Make Believe in Yourself' stuff. It does seem like the brand it trying to find itself. Smiley Frustrated

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@Asche Girl... wouldn't you just love to be a fly on the wall at Tarte when someone it would be a good idea to to name lip liners things like "Thirsty and Turnt Up" 

 

And then they were like "wait wait... back up... Let's be from the sea!" 

 

"No stop, lets be Unicorns!" 

 

Tripping with Tarte... Where you can make-believe in yourself, until you want to be completely different. 

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@themusefactoryhahahah omg you are too funny! Smiley Very Happy

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I agree with most of your leave it brands @Asche! Except Real Techniques...I do have a couple of brushes that I enjoy, but you definitely get what you pay for. They don't perform nearly as well as my IT or my (go-to) Sephora pro brushes!!

 

I have lots of ColorPop, but after the missing item fiasco with my last order, I've given up on them.

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@k617 Color Pop and Real Techniques were definitely in the 'leave it' category because of the youtube shilling. Smiley Tongue I have no hands-on experience with either brand, so I can't comment on quality.

 

I think youtube is a slippery slope for brands. On the one hand, it's a great tool for smaller companies to get their name out into the world. But at a certain point, when it becomes excessive, I stop trusting the youtuber and the brand. It just seems like the brand is paying off youtubers left, right and centre in order to have their product talked-up to the masses. As soon as I start hearing too much about a brand (where they become hyped-up by every youtuber) I feel totally turned-off.

 

MUG is probably largely to blame why I feel this way. Their eyeshadows were hyped everywhere I looked. I ordered 3 or 4 and was really disappointed. They faded and creased within hours. I use primer and eyeshadow daily, and I've never experienced the fading and creasing like I have with MUG shadows. It also bothered me that they are online-only and don't do refunds. After that experience I really had no interest in trying over-hyped, online-only brands.

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@Asche 

I feel the same about MUFE, not appealing enough to catch my attention whenever I have to choose a product, even though the overall quality is good.

I did try their Rouge Artist lipsticks and Aqua Lip Lipliner Pencils though and they work so well, you should try them.

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@eleonorarosa Oh yes! You reminded me, I do own a Aqua lip liner, and I actually really love it. I just had such a miserable time with their face products that it really turned me off the brand. I feel exactly as you described: they aren't appealing enough to draw me in when it's time to make an actual purchase. There are too many other options that I like a heck of a lot more.

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oh it's so funny this thread appears today! I was just making a list of my top 5/bottom 5 brands! Hopefully they don't offend anyone - just my own personal preference 

 

Top 5:

Tarte - I know. I kinda hate to admit it myself, but truth be told, I love 95% of the products I've tried. Their eyeshadows work really well on me as well as foundations, concealers, eyeliners, mascaras..you get it.

Kat Von D - KVD is one of those brands I wasn't initially interested in, oddly enough. But wow. While I love most of Tartes stuff, I LOOOOVE most of what I've tried from Kat. Holy grail level stuff!

Smashbox - I actually think I may own more from this brand than any other. We have good chemistry lol

Bobbi Brown - BB seems to get right what other brands struggled with (gel liner, stick foundation, and omg Beach is true love for me!)

Benefit - people either love them or hate them. I love them! Their blushes are my favorites and they're real is my HG mascara. Plus I've never found better brow products 

 

Bottom 5:

Hourglass

Laura Mercier

Nars

Dior

Becca

- it's the same sentiments with all these brands so I'll just put it together: I always feel disappointed when I try their products. Some of these have cult status products that just make me go "..what is the fuss?" And yes, I'm totally talking about the big products you're thinking! BORING imo (again, just my opinion!!!)

 

Sorry that was long and sorry if I hated on anyone's brands!!

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@Alicehoopz  haha that is funny Smiley Happy  No no...  Not everything is made for everyone right! I totally understand the "what's the fuss all about" Smiley Very Happy

 

Smashbox isn't a brand that I've seen much talk on but they do make good products!  And Bobbi Brown does make the best gel liner Smiley Wink

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Sometimes I'm so used to YouTube comments that I forget just how amazing the BT community is. We actually respect each other's differing opinions! So grateful I found this place Smiley Happy Smiley Happy

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@Alicehoopz  it would really really suck if we only had 1 company to choose from. I am already po'ed that EL is buying up all the brands and only a few major companies have the monopoly on everything.  Competition is good! It's good for the brands and the consumer. Smiley Happy

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Awesome thread idea @veronika23! ❤

I will be back later to share mine! Smiley Very Happy

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Love:

 

Nars. I discovered the lip pencils years ago, and they became an instant favorite. From there, I started trying and loving everything else from that brand. The only product I've hated from Nars is the mascara. Other than that, I wear something from Nars nearly every single day, such as the tinted moisturizer, concealer, blush, highlighter, multiple stick, eyeshadow stick, or lip product. Lip Glide is one of my favorite formulas, but I'm currently obsessed with the Charlotte Gainsbourg lip tints right now.

 

Givenchy: This brand is my luxury brand of choice. Le Rouge is my favorite lipstick formula in the world, and trust me--I've tried a lot of lipsticks. The packaging is gorgeous, and the formulas are amazing. I also love the Teint Couture foundation. And Prisme Libre powder. And Rouge Interdit lipsticks.

 

Ole Henriksen: These products really work for my sensitive skin. I tend to try deluxe samples for a few weeks when I run out of an Ole product just to see if there's anything else I could love, but I always end up going back to buying Ole.

 

Leave it:

 

I'm not going to buy anything from well-known terrible people. Like Jeffree Star or Lime Crime. Or any brand associated with the two. And beauty gurus don't affect my purchase decisions. Established makeup artists who have YouTube tutorials are a different story.

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Love this thread idea!! I also fell in love with makeup because of MAC!

 

Love IT!!

ABH: It started with their brow products, then I picked up the Self Made palette and it was LOVE. Modern Renaissance is one of my all time fave palettes. Love the Glow Kits. Excited to see what comes out next from this brand.

 

Hourglass: The Vanish Stick foundation is HG for me. Love the Ambient Lighting Blushes and Powders. The Radiant Light Bronzer is perfect for my skin tone. Every product I have purchased from this brand has been LOVE.

 

Huda: I love the Liquid Lips, perfect formula for me. Rose Gold palette is beautiful and I don't understand the negative reviews on it. Yes it's pushed all over Instagram, but I love the products and ignore the hype!

 

KVD: Amazing products, love the creativity she has. And the packaging too! Shade and Light Eye palette is HG. And the contour palette! I don't think I have tried a product from her I didn't like.

 

Tata Harper: In LOVE with everything I have purchased from this brand. And my skin loves it too.

 

 

Leave It

Too Faced - I used to love Too Faced but to me the quality has gone down so much. I am not loving their palettes, color choices and smells! Just give me some great products Too Faced, and stop riding the Peach wave.

Urban Decay - Love the setting sprays and lipstick, dislike pretty much everything else.

MUFE - great brushes, everything else I have tried is just Mehhh

Kardashian Anything

Natasha Denona - I hear Kimberly Clark in my head every time I start to think maybe I should pick up one of her palettes! Natasha DeNOna! Don't need it and not going to buy it!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The Huda beauty rose gold palette is my current favorite, and that's saying something since I just counted my palettes the other day (54, YIKES). So glad I bit the bullet and went for that one!

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@AlicehoopzI am too!! It took me forever to finally purchase it. I have used it every day since I picked it up!

 

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Love It:

Urban Decay - Their formulas are all pretty great. Sometimes the colors don't suit me, but I haven't tried anything that I didn't think the formula was at least "pretty good" on and some of their items are HG status for me. 

Too Faced - This is another brand where even the things I don't really think suit me (like most bronzers) are still very high quality.

Hourglass - I can make nearly all their products (not including dark foundations) work on my skin, even if it's a smidge too dark in some cases. I find their foundations and powders to be excellent in quality and when I wear them, they make me feel like I'm a movie star.

Bite Beauty - I'm slowly replacing all my lipsticks with lipsticks from them. 

 

Leave It:

Kat Von D - It makes me sad to list this brand on my leave it list because I love their art, but nearly everything from Kat Von D doesn't sit well on me, stays too wet, is too drying, breaks up on my skin, etc. The colors are great, but the formulas just don't work for me.

YSL - There is so much fragrance in everything I've tried from them that I just don't even try anymore.

Benefit - I feel like their products are just ok, and several have made me itch, etc. Not worth it to me.

 

Up and coming:

Milk Makeup - I've been selective about which of their products I try because many of them don't look terribly good, but all of the ones I've tried I have ADORED. The jury is still out on Milk for me, but they are in the running for my love list.

Julep - While I don't really like their polishes, I have been loving the makeup items I've tried by them! I can't wait to see what they come out with next.

 

I go back and forth on:

Dior, Chanel, Tarte, Nars, Mac, Becca

In general the quality of the products from these brands are all over the place. Some of both my favorite and least favorite items come them. 

 

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@veronika23 This post is awesome. 

 

It was maybe 15-20 years ago when I first spotted the Divinora Collection by Guerlain. I was young and knew I had to wait to have those beautiful products. For whatever reason, I never bought anything from that collection but I still remember that Apricot Souffle D'Or blush and the golden packaging of the lipstick, nail polish and foundation.  

 

The collection was then discontinued but, as I admired the brand, I started liking their Terracotta line. The packaging, the scents and colors embody my fascination with the orient and warm places. I use the Terracotta khol, powder and dry oil Eau Sous Le Vent, they're so exotic. 

 

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And then there is one brand that I really wanted to love but I think I was just not lucky with the products I picked as they didn't work for me. The Bobbi Brown Long-wear Gel Eyeliner, too dry and hard to work with, and the Stick Foundation, too blotchy on me. The skincare line though is something I want to try, expecially the Buffing Grains for Face and the Soothing Cleansing Oil.

 

Eleonora

 

 

 

 

 

 

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