Liz of Project Vanity posted her Holy Grail products yesterday and I thought I’d do the same!
If you didn’t already know, Holy Grail or HG products are essentially a person’s “Best of the Best.” You may loooooove eleventy billion products, but you probably have a favorite favorite, if you know what I mean.
Here are my own! I’ll follow her format and add a couple of my own. 🙂
For reference, I think I am a warmer neutral, around light-medium. I’ve never been shade matched at anywhere, but I’ve inputted (weird word) my foundation shades on Findation, and here are supposedly my shades all across the board.
It says that I am an NC37, an NW30, and an NC40. So you can imagine my confusion.
I am not very oily, but I do oil up occasionally, and I do have a lot of dry flakes. So I don’t know what skin type that is. Very helpful, aren’t I? Also, I live in a very humid area.
Anyway, let’s get started!
— Primer: I don’t find them to be necessary but my favorite one so far is the Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer. It is lightweight, has SPF and several other skin care benefits. It helps my liquid and loose powder foundation go on more smoothly.
— Tinted Moisturizer: My favorite has been NARS Pure Radiance Tinted Moisturizer. I tried a couple of others but they were too greasy. This one is juuuust right.
— BB Cream: I don’t generally like BB Creams as they are often too white for me, but my favorite so far is the Snoe Beauty Let it B with WasaB BB Cream. The finish and shade are great for me.
— Liquid Foundation: My favorite liquid foundations are Benefit Hello Flawless Oxygen Wow Brightening Makeup and L’Oreal Lucent Magique Liquid Foundation.
Both are not cruelty-free however, so once I use them up, I’ll be on the hunt for a new HG!
— Illuminator: My current favorite is too cool for school Dinoplatz Pearl Bay Invasion in #1 Mother of Pearl. I’ve spoken a lot about that quite recently. Because it’s the bomb.
I also enjoy the BECCA Shimmering Skin Perfector in Opal, which is awesome for my skin tone.
— Powder Foundation: The bareMinerals Original Foundation is still my favorite powder foundation. Coverage is great and buildable, and the finish is very natural.
— Concealer: I don’t usually conceal (too much trouble + am no good at it), but the K-Palette Cover Control 0 Kuma Concealer in 02 Yellow Beige is my go-to.
— Setting Powder: The bareMinerals Mineral Veil is the best setting powder, however, one of my picks for “finishing powder” does the job quite well, too.
— Finishing Powder: The Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder in Mood Light is not technically a setting powder, but it sets and finishes quite well.
Prior to that, I used to use the Guerlain Météorites in Perles d’Azur all the time.
— Retouch Powder: Don’t really retouch, as my oils are controlled by the Ambient Lighting Powders, but I carry around oil control sheets just in case.
— Blush: For a neutral blush, I like Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blush in Exposed.
NARS Powder Blush in Sin was my first legit “blush crush,” and I still love it to this day.
And because I am a cheater, Illamasqua Blusher Duo in Lover/Hussy is part of my HG for a fun, bright blush (or two)!
— Tints & Cream Blushes: I don’t have a lot of non-powder blushes (who knows why) but I love the BECCA Beach Tints (I have Raspberry & Guava), because they are lightweight and not too heavy on the pigment. This results in a beautiful, natural flush.
I also love the Canmake Cheek Cream in CL 01, because it’s so pretty and easy to use.
— Highlighter: My favorite highlighter of all time is Benefit Watt’s Up.
But my cruelty-free option is the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder in Luminous Light, which is not technically a highlighter, but it GREAT at it.
— Bronzer: For all-over bronzer, I like bareMinerals All Over Face Color in Warmth the most.
— Contour: I don’t like shimmer in my contour, so I use a matte bronzer, Tarte Amazonian Clay Matte & Waterproof Bronzer in Park Avenue Princess, for that.
— Eye Primer: Urban Decay Primer Potion is my favorite so far. I also like using MAC Paint Pots.
— Liquid Eyeliner: K-Palette makes the BEST one. A great drugstore alternative are the liquid eyeliners by essence.
— Pencil Eyeliner/kohls: My favorite eye pencils so far are the MAC eye kohls. The only pencil that doesn’t irritate my upper waterline (for tightlining) is the Eye of Horus Pencil.
— Gel Eyeliner: My favorite gel eyeliner so far is the KATE Gel Eyeliner.
— Mascara: I haven’t found an HG yet.
— Eyeshadow: My HG palettes are Laura Mercier Artist’s Palette for Eyes and NARS And God Created the Woman
My HG singles are shu uemura in ME medium brown 885, Addiction by Ayako in Midnight Drive and Fudge, and MAC Sketch and Sable.
— Eyebrows: I’m not particular, but I use a powder duo called The Body Shop Brow & Liner Kit in 02 then set with whatever clear brow mascara. I prefer powders and pencils to liquid pens.
— Lip Balm: Snoe Beauty Beso Balm is my cruelty-free, A+ remedy. There are a lot of good ones, but this one has worked the best for me. Also, the Carmex that comes in the pot.
— Lipstick: Great everyday, fuss-free shades are:
NARS Pure Matte Lipstick in Montego Bay
Chanel Rouge Allure Velvet in La Distinguée
Guerlain Rouge G L’Extrait in Avarice
MAC Matte Lipstick in Mehr
For a bright pop of color, I like Chanel Rouge Allure Velvet in La Favorite and MAC x Archie’s Girls in Betty Bright.
For a deep, dark red, I like Guerlain Rouge G L’Extrait in Orgueil.
— Lip gloss: The best I’ve ever tried is Le Métier de Beauté Sheer Brilliance Lip Gloss in Bondi Beach.
I think that may be it. If you have any questions, feel free to ask me in the comments below. 🙂 Have you done a similar post? I’d love to read all about your HG products!