As a beauty lover obsessed with trying new products and new brands, it is rare for me to completely finish a makeup product. Moreover, it is even more rare for me to repurchase a makeup product after I finished it! Curious to see what makeup products were good enough for me to use up and buy again? Please keep reading to see the high end makeup products I’ve repurchased.
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24 High End Makeup Products I’ve Repurchased
1. Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance($45.00, CF)
Anastasia Beverly Hills’ Modern Renaissance* is the only eyeshadow palette that I’ve ever repurchased in the nearly 20 years that I’ve worn makeup. With that said, I never completely panned this palette. Instead, I decluttered this beat-up palette last year due to a decline in quality after owning it for almost 4 years. Nevertheless, I regretted my choice immediately after I did it.
Although the Brow Wiz is a cult classic brow product in the beauty space, I never jumped at the chance to own this micro-defining pencil. At the time, I was loyal to my Benefit brow products. However, once I tried this hyped-up staple I enjoyed it. Over the years, I repurchased this brow pencil a few times during seasonal sales and am likely to continue repurchasing this when my need for a brow pencil aligns with an Anastasia Beverly Hills sale.
3. Benefit High Beam Liquid Highlighter($18.00)
Honestly, who am I to completely pan a liquid highlighter? As a young college student, I still vividly remember my obsession with Benefit’s High Beam Liquid Highlighter. In fact, I can picture myself applying this icy pink highlighter using the mirror on my closet door of my university apartment.
At the time High Beam was popular, beauty lovers were just discovering highlighter. Therefore, the full-blown obsession with a blinding glow wasn’t a thing yet. For even more context, Becca and Jaclyn Hill still hadn’t released Champagne Pop!
Although I didn’t rush to repurchase this highlighter immediately after panning it, I eventually rebought this highlighter during a sale at Sephora. Once I finish this bottle, I am unlikely to buy again in the future due to the size of my current collection. However, I need to give kudos to Benefit for creating a highlighter that I loved enough to buy twice. See where it ranks in my highlighter collection ranking.
I loved that the formula was stiff and that the pigmentation was buildable. Moreover, I loved that one brow pencil could last me an entire year. Despite the gimmicky packaging, this is a well-formulated brow product and something that I’d still consider repurchasing.
5. Benefit …They’re Real Mascara($25.00)
Anyone remember when the Benefit ….They’re Real Mascara reigned supreme at Sephora? For years, this lengthening mascara was one of the bestselling products at Sephora (until it was dethroned by another classic featured later down in this list).
I used to swear by this formula. The formula provided insane length to my lashes without making them look clumpy. Writing this post made me curious to try this classic again. Once I’m able to work through more of my mascaras I am likely going to repurchase this former staple. Check out my mascara collection.
6. Benefit Watts Up Highlighter($30.00)
Yes, I panned and repurchased two full-size Benefit Highlighters.
Remember when I said that I didn’t rush out to repurchase High Beam after panning it? Well, Watts Up is the reason why. To say that I was obsessed with this creamy, golden highlighter was an understatement.
Although the shade looked like it could have been a hair too deep for my complexion, this highlighter could be easily applied and diffused on the cheeks. However, in hindsight, I likely looked like I had a big ‘ole gold stripe on my cheek lol.~
Similar High Beam, I am unlikely to repurchase the Watts Up highlighter in the future due to the massive size of my collection. However, this is still a great cream option for anyone looking for no-fuss cream highlighters that are easy to apply.
7. Bite Beauty Power Move Creamy Matte Lip Crayon in Glace($24.00, CF & Vegan)
Even after reformulating the entire line to go Vegan, Glace remains Bite Beauty’s most iconic lip crayon. Finishing this Lip Crayon felt like a huge accomplishment for me because it is rare for me to finish colored lip products.
Formula-wise, the Bite Beauty Lip Crayons provide a long wearing, but comfortable soft matte finish. Moreover, the shade Glace deposits a beautiful dusty mauve tint on the lips. Eventually, I repurchased this classic shade during one of the brand’s many sales this year.
8. Buxom Full-On Lip Plumping Gloss in Dolly ($21.00 CF)
In the early to mid-2010s, Buxon’s Full-On Lip Plumping Gloss was unbeatable. And within the best-selling range, Dolly was the It-Girl. This light pink-toned gloss provide a high-shine finish that made my lips look super plump. However, unlike other popular plumping formulas, this gloss didn’t paralyze my lips with searing pain.
If you’ve read my ultimate lip gloss ranking, then you know that the Fenty Gloss Bomb is my favorite lip gloss formula. Not only are these glosses creamy, and comfortable, but they give the lips a naturally plump pout. When I finally finished my mini Fenty Glow Gloss Bomb, I felt simultaneously proud and devastated.
Simply put, Fenty Glow is my favorite gloss in my entire collection. Therefore, it was a no brainer to repurchase this staple during one of the brand’s many sales this past year. Are all Fenty products made equal? Read my review on the Fenty Beauty Deep Neutrals Snap Shadow Palette.
10. Kopari Lip Glossy in Clear ($13.00, CF & Vegan)
Are the Kopari Lip Glossy’s technically skincare or makeup? We may never know, but what I do know is that I love this gloss-balm hybrid. Not only did one tube of the clear gloss last me over a year, but it was the perfect balm for prepping my lips in the morning prior to makeup application. Additionally, the comfortable, high shine finish made this glossy balm perfect for wearing on its own or paired over a lip liner. During 2020, I repurchased Clear and Birthday Suit.
There is no eyeliner on earth that I’ve ever loved more than my KvD Vegan Beauty Tattoo Liner. Although I do not currently own the Tattoo Liner, I am likely to repurchase this classic black liquid liner once I finish my Fenty Flyliner.
12. Laura Mercier Oil-Free Tinted Moisturizer($46.00)
I’m fairly certain that Laura Mercier’s cult-classic Oil-Free Tinted Moisturizer is the first high end complexion product I ever purchased. Also, with the exception of Maybelline’s Fit Me Foundation, I’m certain that this is my most repurchased “foundation.”
Unlike many other tinted moisturizers formulated for normal to dry skin, the oil-free version of Laura Mercier’s classic formula is an incredible, light coverage base for oily-skinned individuals like me. This tinted moisturizer provides sheer to light coverage while still allowing the skin to look and feel like skin. Moreover, the oil-free version feels lightweight and doesn’t look greasy.
2021 Project Pan Spoiler: As one of the oldest base products in my collection, I intend to focus on finishing this Tinted Moisturizer in my 2021 project. I am likely to repurchase in the future, but not immediately.
13. Laura Mercier Secret Brightening Powder($28.00)
When I first received a mini version of the Secret Brightening Powder I thought that this powder would be pointless. How would this be any different from the Translucent Loose Setting Powder? But my initial assumption was so wrong.
The Secret Brightening Powder is a perfect powder for brightening the appearance of the under-eye without having to bake. However, it is easy to go overboard with the Secret Brightening Powder. Less is more. Otherwise, a heavy-handed application can accentuate wrinkles and fine lines.
14. Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Setting Powder($39.00)
The Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Setting Powder is a staple in the beauty space for good reason. This finely-milled, loose setting powder does a wonderful job in setting foundation without looking heavy or overly mattifying the skin.
Although some consumers complain about the higher price tag, this setting powder lasts for such a long time. Even with steady use, I typically take an entire year to finish this powder. With the above said, I own far too many backups of loose setting power so I am unlikely to repurchase immediately after finishing it.
Note: Laura Mercier’s Cruelty-Free status is unclear. Although they claim to be Cruelty-Free, the language is vague and the brand has not provided adequate responses to known Cruelty-Free bloggers like Logical Harmony, Cruelty-Free Kitty, or Ethical Elephant.
15. MAC Cosmetics Prep + Prime Fix+ Makeup Setting Spray($29.00)
Here’s the tea: you do not need the MAC Cosmetics Fix+ Setting Spray to wet your eyeshadow brush to make metallic shades look more pigmented. Water will suffice.
However, you DO need this setting spray if you sometimes get a little to heavy-handed with full coverage foundation or setting powder. This classic setting spray is perfect for helping the skin to look more like skin again. With that said, oily gals and guys beware: this setting spray doesn’t extend the life of makeup wear-time.
I always have a bottle of Fix-Plus in my collection and I am likely to continue repurchasing.
16. Marc Jacobs Re(markable) Foundation ($56.00, CF)
For a time, the Marc Jacobs Re(markable) Foundation was my everything due to its intensely full coverage finish. Somehow this full coverage foundation made my skin looked airbrushed, blemish-free, and ultra-smooth. However, after repurchasing a bottle that clearly went off, I lost my faith in this former holy grail foundation. At this time, I believe this foundation is being discontinued by Marc Jacobs. For my thoughts on my current foundation favorites and fails, read my foundation ranking for oily skin.
17. Milk Makeup Kush Mascara($24.00, CF & Vegan)
The Milk Makeup Kush Mascara is one of my all-time favorite mascaras. I love the ultra-black finish this mascara provides, as well as the voluminous boost the formula gives my lashes. In fact, the formula is so good that it looks as if I’m wearing falsies. Not only do I own a full-size backup, but I own a mini,* too!
Unlike the Kush Mascara, I feel less strongly about the Kush Microfiber Clear Brow Gel. The only way to describe my feelings about this brow gel is “meh.” It isn’t the best brow gel I’ve used, nor is it the worst. However, had this gel not come in a kit with a full size mascara and mini lip balm, I wouldn’t have repurchased it.
19. Nars Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Cruella($27.00)
NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencils used to be staples in my collection. Early on in my makeup wearing journey, I remember owning 5 or 6 of these well-loved pencils. However, out of all the shades I’ve tried over the years, Cruella remains a favorite. In fact, it is the only NARS shade I’ve repurchased.
This blue-toned matte is my perfect Winter red. Not too orange, berry, or brown – this flattering red automatically adds a touch of glam to any look. Moreover, the matte formula feels comfortable, but remains long-wearing. Therefore, I never have to worry about red lip color transferring to my cheeks or teeth.
20. Tarte Amazonian Clay Foundation($39.00, CF & Vegan)*
After my disillusionment with the Marc Jacobs Re(markable) foundation, I sought out another full coverage alternative. At the urging of a Sephora associate, I purchased the Amazonian Clay Foundation. Although the formula was not as full coverage as Re(markable), it looked more natural on my skin.
Although I liked the Amazonian Clay Foundation enough to repurchase it, I found that this transferred too much. Hindsight as a more experienced makeup wearer is everything. Even though I would not repurchase the Amazonian Clay Foundation, you can read my review on a product I would repurchase, the Tarte Maracuja Hydrating Tinted Moisturizer. P.S. Check out this super in-depth review on the Tarte Maneater Palette Volume 2 for my thoughts on this cult classic, warm neutral palette.
21. Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara($26.00, CF & Vegan)*
And here we are – the mascara the dethroned Benefit’s … They’re Real. When the Better Than Sex Mascara launched, there was a notable shift away from mascaras that provided an impressive, yet natural boost to the lashes. Instead, consumers wanted a mascara that could lift, lengthen, and add volume.
Although I enjoyed the Better Than Sex Mascara, it never reached the same status as …They’re Real for me. I repurchased this iconic mascara once, but quickly found other mascaras that I preferred more.
If you have oily skin then the Urban Decay All Nighter Setting Spray needs no further introduction. Without a doubt, this setting spray remains one of my most repurchased makeup products of all time. Few sprays lock makeup into place as well as this OG. As of this writing, I finished my last bottle of Allnighter, but am waiting to repurchase until I finish more of the sprays in my collection. Read this review on another favorite setting spray from Smashbox or check out my setting product ranking.
R.I.P. I loved the original formulation of the Urban Decay Naked Weightless Foundation due to way this foundation made my skin look and feel. The ultra-lightweight formula provided light to medium coverage that felt comfortable on the skin. Also, the light coverage and natural finish made my skin look slightly more airbrushed, but still like human skin. I am bitter that Urban Decay reformulated this foundation because the new version isn’t quite as good.
24. Urban Decay Primer Potion($24.00, CF & Vegan)*
For so many beauty lovers, Urban Decay’s Primer Potion was the gateway to trying eyeshadow primer. Prior to discovering this primer, I had no clue that eyeshadow could look so pigmented and last so long on the eyelids. While I’ve tried my fair share of high end and affordable eyeshadow primers, the Primer Potion is a formula that I always go back to time and time again.
Final Thoughts on the 20 High End Makeup Products I’ve Repurchased
With the exception of Milk Makeup and Urban Decay, I bet that most of you were surprised to see the brands that popped up in my roundup of the 24 high end makeup products I’ve repurchased. In fact, while writing this post, I surprised myself with some of the brands that popped up on this list.
However, after taking a second to look over my roundup, everything looks right. Why? As much as I am a makeup fiend, I tend to be loyal to the tried and true makeup staples in my routine. For example, when I first started purchasing high end makeup, I was extremely loyal to Benefit brow products and mascaras. And to be 100% candid, despite the brand being deemed “boring” by today’s standards, Benefit is extremely smart in focusing their efforts on creating permanent products that are staples in people’s beauty routines. Even people that aren’t makeup obsessed tend to use and go through products like mascara and brow pencils.
Additionally, when I find base products that work for me, I tend to remain loyal to them. For example, I’ve religiously repurchased the Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer and Translucent Setting Powder for years. Similarly, MAC Fix+ and Urban Decay Allnighter are constants in my collection.
Overall, this list reminded me that the way the beauty community views brands in the industry is often harsher than the general public. In other words, some brands do not need to innovate as long as they continue to release staples that are beginner-friendly and useful to the average person’s routine.
High End Makeup Products YOU’VE Repurchased & Other Fun Beauty Roundups & Tags
Although this isn’t an official beauty tag, I’d love to see other bloggers participate in this challenge. Writing a post on the high end makeup products I’ve repurchased was such an interesting flashback down memory lane. Also, it opened my eyes that there are so few makeup products I repurchase.
If you love beauty tags and roundups, please check out some of my most recent beauty tags below. I love these posts. They provide a great opportunity to just chat about makeup, while still offering participants the chance to think critically about their collections!
*Vegan products noted with an asterisk in the headlines are vegan, but the brands that make them are not 100% Vegan. In some cases, not all shades an entire product line is Vegan, while in others only the specifically Vegan shade is featured in my round up of high end makeup products I’ve repurchased.*
*Photos originally sourced from brand or retail sites, edits done by The Newbury Girl
Were you shocked by my roundup of 20 high end makeup products I’ve repurchased? What are some high end products that you’ve repurchased? Please let me know in the comments below.