Products that Lived up to the Hype

There’s a lot of beauty products that lots of people can agree on are incredible. They often become cult favourites, and some definitely live up to the hype, while other’s don’t. It definitely depends on individual needs and preferences, but I wanted to share some of the products that did live up to that hype for me.

Too Faced Hangover Primer

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Our replenishing face primer is your instant cure. It hydrates, smooths and brightens skin for a dewy, healthy looking finish (Too Faced).

I’ve talked about this primer quite a bit lately. It’s considered a really good primer in the make up world. On Sephora, it’s rated 4.2 stars out of over 2300 reviews. On Influenster, it’s rated 4.5 stars out of over 12,000 reviews, and is ranked #2 out of all the face primers. It includes coconut water, smells really good, and really hydrates my skin. It’s so moisturizing and I really recommend giving it a try! It’s lived up to the hype for me, so if you’re looking for a primer, definitely try this!

Tarte Shape Tape Contour Concealer

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A best-selling, full-coverage, vegan, blendable concealer that instantly brightens, smooths & shapes skin (Tarte Cosmetics).

This seems to be the holy grail concealer of many in the beauty world. Everyone I talked to just loved it. On the official Tarte site, it’s rated 4.5 stars out of around 6000 reviews. On Influenster, it’s rated 4.8 out of around 24,000 reviews, and is ranked #1 in concealer. This concealer really is full coverage. There is so many shades available that you will definitely find the perfect one for you. The formula does smooth and brighten my skin, and I really love that. It definitely lived up to the hype!

Urban Decay All-Nighter Setting Spray

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Is makeup meltdown ruining your midnight mojo? Mist on this weightless spray to give your makeup serious staying power. All Nighter Makeup Setting Spray keeps makeup looking gorgeously just-applied for up to 16 hoursโ€”without melting, fading or settling into fine lines (Urban Decay).

This is the only setting spray I’ve tried as it came highly recommended, and it didn’t disappoint. On Sephora, it’s rated 4.4 out of over 7000 reviews. On Influenster, it’s rated 4.7 stars out of almost 32,000 reviews, and is ranked #1 in setting sprays. It feels quite moisturizing yet light when I spray my face. It definitely helps to keep my makeup in place all day. I’m already onto my second bottle. I really recommend it!

Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed Highlighter

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Our best-selling creamy highlighter formula is now available in an unparalleled shade range that caters to all skin tones. Find the shade that makes you glow! (Becca)

I heard about this from a few bloggers, as well as from the beauty community in general. On Sephora, it’s rated 4.4 out of over 1100 reviews. On Influenster, it’s rated 4.8 out of over 17,000 reviews, and is rated #3 in highlighters. It looks beautiful, and when I finally got to try it, I wasn’t disappointed! It’s so pigmented and creamy, and definitely can be blinding. I was so impressed!

Wet’n’Wild Mega Glo Highlighting Powder

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Its ultra-pearly finish and easy-to-blend formula makes it a fan favorite! The silky smooth, highly-pigmented powder gives an all over glow when applied to the cheek bones, brow bone, and cupid’s bow (Wet’n’Wild Beauty).

When I first heard about highlighters, I wanted to try one and looked up good drugstore options. This one came out on top by a long shot. On the official Wet’n’Wild site, it’s rated 4.9 out of 380 reviews. On Influenster, it’s rated 4.7 out of over 9300 reviews, it’s ranked #4 in highlighter. While I now use my Becca one more, I still absolutely love this one! It’s very pigmented, creamy and bright! It’s not really blinding unless you build it up, which I sometimes prefer. If you want to get into highlighters, and are wanting to look at a good drugstore option, definitely go for this!

Physician’s Formula Murumuru Butter Bronzer

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Ultra-luxurious bronzer, infused with Murumuru Butter, delivers a radiant Brazilian goddess glow! Incredibly creamy and soft texture combines the best features of a powder and cream bronzer, to deliver a lit-from-within tropical glow unlike any other (Physicians Formula).

I’ve heard a lot of good about this bronzer from bloggers recently. Whenever I ask about a good bronzer, this one always pops up. On Influenster, it’s rated 4.7 reviews out of 8500 reviews, and is ranked #1 in bronzers. The main thing I love of this bronzer is the smell. It smells delicious!! It’s also very creamy and soft, and so easy to blend! It gives such a nice glow, and has definitely become my go-to bronzer! I really recommend giving it a go!

Those are all the products I want to share today that have lived up to the hype! I definitely understand why these products are so highly rated and are considered favourites.

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What products have lived up to the hype for you?


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  1. I’m glad to see some drug store products here on this list! I might go for this new primer.

    1. Theres definitely those drugstore products that are incredible! The Too faced primer is amazing! They have a travel version that only is around $20, it’s well worth it!

  2. I totally agree that the butter bronzer lives up to the hype ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿป love this post idea, so nice to have an opinion on popular products!

    1. It definitely does! It was a lot of fun making this post ๐Ÿ˜„ I’ve tried a lot of products based on popular reviews and heaps of them really are amazing! ๐Ÿ˜„

  3. These look like some great products! I really want to try the primer

    1. They really are! The Too Faced primer is amazing, I hope you get to try it some time ๐Ÿ˜€

  4. I need to try ALL of these! Especially the butter bronzer ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. I can vouch for all of them haha! The bronzer is amazing! I’m so glad I grabbed it ๐Ÿ˜€

  5. All of these sound great! I have the mini size of Opal too and itโ€™s beautiful. The Wet N Wild highlighter might be one to swatch next time I see it ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. They’re all amazing! I do love the Opal highlighter, but I also still really love the Wet’n’Wild one. It’s definitely awesome for being a drugstore product ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. yes! the all nighter setting spray is amazing! i really wanna try the taste shape tape concealer

    1. I use the setting spray all the time and it’s so good! The tarte shape tape concealer is definitely amazing! It is fairly pricey though, but you do get a decent amount of product, and to me it’s worth it ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. I really want the tarts shape tape concealer and the too faced primer as they both seem like really good products ๐Ÿ˜Š For me, a product that lived up to the hype was the revolution concealer as after months on hunting I finally got my hands on it and I love it so much now. ๐Ÿ˜Š xx

    1. They both definitely are! Ooh, are you talking about the concealer from Makeup Revolution? I hear so many good things about their brand, but it’s so hard to get a hold of down here in NZ!

      1. Yes I am and awww that’s a shame!! Xx

  8. SUCH great products! I actually just got the Urban Decay setting spray as a freebie from Sephora, and am surprised how much I love it (I don’t typically use setting sprays but this definitely works!) And of course Carte and Too-Faced can do No wrong:) <3

    1. They all definitely are!! I love the UD setting spray! I’ve gone through one of the travel sizes already and I got another one. I’m thinking next time I’ll just buy the full size one since I love it so much ๐Ÿ˜€

      1. I have the travel size, I will have to see how long it lasts me ๐Ÿ™‚ <3

  9. Iโ€™m mostly a drugstore person so I havenโ€™t tried many high end products but I can definitely get behind the bronzer and the WnW highlight, though I donโ€™t own it because I can never find the shade I want (always sold out)

    1. I sometimes like to splurge and try the higher end stuff if it’s really highly recommended ๐Ÿ˜€
      The W’n’W highlight is so good! It took me weeks to find it though! I have it in Precious Petals, I think that’s the most popular shade. I hope you get to find it!

      1. I’m starting to splurge but only on skincare, I think I have enough makeup now and I’m still getting plenty of it in my beauty boxes anyway haha.
        But yeah, that’s the shade I want lol. It’s the prettiest! <3

  10. Yes to all of these! Especially Wet N Wild, I love finding affordable cruelty-free options. I still have to get my hands on that shape tape concealer!
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    1. The concealer is amazing! I hope you get to try it!

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