I’m always iffy about picking up products with a cult following. I’ve never owned the Urban Decay Naked eyeshadow palette or NARS Orgasm blush, and have been pretty thumbs sideways on Maybelline mascara (the waterproof kind that comes in the pink tube). I’ve never splurged on red Chanel lipstick or on YSL’s Touche Eclat, although I totally get the appeal of the latter having had it used on me for a shoot. Paying three digits for La Mer cream (sorry, “creme”) has always struck me as a bit silly, especially when I can score Shiseido overnight creams for a fraction of the price at T.J. Maxx if I’m shopping on the right day, the “right day” meaning a day someone else hasn’t jacked it first. There are times, though, when joining the cult has paid off - see below for my experience with Make Up Forever’s HD Microfinish Powder.
Ever since Shu Uemura shuttered its bricks-and-mortar stores in the U.S. two years ago, I’ve always wondered about how I would nab that ever-lauded Eyelash Curler. Yes, capital letters because an Eyelash Curler that’s mentioned by name in Devil Wears Prada probably deserves capitals. After years of consideration and “should I order it online or shouldn’t I”-ing, I pulled the trigger during a stop in Singapore (where they still have the bricks-and-mortar stores! Yay!) recently and am glad to say, it pays to join this cult. This gizmo fits almost perfectly to my eye shape and yields a pretty impressively sturdy curl, not an easy feat with my super wimpy, straight lashes. It’s one of those gadgets that you want to keep clean all the time and eye-gunk free because, again, it’s that Eyelash Curler. Capitals.
Next up, Naked palette? Maybe?