Holy Grail / Epic Fail – 2011 Products in Review

During Allura’s first year on the web, I had the privilege of testing and sharing many beauty products. 2011 was filled with both great and disappointing products, though I am happy to report that the year was filled with many more good than bad.

Here is a snapshot of the products reviewed in 2011. Below are the top and bottom 5 by rating.

Please remember that these are reviews of individual products. All brands sell both good and not-so-good products. A low rating on one item does not mean that the entire brand is bad and vice-versa.

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Holy Grail

  1. Sleek Blush in “Pomegranate”: As the only product to receive a perfect grade this year, Pomegranate reigns as the ultimate blush. It is pigmented, smooth, and inexpensive.
  2. LORAC TANtalEYES Palette: LORAC’s shadows are arguably the best-formulated in town. This quad contains 4 incredibly soft and pigmented shadows.
  3. Illamasqua Blush in “Ambition”: This is a rich blush with a good kick of shimmer in a color that will flatter just about anyone.
  4. Senna Baby Face 21 Brush: An incredibly soft brush that fits perfectly under the eyes, along the cheekbones, and down the bridge of the nose for setting concealer and applying highlighter.
  5. Renoir Blush Bouquet in “Garden Bouquet”: I love testing out lesser-known brands. Renoir’s Blush Boquet is a hidden gem, giving you a mosaic of richly-pigmented colors in a beautiful 3D-rose compact.

Epic Fail

  1. MAC Gareth Pugh Beauty Powder in “Elude”: An 8 gram, $60 powder with an identity crisis.
  2. Becca Eye Tint in “Lapis”: I haven’t tried many Becca products, but one of the first was this disappointing eye cream that had poor pigmentation and creased badly.
  3. MAC Art of Powder “Optical” Bronzer Palette: Although pretty in design, this bronzer was poorly pigmented and gave off an unflattering color.
  4. Revlon ColorBurst Lip Glosses: Despite being quite popular, I found these lipglosses frustrating to use.
  5. MAC Flighty Big Bounce Shadows: A product that just didn’t live up to its potential–Big Bounce Shadows were difficult to use and failed to be anywhere near long-wearing.

What were your favorite and most disappointing products of 2011? Please share them in the comments, below!

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5 Responses to Holy Grail / Epic Fail – 2011 Products in Review

  1. Sarah L. says:

    Hi Allura, thanks for sharing your holy grail and epic fail products for 2011 😀

    For holy grail, mine would have to be:
    1) MAC Beauty Powder in How Beautiful
    2) Revlon Colorstay Foundation in Natural Beige
    3) Make Up Forever 12 Flash Color Case

    And for epic fail (not really epic fail, but products I didn’t find as good)
    1) Lancome Hypnose Mascara in Noir
    2) NYX Round Lipstick in Narcissus
    3) Rimmel Kohl Eyeliner in Black


  2. Sthobbie says:

    Hi! Thanks for sharing, I really want to order the illamasqua blush

  3. Lisa B. says:

    I have to agree with you on all counts, though I had completely forgotten about the Senna Face 21 brush!

  4. Caroline says:

    Too bad with Elude Beauty Powder! It seemed to be quite good. And i’m a bit sad I wasn’t able to get Strada blush though, since it was released 5 dec in UK and I had all time in the world to get it 1st dec to 4th! grrrr…

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