Are These “Holy Grail” Beauty Products Worth The Hype?

Are These “Holy Grail” Beauty Products Worth The Hype?

Hey everyone – happy Saturday!

Hope you’re having a good one and enjoying December. Now I’m not gunna lie, this isn’t really a Christmas related post (as you may tell by the title), but it’s still very much worth a read 😉

The term “holy grail” has become widely used to describe the kind of beauty products that you can’t live without. It’s a blogging term that has been in use for a few years now, and there’s no doubt it makes for an interesting concept. Is it really possible to find one product that wins above all others? Can you find your “holy grail” makeup products, then never need to buy anything else again?

The truth is that “holy grail” products tend to be subjective, for the most part. What suits one person won’t suit another; you can rave about an eyeshadow and think it’s the best thing ever, but your friends will try it and immediately wonder what all the fuss is about. Establishing true “holy grail” products, the ones that are the holy grail for everyone, is almost impossible… isn’t it?

Below are five products that have garnered a reputation for being true holy grail products; beloved by everyone, the best sellers, the most loved, and definitely the most recommended by beauty bloggers – but are they really all they’re cracked up to be?

The Product: “The Porefessional” Primer

This Benefit primer is a favourite of anyone who tries it. The product has great reviews from beauty bloggers, and websites that sell it are full of the same five-star “I love it!” feedback.

What Is It?

The Porefessional is a silicone-based primer, meaning it skims over pores (hence the name) and produces a smooth finish on which to apply makeup.

What Does It Cost?

A lot, especially for a primer. Expect to pay around £20 for a full-size tube of The Porefessional at reputable stores like Cloud 10 Beauty. However, it is often included in various offers, so it’s worth browsing around and looking for deals such as those that will allow you to save £5 at Cloud 10 Beauty, making The Porefessional a little more reasonable in price.

Is It Worth It? It seems the collective answer is “yes”. Bad reviews are few and far between. However, the price is off-putting, so you might want to try the well-thought-of high street dupe before you spend on the real thing.

The Product: “Double Wear” Foundation

The beauty world loves Double Wear foundation from Estee Lauder – but is it worth the reputation?

What Is It?

Double Wear is a full-coverage foundation that claims to conceal fine lines and provide a perfect match for your skintone. There are a huge number of shades available, so you should be able to find something that works for you.

What Does It Cost?

Plenty, and you won’t find Double Wear in many offers either; the foundation sells so well at full-price, there’s hardly any need to discount it. Prices vary a little depending on retailer, but you won’t find it for less than £25.

Is It Worth It?

Yes. The perfect colour match and the fact a little goes a long way means that this cult foundation is well worth its incredible reputation. However, you may want to keep it for special occasions given the high price point!

The Product: Colour Correcting Concealer Palette

Slowly but surely, NYX have become the queens of affordable beauty options, offering gorgeous products for reasonable prices. Their Colour Correcting Concealer is the jewel in their crown, frequently appearing on lists of the best holy grail products.

What Is It?

Colour correcting has long been a technique of makeup artists; it broke into the mainstream a couple of years ago. The idea is based on the colour wheel, allowing you to use colours to conceal issues with your skin. For example, yellow is meant to cover dark circles; green will cover red. NYX’s Colour Correcting Concealer is their take on the colour-correcting trend, offering a range of colours in a smooth, creamy formula.

What Does It Cost?

Hurrah, this one is surprisingly affordable; you can usually buy this palette for under £10.

Is It Worth It?

Perhaps. If you have an even skin tone, then there’s very little that any colour correction will do for you– this is the kind of product that can disguise very specific flaws, rather than give everyone’s skin a boost. However, if you do have issues with your skin tone, then this is a great option for colour correcting. The formula is smooth, stays in place all day, and won’t look cakey.

In Conclusion

While these three products are just examples of the high status “holy grail” items that everyone is meant to love, they are generally indicative of a simple truth: if enough people love a product, there’s probably a reason for it.

What are your personal “holy grail” products?


Rebecca xx

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  1. 16th December 2017 / 14:50

    I loved reading this holy grail post, very detailed and informative! Sometimes it’s difficult to decide what products to get and what are the best ones to use. I’ve never tried any of these products before, but since reading this post I will check them out!


  2. 9th December 2017 / 06:04

    Great review I enjoyed reading your thoughts on this product. Also just wanted to say I love the layout of your blog! Looks stunning 🙂

  3. 4th December 2017 / 20:08

    It’s so easy to get caught up in the ‘Holy Grails’ of the beauty world, and often for good reason! I must say I don’t particularly rate the Porefessional Primer myself, but there are lots of holy grail products like the Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara and Pixi Glow Tonic which I love. Great read lovely xx

  4. 4th December 2017 / 10:20

    Great post, I always like to know if something is worth the hype, especially if it has a big price tag. I didn’t get on with the primer or the foundation, I have quite dry skin and they just weren’t for me unfortunately! xx

  5. 3rd December 2017 / 23:25

    I agree that Double Wear is completely worth the hype!!! I love that foundation for when I want my makeup to look BOMB!!! xxx

  6. 3rd December 2017 / 22:20

    I bought Porefessional a while ago and still have two thirds left in the tube, I find it a little drying on my already dry skin! I use it after my base but just where I need it rather than all over.
    I hear so much about double wear but not tried it yet. It may be a little heavy for me as I tend to go for a lighter coverage.

    Great post as always.

    Samantha x

  7. 3rd December 2017 / 19:36

    The Double Wear is an absolute must foundation for me in winter. It is a staple!!!! The porefessional I am not a huge fan of. It slides right off my face. It does feel wonderful on my skin though so I’m super sad it doesn’t work for me 🙁

    Fab post! X

  8. 2nd December 2017 / 15:11

    Such a lovely read! I have the porefessional but I don’t feel as though it’s a holy grail product. It’s nice, but there are a lot cheaper alternatives that do the same job.
    Estee Lauder – Double Wear. Again I have this and I love it but I couldn’t wear it on a daily basis because it’s so heavy but it’s good for a night out. xo

    • Rebecca
      2nd December 2017 / 17:06

      Ahhh thanks for reading lovely. I know what you mean. I always need double wear in my life and I’ve run out of porefessional but I agree there are cheaper alternatives x

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