11 Under-The-Radar Makeup Products You Need To Know About
by Sidney Burds
We love the big, splashy, trending brands, but sometimes you have to dig a little to find the best makeup products for you.
Looking for the next best thing that’s gonna change up your makeup routine? Sure, you can go to the big-name brands or the ones you always see advertised, but like a great vintage sale, it's sometimes fun to dig a little for something really special. We’ve surfed the web and found 11 under-the-radar makeup products that you need to know about. When you tell your friends about them, it'll be like letting them in on a little secret.
1. Viseart Eyeshadow Palette 01 Neutral Matte
Glitter eyeshadow seem a little juvenile to you? If you’re more of a matte makeup person and a lover of neutrals we’ve found you the queen of neutral palettes that you need in your arsenal. Viseart palettes are professional quality and a staple for pro makeup artists. This particularly palette can also be used for defining and contouring your face and brows, so consider it your new most coveted possession.
Get it: Viseart Eyeshadow Palette 01 Neutral Matte, Sephora, $80
2. Eyeko Tinted Brow Gel
Calling all bold brow loving ladies! Channel your inner Cara Delevingne and achieve full-feathered brows with this keratin and gingko infused gel that will shape, color, and set your face framers. Unlike some brow gels, the finish looks all natural leaving everyone believing you were born with them (if only).
Get it: Eyeko Tinted Brow Gel, Nordstrom, $25
3. CLE Melting Lip Powder
Being a big fan of multi-use products, we fell in love when we came across CLE’s Melting Lip Powder. This buildable product can be applied wherever you need a pinch of color. Dab a couple taps of it to your cheeks for a flushed look, swipe across your lips for a matte pop of color, even dab a bit on your lids for a monochromatic look. More is always better right?
Get it: CLE Cosmetics Melting Lip Powder, Anthropologie, $20
4. Milk Makeup Glitter Stick
Makeup is all about fun, so what could be more fun than a multidimensional rainbow glitter highlighter? Answer: Nothing. Milk Makeup’s Glitter Stick takes the highlight game to unicorn-mermaid-sparkle greatness with this dramatic sparkling formula. It’s made of a mango butter, coconut oil, and avocado oil formula so your skin remains super highlighted while it’s shining like a diamond.
Get it: Milk Makeup Glitter Stick, Sephora, $30
5. e.l.f. Makeup Remover Pen
Currently a makeup go-to of ours, this makeup removing pen is your new BFF for life. When you accidently draw your makeup outside the intended lines, need a quick fix, and don’t want to deal with a difficult to maneuver cotton pad, it’s time to use e.l.f.’s Makeup Remover Pen. Its pointed tip makes it a cinch to clean up stray eyeliner, and it’s small enough to take with you on the go— unlike your jug of micellar water.
Get it: e.l.f. Makeup Remover Pen, e.l.f., $3
6. Sephora Collection Cream Lip Stain Liquid Lipstick, 01 Always Red
Though you can’t go wrong with any color from Sephora Collection’s Cream Lip Stain Liquid Lipstick, we recommend one shade you absolutely have to have, Always Red. A red lipstick is a necessity for any makeup addict, and the quality of this lipstick combined with this not-too-blue, not-too-orange red flatters all skin tones and lasts morning to night.
Get it: Sephora Collection Cream Lip Stain Liquid Lipstick 01 Always Red, Sephora, $14
7. MakeupDrop Glitter
Let’s be honest: We don’t clean our makeup brushes and sponges as religiously as we should. And when we do, the amount of product that comes out insane; you can practically see the dollar signs going down the drain! Get your money’s worth and keep that product where it should be (on your face) with MakeupDrop’s hypoallergenic, non-toxic, cruelty-free, silicone applicator. The tear shape is superb for makeup application at all angles and the material eliminates product waste. You’ll never touch another sponge again.
Get it: MakeupDrop Glitter, MakeupDrop, $20
8. Artis Elite Mirror Five Brush Set
Makeup brushes span so far and wide that figuring out which ones are right for you (and what they’re used for) is sometimes impossible… until now. Less is more, and with Artis’ Elite Mirror Five Brush Set your brush shopping nightmares are behind you. Versatile enough to be used across your whole face, with a handle designed to mimic your fingers, and dense fibers create flawless results. They’re almost too pretty to use.
Get it: Artis Elite Mirror Five Brush Set, Sephora, $170
9. Red Earth Have Fun Lipstick Matchbook Trio
At first glance you would never guess that these are, in fact, lipsticks. These fun lipstick matchbooks, sold exclusively as a trio at Urban Outfitters, are perfect for touch-ups on the go. The innovative packaging alone makes you want one, and the shockingly vibrant colors pack a powerful punch. The perfect combination to fit in your mini summer bag.
Get it: Red Earth Have Fun Lipstick Matchbook Trio, Urban Outfitters, $9
10. The BrowGal Scissors
Keep your bold brows trimmed to perfection with these custom-designed stainless steel shears. The short sharp blades allow for precise snips so not a hair will be out of place, and the stainless steel material means they won’t rust over time. An ideal tool for both girls and guys and a cute subtle gift if your boyfriend’s brows are looking a little unruly.
Get it: The BrowGal Scissors, The BrowGal, $20
11. Sara Happ Plump & Prime Lip Airbrush
Think plump lips without the pain. Nowadays we’re all trying to achieve a full, hydrated pout, but for those of us low on cash and needle-shy, that celeb-worthy look seems unattainable. Sara Happ’s Plump & Prime Lip Airbrush is a unique lip primer that gently plumps your lips without irritating ingredients (or an invasive treatment), leaving a sheer nude color that can be worn alone or with a color. Simply swipe it on and you have a natural healthy pout that doesn’t look like you just got stung by a bee.
Get it: Sara Happ Plump & Prime Lip Airbrush, Nordstrom, $28