Saturday, 11 September 2010

Repurchase Worthy: Six Near Perfect Products

As much as I love trying out something new, there are a few products that I continue to repurchase - because, for me, they are as close to perfect as I think is possible.  And for me, that's saying something - because I don't really believe there is such a thing as a Holy Grail product.  As perfect as something might be, I'm always going to keep trying to alternatives in case they are cheaper / prettier / better, particularly given how many new products are released every month.

But still.  There are a few products which I have repurchased many times - some of which I keep a steady stock of - regardless of how many other versions of the basic product that I try. 

Urban Decay Primer Potion

Obviously, this cult primer is a big love of mine because my eyelids are seriously oily and destroy carefully applied eyeshadow within two hours.  I've yet to find any other primer which keeps my shadow looking great for 14 hours.  Despite the crappy packaging (which hopefully is changing this winter), I'll always have at least one of these in my collection.

Soap and Glory Calm One, Calm All Bath Foam

I've written about it before, and it's become the baseline for all bath foam comparisons.  It's nicely, inoffensively scented, produces loads of gloriously soft bubbles which last for hours, and it leaves my skin feeling soft.  And it's relatively cheap.  A bottle of this can always be found above my bath, tucked into its own corner.

MAC Studio Fix Fluid Foundation

I've only repurchased this once, but that's because a bottle tends to last me at least eight months to a year.  A medium coverage, buildable foundation, with a semi matte finish, it offers enough coverage for days when my skin is a bit iffy, and is easy to apply with my fingers.  The finish isn't heavy or obvious, and set with a bit of powder, it lasts all day.  

Original Source White Pear & Avocado Conditioner

I love this because it's less than three quid a bottle, and it's the best silicone free conditioner I've used for washing my hair.  It lathers lightly, rinses away cleanly, and provides plenty of moisture for my dry ends.  Don't even get me started on the scent - sweet, fruity, fresh, it's absolutely glorious.  If you ever spot someone in Boots with four or five of these in their basket, it'll probably be me.

Lancome Hypnose Drama Mascara

Perfect for fat, intense lashes, this mascara gives fabulous volume and doesn't clump.  The curved brush makes it easy to apply, it doesn't get thick and unusable after two months of ownership, and it doesn't smudge or run.  I might be very fickle when it comes to mascara, but I usually have one of these knocking around, and have repurchased it four times - which is a record for me!

Nivea Light Feeling Sun Lotion SPF50

Being pale of skin, I like a high SPF sun lotion for holidays and summer at home.  I hate the sun.  I burn really quickly, have suffered from heat exhaustion before, and given the choice would stay under a parasol all summer.  This gives plenty of sun protection, and it also is completely non sticky - you can still feel it on the skin, but it's not a sand and dirt magnet like many sun products can be.  I buy at least two of these every year.

What about you?  What products are lucky enough to get a repeat purchase from you?  Or do you chop and change all the time?


  1. Great post. My rebuys include 1. Caudalie's Skin Perfector (think that's the name). It claims to get rid of freckles etc. I'm on my second bottle and think I will keep on buying it for a long time. 2. Faith in Nature Chocolate Shampoo and conditioner. Completely paraben free, and really work well. 3. Revlon concealer - have probably bought this for more than 10 years. I've tried Touche Eclat several times as everybody seems to swear by it - but always come back to my old faithful. 4. Chanel solid foundation in a compact - can't think of the exact product name. This is great if you want the cover of foundation but don't have the time. Love it - fabulous product. 5. Tea tree oil - great for all skin issues. A few drops in the bath sort out any kind of breakout or blemish. 6. Clinique Aromatics Elixir Body Smoother. If you're after a fragranced body lotion - it's lovely.

  2. This is a great post, I am going to savour it and read it again - I always love looking at best buys/repurchases. Thanks so much for this. Jan x

  3. I love this sort of post. Mine would be Trevarno Overnight Replenishing Cream, Urban Decay Razor Sharp Finishing Powder and any Burts Bee Lip Balm.

  4. Glad this post was helpful! MyPerfumeLife, I'm definitely hunting down Chocolate conditioner - sounds divine, just hope it's silicone free!


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