2016/2017 was a really strange time in the beauty community. The beauty community was growing exponentially and it really was the era of beauty consumerism. We had new releases and hyped products shoved down our throats by beauty influencers every week. We were told what cult beauty products we just had to get. Makeup FOMO was real.
I’ve written a blog post last year about why I don’t reach watch the beauty community and the unhealthy habits I created because of these beauty influencers.
I thought I would take a cute trip to memory lane and see what were cult beauty favourites back in the day and if they’re still worth the purchase today.
Too Faced Sweet Peach Eyeshadow Palette
I remember buying the Sweet Peach eyeshadow palette on release day when it came out in 2017. I am cringing at that fact – I even posted it on my Instagram and Mecca (a makeup retailer here in Australia and New Zealand) liked and commented on my post with peach emojis. Cringing from both of us.
I believe it initially launched as limited edition. I hate when products end up not being limited edition because you buy into that exclusivity and you just need it ASAP.
Spoiler – it’s not limited edition and you can still buy this now.
I initially did enjoy this palette. It actually smells like peaches. Too Faced was known for scented makeup after the Chocolate Bar Eyeshadow palette. The colours are pretty and versatile. It’s great for everyday natural makeup. I do feel some of the shades are a bit hit and miss. The darker shades tend to have no pigment or fallout.
Despite all that, it is a great eyeshadow palette for beginners. It wasn’t worth the hype when it came out and it certainly is not worth the hype now.
Worth the hype – no
Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance Eyeshadow Palette
Now when Modern Renaissance came out, it was everything to the point that it would sell out and forums such as Reddit would notify people that the palette was back in stock. I feel like this was the cult beauty favourite. Everyone wanted this.
I bought the Modern Renaissance palette very early on and I loved it! It was popular because it had a really warm colour story which you didn’t really see at the time. The shades are also amazing and unique at the time. They are really pigmented and long-lasting. There is a great mix of shimmers and mattes.
I travelled with this palette while I was away from home for 6 months – it’s perfect for everyday looks and glam looks. It’s a really versatile palette that is still worth the hype all these years later and I still use it to this day.
Worth the hype – Yes
Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow Pomade
This product is really a blast from the past. Does anyone use brow pomades anymore? I felt 2016 was known for the full bold thick block brows. In 2021, the trend is more natural soap brows.
The ABH dipbrow pomade still a great product but there are still good pomades out there. I enjoy the NYX Professional Makeup Tame & Frame Brow Pomade which is at a fraction of the price. I have not used pomades in years – it definitely is one product that I’ve left behind.
Worth the hype – No
Kylie Cosmetics Lip Kit in Kandy K
I don’t know where to begin with this. I do not know why I was obsessed with Kylie Jenner in 2016-2017. I remember when she first launched Kylie Cosmetics and everyone went crazy for it. I actually got the lip kit Kandy K off from someone random which is something I would never do now (if I can’t buy the item I’m just going to let it go).
But I told myself I needed this. I don’t think this was ever a cult beauty item but it was very hyped. Everything would be sold out from her website instantly.
I remember a lot of people made the comparison to Colourpop very quickly after people found out they were made in the same lab and had similar ingredients. For that alone, Kylie’s lip kits were definitely not worth the hype as they were like triple the price of Colourpop. Colourpop really did set the standard for affordable good quality makeup.
The Kylie lipsticks were really drying showing every crack on your lip. It was a shame because I did like the colour and the lipsticks smelled like vanilla which was so nice. There are just so many lipsticks on the market that are better formulated and at a better price.
PS. I was curious and checked out Kylie Cosmetics and surprisingly, so much product is sold out. Who is still buying this in 2021? We just need to talk.
Worth the hype – No
MAC Matte Lipstick in Velvet Teddy
MAC matte lipstick in Velvet Teddy was made famous by Kylie Jenner as she said this was her go-to shade. Unfortunately this nude colour did not work for me so for that it was not worth the hype. I think it might be due to my undertone and tanned skin. I would love to know if Velvet Teddy worked for you.
I do enjoy MAC matte lipsticks and I still wear them occasionally. They have a really creamy formula yet still matte that is not drying and really comfortable on the lips.
I’ve repurchased Whirl several times but I feel the popularity of MAC has died down for years now. There are just so many matte lipsticks out there but I still wear MAC so I’ll say it is worth the purchase. I will say MAC lipsticks can be a bit hit and miss so it does depend on the shade and finish. There are some MAC shades I love and then there is some I hate or really don’t care for. Whirl is one of my favourites that I constantly repurchase that flatters me so much more.
Worth the hype – Depends
What cult beauty products did you buy back in the day? Do you still use it or regret it?