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Bobbbi Brown, Laura Mercier, By Terry, Becca (that last one not very easy to find admittedly, but very good). Plus occasional Clinique (mascara, sheer lipstick) and Chantecaille (tinted moisturise/ light foundation).
Also have some Dior and Chanel palettes, but I actually get much more everyday use out of my Becca cream eyeshadows and Laura Mercier or By Terry eye primers (with nothing on top, for a 'no make-up make-up' look).
Thank you all for your tips. I went to House of Fraser but the bobbi brown ladies were rubbish which was a shame as the make up looked lovely. The Laura Mercier lady was nice but she didn't seem very confident in her advice which didn't fill me with confidence. I use Bare Minerals foundation so I ended up buying some make up from there and then I had a Nails Inc mini manicure. I am here typing away with deep red nails!
Oh yeah don't spend too much time being talked to at make up counters as you will end up buying more products than you will ever wear. They are v good at selling you the belief that they will make you look and feel better. Stick to a few good basics.
I mix the lot. Nars for lipstick, Shu for eyes, Mac for Strobe cream mixed with Maybelline foundation, And Nars for blush, multiples, highlighters. Mascara - whatever I get in the gift with purchase baggies. I do use very good brushes though.
Agree it depends what for and what suits your skin. For example I use Estee Lauder foundation because it stays put and they have one which they may as well have used my skin as the sample for. Plus I seem to tan in shades of Estee Lauder!
Also love Guerlain meteorites, not found a substitute in any other brand, but that's the only thing by them I use.
Expensive isn't always better. I have a 17 eyeshadow that's a brilliant colour for me - needs primer underneath though - and recently ive been impressed by Maybelline's liquid liner staying power, which was an emergency buy. Never been able to find a substitute for a Rimmel waterproof mascara I had years ago either. That was fabulous!