The Makeup Thread

Here is your semi-regular makeup thread, to discuss all things makeup and makeup adjacent.

Do you have a makeup product you'd recommend? Are you looking for the perfect foundation which has remained frustratingly elusive? Need or want to offer makeup tips? Searching for hypoallergenic products? Want to grouse about how you hate makeup? Want to gush about how you love it?

Whatever you like — have at it!

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I haven't got any new products lately, so I'll just mention something makeup adjacent today: Neutrogena's Microdermabrasion System.

image of the packaging of Neutrogena's Microdermabrasion System

You know I'm a big fan of Neutrogena generally, which doesn't irritate my combination, acne-prone, sensitive skin, and is extremely reasonably priced. I've been wanting to try this system for a while, and, at the cost of $21, which is about a third the price of similarly well-reviewed, entry-level, at-home microdermabrasion devices, it wasn't a comparatively low-risk threshold to give it a whirl.

I received it over the weekend and have used it once (you're only meant to use it a few times a week), and I really liked it a lot. My skin definitely looked brighter afterward, and, even on the parts where I used it on the highest setting, it didn't irritate my skin.

No dryness or redness after 24 hours, so I can safely say that this is a winner for sensitive skin.

It might not be as effective as some of the pricier microdermabrasion devices on the market, or as a microdermabrasion procedure at a spa, but it's also cheaper and way less likely to damage your skin.

And, to be honest, I would say my skin looks about the same after one use as it did after the one time I had a pricey facial, lol. So I'm pleased with the purchase so far.

Anyway! What's up with you?

(As always, I'm not affiliated in any way with any of the companies whose products I mention, nor am I getting anything in exchange for my recommendations. I just like the products!)

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Please note, as always, that advice should be not be offered to an individual person unless they solicit it. Further: This thread is open to everyone — women, men, genderqueer folks. People who are makeup experts, and people who are makeup newbies. Also, because there is a lot of racist language used in discussions of makeup, and in makeup names, please be aware to avoid turns of phrase that are alienating to women of color, like "nude" or "flesh tone" when referring to a peachy or beige color. I realize some recommended products may have names that use these words, so please be considerate about content noting for white supremacist (and/or Orientalist) product naming.

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