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Fails and Holy Grails of 2014

Fails and Holy Grails of 2014

Happy Friday! How is 2015 treating you so far? I made a video to share my Fails and Holy Grails of 2014. I thought you’d enjoy seeing the bad and good of the past year. Some of the items listed below are not mentioned in the video.

Fails and Holy Grails of 2014

All products are cruelty free and many are vegan.

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Products that Failed for Me in 2014

  • bareminerals Bare Skin foundation
  • Maskcara IIID foundation
  • Supergoop! Sunscreen oil
  • Dose of Colors Matte Liquid Lipsticks (vegan)
  • Fortune Cookie Soap Co Winter Soap Box
  • Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush Ethereal Glow
  • tarte Colored Clay CC Primer (vegan)
  • Kat Von D Chrysalis Palette
  • Kat Von D Studded Kiss Lipsticks (inconsistencies with the formula)

Awesome Products in 2014

  • Cover FX CC Cream in N Xtra Light (vegan)
  • Notoriously Morbid Osteomancy highlighter (vegan)
  • Urban Decay Electric Palette
  • Urban Decay Vice 3 Palette (still available at Macys)
  • Colour Pop Lippie Stix
  • OCC Colour Pencils (vegan)
  • Fyrinnae Matte Liquid Lipsticks (vegan)
  • Darling Girl Who Ya Gonna Call Collection
  • Darling Girl Mistress (color of the month, LE)
  • Darling Girl Momentary Marvels
  • Ofra Long Lasting Liquid Lipsticks
  • Tarina Tarantino Neapolitan Lane blush
  • tarte Mirage blush
  • NARS Light Reflecting Loose Setting Powder
  • Ofra Vitamin C Foaming Cleanser
  • Silk Naturals Vitamin C Peptide Serum (vegan)
  • Makeup Geek Makeup Brushes (vegan)
  • Crow’s Toes Nidavellir nail polish
  • NCLA Teal the End nail polish
  • KBShimmer Spot Sign & Happily Ever After nail polish
  • Girly Bits Seriously Sassy nail polish
  • Cirque Midsummer Night nail polish
  • Literary Lacquers Camille nail polish
  • OCC Skin Conceal (vegan)
  • Saucebox Etude Palette
  • Pravana Vivids hair dye
  • Bite Beauty agave lip mask
  • Limnit Lipsticks (vegan)
  • OCC Technopagan lip tar (vegan)
  • OCC Technopagan nail polish (vegan)
  • Too Faced Melted Lipsticks (vegan)
  • Notoriously Morbid Vanishing Cabinet
  • Rainbow Honey Mini Mystery Bag (vegan)


  • Wow, Fabulous!! I just came upon this (sorry so late!)
    I am honoured that you mentioned my brand, thank you. And especially thank you for the thorough and honest reviews. I know I can always trust what you say. Your reviews are so genuine, and they show the good, the bad and the ugly. Everything that I have followed your advice on has been great for me. I have the UD Vice 3 Palette and I love it!! I am intrigued by all the matte lipsticks I am seeing, but I am hesitant because I have such dry lips all the time, and they are not as young as they used to be haha. I do think I will try out the Color Pop Lippie Stix though! They look great and the price it right! <3

  • Hi Phyrra, just wanted to say your blog is one of my favorites. You give smart, thoughtful reviews of both popular and indie brands and you are more down to earth than some of the other beauty bloggers out there. Love that you are genuine and honest. : )

  • My total faves from 2014 have to be: the Etude Palette, that’s my absolute #1, I am SO glad that you featured it!!! My other two are from COVER FX, the Mineral Powder Foundation and the Mattifying Primer! They are PERFECT for my skin, their shade system has literally helped me so much(I wear N10!)and my skin is looking better even without makeup on! I always used to have a problem with liquid foundation looking streaky, or being too yellow/too pink, clogging my pores etc…. Oh also the NARSissist Smokey Eye Kit, the NARS Virtual Domination Cheek Palette, UD’s Perversion Mascara(BEST EVER!, still need to try the Primer) Too Faced Melted Lipsticks, and lastly the UD Velvet Liners! I didn’t have too many fails as I didn’t buy that much overall this year but I totally AGREE about the Bareminerals Foundation, I sampled it and it was just terrible, just made my skin look so weird! NONE of their products have worked for me actually, the original foundation looks like nothing on my skin lol! The Chyrsallis, I didn’t get it but it didn’t appeal to me, like the new one much better! I was also disappointed with the Kat Von D Studded Lipsticks, I heard a lot of people were actually!

  • Some of my faves like Cover FX (is that new packaging?) and Colour Pop! I still want the Sauce Box palette, but I think my Viseart one is pretty close, maybe.. I probably still need it though! Lol

    • I want to Viseart Matte Palette, but do NOT hesitate to get the ETUDE! I learned about it from Phyrra, and for me it’s one of the best makeup purchases I’ve EVER made! Amazing, luxe quality, superior pigmentation, all day wear, super flattering, buttery rich mattes! The shades will work for any skin tone, and you can use it for brows, contouring, and even blush! It was my number one product of 2014! This is one where I say YOU DO NEED IT! Yes, COVER FX has new packaging. I just started using their Mineral Powder foundation and their Mattifying Primer-amazing! Best decision I ever made, @phyrra is the BEST!

    • Yeah you do! I found out about COVER FX from @phyrra:disqus and it was literally the best change I’ve ever made in my routine! I use the Mineral Powder Foundation and it’s amazing for my skin(I have combo slightly acne prone skin!)with the Mattifying Primer. I need to try the Cream Concealer, the BB Gel, and the CC Cream! Oh and the Powder Brush! Also, you need the ETUDE palette in your life!

  • I cannot wait to trial Cover FX when it comes to Australia. If it works for you, it is bound to work for me. I have only heard good things about it. Can I ask, what is your favourite primer?
    I hope you and your family had a very happy New Year.

      • Sephora has opened in Sydney, but I live in Melbourne – about 880 km away. They don’t have the online purchasing set up yet.. Anyway I will have a go at the Nyx Angel Veil primer because I think I can get that easily at Target. Of course I probably need the Cover FX one, but I’ll wait till I can get it. I have only heard great things about the Too Faced ones – their products are generally very good. Thanks for all the info – it is greatly appreciated.

        • Yes, I really love the Primed and Poreless too, I just discovered COVER FX recently from Phyrra and now I use their Mattifying Primer w/ their Mineral Pressed Foundation and they are perfect, I have combo skin so sometimes I will use both primers! But I’m absolutely sure you will love Cover FX! Hope they ship to Australia soon! 🙂 If you want a great shadow palette get the ETUDE, I LOVE IT! @phyrra:disqus I got a sample of the Anti Aging Primer and I tried it on my mom and she loved it-I’m ordering her some!

            • You’re so welcome! Yes I think you’ll really like it! They also have a new Illuminating Primer. You can’t go wrong with their products, and this foundation is SUPER easy to apply. You can buy their powder brush but it looks great just applying it with the sponge. Does Sephora ship to Australia? They do sell COVER FX at Sephora…they also sell it on the Beautylish website. I would send them a tweet though, they may be able to direct you to a store in your area that carries some/all of their products…I saw them suggesting that for another customer. Next time I chat on twitter with them I’ll ask! 🙂

  • I love knowing the products that didn’t work. I agree with you pick of Maskcara foundation since that was a bust for me too. I haven’t tried those others and now I won’t.

  • I like it when people share the good and the not so much. I also adore the UD Vice 3. Can’t stop reaching for it.

  • What a great list! I loved the Melted lippies best, but have to try the Bite Beauty mask asap.

  • I really like my Bare Skin foundation from Bare Minerals – strange because I usually don’t like their products. You have so many awesome holy grails!

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