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5 Holy Grails and Holy Fails: LA Girl

5 Holy Grails and Holy Fails: LA Girl Cosmetics Where to save your money and where to buy elsewhere!

Hello my friends! Thank you so much for stopping by!

Well, it’s time again for another Holy Grail and Holy Fail Series! If you haven’t checked out my others from this series check out below:

LA Girl is not so easy to come by in Canada. I’ve picked up a few of the pieces at Ulta, but on a recent CVS run in Connecticut, I found that they have a massive selection as well!

What I love about LA Girl is the price point. It is super affordable and they have some products that perform VERY well. It really gets me excited to try more from this brand!


LA Girl Pro Matte HD High Definition Long Wear Matte Foundation

Result: FAIL

5 Holy Grails and Holy Fails: LA Girl Cosmetics Where to save your money and where to buy elsewhere!

I was really excited to try this product as it is supposed to have a medium to full coverage and a smooth, long wear suede finish. It’s price point is amazing too.

On initial application, it went on well on my cheeks, did seem to cover most of my discolouration before concealer application. When I went to apply it to my forehead, I seriously had a shock of horror. It immediately looking flaky, scaly and patchy. I thought “WTF??” And proceeded to apply a second coat. That kind of fixed it unless you looked up close.

I proceeded to apply powder, bronzer, blush and highlighter like I always do and some Mac Fix + because that can give you the “extra boost” some underperforming foundations need and rushed out the door.

At my first check in, I looked cakey, patchy, and flaky. Especially on my nose and forehead. At lunch time, it had REALLY settled into my fine lines, seriously not impressed.

By the end of the day, I was left with alligator-like patches on my forehead, with no product on the majority of my forehead. This was such a fail.


LA Girl Shady Slim Brow Pencil in Medium Brown

Result: GRAIL

5 Holy Grails and Holy Fails: LA Girl Cosmetics Where to save your money and where to buy elsewhere!

On application, this was so smooth and super pigmented. It applied very easily and I was actually able to get my brows done quicker than I normally do.

The colour for this is perfect. This is a complete dupe for the Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz. This has a super slim, retractable tip, so no sharpening needed! You can definitely mimic brow hairs that aren’t there with this!

The price point is fantastic and it’s also transfer proof!


LA Girl Pro Powder HD High Definition Setting Powder

Result: GRAIL

5 Holy Grails and Holy Fails: LA Girl Cosmetics Where to save your money and where to buy elsewhere!

I picked this up in Banana Yellow to set my under-eyes, but honestly on my olive skin, it works great for an all over setting powder.

I use this with a beauty blender to set my concealer under my eyes and with a big fluffy Sigma F30 brush (see my favourite brushes here) all over my face.

This doesn’t cake up in my creases or emphasize any of my texture, large pores or fine lines. I can use this with foundation that is not transfer proof and sticky to the touch to set it down and ensure it doesn’t budge all day.

The price point is great and I think this works just as well as my Laura Mercier powder!


LA Girl Pro Conceal High Definition Concealer

Result: FAIL

5 Holy Grails and Holy Fails: LA Girl Cosmetics Where to save your money and where to buy elsewhere!

I really wanted to love this. So much that I kept trying it again and again. Unfortunately, it leaves a lot to be desired!

First, finding my shade was extremely difficult. Since there is a very affordable price point on these, I bought a bunch to try it out. Every single one seemed to have an unusual undertone to it that made them look weird.

I finally decided that Light Ivory was going to be the best undertone for what I wanted but I would have liked it to be a little lighter in shade (I bought all of the light shades to test).

This goes on thick and does provide a fair amount of coverage, however, it creased in my fine lines and under my eyes almost instantly.

By the end of the day, this was wearing very odd, it LOOKED like I had a lot of concealer on, it was balling up and flaking, I was seriously not fooling anyone. The coverage on the rest of my face wore off as well.

I wanted to love this but I just couldn’t… I’m going to swap this out for other concealers that actually do what I want them to do, I’ll try this one on my friends and see if their skin likes it better.


LA Girl Pro Coverage HD High Definition Long Wearing Illuminating Foundation

Result: GRAIL

5 Holy Grails and Holy Fails: LA Girl Cosmetics Where to save your money and where to buy elsewhere!

This is the stand out product in the line up for me, and honestly this completely shocked me.

As soon as I started application with a damp beauty blender, I was shook. I mean, for this price point, how could this be possible on my combination skin?

I love the look of a glowing face and it makes my skin radiate. It looks good.

It goes on super smooth, doesn’t emphasize any of my fine lines or pores and the coverage is definitely a high medium coverage. My favourite way to wear this is with no concealer at all on a regular work day! It doesn’t cake under my eyes at all or settle throughout the day.

What really stands out, apart from the finish is the long wearing power of this. I mean I didn’t expect it, I worked 12 hours and came home and my foundation still looked flawless.

The best part: it doesn’t LOOK like I am wearing foundation. That’s how you can tell a really good product.


Don’t forget to check out my other posts from my Holy GRAIL and Holy FAIL series!

What LA Girl products have you tried? Anything you use on the daily?

Thanks so much for stopping by!

5 Holy Grails and Holy Fails: LA Girl Cosmetics Where to save your money and where to buy elsewhere!

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