To continue my overall faves review series, here are my current favorites for facial cosmetics!

All of my picks can be used on set and off! Enjoy!



PRIMER
Drugstore Brand:
Revlon PHOTOREADY Color Correcting Primer: Revlon’s Photoready primers are lightweight primers that soften skin and diffuse light to help minimize flaws and even out skin texture. It creates a perfect canvas so that your foundation will glide on more evenly and smoothly. Primers can be worn alone or under foundation, and are oil free, talc free, fragrance free, paraben free.
Softens skin, reduce the appearance of pores and fine lines, and smooths skin texture and tone.
Brightens skin and neutralize redness while evening out uneven skin tone.

Shades: Available in one basic blush shade that primarily cancels out all basic imperfections.
Scent: n/a - fragrance free
What I love : This primer works just as well as some of the more expensive ones, AND holds up on an HD CAMERA. That's pretty impressive! REALLY love this stuff. When I don't have the cash for an HD specific primer, this works well.  Creates the perfect base for foundation and the rest of your makeup. Minimizes imperfections, pores, blemishes, fine lines, shine, and keeps your makeup in place. Can also doubleup as an eyeshadow primer
$$$: About $9.99
Paraben Free, Fragrance Free, Talc Free, Oil Free!

Specialty Brand:
MAKE UP FOR EVER HD Microperfecting Primer: A lightweight, oil-free complexion corrector that enhances the skin's texture and primes timg class="align-right" src="http://storage.ning.com/topology/rest/1.0/file/get/2236511502?profile=original" height="226" width="226"/>he skin for makeup application. HD Micro-perfecting Primer deeply nourishes, moisturizes, and softens the skin, creating a glowing effect. Creates a protective layer on the skin allowing foundation to glide on easily and last longer. Apply directly on clean skin. A dime-size quantity is sufficient for the whole face.
Shades: Comes in six color-correcting shades and one tr
ansparent shade.
Neutral adds natural luminosity to the complexion. Green minimizes redness - ideal for skin wi
th rosacea. Mauve - counteracts sallow undertones. Caramel - combats ashiness in medium to dark skin tones/warms golden tones. Blue - adds radiance to fair skin/ reduces minor imperfection. Yellow - lightens dark complexions and cancels out sallowness in the eyes, or tired eyes. Pink - brightens the complexion/ counteracts sallow undertones
Scent: n/a
What I love : This primer is my all time favorite. It creates the perfect base for any occasion, and has a tone for any specific need or complexion. You can even mix them for multiple benefits! Can double up as a shadow primer and has an array of problem solving specific benefits. Argatensyl immediately smooths and enhances the skin's surface. Silica micro balls & Elastomer silicone give a soft finish to the skin.
D-Panthenol & Glycerin provide optimal skin hydration. (+60%). Phycosaccharide: Creates a shield that protects from external aggressions and brings stability to the makeup. Lightweight, GREAT texture, not chalky or sticky or gunky. Absorbs fast!

$$$: About $34.00
Versatile! Perfect texture! Absorbs fast! HD friendly

BB Cream
Drugstore Brand:
Physician's Formula Super BB All-In-1 Beauty Balm Concealer: H
igh-tech multi- tasking formula that combines UVA/UVB protection, brightening antioxidants, moisturizing and firming botanicals and perfecting optical diffusers for super-powerful skin care plus makeup benefits.  Recommended as an effective broad spectrum sunscreen, SPF 30. All-in-1 Miracle Cream! Ultra-blendable and lightweight cream effortlessly glides on, instantly infusing moisture, refining skin's surface and providing protection from the environment.  Skin looks and feels smooth, glowing and naturally flawless.  Ultra-versatile beauty balm simplifies your morning beauty routine by delivering the benefits of Moisturizer, Foundation and SPF protection in one easy to use product!
Shades: Comes in Light, Medium and Dark
Scent: n/a
What I love : Light moisturizer, light foundation and SPF all in one! Hypoallergenic! Dermatologist Approved! Priming and Filling. Protecting.
$$$: About $14.95
Dermatologist Approved!

Specialty Brand:
Smashbox Camera Ready BB Cream SPF 35: A five-in-one formula for achieving flawless skin on camera and beyond. Oil-controlling formulation with emollients and optical pearl pigments to provide hydration and visibly reduce fine lines and wrinkles after only four weeks. Features SPF 35 sun protection. This multitasking tinted cream formula with SPF 35 moisturizes, primes, perfects, controls oil, and protects for flawless skin on set and beyond. Formulated with emollients and optical pearl pigments, this BB Cream gives skin a glowing, ethereal look and provides a hydrating veil for the complexion to maintain moisture on the surface of the skin. With its ultra smoothing finish, it instantly re-texturizes to create a smooth canvas and enhances the wear of makeup. Ideal even for oily complexions, this expert formula with UVA/UVB protection helps inhibit oil to prevent the complexion from getting shiny throughout the day without the typical chalky matte finish.
Shades: Comes in Lig
ht ( travel ), Light/Medium ( travel ) , Fair, Fair/Light, Light, Light/Neutral, Light/Medium, Medium, Medium/Dark, Dark ( in order )



Scent:
Fragrance Free
What I love : Beauty Balms or BB Creams were originally developed as a perfect post-procedure cream used to treat, hydrate, prime, protect, and camouflage the skin. Great for all skin types including those with sensitive skin, these versatile “five-in-one” formulas are designed to do it all: treat with high levels of active skincare ingredients; moisturize and smooth dehydrated skin; prime and perfect skin’s surface; camouflage and color correct the skintone; and protect skin from the sun with SPF. They can be used as a last step for their skincare benefits or used on their own as an instant beautifier.
$$$: About $39.00
Appropriate for all skin types, this product is free of fragrance, dermatologist tested, and non-acnegenic. 

CC Cream
Drugstore Brand:
Physician's Formula, Organic Wear, CC, Color + Correction Cream: 100 percent Natural Origin CC cream from Physicians Formula. First ever 100 percent natural origin CC formula (color and correction), combines the skin nourishing benefits of a CC cream with natural and organic ingredients for naturally nourished skin. Ultra-lightweight cream glides on effortlessly, evening out skin tone and texture for a radiant and youthful glow.

Shades: Comes in Light, Medium and Dark
Scent: n/a
What I love : Covers imperfections while protecting skin with SPF and enhancing skin organically! A proprietary blend of natural & organic botanicals helps Correct + Care for your skin, instantly and long-term. SPF 20 - protects against UVA/UVB damage. Organic Blue Agave - powerful hydrator draws moisture close to skin Organic Acai Palm - helps restore skin's moisture balance. Organic Lemon-potent antioxidant helps reduce dullness and reveal brighter-looking skin. Red MicroAlgae - helps reduce and tone down the appearance of redness from irritation. Light-Reflecting Pigments - help blur imperfections for a flawless finish.
$$$: About $14.99
Sheer yet protective and skin enhancing! Good for your ingredients!

Specialty Brand:
Bobbi Brown CC Cream SPF 35:  A lightweight color-correcting cream that instantly evens skintone, creating a flawless canvas for makeup. A dream cream for healthy-looking skin, this color corrector plus treatment hybrid takes a three-step approach to evening out skin. Color-correcting pigments instantly neutralize sallow skin, redness, and dullness. Next, light diffusers blur the look of imperfections and illuminate skin, providing the appearance of radiance to brighten dullness. Finally, brightening botanicals help even out skin over time, while UVA and UVB sunscreens protect against future signs of dark spots. This lightweight formula provides all-day moisture and shine control, and protects against damaging effects caused by the sun. Layer CC Cream SPF 35 under foundation to color-correct skin and create the perfect canvas for makeup.

Shades: Comes in Pale Nude, Warm Nude and Golden Nude
( Light, Med. and Dark ).

Scent: The smell is nice (not like sunscreen ), but I can't lay a finger on it.
What I love : An amazing all purpose skin beautifier! This will easily become a key addition to your routine with skin enhancing benefits, instant results, SPF and a beautiful base!

$$$: About $44.00
Sheer yet protective and skin enhancing! Good for your ingredients! Gives you a beautiful glow, protects skin and really corrects flaws!


Foundation

Drugstore Brand:
Revlon Photo Ready :
For pore-less, airbrushed skin in any light! Photochromatic   pigments bend and reflect light to erase every flaw. Complete, yet undetectable coverage. Soft, luminous finish.  Looking for that dewy glow? This lightweight, non-greasy foundation by Revlon goes on smooth to hide your imperfections. It has light coverage, but is buildable for a more full coverage. Contains sunscreen.
Shades: Comes in Vanilla, Shell, Nude, Natural Beige, Medium Beige, Cool Beige, Golden Beige, Rich Ginger, Capuccino, Ivory, Caramel and Mocha!  ( in order )

Scent:
 The smell is nice (not like sunscreen ), but I can't lay a finger on it.
What I love : LOVE this stuff when I can't get a hold of my makeup forever HD foundation! Almost just as good! Has some truly beautiful shades, spf for protection and some serious staying power!

$$$: About $15.00
SPF for protection! HD friendly! Covers flaws evenly and effectively!


S
pecialty Brand:
MAKE UP FOR EVER HD Invisible Cover Foundation: This foundation creates a soft-focus effect,which is designed to meet the coverage concerns of those in the spotlight. It leaves your complexion with such a flawless finish, it can withstand bright or harsh lighting. An oil-free medium-to-full-coverage liquid foundation that covers skin imperfections flawlessly while remaining invisible on-screen and in real life. Apply directly on skin. Small quantity is sufficient to make up the whole face. Perfect and mattify application by dusting with HD powder. MAKE UP FOR EVER's HD Complexion range uses innovative formulas to create a new generation of make up that is invisible even under the most magnified HD lens. Developed in partnership with film and TV technicians to meet the demands of professional.
Shades: Comes in 26 shades to suit all skintones! 
Scent: N/A
What I love : MY favorite foundation! PERFECT for HD looks or casual looks! Hides flaws, pores, signs of aging and stays in place! This HD Foundation provides invisible coverage with an extremely natural finish. This industry groundbreaking foundation has coated round pigments that diffuse light to invisibly cover imperfections with a flawless result. Oil-free and available in 26 shades, it suits all skin tones.

$$$: About $42.00
HD proof! Mix and match 26 different tones for the perfect match!

Concealer
Drugstore Brand:
Physician's Formula
Conceal Rx Physicians Strength Concealer:  Concentrated concealer expertly covers such skin imperfections as blemishes, scars,  birthmarks, bruises and more. Non-oily, non-drying Conceal RX by Physicians Formula provides full, comfortable coverage while allowing skin to breathe. Lasts up to 12 hours.

Shades: Light, Natural and Green. The Green works for any skin tone, while the other two work for either Fair-Natural skin, or Medium skin tones. Versatile, can be mixed with foundation.
Scent: Fragrance Free
What I love: This product can deal with all skin imperfections. This solution is great to provide maximum coverage, good comfort and a natural, smooth finish. It does not have a masking effect. Lets skin breathe. Non comedogenic. Hypoallergenic. Conceal Rx Physicians Strength Concealer is a dermatologist-approved concealer. High intensity pigments let the concealer gently hide various imperfections in the skin. Matte finish!
$$$: About $9.55
Hypoallergenic! Dermatologist approved!

Specialty Brand:
Marc Jacobs Beauty Re(Marc)able Full Cover Concealer: A creamy, full-coverage concealer that creates an even, remarkable skintone by concealing flaws and imperfections. Get a reputation for perfect skin when you erase imperfections with this richly pigmented, full-coverage concealer. Infused with anti-aging and nourishing ingredients, the ultra-emollient formula easily blends with skin, fully covering spots, dark circles, and blemishes for a flawless look worth raving about.
Shades: Comes in 7 shades. Scent: N/a
What I love:
This product really covers imperfections well, and can me mixed with a primer to make a strong base for your foundation and powder. Special Blend of Soy Protein, Shea Butter, and Coconut Extract: Repair, moisturize, and rejuvenate even the most delicate skin. Gets rid of under eye circles amazingly. Crease resistant!

$$$: About $32.50
Versatile and Blendable!


Powder

Drugstore Brand:
Revlon Photoready Translucent Finisher Powder
:
Revlon PhotoReady Translucent Finisher. Eliminates shine and sets makeup for perfected skin in any light. Photochromatic pigments bend, reflect and diffuse light to help erase flaws. Micro-refined ultra-lightweight texture. Soft, luminous finish. Fragrance free and oil free.
Shades: Comes in Translucent, Fair, Medium and Dark
Scent: N/a
What I love:
This powder really sets your base, comes in a shade that compliments any tone, and even a translucent one to set a base tone that doesn't need adjustment.
$$$: About $12.99
HD Proof, Buildable, Matte, Doesn't cake, Doesn't crease!

Specialty Brand:
bareMinerals Matte Foundation Broad Spectrum SPF  15:
A mineral-based foundation that delivers all the flawless coverage you want with a natural matte finish. With just five pure ingredients, bareMinerals SPF 15 Foundation delivers flawless coverage and the creamy minerals are clinically proven to improve the appearance of skin over time. It looks like a powder, feels like a cream, and buffs on like silk, giving skin a natural luminosity while feeling as if you are not wearing any makeup at all.
Shades:
Comes in 
20 different shades!
Scent: N/a
What I love: Love this stuff! Sheer yet versatile, comes in an array of shades suitable for any skintone! Good for you ingredients. The coverage is complete and is free of preservatives, talc, oil, waxes, and other chemicals that can irritate skin and cause breakouts.
$$$: About $27.00
HD Proof, Tons of Shades, Good for you ingredients! Sets your base!


Blush
Drugstore Brand:
Physicians Formula Sexy Booster Sexy Glow Blush: Wear this perfect blend of shimmery blushing tones like lingerie for your face for an instant sexy boost with an alluring blushing glow.  Sexy Boosting Formula:  Infused with the scent of warm vanilla, "afterglow" illumination and pheromone-mimicking ingredients including clinically tested androstadienone, cocoa extract (aka "the Love Chemical") and ancient aphrodisiac horny goatweed to enhance your sexy side.
Shades: Comes in two shades! A golden shade "natural" and a blush shade, "rose". Wear them separate or together!
Scent: Vanilla!
What I love: Smells amazing, looks amazing, buildable, versatile and makes you feel good! Good for you ingredients! Made by dermatologists! Can also double up as an eyeshadow. Looks great for a dinner date or the runway!
Dermatologist created! Good for you ingredients! Unique shades and smell! Lightweight, Easy to apply! Non-Comedogenic! Oil free!

Specialty Brand:
MAKE UP FOR EVER HD Cream Blush:
An ultra blendable blush with a natural look and finish made specifically for HD technology.
Formulated with the perfect balance of oils, waxes, and powders, HD Blush combines the second-skin look of a cream with the ease of a powder. Created for HD technology, this formula blends into skin with no visible texture for a truly natural flush of color. It’s completely weightless and can be worn over or under powder to sculpt and highlight cheeks flawlessly. Natural flush of color with a long lasting result.
Shades: 15 different shades! 
Scent: n/a
What I love : This blush is versatile, blendable, smooth, non-cakey, and contours beautifully. Looks natural yet can be built up to look dramatic. A little bit of a warm glow to each tone, yet more matte than sheen. Stays on really well!
$$$: About $26.00
Natural, Buildable, Lightweight, and serious staying power!


Highlighter
Drugstore Brand:
Physician's Formula Mineral Glow Pearls:
Protects and conditions skin with  antioxidant properties. Radiant finish blurs imperfections, revealing an flawless and youthful glow. Includes Built-In Mirror and a High Quality Brush

Shades: Four luminous, luxurious shades! Translucent, Beige, Light Bronze and Bronze.
Scent: n/a
What I love : This stuff is so amazing, I go through it like crazy. I use it on myself and my clients. From a slight shimmer to a buildable glamorous look you can get the highlight you want in a simple brush stroke. From golden glow to shimmery pearl!
$$$: About $13.95
Beautiful glow, easy to apply, buildable, dermatologist created!

Specialty Brand:
Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder:
A wardrobe of six universal finishing powders that recreate the most exquisitely flattering light—from ethereal moonlight to luminous candlelight. Each powder captures, diffuses and softens surrounding light with groundbreaking photo luminescent technology. Choose one or more and step into your perfect light. The powders deliver a multidimensional luminescence to every skintone, making it appear softer, younger, and lit-from-within. The finishing powders enhance skin in any type of light, including flash photography.
Shades:
Six unique shades, from cool moonlight highlighters to golden glows.
Scent:
n/a -
What I love :
This highlight is really unique, with undertones that can be difficult to find in other highlighting products. With it's cool toned shades like "Etheral" to its golden warms like "Radiant" you can create the perfect highlight for any skintone! Reduces redness, eliminates shine, and give skin clarity. Also buildable!

About $45.00
Paraben Free! Buildable! Unique shades!

Bronzer
Drugstore Brand:
Physician's Formula Glow Boosting Bronzing Veil:
Kapi Kacchu Seeds & Phospholipids moisturize while helping to extend the life of your tan glow. Ceratonia Siliqua carob tree extract works with the skin to naturally enhance a healthy-looking bronze glow.Vitamins C & E potent antioxidants help to improve skin's clarity and radiance.
$$$: About $14.59
Hypoallergenic! Dermatologist approved! Buildable and Versatile. Good for you ingredients!

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Comment by annamaria Kyriazis on April 11, 2014 at 9:07am

thanks to the great review, i do have some of your fav's :-)

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