Trish McEvoy Product Review: Which Products are Worth Your Buy?

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I Bought More Than $1,000 Worth of Products; Find Out Which Ones I Loved

Years ago I had the opportunity to meet makeup guru Trish McEvoy and I spent more than $1000 on her products. Here are my reviews of her products and how they held up years later.

You hear a lot about Trish McEvoy beauty products. A friend of mine uses only her stuff and seeing her planner reminded me of my evening with Ms. McEvoy a few years ago when I left the department store having spent more than $1000 in beauty products.

It's years later and I think I can answer the question, "Are Trish McEvoy products worth all the hype?"

It was March 2007 and I had the unique opportunity to have a makeup lesson with Trish McEvoy, a famous makeup artist known, more than anything, for her amazing brushes and her famous planner (pictured here).

It was me and about 40 rabid Trish fans in attendance and I have to admit I felt I was on the set of an infomercial. There was a stage, a camera, products on gorgeous display and a huge screen. Every few swipes of a makeup brush and Trish would swivel around and ask us, "How many of you have tried my (insert Trish McEvoy product here)?"

After the makeup lesson we all got our makeup done and I walked out of there having spent an absurd amount of money.

Here's what I thought of her products then and now (years later).

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The Trish McEvoy Planner

Trish McEvoy

Trish McEvoy is known for her makeup planner, which is basically a makeup kit that holds all of the makeup you wear everyday. When I bought it (it was EXPENSIVE), I loved it. But I soon abandoned it because I simply didn't need a laptop-size makeup case. I like to keep my makeup within reach and I didn't

want to have to open a planner to get to it.

So that was a waste of money for me. But you may love the way the planner organizes your brushes, powders and liquids in perfect spots.

The Trish McEvoy Large Planner, $78 at Nordstrom

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Trish McEvoy Brushes

When I bought them, I thought I had done well because makeup brushes are one of those beauty products that are worth the investment. I have always said quality brushes are products you should spend money on. And spend money on I did. I bought way too many Trish McEvoy brushes. I think I got a foundation brush, 3 eyeshadow brushes of various sizes (2 for the lid, one for a thicker line under the eye), an eyeliner brush and a lip brush.

Years later, I still use all the eyeshadow brushes and the eyeliner brush. I have no idea where the foundation brush went. I never used it or the lip brush.

As for quality, all of the brushes are in good condition except one brush which broke.

Trish McEvoy Set of Brushes, $198 at Lord & Taylor

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Trish McEvoy Eyeshadow & Lip Liner

After I bought her eyeshadow and lip liner I immediately regretted the purchase and I never used them again. Why?

Her eyeshadows are so-so and not nearly as nice as my beloved Dior shadows, and her lip liner hardly shows up under or over the sheer lip colorI bought which seems a bit too sheer for my tastes.

Trish McEvoy Eyeshadow, $18 at Nordstrom

Trish McEvoy Lip Liner, $28 at Neiman Marcus

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Trish McEvoy Beauty Booster Serum

Beauty Booster® Eye Serum.

The other women were all over the Trish McEvoy Beauty Booster Serum, which acts as a primer. I don't remember using it and I have no idea where it is. That's how much it resonated with me. At $128, that was a complete waste of money.

Trish McEvoy Beauty Booster Serum, $128 at Neiman Marcus

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Trish McEvoy Even Skin Foundation

I really liked the Even Skin Foundation when I bought it and I used it until it ran out, but I never replaced it. It provided a good thick coverage and I think I just moved away from heavy foundations.

Trish McEvoy Even Skin Foundation, $60, Nordstrom

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My Final Take on Trish McEvoy Makeup and Skin Products

All in all, I agree with most of the critiques I've read of her products: Some of her products don't live up to the better known Bobbi Brown and Laura Mercier products, but her planner is ingenious and her brushes worth the buy. You'll own them for a lifetime.