I know, I know… I’ve jumped on the band-wagon (one week later than every other blogger), but I’m hoping you are all still interested in hearing my favourite makeup products from 2017!
If I’ve missed anything you think I should try, please let me know…
Favourite primer: No explanation needed, this just has to be the Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer… nothing compares.
Favourite concealer: As per 2016, this would have to be Tarte Shape Tape. I have heard some very exciting things about the new Makeup Revolution Concealer being a dupe though, so things could turn around in 2018!
Favourite foundation: For me, the Kat Von D Lock It Foundation works a treat. I’ve tried soooo many foundations over the years and this is one of the only ones that has been able to hide my pigmentation THOROUGHLY, while leaving a nice finish. It takes a little buffing into the skin, but once you’re there… there is no going back.
Favourite setting powder: While it doesn’t create the most dramatic ‘carved contour’ effect against my super pale complexion, I have not put the Laura Mercier Translucent Setting Powder down since purchasing it. It blends into the skin flawlessly without leaving any cakiness, brightens the under-eyes through baking and reduces the amount of creases in the usual problem areas (for me, my smile lines).
Favourite bronzer: This one’s close… it’s a tie between the Balm’s Bahama Mama Bronzer (a gorgeous ashy tone which flawlessly applies to the face) and the bagsy beauty Ray of Sunshine Bronzer in Light (the perfect matte warm tone for my pale complexion).
Favourite blusher: I don’t tend to wear blushers, but if I do decide to, I always reach for the Tarte Amazonian 12-hour Blush in ‘Celebrated’.
Favourite eyeshadow palette: It’s hard to choose one, but due to the amount of colourful makeup looks I created last year, I think I would have to choose the Urban Decay Full Spectrum Palette. It’s the perfect all-in-one for rainbow looks!
Favourite eyeliner: I don’t see this one changing anytime soon… for me, it’s always going to be the Kat Von D Tattoo Liner. The applicator is SO precise and the product so pigmented, it doesn’t dry out and well… it’s just a good all-rounder.
Favourite mascara: I’ve tried 101 mascaras and for me, I still feel like I haven’t found ‘the one’. It might be down to my stumpy lashes, but I’m sure I must be able to get volume SOMEHOW! For now, my go-to daily choice is the Urban Decay Troublemaker Mascara.
Favourite brow product: I discovered two brand-new brow products in 2017 which I use on a daily basis – the Balm’s Brow Pow Eyebrow Powder to fill the natural brow and the NYX Cosmetics Eyebrow Gel in blonde to add definition to sparse patches within the brow.
Favourite colour corrector: This hands-down has to be the super-affordable L.A. Girl Pro Conceal High Definition Green Concealer. It was a fairly late discovery in the year after reading hundreds of recommendations, but it was totally worth it. It dramatically reduces the visibility of my acne scarring and any new blemishes before applying my foundation and concealer.
Favourite lipstick: I’m forever going to love my Lime Crime matte lipsticks, but as for new discoveries in 2017, I really fell for the Clinique Matte Lip Colour + Primer, specifically the shade Ruby Pop… it’s my PERFECT red and it’s extremely long-lasting for a bullet lipstick formulation. I’ll be reviewing it properly soon, so hold tight!
Favourite lip gloss: A category I thought I would never cover, but in 2017 I found ‘the one’. The NYX Cosmetics Butter Gloss in the shade Cookie Butter is a gorgeous nude-brown. It doesn’t leave the lips super sticky and tops any nude tone lipstick to create a flawless finish!
Favourite setting spray: Few setting sprays compare to Urban Decay All Nighter. It really gets the job done!
Favourite highlighter: I really thought this would be the Kat Von D Alchemist Highlighter when spending a fortune on it roughly half a year ago, but this title has to go to the much more humble Sleek Solstice palette – my everyday, ride-or-die highlight. I’m still to ‘hit pan’ and I’ve been delving into it continuously!
Favourite false lashes: A very late discovery and purchased during the Black Friday Sale at Beauty Bay… the Morphe Luxurious Lashes. I think Morphe very recently launched the lash collection, but BOY have they nailed the £10 price-point lashes!
Favourite makeup brush: There are so many to choose from and I’ve just ordered a BEAUT foundation brush, but I think I have to give this one to the Mac 211. It’s super fluffy so blends out colour easily, but the hairs are dense enough to ‘pack’ colour… genius!
Favourite glitter: This is a tough one, as I have three different FAVOURITE glitter mediums. I love the Dust and Dance Chunky Glitter for adding drama to looks, the Urban Decay Heavy Metals Liners for precise fine glitter application and the Bleach London Glitterati (pressed pigment), because well… it’s so easy to apply. Yes I know, I kind of cheated on this one.
If you’d like a breakdown of my favourite skincare products, for different skin types (I have SO many), please just let me know in the comment space below!