Best in Beauty 2018: makeup (cheeks, lips and eyes)

Hello and welcome to my final Best in Beauty post for 2018!

I've divided my makeup favourites again this year because otherwise the post would be too long. If you're interested, I did my complexion favourites earlier today: see here. That one's more about base products while this one's more about 'decoration'.

If you're interested in seeing last year's complexion favourites, they're here. And my 2017 cheeks, lips and eyes favourites are here if you'd like to see those.

Note that some of these favourites you'll have seen before, but others are new.

Let's have a look.

Best Bronzer: Marc Jacobs O!Mega Bronzer Coconut Perfect Tan in Tan-Tastic 

Full review here. This is a fantastic bronzer and I really love it. It's finely milled and silky smooth, although in texture it's a little hard and a touch dry, and I need to swirl my brush around quite a bit in order to pick up enough product.

What I love about this bronzer is that it applies and blends so effortlessly on the skin, even if my tinted moisturiser is still a little tacky underneath. I love the neutral colour and it suits my light-medium to medium, yellow-based skin very well. 

Plus it merges with the skin and doesn't look like powder so it's completely natural. It also has an airbrushing effect, and while it doesn't airbrush as well as my Hourglass powders do, it's still up there. I also like that it's not a flat matte so it has some life to it, and this helps it to look less like powder and more like skin. Love.

Best Blush: Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush

I've included these in yearly favourites before, although last year Marc Jacobs' Airblushes won. But considering that I've panned five of these Hourglass offerings during 2018 (they were smaller and from palettes), I wanted to include them again. They're that good, and I never tired of panning them. I've reviewed one here.

They're like nothing else on the market. They really do diffuse light and make you look lit from within, and they conceal my open pores like nothing else I've tried. Plus they're finely milled and apply like a dream, and they're light as air and last well on the skin. 

Beyond amazing. I don't think I'll ever get over these.

Best Highlighter: Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector in Prismatic Amethyst

This product won in this category last year, and nothing's beaten it so I'm including it again. I'd heard that the formula of Prismatic Amethyst was different from the original Becca highlighters and that it was more subtle and did better with texture, and I soon discovered how true that was.

I'm completely in love with it and it now rivals my HG Hourglass highlighter in Brilliant Strobe Light: when I'm going out, it's always one of those two that I'm wearing. I've reviewed Amethyst here.

Amethyst is an interesting, cool-toned pink/lavender colour and it's a lot more flattering than I expected, plus it doesn't emphasise texture and it also looks beautiful on the eyes. Can't get enough.

Best Face Palette: Hourglass Ambient Lighting Edit, Unlocked

Full review here. I haven't included this category in previous years, but I wanted to this time because this is such a great edit and I absolutely love mine. It's just a gorgeous palette, and all the colours work for my skintone so it's a win win situation.

Plus the powders are up to Hourglass' usual standards so they blend beautifully, look angelic on the face and also airbrush the skin so they make me look younger. Sure these edits are expensive, but I personally feel they're worth the money and I don't regret buying the three I own. This Unlocked version may just be my favourite to date. Love.

Best Eyeshadow Palette: Marc Jacobs Beauty Eye-conic Multi-finish Eyeshadow Palette 

I own five of these and they're an absolute pleasure to use. I never tire of them, and the ones I own are more neutral and everyday appropriate in practice than you might think. I've reviewed one here.

I love that they  blend beautifully and last well on the skin; I love the packaging; and I love the colour stories. All the ones I own are gorgeous and the only one that doesn't work as well for me is Frivoluxe, but even then it's better quality than other palettes I own.

If you haven't swatched these in-store, I urge you to have a play. Yes they're Marc Jacobs so they're not cheap, but if you find one you love, you can always wait for one of Sephora's 20% off sales and go for gold.

Best Brow Product: Kevyn Aucoin Precision Brow Pencil in Brunette

Full review here. As you may know, I don't normally buy fancy brow pencils - but I'd heard this one raved about so much that I had to try it. Thankfully I reckon it's great, and while I don't think you need to buy expensive brow products because you can find decent cheap ones, it's nice to try a special one from time to time.

What I love about this is that the pencil is incredibly thin so it gives you great control and allows you to get in there between the brow hairs, fill in the gaps and create very thin and natural strokes. It mightn't suit those who prefer a stronger brow, but it works perfectly if like me you prefer a more natural one. I like the spoolie it comes with too.

Best Mascara: Sephora Collection Outrageous Curl, Dramatic Volume & Curve Mascara

This is an excellent mascara and I'm so glad I found it. It's everything I want in a mascara and I'm thrilled about that because I have huge issues with mascaras, so it's great to discover one that works so well for me. Full review here.

It gives me good length and nice volume with just one coat, plus it doesn't clump easily (unless you start layering too much on), so I can get a good natural look from this but can also layer it for something more dramatic.

I barely ever get mascara goo where I don't want it when I use this, because the brush is designed so well: indeed, it's the smallest brush I've ever seen. It's thin and short so it's easy to get near the base of the lashes (and the inner lashes), plus it's flexible so it moves a little with your lashes and I find that makes it easier to use. Love.

Best Lipstick: Hourglass Confession Ultra Slim Refillable Lipstick 

You might be sick of hearing about these because I'm yet to find someone who doesn't love the formula, but I had to mention it here: it's the only high-end lipstick I've ever used that I personally feel is worth the price-tag. I've reviewed one here.

Why? I'm not going to lie: the packaging. Yes the formula is fantastic because it applies beautifully and a little goes a long way, plus it lasts well so you don't need to keep reapplying it, but I've found budget lipsticks that work well too so I personally don't feel you need to buy one of these for the formula alone.

But the packaging? I feel so damn special whenever I use this that the purchase was worth the money just for that. The bullet looks like a cross between an elegant, feline cigar and some kind of weapon, and it has some weight to it so it feels well-made. So gorgeous.

NYX Butter Glosses 

Full review here. These are my favourite glosses (whether budget or high-end) and I can't get enough of them. 

I've tried five shades so far and I have another two that are waiting to be opened as soon as I've finished a few more lip products, and I already know that I'll always have one of these in my handbag because I can rely on them for moisture so they're great to pair with other lip products or just wear alone.

Plus they plump up the lips and smooth out texture, so they make my lips look younger. On top of that, they come in a range of shades so there's sure to be something for everyone. Yay.

In sum

I'm super pleased that I've managed to finish all my Best in Beauty posts before the end of the year - I wasn't sure I would manage that with all the festive madness going on, but I've done it so huzzah.

I hope you found something interesting to try in the above post, and do let me know what your makeup favourites are for the year: I'd love to hear.

Hope all's well with you, and speak soon x

You may also like

No comments:

littlewhitetruths. Powered by Blogger.