In lieu of November and December favorites posts, I compiled these fourteen products – my ultimate favorite beauty products of the year. These are the things I either can’t live without, or just kept coming back to all year long.
Despite having tried about 20 different foundations this year, only one made this list, and it was NARS Sheer Glow in Light 6 Ceylan. It gives the perfect medium-natural finish every time, no matter how you apply it. My under eye circles are too pronounced to be covered with just foundation though, so I’ve been relying heavily on my Bobbi Brown Corrector in Light Peach, and my NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer in Vanilla. These two are my dream team, and I literally don’t leave the house without applying at least these.
I’ve been topping off the base most often with either the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush in Diffused Heat or my Tarte Amazonian Clay Blush in Exposed. The Hourglass blush is a highlighter and blush built into one lovely product; it looks fresh all day, and it somehow is appropriate in all seasons. The nude blush trend has been a powerful one this year, and I haven’t stopped using Exposed since I picked it up – it is the best partner for a bold lip.
Speaking of bold lip, my Tom Ford lipstick in Slander (LE, but re-promoted for the Lips and Boys collection in the shade Alejandro) has been my favorite red lipstick this year. It has a satin-y finish, and it is super comfortable to wear. I’ve also been loving my NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Dolce Vita as a my-lips-but-better color, as you can tell by the super worn-in pencil ha. It finishes off a makeup look like nothing else. If I opt for a gloss, it has been the blogger-favorite Clarins Instant Light Natural Lip Perfector in Rosewood Shimmer, which is the non-stickiest, most lovely gloss I’ve ever tried.
If you’ve been reading this blog for any amount of time, you know that I have a soft spot for eye products, so it was tough for me to decide which were my absolute favorites! The MAC Pro Longwear Paint Pot in Soft Ochre made the list for its fantastic ability to nullify any existing pigment on my eyelids before I apply shadow. Sometimes I even just apply that, and then a little bit of the Pixi Endless Silky Eye Pen in Emerald Gold for a subtle dose of color. Seriously guys, if you haven’t tried this smudgy, smooth, wonderful pencil, you should, and the green is gorgeous. If I want a quick semi-smokey eye on a rushed morning, I’ve turned to Maybelline Color Tattoo Cream Shadow in Nude Compliment (LE, but Bad to the Bronze is just a good). Application is literally 20 seconds, which is amazing.
By way of powder products, the Urban Decay Naked2 Basics and the NARS NARSissist Palette (review here – LE, but still available at Sephora) both made the list for their versatility and overall quality. From barely there to super smoked, and from totally matte to beautifully shimmery, these two palettes have it covered. And the MAC 217 Blending Brush is the tool to achieve any look – I cannot believe it took me until this year to purchase this brush. If I’m being honest, that brush is probably my single favorite beauty product of the year.
So there you have it! What have you been loving this year?