Favorite products of 2017: Makeup
As part of my New Year's resolutions, I've resolved to post more on this blog. I'm going to start this by committing to four posts a month. Whether that shakes out as once a week (the ultimate goal) or four posts at the very beginning or end of each month is anyone's guess at the moment, but I figure that flexibility will give me room to write a variety of content to keep the momentum going!
What better way to kick off a New Year on a beauty blog than with my favorite makeup products of 2017! Some of these were new launches and some of these were old favorites, but I decided to go through every category from primer to mascara to highlight the products I reached for more than any others. So here we go!
Primer: YSL Touche Eclat Blur Primer. Price: $52. I'll be honest. I didn't really have a ride-or-die primer in 2017, probably because I'm looking for something that doesn't exist: A moisturizing, glowy primer that also fills in my pores and fine lines and makes my makeup look perfect all day. Most primers are either smoothing and mattifying OR hydrating and glowy. But this primer by YSL comes as close as it gets, in my opinion, at hitting off on everything I'm looking for. It smoothes my pores and while doesn't seem to add any moisture to my skin, isn't drying or mattifying either. My makeup still looks fresh hours later when I use this.
Foundation: Lancome Teint Idole Ultra 24H Makeup. Price: $47. Confessions: I am a foundation addict. I don't know why I am so tempted to try each and every new, hot foundation that comes out (and BOY, there were a lot this year,) because if I'm being honest with myself, I've already found my holy grail, and this is it. Perfect amount of buildable medium to full coverage, satin finish, SPF, great color match to my pale AF skin tone, wears beautifully. Sure, sometimes I want to wear something with lighter or fuller coverage, but in terms of what I reach for every day, it's this guy. Obsessed.
Concealer: Tarte Double Duty Beauty Shape Tape Contour Concealer. Price: $27. I feel like I'm preaching to the choir here, but if you haven't tried Tarte Shape Tape, what are you even doing with your life? This concealer has beautiful coverage, a perfect applicator, creamy consistency that doesn't crease, and blends like a dream. My only gripe is that it doesn't come in white because let's be real, when it's the middle of winter, even the Fair shade doesn't brighten my under eyes as much as I'd like. But other than that, perfection.
Setting Powder: Laura Mercier Translucent Setting Powder. Price: $38. Another oldie but a goodie, this extremely finely milled powder is fantastic for setting everything from your under-eyes to your whole face as well as baking. There's no flashback and it makes your makeup look smooth and flawless, never caky.
Cream Contour: Anastasia Beverly Hills Contour Cream Kit. Price: $40. Until 2017, I never, ever used cream contour. I always found them too muddy or, worse, completely the wrong shade for my complexion. Then I found the ABH Cream Contour kit in fair. Finally, an easily blendable cream contour (that even I couldn't screw up) that comes in the perfect cool tones to sculpt my face rather than making me look like a strangely contoured oompa loompa. I love this formula and it is seriously so easy to use, even if you're not a contouring pro (which I certainly don't claim to be myself!)
Powder Contour: Kevyn Aucoin The Sculpting Contour Powder. Price: $44. When Kevyn Aucoin finally released his famed sculpting powder in a lighter shade, I was so hyped and for good reason: It's perfection. I have yet to find another contour powder that blends so seamlessly in just the right shade to add dimension to the face for us pale gals. But my favorite thing to use it for, especially as I've started using cream contour more for my cheek bones and face, is nose contouring. Every time my nose looks snatched, it's 100% because of this powder.
Blush: Tarte Blush Bazaar Amazonian Clay Blush Palette. Price: $44. Listen, if you don't have this, go to Tarte.com NOW to grab it before it sells out because it was a limited edition for the holidays. (Plus, it's currently half off on their website!) I picked this up in November and have not looked back since. Tarte has some of the most beautiful blushes: pigmented, blendable, and never too powdery, and the shade options in the palette are just divine.
Highlighter: Ofra Cosmetics x NikkieTutorials Everglow. Price: $29. If I had to choose a favorite make-up product, it would probably be highlighter. Especially for someone who has dry skin, highlighter makes my skin look dewy and healthy and I cannot get enough. This collab with NikkieTutorials and Ofra is simply the best highlighter I've ever used: It comes in three shades (silver, champagne, and copper) that can be used as highlighter or eyeshadow, is creamy, not chunky, and, most importantly, is BLINDING. I am SO glad Ofra made this part of their permanent collection because I've hit pan and need more, stat.
Eye Primer: MAC Pro Longwear Paint Pot. Price: $22. I used to use products actually called "Eye Shadow Primers," until, thanks to NikkieTutorials, I discovered this stuff. This is essentially just cream eyeshadow that comes in a variety of skin tones. Painterly is a pale pinkish nude shade that not only primes my lids to make sure that my eye shadow does not budge or crease ALL DAY LONG, but also helps conceal my lids so that even on "no make-up make-up days," my lids don't look bluish, which they tend to naturally.
Eyeshadow Palette: The Morphe x Jaclyn Hill Eyeshadow Palette. Price: $38. This was probably my hardest category to pick a favorite in, because there were so many amazing eye launches this year, such as the Pat McGrath Mothership III Palettes, Tarte Tartelette Toasted Palette, Urban Decay Naked Heat Palette, and, the one I probably reached the most for after the Jaclyn Hill Palette, the Too Faced Natural Love Palette. But ultimately if there was one palette I found myself using more than any other this year, it was this one. The shadows are so pigmented and blendable, and shockingly, really beautiful quality especially for such a reasonably priced palette. There is a fantastic color selection including neutrals, shimmers, glitters, mattes, and brights - you can create so. many. looks with this baby. This would truly be a perfect palette except for two small things: 1) there is not a pale matte shade to set your lids with - the two palest nude shades are both shimmers. And 2) there are not enough cool shades. In a year where everyone and their mother were coming out with warm palettes, it would have been nice if there were just a few more options for a cooler look, especially when it came to the transition shades. But other than that, this palette is fantastic and you should get it if you haven't already.
Eye Liner: Tom Ford Eye Defining Pen. Price: $57. This is literally the only eyeliner I have used all year, or really, for 18 months, thanks to seeing Tati do a WTF review of this in 2016. Sure, it costs $57, which is arguably insane for an eyeliner, but I have never had an easier time lining my eyes whether I'm going for a very fine, close to the lashes line or a bold wing. This can do it all and seriously, as someone whose weakness is eyeliner, I look like a damn eyeliner PROFESSIONAL whenever I use this. It also does not dry out and lasts forever. I've been using this for a year and a half and am only on my third one - it seriously lasts that long and I use it almost every day. Do it.
Mascara: IT Cosmetics Superhero Elastic Stretch Volumizing Mascara. Price: $24. I love this stuff. I got it in a L'Oreal goodie bag at the company's year-end meeting last year and have not turned back. As someone who is always looking for longer lashes (I mean, who isn't?) and has tried everything from lash extensions (too high maintenance and costly) to fake lashes (cannot apply them to save my life,) this mascara is the closest thing I've gotten to perfect lashes. It is buildable, lengthens and separates like a dream as well as holds a curl. But the best thing about this mascara is that it also conditions your lashes with ingredients like collagen, keratin, and biotin, and I SWEAR TO GOD my lashes have gotten naturally longer from using this stuff.
Brow Product: Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Powder Duo. Price: $23. I tried everything from pomades to pencils to gels to achieve "Instagram brows" this year, but it wasn't until I found this product that I finally liked the way my brows looked. This powder a) matches my hair color fantastically and comes in a bunch of shades and b) Is totally buildable and incredibly easy to work with, and doesn't flake. I've found that by using this with a tiny angled brow brush, I can fill in my brows and give them the right amount of structure and oomph without making them look like Jack Nicholson and I did a Faceswap.
Lipstick: Pat Mcgrath Labs Lust MatteTrance. Price: $38. As Sophia Panych wrote in Allure, "there are now two kinds of lipstick: Lipsticks made by Pat McGrath, and lipsticks made by everyone else." The formula is UNREAL. The lipsticks are so pigmented (SO PIGMENTED!), are incredibly comfortable and basically feel like you're wearing nothing, and last FOREVER. Like, words do not describe how beautiful these are. You just have to try them for yourself, which you CAN because this year Pat McGrath finally launched a permanent collection which can be found on her website or at Sephora. (God answers prayer, y'all!) My favorite shades: Omi, a rosy nude, and Elson, truly the perfect blue-red. I swear, if these weren't nearly $40 each (waaahh,) I'd buy them all.
Well, that's all my favorite make-up products of 2017! I'll be following this up with a top skincare products of 2017 as well, so stay tuned for that! What were your favorite make-up products of 2017? Have something you think I should try? Let me know in the comments!