As stated in my previous post, I’ve done a lot of reflection on 2017 in the past few weeks. Although the year itself had many, many faults overall, I still managed to discover some pretty great beauty products. So I sat down with a mug of tea, read through all my monthly favorites posts from the past year, and tore through my vanity drawers. What I found: coveted products unearthed from the depths of 2017’s past. And they’re good — like insanely good. Ahead, I whittled my selections down to just my makeup favorites. Just in time for that tax refund (am I right?).
This. Shit. Is. Gold. Pure gold. Actually, I suppose it’s pure Argan oil, but nonetheless, it feels like gold on the skin. I stopped using a makeup primer for the winter time (hello, dry skin), and replaced my traditional primer with a mix of this oil and a few spritz’s of Smasbox Primer Water (a brand new discovery). The oil soaks into the skin instantly and never feels heavy or sticky. In fact, it’s probably the only thing keeping my skin from flaking off right now in the brutal Arctic cold. I also like distributing a pump into the ends of my hair to tame fly-aways. I’ll be buying the full size bottle as soon as I run out. Like I said: freaking gold.
Talk to me long enough, and at some point during our conversation, I will try to convert you to a Nars Soft Matte Complete Concealer fan. I started using this concealer as soon as it launched last spring. Well, it’s officially 2018, and I have yet to put it down. The potted formula covers up anything: from red bumps to acne scars, even dark circles. Plus a little goes a long way, so you can bet I’m still working on the same pot I was months ago. (It makes the $30 price tag a bit more bearable.) The best part: this concealer comes in every skin shade out there. I’m very fair with cool undertones, and I sit comfortably with the shade “Vanilla.”
Far too many times, I’ve caught myself wax poetic about how this amazing lip gloss. Truth is, I don’t see my love affair dying off anytime soon. This lip gloss is the perfect everyday soft pink color — for any one. Any skin tone. Any skin type. The rose-y sheen has gold reflects that makes teeth look whiter and complexion look glowing. It’s also made with shea butter, so it doesn’t leave behind a sticky residue. Glosses just don’t get better. I’ll be over here patiently waiting for Rihanna to make more shades.
Not even five years ago, it was impossible to find a decent highlighter from the drugstore. I tried and failed on multiple accounts. But flash forward to 2017, and every brand under the sun had its own iteration. Some of the best: Wet N Wild’s MegaGlo, NYX’s Bright Idea Illuminating Sticks, and, my personal favorite, Flower Beauty’s Shimmer & Strobe Highlighting palette. IMHO, this palette is better than some of ABH’s and Huda’s palettes. Fifteen bucks get you three shades: a champagne, an icy pink, and a yellow gold. All three are spectacular shades, but I prefer to mix the champagne and pink for everyday wear. Just the lightest dusting leaves behind an almost wet appearance. And, unlike so many highlighters I’ve tested, this one stays all day long. Talk about a bargain!
2017 was the year when I discovered that loose powders ≠ dry skin. Actually, I’ve found that loose powders — in contrast with pressed powders — allow me more precise application and less creasing. Thus began my relationship with Laura Mercier Translucent Setting Powder. It’s a cult favorite, so I knew I would love it from the beginning. But, there’s something special about this powder that makes me want to use it forever: perhaps the fact that it glides over skin (even dry patches) as if nothing is there or the way that it is forgiving when I make novice makeup mistakes. Whatever the reason, I’m not putting it down anytime soon.
This Dolly Wink Eyeliner might be my favorite discovery from the entire year, not because it’s a good liner (don’t get me wrong, it is), but because I found it in the most unexpected place. When I was on vacation last May, I picked this eyeliner up from one of the shops in Disney World’s Epcot Japan. I had previously heard a YouTuber chatting about the brand, so I instantly recognized it. After months of using it, this eyeliner became a favorite. So much so that I just ordered another one when I was planning content for this post. Plus, you don’t have to go all the way to Japan (or Epcot Japan) to get it. You can buy the brand for cheapie cheap on Amazon Prime. Two day delivery come through!
I tested out a lot of beauty tools this year. When I was testing products for Refinery29’s 2017 Beauty Innovator Awards, I tried everything from Clarisonic foundation brush heads to light up Tweezers. But the best makeup tool I found all year wasn’t even one of the most bazaar. A couple of months ago, I was sent some of Jane Iredale’s newest cruelty-free brushes, and one of them was this Kabuki Brush. Hands down, this is the best powder brush I’ve ever used. It applies loose powder like a freaking dream. The bristles are neither too dense nor too sparse, and they have the quality of a brush three times the price.
Was 2017 a great year for you too? Is there anything I missed out on trying? Let me know some of your favorite product discoveries in the comments below!