For today’s post I thought I would share with you my favourite and most loved make up products of the last year. I know we’re getting well in to 2020, but I love reading these kinds of posts, so I just had to do my own.
Throughout the last year I haven’t really worn make up as much as I normally would. Not being in my own space with all my own things around me due to moving temporarily in with my in laws kind of through me out a bit. Now though, not only am I in my own home, but I have the perfect space for getting ready in the morning.
Despite not using much make up, I still found it pretty easy to pick out my favourites, so without further ado, let’s get in to it!
Revolution Hydrate and Prime Primer (Revolution £6.00) – Revolution is such a great brand and it was only right that they featured in this post. This primer has a really runny consistency, which helps it to sink in to the skin perfectly, making a great base for the rest of my make up.
Avon Ideal Flawless Invisible Coverage Cream-to-Powder foundation (Avon £10.00) – This foundation is what my mum always used to wear, and it was her that got me in to using it. It is a great dupe for the cream to powder foundation from Clinique, but much cheaper, particularly if Avon are having a multi-by offer. It’s quick and easy to use but has the same result as any other foundation, if not better.
Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion (Urban Decay £17.50) – Despite using plenty of other different brands, when it comes to eyeshadow primer, I keep going back to the primer potion from Urban Decay. Not only does it neutralise the colour of my own lids, so can be worn alone if you are going for a minimalist look, but it also keeps eyeshadow in place all day with no creasing.
Soap and Glory Kick Ass Concealer Compact (Soap and Glory £10.00) – I really like the concealers in this compact, but what makes this such a stand out for me is the setting powder. I use it for all my concealers, not just the ones in this compact, and really wish you could buy it separately. It is so finely milled and prevents any creasing. If I use this in the morning I don’t have to redo my concealer all day.
Rimmel London Stay Matte (Boots £3.99) – This is an oldie but a goodie. The Stay Matte powder from Rimmel is one of the first make up products I ever bought, and I have lost count of how many times I have repurchased. I mostly use the transparent shade, but will also reach for Sandstorm, which helps to give me a more vibrant complexion. The powder sets everything in place and prevents me from looking like a hot mess.
Urban Decay Naked Flushed palette in Streak (Debenhams £25.50) – Urban Decay are really popular when it comes to eyeshadow palettes, but their face palettes are also not to be underestimated. The palette is made up of a bronzer, highlight and blusher, with each shade complementing the other. It is perfect for day to day use when you do not want a super glam look.
Benefit Dandelion Boxed Powder (Look Fantastic £14.50 for mini size) – Dandelion is hands down my favourite blusher ever. The subtle pink shade is easy to use, with little risk of overdoing it if you go in with a heavy hand. It adds a natural looking flush to my cheeks which I personally love. I only have this deluxe sample size at the moment since using up my regular size, but I will definitely repurchase.
The Body Shop Honey Bronzer (The Body Shop £14.00) – This powder is another perfect product for day to day use. I have the lightest shade, which is perfect for my pale skin. It’s rare that I can find a bronzer that doesn’t make me look orange or like I have a muddy face, so when I find one I like I will stick with it.
Mac Cream Colour Base in Shell (Mac Cosmetics £19.50)– I never normally get on with cream products so the fact that this one has made it in to my favourites really says something. Aside from being beautiful on the cheeks, it also looks gorgeous on the brow bone and as an inner corner highlight on the eyes. It’s so easy to use, you can build it up as much as you like, so you can use it for normal day to day looks, or when you want to turn it up a notch for a glam look.
Cover Girl Water Resistant Clump Crusher Mascara (eBay £9.89 for two)– Mascara is something I’m really fussy about. I wear glasses more often than contacts, so need something that’s really going to amplify my lashes behind the frames. This mascara does exactly that. I get both added volume and curl, plus the waterproof formula keeps it from smudging down my face. Because, let’s be honest, that is so not a good look!
Elf Jumbo Eyeshadow Stick (eBay £5.49) – The general theme for my 2019 favourites seems to be quick and easy to use, and this jumbo eyeshadow stick from Elf is exactly that. A quick swipe of this and some powder and you’re good to go. The shade is nice and neutral so goes with pretty much everything in my collection.
Wet n Wild Color Icon Eyeshadow Single in Nutty (Look Fantastic £1.99) – I love eyeshadow palettes, I have so many it’s pretty shameful really. Sometimes, though, I just want to reach for something that is nice and simple, but beautiful at the same time. This product is exactly that! I’m so glad we can get Wet n Wild in the UK now, as their eyeshadows have incredible pigment and amazing staying power. I often just wear this alone, but it blends easily with other shadows too when needed.
Collection Glam Crystals Dazzling Gel Liner in Funk (Superdrug £2.99) – Sometimes you just need a bit of glitter in your life! The applicator doesn’t work great for me personally, so I prefer to use a liner brush instead. The glitter is really fine, making it comfortable to wear, it doesn’t feel any different from normal liquid liner. The formula also dries quickly and doesn’t smudge, which made it perfect for my summer holiday in Ibiza, which was when I first started using it.
MaxFactor Khol Pencil in Black (Boots £4.99) – This is another Holy Grail product for me. If I’m going for a very low maintenance look, which I tend to for work, I will pit this on along with some mascara and tinted lip balm. I like to put it along my water and tight line, to really make my eyes pop behind my glasses. The formula doesn’t irritate my eyes and it lasts for hours. There’s no smudging either, or that really grim gloopiness in the corner of your eye!
Seche Vite Top Coat (eBay £2.95) – Although I regularly get gel manicures (my nail tech is amazing!), I have started painting my own nails again in between appointments. This top coat makes my home mani’s super shiny, and keeps then chip free for days. I buy the mini size bottles from eBay as it can go lumpy after a while, and not apply as well. This size is perfect, and not such a splurge either.
MUA Unique Lip Gloss (MUA £4.00) – This lip gloss is one of those formulas that react with your own natural pH level, giving you your own unique shade. I tend to get a couple of shades darker than my natural lips, which works really well with my complexion. It also has a super glossy finish without being sticky, so feels really comfortable to wear. This lives in my hand bag as I think it’s the perfect product for on the go touch ups.
Mac Satin Lipstick in Twig (Mac Cosmetics £17.50) – If I had to pick a favourite brand for lipsticks I would have to say Mac, with no hesitation. My preferred formulas are the Lustre and Satin finishes. Throughout 2019 the shade I reached for most was Twig. It is a gorgeous mauve-pink shade that I feel would suit any skin tone. I know for a fact that I will continue to use this through 2020 as well.
Avon Care Cocoa Butter Lip Butter (Avon £1.20) – I don’t have preference between high end and high street make up, but that doesn’t mean I don’t love me a bargain. This lip butter is just amazing, but cost me less than one pound as it was on offer at the time! The gorgeous buttery texture feels so nourishing on the lips. The feeling lasts a good hour or so after use, this has basically been my absolute life saver during this horrible cold weather.
Real Techniques Multi Tech Collection Point XL Brush (Amazon £13.99)– Real Techniques is the first brand I turned to when I decided I wanted to invest in decent make up brushes. This was one of my more recent purchases (a total bargain from TKMaxx) and really is the most absolutely perfect powder brush I’ve ever used. The bristles are densely packed and of medium length which means it picks up lots of product and is easy to control during application.
So, there you have it, my 19 make up products from 2019! All of these products will no doubt be by my side during 2020. As always, though, I can’t wait to try out some great new offerings too. If you have an annual favourites post please do leave your link below so I can check it out.