Favourite Makeup Products of 2018

As promised, here is a feature about my favourite makeup  of 2018. It was supposed to be makeup and beauty but I am already almost on 1200 words so had to divide the feature into 2 parts. I’ve chosen the products that I love and used the most hence some of them may look a bit grubby but it does show that they are true favourites.

And by the way, you can also check out my favourite products of 2017,  2016 and 2015

Base

Rouge Bunny Rouge SERENE LIGHT Skin Perfector  (here). This is a slightly tinted primer which leaves your skin glowing and luminous. For my very dry skin it is perfect. It is a primer so barely gives any coverage but is great for adding radiance and creating that “healthy” polished look. I have used it on my wedding day, and used it up completely. Absolutely incredible! Gets big thumbs up from me.

 Chanel Les Beiges All-in-One Healthy Glow Fluid SPF15 ( £34 from Harrods and from Nordstrom).

The “foundation” I loved the most this year. A very light and moisturising one, feels light on the skin, and gives a light (to medium) coverage. According to Chanel, it contains  a hyaluronic acid derivative and  a complex of cotton flower and white rose plant cells.  It has a relatively strong scent but I personally like it. Another thing I love about it is a chic and minimalistic tube. And SPF 15, of course.

IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Under Eye Eye Lift In a Tube. Dual Ended  Full Coverage Anti-Aging Concealer and  Brightener (in Light). I am not sure if the name of this product could be even longer. (From Selfridges and Sephora)

Long time readers will know how  I like only very light textures under my eyes hence I am such a fan of Touche Eclat (I’ve used many many tubes) and this Rouge Bunny Rouge gem. The same goes with this product, I did not use the concealer side at all. However, the Illuminator is incredible, I have almost used it up. It does not enhance the fine lines,  while reflecting the light which brightens the under eye area. Just don’t expect it to cover the dark circles completely, it is not the task of this product. I wonder if this Illuminator is available individually. It seems like there is one with the same name ( It Cosmetics Bye Bye Under Eye Illumination Light).

4 theBalm Balm Desert (review).

I feel like the next two products do not need an introduction, as I’ve been  talking about them non stop.  I am determined to use this bronzer/blush until I am completely  done with it. It sculpts and gives colour at the same time.  You get definition and a healthy glow with Balm Desert. I also love the finish, it is not matte but not shimmery.  Everything about it is great, including the cute cardboard packaging.

5 Daniel Sandler Watercolour in Golden Glow (review). 

It’s like a healthy post-holiday glow in a bottle.  A shimmery bronze which blends out effortlessly, and gives you that golden goddess look. I’ve used up half of the bottle, and will continue using it! Besides, it can be applied on the eye lids and lips, as well.

Eyes

Benefit Precisely, My  Brow Pencil in 04 (Cult Beauty, Sephora and Amazon).

I’ve almost used up this eye brow pencil, there is barely anything left. While I usually prefer chic and classic designs, the quirky Benefit’s pencil is pretty cool.  I love the fact that there is a spoolie on one end and a twist-up very thin  pencil on the other. It allows a precise definition, the formula is great, long-lasting and easy to work with.

Clarins Graphik Ink Eyeliner (review and swatches) and  BY TERRY Ligne Blackstar in So Black (Cult Beauty, Net a Porter, Nordstrom and Space NK)

Two eye liners? Yes, I know. But I really loved them both. I am extremely picky when it comes to the eye liners, as it is a product that I use on a daily basis so it has to tick all the boxes, and these two do! Ultra black, smooth, long-lasting, great tip, you name it. If I had to choose one – it’d be byTerry but Clarins is  more easily available Worldwide and is slightly cheaper.

Smith and Cult Lash Dance Mascara (review)

While the nail varnishes from the brand are cult, I barely ever see anyone talk about their makeup, and it’s a shame. The mascara, for example, is phenomenal, the best one I’ve tried in a while. It gives incredible dramatic show stopping effect. And that is exactly what I want from my mascara, I do not like “natural” barely-there lashes.

theBalm Batter Up Long Wearing Eye Shadow Stick in Moonshot  (from  ASOSFeel Unique and Sephora.)

I did not include any palettes because while there a few which I loved and used, it changed all the time so I’ve decide to write about my favourite theBalm stick eye shadow. I have to admit that 2018 was a year of stick eye shadows in general (feature coming your way). As for the Batter Up Long wearing Eye Shadow stick it is a creamy and long-lasting formula which just glides on, blends out easily and stays on for hours. I really like the MoonShot shade, the perfect pale pink  for an every day look. I also used id in the inner corners on the eyes most of the days.

Lips

YVES SAINT LAURENT Rouge Volupté Shine Oil-In-Stick Lipstick in 44 Nude Lavalliere  (from Sephora NordstromSelfridges).

I am actually shocked to be including this product in my favourites. While I am a huge fan of YSL lipsticks, it is the shade that I am very surprised about. I do not wear nude lipsticks, and  would have never gotten a shade described as “pinkish brown “.This was a present from one of my girlfriends and I’ve tried it just for the formula, and got hooked. This product is like all-in-one: balm, gloss and lipstick. It feels so comfortable on the lips, gives a beautiful luminous finish and adds gorgeous colour! Honestly, one of the best lip products out there. As for the shade, it is not one of those dreadful flat beiges.  I promise to post swatches soon. I would love a cool toned light pink in this formula now (Maybe 8 Pink Blouson – dusty pale pink?).

Rouge Bunny Rouge Glassy Gloss Sweet Excess (review and swatches)

No surprise here, these are probably the best lips glosses out there: glossy, juicy, moisturising, glass-like effect. Non-sticky and smell nice. I love everything about them, my two favourite shades are: RAHAT LOKUM (pale milky pink with medium-heavy mother of pearl effect micro-shimmer) and RASPBERRY MERINGUE  (pale pink with very soft mother of pearl micro-shimmer – this shade doesn’t yield a strong colour, but it makes lips naturally pretty). I won’t go on and on about the Glassy Glosses, yet again,as you can read the full review.

And which products did you enjoy using the most on 2018?  Maybe you love some of the products I do, as well?

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