I really love reading (or watching) about people’s top favourite beauty products, as this is a great way to discover new gems. I have posted 15 favourite makeup products of 2015 so now it is time to post about my most loved makeup products in 2016.
Unfortunately, four products (Dior lipstick , Illamasqua nail varnish, Clarins bronzer and eye shadows) that I absolutely adored and used non-stop this year are no longer available so I will have to mention only those items that you can still get.
Rouge Bunny Rouge Serene Light Skin Perfector
This was pretty much the only base product I have been using ever since I received it several months ago. I still haven’t written a proper feature as I really wanted to give it a good test before that. The product definitely stands up to the “Skin Perfector” name, as it makes the complexion glow without looking too shiny or oily. I also rarely use anything on top since it is a bit tinted. Not that I have a perfect skin but this is enough for me, I only use concealer where needed.
Clarins HydraQuench Tinted Moisturizer (review and swatches)
This product does not need an introduction. I’ve completely used it up, hence I had to use a different Clarins product for the reference purpose. It is like a dry skin’s best friend, this tinted moisturizer never makes your skin look flaky and never accentuates the dry patches. Instead, the skin looks somehow “healthy” and radiant. Love!
Rouge Bunny Rouge Glide Concealer NAKED DISGUISE (review and swatches)
Regular readers will probably know that I barely ever use concealer because I don’t really mind a bit of dark-ish circles, as horrible as it sounds. But I personally hate the perfectly concealed under-eye area on myself. I also almost never get spots, so no need for the concealer in any other places. However, I do really like this product, as it makes the under eye area look better but without making you look like a mannequin.
Inglot Sculpting HD Powder in 504 (review)
As you can see from the photo above, this product is very well loved. Perfect shade for light cool-toned complexions, and the formula is incredibly soft and easy to blend, too.
Daniel Sandler Rose Glow and Golden Glow Watercolour Blushes (review and swatches).
I have spoken about my love for the Daniel Sandler blushers numerous times but, I think, this year he really killed it. The two newest shades are to die for, and although I haven’t been wearing blush that much in 2016, I’ve been reaching for these most of the times I have. Watercolours give you the “blushing from within” kind of effect, a must try. If you are a bit scared of the liquid, which you shouldn’t be, Daniel also has cream blushes now.
My ultimate lip product of 2016 was the Dior lipstick which is no longer available so I was looking through some of my monthly favourites and at my lipsticks, and was surprised when I understood that my lip favourites of this year are from high street. I adore my luxury lipsticks, but it seems like high-street brands are really in the game now.
L’Oreal Glam Shine in Dazzle 201 Sparkle Shower (review and swatches)
I was sad when my favourite lip gloss (from Guerlain) was discontinued so when I was looking for a dupe pretty much everywhere, I have discovered this one. Not only it smells amazing (although a lot of people do not like this participial scent) but feels great on the lips and looks so pretty! I have almost used it up.
NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream in Transylvania (review and swatches)
The colour and the name made me do it! While it may be a bit tricky to apply this particular shade evenly, for me it is worth it. Also, it feels light on the lips, unlike most liquid lipsticks.
Rimmel Exaggerate Full Colour Lip Liner in Eastend Snob (review and swatches).
I have to admit, that I did get this lip liner because of the hype, although I rarely do so. And it is very good, I have several shades now but this one is my favourite one. The lip liner is soft and smooth so you can cheat the shape you want to achieve, just don’t overdraw your lips too much.
When I am wearing a nail polish, most likely it is red, black or burgundy/dark purple. And while the black one I love the most is not longer available, and I don’t have a favourite oxblood ( I use whichever I fancy then), I did have a favourite red this year. And I am actually going to get a third bottle of it which says a lot. Max Factor Glossfinity Nail Polish in 85 Cerise (review and swatches) was a spontaneous purchase, and I am so happy I’ve got it. It it an incredible bright warm-toned red which is opaque with one coat, it looks glossy and shiny on the nails. Plus, you can’t really go wrong with that price.
YSL Faux Cils Mascara (review)
This mascara is a favourite of so many people, and rightly so. It gives you phenomenal lashes: ultra black, thick and long. False Lash effect is a brilliant name for it. Shown is Touch Eclat, as I couldn’t find the mascara to take a photo.
Clarins 4-Colour Eyeshadow Palette in 04 Oud (review and swatches)
I am still loving the two eye shadows I have mentioned in my 2015 makeup favourites but from all the new powder eye shadow launches Clarins Oud palette has been my favourite. The creamy texture and the gorgeous colours really make my heart beat faster. There are 3 more variants in this line but Oud is definitely the coolest one.
Chanel Illusion D’Ombre in Rouge Noir (as seen here)
Since my favourite cream eye shadows are no longer available (but if they do come out again – GET THEM), I’ve decided to include this one from Chanel. For some reason it took me ages to track down this shade, as it was sold out almost everywhere… To be honest, it does not stay on me that well, although eye shadows do not crease on me usually, however I am loving it for the colour which is why I did get it, after all. I also have to mention this RBR cream eye shadow, as it is a sparkly miracle, no less.
Rouge Bunny Rouge Long-lasting Brow Liner ALCHEMY in Antimony (review and swatches)
I have so many eye brow products but this is pretty much the only one I have been using ever since I’ve got it back in the summer. In fact, it is almost finished. The colour is spot on, it is a cool-toned medium brown and the very fine tip allows a very precise application.
I’ve used a liquid black eye liner with a felt tip pretty much every day in 2016 but I don’t have an absolute favourite, however I did like Revlon Colorstay.
Now I only need to write part two about the beauty products.