I always love reading other people’s annual round ups because it gives me a great idea of what products, especially those with a lot of hype actually turn out to be worth it, because most of us beauty bloggers have a lot of product and what you might see mentioned once as a favorite might not ever actually appear again.
Some of these products might not have been in my rotation for the entire twelve months but they’ve certainly become very regularly used products since I’ve purchased them. I’ve tried to make sure that I’ve included almost every category of makeup products, but there’s some that I don’t use regularly, such as eyeliner, so I’ve skipped these.
Anyway, let’s get on with the show!
Face Primer – Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer
I’m slightly skeptical about primer, because of my oily skin, nothing really sticks around long term unless it’s a heavy duty product but I do believe that I see a difference with the Hourglass primer. I use a very thin layer down my t-zone and cheeks where my pores are their largest and I find that pretty much every foundation I own or have tried with this primer plays nicely. I like that this primer has SPF protection but I don’t rely on it on it’s own.
The price point kills me but as I only need one pump a day, I generally get a fair amount of time out of the full size before I have to re-buy.
$79 at Mecca
Foundation – Estée Lauder Double Wear Light Stay-In-Place Makeup
I picked this one up after watching Sharon Farrell’s review vs the original Double Wear foundation as I had been looking for a light to medium coverage foundation which wouldn’t melt off my face as soon as I stepped out of the house.
As long as I set this one with a light layer of powder, I can usually get through a good half of my day without needing to blot and touch up and it plays well with cream and powder products in general. The let down with this foundation is the lack of shades, considering the original Double Wear comes in a wide range of shades, the six shade selection in this range really grinds my gears.
$54 at Sephora
Concealer – Bareminerals bareSkin Complete Coverage Serum Concealer in Light
I still can’t remember why I picked this up but I’m glad I did! This has been the one concealer I’ve used with regular consistency all the way through 2017. It is a serum consistency which means it’s not too thick for my under eye bags and doesn’t tend to crease like a lot of thicker, heavy coverage concealers do. It gives the perfect under eye highlight and I love it. What I don’t love though, is the packaging. I would love to repurchase this but I’ll be testing dupes in 2018 until they sort that awful screw top lid that spurts out product as soon as you lay it down in your drawer.
$30 at Mecca
Powder – Fenty Beauty Invisimatte Blotting Powder
This is definitely one of the latest entrants to my makeup game but it has packed a very large and effective punch. This powder doesn’t cake, clog pores, creep into fine lines, or disturb makeup and it is by far the best powder I’ve ever used. I suspect this one will be panned within a matter of months. Being oily, re-powdering is something I do very regularly and I’ve tried all sorts of powders and honestly, there’s not one that I’ve loved as much as I love this.
$46 at Sephora
Bronzer – Hourglass Ambient Lighting Bronzer in Radiant Bronze Light
Hourglass make the prettiest powder products but my favourite of the bunch is their bronzers. They aren’t complete glitter balls but they impart the slightest hint of a glow which suits me just fine. I have so many of their palettes and therefore, so many bronzers but Radiant Bronze Light is just the best!
$72 at Mecca
Contour – Benefit Cosmetics Hoola Quickie Contour Stick
I picked up this on a whim from Adore Beauty a few months ago and I fell in love! It’s so easy to use, just a few swipes over unpowdered foundation and I blend in with my Clarisonic brush and I’m done. It’s quite light and hard to overdo, which I am completely guilty of when it comes to contour sticks!
$49 at Adore Beauty
Highlighter – Becca Shimmering Skin Perfecter Poured Highlighter in Moonstone
Another surprise favourite! I picked up the poured highlight by mistake when I meant to grab the pressed version but I honestly find it so much nicer for my skin. It’s the perfect, work appropriate, subtle glow and you can amp it up by dusting a powder highlight on top if you need to glow to the Gods without it being disturbed.
$60 at Sephora
Blush – Max Factor Creme Puff Blush in Nude Mauve
I’ve loved the Max Factor creme puff blushes for ages but I picked up Nude Mauve not too long ago and I must admit it’s a blush I just keep grabbing from the drawers because it’s practically impossible to go clown face with this one. I’d say it’s a good budget dupe for the Ambient Lighting Blushes by Hourglass.
$21.95 at Big W
Brow Pencil – Benefit Cosmetics Precisely, My Brow Pencil in 04 Medium
I bought this on the recommendation of my brow lady and I don’t regret it, although it doesn’t last long with daily use. I really like that this doesn’t just colour the hair but the skin underneath which means it’s perfect for filling my bald patches in my brows. As much as the cost can be quite high for a regularly used product, I would recommend it regardless.
$42 at Adore Beauty
Brow Gel – Essence Make Me Brow Eyebrow Gel Mascara in 02 Browny Browns
Since my beloved Gimme Brow was recalled, I switched to the Essence dupe and I love it! In fact, I won’t even be going back to Gimme Brow when it returns to our shelves since I find it such a great product! It’s a little bit more watery than Gimme Brow but I can wear this over my pencil or just on it’s own and it gives a nice pop of darkness to make my brows appear so much fuller!
$5.10 at Priceline
Eyeshadow Palette – Tarte Tartelette Amazonian Clay Matte Eyeshadow Palette
I ummed and ahhed about this for ages, after all, it’s been out now for ages and I only bought it in October but it’s the best palette I’ve ever used! I tend to stick to matte palettes as I have hooded eyes and sometimes find sparkly shades do emphasise my hood more than I’d like so it’s a bonus that I feel like I can use every single pan in this palette. Some of the darker colours feel like they’re still out of my comfort zone but the light to mid shades get a hell of a lot of use and they are so blendable and don’t get muddy.
$69 at Sephora
Single Eyeshadow – Revlon ColorStay Crème Eye Shadow in Caramel
I love a good creme eyeshadow for when I feel like a one shade wonder look and this one is definitely my number one go to. It’s lovely and creamy and lasts well without a primer underneath. It’s super easy to apply with a finger although I do use a blending brush to blend out the edges. I usually try to wait until these are on special because they’re kind of expensive for a drug store product but they’re probably also the best creme shadow formula from the drugstore too.
$14.95 at Priceline
Mascara – Blinc Mascara in Dark Brown (not pictured)
I’m so sad I ran out of this because it’s the best mascara I’ve ever used. I love tubing mascaras as sometimes other products can flake and irritate my sensitive eyes. It’s super easy to remove too with a bit of warm water and I don’t feel like I have to tug at my lashes to get rid of it nor does it smear everywhere if it does get wet.
$35.95 at David Jones
Lipstick – Mac Cosmetics Matte Lipstick in Velvet Teddy
Yes, I know. Everyone loves this lipstick but there’s a reason why! It’s lovely! It’s a matte finish but it doesn’t feel drying at all. I can re-apply this regularly and it doesn’t flake or crack nor does it look cakey. The colour is a lovely nude on my lips but it does appear different on everyone, yet another reason to love it!
$36 at Mac Cosmetics
Lip Gloss – Mecca Max Gloss Boss Lip Gloss in Major Flirt
My first and only Mecca Max purchase and I’m glad I grabbed it! I don’t wear a lot of coloured glosses, usually just clear but I thought I would pick this one up for work days where I just feel like something light on the lips. It’s a lovely candy pink shade and it’s clear you are wearing something rather subtle but nothing too sickly sweet.
$18 at Mecca
I hope that you enjoyed this round up of my favourite products from 2017 and I’d love to know, are any of these your favourites? If not, what were your favourite products in 2017?