It’s definitely bordering on being too late to post this, but the ‘flu rather got in the way of my grand plans for starting 2018 with numerous (and timely) posts. Still, hopefully better late than never, this is a short round-up of the makeup bits that I whacked on my face the most frequently in 2017. Although these are, almost by default, some of my favourites from the year–it’d be silly to have kept using them otherwise–there are some other products which I adored but only used occasionally added at the end as honourable mentions. They’re all freaking fabulous.
Base: much like a myriad of other bloggers, the It Cosmetics Your Skin but Better CC Cream has been the thing I’ve used almost every day as a foundation. I obviously use it in ‘Fair’ which isn’t pale enough but blended with the NYX White Foundation Mixer, it’s a pretty good match. It has bizarrely good coverage for a cc cream, it lasts all day, and the physical SPF 50 is a happy extra barrier, although I wouldn’t rely on it alone. It definitely needs more shades though, both paler and much deeper. As does almost every base product. Sigh.
I’ve been a bit of a primer & highlighter floozy but I’ve been smoothing some of the Beauty Pie Triple Beauty Liquid Luminizer (sic) onto my cheekbones (such as they are) and down my nose or some days, let’s be honest, just all over my face before foundation and it adds a really lovely gleam without being full-on Twilight sparkle.
For blusher, I absolutely love the Glossier Cloud Paint in Dusk. I was a bit worried that it would be too brown/orange on my ghostly skin but it just look like a natural flush of warmth, and is virtually fool-proof to apply. If you’d like to try Glossier, use this link and get 10% off (disclosure: it’s an affiliate link but you’ll get your own once you’ve bought something).
L-R: Beauty Pie, Burberry, Chanel, Trish McEvoy, Glossier
Eyes: it wasn’t until I took the photos for this that I realised that my two most-used eyeshadows of the past year are pretty much identical. Well, I can tell the difference but… The Burberry Eye Colour Contour Smoke & Sculpt Pen in Pale Copper (these names cannot get any longer, surely?) has been in my Current Favourites before and is still a go-to for a quick done-but-not-too-done look. I definitely have my eye on another couple of shades, pun intended.
The second eye shadow is the close-but-definitely-not-identical Chanel Ombre Première cream in Memory, which is such a vast improvement on the formula of their Illusion D’Ombres–it lasts longer, blends better, and has more pigment. Memory is a lovely bronzey shade that’s a little deeper than the Burberry and, whilst a bit more high-maintenance, is worth it when I have time.
My mascara discovery of the year might be my all-time favourite. The Kevyn Aucoin Curling Mascara is a actually adds volume and a bit of length, which is relatively unusual for a tubing formula, and one tube seems to last for ages before drying out. It’s pricey but worth it for the effect and the security of knowing I won’t end up looking like a panda.
Lips: this is a bit of a cheat, because I got the Trish McEvoy Liquid Lip Color in Mauve in December, in the Liberty Advent Calendar, but I’ve worn it almost every day that I’ve worn makeup since then. It’s a fabulous formula which doesn’t dry down to be fully matte, which I like, and it fades evenly rather than flaking off or leaving the ever-attractive ‘butt hole’ effect. Ahem.
Finally, the Real Techniques MultiTech XL Point Brush is absolutely brilliant. The point makes it easy to use for undereye powder, it’s great for wafting powder and bronzer on, and it’s so soft that it feel like being caressed by a gentle bunny’s ear. I really fancy the Small Point Set next.