Top 15 of 2015 | The Makeup

This blog post is so late that I can’t even deal. More time was spent agonizing over this list than you can probably imagine.

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  1. DiorSkin Star Fluid Foundation in 20 Light Beige ($56): This foundation was a repeat from last year but it’s definitely allowable because I only felt that I was able to include it on account of falling in love with it so fast after discovering it at the end of fall 2014. It has surprising medium build able coverage, but looks like skin and leaves the skin luminous whilst lasting a great deal of time. It’s one of those foundation that always looks great, even on my finicky dry combination skin, and always leaves my skin looking more radiant and bright than beforehand. I will admit, though, it’s not for those with oily skin at all – it’s one that tends to develop some shine during the day, particularly in the t-zone|  review here
  2.  Youngblood Natural Mineral Foundation ($52): With skin that is particularly prone to dry patches and uneven texture and favouring a luminous look, I had definitely written off powder foundations in the past, mineral ones included. However, when I had the opportunity to try Youngblood, my opinion was changed. I’m still a liquid foundation lover but I’ve discovered the build able weightless offering and have fallen so much in love that I own two shades. It somehow looks natural and glowy, whilst providing build able effortless coverage.
  3. Bobbi Brown Corrector in Light to Medium Bisque ($34): Being a repeat from last year and all, – and by last year I mean the 2014 favourites post – I had been determined that I wasn’t going to include this corrector because it wasn’t perfect or life changing. However, I have yet to find anything better to camouflage my unceasing dark circles despite trying, so I suppose it’s worth mentioning again. It can be a bit annoyingly creamy, so you have to be sparing with your use of the corrector to the inner corners of the eyes where the circles are the darkest in order to avoid creasing – however, this corrector works the best in my experience.
  4. Guerlain Terracotta Healthy Glow Powder Duo in 01 Clair- Brunettes ($60): In the Spring, I decided to splurge on one of Guerlain’s bronzers and I’m sure glad that I did. This one is limited edition – but weirdly still available – and might not look like much in the pan or even swatched, but I love the glow and subtle bronziness that it adds to the face with no effort whatsoever. The texture is smooth and creamy thus, warranting the shocking price tag | review here
  5. Becca x Jaclyn Hill Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed in Champagne Pop ($46): I was so sure that this so-called universal highlighting powder was going to be complete hype, so colour me surprised when it seems to have beat out every other highlighter that I own for daily use. It’s not that unique of a colour and it’s not universally flattering but on my fair but warm toned skin, the lighter peachy champagne shade gives my skin life – and also doubles as the easiest eyeshadow ever. It’s hard not to include this when I see how much of a dip in the pan my product has.
  6. MAC Powder Blush in Style ($21/26): Being the blush hoarder-slash-addict that I am, narrowing my blush selection down to one pick was more than difficult, and I was surprised when I picked this one, despite knowing that I couldn’t be sure of any other pick. I don’t always rave about it but I love the gold sheen that runs through this coral blush and is visible on the cheeks without looking like shimmer particles. This is another one of those products that adds instant life to the face and it’s quite versatile in the sense that it can be worn sheerly or built up | review here
  7. Studio Makeup Smooth Endurance Creme Eyeshadow in Souffle ($26): I really love the ease of these priming yet tinted cream eyeshadows but I have unfortunate luck with them creasing on my eyelids, despite not having oily skin. Back in the summer, I discovered that this formula held up longer without creasing than even the MAC Prolongwear Paint Pots on me and I haven’t really stopped using the gorgeous shimmery golden champagne colour since.
  8. Urban Decay Naked Smokey Palette ($64): Of course, I had that instant love in that shiny-new-toy-or-makeup-palette sort of way, but it really came to surprise me how often I reached for the lasted rendition of the Urban Decay Naked Palette and how much I loved the effects of it. The formula is great, smooth and creamy as many of Urban Decay shadows tend to be but for the large part, they skipped on the chunkier glitters that they can sometimes be infamous for. The combination of colours in the palette is really what I think I came to love – with the perfect balance of shimmery shades along with the four mattes – and with the majority of my essential colours in one place. High and Dirtysweet both serve as my perfect daily lid shades, Combust is my perfect pink-hued taupe transition colour, Whiskey serves as my ideal depth adding shade and there are a variety of smoky shades to work in the outer corner and to smoke out the lashline.
  9. MAC Eyeshadows in Bamboo, Bronze, Swiss Chocolate & Sketch ($12/19 each): Although I’m not in the process of continuously mentioning them, let alone raving about them, my MAC eyeshadows were a daily staple that I relied on throughout the year. Sketch, the satin-y textured warm plum shade was a purchase from the previous year that I hadn’t fully fallen for until 2015, but Bamboo, Bronze & Swiss Chocolate were three entirely new shades that I found and loved. Bamboo, I discovered, was my perfect slightly warm transition colour that actually served to blend my eyeshadow while adding some depth, Swiss Chocolate was that gorgeous warm medium-dark matte shade that served to further define the crease and outer corner and Bronze, was a new shade discovery that I find it hard to believe that I didn’t have before, with its smooth metallic formula and warm undertones that flatter blue eyes.
  10. L’Oreal La Palette Nude 2 ($29.99): I was beginning to think that including three different eyeshadow palettes within my list of fifteen products was ridiculous but somehow I felt that I would be leaving out one of the items that I use on an almost daily basis. Unlike the Urban Decay palette, I don’t find that this is my optimal all-in-one palette as it’s lacking in lid shades and in those ultra-dark shades, but I use the highlight shade constantly, and the matte shades, which I completely adore. There are five or six shades in this palette that I reach for all the time, in combination with other eye shadows. The quality of these eye shadows are fantastic, which is mind-boggling for a drugstore palette.
  11. L’Oreal Lineur Intense Brush Tip in Carbon Black ($9-10): L’Oreal liners are my jam and even though I would have sworn that I was a felt-tip kind of girl because of the ease that the formula provides, I really fell for the increased precision and longer-lasting formula of the classic brush tip. Although I’ve found that the brush tip formula requires a steadier hand, I love the precise wing that it creates even months and months after opening a new tube/bottle.
  12. MAC Feline Kohl Power Eye Pencil ($19.50): Throughout 2015, I really got back into using non-liquid liner, in the form of this pencil. It had that kind of creamy intensity that would glide on, depositing that inky black colour without drying out after a month or two. It smudges like a dream but if you have any smearing issues, I’d warn you away from this one. I still adore it though.
  13. NARS Audacious Lipstick in Brigitte ($39): Without question, this peachy rose lipstick was my favourite and most reached for throughout the year. The shade is my perfect brightening everyday lipstick shade and the formula is easy, pigmented and comfortable to boot. | review here
  14. Chanel Rouge Double Intensite in Darling Pink($43): Before my love affair with this two-step lip product began, I ran from the hills at any lip product described as anything close to a pale pink and anything close to a gloss, but this comfortable and long-wearing product changed the game. It has a hint of rose that keeps it from being too baby-pink, goes with just about any kind of makeup and most off all, lasts for ages despite the light shade. The gloss end is also not sticky or anything, which helps it score highly in my book | review here 
  15. Annabelle Stay Sharp Waterproof Lip Pencil in Nude, Java & Vintage ($10): 2014 might have been the year when I discovered lip liner, but thanks to these affordable liners for the most part, liners remained part of my daily routine in 2015 – and this was not just for the neat line that they provide but for the definition that they add to more neutral and nude shades. The formula of these three is creamy, comfortable and lasting – they might be the only retractable liners that I ever trust but somehow their sharpening cap works wonders. I couldn’t finish this post without giving a special nod to my lip liner discovery from the latter half of the year, MAC Boldly Bare, though; there’s something magical about the MAC pencil on my complexion, with it’s peachier undertones and generally nice formula.

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If you can do the borderline impossible and think all the way back to last year, what were your favourites?
Maggie, x.

One thought on “Top 15 of 2015 | The Makeup

  1. Better late than never! 😀
    Thanks for reminding me about my Guerlain Terracotta bronzer – it’s such perfection.
    I’ve seen the brand Studio Makeup at a few Rexalls but haven’t tried it yet. It looks to be good quality and I like the packaging.
    It’s funny, I own a lot of MAC eye shadows and out of the 4 you mentioned, I only have Sketch, and that’s only because I got it in a Holiday palette. I’ll have to look into Swiss Chocolate and Bamboo.
    Good to know about Annabelle’s lip liners – great to have an affordable drugstore option, and a Canadian brand too.

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