Happy New Year, beauty nerds! How has 2017 been treating you? Today we’re talking 2016 beauty favourites. It’s a little late, but (hopefully) still acceptable in the month of January, right? I’ve round up all the products that I’ve used and loved in 2016, and these are the crème de la crème of beauty for me. These products aren’t necessarily new launches in 2016, but they’re the products that I’ve discovered in the last year. Today we’re talking makeup, and I’ll be sharing my skincare favourites from 2016 with you in next Monday’s post.
I’ll be talking about my 2016 beauty favourites from each category (highlighter, primers, blushes, etc). These are the products that I’ve loved and used non-stop in 2016. Most of these have a separate post on how amazing they are, so I will link to the review of the product if there’s one. I’m just gonna come right out and say that this is going to be a very lengthy post, so grab some popcorn (or a salad, whatever floats your cravings boat). Without further ado, lets check out my 2016 beauty favourites, and see if you spot any of your faves!
Smoothing Primer: Maybelline Baby Skin Pore Eraser ($6.99)
I use this almost every single day before applying my foundation. Often compared to the Benefit Porefessional, they both do an amazing job at pore-filling and smoothing out the skin. However, I find that the Maybelline Baby Skin wins by an extra mile by helping my makeup last longer throughout the day. It’s affordable and it works wonders! This product comes as no surprise because I’ve featured it in more than one post. Check out how it helps to keep skin oil-free when achieving a glowy look for oily skin, how it compared to the Benefit Porefessional, and why it is one of the best budget beauty buys.
Radiant Primer: Becca Backlight Priming Filter ($38)
This product is truly a gift from the glowy skin gods. Maybe not the glowy skin gods, but Becca does come pretty close. This product is amazing for a healthy glow that radiates from within the skin. I mix this with my foundation to create perfect glowy skin that lasts on my oil slick of a face. It’s lightweight, it’s not greasy, and best of all, it smells like freaking coconuts! Oh, and it doesn’t break me out. Which is always a plus. I’ve used this on an off in the beginning of 2016, but almost every single day that I wear makeup in the later half.
Serum Foundation: Laura Mercier Smooth Finish Flawless Fluide ($48)
I’m all about the lightweight, serum makeup! The hot, humid weather all year round here makes thick, heavy makeup almost unbearable for me. This foundation is very liquidy, super lightweight but has medium to full coverage. The finish of this is mostly matte. I say mostly because it has light reflecting particles in it that gives a gorgeous matte yet not flat finish to the skin. This foundation lasts the entire day on my oily skin. I couple this with the Becca Backlight Priming Filter as mentioned above to give me glowy skin that lasts all day.
Liquid Foundation: Lancome Blanc Expert Fresh Brightening Foundation
As you guys could probably tell by now, I’m obsessed with achieving bright, radiant, healthy looking skin while still having my skin look like skin. This foundation does exactly that for me – it’s lightweight, brightening and looks like my second skin. I love the Lancome foundations that I’ve tried. Another honorable mention is the Lancome Teint Miracle foundation, which has been my ride or die in the first half of the year, until it ran out.
CC Cream: Kicho CC Cream in Green ($29)
I typically hate CC Creams because they offer no coverage at all, and usually give my face a white ghoulish look. However, I really liked this one because it has a decent light coverage and corrects the redness on my skin really well. Even though this is the green version, the actual product doesn’t come out green. It’s glowy, doesn’t feel tacky on the skin and feels lightweight on the skin. Check out my in-depth review of this from a couple of months ago.
BB Cushion: Laneige Pore Control BB Cushion in #23
If you’ve been reading my blog for quite some time now, this probably came as no surprise to you. I raved about this product from the moment I started using it and I’m actually on my fourth refill now. One of the reasons I love this Laneige BB Cream is because of the shade range. They have a good variety of shades to choose from while other BB creams are usually too light for me. This BB Cushion has medium coverage and a glowy, radiant finish (of course). Because it is a BB Cushion, it is super portable and convenient to bring around for touch ups. Check out my in-depth review of the Laneige BB Cushion for before and after pictures that show the coverage of this.
Brightening Concealer: Physician’s Formula Nude Wear Touch of Glow ($7.76)
This isn’t a high coverage concealer, it’s a brightening concealer that helps to brighten the under eye area and can be used on the high points of the face as a highlighter. I wear this when I’m not looking for that flawless, right-out-of-the-magazine-photoshopped look, which is most days. It really helps to brighten up my face and is the perfect product for the no makeup makeup look.
High Coverage Concealer: The Saem Tip Concealer in #2 ($5.55)
I only discovered this concealer at the second half of 2016, but instantly fell in love with it. I’ve heard so many good things about this concealer and how it’s a dupe for the $$$ NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer, but at less than $4. It’s super creamy but very easy to apply. It doesn’t crease, look cakey or feel heavy on the skin. The coverage of this concealer is amazing – it covers everything. Dark circles, acne, redness, whatever you may want to cover, it’ll cover. Check out how it compares to the more expensive Laneige Cushion Concealer, and see it in action!
Becca highlighters are buttery soft, pigmented, and super gorgeous! Of course I couldn’t mention Becca highlighters without mentioning Champagne Pop. Champagne Pop is a gorgeous gold highlight that is intense and works beautifully on my medium skin tone. Rose Quartz is actually a limited time holiday release so I cheated a little because I’ve only used this for one month. But then again, I used this for at least 25 days out of the 31 days in December. Rose Quartz is a pink-toned highlight which I’m a huge fan of! It doesn’t show up as a streak of pink, but as a light champagne pink colour on the skin. It’s super gorgeous and makes my skin look glowy and healthy. The only downside to these Becca highlighters is that they break so easily! When I got Rose Quartz, it was already broken. But I fixed it in a few simple steps!
2016 was the year of eyeshadow palettes for me! I tried out so many new ones, but I have to say the one that I kept reaching for was the Tarte Tartelette in Bloom palette. There are warm and cool shades, both shimmery and matte in this palette. This palette is so versatile and can be used for so many different looks. The eyeshadows are super buttery and pigmented and have a very small amount of fall out. This is the palette I use for my everyday eye look – I use one of the matte browns in the crease and sweep Firecracker all over my eyelids for the perfect bronze neutral eye look. Best of all? It smells like chocolates, yum!
I got this in 2015, but only really started using it in 2016. It’s everything you will ever want in an eyeliner – super black, smudgeproof, easy to use and long lasting. It’s a pen eyeliner with a brush tip that is very precise and easy to create a wing with. I’ve always had a love-hate relationship with eyeliners because of how they smudge on me in our hot, humid weather. This Kat Von D Tattoo Liner doesn’t smudge or fade, and lasts throughout the entire day until I decide to take it off. Check out how this compares to my former favourite, the Dollywink Liquid Eyeliner.
Non-Waterproof Mascara: Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara ($23)
This mascara is one of the best I’ve ever tried. It’s amazing at volumising, lengthening and keeping my eyelashes curled. In one coat, my lashes look longer, fuller, and super black. I love this mascara for the effect it gives my lashes, but it’s not waterproof. I’m thinking of getting the waterproof version of this mascara, but I’m not sure if the formula would still be the same and it’s $$$. If you don’t have oily skin though, this would be a great mascara to try out.
Waterproof Mascara: Maybelline Falsies Big Eyes Mascara ($7.99)
I didn’t photograph this because I totally forgot since it was in my bag. This Maybelline Falsies Big Eyes mascara is probably my favourite mascara of all time. It’s double-ended, one side for the upper lashes and one for the lower lashes. It does everything the Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara does (but slightly less black), but it is completely waterproof. It doesn’t smudge or flake and lasts throughout the entire day. It’s effective, and super affordable so if you’re looking for a new mascara to try, check this one out! Check out my in-depth review to see how amazing it makes my lashes look in just one coat!
2016 was a good makeup year here in Malaysia. Sephora finally brought in Kat Von D, Becca, Hourglass, among many other amazing brands. I finally picked up two of the Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipsticks in Lolita & Lolita II and quickly fell in love. It’s the best formula of liquid lipstick I’ve ever tried, and I’ve tried my fair share. It dries in a matter of seconds, feels super lightweight on the lips and is not drying. Not only that, it stays on really well through drinks and light meals as well. I wear Lolita II on an almost daily basis (lol), and wear Lolita when I have more of a dramatic makeup on. I featured these in my Best Dark Nude Lipsticks post if you haven’t seen that already!
This Sephora Creamy Lip Stain in 13 Marvelous Mauve is one of my favourite liquid lipstick shades ever. It looks pretty close to KVD’s Lolita, but dries a little bit brighter than the KVD. The formula of this is also very comparable to the KVD, it’s lightweight, dries fast and isn’t drying on the lips. One thing I love about the formula of this is that it doesn’t accentuate the fine lines of my lips. I also featured this in my Best Dark Nude Lipsticks post.
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20 hours later, we have reached the end of my 2016 Beauty Favourites: Makeup post! Hopefully it was helpful to you and you found some new products to check out! Let me know in the comments if you spot any of your faves! Also, what are your 2016 Beauty Favourites?
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