Hey Everyone! I recently saw a blog post on http://www.temptalia.com asking readers to vote for/nominate their favorite beauty products under certain categories. Of course I filled in the survey, but then I thought that this would be an interesting topic to post on MY blog too. So here you go! These are not all of the categories on Temptalia, but these are the ones I felt were strong winners in my opinion. Let me know what your favorites are of this year!
Best High End Brand: Laura Mercier
Best Budget Brand: Maybelline
Most Overrated Product: Yves Saint Laurent Rouge Volupte Lipstick
Most Underrated Product: Loreal Magic Skin Beautifier BB Cream
Best New Product: Loreal Color Riche Balm
Best High End Mascara: Benefit They’re Real Mascara
Best Drugstore Mascara: Covergirl Lash Blast Luxe
Best Cream Eyeshadow: Maybelline Color Tattoo
Best Powder Eyeshadow: Urban Decay eyeshadow in Sin
Best Eyeliner: N7 Liquid Eyeliner
Best Lip Balm: Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment spf 15
Best Lip Gloss: Too Faced Glamour Gloss in Pillow Talk
Best Lipstick: MAC creamsheen lipstick in Hot Gossip
Best Highlighter: Nars highlighter in Albatross
Best Blush: MAC satin blush in Cubic
Best Bronzer: Physicians Formula Light Bronze Pearl
Best Concealer: Cover FX Total Coverage Cream Foundation
Best High End Foundation: Lancome Teint Idole Ultra 24 hr
Best Drugstore Foundation: Loreal True Match
Best Powder: MAC Mineralize Skin Finish Natural
Best Brushes: Sigma
Best Skin Care: Origins
Best Hair Care: Organix
Best Limited Edition: MAC eyeshadow in Jaunty from the Hey Sailor Collection
OK, now I am just going to talk about a few products in particular from the list! Lets start with the YSL Rouge Volupte lipstick (I have the color #13). I voted this most overrated because although it is very pigmented, smooth, and glossy, i found the staying power was lacking. I’m not sure why Beauty Gurus were loving this because unless you don’t mind reapplying every hour or so, I don’t think it lives up to the hype. On the other hand the most underrated product, Loreal Magic Skin Beautifier BB Cream, was not very well received by most gurus, but I found it to be absolutely fantastic! The coverage is great and it looks extremely natural. I also think it delivers the benefits advertised fairly quickly from the first use. Also, I love the fair color because its very neutral toned and matches my skin perfectly.
I was having a hard time deciding which powder eyeshadow was my favorite this year due to all of the new fun palettes that came out, when I stumbled upon the Urban Decay Sin Eyeshadow and I realized that I’ve worn this shade consistently throughout the year. Its a winner for me not only because of the number of times I’ve used it, but because of its incredible versatility. I’ve used Sin as a lid color, highlighter, crease color, blending color, and probably more ways that I am just not thinking of right now.The Too Faced Glamour Gloss in Pillow Talk has been a Holy Grail lip gloss for me every since I got it as a free gift with purchase at Ulta towards the beginning of the year. It is a perfect plumping glossy nude with slight shimmer that looks good with literally everything!
Next I want to talk about MAC’s blush is Cubic. I got this shade after a similar limited edition one was sold out and the lady helping me recommended it as a dupe. If you are fair skinned like me, this is the most natural looking blush you’ll ever find. Its so subtle and feminine, without being bright or glowy (words you would normally WANT to describe your blush). When you look at it in the pan, it looks kind of “blah” to be honest, but once applied, its absolute magic.
Everyone who watches my videos knows that Sigma Brushes are my complete and total favorite, but the stand out of the bunch for me this year was the F84 Angled Kabuki. Its great for foundation, but does a whole bunch of other tricks too. Speaking of foundation, Kandee Johnson recommended using the Cover FX Total Coverage Cream Foundation as a concealer, and she couldn’t be more right. I picked it up ( I’m in the shade E10) at IMATS in August and the lady told me it was almost 60% pigment, whereas normal foundations are only about 20% pigment. How fantastic is that! Especially for a concealer! Lastly I have to mention MAC’s eyeshadow in Jaunty from their Hey Sailor collection in the summer. I was not thrilled with the collection, or any of their’s this year frankly, but this eyeshadow is a really great neutral for my skin tone. If your fair skinned try to find this on ebay. It’s worth it!
I know this was a long post today, but all the products I listed and or talked about deserved a mention. Thanks for reading and please don’t forget to tell me your favorite products.