Happy New Year! This NYE I have a get-together at my friends' place, enjoying Japanese shabu-shabu. I won't be doing a full glam look for the evening, but I'll rock a glittery eye whenever I have the chance!
The Best of 2017 saga continues: today I'll be showing you my best makeup discoveries. These are items I first tried in 2017, but everything didn't necessarily launch this year. I noticed I didn't choose an eye quad to feature - my reasoning for this is because I rotated my eyeshadow palettes a lot, so there wasn't just one (or two) all above the others.
Best of Makeup 2017
Chanel Les Beiges Healthy Glow Gel Touch Foundation
I loved this light-weight cushion foundation so much I used it up in a couple of months. To my heartbreak, Chanel doesn't seem to sell refills for this cushion. The shade was perfect for my pale skin instead of being ashy (like many Asian cushions) and lasted long during the day. The only con was I ran out of it too soon!
Rouge Bunny Rouge Eyes Wide Open Brightening Duos*
I love me some inner corner highlight, but many palettes I use lack the perfect pale shimmer shade I like to use. These pen duos have been a life saviour as they're quick and effortless to use thanks to the fat nib. I can toss them into a makeup bag and easily accompany with any palette I'm using. One nib is a highlighter while the other end of the duo is a perfect brightening khol for the waterline.
Dior Skinflash Radiance Booster Pen
To my knowledge this particular one has been discontinued and replaced by a pen slightly different brush. I'm somewhat pale and my dark circles tend to look quite prominent and purple, so I like adding a corrector shade before going in with a concealer. This Dior one is incredibly light and not only cancels out purple under eyes, but also brightens the area. I've used this a ton, so it has to be mentioned!
SUQQU Volume Eyebrow Mascara
Final find for 2017. I don't think this eyebrow mascara increases the volume of your brow hairs, but it keeps them combed in place, giving the brows a voluminous look. The khaki shade is perfect for my natural medium brown hair, not too warm and I find the wand size and length easy to use, which makes me to prefer this over L'oreal for example.
Surratt Eyelash Curlers
Eyelash curlers are such an individual thing (just like mascara), but I got to give a mention to these high quality curlers. They don't pinch my eye, grab every lash and give a nice long-lasting curl to the lashes instead of just pinching them straight up for a fleeting moment. I've used these curlers a ton and they don't feel loose or the gum hasn't fallen off, unlike with some other competitive curlers.
NARS Soft Matte Complete Concealer
Everybody raved about this concealer in 2017 - for a good reason. It works wonderfully for both: under the eye area or concealing spots, as the finish is soft matte (thus, the name), feels lightweight and doesn't move around - without being drying. Works well with a brush or fingers, I usually dab the concealer gently with a paddle brush and if my under eyes are extra dark I layer the concealer with my ring finger. If you're all about that heavy full coverage look there might be better alternatives for you.
Lancome Matte Shaker
I felt Lancome was all over the place with their marketing and honestly I'm not a fan of 80% the matte shaker colors, but I love the applicator and wear of these colors. I've been wearing Pink Power whole year and right after my no-buy ended I ordered another color. I perhaps wouldn't wear these all over my lips, but for the Korean gradation look these are perfect! Light on the lips, long-lasting stain which is kiss-proof and drink-proof! Perfect for a night out or those days when you can't be bothered with touching up. Love.
Heroine Make mascaras
I finally got myself to try the legendary Heroine Make mascaras. Somehow the old Rose of Versailles-style packaging made me feel these wouldn't be any good, but I was so wrong. Even when using the 'volume' mascaras, I feel these give you quite a natural, subtle look, but the wear time is excellent. I won't tolerate any mascara smudging, smearing or transfer and I'm happy to say these wear beautifully. My favorite is the non-waterproof volume one because the wand is best suited for my eye shape and still wears well. The waterproof one has to be removed with an oil-based cleanser but I still found it easy enough to remove.
Rouge Bunny Rouge Pristine Light - Light Corrective Eye Primer*
This primer was an odd one, it took me long time to determine whether I liked it or not. Now I can't bare the thought of doing my makeup without it and I've totally forgotten my old HG eye primer (the Too Faced one) to my drawers. The RBR eye primer is a bit sticky and sets fast, so I like to work one eye at the time, but it gives a nice base to the eye makeup and cancels out any redness or veins I have on my lids. I do think it improves the wear and look of my eyeshadow, but nothing can keep my hooded lids from creasing +8 hours.
Byredo Mojave Ghost
I was obsessed with this perfume, but I couldn't justify splurging on the full size, so I went for the roller-ball oil and couldn't be happier as the perfume wears very long, distinguishably, but the roller-ball is easier to pop into a clutch bag. The scent has light and floral top notes, but the base is very woody, earthy and elegant. I don't feel like I'm getting bored or too used to with the scent, but always enjoying its complexity and intensity.
Cream shadows.. RBR Birdwing Beauteous
This was a difficult battle between Chanel, Tom Ford and Rouge Bunny Rouge. I was going to pick Chanel as the winner, as their shadows made such a good impression on me, especially the shade Silver Pink, but I had to change my mind. It is the Rouge Bunny Rouge Long-lasting Duo Cream Eye Shadow in Birdwing Beauteous (longest name ever). It makes you shine like a sexy robot and it STAYS on my hooded lids, no creasing whatsoever. The only cream shadow type I can actually use to contour my eye socket. RBR please bring out more shades!
Tom Ford Sheer Cheek Duo in Bicoastal
This makeup product is a little cheat, as Bicoastal was released in 2016, but it's been hands down my most reached blush this year. No question. I haven't made up my mind about Tom Ford's baked gelée formula, but Bicoastal is smooth, pigmented - yet not too pigmented to give you clown cheeks. The amount of shimmer makes my cheeks pop with a healthy glow and I love it you can adjust the color and lever of shimmer by mixing the two shades. If you missed out on Bicoastal, the new Lavender Lust is very similar!
I want to thank all my readers, blog friends and brands for sharing the love for beauty in 2017. I hope and foresee that 2018 is going to be even more magical and hopefully full of health and happiness to you all. What were your favorite makeup products from the year? Did you spot here anything you liked as well?
Products marked with * are PR-samples kindly provided for consideration.