This year, as many before, I have bought, tried and tested an array of products. My top 10 of 2018 in no particular order are:
At the pricey end of the market, £75, this powder has revolutionised my makeup routine. The light-diffusing loose powder magnetically attracts to skin for a perfect fit and flawless finish. With the claim that it is composed of the lightest materials on earth that creates an imperceptible finish it sets my makeup impeccably and lasts from day to evening (often the early hours of the morning).
This longwear transferproof liquid lipstick in a quick dry matte finish is literally bulletproof. I use it everyday as a lip colour base and it adds longevity to any lip product I layer on top. The white nude colour is perfect for this and also looks beautiful blended into a lipliner, however on its own worn this way can feel a little dry so my preference is to use it as a lip base.
This full coverage, super-blendable formula instantly helps brighten, smooth & give my skin a firmer, more lifted look without the need for colour correction. It has a matte finish, conceals my hyperpigmentation flawlessly with the added bonus of being flexible and bendable enough to be used a contour and highlighting product. Once set the product does not flake, move or crease allowing me to wear it from day to evening. PS. It’s vegan too.
This cream eyeshadow in champagne pink is a beautiful worn on its own but I love to use it as an eyeshadow base as it makes the colour pop. It’s creamy texture glides flawlessly across the lid, doesn’t clump or settle into creases, is easy to blend and is long wearing.
At the pricier end of the market at £80 the bronzer in this compact is my go to for contour. It is a muted, medium-dark brown with warm, reddish undertones and a matte finish with a buildable pigmentation that is blendable on the skin and lasts all day on my skin. The blush has a dense pigment and if I wore blush I would love it. The highlighter is a little too pink for me but on “no makeup” day the sheerness of it enhances the skin beautifully.
When I first purchased this foundation I wasn’t that enamoured by it as I found the texture way too thick and heavy. It is a full coverage foundation but felt heavier than any others I have used. After I decided to give it another go a few months later I adored it. I often thin the texture by adding primer to it but still blends seamlessly with my skin and dries to a radiant matte powder finish that looks luminous, not dry or cakey. It lasts all day, looks phenomenal in pictures as well as face to face and I love it.
This soft gold peachy creamy highlighting powder enhances my skin, blends beautifully, does not cake and catches the light in just the right way that I have that subtle but very effective glow. The shimmer is gorgeous and I use it on my eyes, cheekbones, nose and cupids-bow.
This waterproof formula blends into the brow seamlessly before drying to a matte finish. It is long wearing and smudge proof. I wear it at the gym through the toughest workouts and it does not move. That is my ultimate test and this product passes every time.
This setting spray gives my makeup that extra staying power it needs. I have used quite a few but always comeback to this one. It claims to last 16 hours but lasts all day on my skin from work through to play.
I love all the shades that they have created and have them in my kit but my all time favourite is Bark which is a lovely soft brown with taupe that creates a beautiful liner for a nude lip look. The pigment of the Ultimate Liners are amazing and the stay power like nothing I’ve seen before.
So there you have it my top 10 for 2018. There are many more products that I love but these are the ones I use everyday without fail.