2015 was quite a year, both in beauty and in general! There were a ton of awesome products that hit the market. Some made a huge splash, and others..well, not so much. I’ve put together a list of my personal favorites. While many are new products from this past year, there are a handful on here that are not new to beauty, but I finally added to my collection and fell in love with them, so they’re new loves to me personally. Let’s jump right in.
Cover Girl Ready, Set, Gorgeous Foundation: This foundation is full coverage (or mostly full, anyway), oil-free, doesn’t break me out, and is only $7.99 at drugstores and Ulta. There’s nothing about that to not love. While I enjoy trying higher end foundations, when I find something my skin loves for such a killer price, I stick with it.
It Cosmetics Celebration Foundation: This is a powder formula that offers the most full coverage I’ve ever seen in a powder before. While I still need some concealer on my dark circles and breakouts, I fell in love with this because of how quickly I can put it on and be out the door. It’s great for days when I don’t want to do a full face of makeup, but I still want to put some coverage over my troubled skin. Totally in love with this quick fix.
Makeup Forever Full Cover Concealer: I have used this concealer for several years now, and it still remains my favorite. Full coverage, oil free, and a little bit goes a long way, so I don’t even feel guilty about paying a high end price for it. I find it works great on my acne and scarring, however it is not the right kind of concealer for your under eye area. Look for a slightly more hydrating formula, as the oil-free formula of this MUF concealer doesn’t work as well. MUF did recently release a new concealer made just for those of us with under eye issues, which I do plan on trying when I’m in the market for a new under eye concealer.
ELF Contour Palette: This palette is just as good (if not better) than many of the high end contour palettes I’ve tried. There are 4 shades: A bronze, contour, shimmer highlight, and yellow matte highlight. The only shade I haven’t touched is the bronzer shade, but all of the others I use regularly, especially the contour shade. When you can find a contour palette that is just a good as the ones that cost upwards of $40 and this one costs $6…well, you just go with it.
NARS Blush in Deep Throat: When I was in Japan I discovered I could get a NARS blush for a few dollars cheaper than in the US, but they were always sold out of Orgasm (my go to shade), so I had to branch out. It turns out that Deep Throat is the perfect peachy, warm coral shade for my face. There’s less shimmer than in Orgasm, but I actually prefer that for daily wear. This blush is highly pigmented and will last a really long time, so it’s worth the price to me.
TheBalm Mary-Lou Manizer: I don’t know what took me so long to get this lovely piece of highlighting goodness. First of all, this product is huge, so it will last a long time. Secondly, she’s simply stunning. Mary-Lou is a beautiful, slightly golden highlight with multiple purposes. I bought her as a highlighter, but one day decided to swipe her across my eyelids to see what would happen, and she made my eyes look so good with very little effort. I didn’t realize at the time that theBalm actually has “eyeshadow” as one of Mary-Lou’s functions. She instantly brightens any look with very little product. Dab her on your inner corners to brighten the eyes, or swipe her on your cheek bones for a stunning shimmer. LOVE her.
Makeup Forever Artist Palette Vol 1: If I had to choose only one eye product to feature for the entire year, it would be this palette. The 9 nude shades that come with it can create many looks from barely there to intense and smoky. The shadows are buttery and smooth, highly pigmented, and easy to work with. I’m definitely considering picking up another MUF palette in the new year.
Colour Pop Super Shock Shadow in Glitterati: I’m obsessed with this product. Glitterati was the first Colour Pop shadow I tried and I was completely blown away. It’s gold toned shimmer that is clearly meant to sparkle, but I feel it works in a sophisticated way, like glitter for the working woman. I adore things that sparkle, so I was instantly hooked. I find the Colour Pop shadows are best applied with my finger tips, which is fine since I use this as an all over lid color (usually blending something darker in afterwards). For $5, you can’t go wrong.
Colour Pop Creme Gel Color in No Shame: I wanted to branch out this year and started learning how to apply gel liners. Ultimately I opted for a deep plum rather than a black gel liner, and this one did not disappoint. This is a formula that won’t budge, lasts all day, and has stunning color payoff. For only $6 (price point was a big thing for me this year, as you can tell), I’m sure this product rivals many that cost several times as much. If you’re looking for a gel liner but you’re afraid to invest, I highly suggest giving Colour Pop a try.
Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment: I got a mini of this product in a Sephora Favorites kit, and I totally understand why it’s in there. This hydrating and nourishing lip formula keeps my lips feeling amazing for quite some time. I find myself reaching for it throughout the day, either before lip color or just to refresh my dry lips, especially in the winter time. Bonus: It also contains SPF 15 for sun protection. Once I run out of this mini, there is a pretty good chance I will be getting a full size one.
Bite Beauty Luminous Creme Lipstick in Musk: Another brand I “discovered” and fell in love with in 2015 is Bite Beauty. Among their amazing product lineup is this lipstick, which has long lasting color and is super hydrating. I find myself reaching for this lipstick instead of lip balm sometimes, and it definitely gets the job done. Musk is a beautiful dusty rose shade that looks natural, but gives my lips a little something more.
Fleur DeForce’s Lip Gloss in Written in the Stars: I’m sure you know YouTuber Fleur DeForce. This year she released a book and launched a makeup line. I went to one of her signings and she was giving out her makeup to the fans that came. I picked out this gloss because she mentioned it being one of her favorite things in a late summer favorites video. This formula is amazing. SO hydrating, very pigmented, and don’t even get me started on the delicious vanilla scent.. I’m completely obsessed over this product. The price is an added bonus at just under $11 on feelunique.com.
There you have it friends, my best in beauty for 2015. Let me know in the comments below what some of your favorite products of 2015 were.
Here’s to a beautiful 2016!