Blogger Liv of Fashstyleliv.com shares some of her favorite makeup products originally posted on FashstyleLiv.com
As promised, I now have my 2015 Makeup Favourites post ready. If you have not seen my 2015 Skincare Favourites, you can have a quick read. Just like my other post, I tried to be strict with the number of products in each category but I can’t bear to exclude product I have absolutely loved all year so I decided to include them. However, these are my absolute favourites which I would be totally gutted if they stopped producing them. Right let’s dive in as it’s a pretty long post…
I have always been an advocate for primers and I can’t remember when last I missed out using a primer when wearing makeup. As a combination oily skin gal, primer is super important for me. I used the Laura Mercier Foundation Primer (£29 //review) consistently for the first half of 2015 and I absolutely enjoy using it because it keeps my makeup lasting longer and looking good, Towards the latter part of 2015, the Soap and Glory One Heck of a Blot Primer (£10) was launched and I was all kinds of obsessed (I still am). I am still in awe as to how a drug store primer could work even better than some high end ones. It’s amazing!! It goes on really smoothly, does not ball up and helps my foundation last so much longer than without it. The Laura Geller Spackle Tinted Primer in Champagne* (£19) was a new discovery for me in 2015 and I don’t think I have owned or used anything like it at all. It gives my face a lovely lit from within glow which is hard to pull off especially for oily skinned gals like me who always use a matte foundation. It works so well and I love using it on days when I want a nice glow (not a shiny glow).
I have concealers for different purposes which I am sure many people have the same as well. I think most of the concealers I used in 2014 remained pretty much the same in 2015 and I made quite a few repurchases. My favourite high end concealer was the NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer (£22// review) which I have raved about. It does an amazing job both as concealer for dark spots and a highlighter concealer. However, I use it mainly for my blemishes because I love the results I get. My only gripe is how expensive it is and how quickly it finishes. The other concealer which I know I would forever repurchase is the LA Girl Pro Concealer (£3-5 //review) which is incredible. I can’t believe a concealer that is so affordable works such wonders. I have quiet a few of these concealers because they work so well especially for any areas of hyper pigmentation. The MAC Prep + Prime Highlighter in Peach Lustre (£19//review) is one of my favourite correctors and I am so happy I discovered it in 2015. It corrects all my annoying blemishes so well and my foundation has very little work to do. The MAC Studio Finish Concealer (£15.50//review) has been an old favourite for a while now and I recently rediscovered it again in 2015 and I remembered how much I loved it. It has one of the best coverages for a concealer and it does not budget at all all day. A definite firm favourite which also lasts for ages and I know I would repurchase it again in 2016.
This category was super simple for me because they were only two foundations that made my skin look absolutely flawless. The first one is the NARS All Day Luminous Weightless Foundation (£32 //review) which I purchased earlier in 2015 after it was launched. This is exactly the foundation my skin absolutely adores and it has not let me down at all. You just have to make sure you apply it with the right tool- hands, beauty blender or a good buffing brush. The other foundation which I was totally obsessed with (and still am) is the L’Oreal Infallible Pro Matte Foundation (£7.99 //review) which is incredible. I can’t still wrap my head around how such a beautiful foundation is so affordable. It’s a shame they don’t have my shade here in the UK but I buy mine from the US via Ebay and I love it. If you have oily skin, this is the answer to all your foundation woes, trust me!!
I do have quite a few powders that I loved so much in 2015. When I am picking a powder, I always opt for one that is finely milled, easy and light to apply and does not look cakey. In 2015, I was lucky to try out some amazing powders which were on my wish list. The usual one is the MAC Mineralize Skin Finish (MSF) (£24//review) which is my absolute Holy Grail Powder. I am pretty sure it featured in my 2014 favourites and I have repurchased it a few times already. The next powder is the NARS Pressed Powder (£25) which is so finely milled and gives my face one of the best finishes. It is so compact and I love this for on the go touch ups. I was lucky to try Laura Geller Balnce-n-Brighten Baked Foundation Powder*(£26) which sets my face with the best innate glow. No matter what foundation I use, this powder ensures it looks fantastic, Last but not the least is the Vichy Dermablend Setting Powder*(£17//review) which is amazing for all skin types and complexions because it is translucent. I reached for this powder a lot when I wanted a nice finish to my powder without adding any extra coverage. I find that some powders which claim to be translucent usually look ashy on darker skin but this Vichy Setting Powder does not do that so I really do recommend checking it out.
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