2017 is the first year that I’ve gone for quality over quantity when it comes to makeup. I’ve finally found my favourite brands and fallen out of love with a few others. So here’s a round-up of my absolute faves from this year.
Urban Decay Vice Metal Meets Matte Lipstick Palette
I’m quite the Urban Decay lover so whenever a new palette comes out I really have to weight up whether I need it or just want it. I spotted this palette the week of my birthday so whilst it definitely wasn’t a necessity, it was a little present from me to me. I already own the Blackmail lipstick palette so I wasn’t really sure whether to get this with it having a few duplicate shades.
However, I use my Blackmail palette almost every day and I love all of the shades in it so having a couple of duplicates didn’t really matter to me too much. And it saved me £15 as I didn’t have to buy the full vice lipstick in any of the shades that I liked from the palette.
The Metal Meets Matte palette has a really nice variety of shades. They’re all wearable colours and I love that the metallic shades are almost the same as the non-metallics. Often I find the metallic shades are a little too much for wearing in the day but perfect for night time, so it’s really nice to have similar shades in a non-metallic finish.
Marc Jacobs Velvet Noir Major Volume Mascara
I have always cheaped out when it comes to mascara. Sublet is really not my thing with mascara so in the past I’ve been a big fan of the Rimmel Scandeleyes or anything that makes my lashes look big (and a little bit fake). However, this year my absolute favourite has been Marc Jacobs Velvet Noir. I received the mascara in a Influenster box and honestly I’ve already been getting a little teary at the fact it will run out one day.
It really lengthens and darkens my lashes without going clumpy, it’s waterproof and it’s really easy to get off. This is probably my favourite product of the whole year and even though it’ll be expensive to buy another one, I think it’s well worth the price.
Morphe Ready Set Gold
This palette was a bit of an impulse buy but I can’t feel too guilty because I nabbed it for an incredibly £11.50 on a Beauty Bay sale instead of it’s usual £23. I really love gold eyeshadows, especially in the Winter and this palette has a really lovely variety of shimmers and mattes.
There is really little fallout and I would rate it as highly as my Urban Decay palettes which have previously been my favourite. Even at full price I think this is a really good value palette, especially because the shades are all really wearable and none are too weird and wacky (which I love, but isn’t for everyone!).
The Ordinary Coverage Foundation
I am never really a huge fan of foundation. I wear it but I usually just buy whatever is cheap. However, when I saw the price of The Ordinary Coverage Foundation and how many shades and different undertones it comes in, I thought it would be silly not to give it a try.
Other than my slight gripe that it’s called coverage foundation (I would definitely say it’s light coverage), I love it so much. It really smooths out my skin tone and gives a really glowy finish which I always prefer in favour of matte. The consistency is lovely and not too thick and for the price you really can’t go wrong. I will definitely be repurchasing this in the new year.
Milani Eye Tech Extreme Vinyl Liquid Eyeliner
I have an on/off relationship with eyeliner but I always like to keep one in makeup bag for when I’m feeling a little trip back to my emo days. I can’t get on with pencil eyeliner and my hand is too shaky for pencil, so I love a good liquid pen. This is the best eyeliner pen I’ve ever used, which probably isn’t saying that much considering most of mine have been the £1.99 Makeup Revolution ones.
You get a really thin line that makes it super easy to do wings and the pen is really easy to hold so it’s not hard to keep your hand steady.
What were your favourite products of 2017?