2018 Makeup Favourites

Wednesday, November 28, 2018

To be precise, Makeup wasn't on my mind these eleven months. More or so, it has been a combination of 'stuck in a rut' and 'whatever' situation. A pretty colourless year for someone who loves the bling. But I've discovered some gems; somethings worth repurchasing.

2018 Makeup Favourites, Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder Diffused, The ordinary serum foundation, Kryolan lip n cheek tint in dahlia


The Ordinary Serum Foundation

I was way sceptical to get these (I am using the demonstrative pronoun 'these' because I bought 3 shades.) Most of them said it separates and does not give much coverage. But boy! there is nothing I dislike about the formulation. When I added these to cart, I shrugged saying 18 pounds won't hurt. One pump and it evens out the skin without looking like I'm wearing makeup. It did not separate on me irrespective of using setting powder or primer. What makes me consider this a great foundation? Does not settle in my laugh lines.

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder in Diffused Light

At first, I didn't like it with all that excess layers on the mirrors and rims. I believe that's the thing with baked powders. Considering it is so pricey, a little goes a long way. I barely touch the surface of the pan with a large fluffy brush and buff and sweep all over the face. I use this as finishing powder and swoon inside every time. And yes I have been asked why I'm glowing. This is basically Instagram filter in a compact. There were days when I used this over the tinted sunscreen and that's that. I have used this almost every single day of 2018 and the dome won't even flatten. I am going to repurchase this ALL MY LIFE would be an understatement.

Bioderma Sebium Global

I have used this as a primer for redness. Though it soothed the redness I could not figure out its texture. Used exclusively through the summer and on most days on the cheeks and nose. Somedays it would work great but some days it would make the skin dry leading to more sebum secretion. And the worst possible it did was draw an appearance of texture as if layers of foundation lived on the surface of my skin. Not flattering.

This controlled sebum but also dehydrated those areas.

LA Girl Pro conceal Green Corrector

Red pesky acne and the ever-deepening redness on my nose and cheeks are more troublesome than ever. The redness is an unwanted side effect of adding acids to my skin care. This has been my rescue agent in all those red distress signal situations.

MAC Mineralize SkinFinish in Medium Golden 

My go-to mineral foundation for 2018. I like this even more than I like Tarte Amazonian Clay Full Coverage Airbrush Foundation. The formulation is light, buildable and meshes with the skin. Does not transfer unless you use too much and skin looks like skin. This has a sheen to it which accentuate the natural high-points. Though it evens out the skin, it cannot conceal nor it accentuates dry flaky areas. I prefer using tea tree oil based skincare under mineral foundations.
The kind of foundation you wear to the gym. *wink*

Wet n Wild Photofocus Pressed Powder in Neutral Beige

This one's almost invisible on the skin. It sets and does not leave a cast. Works great for flash photography! Though it does not has any coverage but it looks and turns out exactly like Mac Mineralize Skinfinish. If only it had coverage! But I think this is the best cruelty-free dupe for MAC Mineralize Skinfinish.

Wet n Wild Photofocus Concealer in Light/Medium Beige

The best underage concealer ever! I bought the most loved Mac Prolongwear Concealer and I did not like it even a bit. For gloopy thick texture it had, it was impossible to spend time blending every day. And the texture thickened with time. Great concealer to hide acne scars but I prefer something light for under eyes.

Kevyn Aucoin The Celestial Powder in Candlelight swatches review is Kevyn Aucoin cruelty free?

Kevyn Aucoin The Celestial Powder in Candlelight

If I believed in love at first sight, this would ascend the list. I love everything about it: the colour, texture and longevity. This is a no-nonsense highlighter. Warm reflect that is subtle and not sparkly or blinding. For lit from within look, this is so far the best highlighter. I like this even better than Mary-Lou Manizer.

Natio Loose Crystals in Beige

Another mineral foundation. This is drier and takes a lot of buffing and blending to look natural. The undertone is a lot more beige for neutral undertone but the difference isn't much noticeable. And this one at times did oxidise after a while when the certain areas secrete sebum.
Funnily it looked patchy at times. Until I mixed in a drop of jojoba oil in the moisturiser. I'm not sure if this is worth a repurchase.

Kryolan Lip n cheek tint in Petunia swatches, The body shop cheek and lip tint hibiscus


The Body Shop Lip Cheek Stain in Pink Hibiscus

My love for cheek-tint dates back to 2008. I prefer tints and cremes to powder blushes. The formula could have been better I think. 3 dots give the same blushed cheeks with 3 km run. Bad math, you got my point. I see this is going into will always repurchase list until I find something better?

Kryolan Cheek Tint in Petunia

This is already a repurchase. I called the store to check if they had the shade Rose in stock, it was. Two days later, I visited the store to pick it up. It was gone. Someone just took away my dream blush. Rose, a subtle mauve pink, flattering for Indian skin tones. I love how natural this looks with dewy no makeup makeup. I always end up purchasing orange coloured stuff from Kryolan. IDKW.
Probably will repurchase again in a different shade?


Benefit Gimme Brow Tint (sample sized) & NYX Micro Brow Pencil
Two products!
I have almost finished NYX brow pencil. Is it Anastasia Beverly Hill's dupe?
Not exactly, the texture is quite dry in comparison to Anastasia. Even in terms of pigmentation, NYX is nowhere near. I've been going low on the brows. Nothing too striking.
Most days, it was just setting them in place with brow gel.


Essence I love Extreme Volume Mascara, Maybelline Falsies Push up Drama Mascara

Essence I love Extreme has to be my favourite. I used the combination of Volumising & Lengthening Mascaras. & lots of curling! Other Mascaras I used were Essence Multi-action & Tarte Tarteist Mascara. Tarte is better and I've one more tube to really form an opinion.


NYX Soft matte lip cream in Cannes swatches, Tarte Tarteist Lip paint in TBT, NYX Suede Matte lip liner in whipped caviar review, The body shop lip and cheek tint in pink hibiscus, forest essential rose lip balm
The Body Shop Lip Cheek Stain in Pink Hibiscus, Kryolan Cheek Tint in Dahlia, NYX suede liner in Whipped Caviar, Tarteist Creamy Matte Lip Paint Tbt, NYX SMLC Cannes
Natural light
From L <-> R: The Body Shop Lip Cheek Stain in Pink Hibiscus, Kryolan Cheek Tint in Petunia, NYX suede liner in Whipped Caviar, Tarteist Creamy Matte Lip Paint Tbt, NYX SMLC Cannes
The Body Shop Lip Cheek Stain in Pink Hibiscus, Kryolan Cheek Tint in Dahlia, NYX suede liner in Whipped Caviar, Tarteist Creamy Matte Lip Paint Tbt, NYX SMLC Cannes swatches
With Flash
From L <->R: The Body Shop Lip Cheek Stain in Pink Hibiscus, Kryolan Cheek Tint in Petunia, NYX suede liner in Whipped Caviar, Tarteist Creamy Matte Lip Paint Tbt, NYX SMLC Cannes

Neutral Pink-Brown/Mauve dominated 2018. These are the ones I've used throughout with a little variation of course. A little mixing and creating colours. In the first half, Rose pinks dominated and the rest half a subdued brown with a hint of pink. I've fallen in love with TBT's colour, texture and finish. I like Tarteist Creamy Matte Lip Paint Tbt better than NYX Lip cream. I love that mint kick too!
These appear exactly the same with a slight undertone variation. Tarte's TBT has cool undertone while NYX's Cannes is warm.

NYX suede liner in whipped caviar is definitely an MLLB situation. Everything that goes onto it looks good.
Forest essential Lip balm is a repurchase. I've been kind of missing it, I thought I wouldn't repurchase but I changed my mind. Shelling out money for a lip balm that is priced worth an average lipstick was something I didn't reconsider. I've loved it and will repurchase because I cannot have too many lip balms, can I?
A song dedication for this one? Icona pop's I love it. 😏

I have a makeup/skincare hate hitlist as well. But my contemplative state of mind wouldn't approve!

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  1. Wow, you tried and tested a great range of make-up products this year! I love reading these reviews as it opens my eyes to items I wouldn't normally consider. Shall have to add a few of these to my list!

  2. I've been looking at more vegan makeup this last year because I have been in a rut myself. Great ideas :)

  3. What a great selection of make up in the post, I am always looking for new make up all of the time .I usually buy from Body shop if I can get there too.

  4. What an extensive list! I like the way you broke everything down and made it super easy to follow. I wear make up but don't spend a lot of time researching it so this was super helpful.

  5. I’m not a huge make up person but when I do I never know what to buy but thank you for sharing I learnt a lot from concealers to lip liners! 🙂

  6. Love those lip colours. And your photography is extraordinary.

  7. I love your review here. The products look great. I love that you photographed the swatches too.

  8. The lip colors sound like something I'd love to give a try. I'm more of a foundation gal.


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