Best of 2017 / Makeup

Best of 2017 / Makeup - Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer Light, Maybelline Matte & Poreless Fit Me Foundation, Tarte Shape Tape Concealer, Kat Von D Lock-It Setting Powder, Tarte Amazonian Clay Blush, Becca Sunlit Bronzer, Too Faced Love Light Highlighter, Colourpop Pressed Eyeshadows, Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz, Maybelline Colossal Big Shot Mascara, MAC Lipsticks, Jouer Longwear Lip Creme Liquid Lipstick, NARS Velvet Lip Glide

It’s time for the big one – the yearly favourites. A rundown of all the products I’ve been loving this year. It’s hard to believe that we’re already here – 2017 has been an absolute blur but it’s also been an absolute pleasure to keep working hard on TBC. For my best of 2017, I decided to stick mostly to new discoveries rather than repeating myself over and over again. Yes, I still love my NARS TM and my Rimmel The Only 1 Lipsticks but I thought I’d take the chance to talk up some of the products that came into my life this year and became a part of my routine.

I also couldn’t resist adding in honourable mentions in every category. Because I’m a mess. For the most part, they’re products that I’ve loved just as much this year, or maybe I’ve only had them for half the year so can’t quite include them as the best of the year.

Best of 2017 / Makeup - Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer Light, Maybelline Matte & Poreless Fit Me Foundation, Tarte Shape Tape Concealer, Kat Von D Lock-It Setting Powder


Primer / Smashbox Photo Finish Primer Light

I’ll admit that this year, I didn’t really try out a lot of new and exciting primers, but this gem from Smashbox’s incredible line of primers definitely made it’s way into my favourites. For someone who doesn’t love the feel of heavy, silicone primers on the skin but still loves the effect they give to the skin, this is perfect. It doesn’t feel like it weighs the skin down and instead just really smoothes out pores and makes foundation apply much nicer.

Honourable mentions to Mecca Max Bring On Bright Illuminating Primer & Marc Jacobs Perfecting Coconut Face Primer.

Foundation / Maybelline Fit Me Matte & Poreless

Two drugstore foundations this year absolutely changed the game for me. But the Maybelline Matte & Poreless comes out on top. The shade match is awesome, the coverage is great for when I need something a step up from my regular tinted moisturiser-y bases, and the matte finish is so flattering. I’ve loved drugstore foundations in the past but I think this has become my new number one budget base.

Honourable mentions to Revlon Colorstay Oily/Combination Foundation, Bare Minerals Complexion Rescue & NARS Tinted Moisturiser

Concealer / Tarte Shape Tape Contour Concealer

2017 was well and truly the year that Shape Tape took over the industry. And I’m not ashamed to admit that I fell for the hype. Although I’m not quite at the stage where I can never look at another concealer again, it’s hard to deny how effective this is on days where I really need to cover up my sleep deprivation. A small swipe under each eye goes a long way, I find, and it blends in so effortlessly with a Beauty Blender. It’s no wonder I reach for it most days.

Honourable mention goes to the Urban Decay Colour Correcting Fluid.

Powder / Kat Von D Lock-It Setting Powder

I’ve been trying plenty of loose setting powders this year and loving a lot of them too but I think if I bothered to count it out, this powder would be my most-used, particularly in the second half of the year. It just does such a brilliant job, I find. I love setting my under eyes with it but I also love how it looks on my t-zone, making the complexion look just a little smoother. Will definitely be picking up the full size at some stage.

Honourable mentions go to Savvy CC Powder, RCMA No Colour Powder & Cover FX Perfect Setting Powder.

Best of 2017 / Makeup - Tarte Amazonian Clay Blush, Becca Sunlit Bronzer, Too Faced Love Light Highlighter


Blush / Tarte Amazonian Clay Blushes in Exposed & Paaarty

I know I said I was talking about all of my new favourites from this year, but nothing quite beats my Tarte blushes. And on mornings when I’m not sure what to reach for, these two always have my back. Exposed and Paaarty are similar shades, both flattering easy to wear nudes. Paired with an easy-to-wear, long-wearing formula and we’re on to a winner.

Honourable mentions go to MAC Warm Soul, Essence Satin Love & Rimmel Pink Rose.

Bronzer / Becca Sunlit Bronzer in Bali Sands

When Becca released these beauties, it didn’t take long for me to give in and I’m very glad that I did. Bali Sands has quickly become one of my favourite picks for my pale skin. The shade is beautiful, the undertones are flattering and the formula is great, too. Subtle at first but easily buildable, Becca’s cheek products continue to impress. I can already tell I’ll be hitting pan on this one at some stage this year.

Honourable mention goes to Soap & Glory Solar Powder.

Highlighter / Too Faced Love Light Prismatic Highlighter in Blinded By The Light

This was definitely one of the harder categories to pick from, probably because I love reaching for different highlighters every day to make the most of my always-growing collection. But somehow, I ended up with this Too Faced offering on top. I think these missed the mark for a lot of people, judging by reviews, but for me, the subtle glow that this beauty provides is all I need on the day-to-day. It’s pretty much foolproof which is why I reach for it whenever I don’t know which other highlighters to go for.

Honourable mentions to Tarte Amazonian Clay Highlighter, Milani Instant Glow Powder & Fenty Beauty Killawatt Freestyle Highlighter Duo.

Best of 2017 / Makeup - Colourpop Pressed Eyeshadows, Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz, Maybelline Colossal Big Shot Mascara


Eyeshadow / Colourpop Pressed Powder Eyeshadows

I was really looking forward to trying out Colourpop’s pressed eyeshadows when they launched, but I really wasn’t expecting to fall in love with them as much as I have. At least three orders later and I’m quickly filling up a palette with drool-worthy neutrals. The mattes are easy to work with and blend out beautifully and the shimmers speak for themselves when it comes to intense shine with minimal fallout (I prefer to apply to my fingers). Can’t wait for them to keep releasing shades for me to add to my collection.

Honourable mentions to Violet Voss Taupe Notch Eyeshadow Palette & LORAC Unzipped Palette.

Brows / Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz

My brow routine remained pretty constant this year, I was using a lot of Benefit at the beginning of the year but when they ran out I returned to my trusty Brow Wiz. And I have been loving it. The teeny nib makes it super simple to create natural-looking brows and even does a great job of sorting out the unruly tails of my brows. There have been plenty of new brow bits in my drawers this year but the OG love still comes out on top.

Honourable mentions to Benefit Goof Proof Brow Pencil, Colourpop Brow Pencil & Savvy Clear Brow Gel.

Mascara / Maybelline The Colossal Big Shot Mascara

Maybelline’s mascaras never cease to amaze me. Each formula works wonders for my lashes so I had no doubt that the Big Shot Colossal Mascara would too, when I got around to picking it up. The wand grabs every single hair, adding length, volume and definition. And it holds a curl. On top of it’s affordable price, what more could I ask for?

Honourable mentions to Ciate Wonderwand & Smashbox Indecent Exposure Mascara.

Best of 2017 / Makeup - MAC Lipsticks, Jouer Longwear Lip Creme Liquid Lipstick, NARS Velvet Lip Glide


Lipstick / MAC Lipsticks

I never really went through the MAC phase that a lot of people seem to when they first get into makeup but I think I’ve well and truly made up for it this year. I added so many goodies into my collection but the new lipstick additions have been on constant rotation. There’s a formula and a shade for pretty much anyone, so you can hardly go wrong. Syrup* & Brave* have taken up permanent residency in my handbag, it would seem, and Patisserie will always remain favourite.

Honourable mentions to Rimmel The Only 1 Lipsticks, NARS Satin Lip Pencils & Buxom Big & Sexy Bold Gel Lipsticks.

Liquid Lipstick / Jouer Longwear Liquid Lip Creme

It was love at first swatch with this formula so this category was a bit of a no-brainer for me. I’ve been obsessed with Tawny Rose pretty much all year now. I always end up reaching for it when I want a my-lips-but-better shade in a formula that never lets me down. It’s mousse-y, applies beautifully and wears really comfortably. Will definitely continue adding shades from this range into my collection this year…

Honourable mentions to Bare Minerals Gen Nude Matte Liquid Lip Color & Smashbox Always On Matte Liquid Lipstick.

Lip Gloss / NARS Velvet Lip Glides

I was a little stumped for this category, honestly, because nothing immediately sprang to mind but then I remembered that for most of the year if you had a look in my handbag, you’d be able to find one of these. The Velvet Lip Glide formula has really impressed me this year. When I want a glossy lip, these have been my go-to’s.

Honourable mentions to L’Oreal Infallible Sexy Balms & NYX Butter Glosses.

What were your favourite products of 2017?

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  • I know! I’d have a field day if I could swatch all of their line-up, for sure. It normally takes me a while to place an order because I scour the internet looking for every swatch available before finally making a decision.

  • SO good – I have this urge to buy all of them?

  • So good!

  • I still need to get Maybelline Matte and Poreless! I was going to pick it up in the 50% off sale, but they were sold out of my colour. Next time for sure! Tarte Paaarty will be making my 2017 faves too! Such a perfect pinky nude hehe. I think Colourpop shadows will make an appearance in my 2018 faves because I only just got a couple of their palettes. I love the singles I have from them but didn’t get a tonne of use from them!

    Tasha // shiwashiful.

    • Definitely next time! It’s amazing! And yessss, I’d never really noticed Paaarty in the line-up before but so glad I have it now!