Another year, another 12 months of makeup hauls, reviews and holy grail discoveries. Compared to previous years, I feel like my beauty purchases were definitely about quality over quantity. 2018 was the year I finally tried some cult favourite products, like MAC Fix+ and Anastasia Beverly Hills eyeshadow palettes, and I for once dived head first into the world of primers, something I’ve held off from for… well, forever. Below are what I consider to be the best of the best of what I’ve purchased in the last year. These are my All Star players in my collection, each one performing its best and creating a beauty fantasy league in my makeup bag. Without even realising it, I managed to pick a favourite product from pretty much every category, from primers to foundations, blushes and lipsticks. Keep reading to see what beauty picks I highly recommend as we move into 2019!
Okay, I lied (a little). I don’t have just one eyeshadow palette to recommend, because that’s impossible. Eyeshadows are my favourite part of doing my makeup, and in 2018 I was lucky enough to discover like… three? Four? Holy grail palettes? I recommend every single one of these palettes and have done extensive reviews on all of them, which I’ve linked below. Now go forth and spend your Christmas money.
Anastasia Beverly Hills Soft Glam Palette – My favourite palette of the year, elbowing my much loved NARS Atomic Blonde into an extremely narrow second place purely because this one has more shades so you get more bang for your buck. I adore this palette. I waited and waited for Anastasia to release a neutrals palette more toned down than their hyper-red Modern Renaissance one, and I’m so happy this was my first. It’s just the perfect palette, and I feel so sentimental about it. I highly recommend this if you’re in the market for a no-nonsense, incredible everyday-to-night neutrals palette that has it all. Read my full review of it here.
NARS Atomic Blonde Eye + Cheek Palette – WOW. This palette makes me feel things. It’s so luxurious and chic and I feel like a makeup artist when I use it and like a model when I’m wearing it. I get compliments left, right and centre. People ask me what’s on my eyes. I don’t think any other makeup item has ever had that effect over me. Maybe this should have taken first place after all. Read my full review of it here.
Anastasia Beverly Hills Norvina Palette – This is Soft Glams more eccentric little sister. She’s in the same warm neutrals family but she packs that pop of purple which contrasts so beautifully with the oranges and burgundies in this palette. The ABH eyeshadow formula is my favourite because it’s so pigmented, and their shimmery metallic shades are out of this world. They’re so dimensional and stunning and are so impactful. Read my full review of it here.
Colourpop Double Entendre Palette – My most used palette for 2018. Seriously. I bought this palette for myself for Christmas last year and took it across the world with me. I wore it in Rome, Florence, Venice, Paris and London, and I always think of that month whenever I open this item. It’s slim and compact but has 12 incredible shades. What drew me to this palette was because I knew I’d use every single colour, and I do. It’s got it all. And it’s only $16. I actually never did a full review on this, which is a damn shame. I did, however, feature it in my February Favourites, which you can read here.
These are palettes I’ve bought late in the year and haven’t used as much as the ones above, but I couldn’t not include them, they’re amazing.
Morphe x James Charles Palette – A real last minute entry, but a deserving one none the less. This palettes makes me feel so inspired whenever I open it. Not only does it have a huge array of colours, but it’s a rainbow palette that has so many transitional shades as well, making it perfect not just for professionals but also beginners. It’s just such a well thought out palette and I’m so proud of James and what he’s achieved too, so again, another sentimental item I’ll be using a lot more of in 2019 (still feels weird to write that.) You can read my full review of it here.
Trixie Mattel x Sugarpill Oh Honey! Palette – I have cherished this palette so much. Trixie is one of my favourite drag queens of all time, and owning this palette is like supporting her journey. I still haven’t dedicated a proper review to it yet, which is something I’ve been meaning to do for months. I’m meeting her in February and am tempted to get her to sign it. She used to be a working makeup artist, and the way she explained her thought process in picking these shades, plus her friendship with Sugarpill founder Amy, makes it one of my favourite purchases of 2018. You’ll definitely hear more about it in the new year. I featured it in this haul, which you can read here.
Colourpop Supernova Shadows – Okay, this isn’t a palette, but Colourpop has liquid shadows you swipe on your eyelids as if they’re a lip gloss (but they’re not glossy) and I absolutely love them. They’re very similar to the Stila ones, but not as good, but they’re a quarter of the price. I own the shades Walk of Fame, Moonlit and Constellation and I just want to keep adding more to my collection. They just pop on your eyes and I always get comments and asked what I’m wearing when I’ve got them on.
Now That Eyeshadows Are Covered, Here Are My Products of The Year
Primer of The Year
Hourglass Mineral Veil Primer – This. Primer. Wow. I tried this primer in a little sample pack ages ago and loved it, but it’s just so freaking expensive that I never considered buying it, until 2018. It’s phenomenal. It’s the best primer on the market, hands down. It’s so smooth, glides across your skin and sinks in effortlessly. It almost feels powdery in a way once it’s on your skin? You definitely get what you pay for with this one. It’s my ‘special occasions only’ primer because a tiny 8.95ml bottle is $27, their 30ml option is $79 and their full sized 59ml bottle is $110.
Revlon Photo-ready Brightening Primer – Because my favourite Hourglass one costs an arm and a leg, a much more reasonable option I’ve fallen in love with this year is this Revlon alternative. It’s very similar to Mineral Veil, just not as good, but still great. It’s not sticky, it doesn’t pull on my skin, it sinks in easily, and foundation lies on top of it really nicely. I notice when I don’t use this primer, and I think when you miss wearing something, you know it’s good.
Okay One More Honourable Mention
Maybelline Face Studio Primer – Alright I just wanna mention this one real quick! This primer from Maybelline was a spontaneous purchase, which makes its greatness even sweeter. It’s not tinted, but it’s not white (instead a light beige shade), meaning I’m able to wear it on its own without looking like I have a white-cast across my face. It has a slightly greasy finish, but it’s not a BB Cream. It’s just different and perfect and I just really love wearing it on its own with powder over the top for hot summer days.
Foundation of The Year
Colourpop No Filter Foundation – Think of Maybelline Fit Me but better, and maybe even a couple dollars cheaper. It has medium to full coverage, is a perfect colour match to my skin tone and has incredible longevity. It’s one of those foundations where you catch yourself in the mirror at night after wearing it all day and you think, damn, this still looks good. Also, I just love the packaging, I think the bottle is so simple but effective. It also has a pump! Love that.
Concealer of The Year
Colourpop No Filter Concealer – What a power couple. This concealer has wonderful coverage. It manages to look natural but flawless, just like a filter. Again, the shade range is so vast that you’re able to get a great match, and it’s so affordable and doesn’t crease under my eyes. Two solid thumbs up. I’ve repurchased this like four times and won’t be stopping anytime soon.
Tarte Shape Tape Concealer – My friend bought this, swatched it, didn’t like it and gave it to me, and I love it. I know Tarte is basically cancelled within the beauty community, but this super high coverage concealer deserve just one more little bit of praise added to its hype. It genuinely is amazing and concealers a lot. However! Because it’s so thick, it might crease under your eyes, so keep that in mind. It’s just recently come to Sephora Australia, so you can now go in and test the cult favourite product for yourself.
Setting Spray of The Year
MAC Fix+ – It’s taken me years to jump on the Fix+ train and I finally have and I’m loving it. This setting spray just melts all my makeup together and makes it look amazing. It’s that final finishing touch I can’t leave the house without, and that’s exactly why I held off buying it for so long. I hate that I now can’t live without a $30+ bottle of something that’s practically water, but it’s just that good.
Highlighter of the Year
Becca x Jaclyn Hill Champagne Pop – I’ve mentioned this highlighter in previous yearly favourites, and while I don’t like doing repeats, this highlighter is just incredible. I used to treat it as a ‘special occasions only highlighter’, but screw it! 2018 was the year I used it as my go-to everyday one and it made me feel amazing every day. It’s a really beautiful shade that I think would suit a lot of skin tones. (Not pictured, my apologies.)
Blush of The Year
Kiko ‘Dreaming Coral’ Holiday Baked Blush – I bought this blush in Florence, Italy earlier this year when I went overseas for a university study tour, so it means so much to me. Not only is it special, but it’s actually a fantastic. It’s a gorgeous pinky gold shade that reminds me of what NARS Orgasm is supposed to be but isn’t? (I know that’s a cult favourite but it doesn’t knock my socks off.) I find matte blushes make my face look quite flat, but blushes with a sheen to them make me look healthy and merge so well with any highlighter, so this blush is such a winner with me. Plus, it’s huge and there is so much product, so it’s going to last ages.
Contour Kit of The Year
Kat Von D Shade + Light Contour Kit – Okay, I know Kat Von D Beauty is cancelled, but this contouring kit is the only thing I’ve used since like 2016 (!!) and it still works wonders and I still have product left. The shades are perfect, they’re so creamy and soft and they just look so natural on my skin. It’s seriously on it’s last legs though, so I’m giving it one last shout-out here before putting it into retirement in 2019.
Lipstick of The Year
Colourpop Lux Lipsticks – I adore this formula. Colourpop lipsticks are so pigmented, hydrating, long lasting, and their shades are so true to colour from their website (something which is kind of hard to portray, so when I shop with them I trust what they’re showing me). Their rose gold packaging that’s decorated in stars is also super sweet. My favourite shade is their terracotta shade Foolish.
Miss Fame Beauty Lipvoyeur Creme Lipsticks – I couldn’t pick a favourite between these two brands, so they both take first place. Miss Fame’s debut beauty products are amazing. The lipsticks are everything I love and need in a lipstick; pigmented, hydrating, long-lasting and easy to use and apply. My favourite shade is her peachy nude called How’s Your Head? Read my full review on her lipsticks here.
So those are my 2018 Beauty Favourites! What products do you consider to be your All Star players of the year that was? And have you tried any of my favourites? Leave me a comment below, I’d love to hear your thoughts and get recommendations for what I should be browsing in 2019! This isn’t my last post for the year (got two more up my sleeve) but it’s my last beauty one, so I want to thank you for another year of support and love on all things beauty here over on my blog! *insert all the heart emojis*
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All the love,