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The Makeup Class of 2016: Eyes & Lips (& Brushes!)

16 January 2017

If you read my previous post on my 2016 makeup favourites for the face, you'll know that I'm constantly switching up the products I use. I feel restrained when I use the same things over and over; like there is a whole world of makeup out there that I'm missing out on. Every so often, though, I'll come across products that are such standouts to me that I can't help but put them down.

Introducing my eye, lip, and brush favourites of the past year:

Eyeshadow base

MAC Painterly Paint Pot
I've had this guy for years, and even though I used it on most of my makeup-wearing days, I still haven't hit the bottom! If you're looking for a good eyeshadow primer/base to mattify the lids and blank out any veins or discolouration, I don't think you can go wrong with a Paint Pot.


Chanel Eros Stylo Yeux Waterproof
I'm not typically an expensive eyeliner kind of person but the Chanel Le Rouge fall collection had some beautiful pieces, including this burgundy eyeliner. I'm sure there are plenty of burgundy eyeliners out there but from the moment I swatched this, I felt compelled to have it in my life. If you're into messy, slightly grungy or reddish eye looks, look no further. It's surprisingly flattering on brown eyes and I imagine it would really bring out blue/green/hazel eyes too. The formula is also tops. Super creamy and blendable but sets down to a smudge-proof finish.

Single eyeshadow

Burberry Chestnut Sheer Eyeshadow
The Burberry Sheer Eyeshadow formula is my favourite. They literally blend themselves. I believe they've since replaced it with their Wet & Dry Silk Eyeshadows, which I'm yet to try. Definitely a treat yourself product, and I think I've treated myself enough lately.

Eyeshadow palette

Tarte Tartelette In Bloom Amazonian Clay Palette
I went a bit ham with palettes in 2016 but surprisingly, the one I ended up gravitating towards was a purchase I made early in the year. The Tartelette In Bloom Palette has my perfect selection of neutral shades with a slightly rosy twist, which I'm a big fan of. Not everything Tarte brings out is top notch, but this palette certainly is.

Tinted lip balm

Tarte Rose Lip Quench Rescue
Speaking of Tarte, a surprise standout was their Lip Quench Rescue, which is essentially a tinted lip balm. It's the best tinted lip balm I've ever tried, and I've tried a few. I don't hear anyone talk about it and I don't know why! It has this really cool gel, glossy finish and it doesn't give you butthole lips. I repeat: it does not give you butthole lips. You know, that unsightly white ring on the inside of your lips? Cannot rave enough.

Lip gloss

NYX Praline Butter Gloss
This one's an oldie, although the colour is one of their slightly newer ones. The NYX Butter Gloss formula is one of the few that smooths over whatever unsightly texture I might have on my lips. Cheap and cheerful, too.

Clarins Plum Shimmer (08) Instant Light Natural Lip Perfector
I like to think of these as the higher-end, creamier version of the NYX Butter Glosses. I've heard beauty bloggers go on and on about these lip balm/gloss hybrids for years but I only tried one for the first time in 2016. These are ridiculously comfortable on the lips. They actually feel hydrating on the lips (probably because of the mineral oil), and they give the perfect amount of carefree colour and shine. I now have three shades but Plum Shimmer is my favourite because of how enhancing it is on my already purplish lips. I much prefer these to the Instant Light Natural Lip Balm Perfectors, which are more drying and accentuating of dry flakes. 

Liquid lipstick

Jouer Noisette Lip Creme
I have to admit, I have quite the collection of liquid lipsticks (which probably isn't wise considering their shelf life is a lot shorter than that of regular bullet lipsticks). Out of all the ones I own, the Jouer Noisette Lip Creme was my most-worn of the year. It's a super unique chocolate brown that isn't too dark or warm. The formula is a moussier one, which I think makes it easier to apply to the lips (I have a tendency to accidentally go outside my lip line with liquid lipsticks). The only criticism I have of these is that the handle of the wand is this tiny little cube, making it sometimes hard to hold. I can only imagine how difficult it might be for someone with long nails, let alone my short ones.

Kat Von D Lolita Everlasting Liquid Lipstick
I wore this a lot during the cooler months. I was finally able to understand why people are such fans of this Lolita shade. On me, it's quite a deep rosy/mauvey brown, but I've seen it look different depending on the person (or because of an issue with batches, perhaps). The formula is thinner than Jouer's but not the most liquidy I've come across. 

Makeup brushes

ELF Blush Brush
This is such an affordable brush for its quality, and I love how versatile this shape of brush is. It's a smaller, tapered blush brush but its shape lends itself to powdering precise areas of the face, blush, and highlight. I have two of these because. Just because.

Wayne Goss #19 Eyeshadow Blending Brush
I always hear people harp on about how important makeup brushes are. "You could have low quality makeup but apply it with high quality brushes and your makeup would still look good!" While I don't think that's true a hundred percent of the time, a good blending brush does wonders for an eye look, and the best part? No scratchiness! At all! So soft! I've since bought more of Wayne Goss's brushes and I haven't been disappointed. Every single one of them feels ridiculously soft and performs well. I may have acquired a new-found obsession with Japanese-made brushes. An expensive obsession...

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