Taking stock of some of my favourite best beauty products from the year always seem the most appropriate to wrap up the year. It’s a good way to keep me disciplined during the holiday season (No, I do not need that new palette, but a foundation backup is totally reasonable!) and to inspire upcoming shopping trips by reminding myself of what kind of colours/formula/products worked best throughout the year. Where I can, I’ve avoided repeats from previous years just to make sure we’re seeing as much variety as possible!
As always, I try to diversify the products, brands, and price range so that there’s something in here for everyone. Let me know if you have any similar favourites or product preferences as I’m always looking to try out more brands and formula’s during this sale season!
The Best Beauty Products from 2017
The Perfect Foundation
It’s no secret that my go-to foundation of the year has been the Laura MercierSilk Creme Photo Edition Foundation ($58, available here) which I have featured several times throughout the year and continue to be impressed by. It is an expensive foundation but so worth every penny! It has the most beautiful second-skin finish that lasts all day! It is simply a fantastic low-maintenance foundation that gives you the most natural-looking result while covering up all those imperfections with one layer!
The Minimal Face Makeup Finishers
I’ve been mightily obsessed with the MACCosmic Force Mineralized Skinfinish ($33, available here). I bought it on a complete whim, hoping that it might be a dupe to my favourite Burberry Blush but it just wasn’t the right colour… it was much better and absolutely what I had been looking for! Unfortunately, the Cosmic Force blush is limited edition but still available for purchase online only (as far as I know, my local counters don’t carry it in-store).
To set the rest of my makeup, my go-to has been the Make Up For EverMist & Fix ($36, available here). Although not as popular as the Urban Decay All Nighter, this setting spray does the job nicely (if you don’t mind the weird smell!) The bottle has lasted me ages and I can’t wait to restock during the Sephora sale as I’m running quite low!
The Best Eye Makeup Trio
I’ve been reaching for the same three products throughout the year for my eye makeup: The ClarinsOmbre Iridescent or the Matte Iridescent (Depending on the occasion) for an all-over eye colour, the MACProlongwear Waterproof Brow Set ($21, available here) for the brow, and lastly the CliniqueHigh Impact Mascara ($19, available here) is the best long-lasting mascara that doesn’t weigh down my short lashes.
These trio work wonders – totally low-maintenance, smudge proof, and looks effortless. In addition to these benefits, the trio doesn’t require extra tools to apply so you can sneak one in your purse for when you feel like you need to touch up on the go!
The Finishing Touches
One product that I cannot be without after purchasing it is the OrdinaryAdvanced Retinoid 2% ($9.80, available here). It’s a product that really cleared my skin and kept it as bump-free for the longest time! I was very impressed and am quite in love with the various offering that The Ordinary offers.
I’ve also been obsessed with BatisteDry Shampoo ($7.99, available here). I wished I had known about this product from a long time ago because it helps add volume to my hair whilst keeping the “oiliness” from the variety of hair products I use, at minimum! It’s available in a whole bunch of scents so there’s something that I’m sure will appeal to you – I can’t wait to pick this up again because it’s changed my hair styling process!
Now it’s over to you! What are some of your favourite products from 2017?
Thanks Becky! I wanted to narrow it down to less than 10 products a year because otherwise that would just be quite silly! The Retinoid is the best thing I’ve ever put on my face – I can have 10 slices of pizza and not wake up with massive breakouts the next day haha!
The Batiste for Deep Brunette Hair is one of my all time forever favourites! Its one of the few dry shampoos that doesn’t make my hair feel gritty. As you know, Make Up For Ever Excessive Lash is my mascara of choice for the year (unless something else pops up in the last month or so!) and ABH Modern Renaissance is my favourite palette!
I’ve heard about the LM foundation for so long and I always forget to get a sample of it to see if it works with my skin. I should try it out before the VIB rouge sale again….hopefully I love it, I’ve been on the hunt for a new foundation!
I need to try out that foundation – it sounds so nice! I haven’t used MAC Mineralized Skin Finish in years, but I always use to like it! Great favorites!
aah, that the ordinary retinoid is something i always forget to use! i’ve already been through a bottle of the hyaluronic acid serum + almost done my buffet serum and i’ve barely made a dent in the retinoid, haha.
your short list is actually quite refreshing! i love me some claire marshall but her favorites/beauty review videos are definitely long and something that i like playing in the background while doing simple tasks like cleaning :p
becky @ star violet