With the end of 2015 drawing to a close and the Christmas countdown officially starting tomorrow, it's time to start sharing my favourite products of the year. The first of a few posts coming your way, today I'm going to be sharing the makeup products which stood out for me the most. From budget-friendly brands whose products left me pleasantly surprised, to high-end favourites that are well worth the splurge. These are the makeup products I have used the most in 2015, the products I have been reaching for time and time again - my makeup favourites of 2015.
Vichy Dermablend Fluid Corrective Foundation, 30ml, £15.30
I first shared my thoughts on Vichy Dermablend back in April when I hailed it as the miracle base, and I still stand by that claim. For a pretty affordable liquid foundation, it is the most effective base I have come across for completely disguising any imperfections with a medium to full coverage, but with a formula that is light-weight and feels completely weightless on the skin. It leaves skin looking absolutely flawless and I am pretty sure this is going to be a permanent addition in my base drawer forever more, because no matter how much I love other bases, nothing gives the effect of this one. With new packaging and a new shade range, this is definitely one which should be on everyone's 'to try' list.
Available at www.escentual.com.
Bobbi Brown Intensive Skin Serum Foundation*, 30ml, £39
Another base, but one I had to give a mention because boy am I smitten with this beauty! It's fairly new to my routine, having been my base of choice for the past 4 or so weeks, but from first use I have been absolutely in love. I have a full review coming very soon, so I'll keep this short and sweet; it's been a perfect base for any occasion providing light-medium coverage and keeping my skin looking healthy with a natural finish. It stays fresh throughout the day, without drying or caking even on my dehydrated areas. It's a bit blooming lovely!
KIKO Mosaic Highlighter
OK so this is a bit of a cheeky one to include as it was part of a limited edition collection earlier this year, but having been the highlighter I have used the most this year, it more than deserved it's spot in my makeup favourites. It's just the most pretty highlighter I have ever come across, so incredibly subtle and manages catches the light in all the right places. I love using it on my brow bone, the tops of my cheekbone and sometimes lightly applied down the centre of my nose and my cupid's bow. If KIKO ever bring out a mosaic highlight again, I highly recommend checking it out!
Illamasqua Precision Brow Gel, £18.50
A product which actually took me by surprise, the first brow product of it's type I've used and one I was convinced I would hate - yet it's actually turned out to be my favourite brow product ever! I shared a pretty rave review of this beauty back in March and it's been a favourite in my makeup routine ever since. A really lovely product that has a fabulous formula that can be applied lightly for a more natural look, or with more intensity (as I prefer to use it) for a bolder brow. It lasts all day long, longer than any other brow product I've tried, still looking freshly applied when I go to remove my makeup at night. What more could you want in a brow product?
Available at www.illamasqua.com.
Bobbi Brown Natural Brow Shaper, £16.50
If more natural and subtle looking brows are your thing, then the product I've turned to whenever I'm short on time or just popping out somewhere quick where a full face of makeup really wasn't necessary, is the Natural Brow Shaper from Bobbi Brown. I've tried a couple of brow gels of this type which is presented almost like a mini mascara, and out of all the brands I've tried - this is by far the best. It's quick and easy to apply, natural in shade and lasts well throughout the day.
Daniel Sandler Sculpt & Slim-Effect Contour Face Powder, £24.50
Another one which I couldn't rave enough about this year is the stunning Sculpt & Slim-Effect Contour Face Powder, which is just so effortless to use. A contouring and highlighting duo, it gives the most natural effect you will come across for a product of this nature. It is unbelievable. The contour shade gives the perfect amount of definition whilst still looking natural, whilst the highlight shade beautifully captures the light in an elegant and subtle way. The formula is an absolute dream to work with, and the compact itself is the best I have come across for a duo-product compact like this.
Available at www.danielsandler.com.
Bagsy Ray of Sunshine Perfect Glow Bronzing Powder, £18
One which featured in my recent November favourites, this is probably my most used bronzing powder of 2015. I've been using the shade 01 Light/Medium, which I was convinced would be far too light for me but actually turned out to be spot on. It gives a lovely natural warming glow when applied lightly, whilst it can also be built up with a touch more intensity to create a lovely contour. It's not the cheapest bronzer around, especially for such an ultra-slim compact, but it's just absolutely perfect all year round! You can check out my full review in my post on why Bagsy is a must-try beauty brand.
Available at www.feelunique.com.
Hourglass Dim Infusion Ambient Lighting Blush, £28
Hourglass seems to be one of the most talked about premium beauty brands of the year, but I have to admit I'm not the biggest fan. Earlier in the year I shared my thoughts on whether the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush range is really worth the hype, and it's safe to say it wasn't the most rave review I've shared! That said, there is no denying that Dim Infusion has been one of my most used products of the year; both as a soft blush and as a subtle highlight. If there's any shades within the range that I'd recommend checking out, it's Dim Infusion.
Available at www.spacenk.com.
Max Factor Nude Mauve Creme Puff Blush, £8.99
An alternative to the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush range at a much more affordable price and, in my opinion, much better overall, is the lovely Max Factor Creme Puff Blush range. My most used shade from the range is without a doubt Nude Mauve which is just a super pretty subtle everyday wearable shade that adds a soft touch of colour. I adore the formula for this range and cannot recommend them highly enough - I'd buy these over the Hourglass alternatives any day!
Available at www.boots.com.
Urban Decay Naked Basics 2 Eyeshadow Palette, £23
There's no doubt that I fell absolutely in love with the Naked Basics 2 palette this year and actually prefer it to the original Naked Basics palette. For me the shades are much easier to work with than the original Basics offering and I really love the selection which I find can work wonderfully for everything from day time appropriate looks to more night time sultry eyes. I'm a huge fan of the Urban Decay Naked range in general, but the Basics line stands out for me because of just how effortless it is to get on with. Lightweight, easy to travel with and with a lovely selection of shades, great for everyone from beginners to experts.
Available at www.urbandecay.co.uk.
Bobbi Brown Limited Edition Greige Eye Palette, £52
Back in September when I shared my top picks from the limited edition Bobbi Brown Greige Collection, I made the bold claim that this was my favourite Bobbi Brown eye palette yet - and I stand by that claim. Each time I use this palette I am just left in absolute awe at how beautiful the shades are, how stunning the formula is and how many different looks I can create. It's been a real stand-out makeup product for me this year and I cannot recommend enough that you snap up this limited edition beauty before it's gone for good. It's definitely a splurge buy (so maybe one for the Christmas wishlist?), but it really is worth every penny!
Maybelline Nude Perfection Color Drama Intense Velvet Lip Pencil, £4.99
I am a huge fan of this range and earlier in the year I hailed Nude Perfection as the MAC Velvet Teddy dupe, as it is pretty much spot on, the closest dupe for any product I've ever come across. Nude Perfection has been one of my most worn nude shades of the year, and 2015 has definitely been about the nude lips for me. It has a deliciously creamy formula, it's incredibly easy to apply and lasts really well throughout the day. For less than £5, you really can't go wrong.
Available at www.boots.com.
Sephora Rosewood Rouge Infusion Lip Stain, $14/£9.31
Not so long ago I shared a teeny tiny mini Sephora haul with you all, which just like all of my Sephora hauls so far, included some of Sephora's own products. I've tried the Rouge Infusion Lip Stain range before and I have to admit, it's a real winner for me. I love the formula which glides on with ease, providing a more sheer coverage than most liquid lipsticks but still giving wonderful colour pay-off with fantastic longevity. Rosewood is a really warm rosey nude and I have adored using it since I added it to my ever-growing Rouge Infusion Lip Stain collection.
Available at www.sephora.com.
Sephora Marvellous Mauve Cream Lip Stain, $14/£9.31
Another one I picked up in my mini haul and yet another Sephora own lip product. There's a lot of bloggers who are big fans of the Cream Lip Stain range and I really do think they are the best budget-friendly liquid lacquers available. I have 5 now, and Marvellous Mauve has definitely been my most worn shade of the selection I have. It's similar to Rosewood, but with more pigmentation and a truly opaque finish; almost like a liquid MAC Mehr.
Available at www.sephora.com.
Lily Lolo Laid Bare Eye Palette, £19.99
Of all the makeup products I have tried in 2015, this is probably the one which left me most pleasantly surprised. I shared the Laid Bare Eye Palette along with a few other Lily Lolo products I had been trying in my recent post celebrating 10 years of Lily Lolo mineral makeup, and I've been besotted with this palette ever since. I've tried a few Lily Lolo products over the years but all have been in loose mineral format, I really wasn't sure how I'd fair with this pressed powder eye palette. It has a lovely variety of matte, demi-matte and shimmer finishes with such a gorgeous array of shades. They are super easy to work with and blend really well, lasting well throughout the day too. In fact, they easily compare with a lot of my more high-end shadows in all respects. I'm really impressed!
Available at www.lilylolo.co.uk.
My 15 favourite makeup products of 2015 - what makeup products stood out for you this year?
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