Best of 2013: Makeup

30 Dec 2013

So far we've covered skincare and hair care, but now it's time to delve into makeup - the products most of us love the most. Oh beautiful makeup, I don't think I'll ever lose my love for makeup, and I doubt my collection will ever be a 'capsule collection', because I seem a little bit incapable of resisting the urge to buy. Makeup is rather wonderful though. For me, makeup works to completely transform my face, it adds definition, working to highlight my best features and discreetly disguise the worst. For me makeup is a confidence booster, a necessity to make me feel like 'me'. Sometimes a mine field, navigating between brands, product claims and prices can be a tricky task, but once you find some firm favourites, it's hard for other products to get a look in. Of all the makeup I have tried in 2013, these are the products which stood out the most for me.
Best of 2013: Makeup

Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Even Finish Foundation SPF15 (Bobbi Brown, 30ml, £30): I have raved about this foundation many times. I adore every aspect; from the glass bottle and perfect pump, to the consistency, fragrance, colour match, how it feels on the skin. The formula is perfect, with a light, gel consistency, that feels plump and smooth on the skin. It contains skin-loving ingredients such as Shea Butter, working to moisturise and hydrate the skin. The colour is exceptional, the closest match I have ever found to my true skin tone; the result is a flawless, natural finish. Nothing compares, really. I'm about to repurchase - but so far one 30ml bottle has lasted me nine months. I don't use this everyday; it's too special for that, but it's always my first choice when I fancy something more special. The incredible longevity also makes this the only foundation I reach for when I need my makeup to last all day, it holds up to my oily skin and keeps my skin hydrated at the same time. It's amazing.
Read my review of the Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Even Finish Foundation SPF15 (link)

Clarins Splendours Bronzer (Debenhams, 20g, £30): I've always declared myself as a bronzer addict. Yet recently I've realised I've hardly any bronzers in my collection at all, having used up old bronzers, choosing not to replace them. For me bronzer is one of those products which you can either get right, or very wrong, and from experience of trying several dozens of high-street bronzers against a handful of high-end bronzers, that high-end really does do it best. The beauty of the Limited Edition Clarins Splendours Bronzer, is that it takes that high-end quality, the fabulous pigmentation, the incredibly longevity, and adds the most perfect formula, making application effortless. The colour is just right, with enough of a natural colour but a bit of oomph and natural holiday glow. Part of a limited edition collection in early 2013, this bronzer is no longer widely available, but I've seen it crop up a few times - so keep an eye out!
Read my review of the Clarins Splendours Bronzer (link)

Lancome Hypnose Drama Mascara (Boots, £22): I wasn't sure whether to include this, because I have only used a sample size and I am yet to buy the full size. But I will. I actually adore this mascara and I think it's beaten my current fave, the Bobbi Brown Extreme Party Mascara. Lancome mascaras contain rose in their ingredients, giving each a deliciously sweet floral fragrance. This also works to hydrate the lashes and keeps the formula on the right set of moist. I really struggle with mascaras that are too dry or too light. This has the perfect consistency yet still gives my lashes masses of volume and length. I can't wait to upgrade to the full size, so smitten with this one and it had to be featured in my favourites, as it has been for most of the year!
Read my review of the Lancome Hypnose Drama Mascara (link)

Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer (Boots, £4.19): Everyone and their nan has heard about this, so I'll keep it short and sweet. Thankfully I very rarely suffer from spots or blemishes, so my concealers are very rarely used for that purpose. Generally I use concealers to perfect and brighten my under eye area. The consistency of this particular concealer, is perfect; think but not so thick you can't blend it in, but moist enough to be manipulated and applied in even the trickiest of areas. It can be prone to creasing, sometimes, but generally it ticks all the boxes. It hides dark eyes, holds well, doesn't cake and rarely creases. The shade selection is a bit lackluster, but I switch between Fair, Light and Medium depending on time of year.
Read my review of the Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer (link)

NARS Light Reflecting Setting Powder (Selfridges, £25): I've mentioned this in passing, yet never credited it with a full review. Which is ridiculous considering it's the perfect setting powder. It's not so much perfect in the sense of an everyday powder, but for those occasions when you really can't afford for your makeup to budge? This is your answer. It's incredible. Completely translucent and incredibly light-weight, this is a super fine powder that needs the slightest amount of product to cover the t-zone and under eye. It's incredible how effortlessly this makes my makeup hold. A prized possession in my makeup collection and worth every last penny.
Read my review of the NARS Light Reflecting Setting Powder (link)

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