14 Amazing Makeup Products I Bought In 2016

Another year is soon over and that means it’s time to do a recap of my best buys from 2016. Each day up to new years I will post about my favorite products and write short reviews. I think this will be of interest and instead of writing about all the products in one post, I will divide them into categories. Makeup, Beauty And Hair & Styling.  This post will be about my makeup favs from this year!

D O U B L E   W E A R   F O U N D A T I O N

The first makeup product that is my favorite buy from this year is the Double Wear foundation from Estee Lauder. After using Bobbi Brown for months I decided to try something new. I had heard so much good about the foundation and after considering whether I should buy it or not, I had to get me some – and sure was it worth it! The liquid foundation feels light on the skin and makes my skin look radiant and hydrated. The foundation covers any impurities or uneven undertones on my face and lasts for hours. It was worth every money spent and I am definitely buying a new one when this one runs out. The foundation is meant to last up to 6 months, depending on how much you use. I have the shade “Ecru” which is the lightest shade for fair skin. You can get it here

M A C  M A T T E   L I P S T I C K S

I have always had a thing for the lipsticks from Mac, especially the matte ones. I like to stock up on the lippies when I am traveling, tax-free seems to always have the newest shades and VIP collections without being sold out – plus it’s so much cheaper than buying on the high street.

One of my favorite shades from this year is Ruby Woo and Kinda Sexy. You can get them here and here.

M A R I A H   C A R E Y   E Y E S H A D O W  P A L E T T E   – M A C

I can never say no to glitter and glam and this eyeshadow caught my eye when I was in the  Mac store at Gatwick. This gem is from Mariah Carey’s latest Christmas collection which features some festive makeup products that are perfect for the holidays. It didn’t take long to I swiped my card.

The shades are gorgeous and very pigmented. I love everything about this palette. You can get it in all mac stores (if it is not sold out already).

M A C   P R O   L O N G W E A R   E Y E S H A D O W

This little pot with shimmer is all you need! I love this eyeshadow and I use it to give my eye makeup looks that party vibe. The shade is in “Indian Wood” and looks so nice over neutrals. I bought it in tax-free as well and have used it to most of my festive makeup looks.

The eyeshadow is so pigmented and it gives a flawless result. I am truly amazed by this little product and can’t wait to get some more shades. Give yourself some more glam here

N Y X   P R O   F O U N D A T I O N   M I X E R

Another favorite from this year is this genius thing! This product came to rescue after I had bought a foundation in the wrong shade. Instead of selling or giving it away I mixed it with this product and I could still use the foundation. Nyx is a brilliant brand and this is definitely one of my best buys! You can get it here

K I K O   R A D I A N T   F U S I O N   B A K E D   P O W D E R

I had been looking for the perfect finishing powder for my contouring looks and came over this beauty. I tested it on my skin and immediately fell in love. I came back later and bought it. The powder is really nice and radiant and gives the perfect highlight under my eyes. The powder feels light on the skin and doesn’t look to “baked”.

Kiko has so many nice products. I also have some single eyeshadows from the brand too, but I am definitely buying some other products in the new year. You can the powder here

B A R E   M I N E R A L S   C O M P L E X I O N   R E S C U E

I bought this product from bareMinerals in the summer and have been using it so much ever since. This tinted moisturizer is a true friend when you don’t want to wear heavy foundations in the summer. The tinted hydrating cream is based on minerals and is perfect if you have very sensitive skin. I have the shade “vanilla 02” that is a shade darker than my natural color.

I truly recommend this product and it’s something that everyone should have in their bags. You can get the product here

M O R P H E   B R U S H E S   G L O W  P A L E T T E

One of my makeup buys this year is this amazing glow palette from Morphe Brushes. The shades are perfect for contouring and sculpting. I always use the third shade for my cheekbones and when I contour my nose. You can get the palette here

H Y P N O S E   S T A R   W A T E R P R O O F  –  L A N C O M E

This mascara is my absolute favorite of mascaras. Unfortunately, it discontinued a few months later as it was only limited edition. I have been looking everywhere for a replacement but nothing has come close the quality and volume of this mascara. This is definitely one of my greatest buys of the year.

T H E   N U D E S   P A L E T T E  –  M A Y B E L L I N E

I have always wanted to invest in a nude palette for creating more basic eye makeup looks. The Nudes palette from Maybelline is without question the best eyeshadow palette of all times.

I can’t believe the quality you get for the price and how long it is lasting on the eyes. I like to use the lightest shades as a base before gradually building with shimmer, especially for a more festive look. You can get this cute palette here

I N S T A N T   R A D I A N C E   H I G H L I G H T E R   No7

I bought this beauty around the summer and it is the best highlighter to give a more natural glow.

I have used No7 for years and this product is one of the favorites. You can get the product here

D I P   B R O W   P O M A D E  –  A N A S T A S I A   B E V E R L Y   H I L L S

It took me a while to try the famous Dip Brow Pomade – but boy was it worth every penny. A few months later and it is still going strong. This is your eyebrows best friend and can really shape and help define your eyebrows. I really recommend trying this product if you want to ditch the eyeliner.  You can get it here

P R O   L O N G W E A R   C O N C E A L E R  –  M A C

Another favorite from Mac is this concealer. It is the best concealer for covering spots and other impurities. I always leave it on for a few minutes before applying foundation. It feels very moisturizing when it’s on and last all day. The best thing, you don’t need to use so much for each wear, just a little is enough. You can get the concealer here

S I X   P L U S   C O S M E T I C S   M A K E U P   B R U S H E S

The last favorite thing on the list are these amazing makeup brushes. I got them sponsored from www.sixpluscosmetics.com

These brushes came in a bag that is perfect to take with you for travels, leaving them clean and ready for work. The Sixplus brushes are in good quality with very soft bristles and a classy design. Using these brushes will make you feel like a professional. Best brushes I have ever tried! You can get them here

I am very happy with my buys of 2016. I have definitely spent a lot of money on makeup this year, but I am not complaining.

What are your favorite makeup buys this year?

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Cecilia K


Celia, 23-year-old fashion, beauty and lifestyle blogger. For any inquiries contact@brandobeauty.uk