Welcome to Part 2 of the 2015 Favorites series!
This was a surprisingly difficult category for me to isolate my favorites. I tried a fair number of new face products this year but very few of them made what I would consider a lasting impression. Maybe I’m just getting old and difficult to impress. Or maybe there is such a thing as too many options. Just kidding, that’s plain crazy talk right there!
So let’s take a look at a few of the face products that I loved this year!
Favorite Concealer – L’Oreal Magic Lumi Highlighter
Second time winner!
I rarely wear foundation so most concealers tend to be too thick or full coverage and look a bit strange without foundation. The thing that I love about this pen is that it is a relatively sheer coverage and it brightens the undereye area without looking unnatural. It has the added benefit of being very affordable.
Face Powder – Rimmel Stay Matte Face Powder
Second time winner!
This powder is fantastic. It’s smooth, it isn’t cakey, and most importantly it is $4.00. FOUR DOLLARS. That’s great isn’t it?!
I’m currently trying to work through several other powders that I have on hand before re-purchasing this powder but believe you me, I WILL be re-purchasing. Someday. If I ever use up all of the other powder in my collection.
Favorite Cream Highlight – Josie Maran Argan Illuminizer
I do have a complete review of this product if you want more detailed information.
Another second time winner!
I have to admit that I didn’t use this product quite as often this last year just because I had so many powder highlight products that demanded my attention. However, this stuff is still the bomb. It’s gorgeous and you can achieve a glow that ranges from “I just woke up like this” to “WHABAM! Highlight to light your way through the darkest of times!” It’s great.
Favorite Powder Highlight – Wet n’ Wild Fair Trade Coffee with a runner up of Laura Geller Baked Highlighter Duo in French Vanilla/Portofino
This last Spring, Wet n’ Wild released a few Color Icon Blush and Glow Trios. Amongst this limited edition release (drat you limited edition madness!) a true gem was released and I found my favorite face highlight of all time. It’s perfect. It looks a little like Galadriel and a little like you’ve been standing out in the rain and now your skin is just glowing. I’m sorry if you didn’t get this. But if you DID, you should definitely be using it! All the time!
However, if you DIDN’T get your hands on Fair Trade Coffee, allow me to suggest the Laura Geller highlight duo.
This is a stunning highlight. The French Vanilla side gives a glowing subtle highlight and the Portofino side adds some shimmer and sparkle without heading into glitter territory. It’s really quite gorgeous!
2014 Favorite Powder Highlight – Hard Candy So Baked Bronzer in Tiki
Favorite Contour – Camp Cosmetics Monogamy Blush
Second time winner!
Oh Monogamy how I love you so! This blush you guys. It’s so good. It is a true neutral and it is subtle and lovely and I can’t tell you enough that you really need this blush in your life. I think that 2015 was sort of the Year of The Face Palette and the options for contour shades just exploded everywhere. But still, amidst all that chaos, Monogamy is my favorite go to contour.
Favorite Blush – MAC Melba
Melba was absolutely my go-to blush this last year. It was a sneaky favorite though because I felt very ambivalent about this shade when I first purchased it and then I realised that I was grabbing this blush EVERY. SINGLE. DAY. It really goes with everything and if you are of the warm skin toned persuasion you may actually need this blush in your life. I have other blushes that I really enjoy but none of them are just perfect every single time. Melba, you da bomb!
2014 Favorite Blush Shade – Maybelline Coral Burst (LE)
There was one category in 2014 that I didn’t repeat this year:
Favorite Overall Blush Formula: Milani Baked Blushes won and I still think that this is a fantastic formula but I just didn’t really feel like there was a single brand or formula that I gravitated towards in 2015.
If you’re feeling the flashback vibes you can check out 2014 Favorite Face Products.