Hello and welcome to the final favorites post for 2017! In general, eyeshadow is my favorite part of the whole makeup application process. It allows for so much creativity and I love it. I have to say though, this last year, there were very few eye makeup products that blew me away. So let’s take a look at what I actually ended up loving the most.
Favorite loose eyeshadow: Sugarpill Lumi
You know I love loose eyeshadow. You can find finishes and colors that are truly unique when you start looking to loose eyeshadow. That being said, it does take a little more time and care to apply and since I was about a more efficient makeup application for most of this year, I just didn’t use much loose eyeshadow. I did however, finally get my hands on Sugarpill’s Lumi and I love it. I used this in my inner corner, on my lower lashline, over other eyeshadows, any way I could think to use it basically. It’s beautiful. It has a strong teal/green shift and it’s just magical. Most of the loose shadows I prefer are from smaller indie brands and they’re incredibly affordable. Lumi is stupid expensive for what it is, but I actually think it’s worth it. $14.00 is about $10.00 more than most indie shadows. I mean it’s not going to break the bank but it’s high. I’ve been completely into the pastel, white/duochrome eyeshadow thing for a while so maybe I’ll put together a comparison post for this type of shade.
2016 – Apparently I didn’t do an eyeshadow favorites last year? Weird!
2015 – My Pretty Zombie eyeshadows
Favorite single eyeshadow: Multiple! Because I can! NYX Prismatic Eyeshadows in Mermaid, Glass Slipper and Frostbite
You might have noticed a theme with my eyeshadow preferences. I am so into this pale duochrome inner corner highlight that it’s not even funny. The NYX Prismatic eyeshadow line has a few shades that fit into this category and they’re amazingly beautiful. Frostbite is a purple, Mermaid is a cool blue green and Glass Slipper is a warm more lime green. There are more opaque shades in this range but I don’t love the formula of this eyeshadow when it’s applied all over the lid. It works great as an inner corner highlight (or a face highlight!) but it’s really finicky applied any other way. These are a whopping $5.99 a piece. Actually, that’s kind of insane for a drugstore single eyeshadow. NYX is really trying to break into the midrange price point and it’s annoying. Did you see that they came out with a $20+ eyeshadow palette recently? Ok, not the point of this post. Moving on.
I’m also giving a shout-out to MAC Uninterrupted and more specifically, mustard brown eyeshadow. This kind of shade (which there are boatloads of on the market now) makes such a perfect blending or crease color. If you don’t have something like this in your collection I recommend looking into it.
2015 – Sephora Collection Colorful Eyeshadow in No. 82 Hollywood’s Calling
2014 – Wet n’ Wild Creme Brulee
Favorite mascara – L’Oreal Voluminous Lash Paradise (Mystic Black)
This mascara is beautiful. It is the most volumizing mascara I think I’ve ever tried. It’s a dryer formula and it just creates the most perfect fan of lashes. I do have a few qualms with it: it does flake mildly, and it does smear mildly on me. But the look it gives is gorgeous. Small disclaimer: I’ve only been using this for the last 2 months. I like the staying power and non flakiness of Jordana Best Lash Extreme much better than Lash Paradise but I like the overall effect of Lash Paradise a little bit better than Lash Extreme. It’s a tie really. I’m definitely not over Best Lash Extreme but Lash Paradise is equally amazing. Normally Lash Paradise is $9.99 but for the last few months it’s been on sale everywhere so you can definitely get it for less. Best Lash is cheaper on the regular though. Basically I’d recommend either of these to anyone.
2015 – Jordana Best Lash Extreme
2014 – Jordana Best Lash Extreme
Favorite palette: It’s a tie! LORAC Pro and Coloured Raine Queen of Hearts
I found myself reaching for the original LORAC Pro palette on a regular basis again this year. It really is the most well rounded palette that I own. It has 8 matte shades and 8 shimmer shades. It’s a fairly natural color scheme but you do get some color variations thrown in. The eyeshadows are on the dusty side but they blend like a dream and the color payoff is beautiful. It’s also sized well for travel. I’ve loved this palette for a helluva long time.
More recently I purchased the Coloured Raine Queen of Hearts palette and just fell in love. This is a more warm toned palette but the shimmers and metallics in this palette are insane. I’ve never seen that kind of sparkle and shine from another brand. The mattes are less dusty than the LORAC but they blend equally beautifully. This palette is just perfection. I’ve been trying to branch out and use some other eyeshadows in my stash and it’s been a struggle. Queen of Hearts is just such a delight to use.
2015 – Kat Von D Shade & Light Eye Palette
2014 – LORAC Pro Palette
Since I skipped a few categories (again) I thought I’d do a quick rundown of which categories I skipped and why.
Favorite base: I’m still using the Urban Decay Anti-Aging Primer potion. But I hate using a primer and I only use this when I absolutely have to. It works perfectly well but it’s not really a favorite, just an occasional necessity.
Favorite cream shadow: I’m finding myself completely over cream eyeshadow. I have soooo many of them and I never use them anymore. I just don’t enjoy the way they end up looking on my eyelid. The Jordana eyeshadow sticks are still what I use more than any other cream eyeshadow but it’s really very seldom.
Favorite brow product: I’ve been super lazy with my brows this year. When I do them I kind of slap on whatever is within reaching distance so I really didn’t have a favorite product. I stand by my recommendation of the Nuance brow kit but again, just not something I used much of this year.
Did you have any amazing new eye product discoveries this year? Any re-discoveries of old favorites? Are you getting totally overwhelmed with the rate at which new palettes are released and discontinued?
Thank you for joining me during this series!