I had a substantial makeup declutter in 2018 and it dawned on me during said clear-out how much my tastes have changed in terms of brands and products. Back in my high school and college years, I loved all makeup brands and always wanted to be on top of new releases. But, as I’ve gotten older I’ve streamlined my tastes and no longer care to splurge on the hot new product everyone is hyping. I’ve stopped impulse purchasing and shopping frivolously. Now, I focus on whether or not the product will add to my collection or simply sit around gathering dust after my 2-day-shiny-new-product-infatuation-phase. So, these are my most used products of 2018: makeup edition. I bet you’ve seen some of these around here or on my Instagram before.
My Most Used Products of 2018: Makeup
Eyeshadow isn’t really *my thing*. I’m a simple girl—minus a rare sparkly lid here and there. I generally go for neutrals just to give my eyes some dimension. Camel is, well, a color that lives up to it’s taupey brown name. It doesn’t look like much in the pan, but on the eyes it’s a neutral, simple, matte lovers dream that blends seamlessly and lasts all day.
I have found my holy grail mascara and it comes in this deceivingly simple tube with a plastic brush. Something about this mascara just works and leaves my lashes looking fuller, blacker, and longer. I’m not a mascara repurchaser, especially one this pricy, but I am now thanks to this one.
A bronzer that is continuously my most used because it’s my all time favorite. I love that it’s a cream consistency that dries to a powder, blends seamlessly, and gives my skin tone a beautiful sunkissed bronze look. This one has lasted me forever. I honestly probably should pick up a new one soon.
The blurred, matte lip was my thing this year (again) and Matte Raspberry from the Dior Lip Glow line was my most used. It gives the lips that popsicle stained look that I’ve been craving for a while now. It looks luxurious, a perk, but I personally love it because of the soft berry color and because the matte-ness is not drying on the lips.
Fenty Beauty was no doubt the talk of the makeup world this year. But, personally, the brand didn’t wow me to the point of allegiance. But, I do quite like their Match Stix. It has a medium coverage and my favorite way is to blend it in with my fingers for a velvety skin-like finish. The swipe on stick shape makes it perfect on the go, to travel with, and as an everyday staple, especially if you’re a quick makeup-doer like me.
There’s a reason why years later Boy Brow is still one of their best sellers; it works. It fluffs up the brows and adds a soft tint that is easy and convenient. And, it’s one of my makeup bag staples whether I’m doing a natural makeup look or something more extravagant.
Bronzer over blush used to be my motto, but this year I had a love affair with blush and with cream products. The Glossier Cloud Paints were my most used blushes in 2018. I have all of the shades, but Puff (the light pink) and Haze (berry) were my most used out of the bunch.
They’ve reformulated these lipsticks and updated the packaging since I purchased these, but these have been my most used lipsticks since I got them. They’re not drying for me, give me a soft, matte, lived-in lip, and are so easy to deal with. The small packaging is perfect for any handbag and you can even apply these sans mirror; they’re easy to layer, not messy, and great on the go; a great option if you’re into low maintenance lips.
I picked this up when it was limited edition, but I’m so glad they brought it back permanently. You get a generous 25 grams of bronzer, but the silky matte, subtle bronze performance of the product is why I stick with it. It layers really well, doesn’t look patchy, and isn’t too warm or too ashy on me, making it the best bronzer/contour depending on your needs.
NARS is one of my favorite brands and this concealer is my favorite product from them. Have a pimple or hyperpigmentation you want to cover? This will cover it right up without looking cakey. I generally use my finger to warm up the concealer and then spot conceal around my face when I need it.