The Best of 2017 (Face products) Part 1

January 29, 2018

The past year was filled with exciting beauty releases and I had a chance to try a wide variety of these products. And even though I was constantly trying some new products there were products I constantly went back to and knew they would create a desirable look. In this first blog post, I wanted to talk about some of my top favorite base products. There will be the second part of favorite face products as there are too many to feature in one blog post.

The key to flawless complexion and longevity is the primer. Having combo to dry skin can make the task of choosing a primer complicated. Till this day  I haven’t tried anything like Guerlain L’Or Radiance primer. A product that miraculously transforms dry skin and dull skin while feeling light on the skin. It’s a product that comes with a hefty price tag which stopped me from running out and repurchasing a new bottle. The Guerlain primer is on my list to repurchase in the future, but in the meantime, I found few products that perform similarly but cost less.

Bobbi Brown Vitamin C base revives dull skin while nourishing and prolongs makeup wear.The rich cream textured product also acts as a skin care product besides being makeup product.

To moisturize and smooth out any lines on the face I like to use Clarins Beauty Flash Balm.  And on the occasions when I have enlarged pores I use Smashbox Photo Finish Minimizing primer. Since it is a drying product I only use it on the t-zone.

As a beauty blogger and a makeup artist, I get to try out a wide variety of makeup products, but there is one category which I don’t venture out in and that is the foundations. In 2017 I wanted to be a little more adventurous and ended up trying large quantity of the foundations. The are four foundations that stood out of the crowd and they were the most used products.

The award of the years best foundations of the year goes to my trusty L’Oreal Infallible Pro-Matte Foundation. Whenever anyone asks me for a foundation recommendation I always recommend Pro-Matte. This is the foundation that suits any skin type, feels lightweight, evens out the skin tone, and unlike many other matte foundations it doesn’t dry out the skin.

Whenever I want a heavier coverage I reach for Milani Conseal and Perfect foundation. The foundation was released about two years ago and during that time the collection had limited shade range. At that time I was just getting into using self-tanning products so the majority of the time my skin was very pale and the lightest foundation in the collection was a few shades darker than my skin tone.  After I wrote a review on the product it disappeared in the back of the foundation drawer and eventually, I gave it away. About a year later I wanted to give the foundation another try and the past year I was getting more use out of the product than I expected.

In the warmer months, I prefer to use lighter foundations with a dewy finish. Bobbi Brown Skin Foundation and YSL Touche Eclat Foundation even out the skin tone and gives the skin a healthy look. And on the days that I want a little more coverage and a little less dewy look I mix in a drop of Loreal Infallible Pro-Matte foundation.

Loreal Paris has been on the roll with their releases and in 2017 they released Infallible Total Coverage concealer palette. As you can see by the photo I’ve been getting a good use out of these concealers. I use the lightest shade to highlight under the brow bone, two darker tones I use to cover my dark circles, and the darkest shade is wonderful for contouring. I do wish that in the future they would release more concealer palettes that would suit any skin tone.

An oldie but goodie is Garnier Clearly Brighter Dark Circles Eye Roller. This is one of the first products that I used as a teenager and till this day I believe its one of the best products at the drugstore. A lightweight concealer that covers dark circles wonderfully.  The product contains Vitamin C and caffeine, which are known ingredients for brightening and revitalizing the skin.

Whenever I want a little more brightening under my eyes or high points of the face I use Loreal Lumi Magic Highlighter. The product is identical to YSL Touche Éclat but more affordable.

When it comes to powders I tend to be a very harsh critic. The purpose of the powder is to secure makeup from creasing and from the skin getting oily and at the same time, it should be undetected. Many powders make look heavy and chalky. The only powder that I found that actually delivers what they promise is Maybelline Dream Wonder powder. I went through two of the compacts the past year and I am not planning on switching to a different product. Something that I would like to warn you about is that the powder is very soft and because of that it breaks very easily.




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