The Best Makeup Finds of 2018
I own A LOT of makeup but I tend to use the same things over, and over, and over – until I discover something new that I love. Then I add that in and use the same things, plus that new thing over, and over, and over. This 5-TO-TRY is those new things I became obsessed with this year – as in scrawled my name and theirs on my notepad and drew love hearts around it obsessed.
There are some old faithfuls that I will never part ways with (love you, NARS Pure Radiant!) which I’ll share in another 5-TO-TRY, but for now I’m covering my 5 best makeup finds for 2018. And oh boy, they’re good-uns!
Not to mention, three out of the 5 are drug store brands. You know what that means? Cha-ching!
1. Rimmel Sun Shimmer 3-in-1 Shimmering Bronzer
Um, who knew you could get one of the best bronzers ever for $15.95?! (Currently half price at Priceline!)
This bronzer is my new best friend – I’m obsessed-a-doodle. I would marry it if I could. The wheel of colours gives a great shade for my pasty skin (being whiter than Casper the Ghost means some bronzers can make me look dirty – great for if you’re dressing up as a 9th Century Viking, not so great if you want to look like a 21st Century female).
If you’re looking for a new bronzer, give this one a whirl. Even if you’re not looking for a new bronzer, give this a whirl. It might just be the best $15.95 you’ve ever spent.
2. Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Eraser Dark Circles
I’ll be forever thankful for one of the girls at work lending me her concealer one day, back in May. Because she leant me her Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Eraser Dark Circles (not the snappiest of names) and it’s my favourite concealer.
I love everything about it – the twisty top, the dabbing mechanism, the coverage, the fool-proofness. It’s my daily go-to concealer and again, it won’t break the bank. (You’re looking at a cheeky $19.95 – but often on sale at Priceline.)
3. NARS Climax Mascara
I’ve been a Too Faced Better Than Sex user for a while now (if you haven’t tried it, I recommend it) and I believed that nothing gave as much volume – enter NARS Climax. It’s the only mascara I’ve tried that delivers as much volume, length and general lush-ness.
I’m all about the volume when it comes to mascara (see my mascara 5-TO-TRY for why) and NARS Climax was a fast favourite.
4. MAC Sun, Tan, and Repeat Eye Shadow (limited edition)
I’m normally a bronzey-gold-neutral eyeshadow kind of gal, as I worry I’ll be a bit Marilyn Manson-styles if I use anything too dark, particularly with my dark hair. (No offence if that’s your vibe – it’s just definitely not mine.)
But a makeup artist friend (or MUA as the cool industry people say) recommended this colour, and you know me – I live life on the edge (not too close as that’s scary, but in the vicinity of the edge) so I bought it. And I LOVE it.
I do have to be careful as a darker colour can make your eyes appear smaller but the colour is beautiful – the image doesn’t do it justice. It’s a limited edition colour so if you like the look of it, skedaddle in to Myer quick smart.
5. L’Oreal Infallible Pro Glow
Have you ever met a woman who wasn’t looking for the perfect foundation? Everyone wants good coverage, but nothing to heavy. It needs to be in the right shade, and look natural but flawless. They’re the words I hear on repeat when people tell me they’re looking for a foundation (and it comes up regularly!). Let’s be honest, it’s a never ending struggle.
I’ve also been on a foundation journey this year (I’ve been working on a foundation 5-TO-TRY since June but I still haven’t found my top 5!) and the stand out for me was this: L’Oreal Infallible Pro Glow.
While it might not be the perfect foundation (as I’ve come to believe the perfect foundation is a myth), it’s pretty damn close. It’s my current favourite and the one I reach for the most (above many others with much heftier price tags).
It’s great for dry skin, it gives a great glow, good coverage but not too heavy.
Remember: buy a foundation that works with your skin issues. E.g. if you’re really oily, go more matte. If you’re dry, go for a glowy foundation. Don’t use matte if you have dry skin – it will just accentuate your dry skin.