I have been noticeably procrastinating on writing this post. My last year’s favorites were done as a series, divided into categories, and was incredibly time consuming. I will be doing a separate post (check for that later this week) of my yearly favorites showing the products I reached for the most in eyes, lips, face and nails. This post, however, focuses solely on 12 products that I not only loved but that were released in 2012, as well as one product failure for this year.
Clockwise from left: Guerlain Meteorites Perles D’Azur by Emilio Pucci, Chanel Joues Contraste Brume D’Or , Illamasqua Cream Blusher Zygomatic, Tarte Clean Slate 360 creaseless primer*, Real Techniques Expert Face Brush
Guerlain Meteorites Perles D’Azur by Emilio Pucci(LE)- I cannot tell you how many times I used these since getting them earlier this year (I believe May?). They became a regular part of my daily routine, adding a touch of glow to my skin without being obvious.
Chanel Brume D’Or(LE)- It was hard to decide between this, Notorious and Fleur de Lotus (all three are gorgeous and lovely in their own ways). But I decided on Brume D’Or because it really added a color of blush to my collection that is the perfect neutral when I have a summer tan. I used this a lot last summer and the color it gave was fabulous.
Illamasqua Zygomatic- Along with the powder blush Naked Rose, Illamasqua added to their blush lineup this year with some stellar shades. Zygomatic is a perfect neutral blush that blends into your skin like a dream, and great for those “no make-up” make-up looks.
Tarte Clean Slate 360 Primer*- The best eye primer I have used to date. It’s about 3/4 gone because I have literally not done my eye makeup without it since receiving it. I like that it comes in squeeze tube form vs. a wand (more hygienic) and it really makes a difference in how my makeup applies and how long it lasts (12+ hours).
Real Techniques Expert Face Brush- I’ve been a fan of these brushes created by Youtube Beauty Extraordinaire Sam Chapman of Pixiwoo. They are synthetic and super soft. They don’t shed and they hold up well to use and washing. This brush was a new release this year and was my absolute most used brush of the year. I use it daily for blending tinted moisturizer or foundation and even my concealer.
Clockwise from left: Dior Fairy Golds, Laura Mercier Gilded Platinum, Too Faced La Creme Naked Dolly, Hourglass Opaque Rouge Liquid Lipstick Empress, MAC Lipglass Revenge is Sweet, BareMinerals Ready Liner 5am, Urban Decay Mushroom
Dior Fairy Golds(LE)- This was released in Dior’s holiday collection along with Night Golds (another favorite of mine). But between Night Golds and Fairy Golds, I definitely used this one the most. It has a slightly cooler tone to it and is a little more wearable for day-to-day use. The shadows were creamy and pigmented and long-lasting.
Swatches L-R: BareMinerals 5am, Laura Mercier Gilded Platinum, Urban Decay Mushroom, Chanel Brume D’Or, Illamasqua Zygomatic, MAC Revenge is Sweet, Hourglass Empress, Too Faced Naked Dolly
BareMinerals 5am Ready Liner(LE)- What a gorgeous shade! This was released in their limited edition Night Vision set (which I have yet to review). Let me say I’m absolutely hooked on this formula! This shade was the reason I purchased the set, but I was blown away by the staying power of the liners in general. The black that came with the set is super black and stays on my waterline ALL DAY. Through a workout at the gym, my shower, meetings, errands, traffic…! Might be the best liner formula I have ever tried. Super creamy and easy to apply.
Laura Mercier Gilded Platinum (LE)- A gorgeous platinum shade with high shine and a smooth texture. The pattern? Fabulous.
Urban Decay Mushroom- Urban Decay revamped their eyeshadow formula this year and re-released many shades as singles, and added new ones to their lineup. I had always wanted this shade but it was previously (I think?) only available in their larger palettes. I jumped on this as soon as I saw they had released it as a single and wasn’t disappointed. Incredibly buttery in texture and excellent color payoff, this shadow is worth a look if you don’t already have it!
MAC Lipglass Revenge is Sweet(LE)- I am actually not a huge fan of the lipglass formula in general, however, I have been wanting this particular shade since it was released in the Disney Venomous Villains collection back in 2010 (anyone else miss those days of clever collections?!). I was happy to see it being repromoted in a collection this past November. The formula is actually more tolerable than I remember, not quite as sticky as it once was. The color is sheer, but lovely on the lips adding just a nice kiss of pink.
Hourglass Opaque Rouge Liquid Lipstick Empress*- 2012 was the year of the liquid lipstick with several companies coming out with their own variation on the trend. This formula was my favorite. My favorite shade is actually Muse, but I seem to have temporarily misplaced it! The three shades I have all perform the same: long lasting, highly opaque coverage and smooth texture. As with any liquid lipstick/matte lipstick you need to be wary of dry patches on your lips as they will inevitably make those look worse and more obvious.
Too Faced La Creme Drenched Lip Creme Naked Dolly- Actually Naked Dolly is a new purchase for me, prompted by Tiffany of Will Work For Makeup. I originally purchased the shade Juicy Melons back when these lipsticks first launched last summer. It was a go-to shade for me well into the fall. I’ve been into nude lipstick lately so when I saw Tiffany feature this I knew I had to pick it up. Creamy, opaque in one swipe and super comfortable wear this has to be the best new lipstick formula released in 2012 for me.
And lastly, the one product fail for me this past year:
Sigma F25 Tapered Face Brush- I cannot tell you how much I dislike this brush. I used it and washed it for months before finally giving up on it. It is supposed to be like the MAC 138 (both pictured above). After realizing I would NOT be able to continue using the F25, I purchased the 138. The reason? It sheds… ALL OVER THE PLACE. In my products, on my face, on my clothes, on my counters. Literally every time I used it 5-10 hairs would fall out. I have no idea how it has any hair left at all. Do yourself a favor and skip the F25. The MAC version is softer, much less shedding (only a few hairs when I first washed) and has a better feel on the face. I wouldn’t even give this brush away, let alone sell it in a blog sale. I wouldn’t want anyone else going through the frustration I experienced with it.
Well, after that rant I think I can end this favorites post. Thanks for sticking with me and I hope you have a wonderful week! Feel free to share your favorite new products of 2012 below!
I don’t know about you, but I go hot and cold with using primers. I used to think they were an unnecessary step and just took more time to apply then they were worth. Then after trying some nice ones I changed my tune. Sometime over the winter I got a little lazy and primers (for eyes and face) fell out of favor with me again. Urban Decay primer potion used to be my go-to but the wand application is not my cup of tea (I have older versions) but there were some shadow formulations it didn’t seem to help. I also realize that my oily skin benefits from a nice pre-makeup base. Always in search of the next best thing, I looked to Tarte for a new solution to my primer woes.
The Clean Slate line really intrigued me. There are two face primers- one for more oily skin (Poreless, shown above) and one for more normal/dry (Brightening, not pictured) . The Poreless primer was the obvious choice for me as my issue is really staying matte and smoothing over any larger pores in my T-zone. The thing I *love* about Tarte’s line is that they formulate their products without parabens and sulfates AND they are cruelty free, which means their line is pretty much for everyone.
L-R: Clean Slate Poreless Primer, Clean Slate 360 Creaseless Primer
Both blend out to be clear and create a nice, even canvas with which to start your day and come housed in squeeze tubes (which I love) with cute bamboo caps. Both boast 12 hours of wear time. A lofty claim, indeed. The Poreless primer definitely enhances the wear time of my makeup, no question. I also like the feel it gives to the surface of my skin. It has a silicone texture- but not overly so. It makes applying foundation or tinted moisturizer easier. I was a little disappointed that it didn’t mattify my skin a bit more- though it does help. My blush wear time seems to have improved as well, still noticeably on my cheeks 9+ hours into the wear.
The eye primer, though has impressed me the most. My results? Judge for yourself:
I took this picture about 3 hours into the wear time of my makeup- eyes in perfect condition, no surprise for only 3 hours. But a funny thing happened, when I got home that evening after a looooong day at the office….
I noticed my eye makeup was still *just* as I applied it 11.5 hours in. This was taken at around the 11.5 hour mark with NO touch ups. Nothing, I didn’t add or take away a single thing. I didn’t use any other base and these are just regular MAC eyeshadows. I am blown away by the power of this primer. Even the L’oreal Infallible cream shadows last all day without creasing when used over this primer.
The Clean Slate Poreless primer retails for $30 and the Clean Slate 360 degree Creaseless primer retails for $19. They can be found on Tarte’s website and on Sephora.com. I also found a great little trio of the primers for those that want to try all three before you buy, you can purchase a set of three deluxe samples for $9. What a great idea and massive props to Tarte for giving their customers a chance to sample and find out which ones fit their skin types before committing to a full size.
I can’t say enough about these primers and am so glad they came into my life. How about you, do you skip primer all together? Use it just on your eyes? Dish!