I haven’t been much about round-ups and all, but thought I was inspired by the lovely Makeupmonster to do one anyways. This will be a mini-series consisting of my Top 5 favourites, starting with my favourite products that launched in 2014, my most-loved products of 2014 and the stuff that I’m looking forward to trying the most in 2015. With the exception of products I’m looking forward to trying, I’m avoiding limited edition products, so there are a lot of products that won’t get their potential place in the sun, but it just wouldn’t be fair raving about the amazing qualities of Chanel’s New Moon or Guerlain’s Rouge Parade.
To kick it off, I might start with my favourite new brand of 2014.
Makeup Revolution launched with a splash to great success. This is fast fashion to the masses, providing junkies and novices with quality cosmetics. Their eyeshadow palettes are brilliant, and whether you’re in the market for a gift for a friend, or a present for yourself, you should definetely have a look at their ever expanding line. Their blushes are great, and if you’re not sure if blush is for you, or you’re not sure this or that shade of lipstick will work for you, this is a great palce to start. Most of the products are cheaper than chips, and at worst you might have to skip a latte or two to balance a splurge on ther website.
2014 was the year every established brand with respect for themselves relaunched their eyeshadow palettes, and found myself most drawn to the Dior 5 Couleurs. I know there were a lot of mixed reviews, and I wouldn’t recommend picking these up unswatched. That said, I did find myself in love with the Cuir Cannage palette. Easily my favourite palette of the year 2014.
Lipsticks too had a big year. Some lines were revamped, other brands launched brand new products. My personal favourite was the Pure Color Envy Sculpting Lipstick line by Estée Lauder. Moisturizing, saturated, plumping, creamy lipsticks in a casing that snaps shut with the most satisfying click. They even got me loving nudes.
Budget products are few and far between in my stash. I tend to find favourites among the high-end brands, and would rather spend my money on one product that I love, rather than trying to acquire a satisfying dupe – in my case it’s the latter that’s more expensive, as “budget” brands aren’t that budget-friendly around here. While in Belfast I did pick up a wee tube from L’Oréal. The contents was a tinted brow gel with fibres – their Brow artist plumper. Hardly a day goes by that I don’t wear this, easily earning it the spot of my fave budget buy of the year 2014.
Over the past couple of years there’s been a lot of focus on glow, with several brands bringing out products to help us achieve healthy, lit-from-within skin. One particular brand opted to revamp an old classic, and I’m not sure if this is the most beautiful packaging, or favourite glow-enhancing product, or favourite powder, best relaunch or what. All I know is that Guerlain’s Météorites Perles are on my face every day, keeping my concealer from creasing, controlling shine, lending subtle glow and helping blush and bronzer blend. If that’s not a favourite product, I don’t know what is.