I have seen a couple of bloggers do this, and I fancied doing my own version :)
These aren’t all products that have been released in the past year, but rather products that I have discovered in the last year :)
Best High End Cosmetics Company
Illamasqua gets this one. Their counters look like they have been sent from the future or something - all glossy black and pretty angles :). I have never met a rude or unfriendly Illamasqua MUA (unlike MAC, who seem to love employing obnoxious girls.) The prices are pretty similar to MAC, but the packaging is much higher quality and the whole brand just seems a bit more “special.”
Best Drugstore Cosmetics Company
This is a tie between GOSH (for their amazing brushes) and the new Accessorize line from Superdrug (for their nail polishes.)
Best Indie Cosmetics Company
Another tie, between Shiro Cosmetics and Fyrinnae. Both brands sell extremely high quality products, and offer very affordable sample size shadows for people who to “test” the products out.
Shiro’s Pokemon and Zelda themed eyeshadow collections also came with gorgeous little stickers on the lid - which made me smile…A LOT!
Best Brand Imagery
Sugarpill - despite the fact that my order still isn’t here haha. The visual side of this brand is just gorgeous - Amy has really put a lot of time and effort into creating this company. I have been dying to try her products for ages, so I can’t wait for my order to arrive :)
Best Eyeshadow Primer
Urban Decay Primer Potion (original) - I can’t say a bad thing about this. Its amazing.
Best Foundation Primer
Body Shop - Matte It. I actually prefered the formula of E.L.F’s studio primer but the packaging was so awful that I couldn’t bare to spend any more money on it. This primer from the body shop is the next best thing - and it comes in a nice, easy to use, squeezy tube :)
Lily Lolo. I swear by their foundations, they are light, but offer great coverage. I also find it to be the best “on stage” foundation that I have tried - because it doesn’t melt off my face under bright lights :) Lily Lolo offer sample sizes of all their foundation/concealer products for around £1 - so there is no fear of wasting a load of money on a full size foundation that is the wrong colour :)
Best Bright Eyeshadow/Pigment
Illamasqua - Static. Pink-y, Purpl-y, Glitter-y goodness :) I put this on top of pretty much everything - its so versatile and can be used as an OTT highlighter or patted into lipstick/gloss.
Best Neutral Eyeshadow/Pigment
Shiro - Meowth. This is my go to highlighter at the moment. Its nice and shimmery but not too pale. Shiro actually make some gorgeous neutral colours, which is strange - as I was initially drawn to the brighter products from this company. ‘Everything Is Bears’ is probably my favourite brown colour EVER.
MAC - Instant Chic. I love the formula and colour of this blush. I have way too many pink blush’s but this is a nice peachy colour which is fairly unique in my collection. Its a real shame that this product is Limited Edition cause its one of the only MAC products that I can see myself running out of :(
Best Highlighting ProductMAC - Chez Chez Lame. I only bought this on New Years Eve so I’m not sure whether I should really include it, but it really is very pretty. So it has to win this category.
Best LipstickFyrinnae - Ghostly Voice Lip Lustre. This goes on like a gloss, but looks like a lipstick. Its a similar product to Illamasqua’s intense lipgloss, but for a quarter of the price. I can’t wait to try some more of these once Fyrinnae get more containers in stock.
Best Super ProductFyrinnae - Pixie Epoxy. I heard about this from Ana (http://www.lipsticksandlightsabers.com/) and it is one of my favourite products. Anyone who uses loose powder shadows with glitter/shimmer/duochrome in them - NEEDS this. Seriously.
Soooo there you go - all my favourite products from the past year :)