2016 Beauty Favorites – The Makeup Edit

Hey guys! Can you believe it’s now 2017? 2016 seemed to fly by.

Anyhow, I thought I’d share my favorite beauty products of 2016. Today we’ll be focusing on the makeup. I’ll have separate posts for skin care and hair care. And I’m going to focus on new products I tried throughout the year.


Got lots to talk about, so let’s get going!

Face Primers

Nivea Men Sensitive Skin Post-Shave Balm – This is the one that took the beauty world by storm. It really does work and it’s worked well with both high end and drugstore foundations.

Nivea Men

Soap & Glory One Heck of a Blot Primer – I like using this in my T-zone to help keep it matte and it works pretty well.


Eye Primers

Too Faced Shadow Insurance – I scored this at Nordstrom Rack for like $8-something because apparently Too Faced redesigned the packaging and all the old packaging ones got sent to places like Nordstrom Rack. I normally would never pay $20 for an eye primer, but this one is good and I see why it gets the hype it does.


Essence I ❤ Stage & I<3 Color Eyeshadow Bases – These were a pleasant surprise. They’re inexpensive (like $4 each) and do a decent job covering up any veins/redness on my eyelids. They also grab shadow well, helps the colors be more vibrant and prolongs the wear-time of my shadows.


Revlon ColorStay Foundation for Oily/Combo Skin – This is a rediscovered favorite. I loved this a couple years ago but never got around to repurchasing. Then they supposedly reformulated it and added a pump to the bottle. It has a thicker consistency compared to other foundations I use, but doesn’t feel heavy on the skin. It great coverage and lasts all day.


Setting Powder

Dermablend Loose Setting Powder – I seriously can NOT understand why no one talks bout this powder. It’s so good. Locks in my foundation and does not give off backflash. I’m already on my 2nd jar.


Laura Mercier Smooth Focus Pressed Setting Powder – No one talks about this powder either. I bought this on a whim last summer at Sephora. I like using this for setting my whole face and also setting my under eye concealer.




Sedona Lace 35 Color Intensely Warm Palette – This is Sedona Lace’s version of the uber-popular Morphe 35O palette. It’s really the EXACT SAME THING. I love the warm tones of the shadows. There’s a great mix of matte and shimmers and the pigmentation is pretty consistent (though some of the lighter matte shades need a little building up).


Too Faced Chocolate Bar – Why the eff didn’t I get this sooner? This is such a wonderful neutral palette. All the colors are pigmented and apply/blend like a freaking dream. I’m glad I finally jumped on this bandwagon.


Lorac Unzipped – ROSE. GOLD. ALL. THE. THINGS. The formula of these shadows is consistent with what I’ve come to love from Lorac. Buttery soft and hella pigmented.


Makeup Geek Duochrome Pressed Shadows – These are simply gorgeous. I’m a total sucker for duochromes and these do NOT disappoint.



MAC Melba – The perfect peach/coral shade. It’s an iconic shade and it’s obvious why.


Lorac ColorSource Blush in Aura – A gorgeous rose pink shade. Again, SUPER pigmented so best to apply with a light hand or else you can go really overboard really fast. But even if you do happen to go overboard, it blends out like a dream.



Benefit Hoola – Well, I didn’t get any new bronzers in 2016, so I’m going with this one since it’s the bronzer I reached for 95% of the time throughout the year. I just love it. Perfect neutral tone that warms up my skin nicely.



Kat Von D Shade & Light – I’ve been grabbing for this ever since I got it back in November. The powders blend out amazingly well. I also like how they’re pigmented but not overly so so you’d have to use a good amount to go overboard.




Becca Opal – This is one of my all-time favorites. I love a good champagne highlight and this one hit the mark on every level for me. I love both the liquid and powder versions.


Anastasia Beverly Hills Moon Child Glow Kit – These are not your mama’s highlighters! Who says you can’t rock a blue or green highlight? Plus they can double as eyeshadows for even more versatility. Bonus!


Lorac LightSource Highlighter in Spotlight – My rose gold obsession is very real. And as much as I hate this phrase, this highlighter is LIFE. I just want to apply it all over my face. This was a limited edition shade for the holidays. I really hope Lorac either makes it permanent or brings it back next holiday season.



YSL Rouge Pur Couture Lip Color in 53 Beige Promenade – My first YSL lipstick! I love this red-brown shade so much. It’s the perfect 90s inspired lip color.


Bite Beauty Amuse Bouche Lipstick in Chai – I didn’t think Bite Beauty could improve upon their Luminous Creme formula but they have! The Amuse Bouche line is even more pigmented and still super comfortable to wear. This mauve-brown shade so perfect for me.


Marc Jacobs Enamored Hi-Shine Lipgloss in Rebel Rebel  – I admit I mainly purchased this for the name (Rebel Rebel is one of my favorite David Bowie songs), but the color ended up impressing me a lot. It’s described as a “raspberry with blue shimmer”. Ummmm… what? Yeah. And it’s GORGEOUS. I can wear this alone or over a lip pencil or lipstick for a more intense look.


Estee Lauder Pure Color Envy Lipstick in Intense Nude – I got this as part of a gift with purchase. Gorgeous warm dark nude shade that gives me a great “my lips but 100 times better” look.


Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick in Rose Velvet – This is very similar to the Estee Lauder, but pulls a bit more pink, whereas the Estee Lauder pulls a bit more brown.



ELF Instant Lift Brow Pencil – This little $2 pencil is really great. I’ve gone through 2 or 3 of them. I use the shade Neutral Brown, which is a perfect cool toned brown that matches my brows really well. I just wish the pencil was a little thinner.


Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz – I get it now, why this product is raved about so much. It lives up to the hype. It does a great job shaping/filling in my brows and the shade I got, Medium Brown, is basically a perfect match. I love the tiny little pencil so you can really get in there and mimic the tiniest brow hairs.



Essence Lash Princess False Lash Effect – This mascara really blew me away. It makes my lashes look fuller and longer without clumping them together. It doesn’t smudge or flake off. Hard to believe this little game changer is only $4.99!


Setting Spray

Makeup Revolution Old Control Fixing Spray – I think this stuff works just as well as the Urban Decay All Nighter. I’ve tried both and couldn’t see any difference performance wise.


And…… I think that’s it! Phew! I told you I had a lot to talk about! If you made it to the end, congratulations! LOL!

What were some of YOUR favorite new/new to you products you tried in 2016? Tell me about them below in the comments.

As always, thank you all so much for reading and your support. I’ll see you guys again soon in my next post! 🙂


17 thoughts on “2016 Beauty Favorites – The Makeup Edit

  1. Love reading these lists.
    I agree, the Essence Eyeshadow base is REALLY good. I was surprised too!
    Good to know the Sedona Lace is the same as the Morphe. I do not like the brand Morphe and would much rather give my money to Sedona Lace!
    Methinks I need to jump on the Too Faced Chocolate Bar bandwagon too. I bought it for my friend during the VIB sale and she LOVES it.
    Benefit Hoola is also on my wish list – one of those I don’t know why I haven’t tried it type of products.
    I’m planning on posting my list next week – if I don’t get too lazy with the photos this weekend!


  2. Great picks!! I can’t believe how similar the Sedona Lace palette is to the 35O! I didn’t realize there was a dupe. I actually just picked up the 35O a week or so ago and am enjoying the colour selection!


    • I believe the Morphe & Sedona Lace ones really are the exact same thing, made in the same factory. It’s what’s called “private label”. They just slap their individual logos on the outside of the palette. I got the Sedona Lace one because their price was cheaper, plus they had a sale for an extra I think 20% off.


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