It’s fair to say that I bought a few bits of makeup during 2017. We are on first name terms with the delivery guy, what more can I say?! On my quest to check out as much makeup as possible I found some absolute bargains that have become everyday favourites. I also tried out a few higher end brand products that I really liked. But what I loved most is the fabulous dupe products I discovered in 2017. There is something so satisfying about finding a cheap version of a cult, higher end classic.
Not all of us have an endless amount of money to splurge on expensive makeup everyday, it sounds amazing but I got bills to pay and mouths to feed!
So here is my run down of my best finds of 2017!
I saw so many reviews on this Porefessional Primer by Benefit Everybody was obsessed with it! I wasn’t using a primer so I decided to treat myself to see what all the fuss was about. It is magic, i think it’s some sort of voodoo or witch doctor potion because it makes such a huge difference to my face.
It has a silky yet creamy texture that just glides over your face and changes the look and feel of your skin. Your pores instantly vanish and your skin looks healthy and vibrant. It’s the perfect base for your foundation and it not only improves longevity of your makeup but it gives it a nicer overall appearance!
If I’m not up for wearing a full face of makeup or I’m having a bad skin day I will use this primer then some concealer and it lifts my look and my confidence. It’s defintely not cheap but a little goes a long way, it lasts a long time and it makes your skin and makeup look so cute it’s well worth the investment and it’s defintely one of my holy grail products!
This blush and Highlighter palette from Primark is a great everyday product. The dusty pink blush gives you a natural, healthy look whilst the deeper pink blush offers a more intense look that would be perfect for deeper skin tones. The iridescent highlighter looks a little intense in the pan but a light layer provides a pretty shimmer which you can build up to a more intense glow.
The Peach theme, right down to the subtle peachy scent screams out to me the Too Faced Peach Collection blush and Highlighter palette. So if you want a great blush and highlight dupe and you’re a fan of Too Faced this is perfect for you!!
When Rihanna launched her makeup line Fenty Beauty with Kendo the world went crazy. The launch release saw 40 shades of foundation with every skin tone, undertone and shade catered for. It was an incredible wake up call for rival brands. It has set a new standard for the beauty world because a lot of huge brands have provided poor shade ranges in their face products for a long time, rarely providing a full spectrum of colours and full inclusiveness.
But the foundation is £26 and exclusively from Harvey Nicholls in the UK. I couldn’t afford to spend £26 on a foundation but I really wanted in on the hype so when I heard a beauty instagrammer called Riply talking of a similar foundation a fraction of the price I knew I had to get hold of it. After reading Riplys posts I messaged her asking if she had anymore thoughts on it. (Riplys Instagram is linked at the bottom of the post if you want to go check her out!)
Catrice is a small company, it’s fairly new to the market and I don’t think they were ready for the spotlight of their HD Foundation being a dupe for the Fenty . Sadly their current shade range is appalling with only 4 shades available, but they are keen to make this right and release a wider shade range very soon. Clearly a lack of shade range isn’t good and definitely needs to be rectified ASAP.
People that compared both products found similarities in the formula and ingredients. After testing them out they said that the Catrice full coverage foundation performs very much like Fenty Beauty version, it dries quickly so you need to work fast to blend but it gives a good result that lasts all day without touch ups.
This concealer looks like the Nars version, it’s a thick creamy consistency like the Nars one but it will only set you back a few quid! It’s a great concealer, especially for under your eyes and I always have huge bags and darkness under my eye, I often look like I’ve got two black eyes which I can’t bear so I have a couple in my makeup bag so I don’t run out! Love it!
This baked gelato illuminate palette has 3 beautiful highlighters that would work on most skin tones offering a rich, pretty shimmer to your skin without looking like a mass of chunky glitters. They have such a smooth, creamy texture that is unique to the brand. This is one of my favourite treats of 2017!
Love him or hate him Jeffree Star knows how to formulate a good liquid lipstick. This shade is called Calabasas and it was my go to lippie for the summer of 2017 and I’m sure it will be out again when the sun comes out! These liquid lipsticks go on without a dry or sticky finish and they last a long time without needing a touch up!
Do you have some favourite products from 2017 that you will be carrying forward this year? I’d love to know all about your holy grail products! 💄
If you love all things beauty why not go check out Riplys Instagram where she shows off her skills,knowledge and sense of humour with great content!