So Much ColourPop!
I enjoyed putting together a list of my top 10 skin care products that I tried in 2018. So of course I created a top 10 makeup list as well! This one was tougher because I realized that I tried a lot of disappointing makeup products in 2018, to the point where I actually returned some things. I always feel bad returning makeup, even if I’ve only used it once or twice, because then the store has to throw it out (unless, apparently, you’re a certain Ulta location).
Anyway…this post is about my favorites, not my disappointments!* Fair warning: my list contains a lot of ColourPop. I didn’t try the brand until this year, and clearly I’m hooked! Zero percent of this post is sponsored by ColourPop…or any other brand, for that matter (though this post does contain referral links).
In no particular order, here are my favorite makeup products of 2018.
1. Kathleen Lights x ColourPop The Zodiac Palette: when ColourPop first announced this palette I thought it was gorgeous but not really my jam in terms of shades; I’m very much a neutral eyeshadow palette gal. But when I started looking at swatches and watching YouTube videos, most of this palette looked a lot more wearable for me. So I ordered it, and I ended up loving it so much more than I expected! I’ve even gone out of my comfort zone and used the oranges a couple times. And of course, the packaging is beautiful.
2. Flesh Fleshy Lips Lipstick: Revlon came out with a new brand this year that sounded intriguing. I’ve only tried this one lipstick from Flesh, but I love it. I got the shade Hungry, which Flesh describes as a sheer reddish pink. I don’t really see red in this lipstick; it’s more of a sheer MLBB color on me. And the brand’s 70s style logo font and soft core porny product names are fun. I should make it a goal to try more Flesh in 2019 (that’s what she said).
3. Sephora Collection Lashcraft Big Volume Mascara: I received this sample in my September Play! by Sephora box and was surprised by how much I liked it. It really does volumize lashes and actually does a good job of lengthening too. This mini has been my go-to mascara for date night lashes!
4. Urban Decay Lo-Fi Lip Mousse: I bought this in the shade Boom after seeing an Instagram friend use it and I absoluately love the color. The packaging is pretty adorable, too. The shade is definitely not standard for me—it’s sort of a purple—but I adore how it looks on me. The formula is a little drying because it’s basically a lip powder, but it’s fine over lip balm.
5. Wet n Wild MegaGlo Highlighting Powder: I don’t buy much drugstore makeup, but I kept hearing how great the WnW highlighters are. At $4.99 a pop, I had to try one for myself! I bought the shade Blossom Glow, and first of all, can we talk about how gorgeous the embossed powder is? It’s almost too pretty to touch. (I did also buy the blue version from their Game of Thrones-inspired collection and I am definitely not going to touch that one). This shade is a light peachy champagne and it leaves a subtle shimmer. I love that it doesn’t have visible glitter, which is my nemesis. It’s absolutely worth the $5.
6. ColourPop Super Shock Shadows: I ordered three shades: Partridge, Bouncy, and Mooning, and I love each of them very much. This is a very unique shadow formula—Bouncy is an appropriate name for one of them because it describes the texture exactly. Super Shock Shadows are best applied with a finger; doing so gives better color payoff without much fallout. I’d love to collect more shades!
7. ColourPop Fame Palette: literally every makeup brand has a million warm-toned eyeshadow palettes. That’s a scientific fact. Also a fact: I’m really not much of a warm-toned eyeshadow fan, especially not the pinks and reds that are flying off the shelves right now. So when ColourPop announced they were releasing a cool-toned palette, I needed it in my life. I actually waited quite awhile to order it, but waiting paid off because I was able to use a $5 off coupon. The colors in this palette are so much more my speed than a lot of those on the market. Gimme all your cools!
8. NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil: another Play! by Sephora sample that I liked a lot. This is the shade “Let’s Go Crazy.” For some reason I reach for bold pinks way more often than reds when it comes to my lips. I don’t know why but I often feel self conscious in reds, while I’m usually okay in bright or dark pinks. This shade looks great on me and feels quite comfortable for a matte formula. Plus, the crayon format makes it easy to apply. I’ve used this lip crayon more than most of my Play! by Sephora lip samples.
9. Tarte Double Duty Beauty Happy Girls Shine Brighter Palette: this is basically the perfect travel palette for me. It’s quite compact and contains six neutral eyeshadows and a pretty, peachy-pink shimmer blush. The combination of matte and shimmer eyeshadows allow for a variety of simple looks, which is pretty much all I really need while traveling.
10. Did someone say ColourPop? Yeah…almost half this list is from the brand. But you know what, their products are great quality at a ridiculously affordable price. The adorable packaging doesn’t hurt, either. So! This final product is the Lux Lipstick in the shade Liquid Courage. I confess that I kind of forgot about this lipstick after I blogged about it, but now that I remember I have it I’ll be using it. As I mentioned, red lipstick can make me self conscious, but I do feel good in this shade. I guess that’s what happens when you find the right red for you! The formula is full coverage, moisturizing, and long-lasting. And it cost SEVEN FREAKING DOLLARS. If you haven’t tried ColourPop yet, what are you even doing with your life?
That’s it! What were your favorite makeup products of 2018?
*Okay, I’ll list a few 2018 makeup disappointments: Anastasia Beverly Hills Norvina Palette, Too Faced Semi-Sweet Chocolate palette, Lime Crime Wet Cherry Lip Gloss and Plushies liquid lipstick, ColourPop No Filter Concealer, Flower Beauty Shimmer & Shade Eyeshadow Palette, Kaja Mochi Pop Bouncy Blush.