Hi guys! After some weeks of Christmas get-togethers, quick trips, and what seemed like endless documents to study for finals, I ultimately had time to write down my top 10 makeup products of 2018 and I wanted to share them with you. Some of these were released prior to this year, but I added them anyway because I either didn’t find them sooner, or they’ve just been a huge staple for me this year as well. In a week, hopefully, I’ll have my top cruelty-free cosmetics list up!
10. Very Vegan Matte Bronzer in ‘Sun-kissed’
This bronzer is pretty much the only one I’ve used this year, and that’s because I didn’t feel like I needed any other. Word has it, this is a dupe for Benefit‘s Hoola Bronzer (which is not cruelty-free), and even though I haven’t tried those, I get why people love them so much thanks to W7! It blends effortlessly, doesn’t look too unnatural and the shade I got is a really good fit for my skin tone. The price is truly great too!
9. Paleta Paint Pretty – Tarte
10€ | Cruelty-free | Vegan
I got this palette at the beginning of last year (2018) and I’ve constantly used the blush in it ever since. I’ve always heard good things about Tarte‘s blushes, and this one proved why. I loved the neutral and light tone it has, and the other two shades have come in handy when I was traveling and didn’t have contouring or mattifying powders. Nevertheless, those two are not my favorite: the brown shade is shimmery and the white one is way too dark for my skin.
8. No Filter Concealer
$6.00 | 30 shades / tonos | Cruelty-free | Vegan
This concealer is a huge staple in my collection. I love dramatic eyebrows, and for that, I need to define them with concealer. This one does that job perfectly. It’s really creamy and dries up very quickly, but it’s easy to blend. However, it does oxidize a bit, so I don’t normally use it on the undereye area — it doesn’t even feel comfortable anyway.
What also makes this product of my tops this year is that I love using the white shade as a base for shadows. It has also been incredibly useful for the artsy and Halloween looks I’ve created!
7. Princess Potion Primer – W7
£8.95 – | Cruelty-free | Probably Vegan*
This product is surprisingly good! It’s very affordable, smells amazing, and leaves my skin soft and ready to blend products on top. I haven’t had any problems with it, and I especially recommend it to people with dry skin or people who have a tough time trying to blend foundation or cream products on their face. It helps a lot! I’ve personally used it on people with dry skin and it worked wonders.
6. HD Liquid Coverage Foundation – Catrice
7,99€ | Cruelty-free | Vegan
This vegan and cruelty-free foundation is not only affordable but really nice as well. It lasts and lasts and lasts. It’s one of my favorite picks for night outs, as it doesn’t fade away with sweat and holds up pretty flawlessly. The only thing I don’t like about it is the shade range. I wish it was more diverse. It would make it one of the best foundations ever!
PLUS: their Liquid Camouflage High Coverage Concealer is one of my favorites as well. I didn’t add it to this list because I’ve been using it for years now.
5. ‘Ice Cold’ Highlighter
I’m a huge fan of blinding highlighters, and Jeffree Star Cosmetics certainly gave me that with their ‘Ice Cold’ highlighter. The product comes in a very sturdy packaging, but I like that because the reason is that it has more quantity in it. Besides how blinding it is, it’s also very easy to use and the tone is perfect for pale skin. Little goes a long way, and the formula is one of my new favorites. I haven’t tried their new range of highlights yet, but I sure will someday!
4. Born This Way Multi-Use Sculpting Concealer – Too Faced
Too Faced recently came out with new concealers for their Born This Way range, and I knew I had to try them. People were very impressed by them, and so was I. The coverage is really high, it blends like a dream, and it doesn’t crease nearly as much as the rest of my concealer collection (besides Becca‘s Aqua Luminous, which is really great for dry skin). It’s not as hydrating, but I am more pleased with this one overall.
3. After Shock Palette
10$ (Shop Hush App) | Cruelty-free
Probably the best colorful palette of the year for me. I love using this palette because due to how loose the shadows are, it’s very pigmented. It adheres to wet concealers or eye primers perfectly, and they blend with other shades very nicely. So fun to use and play. If you want to know more, you can check my in-depth review here. And yes, you can buy it from the app even if you’re don’t live in the US.
2. Conceal & Define Foundation
Makeup Revolution slayed the cruelty-free affordable concealer game at the beginning of the year, and by the end, they released one of the best foundations I’ve ever tried, if not the best. Full coverage, lightweight, pretty natural-looking for a matte finish — this foundation has it all, including the very reasonable price!
And, finally… what was the best cruelty-free makeup product of the year for me?
1. Norvina Palette
This palette was such a remarkable product for me. I hadn’t tried Anastasia palettes before (although I did try some of their individual shadows and I loved them), and I was quickly amazed by how good the shadows in Norvina were. I genuinely want to get another one someday so I can hang it somewhere in my future beauty room and admire it. The colors really spoke to me and the quality was there, which is why I consider this palette my favorite of the year — and the product I’ve been the most obsessed with.
The only thing I disliked about this palette was that it isn’t vegan.
This is it for today, guys! What products were your favorites this year? Hopefully, now that I’ve finished my finals, I’m going to be able to post more regularly. I don’t like being inconsistent, but it’s what I had to do and I’m just glad and excited to get back on track. I’ve truly missed writing here!
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