Thursday, January 11, 2024

Best of 2023 ~ Top 10 Makeup Products I Tried This Year

I'm always excited to round up my MOST favourite products of the year - I always pull from any makeup that I've tried within the year whether it was released in 2023 or not, if I've tried it this year and loved it, it's in here! 

Best of 2023 ~ Top 10 Makeup Products I Tried This Year
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With that being said, everything I talked about on my 
Monthly Favourites, I still love; but, when I think of the best products of the year, I think of the ones that have been total standouts or game-changers in my routine! So, that is what I'm going to focus on for this year's Top 10 Favourites! 

Here's are the products I was loving most of all:

Yves Saint Laurent Nu Bare Look Tint in shade 7 ~ $54.00 CAN. This flexible, multitasking skin tint has a water-cream texture for up to 24-hour hydration and leaves skin naturally enhanced with a radiant finish. Infused with glycerin, hyaluronic acid, and brightening mallow, this makeup-moisturizer hybrid melts into the complexion for an effortless no-makeup look. 

I loved the cheek and lip tint from the YSL Nu line, so naturally I couldn't wait to try more from this line and I looove this skin tint! This a tint, so a low coverage - this is 90% skincare base with two times more glycerin than a regular foundation. The texture is meant to give a skin-like feel and let your skin show through while evening out tone and texture! It wore well in warm weather and lasted some long days without looking patchy. My go-to skin tint all year! 

You can go see it on me here with my full review! 

ColourPop La Jolla Cove Bronzer Stix ~ $10.00 US. Get an instant sunkissed glow with our super creamy bronzer stick that delivers a natural-looking matte finish.

If you told me two years ago I'd be a full cream product girlie, I would have laughed. I honestly picked this bronzer stick up not sure if it would work for me, and I was happily proven wrong! This applies so well - just swipe it on and blend in with a buffing brush. It wears super well all day and looks so natural on the skin! Overall I'm really happy with this and you've been interested in trying a stick bronzer, I would recommend this one! (Also, while not here, the blush and highlighter are great too!)

If you are interested, you can see the bronzer on me here!

Chanel Les Beiges Healthy Glow Bronzing Cream in 390 Soleil Tan Bronze ~ $62.00 CAN. A unique, lightweight and easy-to-blend cream-gel bronzer with a delicate, velvety finish that gives a natural sun-kissed glow. The generously-sized jar makes it easy to swirl the kabuki brush, for effortless application.

Oh look another cream bronzer - who am I?! This is such a gorgeous bronzer - that gorgeous swirl is what's made it go viral and it's a cream product, but it's not too creamy, so you do have to get in there a little bit to get some pigment, but applies nicely and smooths out well on the face! The colour for me is perfect - it blends out so smoothly on the skin, and just gives that beautiful, subtle glow on the skin! It wears all day too and dries down to last all day! This is worth the splurge for me! 

Again, you can see it on me here (along with an amazing cream blush!)

Benefit Hoola & WANDERful World Duos mini Bronzer & Blush duos - Hoola Beach Vacay ~ $32.00 CAN. These slim line, on-the-go palettes each feature Benefit’s award-winning Hoola bronzer plus a WANDERful World blush in fan-fave shades. Hoola bronzer instantly warms up your complexion with a natural-looking matte finish, and it’s buildable, blendable, and silky-soft. Pair it with your blush shade for smudgeproof, sweatproof color that builds effortlessly and blends seamlessly.

I love Benefit Cosmetics face products so this comes as no surprise to me that I love this too - it's nice and compact with a bronzer and blush! This is the light/medium duo with the regular Hoola Bronzer and Shellie, a warm seashell-pink blush with a soft-shimmer finish that's so pretty! The bronzer is great and the blush is this perfect shimmery pink blush that was my Summer go-to (and beyond as well!)

Pat McGrath Labs Divine Blush Legendary Glow Colour Balm Blush in Paradise Peony ~ $40.00 CAN. A multifunctional marvel that imparts a nourishing burst of radiance to lips and cheeks. This versatile formula suits a variety of skin tones, ensuring the perfect touch of color every time. Infused with hydrating actives, this must-have balm creates a glass-skin effect.

I looove this blush - it is described as a "gel-like texture" with a buildable formula. It's a non-sticky, non-greasy, glow-boosting formula that gives a natural flush with a dewy finish of color on the cheeks! This is a super creamy soft formula and it goes on super smooth - just swipe on and blend out (with fingers or brush worked well). It's great because it can be blended out for a really light flush or built up for a bright amount of colour - I've used this with a tiny powder blush over top as well and it's great every where!

Rare Beauty by Selena Gomez Positive Light Silky Touch Highlighter in Mesmerize ~ $33.00 CAN. An innovative powder highlighter that gives skin an instant glass-like sheen for an easy, natural-looking glow that lasts.

This was the most viral product at the start of the year and it's lovely - it's a glowy highlighter that leaves a sheen without being glittery. A little goes a long way but it's so pretty on the cheeks. The shade Mesmerize is described as a "rose bronze" and it's lovely. I have been using it non-stop since I got it and I love that it I can use this for cool or warm looks. It's a gorgeous shade and finish! 

Again, you can see my review post here to check out the highlighter on my cheeks! 

Victoria Beckham Lid Lustre Crystal Infused Eyeshadow in Starlight ~ $45.00 CAN. Your smoky-eye-in-a-single-swipe fine pressed eye shadow for otherworldly shine at your fingertips.

It's no secret, but I'm a total sucker for single shadows - and I love trying all the formulas and I tend to love them. This is on the luxury/high-end with the price point, but this is really a lovely formula. Honestly, in 2023 my eyeshadow use changed - I rarely reached for my palettes and just did my eyes less. (I do hope to pick that up more in 2024 and do more looks!) But, the shade Starlight is described as "24k gold-infused with Jasper, known to provide protection and absorb negative energy." The crystal part is whatever to me - this is a gorgeous, shimmery creamy powder shadow! I apply with my finger and it's got a gorgeous finish and wears so well. I will have a full post on this soon too! 

You can see this on me here as well as more thoughts on VB products! 

ELF Duochrome Liquid Eyeshadow in Cyberpink ~ $11.00 CAN. Duochrome liquid eyeshadow with color-shifting, metallic finish.

I love duochrome shadows, so I love seeing an affordable one from ELF and in a liquid formula! This is a fantastic formula - it goes on nice and easily and dries down to wear like a regular shadow! I wore this all night and it did not get too dry so it didn't chip off or anything, but just wore like a regular shadow while looking gorgeous and glowy on the eyes! It had a beautiful shift and looks amazing on the eyes!

Makeup By Mario MoistureGlow Plumping Lip Serum in Blush Glow ~ $33.00 CAN. A hydrating, melting, glossy balm—in a range of inclusive shades—that visibly plumps lips while delivering a dewy, shiny finish.

This was my first Makeup by Mario product and it was such a good one to start with! The shade Blush Glow is described as a "sheer spiced pink". This is lovely! This formula is a glowy and gorgeous, but also this is a slightly plumping formula - not a sting your lip type formula, but adds a little minty tingle and just adds a nice fullness while it's on. It wears for a couple hours and is easy on reapplication. I actually was able to use up this full product this year - that's how much I reached for it, and I purchased two more minis! 

You can see this on me here as well as some more thoughts! 

ELF Glow Reviver Lip Oil in Rose Envy ~ $10.00 CAN. Nourishing tinted lip oil with a high-shine finish. 

It's no secret that love a lip oil here - they are probably my favourite lip product and I do own a lot of them and tried and loved quite a few this year. Of all of them, this one was a standout for me. This is a thicker formula, but it is nice and nourishing on the lips and it just looks so shiny and nice on the lips! It's got a little hint of colour and it's quickly becoming my go-to lip product! 

And, you can see this on me here in my try-on post! 

What was your favourite makeup product (or products) of the year?! 

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