Tuesday, January 7, 2020

Best of 2019 - Makeup Discoveries!

I have loved a ton of makeup this year, so it was hard to pick my Favourites that I tried this year! I call these the best of my makeup discoveries, because this is a list of the best of the products that I tried in 2019! Most of the products were new in 2019, but some are older products that I was late to the game on! 

Best of 2019 - Makeup Discoveries!
All products were purchased by me - this post contains affiliate links

I really did love so many products this year, so this is really the best of everything I've tried this year (so, if you look back at my Monthly Favorites or you saw me rave about another product - don't worry, I still love those too!)

I don't have something from every category of makeup; because, it's more about the best of everything that I tried! Also, I didn't showcase any glitter or shimmery shadows, because I showed those all off in their own post for the Best Product of the Year! 

Best of 2019 - Makeup Discoveries!

Natasha Denona Mini Nude Eyeshadow Palette ~ $33.00 CAN. A mini palette of Natasha Denona’s signature pressed pigment eyeshadows in sophisticated neutral shades.

I'm a big fan of the Natasha Denona mini palettes - I featured more mini palettes on my Best of 2018 too! I actually held off on picking this palette for a long time because I did have a lot of neutral palettes; but, after a big declutter I felt like I could add in a little mini neutral palette! It's lovely and the shadows are really great. The formula is really nice and easy to use. I've done a full review with a look on this palette and you can see it here - this is just a solid little mini neutral palette with great eyeshadow formulas! 

Too Faced Hot Buttered Rum Palette ~ $34.00 CAN. A limited-edition eyeshadow palette with eight exclusive matte and metallic shades.

This is easily one of my favourite palettes I picked up this year - it's stunning! I love a good neutral palette and this one is really high-quality! I like that it's a warm, neutral palette but it stands out because of the yellow and rust shadows included in it. I just reviewed this palette and you can see it here! The mattes are blendable and the shimmers are really great! Such a pretty palette!

Too Faced Tutti Frutti Sparkling Pineapple Eyeshadow ~ $34.00 US ($45.15 CAN). Too Faced Tutti Frutti - Sparkling Pineapple Eyeshadow Palette is a pineapple-scented palette of glitter, metallic, satin, and matte shadows that give intense payoff for luxurious, one-swipe coverage. The perfect range of warm browns and creams with a pop of intense sparkling gold are so fresh and creamy they practically demand a drink with an umbrella in it.

Ok, I know these were a 2018 release but I didn't really use them at all until the very start of 2019! I posted my review earlier this year and just loved the shadows. The mattes are so smooth and blendable and the shimmers were all a little unique and different and were so gorgeous on the eyes! I think they are quite different from other palettes in my collection and the scent is lovely! 

Urban Decay Naked Reloaded Eyeshadow Palette ~ $58.00 CAN. An essential Naked palette, featuring 12 all-new eyeshadow shades that redefine neutral with Urban Decay’s signature formula.

This was a pretty controversial release - lots of people loved it and lots of people hated it. I personally loved this palette -
 the shadows are beautiful, the mattes are super blendable and the shimmers are beautiful. There are a couple of chunky shimmers that need a little work; but, overall the palette is gorgeous. I think it's a little warm, a little cool and a whole lot of lovely! I reviewed this palette and you can see the original post here

Best of 2019 - Makeup Discoveries!

Wet n Wild Photo Focus Foundation ~ $7.97 CAN. Your skin, only better. Our new high-performing, skin-perfecting foundation underwent major road testing under seven different photo lighting conditions to deliver flawless camera-ready makeup every time. Specially made with a matte, light-diffusing complex to give your skin #nofilter perfection.

I will be honest and say that I didn't have an instant love connection with this foundation, we had to build up our relationship. I like this formula best with a dense, flat foundation and it looks flawless on with a brush! So good and it's so affordable - I use shades Buff Bisque and Nude Ivory depending on the time of year! You can see this foundation on my in a look here

Physicians Formula Rose All Day Petal Glow in Petal Pink ~ $20.99 CAN. A brightening and illuminating all-over-glow that imparts unprecedented color dimension for a flawless pearluminous finish. Why it's good for you: Ultra-luxurious formula brightens skin instantly and over time while keeping your skin flawlessly glowing.

This is such a gorgeous product - it's "meant" to be a highlighter; but, it's too dark on me for a highlighter, so it's a stunning blush shade and it offers an amazing glow on the cheeks! You can see this product swatched and on me here! I love this - it lasts all day on and looks really nice after a full day! 

Too Faced Damn Girl! 24-Hour Mascara ~ sample size here ($32.00 CAN for full size). A high-intensity mascara for maximum drama and lift with revolutionary, creamy-mousse formula for extreme volume without a heavy feel.

This is a really pretty mascara - it is full volume, no clumping, dark, thick lashes - it's lovely. It's got a huge soft bristle brush which I love and it layers really nicely and looks amazing. It's everything I want in a mascara! It's been a while since I found a favourite mascara formula and this is just perfect for me! You can see it on me here

Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow Gel in Dark Brown ~ $12.00 CAN for mini size shown here (full size is $24.00 CAN). A highly-pigmented brow gel with a long-lasting, waterproof formula for creating fuller-looking, defined brows—like Dipbrow Pomade in a gel form.

I had a pretty instant love affair with this brow gel - it just adds so much colour and hold to my brows. It's a product that you actually only need to use the tiniest amount of product to use properly! It's a super long wearing formula and pretty weather proof! I posted a full review and look with the Dipbrow Gel here! This has been such a game-changer for my brows! 

Best of 2019 - Makeup Discoveries!

Charlotte Tilbury Hot Lips Lipstick 2 in Viva La Vergara ~ mini size (full size is $43.00 CAN). A lipstick in 11 shades inspired by strong icons, rule-breakers, record-makers, and history-shakers.

This Viva La Vergara is in the CT Matte Revolution formula and I got this little mini in the Charlotte Tilbury Hot Lips 2 Mini Lip Set and you can see it swatched and on me here! This shade is described as "a flattering, soft wine matte lipstick in homage to Sofia Vergara" and it really is such a soft wine and it's beautiful on! The formula is pretty comfortable and it wears really well. This shade is stunning! This was newer in my collection, but it is perfect to wear with any look! 

ColourPop Lip Crayon in Z Boys ~ $7.00 US each. When all you need is just a tint. This comfy, hydrating lip tint adds the perfect sheer wash of colour to create healthy, glowy lips.

These lip tint lip crayons were another instant love (I have another shade too, but this one is the best!) Z Boys is described as a "sheer peach nude". The formula is super soft and comfortable on the lips and wear off without smearing everywhere and they leave a pretty tint behind (just a little bit) and reapply really nicely. You know that when something makes it in to my purse, it's holy grail status - I've also taken it on vacation and everywhere with me. 

ColourPop Creme Lux Lipstick in "Ariel" ~ $9.00 US. LUX it up. Enriched with our LUX Blend of hydrating butters, this creamy, long-wearing lipstick glides on the lips with rich pigmentation in a comfy, lightweight formula.

Ariel is described as a "peachy beige nude" and it's so perfect on for the perfect Spring shade! You can see it in my ColourPop Disney Princess collection and while I tried it in 2018, I didn't really use it until this Spring, so this counts for 2019! It's a really comfortable formula and it's a beautiful shade! 

Dior Lip Glow in Pink Glow ~ $45.00 CAN at Sephora or $42.00 CAN at Beauty Boutique. The first universal balm by Dior reacts to the unique chemistry of each woman's lips to give them a natural flush of custom pink that suits her skin tone. As if revived from within, lips are fresh, full and radiant.

This might seem really basic to some; but, I'm obsessed with a tinted lip balm - I wear them all day every day and love when I find a really great formula. This makes my lips super soft and smooth and has just a little hint of colour and shine! You can see my thoughts, swatch and a look with this here! But, seriously I have no problem indulging in a fancy ass lip balm because my lips deserve it and it's lovely! 

Besame Sleeping Beauty Pink Lipstick ~ $33.00 US. A faithful recreation of Aurora's actual lip color, matched to the original ink and paint colors used in the 1959 animated Disney classic. Sleeping Beauty Pink is a pale, nude pink for a more natural look and a perfect compliment to all skin tones.

I was so excited for the whole Besame Sleeping Beauty collection, because the whole collection was well packaged and the shades were lovely. I'm not always a huge bullet lipstick lover; but, this formula is amazing! This goes on really creamy and wears matte and lasts for hours - I wore this through eating and it wore really well! This lipstick shade is basically my perfect lipstick shade! (You can see this lipstick on me and the whole collection on me here!)

I think I have a pretty good balance off everything I was loving - but holy, was this the year of lipsticks for someone who doesn't wear lipstick often! 

What were you loving this year?! 


  1. I love all these palettes. Could you provide your readers your thoughts on "If You Could Only Buy One", which would it be?

    1. Since the Hot Buttered Rum is not available - it depends on the size, if you like little and 5 shadows would be good the ND mini nude is lovely or if you like a few more options, go with the UD Naked Reloaded!