Last year, I discovered so many new beauty products — most of which were awesome. However, there were a few duds mixed in, too. Here are the best and worst products that I tried in 2015.
The Best of 2015
Urban Decay Naked Smoky Eyeshadow Palette ($54): UD’s Naked palettes are my go-to; I have all of them and I love the versatile looks you can create with them, the blendability, pigmentation, and wear. A smoky shadow palette was missing from the lineup, until it debuted in July. And it’s just as good as the other Nakeds, and contains everything you need to nail a perfect smoky eye.
Becca x Jaclyn Hill Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed in Champagne Pop ($38, LE): Becca’s highlighters are some of the best on the market, and when they teamed up with highlight queen/YouTuber Jaclyn Hill, they hit a homerun. Champagne Pop is a universally-flattering peachy champagne shade, and it’s loaded with gorgeous shimmer that really pops on skin, but doesn’t look like chunky glitter. This is the glowiest of all highlighters I’ve tried.
Anastasia Beverly Hills Illuminators ($28, 4 shades): These buttery pressed powder highlighters are packed with shimmer, yet glide on skin smoothly (again, no chunky shimmer). They give beautiful light to the skin, and can be layered for more intensity. I really like the So Hollywood (gold, pictured) and Riviera (rose gold) shades.
PMD Personal Microderm PMD Personal Microderm Device – Teal ($159): I was skeptical about the PMD, but after using it for about 7 months, I see a noticeable difference in my skin. It exfoliates like nothing else and keeps my skin radiant and youthful-looking.
Loving Tan Self-Tanning Mousses ($35-$40): These mousses are the best I’ve found outside of a professional airbrush tan. The color is that deep, rich, natural-looking brown with a reddish undertone — the way skin naturally looks when you’ve been out in the sun too long. Going out in the sun without protection is not an option for me (sun damage!), and this is truly the best at-home alternative I’ve found to a professional airbrush application. I apply it with a mitt for streak-free results. I’ve used both the Deluxe Bronzing Mousse ($35) and 2-Hour Express Mousse ($40) in Dark, and they’ve both given me great results.
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Morphe M439 Deluxe Buffer Brush ($14): This is one of the best foundation brushes I’ve ever used, and I can’t believe the quality for the price. I have a detailed Morphe review coming up later in the week, so check back for that.
The Worst of 2015
Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Foundation ($): This foundation is terrible for me. It’s thin, and doesn’t provide much coverage at all — even for someone like me, who likes minimal coverage. It did not last on my skin without fading and breaking apart, and just generally didn’t feel good on. One of the foundation’s claims is that coverage is adjustable by dispensing more product; no matter how much I applied, there just wasn’t enough coverage. It only ended up feeling stickier the more I layered it on. I love Tarte and think they’re such a strong brand, but this is one product of theirs that I wish I had passed on.
Ciate X Olivia Palermo Satin Kiss Lipsticks ($25, LE): I love Ciate’s nail products, and Olivia Palermo obviously has great style, so I thought this collaboration would be amazing. I only tried the Cashmere and Truffle lipsticks and couldn’t get any further; they were drying, and although they were supposed to be nudes/pinky nudes, they turned brown on me.
BareMinerals Complexion Rescue Tinted Hydrating Gel Cream ($29.50): I admit that I reviewed this product too soon after purchasing. I initially really liked it, but the more I wore it, the more I disliked it. This CC cream felt heavy and sticky on my skin. I got suckered into buying the brush, too, and that ended up being a waste. Here’s a tip: whenever a foundation debuts with a special brush, you don’t need it!
What were some of your favorites in 2015? I’d love to hear in the comments!