As I'm writing this it's sometime after Christmas Day but before New Year so I've got no idea what day of the week it is and at this point I'm 90% Quality Street. So I thought it was a good time to whack together a list of my favourite makeup products of this year. Some of these things were actually released in 2018 and others I just happened to discover them this year but I think that's allowed.

I spent this year alternating between two foundations and I can't decide which one I like more. When Rihanna launched Fenty Beauty at the end of 2017 and announced 40 shades of the Pro Filt'r Soft Matte Longwear Foundation she really changed the game and created a new standard for all brands. I waited a couple of months for the initial hype to die down before trying it for myself but I wish I hopped on it sooner. It's got a very thin consistency so it feels like absolutely nothing on the skin but can be built up for some serious coverage. 'Soft matte' is a pretty solid description of the finish - it makes my skin look smooth and shine-free but never flat. When I'm after a lighter, more fresh-faced look the It Cosmetics CC Cream is my bitch. Even though the £30 price tag makes me wince I can't not repurchase this foundation. It's light coverage with a glowy finish that just looks like I've got naturally good skin which, let's be honest, is the dream.

While I don't agree with Makeup Revolution's blatant ripping off of other brands' products, I have to admit they really knocked it out the park with the Conceal and Define Concealer. This is supposed to be a lot like the Tarte Shape Tape but I've never tried it because I'm poor so I can't help you there. What I do know is that this is high coverage and long-lasting but doesn't go cakey or settle into lines, and there's a massive shade range. And, they now make a 'supersize' version which contains over three times the product as the original concealer which is a real blessing because I was going through these bad boys ridiculously quickly.

It's no secret that the Colourpop Super Shock Highlighters are my favourite highlighter formula ever and I've used them non-stop this year. The formula is a weird cream/powder hybrid which means it melts seamlessly into the skin and never looks powdery or emphasises texture. When I want my highlight so blinding it can be seen from space (which is most days, to be honest) I reach for Flexitarian which is a seriously shiny champagne shade. Scrumptious is an icy pink which gives me a slightly more natural glow.

My favourite eyeshadow palette of the year has to be Anastasia Beverly Hills Soft Glam Palette (full review here). Is it revolutionary and groundbreaking? No. Do I care? No. 90% of the time I'm wearing eyeshadow, it's  this palette: it's great for both everyday and dramatic looks and there isn't a single shade I don't use. If you think you don't need this in your collection, you're wrong. I do have to give a shoutout to a couple more eyeshadow palettes I loved this year as well. It was a right pain in the arse getting my hands on the Melt Cosmetics Gemini Palette (full review here) but it was so worth it. The green, brown and mustard tones are beautifully unique and super flattering on my brown eyes and the shadows are unbelievably soft and pigmented. I know I said I wasn't going to buy the Urban Decay Naked Cherry Palette in this post but I caved and I'm so glad I did. I've really been digging plummy/rosey tones this year so I've got a lot of use out of this bad boy.

2018 was the year I found my 'holy grail' mascara. Exciting times, I know, but the NYX Worth The Hype Mascara really does it all. I hate forking out a lot of money for mascara because I go through it so quickly so the fact that this one is lengthening, volumising, long-lasting and only £9 is great.

I also never thought I'd be talking about something as boring as brow gel in this post but here we are. I totally get the hype around Glossier Boy Brow now. This little tube makes my eyebrows look full and fluffy and keeps them in place all day without making them crispy. If I'm feeling absolutely wild then sometimes I just wear this and don't bother filling in my brows at all which is almost unheard of for me.

Finally, I've been really into lip glosses this year. I used to hate gloss because I found it sticky and annoying but the Fenty Beauty Gloss Bomb might have changed my life a little bit. The rosey-nude shade is so flattering on everyone I've seen it on (witchcraft?) and the formula is smooth, comfortable and non-sticky. Plus, it smells like sweets, what's not to like?

What were your 2018 makeup favourites?

Thanks for reading, Lucy x

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