The Best Beauty Launches Of 2016

Tuesday 10 January 2017

The best beauty launches in 2016

| The Best Beauty Launches Of 2016! | 

2016 saw a lot of great makeup releases and as a makeup enthusiast, I just couldn't help myself from picking up a few of the swoon-worthy products that were rolling onto shelves. 

Foundation | There weren't too many foundation releases that enthralled me last year but one that got my attention was the Nars Velvet Matte Skin Tint. Similarly to Sheer Glow, the name is a deceptive representation of the coverage it provides. The term 'skin tint' lead me to believe that it provides a sheer to light coverage but in fact, it has medium coverage. It feels lightweight and the finish is a beautiful soft matte finish that looks very natural - almost like I'm not wearing any base product despite it covering everything that needs to be covered. I'd highly recommend this if your skin isn't looking too fresh after the festive season as this will provide good coverage whilst allowing your skin to breath. 

Face Palettes | I'm sure most of you know by now how much I love the Hourglass Surreal Light palette {review}. There's five light reflecting and radiant boosting powders housed inside the palette so my complexion always looks incredibly healthy when I reach for this. It was the best launch of 2016 in my opinion and I'm eagerly awaiting the release of their new blush palette on Valentine's Day - Swoon! 

A recent addition to my collection was the SoSu Highlighter Kit and I was completely blown away by it! Inside the palette, you'll find three pressed highlighting powders alongside three baked highlighters.The pigmentation of each of the powders are out of this world and dare I say it better than Becca Champagne Pop {review}! Keep your eyes peeled for a full review soon....

Eyeshadow Palettes | I'm weak when it comes to eyeshadow palettes *insert laughing emoji* and the first 2016 release that turned me into the love-heart eye emoji was the Urban Decay Alice in Wonderland palette. Sadly, it's discontinued now so I try not to talk about it too much on my blog as I find it so frustrating when you can't get a product - Anyone else? Quite a few of the shades are very bold and not something I reach for often, but it's the peach, orange, pink and burgundy shades that I love in the palette. It also has a good selection of browns and neutrals so it's very wearable.

The second new release that had me lusting after it was the Anastasia Modern Renaissance palette. Now that I own it I see what all the hype was about! It has some beautiful neutral shades in it alongside an array of unique burgundy and pink shades. It's basically Autumn/Winter in a palette!

I awoke on Christmas morning to find the Urban Decay Naked Ultimate Basics Palette waiting under the Christmas tree for me. Again, this is 100% worth the hype! It's an all matte palette but surprisingly it's not boring. I always thought I'd need at least one shimmer eyeshadow to make my eye makeup look interesting but this palette has proved me wrong. You can create a subtle everyday look with a wash of one of the brown shades or you can create an interesting rich smokey look using the burgundy shade or the burnt orange shade. 

Mac Spoiled Fabulous

Lips | I love Mac lipsticks and as I was perusing their lipstick counter one day, I stumbled upon some new releases that were seriously underrated! I got 'Aim For Gorgeous' {review} which is a stunning bright fuschia shade as well as 'Spoiled Fabulous' which is a sheer frosted gold. The fuschia option would be perfect for brightening up a dreary January day and the gold is perfect for a bit of golden shimmer layered on top of a red or berry lipstick - something fun for an occasion or a night out!

Rosie For Autograph | When I first heard that one RHW was extending her range with M&S and bringing out a makeup line, I squealed with excitement. My jaw nearly dropped to the floor when I saw that the whole collection was made of rose gold packaging {blog post} - It was obviously made for me! I have an eyeshadow palette and a lipstick from the collection, and as the French would say j'adore! I'm having a thing for eyeshadow sticks at the moment and I have my eye on he Rosie For Autograph eyeshadow stick.

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What were your favourite beauty launches of 2016?

Cliona xx

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