Best Makeup of 2016

I tried out alot of amazing products this year so I decided to put together a list of my favourites!  These are not necessarily products that were launched or that I tried for the first time in 2016.  They are the products that I used and loved most in 2016 🙂

Note: All the “Drugstore” items are lower priced items that I purchased in a drug store, grocery store, or online vs the “Luxury” are higher priced items that I mostly purchased at Sephora.

Face Primer

Drugstore:      L’Oreal Paris Magic Perfecting Base Face Primer
Luxury:            Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer


Drugstore:      L’Oreal Infallible Pro-Glow Foundation (click here for my full review)
Luxury:            Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Invisible Cover Foundation


Drugstore:     Maybelline Instand Age Rewind Eraser Dark Circle Treatment Concealer
Luxury:          Urban Decay Naked Skin Weightless Complete Coverage Concealer

Setting Powder

Drugstore:      N/A (Unfortunately, I don’t have any drugstore setting powders)
Luxury:           Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Setting Powder

Eyeshadow Primer

Drugstore:     N/A (Unfortunately, I don’t have any drugstore primers)
Luxury:            Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion – Original

Eyeshadow Single

Drugstore:      NYX Cosmetics Prismatic Eyeshadow in Fireball
Luxury:           Buxom Eyeshadow Bar Single in Iridescent Peacock

Honourable mention:  All Colourpop eyeshadows
(click here to check out my Top 10 of 2016)

Eyeshadow Palette

Drugstore:      Coastal scents customizable palette (only $30 US for 12 shadow palette!)
Luxury:            Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance Eye Shadow Palette


Drugstore:     NYX Cosmetics Matter Liquid Liner
Luxury:          Kat Von D Tattoo Liner (click here for my full review)

Honourable mention:    Eyeko Fat Liquid Eyeliner 


*Note: I decided to select these based on features vs drug store / luxury cause different people prioritize different attributes)

Best Separating:         Buxum Lash Mascara
Best Curing:                 Benefit Roller Lash Mascara
Best Lengthening:      L’Oreal Voluminous Feline Mascara
Best Thickening:         L’Oreal Voluminous Mascara
Best Drama:                 Smashbox Full Exposure Mascara

Brow Products

Drugstore:      QUO Brow Focus Brunette
Luxury:           Benefit Cosmetics Gimmer Brow Volumizing Fiber Gel

Contour / Bronzer

Drugstore:      Pixi by Petra Beauty Bronzer
Luxury:           Too Faced Cocoa Contour Chiseled to Perfection (Medium and Dark Cocoa)


Drugstore:     TheBalm Luminizer Highlighting Powder Cindy Lou
uxury:          Benefit Cosmetics “Watt’s Up!” Cream-to-Powder Highlighter


Drugstore:     Maybelline Dream Bouncy Blush in Peach Satin
Luxury:          Nars Blush in Orgasm

Highlighters: theBalm Cindy Lou & Benefit Watt’s Up.  Bronzers: Too Faced Medium and Dark Cocoa, and Pixi.  Blush: Maybelline Dream Bouncy Blush in Peach Satin, and Nars Orgasm.


Drugstore:      Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick in Berry Couture
Luxury:           Bite Beauty Amuse Bouche Lipstick in Pepper


Drugstore:       Colourpop Ultra Glossy Lip in Wolfie
Luxury:            Buxom Full-On Lip Polish in Betty

Liquid Lipstick

Drugstore:      OFRA Long Lasting Liquid Lipstick in Plumas
                            (I bought all mine on-sale, drugstore priced)
Luxury:           Laura Mercier Paint Wash Liquid Lip Colour in Rosewood





Honourable mention:    LUSH Lipstick in Passionate (the most beautiful and longwearing lipstick but it majorly stains my lips!)





What are some of your favourite beauty products of 2016?

(For full disclosure, please note that a couple of the links are shopstyle affiliate links.  I want to re-assure you that the featured products were not selected on that basis.  I figured that if the products are available at other places for the same price, why not select ones that reward me so I can buy more products to review for you! )

3 thoughts on “Best Makeup of 2016

  1. stashy January 8, 2017 / 5:49 pm

    I like how you separated drugstore vs luxury. 🙂
    The Maybelline Instand Age Rewind Eraser is my favourite drugstore concealer too. But… I hated that UD concealer – ugh, that thing looked terrible on me and oxidized badly. I have a post on it if you want to see:
    I want more Buxom eye shadows – they’re such great quality!
    Ooh that Laura Mercier Lip Colour in Rosewood is stunning.
    Enjoyed reading your list!

  2. Classically Ivy January 9, 2017 / 3:56 am

    Great post! My favourite luxury makeup purchase was the Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance palette.

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