December 19th, 2017
After 12 months of amazing launches and exciting discoveries, narrowing our top 10 products of 2017 was no mean feat. As individuality and inclusivity looks to become key trends adopted across the board in 2018, we can’t wait to see what brands will come up with next year. What were some of your favourite products from this year? Comment below, or let us know via Facebook, Instagram or Twitter
We’re flagging this one first, not necessarily because it’s top of our list, but because it’s a limited edition release. There’s still some available to snap up and we’d heartily recommend it! The beautiful slim case holds four trios for every eventuality, and – most crucially – a nice mix of warm and cool tones. So often we find ourselves having to pick a great cool-toned palette along with a warm counterpart, which just ends up taking more up more room than we’d like to afford in our kit. Charlotte Tilbury shades have good pigmentation, last well, and are perfect for events with their sheen and glitz. A solid investment, so if you’re interested you’d better get a move on.
These foolproof blushers are a god-send, as far as we’re concerned. Hopefully they’ll bring out some more shades soon (although Dusk is pretty perfect) because this gel blush formula gives exactly what it promises: soft blooms of translucent colour which is so wearable. Easy to use, whether you prefer stippling brushes or fingers, we’re glad Glossier finally started shipping over here this year so we can get our hands on these beauties.
While IT Cosmetics has been available for a while on QVC they really hit the mainstream this year, with increased distribution in the likes of Selfridges, followed by the launch of their own dedicated UK website. Whether it’s their intense Bye Bye Under Eye concealer, rosacea-masking Bye Bye Redness cream or their cult CC+ cream, we’ve found ourselves reaching for them over and over. There’s never been a better time to give the brand a go.
Finally the backstage maestro has shared his skills of artfully undone hair – Sam McKnight’s quad of hair sprays are what we never knew we needed. The Easy-Up Do spray easily shot into the top ranks of texture sprays we’ve tried, while Cool Girl gives the je ne sais quoi which makes Sam’s runway looks work so well. We’re stockpiling them already.
In case you had your head buried under a rock, the launch of Fenty Beauty by Rihanna sent shock waves through the beauty industry. While it’s indubitably true that other brands have good shade ranges, the breadth and inclusivity of Fenty really resonated with us. We read the stories of girls at both extremes of the spectrum expressing joy at finally finding a shade to suit them – and the rest of her products are equally well positioned and well thought out. If you haven’t checked out and lusted after the new Stunna lip paint yet then where have you been?
The queen of editorial make-up still reigns supreme, and now artists across the world are rejoicing that they no longer have to stay up all night to fight for a chance to order her limited edition collections. Her permanent collection is everything we’d hoped for – daring colours, incredible formulas and stunning packaging. They’re almost too beautiful to use… almost.
There’s nothing like a mascara to split opinion – bristle vs plastic brushes, the optimum balance of fluidity of formula, waterproof versions compared to standard. But one which met united approval from just about everyone we know was the new Troublemaker mascara from Urban Decay. It seems to get the fine balance between volume and length just right, and the intense pigment delivers smouldering intensity. We’ll take 10.
It’s unusual for skincare to galvanise us in the same way make-up does, but when it was announced that Shiseido was releasing a new Millennial-focused range our ears pricked up. The minimalist packaging ticks all of the boxes, but we were surprised by how impressed we were by what was, supposedly, streamlined and simplified skincare. Obviously Shiseido invest heavily in R&D and have a track record of producing incredible products, and this range is no different. The Fresh Jelly Lotion and soy-based Soft + Cushy Polisher would be our top picks.
Affordable, natural lipsticks. Easy, right? Wrong. Thankfully Burt’s Bees stepped in earlier this year and delivered a brilliant collection of satin lipsticks which won everyone over pretty much instantly. From shade range to texture, these have never failed to impress us – Blush Basin and Sunset Cruise are two of our favourite shades – and the brand win bonus points for using 100% natural ingredients and 60% recycled materials in their packaging.
Last, but never least, if you thought Telesis 8 was a game-changer then you’ll be thrilled to hear that the new 8F system is (if anything) even better. With a faster dry time than 8, this collection is a must-have for SFX artists – especially the handy applicator pen.