Hi friends, I’ve been AWOL since the beginning of November but I’m back at it and ready to cracking in 2017. As I was thinking over the last year in beauty, I thought it’d be fun to go through what my favorite products for the year were. I initially set out to do it in one post, but quickly realized we’d be here forever if I did that, so I’m going to do this in installments over the next few weeks. Since I’m forever obsessed with lip stuff (seriously I have no less than 8 lipsticks in my purse right now), I thought I’d start there!
Glossier Balm Dotcom
For me Glossier Balm Dotcom is probably my favorite lip balm of all time. It’s funny because it’s pretty basic to be honest, but I haven’t found anything that hydrates my lips as well without feeling to heavy or waxy.
Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipstick in Bauhau5
This color is the most gorgeous blue-based, bright pink shade I think I’ve ever worn. It leans a little purple but I love that and it does not budge at all! It is quite a dry formula, but you get used to it after a while and I’m willing to sacrifice a smidge on comfort for it to be long-wearing.
NYX Lip Lingerie in Exotic
I honestly wasn’t super impressed with the shade range in this launch, but I saw this shade on someone and knew I had to have it. It’s a beautiful terracotta color that I think looks especially gorgeous on medium to dark skin tones. Wear on this is really good, I get a little bit of fading on the inner portion of my lips but otherwise it stays put! The texture is a bit mousse like but it sets really well.
Urban Decay Vice Lipstick in Sheer Rapture
This is a perfect my lips but better shade for me and the formula is so smooth and comfortable on the lips. It also has a surprising amount of staying power given that it’s a more slippery texture.
Maybelline Color Sensational Matte Lipstick in Lust for Blush
Lust for Blush is one of those lipsticks that I would see on other people and assume it would be too light on me. I finally broke down and bought it this year, and the color is actually great on my skin tone. It’s just a very pretty, soft, rose shade that also makes for a really nice cream blush as well. I also really love the matte formula from Maybelline, so comfortable to wear and long-lasting with just a little bit of transfer.
MAC Viva Glam Lipstick Ariana Grande 2
I’m not usually a fan of the colors in the Viva Glam launches but this is a gorgeous lilac shade that is light enough to be different from my usual purple (MAC Heroine) but not so light that I can’t pull it off. I wore this almost every day for a couple of months.
Karen Murrell Lipstick in Rymba Rhythm
I got this from a friend during an international swap we did for xoVain and I am OBSESSED with it. I sometimes feel weird about orange-reds on my face but this shade strikes the perfect balance. The formula wears well and is super comfortable and it smells like cinnamon candy which I love. It’s got a balm-like texture so it can been worn sheer or built up to full opacity.
Maybelline Color Sensational Bold Lipstick in Rebel Pink
This lipstick got sent to me by Maybelline for an article for xoVain and I am obsessed with it. I’ve tried two other shades and this one is the best as far as opacity, consistency, and wear and it’s such a lovely hot pink. The finish is matte but comfortable as well!
Honorable mention goes to MAC Ruby Woo, MAC Heroine, MAC Flat Out Fabulous,and NARS Audacious Lipstick in Anna. I didn’t add these to the list for 2016 because they are pretty much staples for me at this point so they’d basically be on the list every year!
What were your favorite lipsticks of 2016?