2017 Favorites & Unfavorites

I'm a little late but we're going to talk about my 2017 favorites and unfavorites. I'm trying to make this as short as po...

I'm a little late but we're going to talk about my 2017 favorites and unfavorites. I'm trying to make this as short as possible, so we'll start with favorites. Quick disclaimer, these will be favorite & not so favorite products that I used this year. That doesn't necessarily mean they released this year. At the end, I'll list products for every category I don't go into detail on, because this would be horrendously large if we discussed each product.

  • Urban Decay Naked Heat Palette - I don't think this needs an explanation, but it's become my go to palette. I'm obsessed with warm orange and red tones and that's what this palette encompasses. There is a good mix of mattes and shimmers and there is a nice variety in the looks you can achieve. The formula is SO much better than the other Naked palettes and I can't imagine not having it.
  • It Cosmetics Confidence in a Compact - In the end of last year and beginning of this year, I was seriously struggling with acne and felt I needed to have a full coverage foundation. During that time, I basically exclusively used the Confidence in a Compact. It's not heavy, but the coverage is good. It didn't cake up and it looked nice all day on my dry skin. 
  • It Cosmetics CC+ Illumination Cream - I'm pretty much attached to this. It offers medium coverage, it's dewy, and it feels like nothing on your skin. The only negative is the shade range.

  • ABH Moonchild Palette - Even though the Aurora palette from ABH released this year, I still prefer Moonchild. They're both gorgeous palettes and I'm obsessed with them both, but I absolutely prefer Moonchild as the colors are lighter and have much less glitter.
  • Urban Decay Shapeshifter Palette - It seems I'm on a roll with palettes, but I love this one. Whether I'm doing a light or intense contour, this palette has everything I need. 

  • Urban Decay Velvetizer Powder - This is the softest powder I have ever touched. I use it to set my under eyes because it has the slightest yellow tint that brightens and looks like nothing. It's so light and smooth, it makes you look airbrushed.
  • Urban Decay Vice Lipstick in Fuel - I decided to actually choose a specific lipstick this year and Fuel from the Naked Heat collection was by far my most worn. It's just the perfect nude shade.
  • Jesse's Girl Blending Sponge - I really didn't expect to include a makeup sponge but I'm obsessed with this one. It's very comparable to the Beauty Blender, but it actually gets a little bigger and has a flat side. The best part? It's only $3.99.

  • Pur Cosmetics Pro Highlight Palette - This was included in the holiday collection and even though I received it closer to the end of the year, I couldn't put it down. I know I already listed one highlight palette, but this one is more natural and I felt it needed to be included. There are six colors in the palette, all have different undertones and are super gorgeous.
  • Urban Decay Naked Skin Concealer - I received the All Nighter concealer too late in the year to include it, but I'm totally obsessed with the Naked Skin Concealer. It's natural, light, and dewy. 
  • Pixi Glow Powders - This was a collaboration with Aspyn Ovard, and I'm obsessed. Rome Rose and London Lustre are my absolute faves. The powders are smooth and pigmented but don't look powdery. 
Other Faves:
  • Essence Make Me Brow Gel
  • Pixi Glow Booster Liquid Highlight
  • Urban Decay Heavy Metals Palette
  • Urban Decay Self Adjusting Primer
  • Pixi Hydrating Milky Mist
  • Urban Decay Chill Makeup Setting Spray
  • It Cosmetics Je Ne Sais Quoi Soft Stain Gloss
  • It Cosmetics Ombre Bronzer
  • Urban Decay 24/7 Liners
  • It Cosmetics Super Hero Liner
  • Wet n Wild Photo Focus Concealer
  • Urban Decay Perversion Mascara
There were a lot of products I tried this year and I fell in love with. I wanted to make sure I included them in this list, even if I didn't give an explanation. Now, we'll talk about a couple of not-so-favorites that disappointed me this year.

  • Wet n Wild Photo Focus Foundation - I wanted to love this foundation and at first, I did. However, it seriously broke out my skin so it's a no-go.
  • Jesse's Girl White Liquid Liner - This was awesome, the first time I used it. It immediately dried out and I could never use it again. So the search for the white liquid liner continues.
  • Pur Cosmetics MLP Stick Highlight - These were so cute and swatched so well but they're really stiff and almost chunky, so they don't apply well. They move your makeup around and are just extremely difficult to work with.

  • The Ordinary Serum Foundation - I know, everyone loves it. I constantly hear people raving about this foundation and I SO wanted to love it but I don't. It separates and looks cakey, no matter what I try to do. I've tried different primers, different ways of applying it...it just doesn't work for me.
I think that's it. I don't tend to keep products that disappoint me so I really have to think about it. Even if I don't like a product from a brand, that doesn't mean the brand is bad. I love products from each of these brands, these specific things just didn't work out for me.

I didn't include skin care because I'll be doing an updated skin care routine soon, and we will discuss what I've tried, what worked, what didn't, and why I changed everything again.

So, that's it! I hope you like the post. Let me know what your favorite products from 2017 was in the comments.

Thanks for reading!

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  1. I've heard really mixed things about the ordinary foundations! xx


  2. Great review post! I always love to see what other people love or are disappointed by. Unfortunately for me, the colors of the IT Confidence in a Compact were off. I'm often between two shades from IT and the foundation products are slightly too yellow for me. Oh well. I too have the Jesse's Girl blending sponge on my best of list. I wish I could find it in stores because I don't want to pay shipping for the $3.95 sponge. I wish I owned the PUR Highlighting palette - it is gorgeous!

  3. the ordinary is my <3. It's too bad it didn't work for you.

  4. love hearing people's thoughts on hyped products! thanks for letting me know about TO foundy, will skip it

  5. The Moonchild palette looks really pretty!

  6. So glad to see Naked Heat up here - I got that for Christmas and haven't used it yet, but it has all the colors I love. :)

  7. That sucks on the white liner! I know they were having some issues with the container... I wonder if it's been fixed yet...

  8. I bought the heat palette and it sits unused cause I’m awful. You’ve inspired me to use it tomorrow!

  9. The Naked Heat Palette looks amazing.

  10. Oh I'm glad I didn't spend on The Ordinary foundation, I was going to but shipping was coming out to be too costly for me.

  11. I’ve been wondering about the Wet N Wild foundation so that’s good to know even if it was such great news!

  12. The Ordinary foundation separates on me too :( I think it just hates my oily skin.

  13. So many good palettes! Great lineup. :)

  14. The ABH Moonchild Palette is beautiful. I keep debating on that one.

  15. lol, I just filmed a video talking about my disappointments...I can't for the life of me, figure out why people love that wnw foundation so much. It must be for a specific skin type. The ABH Moonchild was in my top highlighters in 2016. I think everyone should have it!!


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