Best Products of 2013 | Part 1: Make-up

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Our Beauty Editor takes you through her tried and tested budget and luxury products of last year. Part 1 is all about make-up.


Luxury – Benefit Porefessional Primer (£24.50)


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This super soft silicone based primer minimizes pores dramatically making your skin look flawless and hydrated before applying your chosen foundation.

Budget – Dr Jart + Platinum Beauty Balm Cream SPF30 (£14.67)

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This BB cream smoothes, preps and primes skin ready for foundation whilst giving enough coverage to be worn alone. It’ll leave your skin looking and feeling perfect, without breaking the bank.


Luxury – YSL Forever Youth Liberator Foundation (£37.00)


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This is a heavy coverage foundation, perfect for those days when your skin isn’t looking its best. The creamy formula leaves your skin looking dewy, fresh and radiant covering any imperfections, lines or blemishes.

Budget – Revlon Nearly Naked Foundation (£8.99)


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Nearly Naked is a light to medium coverage foundation, which leaves the skin looking natural and glowing perfect for your good skin days. It’s easy to blend and can give buildable coverage without people knowing you’re wearing foundation at all.


Luxury – Benefit High Beam Luminescent Complexion Enhancer (£19.50)


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This creamy highlighter is great for contouring and adding a little winter’s glow to the skin. A favourite of many makeup addicts this instantly makes you look awake and radiant.

Budget – Topshop Glow Highlighter In Polish (£9.00)


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This is my all time favourite highlighter and the price is just a bonus! The creamy texture is perfect for faking those sculpted cheekbones and it contains just the right amount of shimmer to make your skin glow not glitter.


Luxury – Origins Plantscription Anti-aging concealer (£17.00)



Origins gives us the perfect creamy and hydrating concealer that hides those under eye circles with out looking cakey. It’s long lasting and moisturising formula makes it a winner with me.

Budget – Bourjois Healthy Mix Concealer (£7.99)


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With just the right amount of pink and yellow undertones to cover-up undereye circles and blemishes this is really is the perfect concealer. Despite being a medium coverage it still looks super natural and lasts all day without creasing or drying.


Luxury – MAC Sheer/Pressed Powder (£20.00)

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MAC’s pressed powder is a light mattifying powder that doesn’t dry out the face and keeps your foundation in place all day long.

Budget – Rimmel Stay Matte Pressed Powder (£3.99)

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This really is the holy grail of pressed powders. It’s inexpensive, smooth and not at all cakey. Even those with the most high end of make-up bags will have one of these lying around. It mattifys and keeps your make-up in place all day long without anyone knowing it is even there.


Luxury – Nars Laguna Bronzing Powder (£26.00)

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 Nars really does bring us the crème de la crème of bronzers. It’s not too muddy or too orange, nor is it too shimmery or too matte. It’s buildable colour is perfect for an all year round sweep of bronze as well as for contouring. If you buy one Nars product this year let it be this one.

Budget – The Body Shop Honey Bronze bronzing Powder (£13.00)

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 This is a very light natural bronzing colour which is great for applying a sweep of natural colour without looking burnt. Although this is not so great for contouring it gives a beautiful flush of colour in just as beautiful packaging.


Luxury – Benefit Bella Bamba Blusher (£23.50)


This blusher gives such a beautiful flush or coral pink, with teeny weeny specks of gold glitter. It looks super natural on the skin but can be built up to a much brighter colour.

Budget – Topshop Cream Blush in Flush (£6.00)


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This cream to powder coral blusher is lightweight and easy to apply. It can be used as a subtle touch of colour or built up to a pop of pink to the cheeks.


Luxury – HD Browns Eye & Brown Palette (£19.96)

Thanks to Cara D we all want the perfect stand out brows and the HD palette will provide you with just that. With a handy sized brush and a colour to suit most skin tones this little palette is a one-boxed wonder for your brows.


Budget – SEVENTEEN Brow’s That! Brow Kit (£6.00) 

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This kit gives you everything you need to create perfect brows for a bargain price of £6.00!! The kit includes a fixing wax, highlighter, brow powder, mini brush and little hints and tips to help you get brows just like Miss D.


Luxury – MAC Pro Long Wear Paint Pots (£15.00)

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This year was all about the cream eye shadows, with so many launches, coulours and finishes they really were the product of the year. The Mac paint pots come in so many wearable hues its hard to pick a favourite. They are long wearing and have beautiful colour pay off when applied.

Budget – Rimmel Scandaleyes Shadow Paint (£4.99)

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This for me was the stand out launch for 2013 and also very over looked. Okay so the packaging looks like a lipgloss and the colour selection aren’t fantastic but the product itself … WOW! It’s a creamy luxurious eyeshadow that dries super quick and once it is set, doesn’t budge. It’s beautifully pigmented with a subtle hint of shimmer and looks stunning as an all over sweep of colour or just to highlight the crease.


Luxury – Pixi Lash Line Ink (£12.00)

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 I am useless at eyeliner, so when I buy one I look for ease in application and this fine liner style liquid eyeliner is brilliant. It is ultra fine and the pen has enough flex to prevent dragging but not too much that it leaves a messy line.

Budget – Soap and Glory Super Cat Eyeliner Pen (£6.00)

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This is very similar to the Pixi lash liner but at half the price. It’s simple to use, with just the right amount of flexibility and is a far truer black on the skin. Also once you’ve got this on your lash line it wont smudge or budge all day long!


Luxury – Urban Decay Naked Palette 2 (£37.00)

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All of the Naked Palettes are equally gorgeous, but with 12 highly pigmented neutral shades in shimmer and matte but number 2 is my favourite with wearable shades that are easy to apply and blend.

Budget – Barry M Natural Glow Eye Shadow and Face Blusher Palette (£6.49)

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When I think of Barry M I instantly think of nail polish, but when they launched this natural palette I fell in love. With two matte shades, 3 shimmers and natural satin blush you can create loads of cute looks for a really reasonable price.


Luxury – Clinique High Impact Waterproof Mascara (£16.50)

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I hate that clumpy spider leg eyelash look so if that’s a look you go for this isn’t the mascara for you. It adds length and a little volume to the lashes making them look beautifully natural.

Budget – NYC High Definition Separating Mascara Black (£3.99)

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This is my all time favourite mascara and it is a big bargain too. It is super lengthening and adds just the right amount of volume to not look clumpy. I love the wand and it gives me exactly what I look for in a mascara and it’s less than a fiver.


Luxury – MAC Rebel Lipstick (£15.00)

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Every girl loves a Mac lippy and deep purples have been this seasons must-have colour leaving us all grabbing for the MAC Rebel Shade. The satin finish leaves the lips with a perfect all over splash of deep fuchsia.

Budget – Rimmel Moisture Renew Lipstick (£6.49)

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Rimmel re-launched their moisture renew range this year and for me they were perfect. They were hydrating on the lips while still having amazing pigmentation in their colour pay off. Lasting a good 4 hours even after a starbucks, Rimmel have come out on top with this one.


Luxury – Hourglass Opaque Liquid Lipstick (£23.00)

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This lippy really is a touch of luxury for your lips, the liquid glossy formula dries to a matte look lipstick with the brightest colour pay off. It is quite pricey but if you’re looking for a high quality lip lacquer then look no further.

Budget – Rimmel London Apocalips Lip Lacquer (£6.49)

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Another of Rimmel’s highlight launches of this year was their Apocalips collection. With a fantastic colour range, magnificent colour pay off and non-sticky formula this truly is a wonderful lip stain.


Luxury – Clinique Chubby Stick Intense Moisturising Lip Colour Balm (£17.00)

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Everyone fell in love with the original Chubby Sticks and the Chubby stick Intense is even better. With Shea butter, jojoba seed oil and mango seed oil these are really good for your lips. With bright colours and moisturing texture this lipstick wins all round.

Budget – Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain Lovesick (£7.99)

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Unlike the Chubby Stick these lip crayons don’t have the bright colour pay off but they are the most moisturizing lip product I have ever used. The subtle colour pay off is truly beautiful and can be built up into a brighter shade, not bad for just a tenner.


Luxury – Butter London Nail Polish (£12.00)

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Butter London have a brilliant long lasting formula and an extensive choice of colours and glitters. The packaging looks expensive similar to the likes of Chanel and doesn’t chip on my nails for at least 4 days.

Bargain – Barry M Hi Shine Gel Effect Nail Polish (£3.99)

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We all know that Barry M do a good polish but when they launched their Gelly range, I for one was blown away. These one coat wonders are practically chip resistant with a range of fun shades to choose from.

That’s it for PART 1.. come back for my skincare faves of last year!

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