Make-up Bag Must Haves: January

Saturday, January 27th 2018 0

Glitter eyeshadow, mega-watt highlighter and everything in between

Today I'm sharing my favourite make-up finds, from Christmas beauty discoveries to the best new spring arrivals.

YSL Touche Eclat Neutraliser, £25.50 (on sale for £17.85 at time of writing)

If you find areas of redness in your skin, dark circles under your eyes or a generally sallow complexion, these colour correcting wands are superb. Boasting a light, silky consistency with rich pigmentation, these sit underneath your foundation or concealer and help to neutralise discolouration in the skin. These are very specialised so you’ll only need them if you have areas you wish to ease the appearance of. What I love is that the outer packaging matches the colour of the formula, so when lying on your dresser or in your make-up bag you’ll know exactly which shade you’re reaching for.

YSL touche éclat neutraliser

Tom Ford Honeymoon Eye Colour Quad, £66

Tom Ford eyeshadow quads are always immaculately curated, teaming four shades to create anything from a soft to a smoky eye. However, two of the quads, Honeymoon and Nude Dip, are formulated differently with a silky texture that can be used wet or dry. Used dry you achieve a soft, metallic finish, and used wet the shadows are intense in pigment with a foiled finish.

With flash:

Tom Ford Honeymoon Eye Colour Quad

Without flash:

Tom Ford Honeymoon Eye Colour Quad

Honeymoon is a consistent best seller and has been since launch, so if you can find it, grab it. The plum and cranberry shades make every eye colour pop.

Pixi Beauty Liquid Fairy Lights, £15

For once a does-what-it-says-on-the-tin product, these little liquid eyeshadows are super glittery and glisten like fairy lights when you wear them.

Pixi liquid fairy lights

Applying wet, these can be used alone for a full glitter finish or pressed over your eyeshadow to add depth.

Pixi liquid fairy lights swatch

The consistency is light which means they wear comfortably, and there is so much glitter in the formula that one thin layer is enough to create huge impact. One of the best glitter products I’ve seen in some time, all of the sparkle with none of the drop down.

Pixi liquid fairy lights

Pixi Beauty Eye Reflections Shadow Palette, £24

This palette from Pixi is so different to their usual offering, merging universally flattering winter shades like plum, brown and a vivid cranberry shade. What made it so different was the creamy texture of the shadows, giving a rich colour pay off and blending effortlessly. These work really well when used with brushes or even better with fingers for added depth and pigmentation.

pixi eyeshadow palette

Dior Diorskin Nude Air Luminizer Powder, £39

Each spring Dior releases an illuminator that looks almost good enough to use and this year’s is no different. The texture of the Dior powders is what makes them stand out, imparting a natural looking glow without sitting into any fine lines on the skin. Where other highlighters can look thick or cakey, this is sheer in texture with a luminous finish. The heavy, decadent compact it sits in is a treat to pull from your make-up bag.

diorskin nude skin air luminizer

Stila Magnificent Metals Shimmer and Glow Eyeshadow, £23

You will have seen the Stila Glitter and Glow liquid shadows everywhere last year. They’re liquid glitter shadows that glide on and set for the day, available in every shade you can think of. Here are their two new shades for spring: Wanderlust (my favourite, gold and pink) and Gypsy (lilac and magenta).

stila glitter and glow wanderlust

Now, Stila have made the same easy-to-apply formula that we love but in a shimmer shadow. Think the same pigmentation and lasting power but with no glitter in sight. These two products work really well together if you wish to, with the shadow as an ideal base to add depth to the glitters.

stila shimmer and glow eye shadow

Here’s a little preview of some of the glitters (top) and shadows (bottom), along with all of the new Stila liquid lipsticks in their 2018 Bohemian spring collection.

stila 2018 shimmer and glow swatch

NARS Wanted Palette, £55

I know that the beauty industry is awash with eyeshadow palettes, in particular in neutral shades, but this is one of the best palettes I have ever used.

NARS wanted eyeshadow palette

Wanted merges soft browns, deep smoky shades and a few pressed glitters to create a compact that will take you from day to night. What makes it different is the addition of a few burnt red shades. Warm colours make every eye shade pop, and by working a hint of these into your everyday look or even using them for the whole eyelid you’ll create a really piercing finish.

NARS wanted eyeshadow palette

This is big enough to fit every shade that you need but small enough to throw in your handbag without weighing it down and the big mirror is ideal for make-up on the go.

NARS wanted eyeshadow palette

Topshop Beauty Christmas Collection

For Christmas this year, Topshop unveiled a limited make-up collection inspired by the moon. Everything about it is total more-is-more glamour, think party make-up. The highlighting powder is available in three shades, each with a strong golden finish that photographs beautifully. Each lipstick bullet is creamy and rich in texture, and the golden shadow offers a high-glitter finish.

topshop beauty highlighter afterglow

What I love about Topshop Beauty is that they offer really lovely ways to experiment with seasonal shades and textures without breaking the bank. As for the nail varnish shades, the glitters in particular last really well and give a glossy, expensive finish.

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