Face Primer • We're off to a great start as this was a super easy category to choose as there was only one notable primer release this year and that was the Charlotte Tilbury Flawless Filter* which was released back in February. This glow inducing products tackles my lacklustre complexion and smooths too.
Concealer • I had to skip the foundation category as there wasn't a 2018 foundation that I actually tried as I just kept to my old favourites or tried out offerings from years before. For concealers however there were plenty to choose from. The Charlotte Tilbury Magic Away*, Nars Soft Matte Concealer and the Huda Beauty Overachiever* were all in the running as I use these a lot, however it was the Too Faced Born This Way Concealer that came out on top as it's such a great all rounder that covers redness and any blemishes I have with just a sweep of the doe foot applicator.
Powder • The Huda Beauty Easy Bake Powder* is hands down my favourite powder release of 2018 and it's been one I found in the Autumn of this year. It's great at brightening the undereye if you've got a colour slightly lighter than your skin tone and it mattifies the skin without looking too cakey.
Bronzer, Blusher + Highlighter • There we no new bronzers for me this year, but the Benefit Gold Rush Blusher* was a gorgeous coral addition to my routine especially during the Spring months. For highlighter, it's the Anastasia Beverly Hills Amrezy* pick that was released back in February that I continue to love and I'm very happy they chose to keep it on.
Face Palette • Although the winner of this category is one of the newest additions to my makeup collection, it's one that is noteworthy. The Hourglass Ambient Lighting Unlocked Palette is so dreamy and offers a lot to your makeup bag too. Of course the Pixi Pretties* have to get a mention too as they were a Spring favourite of mine.
Eyeshadow Palette • Honestly this is the hardest category as 2018 you done me proud with your eyeshadow releases. The Urban Decay Cherry Palette* has been create for creating warm toned smokey eye looks, but the ABH Soft Glam* just gets it for how much use I've got out of it in the last eight months.
Eyeliner + Mascara • A surprise favourite of mine this year was the Pixi Lash Line Eyeliner* from the Weylie Hoang Duo* which got me through the warmer months with zero panda eyes. Between Urban Decay, Nars and Benefit, the mascaras in the running for my top pick were of the highest quality and honestly they're all ones that you should check out. Of course I had to stick to my word and pick one so I went for the latter, the BadGal Bang*, a mascara I wrote about for Debenhams back in February that I've recommended to so many people since as it's so amazing for creating long lasting, volumised lashes.
Lipstick • I had to go with the release that stuck in my mind for this one and it's the Charlotte Tilbury Your Lip Service Trio*. These three lipsticks are made up of a vivid pink, a classic red and a nourishing nude. It's the latter, The Duchess, that I'd probably pick as my favourite as it is one that I've loved wearing on a day to day basis.
Cleanser • Although not a new release per se, Kate Somerville, Glow Recipe and Drunk Elephant were three new brands to the UK now readily available. The KS ExfoliKate Cleanser* is great for making my skin for super clean and soft too.
Moisturiser • I've been using lots of moisturisers this year, but there isn't many that were actually released in 2018, so I opted for the Drunk Elephant Lala Retro* which as I said was new to the UK this year. It's thick, it's luxe and it does an amazing job at nourishing the skin super quickly.
Face Mask • Last up is the face mask category and I've gone with the Glow Recipe Watermelon Sleeping Mask* which smells good enough to eat and was great throughout the year for creating a plump, healthy looking complexion.
Here are some other notable releases of 2018:
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