Favorite Beauty Products of 2011

There have been so many beauty products I’ve come across over the past year but only some of them stand out as favorites . In this post I detail the products that have stood out as special, worked particularly well for me and became staples of my beauty routine in 2011.

For full details on all my 2011 favorites, check out the video below.

My 2011 favorites include:

LIPS

  • Tarte Lipsurgence Lip Stains – These are super nourishing, have a nice shine and are easy to apply. The perfect no frills product that combines the benefits of a chap stick, lip gloss and stain all into one!
  • Revlon Colorburst Lip Butters – Again, a nourishing, pigmented lip color with a beautiful shine. Very affordable, come in a variety of shades from sheer to extremely bright/pigmented.
  • Revlon Colorburst Lip Gloss – By far the best drugstore lip gloss of the year! These glosses have a unique doe foot applicator that makes application precise. As with most Revlon lip products, these come in a variety of pigmented shades and many of which have a beautiful micro sparkle to them.
  • Benefit Ladies Choice Lipstick – The perfect neutral pink nude for any time of day! I was especially impressed by the creamy, pigmented formula of Benefit’s lipsticks this year. Definitely a step above Mac’s Cremesheen lipsticks, but along the same lines.
  • Benefit ‘Nude e tude’ Lip Gloss – Couple this nude sparkly gloss over any lipstick to add a nice shine! I discovered Benefit lip glosses and was SO impressed with the smoothness, smell and non-sticky texture of the glosses. Since I picked up this once I’ve also gotten a few new shades!

BLUSH

  • Milani Baked Blush – Finally a pigmented baked mineral blush at the drugstore! Milani’s baked blushes made their debut in 2011, and I’ve picked up quite a few since. At $6 each, you really can’t go wrong with these colorful, longwearing and beautiful blushes!
  • Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blush – My daily go-to blush (I don’t even reach for my NARS ones anymore); amazing packaging, great pigmentation and long wearing!

BRONZER

  • Neutrogena Healthy Glow Bronzer – An affordable drugstore bronzer that doesn’t look muddy or orange. Has a nice subtle shimmer to it and can be used for contouring the cheekbones or with a large fluffy brush all over the face.
  • Chanel Bronze Universal – A pricey high -end bronzer but well worth the money! If you have a fair to medium skin tone and enjoy cream bonzers and blushes, I would highly recommend this product.  While this may have been on the expensive side it has lasted me all year and gives my face a natural looking radiance!
  • Too Faced Chocolate Soleil Bronzer – Smells like chocolate! A highly pigmented matte bronzer. Great for contouring.

CONCEALER

  • Tarte Dark Circle Defense – a pink toned concealer and corrector in one. Brightens the under eye area and conceals with ease. Very potent, pigmented product – a little does a long way! This was expensive at $32, but has lasted me the entire year and I’ll be sure to use every last drop!
  • Bobbi Brown Corrector in Bisque – While I love the Tarte Dark Circle defense, I wanted to know what everyone was raving about with Bobbi Brown’s famous corrector. I gave this one a try toward 2011 and really like it! I find it to be very similar to Tarte’s Dark Circle defense, but has more of a salmon tone.

FOUNDATION

  • Estee Lauder Double Wear – Provides medium to full coverage, but can easily sheared out by altering the application method. Provides a natural matte finish, controls oil and lasts 15 hours! Great for days you have professional meetings, presentations or know you will be out of the house all day!
  • Revlon Colorstay mixed with Revlon Photo Ready – Combined, this is the perfect long wearing, luminous foundation.
  • Mac MatchMaster – Great for neutral skinned ladies who have had problems getting color matched at Mac in the past. This is my go-to every day foundation. Provides a semi matte finish, long wearing and seamlessly matches various skin tones.
  • Maybelline Dream Smooth Mousse – Super affordable at $6-$7. Great coverage, easy to apply/blend.

POWDER

  • Benefit Hello Flawless Pressed Powder – Good coverage, oil control, nice packaging.
  • Mary Kay Loose Powder – Mattifying, long wearing, provides extra coverage when topped over foundation.
  • Almay Nearly Naked Loose Powder – Lightweight, natural finish powder. Helps foundation last all day.

HIGHLIGHTERS

  • Benefit Watt’s Up – The perfect cream highlighter in stick form! Incredibly blendable and gives a natural sparkle-free glow. Doesn’t make foundation streaky or splotchy.
  • Physicians Formula Mineral Glow Pearls – Drugstore alternative to MAC’s mineralize skin finish.

EYE SHADOW

  • Urban Decay Naked Palette – Need I say more?
  • Too Faced Natural Eye Palette – Love the recently improved packaging. Great for travel and every day use.
  • Smashbox Softbox Eye Palette – Great neutral colors with less sparkle/shimmer.
  • Urban Decay 15th Anniversary Palette – A variety of fun colors partnered with neutral browns, greys and silvers.

TOOLS

  • Real Techniques Stippling Brush- Best stippling brush I’ve ever used. Perfect width, length, density and height.
  • Sigma Sigmax Brushes – F80 is my go to flat top foundation brush! Also love the angled F-84 for contouring with cream bronzer.
  • Mrs. Bunny Brushes – A great synthetic brush set.
  • Sephora Platinum Concealer Brush #57 – Perfect for blending under eye concealer.
  • Tarte Blush Blush – Perfect size, small enough to precisely deposit color on to the cheeks.
  • Beauty Blender – Great for blending out foundations and concealers, especially heavy or ‘mask-like’ foundations that require extra blending.

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2 responses to “Favorite Beauty Products of 2011

  1. Too Faced Chocolate Soleil is also my favorite bronzer to contour with because it’s completely matte with no shimmers and it doesn’t look orange on my NC30/35 skintone. <3

  2. sofiya

    Hi, im sofia from Malaysia. Love your blog.. Please give some suggestion for acne spot treatement..

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