I’ve been wearing makeup a lot this year and there’s been a few favorites that I keep reaching for. Today I’m sharing a very curated list of the best makeup products of 2021. There are new releases as well as favorites from years past being featured. But all of them are staples in my makeup bag and I hope you try them too!
Best Foundation of 2021
I have been using this foundation from the start of the year till now. My favorite foundation of 2021 is the L’Oreal Infallible Foundation. It’s got a very liquidy texture but a very impressive coverage. It looks extremely natural and the shade selection is quite good as well. I currently wear shade 445.
Best Cheek Products of 2021
I have been reaching for the Smashbox The Cali Contour palette all year! This palette contains two bronzers, 1 blush and 3 highlights. I use the contour shade on the top left, the blush, and then the shimmery highlighter on the top row. You can check out my full review as well as swatches in my post last year! I find the colors very complimentary and blends into the skin very well.
Best Highlighter Palette of 2021
Another cheek product that I have been obsessed with all year is the Guerlain Meteorites Pearl Dust Palette. This palette contains three shades: a gold, pink, and coral. My favorite to use is the gold (which looks white in the pan). It’s an expensive palette for sure but it gives a beautiful lit from within glow. There’s a very fancy scent to it as well which is from the famous loose Meterorites balls.
Best Eyeshadow Palettes of 2021
I’m actually choosing a very old palette as my favorite eyeshadow palette of 2021. Since I wear eyelash extensions so much now, I rarely have to do heavy eye makeup. My favorite go to is to swipe a shimmery deep color all over the lid to create some depth. My pick for the best eyeshadow palette is the Smashbox Cover Shot in Ablaze. It’s a very sleek palette that can create a neutral look, an orange warm look, or a funky purple look. My runner up is the Urban Decay Born to Run palette but unfortunately it’s no longer sold.
Best Eye Products of 2021
I have a few more eye makeup products that I really enjoyed in 2021. I got more into liquid eyeshadows and my favorite formula is the Armani Eye Tint (click the link for review and swatches). I found the applicator really easy to use and the color stays on well.
My favorite eyeliner is the Fenty Beauty Flyliner. I’ve had this for a few years now. The tip is flexible but still firm enough to draw a very precise line. It holds up all day too! Check out my full review.
Lastly, another long time favorite of mine is the It Cosmetics Superhero mascara. I don’t leave my lashes bare often but this is my go to mascara. It lengths and blackens my natural lashes so much! Definitely give this a try!
Best Lip Products of 2021
You guys know I love testing out lip products and I have 3 standouts from this year that I want to share.
First up, I want to rave about MERIT Beauty Tinted Lip Oil in Marrakech. This is a new brand that got added to Sephora this year and I absolutely adore this color. The formula feels weightless and nourishing.
Next, I have only been using this for a few months but the Urban Decay Plumping Shine Balm in Name Drop is now one of my favorites. I received it as part of my All-Nighter campaign with Urban Decay and it’s been a staple every since. The sparkle in this formula makes your lips looks super juicy and plump.
Lastly, I’ve been obsessed with the Revlon Super Lustrous formula. The shade I’ve used the most is 007 Glazed Mauve. Although it’s packaged in a traditional lipstick tube, the formula is quite innovative. It glides on the lips and almost melts to form more of a lipgloss texture. It leaves a very shiny finish and is gorgeous!
So there you have it! A round up of the best makeup products this year!