FAVORITE MAKE UP PRODUCTS OF 2015 - FACE

So this is the second part of my favourite beauty products of 2015. This time around its about makeup products, and more specifically face products. I'd been trying out so many different products last year and I began to be more into high end products and I've actually almost completely stopped buying drugstore makeup. I most only buy drugstore mascaras, nailpolishes and lipsticks. To be honest, there aren't much of those either in my collection. Let's go through which products I've been loving during 2015.
Make Up Forever | Ultra HD Foundation in the shade Y315
The newest addition to my foundation collection and I've been using it non-stop since I got it. At first I was a bit disappointed because I had expected it to have full coverage, but it doesn't. The girl at the Sephora where I bought it said it had medium to full coverage, but this foundation is very runny and is not at all full coverage. However, it's buildable. So you can go from sheer coverage to medium coverage and the best part? It doesn't look cakey and it looks very natural. It blends into my skin smoothly and the color range is amazing! So even if it isn't full coverage (I'm a full coverage kind of girl) I still love this foundation. 
 
Laura Mercier | Silk Crème Oil Free Photo Edition Foundation
Now this is a full coverage foundation. I usually wear this foundation to work, especially if I'm in a hurry, because I don't need to use any concealer and this foundation covers all my redness around and on my nose and chin area. Love it! This however isn't very buildable. It looks cakey if you use too much.
 
Estée Lauder | Double Wear Stay-In-Place All Day Foundation in '4N1 Shell Beige'
I love this foundation! It isn't as full coverage as the Laura Mercier one, but it definitely has more coverage than the MUFE Ultra HD foundation. This looks natural and it doesn't separate or glide off during the day. The only downside to this foundation (except for the price) is that the color range isn't that great. I can only really use this foundation when I'm tan, because they don't have my "pale" shade. 
 
MAC | Pro Longwear Concealer in NC35
Favorite concealer of all time. I love this more than the Nars Creamy concealer. I'm not that into thick heavy concealers and this one is very lightweight but you still get amazing coverage from it! I've used it so much I've run out of it in all three shades I own. 
MAC | Prep + Prime Fix+
The best all around setting spray. This doesn't make my makeup last longer, but it does my make base look more natural and less cakey. Plus I love this when I use eyeshadow because of the glycerin it contains, it makes your eyeshadows look more intense plus you can use it instead of a mixing medium when applying glitter to you eyelids! I've already used up three of these bad boys in like 8 months. This is a staple in my collection. When I run out, I always buy more.
 
Kat Von D | Shade & Light Contour Palette
I haven't had this palette for long, but once I used this bad boy my ABH contour kit had to retire early. The shades in this palette are so pigmented and they are more cool toned. Plus the "banana powder" in this palette actually brightens, you can immediately see the difference. Yeah, I won't be swithing back to ABH anytime soon.
 
NARS | Blush in 'Torrid'
My most used blush this year by far, I use it almost everyday. This is my perfect everyday blush. Enough said.
 
Anastasia Beverly Hills | Dipbrow Pomade in 'Dark Brown'
What did I do with my life before I found this Dipbrow Pomade? I'm afraid to look back at old pictures because my brows were a mess. My brows are still a mess, but at least now I can hide the mess during the day when I have this on. I will never stop using this pomade. Ever.
 
MAC | Mineralize Skin Finish in 'Give me Sun!'
Favorite bronzer! This gives me that perfect sunkissed glow! This looks especially good on me during summer. It's a bit on the orange side so don't go overboard with it. Plus, it'll probably look best on olive complexions because of that same reason.
 
Laura Mercier | Loose Setting Powder in 'Translucent'
Best. Powder. Ever. Do I even need to explain it's magic? If you don't have it, Get it! Because you need it! This powder will make your base look flawless plus it's great for "baking". However, it isn't all that great for your wallet.
Becca Cosmetics | Shimmering Skin Perfector (Pressed) in 'Opal'
I did a recent review of this beauty. If you're gonna buy any highlighter. Get this one. You will not regret it. It has that perfect wet look that doesn't look unnatural or powder as some highlighters do. This will make you naturally glowy, just apply it with a gentle hand if you're going for the natural look, because a little of this will go a long way.
 
Bobbi Brown | Shimmer Brick in 'Bronze'
My most used highlighter this summer. This will give you that natural bronzed glow so it's ideal when you're tan. I've even used it as eyeshadow, looks great even though it doesn't have the same intensity and pigmentation as an eyeshadow should have.
 
Laura Geller | Baked Gelato Swirl Illuminator in 'Gilded Honey'
I just reviewed this bad boy, so if you want a more in depth explanation as to why I love it, scroll a few posts down and you'll see. All you really need to know is that this baby will give you that golden glow you cannot be without. This and the Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick will be my go-to highlighters this summer whan I'm tan.
 
The Balm | 'Mary-Lou Manizer' Highlighter
Probably my most used highlighter during the entire year. I probably wore this highlighter 75% of the year. This highlight is not for the weak of heart because this highlight will be seen from outer space. It is however a little light for me when I'm tan, so I don't really use it during summer, but that's just a personal preference.
 
Do you have any favorite face products of 2015?

TARTE TARTELETTE 2 IN BLOOM 12 PIECE SHADOW & BRUSH | REVIEW & SWATCHES

 
Just before christmas Tarte released this amazing follow up to their bestseller 'Tartelette Amzonian Clay Matte Palette'. Tarte is known for their high quality products and for being vegan and cruelty-free. My first Tarte product was the Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blush in 'Charisma'. It's still one of my favorite blushes. Unfortunately they don't sell Tarte here in Sweden and it's actually quite hard to find anyone who ships Tarte products to Sweden. I bought mine from QVC UK and I was pretty skeptical at first because I've always been warned of TV shops. But I already knew that Tarte has amazing quality so I bit the bullet and I'm so glad I did! It took a bit over two weeks to recieve my parcel after they shipped it out which is very slow considering Sweden and England aren't that far apart. I recieve parcels from the U.S way faster than that. But my experience is that recieving your parcel through the brittish Royal Mail service without tracking info always takes a long time to arrive. Just keep that in mind.
 
Price: This baby cost me 36.65 GBP. That's about 449 SEK & 52 USD. Which is quite expensive. But usually buying and eyeshadow palette here in Sweden costs me more. The Naked palettes who also contain 12 eyeshadows retail for 470 SEK here, so I can't really complain.
 
Packaging: I like the packaging. The pattern and the colors on the lid are amazing, I absolutely love them! They look gorgeous. The packaging is small and slim so it's a great palette to take with you when you travel. The packaging looks exclusive and expensive. I thought that the packaging was made of metal first but once I held it in my hand I realised that it's actually made of plastic. It's very well made so you can't tell by just looking at it that it's plastic, and since it is, it's light and easy to carry around. The shadows smell like vanilla and remind me of vanilla ice cream. The mirror is very big and that's another plus if you travel alot, this packaging is just pure love! Needless to say, they did all things right with this packaging.
Colors/pigmentation: The colors are very pigmented. Even the matte shadows are pigmented. The only shade that I found that wasn't as pigmented as the others was the color 'Funny Girl', whish surprised me since it is a shimmery shade and they are usually more pigmented than the matte shades. My favorite color of them all is 'Firecracker', which shouldn't come as a suprise considering it's a neutral bronze shade. I love me some bronze shades! Other favorites include 'Leader', 'Rocker', 'Rebel' & 'Funny Girl' (even though it's not as pigmented as I would have liked it to be). This is a great color selection and I feel like it's one of those palettes that you can use both day and night. However, these shades are nothing new, so you could easily dupe these colors. I mean, how many neutral shades don't I already own? What you have to ask yourself is, do you have these shadows together in one palette, or do you have to bring 5 different palettes with you?
 
Consistency: The shadows are very creamy and buttery. Usually I find that matte shadows aren't as creamy and buttery as shimmery shades, but I really didn't find that to be an issue with these. They blend super easy and I didn't notice any patchiness using the matte shades.
From bottom to top: Leader // Rebel // Funny Girl // Firecracker // Activist // Rocker // Jetsetter
 
Longevity: I'd recommend you use an eyeshadow primer with these shades. I have very oily eyelids so I can't really get away with not using any primer, but if you can, than maybe these will work for you without a primer. With primer these shadows lasted me all day. However, without primer they fade and crease on me. But that happens with all shadows for me so it's nothing strange.
 
Pros:
- Beautiful packaging
- Small, compact & lightweight packaging
- Great color range, the colors work great together
- Smell great
- Big mirror
- Mixture of both shimmery and matte shades
 
Cons:
- You have to use and eyeshadow base/primer underneath.
- Easily dupable shades
 
All in all?
I really love this palette. I'm in love with the packaging, the smell and the colors. This palette is me in a nutshell. I'm more of a shimmery eyeshadows kind of girl so this palette suits me more than the original Tartelette palette, plus this palette is warmer and I'm not that into cool shades as I feel they don't look as good on me as warmer colors do, due to my darker complexion. I don't regret buying this palette for one second. I will be alternating between this one and the Carli Bybel palette from BH cosmetics for my everyday eyeshadow routine. They contain the eyeshadows that I want for my everyday looks. Basically, I'm in love. This is my favorite eyeshadow palette for the moment!
 

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