2013 Best High-End Bronzer

Such a subtle but noticeable way to bronze–soft, silky smooth finely-milled powder that applies delicately and naturally.

2013 Best Budget Bronzer

Neutrogena’s Natural Radiance Bronzer is lightweight, never powdery, and has a natural finish that doesn’t look over-the-top.  It’s easy to blend, and there’s a good amount of pigmentation.

2013 Best High-End Contouring Powder

This is thus far my favorite powder to contour with! There are six shades in the range, and my personal shade that I use is Sculpt, which is a soft taupe, kind of a subtle gray-brown.  Perfectly shadowy, nicely pigmented, and easily blended into a great contour.

2013 Best Budget Contouring Powder

NYX’s Powder Blush range has so many colors that it also has great hues that work well for contouring the skin–favorites being Taupe and Cocoa.  This formula is lightweight, blendable, and nicely pigmented.

2013 Best High-End Cream Blush

The HD Blush line has enough shade variation to give you natural colors plus some revved up shades, but the formula is really fantastic. Richly pigmented, creamy, and they dry down quickly (but not too quickly) so they don’t leave behind any tackiness. They’re blendable and a little goes a long way!

2013 Best Budget Cream Blush

Revlon Cream Blushes are easy-to-use creamy, smooth blushes that add just a subtle hint of color to cheeks. The end result is very natural, yet you’ll notice you have more color on your cheeks. The compact is kind of cute, with a little pop-out mirror for on-the-go application. (Personally, I use a stippling brush with creamy blushes, so it’s not actually so practical for me!) One piece of advice, though, what you see in the pan is not quite what you get — so don’t let the color in the pan intimidate you!