Best New Beauty Products (January 2020)

Here’s a look at the top 25 products reviewed in the month of January, plus a summary of how many products and brands were reviewed and a break out of ratings! 🙂

I think it’d be fun to go through what we used, purchased, resisted, and so forth each month, here are some questions:

  1. What were your favorites from the last month?
  2. What didn’t impress you?
  3. Did you return anything you purchase?
  4. Or successfully resist temptation?

01.

01. Guinevere Pat McGrath

Pat McGrath

PPermanent. $40.00/0.14 oz.

A+

Guinevere is a deep red with subtle, neutral-to-warm undertones and a cream finish. It had a more noticeable sheen to it compared to other shades and...

Guinevere is a deep red with subtle, neutral-to-warm undertones and a cream finish. It had a more noticeable sheen to it compared to other shades and...

02.

02. Year of the Rat Powder Brush Beautylish

Beautylish

LELimited Edition. $125.00

A+

Beautylish Year of the Rat Powder Brush ($125.00) is a new, limited edition powder brush made with blue squirrel hair paired with a specially-designed...

Beautylish Year of the Rat Powder Brush ($125.00) is a new, limited edition powder brush made with blue squirrel hair paired with a specially-designed...

03.

03. Flesh 3 Pat McGrath

Pat McGrath

PPermanent. $40.00/0.14 oz.

A+

Flesh 3 is a medium-dark, reddish-brown with a satin finish. The lipstick had opaque color coverage that applied evenly and smoothly over my lips...

Flesh 3 is a medium-dark, reddish-brown with a satin finish. The lipstick had opaque color coverage that applied evenly and smoothly over my lips...

04.

04. You're a Catch Colour Pop

Colour Pop

LELimited Edition. $8.00/0.15 oz.

A+

Colour Pop You're a Catch Super Shock Cheek (Highlighter) ($8.00 for 0.15 oz.) is a light, golden beige with warm undertones and subtle, pink shimmer...

Colour Pop You're a Catch Super Shock Cheek (Highlighter) ($8.00 for 0.15 oz.) is a light, golden beige with warm undertones and subtle, pink shimmer...

05.

05. Fever Dream Pat McGrath

Pat McGrath

PPermanent. $40.00/0.14 oz.

A

Fever Dream is a deep, slightly pink-leaning coral with a semi-matte finish. It was richly pigmented with opaque coverage achieved in a single layer....

Fever Dream is a deep, slightly pink-leaning coral with a semi-matte finish. It was richly pigmented with opaque coverage achieved in a single layer....

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06.

06. Elson Pat McGrath

Pat McGrath

PPermanent. $40.00/0.14 oz.

A

Elson is a rich, medium-dark red with strong, cool undertones and a satin finish. It had nearly opaque color coverage in a single layer, which...

Elson is a rich, medium-dark red with strong, cool undertones and a satin finish. It had nearly opaque color coverage in a single layer, which...

07.

07. Red Velvet Bite Beauty

Bite Beauty

PPermanent. $24.00/0.05 oz.

A
08.

08. Acai Smash Bite Beauty

Bite Beauty

PPermanent. $24.00/0.05 oz.

A

Bite Beauty Acai Smash Power Move Creamy Matte Lip Crayon ($24.00 for 0.05 oz.) is a deeper, medium-dark berry with moderate, cool undertones and a...

Bite Beauty Acai Smash Power Move Creamy Matte Lip Crayon ($24.00 for 0.05 oz.) is a deeper, medium-dark berry with moderate, cool undertones and a...

10.

10. Colour Blitz V2 Pat McGrath

Pat McGrath

LELimited Edition. $25.00/0.13 oz.

A
11.

11. Lucky You Colour Pop

Colour Pop

LELimited Edition. /0.3 oz.

A

Colour Pop Lucky You Super Shock Cheek Duo ($14.00 for 0.3 oz.) is a new, limited edition duo that features one new shade and one repromote (Drop of a...

Colour Pop Lucky You Super Shock Cheek Duo ($14.00 for 0.3 oz.) is a new, limited edition duo that features one new shade and one repromote (Drop of a...

14.

14. The Real Thing Colour Pop

Colour Pop

LELimited Edition. $8.00/0.15 oz.

A

Colour Pop The Real Thing Super Shock Cheek (Highlighter) ($12.00 for 0.32 oz.) is a medium gold with strong, warm undertones and a shiny, metallic...

Colour Pop The Real Thing Super Shock Cheek (Highlighter) ($12.00 for 0.32 oz.) is a medium gold with strong, warm undertones and a shiny, metallic...

15.

15. Calvados Bite Beauty

Bite Beauty

PPermanent. $24.00/0.05 oz.

A

Bite Beauty Calvados Power Move Creamy Matte Lip Crayon ($24.00 for 0.05 oz.) is a muted, light-medium, rosy brown with subtle, warm undertones and a...

Bite Beauty Calvados Power Move Creamy Matte Lip Crayon ($24.00 for 0.05 oz.) is a muted, light-medium, rosy brown with subtle, warm undertones and a...

16.

16. Dark Galaxy Pat McGrath

Pat McGrath

LELimited Edition. $65.00/0.42 oz.

A
18.

18. Satin Kicks Sydney Grace

Sydney Grace

PPermanent. $9.00/0.25 oz.

A

Sydney Grace Satin Kicks Highlighter ($9.00 for 0.25 oz.) is a light-medium yellow with strong, warm undertones and a luminous sheen. For those who...

Sydney Grace Satin Kicks Highlighter ($9.00 for 0.25 oz.) is a light-medium yellow with strong, warm undertones and a luminous sheen. For those who...

19.

19. Skin Show V2 Pat McGrath

Pat McGrath

LELimited Edition. $25.00/0.13 oz.

A

Pat McGrath Skin Show V2 Mini MatteTrance Trio ($25.00 for 0.13 oz.) is a new, limited edition set of permanent shades housed in new, neon packaging. ...

Pat McGrath Skin Show V2 Mini MatteTrance Trio ($25.00 for 0.13 oz.) is a new, limited edition set of permanent shades housed in new, neon packaging. ...

20.

20. Golden Wonder Sydney Grace

Sydney Grace

PPermanent. $9.00/0.25 oz.

A

Sydney Grace Golden Wonder Highlighter ($9.00 for 0.25 oz.) is a very light, peachy gold with strong, warm undertones and a soft, metallic sheen. It...

Sydney Grace Golden Wonder Highlighter ($9.00 for 0.25 oz.) is a very light, peachy gold with strong, warm undertones and a soft, metallic sheen. It...

21.

21. Enduring Love (Light) Sydney Grace

Sydney Grace

PPermanent. $52.00/0.95 oz.

A

Sydney Grace Enduring Love (Light) Eyeshadow Palette ($52.00 for 0.95 oz.) is a new, permanent palette that launches on January 13th at 9AM PT. The...

Sydney Grace Enduring Love (Light) Eyeshadow Palette ($52.00 for 0.95 oz.) is a new, permanent palette that launches on January 13th at 9AM PT. The...

25.

25. Cognac Bite Beauty

Bite Beauty

PPermanent. $24.00/0.05 oz.

A

Bite Beauty Cognac Power Move Creamy Matte Lip Crayon ($24.00 for 0.05 oz.) is a deep, reddish-brown with subtle, warm undertones and a cream finish....

Bite Beauty Cognac Power Move Creamy Matte Lip Crayon ($24.00 for 0.05 oz.) is a deep, reddish-brown with subtle, warm undertones and a cream finish....

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You’ve taught me well. I have/had the first 3. As to the Rat brush, still have not taken off the wrapping, and plan to get a display stand at the local Asian marketplace. It is so gorgeous, and is the pinnacle of all my m/u items EVER.
…Xxxooo, RatGirl

What were your favorites from the last month?
ColourPop Lite Stix in…idk but I think it’s the lightest neutral, SG eyeshadow singles.

What didn’t impress you?
I must be the only one for whom the Hourglass Veil setting powder isn’t a dream product. I got the mini and will use it up, but when it’s over I think I’ll find another love on the rebound.

Did you return anything you purchase?
a Nars lip liner a store employee recommended; it ended up being too warm and too dark and I exchanged it for a better tone.

Or successfully resist temptation?
Every day!

What were your favorites from the last month? THAT I BOUGHT: ColourPop Butter Me Up Palette and All Star Mattifying Primer; PML Dark Galaxy and Galactic Gold Palettes; Natasha Denona 5 Pan Palette in 03; Milani Conceal + Perfect Foundation Stick in Porcelain; Makeup Revolution All That Glistens Hydrating Lipgloss in Seduction; Wet n Wild ColorIcon Blush in Blazen Berry; an I’m still loving SG Paris Skies blush.
THAT I DIDN’T BUY: PML Mini Lip Gloss Trios; new NARS blushes; new Bite Beauty Lip Crayons; new MAC bouncy blushes.

What didn’t impress you? I like what I bought. THAT I DIDN’T BUY: Dominique Latte 2 Palette, Dior spring quints, Fenty Snap Shadows

Did you return anything you purchased? No

Or successfully resist temptation? NARS Powder Blush in Behave, ColourPop You’re a Catch Super Shock Highlighter

What were your favorites from the last month? I’ve really enjoyed using my project pan products this past month: Missha M BB Cream, Paula’s Choice Daily Wrinkle Defense, Glossier Cloud Paint in Beam, Bite Beauty Luminous Creme Lipstick in Musk, Physicians Formula Healthy Foundation, among my skincare things that are in the mix too.

What didn’t impress you? The Becca Sunlit Bronzer in Bali Sands is in my project pan; I used to really like it, but I feel the color is a bit too yellow for me now and I haven’t been reaching for it.

Did you return anything you purchase? I haven’t purchased anything!

Or successfully resist temptation? It’s been over a month of resisting temptation, lol. It’s been hard, but worth it and I’m having fun with it.

What were your favorites from the last month? of new purchases, Natasha Denona’s Mini Glam palette – I have really been enjoying it and it fits so well with my lifestyle and my tastes. I’ve also switched back to Too Faced Shadow Insurance from UDPP. I’ve always liked Too Faced since first trying it about a century ago but UDPP was always fine when it came in the squeeze tube with the needle-nose but my newest, with the doe foot applicator, is really annoying so I bought myself a new tube of TFSI. Of “old” stuff”, MAC Craving lipstick and Dior Rosy Glow blush. Also, Susi Says Da nail polish from OPI. It has lasted a WEEK on my nails with only one minor touch-up.
What didn’t impress you? Can’t think of anything but I haven’t been shopping for makeup very much
Did you return anything you purchase? nope
Or successfully resist temptation? I’m trying to resist the new Rebel quad from Charlotte Tilbury. Today, on the drive back from my daughter’s city, I had myself totally convinced that buying it would just be dumb in the long run! Let’s see how long THAT lasts!

What were your favorites from the last month?
My favourites from last month were: Pixi Beauty Reflex Light palette, Pixi Mixed Metals my Colour Pop lipsticks in Foolish, Gallop and LA Lady.

What didn’t impress you?
All the red/pink/orange themed palettes.

Did you return anything you purchase?
No

Or successfully resist temptation?
Yes, I had a good look at the Smashbox Covershot Desert palette and I do love it – lots of great shades, but I think I really do have dupes for them.

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