Best New Beauty Products (November 2019)

Here’s a look at the top 25 products reviewed in the month of November, 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. Liberty Colour Pop

Colour Pop

PPermanent. $6.00/0.07 oz.

A+

Liberty is a bright, medium silver with cool undertones and a metallic sheen. It was intensely pigmented with a smooth, creamy texture that was...

Liberty is a bright, medium silver with cool undertones and a metallic sheen. It was intensely pigmented with a smooth, creamy texture that was...

02.

02. Sugar Plum Fairy Sydney Grace

Sydney Grace

PPermanent. $8.00/0.33 oz.

A+

Sydney Grace Sugar Plum Fairy Cream Shadow ($8.00 for 0.33 oz.) is a medium, rosy plum with subtle, warm undertones and a pearly sheen. It was richly...

Sydney Grace Sugar Plum Fairy Cream Shadow ($8.00 for 0.33 oz.) is a medium, rosy plum with subtle, warm undertones and a pearly sheen. It was richly...

03.

03. Jumbo Blender Sonia G

Sonia G

PPermanent.

A+

Sonia G Jumbo Blender Brush is supposed to work as an "all-over base brush" that can work with sheerer eyeshadows but also works as a "fixer" to...

Sonia G Jumbo Blender Brush is supposed to work as an "all-over base brush" that can work with sheerer eyeshadows but also works as a "fixer" to...

04.
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Sonia G Classic Crease Brush is a medium-sized crease brush that tapers to a more rounded dome shape (rather than a more noticeable point), and it is...

Sonia G Classic Crease Brush is a medium-sized crease brush that tapers to a more rounded dome shape (rather than a more noticeable point), and it is...

05.

05. Mini Booster Sonia G

Sonia G

PPermanent.

A+

Sonia G Mini Booster Brush is a small, subtly-rounded crease brush that tapered slightly along the edges. It is the smallest crease brush in the line,...

Sonia G Mini Booster Brush is a small, subtly-rounded crease brush that tapered slightly along the edges. It is the smallest crease brush in the line,...

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06.

06. Soft Shader Sonia G

Sonia G

PPermanent.

A+

Sonia G Soft Shader Brush is a medium-sized, thicker eyeshadow brush that can be used to apply product to the lid, though I felt it could work well...

Sonia G Soft Shader Brush is a medium-sized, thicker eyeshadow brush that can be used to apply product to the lid, though I felt it could work well...

07.

07. Designer Pro Sonia G

Sonia G

PPermanent. $46.00

A+

Sonia G. Designer Pro Brush ($46.00) is a small-to-medium-sized cheek and face brush that's a bit flatter but still dense, plush, and rounded along...

Sonia G. Designer Pro Brush ($46.00) is a small-to-medium-sized cheek and face brush that's a bit flatter but still dense, plush, and rounded along...

08.

08. Cultura Melt Cosmetics

Melt Cosmetics

PPermanent. $19.00/0.088 oz.

A+

Melt Cosmetics Cultura Gel Liner ($19.00 for 0.088 oz.) is a muted, light-medium orange with strong, yellow undertone and a matte finish. It was...

Melt Cosmetics Cultura Gel Liner ($19.00 for 0.088 oz.) is a muted, light-medium orange with strong, yellow undertone and a matte finish. It was...

09.

09. Master Plan Sydney Grace

Sydney Grace

PPermanent. $8.00/0.33 oz.

A+

Sydney Grace Master Plan Cream Shadow ($8.00 for 0.33 oz.) is a medium-dark pink base with warmer undertones and gold-to-green duochrome shift. It...

Sydney Grace Master Plan Cream Shadow ($8.00 for 0.33 oz.) is a medium-dark pink base with warmer undertones and gold-to-green duochrome shift. It...

10.

10. Vibrant Madness Sydney Grace

Sydney Grace

PPermanent. $8.00/0.33 oz.

A+

Sydney Grace Vibrant Madness Cream Shadow ($8.00 for 0.33 oz.) is a deeper gold with warm, olive undertones and a sparkling, metallic sheen. It was...

Sydney Grace Vibrant Madness Cream Shadow ($8.00 for 0.33 oz.) is a deeper gold with warm, olive undertones and a sparkling, metallic sheen. It was...

11.

11. Like a Butterfly Colour Pop

Colour Pop

LELimited Edition. $6.00/0.07 oz.

A+

Colour Pop Like a Butterfly Super Shock Shadow ($6.00 for 0.07 oz.) is a deep, plummy brown with warm undertones and flecks of pink and gold sparkle...

Colour Pop Like a Butterfly Super Shock Shadow ($6.00 for 0.07 oz.) is a deep, plummy brown with warm undertones and flecks of pink and gold sparkle...

12.

12. Starry Night Sydney Grace

Sydney Grace

PPermanent. $8.00/0.33 oz.

A+

Sydney Grace Starry Night Cream Shadow ($8.00 for 0.33 oz.) is a medium, reddish-brown base with warm undertones paired with blue-to-green shifting...

Sydney Grace Starry Night Cream Shadow ($8.00 for 0.33 oz.) is a medium, reddish-brown base with warm undertones paired with blue-to-green shifting...

13.

13. Moondance OFRA

OFRA

LELimited Edition. $29.00/0.35 oz.

A+

OFRA Moondance Highlighter ($29.00 for 0.35 oz.) is a pale, yellow gold with strong,w arm undertones and a smooth, metallic sheen. It had opaque...

OFRA Moondance Highlighter ($29.00 for 0.35 oz.) is a pale, yellow gold with strong,w arm undertones and a smooth, metallic sheen. It had opaque...

14.

14. Friskie Colour Pop

Colour Pop

PPermanent. $6.00/0.07 oz.

A

Friskie is a medium-dark black base with cool, silver sparkle throughout. It had opaque pigmentation in a single layer with a lightly emollient...

Friskie is a medium-dark black base with cool, silver sparkle throughout. It had opaque pigmentation in a single layer with a lightly emollient...

15.

15. Hoot N Holler Colour Pop

Colour Pop

LELimited Edition. $8.00/0.23 oz.

A

ColourPop Hoot N Holler Jelly Much Eyeshadow ($8.00 for 0.23 oz.) is a light-medium copper with moderate, warm undertones and flecks of pink and gold...

ColourPop Hoot N Holler Jelly Much Eyeshadow ($8.00 for 0.23 oz.) is a light-medium copper with moderate, warm undertones and flecks of pink and gold...

16.

16. Milli Colour Pop

Colour Pop

PPermanent. $4.50/0.05 oz.

A

Milli is a rich bronze with warm undertones and a metallic sheen. The texture was incredibly cream-like, silky to the touch, and smooth with a denser...

Milli is a rich bronze with warm undertones and a metallic sheen. The texture was incredibly cream-like, silky to the touch, and smooth with a denser...

17.

17. Call Me on my Shellphone Colour Pop

Colour Pop

LELimited Edition. $15.00/0.21 oz.

A

Colour Pop Call Me on my Shellphone Super Shock Shadow Trio ($15.00 for 0.21 oz.) is a new trio from the Coconuts collection, which launched this...

Colour Pop Call Me on my Shellphone Super Shock Shadow Trio ($15.00 for 0.21 oz.) is a new trio from the Coconuts collection, which launched this...

19.

19. Amnesia NABLA Cosmetics

NABLA Cosmetics

PPermanent. $26.00/0.23 oz.

A

NABLA Cosmetics Amensia Skin Glazing Highlighter Powder ($26.00 for 0.23 oz.) is a light-medium gold with stronger, warm undertones and a luminous...

NABLA Cosmetics Amensia Skin Glazing Highlighter Powder ($26.00 for 0.23 oz.) is a light-medium gold with stronger, warm undertones and a luminous...

20.

20. Blossom Sydney Grace

Sydney Grace

PPermanent. $8.00/0.33 oz.

A

Sydney Grace Blossom Cream Shadow ($8.00 for 0.33 oz.) is a bright, medium, pink-plum with subtle, cool undertones and a sparkling, metallic finish. ...

Sydney Grace Blossom Cream Shadow ($8.00 for 0.33 oz.) is a bright, medium, pink-plum with subtle, cool undertones and a sparkling, metallic finish. ...

21.

21. The Sky Eye Set Sonia G

Sonia G

PPermanent. $160.00

A

Sonia G The Sky Eye Set Sky Brush Set ($160.00) is a new, eye-focused brush set from the brand that features five new brushes. As always, the brand...

Sonia G The Sky Eye Set Sky Brush Set ($160.00) is a new, eye-focused brush set from the brand that features five new brushes. As always, the brand...

22.

22. Inmortal Melt Cosmetics

Melt Cosmetics

PPermanent. $19.00/0.088 oz.

A

Melt Cosmetics Inmortal Gel Liner ($19.00 for 0.088 oz.) is a deep black with neutral undertones and a matte finish. It had a longer dry down time,...

Melt Cosmetics Inmortal Gel Liner ($19.00 for 0.088 oz.) is a deep black with neutral undertones and a matte finish. It had a longer dry down time,...

23.

23. Glory Sydney Grace

Sydney Grace

PPermanent. $8.00/0.33 oz.

A

Sydney Grace Glory Cream Shadow ($8.00 for 0.33 oz.) is a light-medium purple with subtle, warm undertones and a sparkling finish. It had nearly...

Sydney Grace Glory Cream Shadow ($8.00 for 0.33 oz.) is a light-medium purple with subtle, warm undertones and a sparkling finish. It had nearly...

24.

24. Down the Coast Sydney Grace

Sydney Grace

PPermanent. $8.00/0.33 oz.

A

Sydney Grace Down the Coast Cream Shadow ($8.00 for 0.33 oz.) is a light, plummy taupe with neutral-to-cool undertones and a bright, metallic sheen. ...

Sydney Grace Down the Coast Cream Shadow ($8.00 for 0.33 oz.) is a light, plummy taupe with neutral-to-cool undertones and a bright, metallic sheen. ...

25.

25. BittiPop Colour Pop

Colour Pop

LELimited Edition. $18.00/0.28 oz.

A

Colour Pop BittiPop Super Shock Shadow Quad ($18.00 for 0.28 oz.) is a new, limited edition foursome featuring all shimmery, cream-to-powder shades. ...

Colour Pop BittiPop Super Shock Shadow Quad ($18.00 for 0.28 oz.) is a new, limited edition foursome featuring all shimmery, cream-to-powder shades. ...

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👍What were your favorites from the last month? Intl’l shipping is often slow to Canada so sometimes I get confused about release dates. I just received my ColourPop Flutter By palette yesterday and I haven’t had a huge opportunity to get to know it, but I’m loving what I’m seeing and feeling, Super impressed! I am also loving my PMG Divine Rose palette. The two together are perfect core products for me.
👎What didn’t impress you? I love Pat McGrath, but Pat McGrath 🤬! the debacle around Divine Rose rollout, and my shipment mix-up missing out on sale items I had purchased
📦Did you return anything you purchase? Yes, I purchased two shades of ABH Luminous Foundation using the ColorIQ based on two other face products I favour. I didn’t even really have to open them to know they were not going to work. The shades were so dark 220N and 250C and just utterly wrong. I was hopeful the 250C would be a great cool light olive shade. It’s not. I also have a neutral peachy pink tone to my skin, so I can also pull off neutral shades leaning this way as well. 220N is more of a warm yellowy peach.. They instantly went back.
🤦‍♀️Or successfully resist temptation? I was WEAK, very weak. ‘Nuff said.

What were your favorites from the last month? Kaleidos Astro-Pink palette, Em Cosmetics Gloss in Secret Blush, PMGL MTHRSHP Subliminal Platinum Bronze (that name is so long), ABH x Jackie Aina palette (really any of my ABH palettes), Bite Beauty Amuse Bouche lipsticks, Flower Beauty Petal Pout Lipsticks in Autumn Rose, Missha M BB Cream.

What didn’t impress you? I was hoping I’d be more impressed with the Huda Beauty Obsessions Nude Rich palette… I like it, but I thought the tones would be a little more rosy and a little less intense? It’s hard to describe. It looks different on the eyes than it does in the pan. I also wanted more from my Hourglass Ghost Unlocked palette; again, I like it, but after all the hype it got, I expected more? But powder products hard for me to find and like.

Did you return anything you purchase? I didn’t.

Or successfully resist temptation? I resisted the Sephora/Ulta Black Friday/Cyber Monday sales. I really didn’t purchase a whole lot on Black Friday.

What were your favorites from the last month? CP Going Coconuts and that first part of their Butterfly collection, BB Crushed liquid lipsticks, Sydney Grace cream eyeshadows, Lisa Eldridge Velvet Lipsticks. And, hard to recall if it was this past month or the one before, but PMG Divine Rose Mothership VII,

What didn’t impress you? Almost everything else ColourPop put out. It’s their inclusion of pressed glitter shadows in almost every palette combined with the fact that they put out too much too fast. It’s honestly a turnoff for me.

Did you return anything you purchase? Sadly, yes. Tom Ford Honeymoon quad went back. I gave up on making it work. There are far better versions of those shades…right within my stash, had I not been so lazy as to not look before buying. Especially better red eyeshadows, like, UD Gash, PMG Crimson Fire and Blitz Flame, Coloured Raine Noblewoman, and ABH x Jackie Aina Wiggalese.

Or successfully resist temptation? Oh, TONS of things! Mostly because I needed several pairs of more comfy jeans, so more funds went towards clothing than makeup this past month. My recent weight gain has had me feeling very down in the dumps and defeated. 12-13 lbs. in just a few months due to a new medication, so my clothing went up a size. Oy vey. 😭

I hear you, Nancy:

I’ve taken up the not so cost effective habit of buying the jeans I love the most in two sizes. I started a whole new drug program in later summer and gained 15 pounds without even blinking. I think I am finally ‘acclimated’ and the weight has come off. I’m tall, 5’10”, so it’s not very noticeable, but it still makes denim a big challenge, esp skinny jeans. Rather than fight it, I usually have two pairs on hand.. or even for the days where I get bloated. I have to be super careful with what I eat and after decades of never having problems with food, my autoimmune is beginning to gives me IBS symptoms so I have to steer clear of dairy (cheese..the torture!), legumes, coffee (I cheat every once in awhile) and alcohol.. no cocktail hour glass of wine…Le Sigh!!

Hang in there 🤗

Hang in there!

I’m trying, Wednesday, I’m trying! Sometimes hanging by a thread, but hanging in there by the grace of God. The good news? I’ll have quite a few pairs of 12’s waiting for me once I drop a good 12-15 lbs. These 14’s will carry me till then, I hope. Some of my high waisted 12’s still do fit, but not the mid rises. They *do* zip up, but they look absolutely terrible. Like I’ve got a bad beer belly or something. I’m just hoping this doesn’t set off my old mad dieting behavior again.

I really enjoy form fitting clothing, like things that hug my body, but do not look stretched and tight. I’m in pretty good shape for a 56 year old, have been naturally lean my whole life…still, I enjoy the help of a really good body smoother. Spanx are fabulous and have come a long way in terms of comfort. I have a nude and a black Spanx which covers me from just under my breasts to mid thigh. When I wear a sweater dress, it looks SO.MUCH.BETTER. Maybe this isn’t something you do every day, but if you are going out and want to look your absolute best, try a pair and they will help you with the jean problem around the mid section. One of my very good friends turned me on to these. She has a couple of very inexpensive pairs and seems happy with. Anyhow, just a way to boost yourself and feel confident! 🤗

What were your favorites from the last month? THAT I BOUGHT: Huda Beauty Mercury Retrograde Palette and Nude Obsessions Palette in Light, Pat McGrath Divine Rose and Nocturnal Nirvana palettes, CP Going Coconuts Palette, Fenty Beauty Killawatt Foil Freestyle Highlighter in Rubie Richez, and MAC Lipglass in Counting Stars.
THAT I DIDN’T BUY: I was really impressed by Chanel’s holiday collection. It was beautiful, high quality, and perfectly curated.

What didn’t impress you? I like what I bought. THAT I DIDN’T BUY: Anastasia Norvina Mini Palettes, MAC holiday star collection lipsticks, Melt Amor Eterno Liquid Lipsticks, CP Pony Park Collection

Did you return anything you purchased? No

Or successfully resist temptation? Melt Muerte Palette and Iluminacion Digital Dust Highlight, CP Flutter By 12-Pan Pressed Powder Shadow Palette, Anastasia lipgloss and liquid lipstick vaults

What were your favorites from the last month?
My Pixi Beauty Reflex Light palette, Vice 2, my Colour Pop lipsticks

What didn’t impress you?
Colour Pop continuing to include pressed glitter in their palettes. It turns me off purchasing their eyeshadows.

Did you return anything you purchase?
No, no returns

Or successfully resist temptation?
Yes, I didn’t really purchase any beauty products during the sales – I just didn’t need any more. But I did purchase some skincare that was on sale.

What were your favorites from the last month? Those Sydney Grace Cream Eyeshadows, the Lisa Eldridge lippies, and Tati’s palette (was that this month?).
What didn’t impress you? Colourpop’s endless releases (but hey, “fast fashion” is their marketing strategy, right?), none of the holiday offerings from the big brands have tempted me at all this year.
Did you return anything you purchase? I purchased the Essence Plumping Nudes lipgloss in 04 That’s Big on the advice of a Youtuber. Looked gorgeous, great shade, wore well, destroyed my lips in a day. Tried wearing numerous balms under it & prepping but ultimately had to toss it. Whadddya want for $3.99?
Or successfully resist temptation? I’m not really tempted this year by anything but the Lisa Eldridge lippies which have sold out. I might get Tati’s palette later on if I am in the US next year.

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