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Best Eyeshadows | 2018 Holiday Gift Guide

2018 Holiday Gift Guide
Best Eyeshadows

Today, I bring you 12 of my favorite eyeshadow formulas! I’m always hesitant to add eyeshadow formulas here that are only available in palette-form, but I’ve come to realize that palettes are becoming so commonplace in permanent offerings that I’ve had to bend that “rule” to include the great formulas of Pat McGrath and Viseart.

I have noticed that the rare moments I can choose a particular eye product to wear, I go between Pat McGrath and Viseart (and Natasha Denona, actually, but the brand has been less consistent than I need it to be with its recent offerings as the formulas have changed). I prefer my eyeshadow to be more pigmented than not, though I don’t mind more buildable formulas when it comes to deeper or richer shades, particularly when they’re matte.

The way I approach my gift guides is by focusing permanent formulas that have stood the test of time–they are high quality, consistent, and all formulas that I personally enjoy. You’ll find a formula overview and four top-rated shades (that are permanent) for each highlighted range. As always, I’d love to hear about your own personal favorite formulas–don’t forget to tell me why!

If you’re curious about the best limited edition holiday products and sets, check out our Best of Holiday 2018 Palettes & Gifts page, which automatically updates the rankings as new reviews go live.

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Best Eyeshadow Palettes | 2018 Holiday Gift Guide

2018 Holiday Gift Guide
Best Eyeshadow Palettes

Permanent eyeshadow palettes are harder to come by, but there were a few new eyeshadow palettes this past year that have earned a spot on my list of best eyeshadow palettes! It’s nice to see Urban Decay’s Born to Run earn a spot as the Naked palette was discontinued (and on 2017’s list). While I enjoyed the first three palettes from Pat McGrath, it wasn’t until Bronze Seduction’s release to get onto my short list of go-to eyeshadow palettes (if Decadence was permanent, that would have been on here, haha!) as I feel like it is a bit more cohesive but has all the bells and whistles I’d expect from the brand’s formulations.

The way I approach my gift guides is by focusing permanent formulas that have stood the test of time–they are high quality, consistent, and all formulas that I personally enjoy. You’ll find a formula overview and four top-rated shades (that are permanent) for each highlighted range. As always, I’d love to hear about your own personal favorite formulas–don’t forget to tell me why!

If you’re curious about the best limited edition holiday products and sets, check out our Best of Holiday 2018 Palettes & Gifts page, which automatically updates the rankings as new reviews go live.

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Best Lipsticks | 2018 Holiday Gift Guide

2018 Holiday Gift Guide
Best Lipsticks

Next up, my holiday gift guide on the Best Lipsticks, 2018 Edition!  In this post, I’ve listed my favorite, top rated lipstick formulas based on everything I’ve tried and tested over the years (so long as it’s still a permanently available product).  If you’re still looking for that best lipstick that’ll knock your socks off, fingers crossed that this guide proves to be a good starting point!

Out of all the types of products, I find whittling down lipsticks to be a real challenge; there are just so many great lip products available these days, regardless of finish or budget or color. I managed to swap out a couple favorites from past years for new-to-2018 formulas, which brings my list to 17.  I’ve included the best lipsticks that include budget-friendly lipsticks like ColourPop’s new Lux Lipsticks to luxury lipsticks like Pat McGrath’s LuxeTrance Lipsticks.  You won’t see much in the liquid lipstick department as I tend to favor comfort, so my top picks are more comfortable formulas that aren’t quite as transfer-proof.

The way I approach my gift guides is by focusing permanent formulas that have stood the test of time–they are high quality, consistent, and all formulas that I personally enjoy. You’ll find a formula overview and four top-rated shades (that are permanent) for each highlighted range. As always, I’d love to hear about your own personal favorite formulas–don’t forget to tell me why!

If you’re curious about the best limited edition holiday products and sets, check out our Best of Holiday 2018 Palettes & Gifts page, which automatically updates the rankings as new reviews go live.

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Best Lipglosses | 2018 Holiday Gift Guide

2018 Holiday Gift Guide
Best Lipglosses

I can definitely tell that 2018 was more gloss-friendly and less matte-friendly with the number of additions I had the pleasure of making to my favorite lipgloss formulas! I enjoy a good sheerer, shimmery gloss as much as I like a metallic or opaque one.

The way I approach my gift guides is by focusing permanent formulas that have stood the test of time–they are high quality, consistent, and all formulas that I personally enjoy. You’ll find a formula overview and four top-rated shades (that are permanent) for each highlighted range. As always, I’d love to hear about your own personal favorite formulas–don’t forget to tell me why!

If you’re curious about the best limited edition holiday products and sets, check out our Best of Holiday 2018 Palettes & Gifts page, which automatically updates the rankings as new reviews go live.

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Best Highlighters | 2018 Holiday Gift Guide

2018 Holiday Gift Guide
Best Highlighters

The next gift guide I have for you this holiday season is all about the best highlighters based on years of testing, including another year of highlighters to choose from! This is a tough category as there are numerous top-rated highlighters on the market, but I tried to keep my list of favorite highlighters at 16, which is the same as last year. I don’t know that I have strong preferences in my highlighters; like I kind of enjoy a little bit of everything–I like subtle finishes but will ooh and ahh over a sparkling, metallic finish, too.

The way I approach my gift guides is by focusing permanent formulas that have stood the test of time–they are high quality, consistent, and all formulas that I personally enjoy. You’ll find a formula overview and four top-rated shades (that are permanent) for each highlighted range. As always, I’d love to hear about your own personal favorite formulas–don’t forget to tell me why!

If you’re curious about the best limited edition holiday products and sets, check out our Best of Holiday 2018 Palettes & Gifts page, which automatically updates the rankings as new reviews go live.

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Best Blushes | 2018 Holiday Gift Guide

2018 Holiday Gift Guide
Best Blushes

Welcome to my gift guide to the Best Blushes, 2018 Edition! As October winds down, it’s time to update my annual gift guides in time for the holiday season, which is also the season of sales, so I want to arm you with all of the tried and tested favorites I can share with you! When thinking about the best blushes I’ve tried, a lot of it is centered around blendability and ease of application. Any blush that is too stiff or goes on unevenly and requires minutes of blending won’t make my list as I’m looking for blushes that go on with minimal effort, almost blending themselves, while still offering buildable and/or pigmented shades.

The way I approach my gift guides is by focusing permanent formulas that have stood the test of time–they are high quality, consistent, and all formulas that I personally enjoy. You’ll find a formula overview and four top-rated shades (that are permanent) for each highlighted range. As always, I’d love to hear about your own personal favorite formulas–don’t forget to tell me why!

If you’re curious about the best limited edition holiday products and sets, check out our Best of Holiday 2018 Palettes & Gifts page, which automatically updates the rankings as new reviews go live.

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