Here are 16 products I still clung to in 2018 that came out in previous years, just to give you a little view into long-time products that continue to stand the test of time. I love trying new products, so I tend to switch and move products around not because I’ve discovered better ones so much as I want to use something that’s as good but maybe in a different formula, slightly different finish, or by another brand for a bit. These, though, survived those switches! There are definitely more regular products in my drawers than just what’s highlighted here, but I wanted to keep this a little bit edited and looked at what kept making the cut and what I remembered using most, too.
Best of 2018
Must-Haves that Stayed Favorites
It’ll come as no surprise to regular readers that products like Urban Decay Rebel, Marc Jacobs Beauty Flesh & Fantasy, Chanel Jersey, Tom Ford Nude Dip, or Tom Ford Platinum are on this list. I almost always take Viseart’s Paris Nudes with me when I travel; reliable, easy-to-use, and muted for all occasions. I actually five shades of the Marc Jacobs AirBlush formula in my vanity drawer, so I have three more than shown here, but I think I’ve used Lines & Last Night second most after Flesh & Fantasy. Charlotte Tilbury’s Filmstar Bronze & Glow has been nearby since the line debuted in the states! Makeup Geek’s Moonphase has been a go-to for cooler, more iridescent highlighting needs since they launched years ago (I keep about five shades in the formula in my drawer, presently, but I do rotate them).
I keep Fenty’s Universal Gloss Bomb in my purse for any top ups if I’m out and about (and whatever I was testing is gone or is need of repair). Estee Lauder’s Naked Truth is the coral that replaced Guerlain’s Gems for me (which I loved but is long discontinued), and I keep that tucked in my drawer along with Tiger Eye, which is a more coppery take. Two brushes that have been in my arsenal since I reviewed them (and that I use every time they’re clean) are Smith’s 253 and Hakuhodo’s B5521.
What favorites from previous years did you reach for often this year?