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Year in Review | The Top 100 Highest-Rated Beauty Products of 2016

Anastasia Brownie Eyeshadow
Anastasia Brownie Eyeshadow

Here’s a look at the top 100 products reviewed over the last year, plus a summary of how many products and brands were reviewed and a break out of ratings! 🙂 Now, this list is strictly according to the rating a product received. You can check out previous years’ Top 100s here!

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Top 10 of 2016: Best Cheek Palettes

Top 10 of 2016: Best Cheek Palettes

2016 was an excellent year if you were someone who likes their cheek colors in the form of duos and palettes! Here’s a look over some of my favorites from the last year…

What were your favorites?

A

LELimited Edition. $82.00/0.53 oz.

By Terry Light & Tan Vibes Sun Designer Palette ($82.00 for 0.53 oz.) includes six shades that can be used as highlighters, blushes, and/or bronzers. Read full review.
A

LELimited Edition. $35.00/0.32 oz.

MAC Nutcracker Sweet Copper Face Compact ($35.00 for 0.32 oz.) includes a powder highlighter and blush. Read full review.
A

LELimited Edition. $82.00/0.53 oz.

By Terry Tan & Flash Cruise Sun Designer Palette ($82.00 for 0.53 oz.) includes six shades that can be used as highlighters, blushes, and/or bronzers. Read full review.
A-

PPermanent. $45.00/1.05 oz.

Tarte Tarteist PRO Glow Palette ($45.00 for 1.06 oz.) includes four highlighters, one cream contour, and one powder contour housed in a soft, velvety black cardboard palette. Read full review.
A-

LELimited Edition. $40.00/0.96 oz.

Anastasia Sun Dipped Glow Kit ($40.00 for 1.04 oz.) includes four ultra-shimmery highlighters in warmer hues. Read full review.
A-

LELimited Edition. $39.00/0.75 oz.

Makeup Geek x Kathleen Lights Highlighter Palette ($39.00 for 0.75 oz.) has three warm-toned highlighters--peachy gold, rosy pink, golden bronze--that leans toward the more extreme of highlighters, as they're very shimmery and produce a strong sheen when applied. Read full review.
A-

LELimited Edition. $69.00/0.52 oz.

Bobbi Brown Bobbi to Glow Shimmer Brick Palette ($69.00 for 0.52 oz.) includes three Shimmer Bricks, which are very shimmery powders. Read full review.
A-

LELimited Edition. $59.00/0.72 oz.

NARS Unfiltered I Cheek Palette ($59.00 for 0.72 oz.) includes six powder blushes. It's a new, limited edition palette for spring, which should officially release soon. Read full review.
B+

LELimited Edition. $44.00/0.84 oz.

Tarte Coor Wheel Amazonian Clay Blush Palette ($44.00 for 0.84 oz.) includes 10 blushes housed in a circular compact that opens and reveals five blushes on each side (there is no mirror as a result). Read full review.
B

LELimited Edition. $40.00/0.96 oz.

Anastasia Moonchild Glow Kit ($40.00 for 0.90 oz.) includes six, shimmering, sparkling highlighters. Read full review.
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Top 16 of 2016: Best Eyeshadow Palettes

Top 16 of 2016: Best Eyeshadow Palettes

The last four months (or so) of each year are heavy on palettes that it is easy to forget about the other palettes that were released in the beginning of the year, so it’s always fun to go through my reviews and remember just how good products could get during the year.

What were your favorites?

A+

LELimited Edition. $18.00/0.28 oz.

ColourPop Studio 1400 Super Shock Shadow Set ($18.00 for 0.28 oz.) includes four cream eyeshadows. You can also purchase the shades individually if all four do not appeal to you. Read full review.
A

PPermanent. $18.00/0.28 oz.

ColourPop Midnight Super Shock Shadow ($20.00 for 0.28 oz. or $5.00 for each 0.07 oz. shade) is a collection of four Super Shock Shadows that can be purchased a "set," but you can also purchase each shade alone. Read full review.
A

PPermanent. $80.00/0.21 oz.

Tom Ford Honeymoon Eyeshadow Quad ($80.00 for 0.21 oz.) is a warm-toned set of shades with a more frosted/metallic finish. Read full review.
A

PPermanent. $39.00/0.42 oz.

Viseart Cashmere Theory Palette ($45.00 for 0.42 oz.) is a subdued set of neutral tones with three matte and three metallic eyeshadows. Read full review.
A

LELimited Edition. $80.00/0.84 oz.

Viseart Boheme Dream Eyeshadow Palette ($80.00 for 0.84 oz.) is a new, limited edition palette for summer that features a slightly lighter (almost pastel-like but not quite light enough, at least not to me) take on a "brights" palette. Read full review.
A

LELimited Edition. $80.00/0.84 oz.

Viseart Bijoux Royal (09) Eyeshadow Palette ($80.00 for 0.84 oz.) is a set of 12 shimmery eyeshadows in muted jewel tones. Read full review.
A

PPermanent. $12.00/1.58 oz.

BH Cosmetics Foil Eyes Eyeshadow Palette ($19.00 for 1.58 oz.) contains 28, metallic eyeshadows. I picked this up a couple of months ago, because it was getting a lot of buzz, and I've been really impressed by the quality overall. Read full review.
A

LELimited Edition. $61.00/0.07 oz.

Chanel Codes Subtils (278) Les 4 Ombres Multi-Effect Quadra Eyeshadow Quad ($61.00 for 0.07 oz.) is a new, limited edition palette for spring. Read full review.
A-

LELimited Edition. $75.00/0.28 oz.

Estee Lauder x Victoria Beckham Eye Palette ($95.00 for 0.25 oz.) contains six, shimmery eyeshadows that feature a wet/dry powder formula. Read full review.
A-

LELimited Edition. $42.00/0.28 oz.

Anastasia Master Palette by Mario Eyeshadow Palette ($45.00 for 0.30 oz.) contains twelve eyeshadows housed in a fairly slim, cardboard palette with a mirror on the interior of the lid. Read full review.
A-

LELimited Edition. $65.00/0.07 oz.

Chanel Empreinte du Desert Eyeshadow Quad ($65.00 for 0.07 oz.) is a warm, bronzy set of shades with a pop of warmer green. Read full review.
A-

LELimited Edition. $58.00/1.62 oz.

The Estee Edit Gritty & Glow Magnetic Eye & Face Palette ($58.00 for 1.62 oz.) includes six eyeshadows and six cheek colors. Read full review.
A-

LELimited Edition. $49.00/0.60 oz.

Urban Decay Afterdark Eyeshadow Palette ($49.00 for 0.60 oz.) contains ten shimmery eyeshadows from white gold to deep navy. Read full review.
B+

PPermanent. $42.00/0.28 oz.

Anastasia Modern Renaissance Eyeshadow Palette ($42.00 for 0.28 oz.) includes 14 eyeshadows that come in a mix of warmer neutrals and pops of pink/red. Read full review.
B+

PPermanent. $43.00/0.20 oz.

Clarins Rosewood (02) Eyeshadow Palette ($43.00 for 0.20 oz.) is a sultry set of smoky, mauve shades housed in a gold-hued compact. Read full review.
B+

LELimited Edition. $60.00/1.32 oz.

Kat Von D MetalMatte Eyeshadow Palette ($60.00 for 1.32 oz.) includes 22 eyeshadows in a slim--but mega-sized--cardboard palette. Read full review.

Top 16 of 2016: Best Powder Eyeshadows (Over $10)

Top 16 of 2016: Best Powder Eyeshadows (Over $10)

So many new eyeshadows to choose from 2016, but I somehow managed to narrow it down to a very solid 16 (I started with around 36 or so). I reviewed a lot of the Anastasia singles range, which is part of what made it harder to make a really concise best of list this year.

What were your favorites?

A+

PPermanent. $12.00/0.06 oz.

Anastasia Chiffon Eyeshadow ($12.00 for 0.06 oz.) is a medium, golden bronze with a metallic sheen. It is a lighter version of Brownie with less khaki/olive tones. Read full review.
A+

PPermanent. $12.00/0.06 oz.

Anastasia Chocolate Crumble Eyeshadow ($12.00 for 0.06 oz.) is a dark, taupe brown with warm, reddish-brown undertones and a sparkling, metallic finish. Read full review.
A+

PPermanent. $12.00/0.05 oz.

BUXOM Twilight Tryst Eyeshadow ($12.00 for 0.05 oz.) is a deep, almost blackened, blue-teal with cooler undertones and a strong, purple-red base. Read full review.
A

LELimited Edition. $14.00/0.07 oz.

Tarte Scarlet Metallics Shadow ($14.00 for 0.07 oz.) is a deep plum with warm, reddish undertones and a soft, frosted finish. Read full review.
A

PPermanent. $12.00/0.05 oz.

BUXOM Dusk 'Til Dawn Eyeshadow ($12.00 for 0.05 oz.) is a medium-dark, forest green with warm, olive undertones and a soft, frosted sheen. Read full review.
A

PPermanent. $12.00/0.06 oz.

Anastasia Chocolate (Titanium) Eyeshadow ($12.00 for 0.06 oz.) is a rich, dark brown with warm, reddish undertones and a pearly sheen. Read full review.
A

LELimited Edition. $14.00/0.07 oz.

Tarte Poker Face Metallics Shadow ($14.00 for 0.07 oz.) is a muted, medium-dark lavender mauve with subtle, warmer undertones and a metallic sheen. Read full review.
A

PPermanent. $12.00/0.05 oz.

BUXOM Rose Gold Eyeshadow ($12.00 for 0.05 oz.) is a rich, medium-dark gold with a warm, reddish-copper base paired with a frosted finish. Read full review.
A

PPermanent. $12.00/0.05 oz.

BUXOM Bronzed Bod Eyeshadow ($12.00 for 0.05 oz.) is a deep, dark bronze with subtle, warmer undertones and a metallic sheen. Read full review.
A

LELimited Edition. $25.00/0.07 oz.

NARS Pygar Hardwired Eyeshadow ($25.00 for 0.07 oz.) is a light-medium, tarnished gold with a lightly sparkly, metallic sheen that has a greenish cast. Read full review.
A

LELimited Edition. $25.00/0.07 oz.

NARS Stud Hardwired Eyeshadow ($25.00 for 0.07 oz.) is a medium-dark, taupe-brown with warm undertones and a sparkly, metallic finish. Read full review.
A

PPermanent. $20.00/0.05 oz.

Lithium is a medium-dark bronze with warm undertones and lighter gold sparkle. It had a very smooth, blendable texture that felt almost wet to the touch, and it applied well to bare skin with almost no fall out during application. Read full review.
A-

LELimited Edition. $14.00/0.07 oz.

Tarte Grind Metallics Shadow ($14.00 for 0.07 oz.) is a medium-dark pewter with warm undertones and a frosted finish. Read full review.
A-

LELimited Edition. $19.00/0.05 oz.

Urban Decay Plague Eyeshadow ($19.00 for 0.05 oz.) is described as a "deep red-purple with blue shift." Read full review.
A-

PPermanent. $12.00/0.05 oz.

BUXOM Made of Jade Eyeshadow ($12.00 for 0.05 oz.) is a bright, light-medium green with subtly warmer gold shimmer on top with a slightly cooler, silvery base paired with a frosted finish. Read full review.
B+

PPermanent. $12.00/0.06 oz.

Buon Fresco is a muted, medium purple-mauve with a matte finish. I just reviewed this last week in single form (so this shade is also available individually should the palette not appeal to you), and the palette version is consistent. Read full review.

Top 16 of 2016: Best Powder Eyeshadows $10 & Under

Top 16 of 2016: Best Powder Eyeshadows $10 & Under

You definitely don’t have to splash out to get a quality eyeshadow, even when you’re buying shades individually! (This is especially true with more shimmery formulas.) Normally, I use $15 as my marker being budget-friendly and higher-end, but for single eyeshadows, I felt like the $10 mark was more appropriate. It’s great to see more brands using more cream-like powder formulas, which seem to yield great adhesion to the lid (even without primer) along with intense pigmentation!

What were your favorites?

A+

PPermanent. $6.99/0.13 oz.

City Color Yas! Shimmer Shadow ($6.99 for 0.129 oz.) is a medium-dark, copper-brown with warm, red undertones and a frosted sheen. Read full review.
A

PPermanent. $10.00/0.07 oz.

Sephora Don't Get Me Wrong Colorful Eyeshadow ($10.00 for 0.07 oz.) is a deep, smoky taupe-brown with warmer undertones and a stronger, purple-gray overtone paired with a frosted sheen. Read full review.
A

PPermanent. $6.99/0.13 oz.

City Color Black Widow Shimmer Shadow ($6.99 for 0.13 oz.) is a dark black with a semi-matte finish. Read full review.
A

PPermanent. $6.99/0.13 oz.

City Color All Eyes On Me Shimmer Shadow ($6.99 for 0.13 oz.) is a medium-dark tuape brown with warm undertones and a frosted sheen. Read full review.
A

PPermanent. $6.99/0.13 oz.

City Color Evergreen Shimmer Shadow ($6.99 for 0.129 oz.) is a bright, medium green with warm, golden shimmer and sheen. Read full review.
A

PPermanent. $6.00/0.06 oz.

Makeup Geek Bake Sale Eyeshadow ($6.00 for 0.064 oz.) is a muted, medium brown with warmer undertones and a matte finish. Read full review.
A

PPermanent. $9.99/0.06 oz.

Makeup Geek Take Two Foiled Eyeshadow ($10.00 for 0.064 oz.) is a dark, olive green with warm, golden undertones and a nearly metallic sheen. Read full review.
A

PPermanent. $6.99/0.13 oz.

City Color Cleo Shimmer Shadow ($6.99 for 0.129 oz.) is a rich, medium-dark copper with warm undertones and a metallic sheen. Read full review.
A-

PPermanent. $10.00/0.07 oz.

Sephora Be on the A-List Colorful Eyeshadow ($10.00 for 0.07 oz.) is a muted, medium taupe brown with warm, golden tones and a frosted finish. Read full review.
A-

PPermanent. $9.99/0.06 oz.

Makeup Geek Sorcery Foiled Eyeshadow ($10.00 for 0.064 oz.) is a dark, bluish gray with cooler undertones and a metallic sheen. Read full review.
A-

PPermanent. $6.99/0.06 oz.

Coloured Raine Side of Olives Eyeshadow ($6.99 for 0.064 oz.) is a medium olive green with warm, olive undertones and a golden, metallic sheen. Read full review.
A-

PPermanent. $6.00/0.06 oz.

Makeup Geek Faux Fur Eyeshadow ($6.00 for 0.064 oz.) is a medium-dark taupe with neutral-to-cool undertones and a matte finish. Read full review.
A-

PPermanent. $9.99/0.06 oz.

Makeup Geek Legend Foiled Eyeshadow ($10.00 for 0.064 oz.) is a rich, medium-dark coppery brown with warm, orangey undertones and a metallic sheen. Read full review.
A-

PPermanent. $9.99/0.06 oz.

Makeup Geek Curtain Call Foiled Eyeshadow ($10.00 for 0.064 oz.) is a rich, medium-dark red with warm, coppery undertones and a frosted sheen. Read full review.
A-

PPermanent. $6.99/0.06 oz.

Coloured Raine Unexpected Eyeshadow ($6.99 for 0.064 oz.) is a dark jade green with subtle, cooler undertones and a warmer, golden sheen. Read full review.
B+

PPermanent. $6.99/0.13 oz.

City Color Hint of Mint Shimmer Shadow ($6.99 for 0.13 oz.) is a light-medium green with warm, golden shimmer and a metallic finish. Read full review.