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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?

01.

01. Light & Tan Vibes By Terry

By Terry

LELimited Edition. $82.00/0.53 oz.

A

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.

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.

02.

02. Copper Face Compact MAC

MAC

LELimited Edition. $35.00/0.32 oz.

A
03.

03. Tan & Flash Cruise By Terry

By Terry

LELimited Edition. $82.00/0.53 oz.

A

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.

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.

04.

04. Tarteist PRO Glow Tarte

Tarte

PPermanent. $45.00/1.05 oz.

A-

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.

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.

06.

06. Kathleen Lights Makeup Geek

Makeup Geek

LELimited Edition. $39.00/0.75 oz.

A-

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.

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.

08.

08. Unfiltered I NARS

NARS

LELimited Edition. $59.00/0.72 oz.

A-

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.

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.

09.

09. Color Wheel Tarte

Tarte

LELimited Edition. $44.00/0.84 oz.

B+

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).

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).

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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?

01.

01. Studio 1400 Colour Pop

Colour Pop

LELimited Edition. $18.00/0.28 oz.

A+

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.

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.

02.

02. Where the Night Is Colour Pop

Colour Pop

PPermanent. $18.00/0.28 oz.

A

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.

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.

03.

03. Honeymoon Tom Ford Beauty

Tom Ford Beauty

PPermanent. $80.00/0.21 oz.

A

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

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

04.

04. Cashmere Viseart

Viseart

PPermanent. $45.00/0.42 oz.

A

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

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

05.

05. Boheme Dream (Ribbons Boheme) Viseart

Viseart

LELimited Edition. $80.00/0.84 oz.

A

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.

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.

06.

06. Bijoux Royal (09) Viseart

Viseart

LELimited Edition. $80.00/0.84 oz.

A

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

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

07.

07. Foil Eyes BH Cosmetics

BH Cosmetics

PPermanent. $12.00/1.58 oz.

A

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.

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.

08.

08. Codes Subtils (278) Chanel

Chanel

LELimited Edition. $61.00/0.07 oz.

A

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.

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.

10.

10. Master Palette by Mario Anastasia

Anastasia

LELimited Edition. $45.00/0.28 oz.

A-

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.

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.

11.

11. Empreinte du Desert Chanel

Chanel

LELimited Edition. $65.00/0.07 oz.

A-

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.

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.

12.

12. Gritty & Glow The Estee Edit

The Estee Edit

LELimited Edition. $58.00/1.62 oz.

A-

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

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

13.

13. Afterdark Urban Decay

Urban Decay

LELimited Edition. $49.00/0.60 oz.

A-

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

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

14.

14. Modern Renaissance Anastasia

Anastasia

PPermanent. $42.00/0.28 oz.

B+

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.

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.

16.

16. MetalMatte Kat Von D

Kat Von D

LELimited Edition. $60.00/1.32 oz.

B+

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

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

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?

01.

01. Chiffon Anastasia Eyeshadow

Anastasia Eyeshadow

PPermanent. $12.00/0.06 oz.

A+

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.

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.

02.

02. Chocolate Crumble Anastasia Eyeshadow

Anastasia Eyeshadow

PPermanent. $12.00/0.06 oz.

A+

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.

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.

03.

03. Twilight Tryst Buxom Eyeshadow

Buxom Eyeshadow

PPermanent. $12.00/0.05 oz.

A+

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.

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.

04.

04. Scarlet Tarte Metallic Shadow

Tarte Metallic Shadow

LELimited Edition. $14.00/0.07 oz.

A

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

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

05.

05. Dusk 'Til Dawn Buxom Eyeshadow

Buxom Eyeshadow

PPermanent. $12.00/0.05 oz.

A

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.

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.

06.

06. Chocolate (Titanium) Anastasia Eyeshadow

Anastasia Eyeshadow

PPermanent. $12.00/0.06 oz.

A

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

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

07.

07. Poker Face Tarte Metallic Shadow

Tarte Metallic Shadow

LELimited Edition. $14.00/0.07 oz.

A

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.

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.

08.

08. Rose Gold Buxom Eyeshadow

Buxom Eyeshadow

PPermanent. $12.00/0.05 oz.

A

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.

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.

09.

09. Bronzed Bod Buxom Eyeshadow

Buxom Eyeshadow

PPermanent. $12.00/0.05 oz.

A

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

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

13.

13. Grind Tarte Metallic Shadow

Tarte Metallic Shadow

LELimited Edition. $14.00/0.07 oz.

A-

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

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

15.

15. Made of Jade Buxom Eyeshadow

Buxom Eyeshadow

PPermanent. $12.00/0.05 oz.

A-

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.

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.

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?

01.

01. Yas! City Color Shimmer Shadow

City Color Shimmer Shadow

PPermanent. $6.99/0.13 oz.

A+

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.

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.

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.

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.

03.
A

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

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

04.
A

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.

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.

05.
A

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

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

06.

06. Bake Sale Makeup Geek Eyeshadow

Makeup Geek Eyeshadow

PPermanent. $6.00/0.06 oz.

A

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

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

07.
A

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.

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.

08.

08. Cleo City Color Shimmer Shadow

City Color Shimmer Shadow

PPermanent. $6.99/0.13 oz.

A

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

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

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.

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.

10.
A-

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

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

11.
A-

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.

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.

12.

12. Faux Fur Makeup Geek Eyeshadow

Makeup Geek Eyeshadow

PPermanent. $6.00/0.06 oz.

A-

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.

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.

13.
A-

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.

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.

14.
A-

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.

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.

15.
A-

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

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

16.
B+

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.

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.