Looking back yet preparing the future with new amazing makeup products – what better way to start the new year than ensuring only the best of the best makeup is being used? One of my favourite articles to create are yearly favourites, as they are positive and filled with amazing recommendations. This year I decided to split my 2022 favourites by categories and release them at different times. Starting with makeup – my favourite – let’s dive in in a rather long list of the most amazing products I used in 2022.
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Wayne Goss The Luxury Cream Foundation, $38
Wayne Goss The Poreless Beauty Puff, $10
Starting with a base product, an item that surprised and impressed me, was the new and very popular Wayne Goss The Luxury Cream Foundation. I had no idea what to expect out of it, but it pleasantly surprised me and it is an item that gives me excitement every time I plan on using it.
The shade is not my ideal match (shade 8), as it is too dark and too orange, but I can appreciate the formula nevertheless. I prefer to use it when I use some self tanning lotions.
I have a full thirty-minute review of this foundation in which I tell you all about the application process, how it looks and how it wears. You can watch it here. Similarly, you can also read everything about the ingredients here.
The Wayne Goss The Poreless Beauty Puff is a unique applicator that I find smooths the skin like no other, filling in all the pores. Whenever I use it to apply the Wayne Goss The Luxury Cream Foundation, I also use it to apply the rest of the cream products on my face, such as cream blusher, contouring cream or highlighter.
I also love it for applying face power. The finish it creates is more high coverage and heavy than a wet sponge or a brush would provide, but the smoothness it also gives is incomparable. I have never owned a tool similar to this before so the newness of it certainly kept me entertained this year.
Anastasia Beverly Hills Cream Bronzer, £32
This is an item that I have not talked about much on Lipstick Café’s channels, but one that I have used on a regular basis for almost a year now. I chose it mainly because it was available in a shade that did not look too dark or orange for my pale skin (Sun Kissed). In fact, the shade range of this cream contour product is excellent, having choices for both pale and deep skintones.
Cream complexion products have definitely grown on me in the past few years and so I was quite keen to get a cream bronzer, in hope that it will blend better with my foundations and that it will look more natural on the skin.
This cream bronzer did not disappoint – the shade is beautiful, not too dark, not too orange but also not too grey – it blends like a dream, seamlessly and very quickly, and it sits nicely on the skin for the entire day. It is also fragrance free. It is quite expensive but I used it very often and I barely made a dent in it in the last ten months.
You can watch me use it in this tutorial.
Lisa Eldridge Elevated Glow Highlighter, £27
If you have been following my blog for a while, then it will be no secret to you that I absolutely love Lisa Eldridge’s Elevated Glow Highlighter. Lightweight and very blendable, it offers a beautiful sheen on the skin without being glittery or looking like added product on the skin. It gives the most natural and beautiful luminosity to the area, being subtle enough for daylight use but also being visible in artificial dim light too.
It works beautifully under the foundation or on top, and it even blends beautifully on top of powder (I am awful at remembering to add cream things before adding powder). Another very expensive item, but one that seems to last forever. This product is fragrance free.
The shade I have it in is Crystal Nebula, which looks very natural as it contains my skin’s undertones. It has warm undertones and it is a very light champagne shade.
Hourglass Scattered Light Glitter Eyeshadow in Smoke , £28
Featured in my 2021 beauty favourites as well, this individual eyeshadow is pure magic. It is one of the most beautiful eyeshadow shades I own, as it is not just a brown, but it also has a smokey greyness to it while also retaining a neutral tone if not even golden tone to the shadow (the picture does not make it justice).
The finish of it is incredibly luxurious, shimmery and sparkly yet very sophisticated. It stays on the eyes all day long, up to the long hours, and it never creases or smudges even with my hooded eyelids. It applies extremely quickly and effortlessly and I actually love using my fingertips with this.
The price is quite high for a single eyeshadow but Smoke is one of those shades that looks stunning when used alone on the entire eyelid. It is versatile and self-sufficient. It can also be spread thinly on the centre of the eyelids for daytime, as well as used more opaquely for sophisticated evening looks.
Watch my review and application of this product here.
Scott Barnes Snatural Palette No1, £76
Another surprise for you – as I did not mention this product on Lipstick Café before. Bought at the same time as the Anastasia Beverly Hills Cream Bronzer, the Scott Barnes Snatural Palette No1 was on my wish list for a very long time.
Scott Barnes is a celebrity makeup artist, mostly known for being Jennifer Lopez’ makeup artist of choice. He is excellent at marketing his products and he also has some unique techniques when it comes to applying makeup. I tried a few in this video.
The Snatural Palette No1 has twenty shades, making this a large palette, filled with mattes, shimmers and different tones. My favourite shades in it and the ones that I use on a daily basis are Foxy and Temptation, a warm and a cool toned brown. They are incredibly soft, easy to blend, pigmented and lightweight on the eyes. I love to use the Lisa Eldridge No8 brush to create a cat eye smokey eye in the hooded sockets of my eyes. This is a golden pair and my favourite for 2022.
Another shade that deserves a special mention is Angelic, which appears to be a light cream colour, which in fact has the most gorgeous dual chrome effect and looks like a sheer pink on the eyelids.
The smokeyness and the vibrancy of the shades stays on all day long, even when speaking of up to fifteen hours. However, when applied in the centre of the eyelid they do shift and crease in the hood of my eye. Nothing too bad but not as good and unmovable as the Hourglass single shadow for example, which does not crease at all.
Another minus is the colour story – which to my surprise is a lot darker than I would have thought and I find that the palette lacks the sparkle – light coloured shimmery tones. However, the concept of the palette – looking natural but with something ‘S’pecial’, might not fit something light and sparkly.
That being said, it is an absolute pleasure to use this palette and I feel privileged to be able to. It is a treat, yet an amazing product for everyday use. When using only the shades from the palette it creates a very sophisticated, glamorous and high end look – and yes, it does make me feel a little like JLo for the day.
Lisa Eldridge Seamless Blend Brush No 8, £36
Lisa Eldridge Seamless Blend Brush No 7, £32
Perhaps it is no surprise that these two brushes have been included in my 2022 favourites. When I reviewed them on Lipstick Café’s youtube channel I made it pretty clear they are the best brushes I have ever used (Click here for the review of No 8 and here for the review of No 7).
Lightweight, elegant and incredibly soft, they are also incredible at applying products on. No 8 is my favourite for blending eyeshadow in the creases of the eyes. I have hooded eyes so my favourite trick is to use a dark shade to shape my eyes and give the illusion that the eyelid of my eyes is more sunk in under the bones beneath my eyebrows. This brush makes this trick as easy as anything, blending everything to perfection in seconds. It is also delicate enough not to irritate the gentle eye area.
No 7 is amazing at applying eyeshadow at maximum intensity so it is my favourite step when wanting extra eyeshadow intensity. Just like No 8 it completes the look within seconds. It works beautifully both with powders and with creams.
Eyeko Black Magic: Cocoa Edit Liquid Eyeliner in shade Brown, £16
One item that I have been using for the last two years but one that I did not speak about is the Eyeko Black Magic: Cocoa Edit Liquid Eyeliner in Brown. It is a dark, warm toned brown but it looks very beautiful on the eyes.
It provides definition and shape but it is a softer colour than black, and therefore it looks less geometrical or visible on the eyes. I prefer this, as it is less obvious and it provides a beautiful elongated look to the eyes without looking like a stark black liner.
It stays on all day long, it does not bleed or smudge even on my hooded eyes and it is very easy to apply due to its thin applicator.
Lancôme Lash Idole, £13 (for the deluxe mini)
Funnily enough, I bought this mascara without doing any research on it beforehand. I simply needed mascara on the spot – something amazing for my holiday.
My eyes settled on shelves containing travel sizes of high end brands. I associated Lancôme with Lisa Eldridge, knowing that she is the Global Creative Director for the brand. I remembered she uses Lancôme mascara in her videos so I chose the Lancôme Idole mascara in the mini size and paid around ten pounds on it as it was also on a deal.
I was not sure what to expect out of it but it surprised me like no other. This is one of the best mascara I have ever used! It separates the lashes extremely well, it elongates them and adds loads of volume without clumping them or making them look like they have mascara on.
It is dramatic enough for my taste yet it still has that fluttery effect to the lashes. I wore it for up to sixteen hours on my holiday in very hot weather and it never smudged or bled under my eyes. I also wore it for up to sixteen hours on an everyday basis in rainy weather, wind and horrible weather conditions in Scotland and it never budged.
It is also quite easy to remove and most makeup removing products work on it. 10/10!
A beautiful array of excellent products… What were your makeup favourites in 2022 and why?
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