Packaging : 15ml glass bottle with a pump which makes it convenient and easy to use. The down side of this packaging is that not every drop of product gets used up.
Performance : It has a matte finish and does not leave the skin sticky or oily even. It holds the make up pretty well and it does not clog the pores.
Biore UV Aqua Rich Watery Essence SPF 50 PA+++
Packaging : 50g of product in a plastic tube which makes it easy to use, hygienic and the best thing is that every drop of product will be used up.
Performance : I’ve been wearing it every single day to work and I have not noticed any noticeable tanning of my skin despite having stayed under the sun for at least 5 hours a day. It does not feel oily and does not cause any break outs on my skin.
Urban Decay Chill Make Up Setting Spray
Packaging : 120ml spray bottle which discharges the product in fine mist.
Performance : I have noticed difference between when I have this product on and when I do not have it on. I only apply this product when I know that I’ll be having a full day ahead of me and it really makes a huge difference on keeping my make up on my face longer.
Make Up For Ever Full Cover Extreme Camouflage Cream in #7
Packaging : 15ml squeezy plastic tube which keeps nasty bacterias at bay.
Performance : This product is like glue to the skin. It does not budge and it covers absolutely everything. It is creamy enough to not leave the skin flaky and did I mention that it is not oily? This product is best applied with your phalanges.
NARS Sheer Glow Foundation in Punjab
Packaging : 30ml glass bottle which sadly does not come with a pump (you have to purchase it separately).
Performance : This foundation has taken over my love for my Chanel Vitalumere Aqua and that is a hugeeeee deal alright. This product doesn’t leave the skin feeling as though a tonne of foundation has been piled on it and it has medium to full coverage.
Bobbi Brown Corrector in Dark Peach
Packaging : 1.4g product in a very small and minimal packaging which makes it easy to carry around.
Performance : Have eye bags under your eyes? THIS PRODUCT IS A MUST HAVE FOR YOU. Seriously. You can tell the difference.
Revlon Colorstay Whipped Creme Makeup in 250 Medium Beige
Packaging : 23.7ml of product in an unnecessarily huge and heavy glass bottle.
Performance : This is probably the best drugstore foundation there is and it offers medium to high coverage. This product does not feel heavy on the skin and does not make it oily. It is almost an equivalent to the sheer glow foundation.
Urban Decay Naked 2 Eyeshadow Palette
Packaging : 12 eyeshadows packaged in a very minimal and sturdy tin case with a huge ass mirror inside. Not to mention they included a double ended brush which is pretty good.
Performance : The eyeshadows are very pigmented and glides on the eyelids like butter. I still prefer UD eyeshadows over MAC eyeshadows.
Maybelline Lasting Drama Pen Gel Liner in Black
Packaging : Compared to the old jar packaging, this is a million times better. The tip enables a very precise application and does not cause the product to dry easily.
Performance : The liner is true black and has no shimmer in it. It stays on the eye the entire time.
Topshop Waterproof Liner in Burnished
Packaging : The packaging is very simple and pretty though I hoped that it is a twist pencil so I can avoid having to sharpen the pence every now and then.
Performance : This color in particular is very beautiful and not harsh as a liner. It glides on easily on the waterline and does not tug the skin.
Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil
Packaging : Similarly to the Topshop pencil, I wish that there’s no need to sharpen the pencil.
Performance : This product is very pigmented, glides on the skin and stays put throughout the day.
Maybelline The Falsies Waterproof Mascara in Black
Packaging : Very standard packaging for a mascara.
Performance : Volumizing and very waterproof. Product does not flake and stays on throughout the day.
Maybelline The Jewels Lipstick in Rose Quartz
Packaging : Very pretty holographic packaging.
Performance : Very pigmented, moisturizing and not sticky.
Revlon Lip Butter in Sugar Plum
Packaging : Very pretty quilted design packaging.
Performance : Very pigmented, moisturizing and not sticky. This has to be my all time favorite lipstick shade.
Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick in Blushing Mauve
Packaging : Sleek packaging with a see through cover on the top.
Performance : Very pigmented, moisturizing and not sticky. This shade in particular is “your lips but better” shade.
Loreal Color Riche in Rose Bud
Packaging : Very pretty gold packaging which looks luxurious.
Performance : Super pigmented, moisturizing and not sticky. The pigmentation of this product is almost as good as the Revlon Lip Butter.
Toposhop Lipstick in The Damned
Packaging : Similar to all topshop products, this lipstick is packaged beautifully and simple.
Performance : Super pigmented, moisturizing and not sticky.
Benefit Hoola Bronzing Powder
Packaging : Cute box-like packaging that is surprisingly sturdy.
Performance : 8.0g finely milled matte bronze powder that does not leave the skin looking orangey.
MAC Cream Color Base in Diamonds (Limited Edition)
Packaging : This 5g product came from a limited edition collection and it is beautifully packaged in a rose gold case.
Performance : I was a little skeptical about this product being a highlighter but it applies beautifully and lasts a long time on the skin.
Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-hour Blush in Amused
Packaging : 5.6g of product packaged in a very beautiful and minimal plastic case.
Performance : This particular shade looked scary and bright in the container but once applied on the skin, it became very natural and lasts a very long time on the cheeks.
Real Techniques Contour Brush
Packaging : Very sturdy aluminum stem and the synthetic bristles are very soft.
Performance : This brush is very good for applying blush. It does the job so well that I went out and got another for my keeping in the office.
Real Techniques Buffing Brush
Packaging : Similar to that of the contour brush.
Performance : I like this brush for applying foundation but I am still on the fence as to how much I like it compared to the Sigma round kabuki – F82 brush.
Sigma Round Kabuki – F82 Brush
Packaging : Very sturdy stem with soft synthetic bristles.
Performance : This brush applies the foundation beautifully and leaves almost an air brush look.
Sigma Large Powder – F30 Brush
Packaging : Very sturdy stem with soft synthetic bristles.
Performance : I normally use this brush for applying bronzer and I feel that it does the job magnificently well.
Simple Kind To Skin Soothing Facial Toner
Packaging : 200ml of product stored in plastic bottle.
Performance : This product is alcohol free and thus saves the skin from the stinging effect that is often faced with many other toner brands. It removes all the excess junk that wasn’t removed earlier and does not leave any residue.
Bioderma Sensibio H2O Solution Micellaire for Sensitive Skin
Packaging : Sturdy plastic bottle which does not allow for the bottle to be refilled once it has been emptied.
Performance : It is effective in removing make up from your skin, does not cause any break outs and does not leave any funny residue on the face.
Simple Spotless Skin Deep Clean Cleansing Pads
Packaging : Simple plastic packaging which holds 60 pads.
Performance : The pad has an exfoliating texture which effectively help to remove unwanted junks. I think this pad does help in preventing breakouts on my face.
Alpha H Liquid Gold with Glycolic Acid
Packaging : For the price, the packaging is pretty much blah
Performance : The effect of this product is very noticeable and despite the cost, I will most certainly repurchase this product.
Caudalie Beauty Elixir
Packaging : For the price, the glass packaging made the product feel luxurious.
Performance : I am unsure as to what this product does but I cannot stop myself from purchasing this product over and over again because I love the smell and how it feels when it is sprayed on my skin.
There you have it, my favorite beauty products for 2013. If you would love to look back to what I love in the past, here’s one from 2012 [here].