Best and Worst Products 2017

You take the good, you take the bad, you take them both and there you have…oh wait…that’s the lyrics to an 80’s sitcom. Trust me when I say you will need a good sense of humor and/or a stiff drink to get through this list. The “Worst” products of 2017 are REALLY terrible. So bad in fact I wanted to do this article in July. The list of “Best” products are worthy of holy grail (HG) status – which makes up for foul stench left behind from the bad piles. Ready to offend? Grab a drink and a snack because this is a long one. Let’s go!


Best Primers: Some people swear by them, while others swear at them. In 2017, I’ve tried several new, state-of-the-art products. Some good, some bad. The primer that I absolutely love and plan to purchase again in 2018 is Charlotte Tilbury Magic Cream. This primer/moisturizer is creamy, luxurious, and despite the high price tag – a little bit goes a long way. It will last and last. It’s probably not suited for oily skin due to the boost of hydration it gives, but drier skinned beauties will love it. eBay has samples for $3 or less with free shipping if you’d like to try it before you buy.

Worst Primers: I’ve tested some terrible primers in 2017, but none were as bad as the Tata Harper Illuminating Moisturizer. See full review here. For the price ($85 for 1 ounce) it should make my makeup look dewy, healthy, gorgeous. All it really did was put me in a bad mood. I can do that on my own, thank you very much!


Best Foundation: This was an easy win. The Loreal Pro Glow Foundation has been consistent throughout the year with everything I need a foundation to be. Long-lasting, natural finish, medium-full coverage that is buildable, and a wide range of shades that suit my ever-changing complexion. Covergirl Healthy Elixir Foundation was a close second, but their shade range sucks and the shades they do have run very pink.

Worst Foundation: Another hyped-up product that was utterly awful in every way. L.A. Girl HD Foundation was the bane of my existence in 2017. The coverage is streaky and patchy. It clung to every hair on my face. Not a good look by the way. It also didn’t last for more than an hour or 2 without breaking up on my forehead, nose, and chin. For that review, click here.


Best Eye Shadow: I had to really get technical when it came to this category because eyeshadow is not a one-size-fits-all product. Some people like a sheer wash of color while others like pure pigmentation. I wanted to choose an eyeshadow that offers the best of both worlds, while still providing great blend-ability, terrific staying power, and at a reasonable price. This year, we have a tie between Makeup Geek Shadows and MAC Cosmetics. MAC crept up there at the very last due to my rediscovery from the Patrick Starrrcollection. I had forgotten how really great they are and look forward to trying more of their collections soon.

Worst Eye Shadow: I remember buying the Revlon Colorstay Eye Shadow Quads for $5 from Amazon and being so excited. The colors were beautiful and I couldn’t wait to try them out. Read my full review here. The formula was chalky, pigmentation was terrible, and the application was patchy. I’ve been hesitant to buy anything from Revlon ever since.


Best Blusher: Like the eye shadow, blushers have to hit a lot of marks to be considered HG. This year, NYX HD Blush surpassed every other brand in its category. They are beautifully pigmented, buttery smooth, blend out amazingly, and last all day. There is 13 shades with varying finishes that compliment any look you throw its way.

Worst Blusher: I can’t say the entire Neutrogena blush line is terrible, but the ones I’ve tried from the “Healthy Skin” range left me feeling very underwhelmed. What happened to my beloved Neutrogena blushes? They used to be such great quality. The pigmentation is non-existent and for $12 each, this product should do my laundry AND make my skin look prepubescent.


Best Concealer: I’ve kinda been sitting on this product for a while thinking it was gonna turn on me, but to my surprise it hasn’t. The Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay-in-Place Flawless Wear Concealer has a ridiculously long name, but works great for hiding under eye baggage. I wouldn’t say it’s 100% opacity despite the Double Wear name, but I like the coverage it provides. Once it sets, it doesn’t budge and is non-drying compared to Tarte Shape Tape, for example.

Worst Concealer: Never in my life has a concealer performed worse than the Becca Aqua Luminous Perfecting Concealer. A few months ago my family and I went to watch my daughter’s school band concert. During intermission, I went to the restroom, looked in the mirror, and was mortified at my reflection. More than usual I might add. I looked like a cast member in the 90’s movie Death Becomes Her. I was so embarrassed and can’t recall looking so hideous. Dramatic words to say, but it’s the truth.


Best Bronzer: There is a ton of great bronzers on the market from drugstore to high-end, but only 1 can take home the gold. That, for me, is the Chanel Soleil Tan De Chanel, Bronzing Makeup Base. This cream-to-powder formula looks so natural on fair skin tones, that I’ve never found another that made me look better. The Milk Makeup Bronzer Stick is a close second. The review of that product is here.

Worst Bronzer: The Too Faced Sweetie Pie Peaches & Cream Bronzer is – by far this year, the worst. What were they thinking? It’s super shimmery and way too pink to work on anyone. Cute packaging though.


Best Brow Product: I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, the Anastasia Brow Wiz is the bee’s knees of brow products. The pencil is thin and precise. The color range has something for everyone and the shades are ashy, which makes the strokes believable. I love it and can’t ever stray from it. If you haven’t tried Anastasia’s brow range, please do. NYX Micro Brow is a near-dupe.

Worst Brow Product: Did you fall for the hype, cause I know I surely did? Wonderbrow’s Brow Gel claims to be a semi-permanent brow miracle that stays put in water, humidity, sweat, etc. You’ve seen the ads were cute, young women spray water on themselves to prove the staying power. Umm, no it does none of those things. Plus, it looks like you smeared poop on your forehead.


Best Mascara: For the last several years, Estee Lauder Sumptuous Extreme Mascara has been my go-to, ride-or-die. Then, Loreal Voluminous Lash Paradise came into my life. The formula for both brands are very similar. They have a drier consistency that gives the lash a ton of volume and length, while being very black. They both hold the curl of the lash. I find that the Loreal Lash Paradise dries up much faster than the Estee Lauder, but they both need replacing every 1 – 3 months anyway, so that discrepancy didn’t hold much weight with my decision.

Worst Mascara: Without hesitation, it has to be Wet n’ Wild’s MEGA line. ALL. OF. THEM. The plastic torture device – they call “a wand” hurts. God forbid you accidentally poke your eye with it. The formula is too wet and doesn’t distribute product.


Best Lipstick: My favorite lipstick of all-time has to go to Vincent Longo. The ThinStick line has great color payoff and is super moisturizing. Full review here. The scent is amazing and reminds me of a fresh papaya smoothie. My favorite shade is in Baby, but the brand offers a few others that are vibrant and attractive for all skin tones.

Worst Lipstick: Have you ever heard of the term “butt hole mouth?” It’s a negative term that means a dry, crusty lipstick that makes your mouth look…well, like a butt hole. Colourpop Ultra Matte Liquid Lipsticks do just that. They set SO matte, that they actually cause your lips to wrinkle and pucker. The kicker is they also don’t stay on the inner rim of your lips, further adding to the definition.


Best Highlighter: Whether you want a blinding highlight of a subtle highlight, Becca Shimmering Skin Perfectors are the best of the best. They have a finish and a shade for everyone. The liquid version is my personal favorite for a healthy glow, but the powders are stunning as well. Pair them together for a powerhouse of pearly radiance! MAC Mineralized Skin Finish came in a close second place.

Worst Highlighter: The Too Faced Love Light Prismatic Highlighters looked so beautiful when I first ordered them. I adorned the heart-shaped packaging and was so excited to try them out. Unfortunately, they were quite dry, chalky, and underwhelming.


Best Setting Spray: Now to the final product and if you read my latest post, this will come as no surprise. The Cover FX Illuminating Setting Spray is my top pick for radiant, healthy-looking skin. It has a slight, pleasant scent, and the finest mist you will ever see. I go in detail with my full review – click here to read that. It’s my favorite and I bought back-ups.

Worst Setting Spray: This may come as a surprise, but the MAC Fix Plus is my least favorite this year. Did they change the formula? I don’t know, but it broke me out in the itchiest rash all over my face. I get a rash every time I use it now.


Best Piggy: Well, that’s easy. That goes to my sweet piggy Amos. He’s almost 3 years old and would love if you shared this post with your friends.

What did you think of this years Best and Worst Products of 2017? Gasp! I’m tired! This post took me nearly a week to put together. Do you agree with the list? If not, what are some of your favorites? I would love to know. Thanks so much for being a part of my life this year and look forward to what 2018 brings.

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Cover FX Illuminating Setting Spray Review

Cover Fx illuminating setting spray

Many brands use the word “Illuminating” loosely, but when Cover FX says it, you know they mean business. The Cover FX Illuminating Setting Spray is like no other…and I mean that. From the formula, the mist, and the finish – it’s literally angel tears in a beautiful duo chrome bottle. Incapsulated perfection. If you want to read my full review and find out how to get this for practically free, please continue reading.

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Givenchy Blush Memoire De Forme Review

Givenchy Blush Memoire De Forme Rose Délicat Review

Givenchy Beauty is a premier makeup brand that’s usually priced juuuust..a bit out of my league. However, if you read my Luxury Makeup at Below Drugstore Prices post, you’ll know that buying premier doesn’t mean buying retail. Why break the bank if you don’t have to! I was able to find this $39 blush on eBay for $9. That’s 75% off. I’m might happy I did because this blush is fabulous. Continue reading for the full Givenchy Blush Memoire De Forme Review.

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In The Balm of Your Hand Greatest Hits Vol. 1 Palette Review

The Balm In The Balm of Your Hand Greatest Hits Vol. 1 Palette Review

If you’re not familiar with the makeup brand, The Balm, you really should be. Their packaging is fantastic, incorporating a 50’s “pin-up/comic book” era with hilarious tongue-and-cheek catch phrases. It’s always a treat pulling their products out of the vanity. Within the last year or so The Balm came out with a “greatest hits” Volume 1 palette that encompassed all of their best-selling products in one palette. Genius. Slow clap to the designer. If you’re interested in reading my full In The Balm of Your Hand Greatest Hits Vol. 1 Palette Review (say that 10 times fast) grab a coffee, a snack, and continue reading. Continue reading “In The Balm of Your Hand Greatest Hits Vol. 1 Palette Review”

Cargo Cosmetics Wanderlust Palette Review

Cargo Cosmetics Wanderlust Palette ReviewWhile in TJ Maxx the other day I found a rare makeup treasure. $9.99 for a regular $34 – Cargo Cosmetics eyeshadow palette with 12 shades. It’s a steal, so I picked it up excitedly and rushed my buggy to the checkout counter. With a crazed twinkle in my eye, I sped home to further examine my prize. I carefully unwrapped and unboxed my palette. Opened it to glory – angels were singing in the background and the world was peaceful for that very second. For the full Cargo Cosmetics Wanderlust Palette Review, with links to my other interesting articles, please continue reading. Continue reading “Cargo Cosmetics Wanderlust Palette Review”