Beauty: Brands I Want to Try in 2016

2015 was the year I bought a lot of makeup, but I also discovered what I liked (bold lips), what I hated (cheap eyeshadows), and what suited my skin (not a lot!). Towards the end of the year I really cut down my spending, not buying myself a lot and only asking for a few special bits as gifts. Playing around with more ‘me’ pieces has led to some serious lust over the high-end alternatives and I’ve ended up with a lot of brands I want to try over the next year.

 photo Makeup 3_zpsumedhc0e.jpgAnd I know it’s wayyyy too early, but I’m planning on doing my wedding makeup myself. And I’m pretty sure it’s just so I have an excuse to treat myself…
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Nars

I treated myself to my first Nars product in the January sales last year; the now discontinued Doucuer blush. I love it – the formula is great, the colour perfect. And this has sparked a major interest in the brand. I’ve heard nothing but good things, so I think the next thing to investigate is their lip pencils!

The blush itself is the perfect colour for my pale complexion, adding definition and a bit of colour without being too dramatic. Why have they discontinued this?!
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Hourglass

Possibly a bit of an obvious one for me given my love-affair with the Ambient Lighting palette, but I definitely want to try more from the Hourglass stand! I’m mainly tempted by the powders and blushes – Mood Exposure will be mine!

Tarte

Oh, how I wish this was easier to get hold of! I’ve been super impressed with one of their blushes, but I’m desperate to get hold of their powder foundation. I’m a big fan of powder foundations but do find the coverage to be hit and miss so this sounds like the perfect answer!
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Charlotte Tilbury

Having tried an eyeshadow palette that has quickly become my go-to, this is a brand I know I’ll love. I’m most tempted by the lipsticks – the mattes seem to have the most amazing formulation and gorgeous shades!

The eyeshadow palette I have is ‘The Sophisticate’ and if I’m 100% honest I’m not actually tempted by any of the others. This one however is the perfect basic neutral quads. The shadows are satin finish – not shimmery, but not quite matte. They apply like a dream, blend beautifully, last a decent time and when they do fade do so evenly. I’ve found this palette perfect for daytime wear as well as amping up for an evening look – perfect for a weekend away!
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So, a bit of a mix, but it is (I say quite bashfully!) mainly high-end. It’s wishful thinking really as I know the vast majority of this is completely out of budget!

What brands do you want to try more of?

  • I LOVE Nars! Their primers and foundations are definitely worth trying. Also YSL Fusion Ink worth a look at for your wedding day- light, but stays on forever!

    • ninegrandstudent

      Oh, sounds interesting, thanks! x

  • emily

    I really want to try the Besamé lipsticks, particularly the 1940’s red one. I have a $5 red lipstick from Forever 21 that’s similar and that is actually not bad-it’s got argan oil in it and is pretty moisturizing. Or possibly a Make Up For Ever lipstick, I have a kind of neutral shade from them in a trial size. I don’t really like the neutral colour, but I LOVE the creaminess and matte-ness of it. So there’s my wish list!

    • ninegrandstudent

      I’ve not heard of those, definitely going to have a look! x

  • Caitlin

    The Nars blush looks gorgeous! I hear they have really great lipsticks too! Would love to hear what you think if you give it a try!

    xx, Caitlin
    http://www.wandererandwolf.wordpress.com

    • ninegrandstudent

      Will have to try one of their lipsticks! x

  • Kayleigh Xu

    I really want to try some Charlotte Tilbury products! That eyeshadow quad looks gorgeous – I’m so tempted, but I can never bear to splurge on any Charlotte Tilbury yet.. And yes I agree too that it’s such a pity Tarte is so hard to get hold of here.. I almost ordered some Tarte products from QVC but I came across some bad reviews and got scared.. xx

    Kayleigh | http://kayleighmakesup.blogspot.com

    • ninegrandstudent

      It was scary to think how much my palette cost! x

  • I’d really recommend trying the NARS lip pencils – I have Dragon Girl and it’s lovely! The Charlotte Tilbury palette looks gorgeous, perfect for everyday 🙂 xx

    Toasty

    • ninegrandstudent

      Dragon girl is high on my list! x