The Best Makeup Products of 2016 Including Swatches | EmmyWritesAbout

For me 2016 has been my favourite year for beauty. The amount of products I have fallen in love with and even finding some new holy grails. I have had the chance to try out some incredible products and just like last year I am sharing my top beauty picks of 2016. I love seeing what products people are loving.

Primers & Bases

L’Oreal Infallible Mattifying Primer | £7.99 | Link

This primer surprised me. I don’t usually like silicone primers or gel like primers after trying the Smashbox one that broke me out badly really put me off them. This L’Oreal one is amazing. It smooths out my skin and helps keep me matte.

Benefit Matte Rescue Primer | £21.50 | Link

I put off buying this for months, I don’t know why because it is now one of my holy grail products. I apply this just on my extremely oily area’s and then apply a normal primer on top and by doing this I stay matte all day.

Maybelline Better Skin Concealer (US Version) | $8.99 | Link

I had been ordering this off Ebay as I don’t like the UK version. The US one is incredible, it reminds me alot of the Urban Decay Naked Skin Concealer which I love. I have been using this around 6 months now and I even stocked up whilst I was in NYC.

Gerard Cosmetics Slay All Day Setting Spray | £14.50 | Link

This is probably one of my favourite finds this year. I am on my second bottle and already ordered a third! It is a setting spray that comes in 7 different scents. I am obsessed with the peach scent and also got the cucumber one. I really want to try the grapefruit one after these. It sets my makeup and makes it look flawless and it makes my makeup last longer.


L’Oreal Infallible Pro Matte Foundation (US Version) | $12.99 | Link

We all know how much I dislike the UK version of this, but after trying the US one it is my holy grail. It looks flawless on the skin, the shade match is perfect and it keeps me matte. I was ordering this from Ebay but again I stocked up whilst in NYC.

Smashbox Studio Skin 15 Hour Wear Foundation | £29.00 | Link

This is a foundation I never saw or heard much about but it deserves to be talked about. It is a full coverage foundation and this is the one foundation that literally lasts ALL day and I don’t get oily at all. It reminds me of MAC Studio Fix but without the horrid smell. I really want to try the concealer that matches the foundation.

Urban Decay All Nighter Foundation | £27.00 | Link

As soon as I heard Urban Decay were releasing a full coverage foundation I knew I needed it. I adore this foundation, it makes my skin looks flawless! It is full coverage but doesn’t feel heavy. I do find if I use the RCMA Setting Powder with this foundation it is the dream team and I don’t get oily at all but if I use other powders I can get a little oily in the outer corners of my nose. 

Powder Products

ColourPop Highlighter “Smoke N Whistles” | $8.00 | Link

Oh my this highlighter is incredible! I have many highlighters including ABH, Becca and more but nothing compares to this beauty. It apples with an intense highlight almost wet looking. I apply it with my Real Techniques Setting Brush. I need more of the ColourPop Highlighters.

RCMA No Colour Powder | £9.95 | Link

This powder is the best I have EVER tried. I have tried many powders but nothing keeps me matte like this does. It works wit every foundation, makes your under eyes look flawless and just works magic. You also get a whopping 90g of product.

Physicians Formula Butter Bronzer | $14.99 | Link

Hello you beauty! I managed to get hold of one of these before I went to NYC and it is perfect for paler skin tones. It smells even better than the Too Faced Chocolate Bronzer. It blends beautifully. I love it that much I bought another two in NYC for myself, one for my mum and Dena from Dena Jayne asked me to pick her one up.


Too Faced Sketch Marker Liner | £17.00 | Link

It is only this year I have started being able to do winged liner but only with certain products and this Too Faced one is one of them! It is super black much blacker than the Kat Von D Lock It Liner and it lasts forever! It is super easy to apply liner with this.

Makeup Revolution New-Trals vs Neutrals Palette | £6.99 | Link

I had seen people rave about this palette for so long and I decided to finally pick it up quite a few months ago and boy am I glad I did. It is stunning! It reminds me of the Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance Palette. The top row of shades is unreal. 


ColourPop Ultra Satin Liquid Lipsticks | $6.00 | Link

One of my favourite liquid lipsticks of all time. I hate liquid lipsticks that dry too matte and suck the life out of your lips. The Ultra Satin’s dry matte but are super comfortable to wear compared to the Ultra Matte ones. The shades are beautiful too.

Urban Decay Vice Lipsticks | £15.00 | Link

These lipsticks are beyond amazing, they beat MAC lipsticks any day! I own Oblivion which is from the Mega Matte range and Backtalk from the Comfort Matte Range. The Mega Matte ones don’t feel drying at all and I wear these for 8 hours and they don’t budge even after eating and drinking!!

ColourPop Ultra Gloss | $6.00 | Link

I do still love gloss and when ColourPop released them earlier this year I picked a couple up. They are extremely pigmented and on par with the ABH glosses. They don’t feel sticky at all.