The end of the year is near and there are many products that caught my eye! Some performed as expected, others not so much... but there were 22 products that performed above and beyond. They are not listed in any particular order, however, you may find a few you want to add to your shopping list and when you do, I have put them all in one place for you to find! Simply visit https://shopmy.us/collections/100744 or click below and shop the products there (help a girl out... I earn commission). Without further ado, let's get into it!
1. Lancôme - Teint Idole Ultra 24H Long Lasting Foundation
This foundation was not released in 2022 or anywhere near 2022, but it is simply that wonderful. This foundation walked so that the Fenty Beauty foundation could run! It's lightweight, matte, and does not move. The foundation also has SPF to protect your skin when outside. The shade range is pretty decent and is a cult favorite! I wear shade 425 Bisque Warm.
2. Nars - Light Reflecting Advanced Skincare Foundation
When I say this foundation had me in a chokehold... I could not stop using it! It is the perfect date night or girls night foundation. While it is medium coverage, it still works well on dark spots and redness along with evening out skin texture. It is also great for your skin as it infused with skincare! I wear shade Caracas.
3. Thread Beauty - Face It Complexion Stick
I discovered this brand about halfway through the year, and I instantly fell in love. They cater to people of color and they also care about your pockets. Their products are below $10 but don't perform cheaply. The complexion stick is my favorite of their products and leaves me looking gorgeous every use. The stick can be used in multiple ways including foundation, concealer and contour! I use shades 140 and 150.
4. Fenty Beauty - Eaze Drop'lit All-Over Glow Enhancer
If you have seen a Tik Tok of mine in the last couple of months then you know this is my FAVORITE product. Glowing has been a huge trend within makeup but we have moved past the heavy cheek highlighter and onto a subtle under glow. The Eaze Drop'lit is the perfect under glow product. It can be used on top of your makeup as well but I personally love it under my makeup before I put on my foundation and concealer. I love shade Honey Citrine.
5. Danessa Myricks Beauty - Yummy Skin Blurring Balm Powder
This is one of those products I originally bought to use on my clients as a makeup artist and then had to get one for myself because it is that good! If there is any type of imperfection, this product will get it. Dark spots and redness are no longer an issue with the blurring balm. It works wonders on texture! While you can never really cover or eliminate texture, it significantly reduces the appearance. I wear shade 6.
6. UOMA Beauty - Trippin' Smooth Powder
When UOMA said it was smooth.. they meant it! I love this powder and how it truly smoothes over the highlight spots of my face. It pairs with all concealers. I absolutely love the packaging because powder is so messy and can get everywhere but it have a built in bowl to keep that from happening. I wear shade Honey.
7. HUDA BEAUTY - #FauxFilter Luminous Matte Buildable Coverage Crease Proof Concealer
There is many a concealer on the market but this one is definitely a stand out product. A little goes a long way with this product and performs great for long periods of time. I love to pair this concealer with some of my favorite date night foundations from Nars and Fenty Beauty. It is so lightweight and doesn't leave you feeling caked! Also, they did not lie when they said it's crease-proof. I wear shade Brittle 6.5 Golden.
8. HUDA BEAUTY - Easy Bake Loose Baking & Setting Powder
I simply could not mention the concealer without mention the setting powder! The concealer and powder together create a flawless under eye and smooth highlights on the face. Just like the concealer, a little goes a long way and helps to hold onto creaseless makeup all day long. I wear shade Banana Bread.
9. Juvia's Place - I Prep, I Prime Eyeshadow Primer
Whether you wear heavy eyeshadow or not, primer is essential to creaseless eyelids on long term basis. There are many products that claim to prevent creases but Juvia's Place really hit the mark with their's. For those who have hooded eyelids or hard creases (like me), this is the perfect product for you. Most eyeshadow primers are gel-like and aim to be sticky but this product is more cream-like which helps foundation, concealer, or eyeshadow stay in place! I love shade 2 for neutral eyeshadow and shade 1 for bright eyeshadow.
10. Tarte - Maneater Blush & Cheek Plump
As I mentioned earlier, there is a glow trend within the makeup industry and companies have not forgotten to include blush. We have introduced liquid blushes but now our blushes have taken on the responsibility to glow as well. This product is great for just that. It adds a little glow to the cheek along with slight color to brighten the face! I love shade Peachy Pink.
11. Nars - Laguna Bronzing Cream
Nars has long been known for their bronzers and they did not disappoint with with the cream bronzers. I was slightly nervous when Nars decided to release the product simply because cream bronzers had been done by many companies but it is the best cream bronzer I have used thus far. You may have noticed that I love lightweight makeup, no one wants to walk around feeling like they have 10 pounds of makeup on right? Powders are great, don't get me wrong, but cream is winning for me! It is easy to blend in and creates a natural finish. I wear shade Laguna 03.
12. Anastasia Beverly Hills - Lip Liner
If you know me, you know I am brown liner girl but this year I decided to switch it up. I wanted to find a lip liner that still had hints of brown but also complimented my skin tone with pinks. I searched high and low and Anastasia Beverly Hills came through. I love shade Sandstone.
13 & 14. Fenty Beauty - Gloss Bomb Heat Universal Lip Luminzer + Plumper
Since it's inception, Fenty Beauty has kept the makeup game on its toes. While they did not invent lip plumping lip glosses, they surely have taken the category by storm. I combined numbers 13 and 14 because there were two shades that I loved this year. We all saw the Hot Chocolit shade go viral and for good reason. The shade looks great on everyone but especially the brown girls. The second shade that I could not put down was Lemon Lava. The yellow tint and glimmer was perfect combination with brown liner and was a go-to for me.
15. Juvia's Place - Nubian Earth Lip Gloss
Lippies are something Juvia's Place knows how to do well and they did not disappoint with this release. I specifically love shade Oasis as it is the perfect topper to a lot of shades of lip gloss. If you have a shade you love but which it had a little sparkle, this is the perfect lip gloss for you!
16. Lano - 101 Ointment Multi-Balm
For years, Carmex had me in an awful chokehold. I knew it was bad for my lips and that it was never actually moisturizing them but I couldn't find a better alternative. Thanks to my bestie, I found LanoLips and have not been able to put it down. It is the best thing I have put on my lips and I don't think I can ever go back! It lasts on your lips for hours and is great for the cold days that are to come soon. My favorite flavor is Watermelon.
17. Fenty Skin - Fat Water Pore Refining Toner Serum
Finding a toner isn't always easy because it takes a lot of trial and error. If you are someone who needs moisture but also deals with hyperpigmentation, dark spots, large pores, or acne... this is something to try!
18. Good Molecules - Discoloration Correcting Serum
While my skin looks pretty decent these days, there has been times it was not poppin'. I have suffered from acne and the subsequent dark spots for years but I keep it all in check with a serum. I have tried some that eventually worked but I have to say Good Molecules hits different! I saw fading occur almost overnight and its not too expensive either.
19. Good Molecules - Silicone Free Priming Moisturizer
Good makeup starts first with good skin! If you aren't taking the steps to prep your skin before applying makeup, start now. One thing you must have is a moisturizer. Dry skin under makeup makes your more susceptible to acne, dry/rough skin, and makeup that won't stay in place. Good Molecules has an amazing moisturizer that is perfect for before and after makeup application.
20. Black Girl Sunscreen - Moisturizing Sunscreen Lotion
We all know how important SPF is to our skin's health but it's no fun to be a black girl (or brown girl in general) searching for sunscreen. It leaves this white cast and never feels completely blended in but Black Girl Sunscreen saved us all with their product. I used it when I went to Las Vegas and it did what needed to be done!
21. IT Cosmetics - Confidence in a Cream
Anytime anyone asks me for a cream recommendation, I think about how amazing this product is. I suggest it to almost everyone I can think of. It is great for a night cream and feels like butter when applied.
22. HUDA Beauty - Kayali Elixir
Perfume is how you leave an impression even after you've left the room and Kayali has become extremely popular. They make it easy to find the scent that is right for you and have many options. I love the 11 scent.