Today I’m picking out my favourite beauty releases of 2018 so far. There are so many new launches coming at us from left, right and centre ALL THE TIME these days – it can be a little bit overwhelming, even for beauty fanatics! This is an edited down selection of the ones that are actually worth checking out.
Anastasia Beverly Hills Soft Glam Eyeshadow Palette* | £43 | review | I'd actually talked myself out of buying this palette when I came into work to find a parcel waiting at my desk from Cult Beauty... 'You have similar shades', she said. 'You don't need another neutral palette,' she said. 'You have Modern Renaissance,' she said. Yet here I am several months later and it's the palette I always travel with, it's my go-to for day or night and I use it way, way more than the Modern Renaissance! (I compared the two here.) Firstly; I just love the Anastasia formula! Yes, the formula kicks up some fallout but it's so pigmented and these shadows blend like a dream. It's versatile and I feel as though I can get so many looks out of this palette that are completely different and it can be used for a natural daytime look or a smokier evening vibe. They're long-lasting, they're easy to work with, there's not a single dud in here - what more can I say?! This is the perfect selection of warm nudes that I'd recommend to a friend if they were only to buy one eyeshadow palette to do it all!
Too Faced Peach Perfect Mattifying Setting Powder | £20 | review | I don't really know what I was doing before I found this powder, but now I can't imagine my (makeup) life without it! It's so fine, so traceless and doesn't leave a white cast on my skin, yet still sets my makeup (so the concealer under my eyes doesn't crease) and mattes down my skin to keep the shine at bay.
Huda Beauty Rose Gold Remastered Eyeshadow Palette* | £56 | A controversial choice, I know... I have a Cult Beauty haul and review coming next week (and plan on following it up with a comparison between this and the Desert Dusk) where I'll go into more detail on the controversy and how I like to use this palette (because I know it won't be for everyone). I never got the original version but I really do like the colour story here; it ties in rich pinks with my classic warm-toned nudes. The formula is so long-lasting and I love pressing these dewy metallic shades onto the centre of the lid with my fingers for full impact.
Glossier Cloud Paints in Dawn & Storm | £15 each | I love love love my Glossier Cloud Paint in the muted peachy-brown nude Dusk and have done for a fair while! I really like this liquid-cream blusher formula because it gives a natural flush, goes on evenly and doesn't fade or get patchy during the day. I never picked up any more colours from the range purely because the shades didn't really call out to me, however this year they launched two new colours that had my name all over them! Dawn is a beautiful reddish-orange that's perfect for summer and Storm is a deep, warm plummy rose that will be gorgeous when autumn comes around.
Juvia's Place the Warrior Palette | $21 | review | I love Juvia's Place eyeshadows - based on the two palettes I have - so this gorgeous selection of golds and sandy tones was the answer to my prayers! These shades can create a pretty daytime look or a super-metallic smoky eye for the evening. The pigmentation is amazing! The mattes are so smooth and apply evenly and opaquely. The shimmers pretty much have a foiled finish so look stunning on the lids. I also find these really long-lasting. They're just beautiful! I'm so pleased with this palette and have used it half to death already...
Nars Radiant Longwear Foundation (Barcelona) | £35 | This foundation has been a bit of a 'creeping favourite' of mine, just like its predecessor - Sheer Glow. I reach for this a lot for an evening look (I actually also wore it as a bridesmaid recently); it's a flawless medium-full coverage that gives a perfected but very natural skin appearance. It doesn't feel heavy or suffocating and I'd say it has a semi-satin finish that's not overtly dewy. It also lasts really well on me and doesn't break down or get overly shiny in my problem areas.
Stila Magnificent Metals Shimmer & Glow Liquid Eyeshadows in Jezebel, La Douce, Pigalle* & Twig* | £23 each | review | I'm a little bit obsessed with the glitter edition of these eyeshadows so lost my damn mind when they released a more daytime-appropriate shimmer version! I was sent a couple of shades then picked up a couple myself because the formula is so lovely. They're very opaque and pigmented - you swipe on a little and blend out with your fingers or a synthetic brush to get a metallic, sheeny look. Once they set they're incredibly crease-proof and don't fade on me.
Dr Roebuck's Relaunch* | £20-46 | This natural Aussie skincare brand totally relaunched with new products, reformulated versions of its classics and seriously Instagrammable packaging! I'm working on a full review of the range, however there are already a few standouts. First is the No Worries Hydrating Face Moisturiser* | £30 | review | which is lightweight but nourishing and smoothing. It softens and hydrates without leaving an excess or making my face look shiny. The Bondi Hydrating Mist* | £22 | soothes and plumps my skin, whilst providing lasting hydration. I'm also loving the True Blue Ultimate Hydrating Serum* | £46 | which I had the original version of. They've kept everything great about the old formula (the lightweight texture but seriously hydrating and softening effect) but have made it a little bit less gloopy and easier to apply. So far I'm seriously impressed and once I've finished working my way through the range that full review will be up!
What have been your favourite beauty launches of 2018 so far?
Disclosure - products marked * were sent to me for consideration however all opinions remain my own.