TOP FIVE OF 2014 - Eyes

by - January 06, 2015

When it comes to eyes, I like to change it up frequently. I have a huge collection of eyeshadow, eyeliner, and even mascara and I like to try to rotate them frequently so that I can (maybe) justify the massiveness of the collection. Of course, there are always going to be products that rise above the rest and that I find myself reaching for more and more often. Honestly, I thought that making this Top 5 list was going to be difficult, but as soon as I sat down with all of my makeup in front of me it was insanely easy. In fact, I might even go so far as to say that this was the easiest and most obvious Top 5 list that I made for this end of year wrap up and I think that's saying something.

Keep reading to look at my Top 5 Eye Products of 2014...

1. Cargo Vintage Escapes Eyeshadow Palette

I've talked too much about this palette, from my excited post (which contains swatches) about finding it incredibly discounted at Winners to including in the following month's favorites, but it really does stand out as my absolute favorite palette of the year (even though I've only had it for a couple of months, it still counts.) Honestly, I reach for this almost every day even if it's only to use the Autumn shadow as a transition shade or the Harvest Moon shade as my brownbone highlight. The pigmentation and blendability on these shadows are absolutely on point and I feel like you can do a lot of different looks with this selection of shades. While it is quite neutral, I absolutely love the shimmery green Withered Leaves shade and I feel like it gives something a little special to a traditional neutral eye look. It's just gorgeous and if you can get your hands on it (it was Limited Edition and can be a little hard to find, but I have seen it at London Drugs) I absolutely recommend you pick it up. It's that good and I feel like it blew every other neutral palette I own out of contention.

2. YSL Baby Doll Mascara

As you can see, I'm working on a sample size of this mascara at the moment. I've found that if you keep an eye out, you can sometimes get great high end mascaras in deluxe sample size from Sephora using Beauty Insider points. This year, no mascara has come close to this one and I'm working on my second sample sized tube with every intention of investing in the full size. It's spendy, certainly, and even though I do love a good drug store mascara I don't think I've found one that quite measures up to this one. I don't know what it is about it. It's really black, which I love, and gives that soft, fluttery look to the lashes that I think is usually reserved for a good pair of falsies. I've found that this mascara builds really well on itself, so you can just do a quick application for a more natural look or build it up like crazy for something really dramatic. I just love everything about it at the moment, I really do.

3. MAC Pro Longwear Paintpot in Painterly

This baby is definitely cult. In fact, it's the first thing I ever bought from MAC and remains one of my favorite and most used products from the brand.  It's not quite reading true in the photos, I feel like it has a little more rose to it in real life, but I find it's a perfect shade for neutralizing the eyelid and evening out the skintone there before applying eyeshadow or really just on its own for a perfected naked eye. When it comes to cream shadows, I feel like everyone is different. Some people with oily lids have to be really picky because of creasing, and some people with drier lids find that a lot of cream shadows skip and apply unevenly on the lids, so I think there can be really mixed reviews when it comes to cream shadows. For me, this is pretty much the perfect formula. It's creamy without being greasy and helps my shadow to adhere without any creasing or texture issues. I like to apply this, set it with a nude vanilla powder shadow, and then get to work with my eye looks and it works perfectly for just about everything. This really is a good staple for any eye makeup collection.

4. Physicians Formula Eye Booster 3-in-1 Liquid Eyeliner (Review)

It was in 2014 that I really solidified that I prefer to apply liquid liner with a brush rather than a felt tip. I find that it's easier to get a really smooth precise line with a brush and that ease is really key with me, but it can be different for everyone. I was looking for a great liquid eyeliner in the drugstore that had a brush tip, was really, black, and was going to stay in place all day without bleeding all over my face so I went on a review hunt and found this one. It's a little bit of a higher price point than some other drugstore liquid liners, but I personally think that this is the best one that I've tried from the drugstore. It ticks all of the boxes that I mentioned above, but is also really easy to remove which can be an issue with a lot of the really black eyeliners that have good wear time. I can't really say too much more about it than to say that I haven't bought another liquid liner in over six months. Says something when you're a makeup junkie like myself.

5. Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz in Medium Brown (Review)

Yeah. I've talked this to absolute death and I feel like anything I say is going to just sound like an echo, so I'm going to keep it short. This is the best eyebrow product I've ever used. It works for whatever eyebrow look you prefer, be it really soft, natural brows or really sharp, defined brows. It wears all day without disappearing, washes away without taking your brows with it, and is available in a really wide selection of colours so that literally everyone can find their shade. It has the perfect spooly on one end and a really fine twist up pencil on the other, which makes it literally fool proof to get exactly the eyebrow look you want. This is going to be a forever repurchase, me thinks. Worth every penny.

Easiest yearly favorites ever, I swear. I have a huge collection, like I said, but the cream rises to the top without a doubt. Come back tomorrow to check out my Top 5 Lip Products of 2014!

What were your favorite eye products this year?

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