THE HIT LIST 1: The Beauty Junkee's Best Products for 2014 (Makeup, Fragrance, and Tools)


That time of the year when I do a weekly round- up of the best beauty products that have graced my year! :)

So how do I summarize the beauty releases for 2014? I say they're all about versatility: A majority of the products that we've all tried this year serve more than one purpose (and they're dual-purpose) and they're all handy whether you're creating a fresh look or a dramatic look. We've witnessed how the drugstore brands have stepped up their game too!

Without further ado, I present everyone the most notable beauty products that deserve an award for 2014!

BEST PRIMERS

1. Max Factor Facefinity Primer- has spf yet has translucent coverage; keeps makeup intact for hours; soft and flexible on the skin

2. The Body Shop All-In-One Instablur- minimizes the appearance of pores; a cheaper alternative to Benefit The Porefessional; mattifying; gentle formula

3. Prestige Magic Pen Lip And Eye- all- around primer for the eye area; comes in a handy packaging; keeps eyeliner, eyeshadow, and brow powder intact the whole day

4. Smashbox 24 Hour Photofinish Shadow Primer- perfect dupe for UDPP; a single dot is enough to cover both eyelids; makes eyeshadows stay vibrant the whole day

BEST FACE BASES

5. Tony Moly Petit Cotton BB Cream Delight- affordable; comes in a very handy packaging; moisturizing yet good for oily skin; comes in a shade that compliments morena skin tones.

6. Pixy UV Whitening Two Way Cake Perfect Fit Powder Foundation- affordable yet has very good coverage; long- lasting; pan is refillable

7. Shiseido UV Protective Liquid Foundation- withstands sweat, oil, and even saltwater; waterproof formula yet feels lightweight like a sheer foundation

8. Ellana Loose Powder Foundation- the most pigmented mineral powder foundation I have tried; affordable; comes in a lot of shades

9. MAC Full Coverage Foundation- provides full yet natural- looking coverage; lasts long and soothes dry skin; looks great both in actual and in photos.

10. Absynthe Bath And Beauty Happy Girls Are The Prettiest Talc- Free Face Powder- comes in a yellow shade that brightens the complexion; absolutely perfect for ladies with a heavy yellow undertone; Great for Asian skin; talc- free; gives skin a smoother appearance

11. Canmake Marshmallow Powder- affordable yet looks quite luxe; finish is as good as powder foundation

12. Estēe Lauder Cyberwhite HD BB Creme- Illuminates the skin naturally; long- lasting; has long- term brightening effects; surprisingly looks good on warm skin tones despite the pale shade 

13. Benefit Big Easy- a light, cream-to-powder base that gives skin a naturally flawless appearance.

14. ZA Cosmetics True White Liquid Foundation- affordable, but finish is great; brightens the skin and makes it appear healthy; comes in yellow undertones

15. ZA Cosmetics Perfect Fit Two-Way Powder Foundation- affordable; product is refillable; powder yields a nice, medium coverage; feels almost like Shiseido's Powder Foundation

BEST CONCEALERS

16. Sephora 8H Perfect Cover Concealer- yields full coverage and covers marks effectively; thick, creamy formula moisturizes skin, but doesn't appear cakey

17. ProStudio Pro 15 Color Corrector Palette- affordable but works like a charm; conveniently offers 15 shades for highlighting, concealing, correcting, and contouring needs; the Green concealer is one of the most effective I have tried so far

BEST EYESHADOWS

18. Smashbox On The Rocks Photo Op Eye Shadow Luxe Palette- a well- designed eyeshadow palette with 28 outstanding, incredibly pigmented shades; one of the eyeshadow palettes with the best quality

19. Maybelline Eye Studio Color Tattoo Cream Eye Shadow- affordable and super long- wearing; comes in a generous size; doubles as an eyeshadow base and gel eye liner.

20. Make Up For Ever Eyeshadows- reformulated and better than ever; pans are now bigger; texture, quality, and pigmentation have been improved

BEST BROW PRODUCTS

21. Maybelline Fashion Brow Coloring Mascara- affordable; richly pigmented; line features two audacious shades that will fit ladies with blonde, gold, and red- colored hair; long- lasting

22. K-Palette Real Lasting Eyebrow Mascara- long- lasting; affordable; line features the perfect browns for ladies with light, medium, and dark brown- colored hair.

23. Happy Skin Eye Love View Double Duty Eye Brow Duo- conveniently features two essential brow products, an eyebrow liquid liner and eyebrow crayon; affordable; great for everyday use

24. Etude House Drawing Eye Brow- super affordable and works great!

BEST MASCARAS

25. L'Oreal Papillon False Lash Effect Mascara- gives lashes that full, super volumized, fanned- out look that's so gorgeous!

26. Make Up For Ever Aqua Smoky Extravagant Mascara- one of the legit waterproof mascaras that can withstand my workouts.

27. Browhaus HD Mascara- doesn't clump and is genuinely waterproof; gives lashes a lovely, full appearance

BEST EYE LINERS

28. The Body Shop Smoky 2-in-1 Gel Liner-  can be used for the brows and eyelids; one of the most pigmented yet affordable matte gel liners I have ever used; has decent staying power

29. Benefit They're Real Push- Up Liner- an innovative gel liner that comes in a tube packaging; convenient and heaven- sent for gel liner lovers; super waterproof; gives the illusion of deeper eyes; rich black coverage makes eyes standout even from afar

30. Smashbox Always Sharp Eye Liner- a futuristic eye liner with a built-in sharpener inside the cap; eye liner is always sharpened before every use; pigmented, rich, and long- wearing

31. Happy Skin Eye Am Here To Stay 24H Gel Pencil Eye Liner- soft, smooth, and long- wearing; infused with skin care ingredients

32. Majolica Majorca Line Hunter- one of the best, affordable drugstore liquid eyeliners; pigmented; lasts the whole day

BEST BLUSH/CONTOURING PRODUCTS

33. Happy Skin Feeling Sculptacular Face Contour Kit- comes with a handy cheat sheet; contouring powder shade fits Filipina skintone perfectly; comes with a highlighter

34. Stila Stay-All-Day Bronzer- long- wearing; comes in a generous size; matte and perfect for any skintone.

BEST LIP PRODUCTS

35. Bioderma Atoderm Restorative Lip Balm- soothing; protecting; restores very dry lips; protects lips from the cold weather effectively

36. Benefit Hydrating Tinted Lip Balm- softens lips; moisturizes effectively; leaves lips with a pretty tint and a soothing fragrance

37. Bobbi Brown Art Stick- acts as a lip liner and lip color; matte finish yet non- drying.

38. L'Oreal Color Riche Le Rouge Lipstick- super pigmented and super hydrating; leaves lips with a pretty stain when it comes off; comes in beautiful colors

39. L'Oreal Color Riche Moist Matte Lipstick- affordable; one of the best non- drying drugstore matte lipsticks

40. Pixi Tinted Brilliance Balm- light; moisturizing; gives lips a sexy shine; keeps lips soft the entire day; one of the nicest tinted lip balms around 

41. Avon Ultra Color Absolute Lipstick- more hydrating and pigmented than their previous lipstick lines; comes with more adventurous and bolder colors

42. Revlon Colorburst Lacquer Balm- affordable; gives lips a lovely, even patent shine; colors lips evenly; comes in a handy crayon barrel packaging

BEST MAKEUP TOOLS

43. Beauty Blender- a nifty, cute brush that gives you an instant airbrushed finish.

44. Make Up For Ever Artist Brushes- cruelty- free brushes that feel and perform superbly like the ones made from real animal hair.

45. Suesh 18-pc. Pro Style Brush Set- a cruelty- free, stylish brush set that contains non- repetitive brushes

46. Charm Double Ended Brush Set- a cruelty- free, travel- friendly brush set that contains 9 brushes in just 4 handles!

47. Heroine Make Eyelash Curler- a super affordable eyelash curler that curls lashes effectively and doesn't pinch the lids on girls with almond- shaped eyes

BEST MULTIPURPOSE PRODUCTS

48. Happy Skin Lip And Cheek Mousse- a new age lip and cheek tint that can be applied on top of makeup and doubles as a lipstick as well

49. Benefit Lollitint- a lip and cheek tint that gives skin a lovely orchid stain

BEST FRAGRANCES


50. Lolita Lempicka L'Eau Jolie EDT- a youthful rose scent that's playful and seductive at the same time

51. Givenchy Play EDT- a spontaneous floral scent that's lively and feminine

52. Nina Ricci La Tentation De Nina- a sweet, flirty scent for the ultra feminine

53. Guerlain La Petite Robe Noire EDP- a sophisticated fragrance with a young, playful allure

54. Repetto EDP- a spicy floral that smells classy yet young

The Hit List Part 2 is coming up tomorrow and I'll be sharing my top beauty finds in the Hair, Body Care, and Nails category! :)

Care to share your similar finds for 2014? :)

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11 Lovely Thoughts

  1. Wow! The products that I ever dreamed of. Hehe..
    Luckily my husband gave me ProStudio color corrector and etude drawing eye brow. Un iba ill save and collect next year. The best products so worth to buy naman.

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  2. Great post! definitely gave me some ideas for brands to look out for in 2015. Surprised Inglot was not on the list.

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  3. Love your edits as always + how these photos were taken.

    PS. Not sure why Max Factor never caught my radar.

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  4. My hit list this year includes Pixy Ultimate Makeup Cake and lipsticks, Nivea Cherry lip balm, The Face Shop I'm Shea Butter Lip Care Cream, Aritaum Wannabe Cushion Tints, Yadah Oh My Sun Block, Innisfree BB Cream and Tony Moly Face Mix Cover Pot Concealer. :D

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  5. Great list. I have to say that Happy Skin Mousse is, interesting. I tried it once at BeautyBar. I still don't know what to feel about it but I'm glad you liked it though.

    -CJ

    Latest Post : From Manila with Love

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  6. You forgot to mention Benefit's Big Easy :D

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  7. So much great products! And I've almost read all your posts about them. I truly agree about your list. As for me naman, I don't use a lot of products religiously. I use them once and switch on to the next product to try. :) But overall, I'm fond of using Pixy, Maybelline, L'oreal, Etude House, Tony Moly and Heroine Make products. :D I'm so excited to rad your hit list 2! especially your favorite for nails!

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  8. I love this hit list! Might check these products soon!

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  9. This is a good recollection. I would try some of them. I am interested in Sephor 8H concealer and the bodyshop instablur. Those perfumes looks cute, no wonder some still keeps the bottles. Wish I have tons of favorite for this year too.

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  10. Hi there! I just noticed there are no NYX products listed here. Don't you think their lippies, eyeliners, eyebrow liners, are good? :) Btw, my favorite make up products in the market are currently In2it, TonyMoly, NYX and Revlon. I am glad to hear other good products here. :)

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  11. How about the best product in 2017? Or you already have that post? I want to be one of the best makeup artist here in Manila, that's why I am educating my self by reading blogs about makeup.

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