Best of Makeup 2017

Welcome back to Haley’s Beauty Room and to my second installment of my “Best Of 2017” series. If you made it through my skincare favorites without falling asleep or losing interest, you should definitely be good for this one!

As with my last post, these are items that I loved and used all the time throughout 2017. Some of these items were released during this past year, while others just joined my collection during that time.


NYX Honey Dew Me Up

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Amazing for neutralizing discoloration and redness, this serum and primer in one from NYX gives a dewy look and has gold flecks. It is also infused with honey and collagen. The finish is a bit sticky, so it will help your foundation last all day.

This item can be purchased here.

IT Cosmetics Feel The Moment Anti-Aging Ultra Hydrating Sensory Awakening Primer Serum

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If you need an anti-aging, hydrating primer, this is a must. This primer is also a serum and primer in one, and contains Caviar extract, hydrolyzed collagen, hyaluronic acid, peptides and silk all work to nourish, hydrate, prep and prime the skin. While vitamins A, C & E, deep ocean water, argan, jojoba and avocado oil keep skin soft and supple.

This item can be purchased here.

Tarte Timeless Smoothing Primer

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My absolute favorite primer for smoothing and filling in pores. The antioxidant-rich formula infused with vitamins C & E and green bean extract gently melts into the skin delivering a surge of moisture, peptides and other naturally-derived elixirs for a firmer, smoother appearance.

This item can be purchased here.


Diorskin Forever Perfect Foundation

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This medium coverage foundation will make any skin look flawless. It helps minimize the appearance of pores, control shine, and blur imperfections for a luminous matte finish that lasts for up to 16 hours. This comfortable liquid foundation melts into the skin and provides SPF 35 broad spectrum protection.

This item can be purchased here.

L’areal Infallible Pro-Glow

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I have talked about this foundation plenty of times, but the Infallible Pro-Glow will always be a favorite. I used this year round and am always happy with the results. This provides a glowy, hydrating finish that lasts all day.

This item can be purchased here.

Covergirl Vitalist Healthy Elixir Foundation

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This foundation I thought I was totally going to hate, but I ended up loving it and using it all the time. CoverGirl’s Vitalist Healthy Elixir Foundation has a vitamin-infused formula with a special antioxidant and vitamin complex. Finally, a hydrating formula for beautiful, buildable coverage that glides on smoothly for a flawless look.

This item can be purchased here.


Colourpop No Filter

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The best drugstore concealer by far, the Colourpop No Filter is formulated with soft blurring pigments and has a matte finish. It covers extremely well and even looks great mixed with other concealers.

This concealer can be purchased here.

Tarte Shape Tape

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Do I even need to go in to the details on this one? This was on everyone’s favorites list for the past year. It covers well and has an amazing hydrating formula.

This item can be purchased here.

Urban Decay All Nighter

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Another one that I have discussed, but is a newcomer to the group. The Urban Decay All Nighter is the most full coverage concealer I have used with a matte finish. If you would like to read more about this and the Shape Tape, check out a recent post of mine here.

This concealer can be purchased here.



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My absolute favorite powder to bake with under my eyes. It doesn’t leave a white cast and it really helps keep my concealer stay in place all day. This powder also comes in three different colors and is very finely milled.

This powder can be purchased here.

Lancome Absolue Powder

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Hands down my favorite setting powder ever, the Absolue Powder from Lancome will make you look like you literally just descended from heaven. This delicate powder provides even-toned and absolutely luminous skin. Innovative Color Clarity™ technology, with soft-focus micro sparkles, optimizes the effects of light and diminishes the appearance of imperfections for a naturally even and glowing complexion.

This powder comes in 9 shades and can be purchased here.

RCMA No Color Powder

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A favorite of makeup artists and everyone else, the No Color Powder from RCMA is such a staple. It blurs all imperfections and is totally colorless, meaning no white cast. Bonus, this is super affordable and lasts forever.

This item can be purchased here.


ABH Dipbrow Pomade 

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I really don’t need to go in to a ton of detail here, as the ABH Dipbrow Pomade has been a cult favorite for years. The pomade is smudge proof, looks great on the brows, and will always be a part of my collection.

This item can be purchased here.

Colourpop Brow Boss

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My favorite brow pencil of the year is definitely the Colourpop Brow Boss. This pencil is super sleek and small so you can really get defined strokes. The formula is the perfect mix between hard and soft and it looks super natural. I use this on a daily basis.

This pencil can be purchased here.


Colourpop “I Think I Love You” Palette

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I only have one eyeshadow palette to talk about for the whole year and that’s because this is probably my favorite palette ever. The colors are beautiful, super pigmented and creamy. They blend out like a dream and I use this almost every time that I do my eyes.

You get a mix of mattes and shimmers, meaning you can create the perfect look, every time. I am obsessed with this palette and highly recommend!

Plus, it’s only $16. You can purchase it here.


L’areal Lash Paradise

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Another one that I will not go in to too much detail about, the Lash Paradise was a hit on everyone’s list for the past year. This mascara is the drugstore version of the Too Faced Better Than Sex. It separates lashes and creates and extremely full look.

This mascara can be purchased here.

Essence Lash Princess

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Another drugstore hit comes from Essence. If you need your lashes to look like you are constantly wearing falsies, this is the mascara for you. It separates and dramatically lengthens. I absolutely adore this mascara.

This can be purchased here.

Kokie Volume & Length

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I swear I didn’t plan on having all of my mascara favorites be from the drugstore, but the drugstore absolutely killed the makeup game in 2017. Plus, I’m not going to complain with getting makeup cheaper! This Volume & Length mascara from Kokie Cosmetics is true to its name.

It gives amazing volume and length in one. All while staying in place all day and never smudging or transferring. A favorite of mine for years to come.

This item can be purchased here.

Bronzer & Contour

Physicians Formula Butter Bronzer

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Only bronzer I used all year that I loved was from Physicians Formula. Another cult favorite, the butter bronzer truly has a butter-like formula that smells like a trip to the islands. It now comes in more shades and is an absolutely amazing bronzer.

This bronzer can be purchased here.

Kat Von D Shade & Light Palette

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The Kat Von D Shade & Light Palette will forever be my favorite contour palette. The colors are the right tones, meaning they don’t lean too orange, and you get three highlight shades and three contour shades. It’s perfect for travel and the formula is great.

This palette can be purchased here.


Milani Baked Blush

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I have said it before and I will say it again, Milani slays the game when it comes to blushes. They make the best drugstore blushes out of everyone hands down. The formula is super bendable, pigmented, and the shades are beautiful. I use Luminoso and Bella Belini all of the time.

Those blushes can be purchased here.

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Palette Edit III

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I am obsessed with the Hourglass powders and even more so their Ambient Lighting Palettes. I finally got my hands on one this past year, and I am not joking when I say I use one or more of these powders every time I do my makeup.

The powders make your skin look so beautiful, radiant, and smooth that they are too good to pass up. This palette was limited edition, but they release a new edit each year, so keep your eyes peeled!


Jouer Cosmetics Powder Highlighter

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Perhaps my most used highlight of the year was the Jouer Cosmetics Powder Highlighter in Citrine. Ultra-fine pearls and luminescent pigments create the ultimate, “lit-from-within” glow. This creamy, powder formula is long-wearing and highly pigmented. Plus, it’s super blinding!

This highlighter can be purchased here.

LANCÔME Dual Finish Highlighter Multi-Tasking Illuminating Powder

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My most second worn highlighter was this absolutely stunning option from LANCÔME that is so build able that it can be blinding or subtle. An ultra-creamy powder highlighter that melts into the skin for a brilliant highlight that doesn’t cake.

This highlighter can be purchased here.

Kylie Cosmetics Loose Powder Highlight

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These loose powder highlights from Kylie are the most blinding highlight I think I have ever come across. The powder is glowing and is super finely milled. They are just absolutely beautiful and a little bit goes a long way.

My favorite shade is in Santorini and that can be purchased here.


Dior Lip Maximizer

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My favorite lip plumper and moisturizer is the Dior Lip Maximizer. It is so silky on the lips and contains a blend of collagen and marine fillers. It deeply hydrates and really plumps the lips.

This product can be purchased here.

Kylie Lip Kit in Autumn

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My first ever Kylie lip kit and it will not be my last. This color is absolutely perfect and the formula is amazing. It is long lasting, dries down fast, and has a soft matte finish that isn’t drying. The color is absolutely stunning as well in a terra-cotta rose.

This lip kit was a Fall collection item and can be purchased here.

Marc Jacobs Lip Laquer

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These lip glosses are my favorite glosses ever. They are pigmented but not gloopy or sticky. They feel hydrating on the lips and last a decent amount of time.

This gloss can be purchased here.

Flower Beauty Miracle Matte Liquid Lip Color

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A newer item in my collection was one of the Flower Beauty liquid lipsticks. These matte formulas are very rich in color and dry down nicely. They are super comfortable and long wearing.

These lip colors can be purchased here.

Setting Spray

Ofra Cosmetics Make Up Fixer

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I talked about this in my new holy grail setting spray post here, so go check that out if you want all the details of this amazing spray!

Kokie Cosmetics Refresh Hydrating Spray

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Another hit from Kokie Cosmetics is their Refresh Hydrating Spray. This will lock your makeup in place all day and give your skin the hydration it needs after applying lots of powder. The mist is fine and the product is even finer.

This spray can be purchased here.

Oh my gosh we made it the end! I hope you enjoyed my favorites and I will be back shortly with more posts, loves!

All images are sourced from brand websites.

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