2017 has been a massive year for the beauty industry. From beauty gurus, celebrity make up artists, and celebrities themselves, it seems everyone has been talking about and recommending products for makeup lovers. Whether you are obsessed with all things makeup or have more of a minimalistic approach to beauty, we've compiled some of the hottest beauty picks of 2017 for you to check out!
From foundation and concealer to bronzers and highlighters, even eyeshadow palettes! We've selected the top ten hottest items from each category for you to check out and either get inspo from or possibly add to your Sephora shopping cart (VIB Rouge, here we come!)
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Glossier Skin Tint // $32
If you are a fan of a natural looking base, look no further than Glossier's skin tint. The new-ish brand, known for their lust worthy aesthetic just started (finally) shipping to Canada this past year. With their recent Toronto pop-up shop last Summer, tons of Canadian makeup-lovers were finally able to get their hands on the cult products. The skin tint stands out amongst the rest of the products in the line considering that no matter how much you layer on, your skin still looks as if you are wearing nothing and gives a gorgeous glow from within!
Dior Airflash Spray Foundation // $78.00
The Dior Airflash foundation looks a little high maintenance considering the fact that it's in an aerosol can, but trust me when I say it's worth it. The foundation gives a flawless yet never cakey finish that makes for the perfect base before layering on some bronzer and highlighter. It's best applied by spraying a damp beauty blender with the product then going in!
Lóreal Pro Glow Foundation // $12.99
We can't forget about the drugstore! Anyone who loves a dewy look will absoloutely adore this foundation. Not only is it crazy cheap, but it lives up to it's name! Not only does it offer a medium to buildable coverage, but it contains the perfect amount of glow that gives you skin a dewy look.
Laura Mercier Candleglow Soft Luminous Foundation // $59.00
If you are looking to splurge on a staple product, definitely check out Laura Mercier's newest and hottest foundation. The Candleglow foundation hit Sephoras earlier this year and got rave reviewers from makeup lovers far and wide. Why the hype? The foundation offers a medium to full (more on the fuller coverage side) coverage that makes your skin look porcelain, but the glow in the formula helps your skin appear more skin-like and natural!
Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation // $70.00
Who could forget the ever so hyped Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk! This was a hot item in 2016 and continues to be hot today. While this definitely is an oily-skin person's worst nightmare, this is a normal to dry skin type person's dream. The foundation feels light as air and gives a gorgeous coverage and finish that looks like it's meant to be on the skin!
Burberry Fresh Glow Fluid Foundation // $62.00
This relatively newer foundation from Burberry is worth the splurge if you are a lover of glowy light to medium coverage foundations. Not everybody wants crazy full coverage, and this is the perfect foundation for anyone who wants their skin to still look like skin, and want that "is she wearing foundation or is she just THAT naturally glowy?!" reaction.
Benefit Hello Flawless Oxygen Wow Foundation // $48.00
This foundation from Benefit has been super underrated up until this past year. Not only does it have a great medium coverage but it is super breathable (hence the whole 'Oxygen Wow' title). It feels like absoloutely nothing on the skin and because it is such a light formula, it's less prone to sink into fine lines and smile lines (dry skin girls this is definitely for you!)
Too Faced Born This Way // $49.00
The Too Faced Born This Way took over the beauty world by storm when it was first released, and the staple and dependable formula has kept it in the top ranks for thousands of beauty lovers. Not only does this foundation make your skin literally look like porcelain (yet somehow still looking natural), but the wear time is incredible! This is a club-goers best friend for a foundation base that you can depend on!
Lóreal Infallible Pro-Matte 24HR Foundation // $12.99
Don't worry oily girls, I've got you covered! If the word "glowy" makes your skin crawl, look no further than this super affordable and incredible matte foundation! The pro matte formula for L'óreal has long been regarded as one of the best in the drugstore. Not only because the formula last a long time and gives a flawless finish, but it doesn't get cakey as easy as other matte foundations from the drugstore (and even Sephora) can get over time!
Wet 'n' Wild Photo Focus Foundation // $5.99
If you are looking for a really cheap foundation that somehow still manages to be incredible despite the low price point, Wet 'n' Wild is the place to go! The photo focus formula was curated specifically for photography, so don't worry about any flashback haunting your candids during a night out. Add on the comfortable formula and long wear time, and you'll find yourself shellshocked that this stuff while only set you back $6!
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Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage // $42.00
If you are looking for some serious coverage that somehow manages to not turn out cakey on the skin, the secret camouflage concealer from Laura Mercier is definitely the product for you. While the product is a cream, it's a super hydrating formula that doesn't accentuate lines or dryness under the eyes. Though because it's a cream, you still get a ton of coverage if you choose to apply it with a finger!
Urban Decay Naked Skin Weightless Complete Coverage Concealer // $35.00
If you are looking for a concealer formula that is going to feel like nothing on the skin and look super skin like, definitely check out Urban Decay's concealer! The formula is the perfect consistency considering that it's liquid form allows it to not only concel but also hydrate the under eyes.
NARS Soft Matte Complete Concealer // $37.00
You would have thought it would be impossible for NARS to top their first concealer, the Radiant Creamy Concealer, but low and behold in 2017 they did just that! The matte cream version of their concealer has been a massive hit for thousands of beauty lowers. Why? Not only is the cream super hydrating and easy to apply, but it offers the perfect amount of coverage and the opportunity to build it up if you are looking for a full glam beat!
Tarte Aquacealer Concealer - Rainforest of the Sea™ Collection // $31.00
If you suffer from constant dry under eyes and even the most hydrating concealers sink into your fine lines, this is going to be your saving grace. While a ton of the attention for Tarte's concealers is focused on their Shape Tape line, this Aquacealer is the unsung hero for dry skin makeup lovers everywhere. The formula is ultra hydrating meaning you won't have to worry about it clinging to dry patches of sinking into fine lines, but still offers the perfect amount of coverage!
Tarte Shape Tape // $27.00
If you are looking for the fullest coverage concealer of them all, definitely fall into the hype of Tarte's Shape Tape. While I'm sure this isn't the first time you've witnessed someone singing their praises about this product, trust the rave reviews it continues to get. This stuff is unbelievably full coverage and the wear time is insane. The only criticism I can think of is that it is a bit of a drying formula, so if you have ultra-dry skin, I would steer clear as it tends to accentuate fine lines if you apply too much.
IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Under Eye™ Full Coverage Anti-Aging Waterproof Concealer // $32.00
IT Cosmetics finally coming to Sephora was a great day for Canadian makeup lovers who have been dying to try their star item: Bye Bye Under Eye. This stuff is the answer to anybody's under eye bag problems. Even the most intense and dark under eyes are no match for this stuff. It's formula is akin to Shape Tape in terms of the pros and cons, so if you've got ultra dry skin maybe avoid this.
Sephora Collection Bright Future Gel Serum Concealer // $18.00
People often underestimate Sephora's house brand but there are some real gems in their collection! Specifically their Bright Future Gel Serum Concealer. Not only is this formula super brightening and contains the perfect coverage, but the gel consistency allows it to hydrate the under eyes and be the perfect candidate for covering dried out acne.
Kevin Aucoin The Sensual Skin Enhancer Concealer and Foundation // $58.00
If you are looking for insane full coverage and are prepared to drop some coin, venture over to the Kevin Aucoin section of Sephora. This stuff is so full coverage that you can mix it with a moisturizer to create a foundation (which is absolutely stunning by the way, so you basically get 2 uses in 1). Apart from the product's versatility, this stuff is perfect for anyone who suffers from severe discolouration or under eyes!
MILK Makeup Flex Concealer // $34.00
MILK Makeup has been one of the more popular brands this past year considering they've been pumping out an insane amount of product. Though it isn't just the products their releasing that are getting attention, as their packaging and overall vibe as a brand are what's the source for their popularity. Apart from how the concealer looks, this stuff is great for anyone who is looking for minimal coverage that looks as though you are wearing literally nothing on the skin, but it still does the job and erases that lack of sleep under your eyes!
Benefit Boi-ing Hydrating Concealer // $27.00
If you have seriously dry under eyes and have tried everything under the sun and still find it creases, the Boi-ing Hydrating Concealer from Benefit may be the product you've been waiting for. It's different from regular concealers considering there is a ring of hydrating oil surround the actual concealer, so while you are applying the concealer you are also applying a layer of moisture to help combat dryness!
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Marc Jacobs O!Mega Bronzer Perfect Tan // $59.00
While this is definitely a more pricey item, trust me when I say that this stuff is worth the hype. Not only do you get a massive pan size of product, but Marc Jacobs' facial powders in general have a super buttery and light formula across the board, and this bronzer is no different. It literally gives you the most natural sun-kissed look imaginable, but because of the red undertone it combats the tendency most bronzers have to pull orange! I mean, even Allure agrees that this stuff is worth the price tag!
Physicians Formula Butter Bronzer // $14.99
If you want a staple bronzer but don't want to break the bank, check out the Butter Bronzer! This stuff has been heavily hyped in the beauty community considering the incredible formula despite the inexpensive price tag. The muru muru butter that's integrated in the formula allows for the bronzer to literally feel like butter, the name isn't just there to be clever! While this works for any and all skin types, dry skin makeup lovers will especially appreciate how this bronzer doesn't cling to dry patches on the skin!
Nars Laguna bronzer // $52.00
Who could forget the NARS cult favourite? Year after year this bronzer continues to be one of the most popular in the market, and people continue to go back to it after trying new bronzers. What's the big hype over it? The formula is perfect considering you never have to worry about applying too much pigment to your face. Plus the undertone is absolutely perfect for light to fairer skin tones. Though if you have a deeper complexion, don't fret! NARS has an extensive line of bronzer shades that carry the same formula Laguna is known for!
Too Faced Milk Chocolate Soleil Bronzer // $38.00
It wouldn't be a bronzer list if I didn't mention Too Faced's line of bronzers. While there are some misses within their bronzer collection, the Milk Chocolate Soleil Bronzer is definitely not one of them. This formula is literally fool proof and perfect for novice makeup users but still loved and used by experts. The bronzer has a great undertone for fair complexions and it's practically impossible to get bronzer helmet with it!
Burberry Fresh Glow Highlighter // $72.00
We couldn't forget about the glow! While this Burberry highlighter features a steep price, if you've got the money to spend on it, it's definitely a great investment. This highlighter features one of the most gorgeous formulas in Sephora as it leaves the prettiest gleam on the skin wherever you apply it. The micro glitters in the formula are super fine so it doesn't look like a glitter bomb on your cheeks, yet till has the potential to provide a mega-glow if you choose to build it up!
Anastasia Peachy Love blush Trio // $39.00
While Anastasia's blush trios weren't nearly as popular as some of her other products have become in recent months, the Peachy Love trio shouldn't be forgotten. This trio features the perfect set of colours for anybody who loves a sun kissed touch of colour to the face. Not only are the colours perfect fitted beside each other, but mixing them together results in some gorgeous custom blush shades!
Marc Jacobs Dew Drops Coconut Gel Highlighter // $55.00
Liquid highlighters are a seriously underrated makeup item, and if you have got dry skin you have got to invest in one. If there is one that stood out in 2017, it's definitely Marc Jacob's take on the product with their gel formula. This stuff is ultra hydrating and glowy and can be applied to the highest points of the face for a concentrated glow, or all over the face after primer before foundation for an all over soft focus glow.
Tarte Limited-Edition Blush Bazaar Amazonian Clay Blush Palette // $57.00
Tarte's blushes are hands down some of the best in the makeup game, and not only is the formula great but it's not too pricey either. Though this holiday the blush palette is definitely a notable staple considering you can get 10 different shades of blush for the price of two!
Wet 'n' Wild highlighter in 'Precious Petals' // $4.99
If you are looking for a really cheap alternative for a good glow and don't want to sacrifice the quality of the product, Wet 'n" Wild is the place to go. The highlighters they've got on their roster are absolutely gorgeous and super high intensity. Plus they've got a great range of shades for all kinds of skin tones!
Fenty Beauty highlighter in Lightning Dust/Fire Crystal // $42.00
There's no way we weren't mentioning Rihanna's introduction to the beauty market with her Fenty products. The highlighter range definitely stands out from the rest of the products considering every shade is gorgeous. Though if there is one duo that has earned significant praise amongst the rest, it's definitely the Lightning Dust/Fire Crystal duo!
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Huda Beauty Desert Dusk palette // $85.00
While Huda's first palette was a dud amongst most beauty lovers, her second try at the eyeshadow game has proved to be super successful. The Desert Dusk palette has the perfect selection of colours ranging from cooler to warmer tones. Plus the palette hosts 3 different kinds of finishes, from creamy mattes and stunning shimmer shades to the pressed glitters, the palette is full of possibilities!
Tarte Tartelette Toasted palette // $60.00
Tarte's Tartelette palettes have always earned tons of praise for their creamy formula and staple colour selections. They finally released a warm toned palette for all us lovers of warmer tones. Of course it carries the same lovable and staple formula found in the other Tartelette palettes!
Morphe X Jaclyn Hill palette // $38.00
The Morphe x Jaclyn Hill collaboration came with a lot of drama in 2017, and regardless of all that, you can't deny the palette hosts an incredible formula for a decent price. From the perfect balance of warm to cool tones to the great shade range in general, the amount of looks you could create with this palette are endless!
Becca Après Ski Glow Collection: Eye Lights Palette // $54.00 to $27.00
While this is technically an "eyeshadow palette," one of the reasons this palette made it into the top 2017 is because of its versatility. Not only does this palette host some incredible statement spotlight shades to put on your eyelids, but you can use the shades as highlight too! They have a similar formula to their Becca highlighters and don't' worry, they aren't mega-glittery so they won't accentuate any texture on your cheekbones!
Sephora PRO Editorial Palette // $85.00
The Sephora PRO palettes practically broke the internet this Summer with people obsessed over them and others shocked at the high price point. Despite the higher than usual price, the editorial palette in specific is unbelievable. The pigmentation on these loud shades is incredible and the mattes are super creamy and blendable. Don't count out the shimmer shades either as the two different finishes of shimmer (one more mild and the other practically a pressed glitter) are both stunning in their own rite.
VISEART Theory Palette // $60.00
VISEART is known for some of the best eyeshadow quality in the game, but they are also known for their outrageous prices. That's why the cheaper (not 100% reasonably priced, but still cheaper) theory palettes have been so popular. Considering it allows beauty lovers to test out the cult favourite formula without having to drop $100 on a palette!
Too Faced Just Peachy Velvet Matte palette // $55.00
If you are a lover of matte eyeshadows, Too Faced's recent launch of their peach eyeshadow palette is definitely the product for you! Not only are the shadows creamy and blend like a dream on the eye, but the colours are super flattering! Especially if you have blue or green eyes, these shadow colours will make your eyes pop!
NYX In Your Element palette in 'Fire' // $40.00
NYX seriously stepped up their eyeshadow game this past year with the introduction of their 'In Your Element' eyeshadow palettes. While there are several, the one that garnered the mot attention was (of course) the warm toned palette, Fire.
Makeup Forever Lustrous Shadow Palette // $46.00
The MUFE eyeshadows are constantly underrated due to people not buying them because of their steep single pan price point ($20 a pan). Luckily, their eyeshadow palettes are much cheaper and allow you to check out their incredible and SERIOUSLY underrated formula. Even better, this specific palette is on sale for $46!
Natasha Denona Holiday palettes // $61.00
Natasha Denona's eyeshadow palettes have been notoriously known for her ridiculously high priced palettes.. like we are talking $300+ palettes. While the shades are gorgeous and many see them as the best eyeshadows in the game, let's be honest, not many people can justify that price. Luckily, her holiday palettes feature the same formulas and some gorgeous colours at a more accessible price.
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Fenty Beauty Gloss Bomb Universal Lip Luminizer // $23.00
This would not be a top ten best lip product list if we didn't mention Fenty's gloss. When this first dropped and claimed to be a "universal colour," many, including myself, were quite skeptical as to if it actually would look good on every shade. To my surprise it looks incredible on every. single. skin tone. It is the perfect shade for anybody who tries it on and as an added bonus it smells great too!
BITE Beauty Amuse Bouche lipstick // $30.00
We've got to shout out Canadian lip brand BITE! They have an incredible line of lip products in general, but their Amuse Bouche lipsticks take the cake by far. Not only do they smell great, but they are super hydrating and buttery on the lips. Add the long wear time into the mix and it's impossible to think of a reason why you shouldn't pick a shade or two up!
BUXOM Full-On Lip Cream // $24.00
Glossy lips are finally coming back and the BUXOM Full-On Lip Cream has never been more popular. This formula is unbelievably comfortable on the lips and gives the most attractive sheen to the mouth. Plus their extensive shade range makes it the perfect line of lip glosses to find a colour that suits you best!
Charlotte Tilbury lipstick in Pillowtalk // $39.00
Charlotte Tilbury's lipliner in Pillowtalk has been and forever will be a cult classic, but her recent addition to the Pillowtalk line with a lipstick version of the shade is quickly reaching the lipliner's cult status! Not only do you get the shade you know and love, but the lipstick formula allows you to cover your entire lips with it without running out of the pencil faster!
Marc Jacobs Enamoured Hi-Shine Lip Lacquer // $35.00
More lip gloss please! The Marc Jacob's lip gloss hosts an incredible shade range, but apart from all the gorgeous colours, the formula is out of bounds incredible. The lip gloss feels so creamy and luxurious on the lips and never feels sticky or drying- it's 10000% worth the steeper price in comparison to other glosses!
NARS Powermatte Lip Pigment// $34.00
NARS' take on liquid matte lipsticks was a big hit this past year, and not just because of the impressive packaging. The formula is super thin so it doesn't feel like anything on the lips, and the formula is surprisingly not that drying on your lips opposed to other matte lipstick formulas on the market!
Glossier The Balm Dot Com // $15
Glossier was a massive brand in general this past year, especially for Canadian makeup lovers considering 2017 was when they finally started to ship to the country. Their balm dot com line especially stands out as arguably one of the best lip balms in the game. It's super thick and hydrating so you can slather on a thick layer before you go to bed as a treatment, or a thin layer during the day to keep your lips super soft!
Bite Agave Lip Mask // $30.00
If you suffer from extremely dry lips year round or get them during the Winter time, investing in the Bite Agave Lip Mask is a fool proof way to keep your lips from flaking. This stuff can be used at any time of the day but the best way to use it is to apply it before you go to bed so you can wake up with super soft lips!
Lancome Juicy Shaker // $29.00
If you aren't a fan of highly pigmented products when it comes to lip products, the juicy shaker is about to be your saving grace. This product's whole purpose is to give your lips a super soft kiss of colour that looks natural but super pretty! It's honestly one of the nicest lip tints on the market right now!
NYX Suede Matte Lip Liner // $6.00
If there is one lip liner from the drugstore that you need to go and grab right now, it's the NYX Suede Matte Lip Liner. This line of lip liners is so creamy and buttery it's insane that they are so cheap- they honestly rival MAC's own liners. Plus the shade range has a ton of staple nudes and other fun colours to help you get those Kylie-sized lips!
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Maybelline Lash Sensational // $8.99
The Maybelline Lash Sensational is one of the best mascaras in the game, regardless of being a drugstore mascara! What makes the formula so great is actually the wand! The slight curve and short bristles allow you to get right to the root of your lash to give them a major lift!
Tarte Lights, Camera, Lashes // $30.00
Another super popular mascara this past year has been the Tarte Lights, Camera, Lashes mascara. Not only does it feature adorable packaging, but the formula is amazing! It's great for anybody who finds it impossible for their lashes to hold a curl and needs a mascara with good longevity in general.
Clinique Lash Doubling mascara // $24.00
The Clinique Lash Double mascara is constantly out of stock in Sephora because of how popular it's become! The formula on this stuff makes it impossible to get clumpy spider lashes no matter how coats you use, while the wand allows you to extend your lashes further than you ever thought possible!
Lóreal Million Lashes mascara // $8.99
Hands down this mascara is the best at the drugstore, and thousands agree. Why is this mascara in specific so amazing? The wand is perfect considering it will take your lashes to new lengths you never thought were possible! Apart from length, the wand also makes it practically impossible to get clumps, and the formula is general is non-clumpy and light on the lashes.
Tarte Lifted sweatproof mascara // $30.00
Whether you are wearing this to work out or just want something to withstand your busy days, the Lifted mascara from Tarte is a staple! The mascara was created specifically for working out so it's fully waterproof and sweatproof while still giving your lashes the length and volume you want without looking too dramatic. Plus, the formula is a dark brown so it look as though you just naturally have crazy long lashes!
Urban Decay Perversion mascara // $30.00
The Urban Decay Perversion mascara has long been a fan favourite for anybody who wants some serious drama to their lashes. This is an especially great mascara for anybody who wants major drama to their lashes but doesn't like to wear false lashes. It gives you the falsie look without the maintenance of applying and wearing falsies!
Yves Saint Laurent 'The Shock' mascara // $39.00
If you are feeling a little bouj' but still want good results, "The Shock" mascara from YSL is awesome. Not only is the packaging gorgeous but the wand offers the ultimate volume for your lashes and gives a distinct lift to your lashes as well!
Benefit They're Real! mascara // $31.00
The Benefit They're Real mascara has always been a cult favourite considering how long it can extend your lashes. The wand is a hit for most but just make sure you don't accidentally stab yourself in the eye with the spikey tip end (trust me, it's a lot more likely to happen that you would think).
Smashbox Full Exposure mascara // $28.00
The Smashbox Full Exposure and Full Exposure waterproof formulas have been seriously underrated in past years, 2017 especially. Both mascaras boast a formulas that I kid you not never clumps or gets cakey. I have literally put 30 coats on my eye once to test it out and you still get separated and natural looking lashes with unbelievable length!
Lancome Monsieur BIG mascara // $31.00
The Lancome Monsieur BIG mascara was a very random addition to the Lancome line but nonetheless it has quickly become one of the stars of their makeup range. The formula on this mascara is incredible and fool proof for any novice, but it's the wand that really separates this mascara for the rest. It gives the lashes a voluminous yet feathery look so you get the results you want but it keeps the lashes looking extremely natural and fluffy!