Favourite Makeup Brands of 2016

Favourite Makeup Brands of 2016

The year isn’t quite over yet, but so far 2016 has been a great year for my makeup collection. I don’t doubt I’ll be making a few more purchases from now until Christmas, but with December fast approaching I decided to write a post on my favourite makeup products that I’ve bought so far this year, as well as talking about some of my favourite brands.

Makeup Revolution: Fortune Favours The Brave Eye Shadow Palette & Baked Strobe Highlighters.


The Fortune Favours The Brave eye shadow palette was one of my first Makeup Revolution purchases, and it’s safe to say it got me hooked on this brand. At just £10, this palette is perfect for people just starting to get into makeup; it has a stunning range of colours and the quality is astounding. I especially love their rose gold shade Favour,  as well as their matte shades Glimmer and Buffer,  which are perfect for Autumn. Another Makeup Revolution product I have loved using this year is their Baked Highlighters. I first bought their Vivid Baked Highlighter in Peach Lights. It has more of a subtle glow to it, which makes it perfect for everyday, casual makeup looks. After falling in love with this highlighter, I later purchased one of their newer Strobe Highlighters in Radiant Lights. This is a very similar colour to Peach Lights, but is a lot more vibrant and shiny. All of Makeup Revolution’s highlighters are £3 each, making them an absolute bargain and definitely something I’ll be buying more of in the future.

Fortune Favours The Bold palette, £9.99 at tambeauty.com or superdrug.com

Peach Lights Highlighter, £3 at tambeauty.com or superdrug.com

Radiant Lights Strobe Highlighter, £3 at tambeauty.com or superdrug.com


Lime Crime: Venus Palette I & II & Velvetine Matte Liquid Lipsticks


Lime Crime is a slightly more expensive brand, but the quality of their products is fantastic. I currently own both of their Venus eye shadow palettes, which cost £25.73 each or £36.18 as a bundle. Every single colour in both of these palettes are so pigmented and look flawless on any skin tone. Another Lime Crime favourite of mine are their matte liquid lipsticks: the Velvetines. I currently have five of these lipsticks, in the shades Red Velvet; Cashmere; Shroom; Bleached and Riot. All of the shades I have tried so far have lasted longer than any other liquid matte lipstick I’ve tried, and they’re super easy to apply. Lime Crime are constantly bringing out new colours, including metallic shades, so if you’re a fan of matte lipsticks I’d definitely recommend these.

Lime Crime Venus Palette, £25.73 at limecrime.com

Lime Crime Venus II Palette, £25.73 at limecrime.com

Lime Crime Venus I & II Palette Bundle, £36.18 at limecrime.com

Lime Crime Matte Velvetines, £12.86-£16.08 at limecrime.com


Sleek Matte Me Liquid Lipsticks


Unsurprisingly, after trying Lime Crime’s matte lipsticks I went out to find a cheaper alternative, and the first brand I found was Sleek makeup. Sleek’s Matte Me Liquid lipsticks are a fantastic alternative if you want a cheaper product, and they are of a very high quality. One slight problem I’ve found is that the applicator’s shape makes it a little trickier to apply than other brands, but this isn’t too much of an issue, especially considering how long lasting these lipsticks are, and they’re really pigmented which means you only need one coat! The two shades I bought were Birthday Suit and Velvet Slipper.

Sleek Makeup Matte Me Lipsticks, £4.99 at superdrug.com, boots.com or sleekmakeup.com


MUA Velvet Lip Lacquer


Another matte lipstick I tried was Makeup Academy’s Luxe Velvet Lip Lacquer. Although I only own one of these (shade: Dash) I was amazed by how good it was for the price. The packaging of this product is probably the best I’ve seen, the fonts, the simplicity of the design, and the gold lid really makes this lipstick look a lot more expensive than it is. It’s very easy to apply, lasts all day and the colour is really great. One thing I was also pleased to see is a wide range of colours, including some shades you often wouldn’t find as most less expensive brands tend to just stick to more simple, everyday colours.. I’m definitely going to be buying a few more of these, including some of their bolder blue and purple shades.

MUA Velvet Lip Lacquers, £3 at superdrug.com or muastore.co.uk


Makeup Revolution Iconic Nudes Brush Collection


Another Makeup Revolution purchase, and definitely my favourite. I was desperate for a new brush set, but didn’t really want to fork out £40 for one. So when I saw this set whilst browsing on Superdrug, I immediately added them to my basket. These brushes are gorgeous to look at, and so soft. With 9 brushes and a blending sponge, this set is perfect for people just starting out with makeup as it has pretty much every brush you need. I think these are a limited edition set of brushes, so grab yours whilst they’re still in stock!

Makeup Revolution Iconic Nudes Brush Collection, £20 at superdrug.com



  1. March 4, 2017 / 10:00 am

    Hi ! It’s so good to see posts like this one : I love discovering new things and brands !

    I’m also crazy about Makeup Revolution’s Vivid Baked Highlighter – I have all four and I have like three Golden Lights in stock just for back up x)
    I would so very much love to try out their newest Strobe Highlighters that I’ve seen so much of on Instagram… They seem so crazily pigmented and awesome ! 😀

    Also, you should definitely buy more of MUA’s Velvet Lip Lacquers… I own more than 20 and OMG I’m in love with them. If you still want to go nude-ish, you should go for Elegance (true mauve, no surprises), Hustle (elegant midtone brown) for instance. Dash is one of my favorite and they’re excellent for their price ! When I travel to London, I always look out for new MUA stuff in Superdrug stores – but the easiest way is still to look on their website 🙂

    Thanks for this post ! 😀

    Tissam (www.tissamestla.com) ♥

    • March 4, 2017 / 1:52 pm

      Thanks for the comment, glad you enjoyed this post! I’m definitely planning on getting more MUA Lip Lacquers, but my current obsession is Makeup Revolution’s Retro Luxe Lip Kits! I reviewed a couple in my TAM Beauty haul a few weeks ago if you want to know more!

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