During Allura’s first year on the web, I had the privilege of testing and sharing many beauty products. 2011 was filled with both great and disappointing products, though I am happy to report that the year was filled with many more good than bad.
Here is a snapshot of the products reviewed in 2011. Below are the top and bottom 5 by rating.
Please remember that these are reviews of individual products. All brands sell both good and not-so-good products. A low rating on one item does not mean that the entire brand is bad and vice-versa.
- Sleek Blush in “Pomegranate”: As the only product to receive a perfect grade this year, Pomegranate reigns as the ultimate blush. It is pigmented, smooth, and inexpensive.
- LORAC TANtalEYES Palette: LORAC’s shadows are arguably the best-formulated in town. This quad contains 4 incredibly soft and pigmented shadows.
- Illamasqua Blush in “Ambition”: This is a rich blush with a good kick of shimmer in a color that will flatter just about anyone.
- Senna Baby Face 21 Brush: An incredibly soft brush that fits perfectly under the eyes, along the cheekbones, and down the bridge of the nose for setting concealer and applying highlighter.
- Renoir Blush Bouquet in “Garden Bouquet”: I love testing out lesser-known brands. Renoir’s Blush Boquet is a hidden gem, giving you a mosaic of richly-pigmented colors in a beautiful 3D-rose compact.
- MAC Gareth Pugh Beauty Powder in “Elude”: An 8 gram, $60 powder with an identity crisis.
- Becca Eye Tint in “Lapis”: I haven’t tried many Becca products, but one of the first was this disappointing eye cream that had poor pigmentation and creased badly.
- MAC Art of Powder “Optical” Bronzer Palette: Although pretty in design, this bronzer was poorly pigmented and gave off an unflattering color.
- Revlon ColorBurst Lip Glosses: Despite being quite popular, I found these lipglosses frustrating to use.
- MAC Flighty Big Bounce Shadows: A product that just didn’t live up to its potential–Big Bounce Shadows were difficult to use and failed to be anywhere near long-wearing.
What were your favorite and most disappointing products of 2011? Please share them in the comments, below!