My Top 15 Products of 2015

2015 was a great year for makeup products. A lot of great new concepts, techniques and tools were released throughout the past year. If you follow me on Instagram you probably know my love for these products all to well, but these were my absolute favorite products throughout 2015! 

Anastasia Beverly Hills is one of my all-time favorite brands. She has an all-around amazing line, but is best known for her killer brow products. My favorite brow product of 2015 was hands down the Brow Powder Duo from Anastasia. I received the full brow powder palette as a Christmas gift, but my duo is the dark brown option. The powders are extremely easy to blend and create small hair-like strokes. I love to use the Anastasia Beverly Hills #7 brush to apply these powders!

Liquid lipsticks were one of the most popular products to come out in 2015. The NYX Matte Lip Creams have been out longer than just 2015, but this past year was when I realized how amazing they are. The title really says it all. They are soft and creamy, but still matte like a liquid lipstick! I've tried a wide array of liquid lipsticks ranging from Anastasia to Gerard Cosmetics and these ones are hands down my absolute favorite. I pretty much reached for one of these everyday in 2015!

Becca Cosmetics x Jaclyn Hill was one of the best collaborations in the history of collaborations (definitely the best of 2015). Together they absolutely knocked it out of the park with the creation of Champagne Pop. Highlighters all-together were one of my favorite products during 2015, but Champagne Pop really stole the show in my book. 

If you have been frequenting my blog for a while you probably know that I have dry skin all year long. Primer/ moisturizing is an absolute must for me when it comes to applying makeup or else I will look like a crusty mess. I have tried many primers in the past that I have loved (Too Faced Hangover RX was my favorite last year). But towards the end of summer this year I gave Angel Veil a try. It quickly became my favorite, smoothing out my skin and leaving a hydrated canvas for makeup! This is a quite pricey item from the drugstore but it is definitely a dupe for the even more expensive Hourglass Mineral Veil Primer. 

For a few years now false lashes in general have been my obsession. However in 2015, individual lashes sort of stole the show for me. Granted- they are more time consuming, but they allow you to create a custom lash every single application which I love! Plus you never have to worry about the band showing, and they look so natural. My absolute favorite of the year were Ardell Individuals (pictured above) and House of Lashes Le Petit Doubles.

I really started to appreciate cream contouring in 2015. I passed on the first round of Anastasia Beverly Hills cream contour kits because the color selection was just not doing it for me. However they re-launched the light version and released the fair option around summer 2015. I quickly came to love my light cream contour kit and used it almost every day! 

The 350 Palette by Morphe sells out every single time it gets restocked. It was loved by so many in 2015 that when I finally saw it back in stock I pounced! I love warm tone eyeshadows so this palette is right up my ally. Once I got this I was using it almost everyday. 

The Too Faced Born This Way Foundation was hands down my favorite foundation of 2015. I love how it smoothes over my dry skin, instead of clumping and feels extremely lightweight on the skin. I even reached for this more than my beloved NARS Sheer Glow foundation in 2015! 

Sigma not only has amazing brushes, but their makeup line is pretty stellar as well! I absolutely love their blush in Heavenly. It is the perfect light baby pink for everyday use. It has no shimmer which I love because I like to add a highlight! I reached for this blush the most in 2015 because it goes with any eye or lip look.

Sticking with Sigma, their Wicked Gel Liner is my favorite of all time, let alone favorite of 2015. I've tried so many different gel liners that either dry up too quick, or aren't black enough but this one is all around a great option! 

I tried a lot of new concealers in 2015 but one I always kept going back to was my Tarte Maracuja Concealer.It's very thick and hydrating which is perfect for my dry skin, but it never looks too heavy! It is very easy to blend out and covers dark circles perfectly

This is hands down the best bronzer I have ever tried. Let's just leave it at that. I will NEVER stop repurchasing this product. The Pro Bronze Fusion from Make Up For Ever is unlike anything I've ever tried before. It is truly undetectable on the skin. It just blends out so perfectly and smooth. When picking up the product on a brush there is absolutely ZERO fall-out, like all other powder products have. This eliminates product waste and also doesn't pick up too much onto the brush. I could go on for days about this product but it was absolutely one of my favorite products of 2015.  

In 2015 everyone was about the super sharp brows...except me (it feels like). I really love natural full brows, which is why I love setting mine with the NYX Control Freak gel and sort of giving them a brushed back look. This gel is very affordable and always lasted all day long for me. 

I'm going to count these products as one because they are like the dynamic duo. I tried these out pretty late in 2015 but have not been able to put them down since! Not to mention I don't even want to give any other mascara a thought after trying these! The Lancome Cil Booster Primer and Hypnose Drama Mascara make my lashes so full and so long it is absolutely unbelievable! There is zero clumping and it's the best mascara application I have ever had. I will continue to repurchase these until the end of time...(orrrrrrr until I find something better). 

Colourpop was new to me in 2105. I love this brand in general for many reasons: its extremely affordable, amazing quality and a large selection of products! One of my favorite Colourpop products of the year was the Lippie Pencil in Tootsie. I literally use this product everyday. The color is perfection and it is the smoothest lipliner I have ever used. 

What were some of your favorite products from 2015?!
xoxo, Nikole

P.S. Happy New Year!


  1. Lovely post! NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream in Milan is one of my faves!

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