5 High End Products I loved in 2018

I’m not gonna lie. I could have easily picked a top 20 of 2018 but I decided I needed to rein it in a bit and only recommend my absolute favourite products from last year, particularly because some of them are on the more pricey side. Don’t worry, I have a budget friendly version coming very soon.

When I decided to write this post the first product that popped into my head was the YSL All Hours Foundation (€42 for 30ml). Honestly, this is by far my favourite foundation. You can read my full review here but in short this is why I adore it so much….

  • Amazing coverage while still looking natural
  • The coverage can be adjusted to suit your desired look (mix with primer to lighten the coverage)
  • Long lasting once the skin is powdered depending on your skin’s needs. I go in to this more in my review if you fancy more info
  • Decent shade range
  • A little goes a very long way
  • Skin just looks perfected with this

You can buy this product from any YSL counter. I tend to buy mine from Boots as it is slightly cheaper there.

The next product I want to chat about is another base product. This time it’s the Charlotte Tilbury Flawless Filter (€40 for 30ml). How could I not give this a mention. This stuff transformed my base application in 2018!!! Again, I have a full review of it here but below is a little summary of why I picked this as a top product of 2018.

  • So versatile. Can be used on it’s own for every day use, under foundation, mixed with foundation or on top of foundation as a cream highlight
  • Leaves the skin looking radiant and perfected
  • Transforms the finish of matte foundations to make them look so natural
  • Gives slight coverage so can enhance the coverage of existing foundations (only a small amount though)

I do have to cheat a tad and say the Vita Liberata one I talk about in the review above is also a fab option and does come in at €27.20 if you use my Adorn1 discount code from Roches Pharmacy.

You can buy the CT Flawless filter direct from their website or Brown Thomas and Arnotts also stock it.

Seriously, another base product? I am sorry. But I just feel like 2018 brought us some fab base products, would you agree?

The Too Faced Born this Way Super Coverage Multi Sculpting Concealer (€29 for a whopping 15ml) took a bit of getting use to for me but now I am hooked and here is why:

  • The bottle is mahoosive so you get a heck of a lot of mileage out of this
  • It gives a lovely coverage but without looking cakey
  • Feels moisturising under the eye
  • Doesn’t crease as bad as others
  • Stays in place very well. I do always powder down my concealer though

Word of warning. Go in store to get shade matched to this. I made a complete hames of choosing my shade online!! Debenhams do stock it though!

Finally, a non base product. I had to give an honorable mention to ABH Soft Glam Palette (€50.50). I love a good neutral eye palette and this one has everything I could want and more.

  • Shadows are so pigmented
  • Easy to blend
  • Mix of mattes, shimmers and metallics
  • Suits most skin tones
  • Long lasting on the eyes

Anastasia Beverly Hills is now available in Arnotts (yay) and online here. Cult beauty also stock ABH, Too faced and Charlotte Tilbury.

And finally, the last spot goes to an oldie but a goodie. The Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powders. You can buy these powders in palettes or seperate but either way they work so well. I bought the Edit palette (above) and didn’t like it at all because it felt choppy. However, I sent it back and got a replacement and I am obsessed ever since. I do like the bronzers and blushes but the real star are the powders. Let me tell you why:

  • They leave the most amazing glow to the skin without looking oily
  • Versatile. They can be used on their own to give the skin a glow, as a subtle highlight, as a blush topper or all over the face after foundation and powder for a angelic glow
  • They minimise the look of pores
  • The effect lasts for hours before needing a touch up
  • There is nothing else like this on the market!!

Arnotts and Cult Beauty also stock Hourglass. Again, there are so many shades to choose from so it might be good to get some advice in store as to what ones suit you best. I love the shades Dim Light, Incandescent Light and Radiant Light and these three are sold in a palette together for €67.20 on Feeluniques website. Again Arnotts and Cult beauty may also stock this palette.

So there we have it. My Top 5 High End products of 2018. Yes, I know. 4 of them are base products but I wanted to include products that would work for the majority of skin types and tones and also that where a bit versatile. If you are going to spend a bit extra on something you want to get your moneys worth right?

What are your favourite high end beauty products of 2018? As I said, my budget friendly version is on the way so stay tuned.

Catch ya later.

Anita xxx



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    January 3, 2019 at 8:06 pm

    Brilliant. A very useful and honest review.

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    January 3, 2019 at 8:33 pm

    Oh this is so interesting! I am so glad that you sent the hourglass palette back and you now love it! Need another read now to get an idea of what I’m gona invest in!! Ct looks likely

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      January 6, 2019 at 10:26 am

      Ah it was so much better the second time round. I would definitely say CT is a good option. You will love it xxx

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