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This year we saw our fair share of beauty products that the internet went crazy over. Whether we found them from Instagram, Youtube, or even word of mouth, these are the products everyone is getting their hands on. We suss out the best ones to tell you why they’re worth a space on your vanity table.

1. Artis Brushes

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Although Artis Brushes (Prices range from SGD50 to SGD715 for a set) are known to be pricier than most beauty tools out there, these brushes have taken the beauty world by storm this year and there’s good reason why it has. Their brushes are made with soft fibres, known as CosmeFibre, which are densely packed together to give a smooth and even application on your skin. You can purchase them from Net-A-Porter or from their own website.

2. Too Faced Chocolate Bon Bons Bar Eye Shadow Palette


This Too Faced Chocolate Bon Bons Eye Shadow Palette (SGD76) includes 16 shades of a combination of mattes and shimmers, most of which are neutral shades for the perfect everyday palette. Their shadows are also infused with rich cocoa powder because the smell of chocolate is said to be a natural mood-booster, and who can complain about that? This cute palette can be found at Sephora and is worth every buck.

3. Kylie Cosmetics Lip Kit

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If we’re talking about products the Internet was OBSESSED with this year, Kylie Lip Kits (SGD41) has got to be the biggest beauty rage of the year.

Kylie Jenner created her cosmetics line by first releasing three neutral and at the time, limited quantity, lip kits for the perfect “Kylie pout”. These kits included a matte liquid lipstick and a matching lip liner. With the overwhelming reception she received, Kylie is now frequently restocking her products and releasing new collections. She has branched out into new projects, such as eyeliners, glosses, and eye shadow palettes, all of which you can find on the Kylie Cosmetics website.

As this is such a popular product, there are definitely many dupes out there if you can’t get your hands on Kylie’s—go check out Colourpop Ultra Matte Lip or NYX Lip Lingerie for alternatives.

4. Sigma Holographic Lip Gloss

Another lip product that stole the game this year was the Sigma Holographic Lip Glosses (USD14). The holographic effect brings such a mesmerising element to your look and it’s truly hard to look away. The best part about these glosses is definitely pairing them with other lip products to achieve some stunning iridescent results. Unfortunately, they are currently not available on their website, so fingers crossed we get them back soon! Here is our previous feature on the item.

5. Evita Rose Cleanser

Another beautiful product that we were obsessed with this year was the Evita Beauty Whip Soap (SGD16) by the Japanese beauty brand, Kanebo. The main focus of this foam cleanser is the way the product comes out — you simply shake the bottle and press down the dispenser as the foam appears in the shape of a rose.

While this product isn’t currently sold in Singapore, you can find it on platforms such as Airfrov to get your hands on it! Here is our more in-depth feature on the product.

6. Morphe Brushes

Inexpensive, good quality brushes are hard to come by these days but Morphe Brushes have definitely stolen the game in this department. Their brush range is extremely varied with brushes for every type of application, so it’s no surprise that these brushes have made its way into many Youtuber’s and Blogger’s vanities. You can find them on the Morphe website.

7. Kat Von D Shade + Light Contour Palette

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If you’re searching for the perfect contour kit, look no further than the Kat Von D’s Shade + Light Contour Palette (SGD73), which has six shades to help shape and define your facial features. The contour shades are perfect for sculpting your desired cheekbones, while the highlight shades are great to set concealer or brighten the under eye area. The formula of the powders is creamy and easy to blend while still being very pigmented. Thankfully, Kat Von D products have been brought into our local Sephora stores, so we can all try out this raved product.

8. Living Proof Perfect Hair Day Dry Shampoo

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Looking for the perfect dry shampoo is no easy task and the Living Proof Perfect Hair Day Dry Shampoo (SGD31) claims to eliminate oils, sweat, and odour, leaving your hair fresh and clean all day long — so it’s no surprise that this product is one of the most popular ones in the market. The consistency of this product is not too heavy and has little residue that can be easily removed by brushing it out. You can find this product on Space.NK.

9. Urban Decay Naked Skin Concealer

This year we saw a new contender for the perfect concealer that is both lightweight and high-coverage. Infused with hydrating ingredients, the Urban Decay Naked Skin Concealer (SGD40) has a thin, but buildable, formula that is perfect for under the eyes. Try it out yourself at any of our local Sephora stores.

10. Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector in Champagne Pop

2016 was THE year of highlighters and one of the most sought after highlighters in the market is none other than Becca’s Champagne Pop (SGD58), collaborated with Youtube Veteran Jaclyn Hill. This universal highlighter claims to be the perfect shade for the ever-so-popular dewy, luminous glow. The texture is creamy and easy to blend, while still being highly pigmented for that blinding glow we all want to achieve. This is everyone’s go-to highlighter at the moment but you can check out some dupes from Colorpop for a fraction of the price! You can find this highlighter at Sephora.

Click to the next page to see our final five picks.

11. Tatcha Luminous Dewy Skin Mist

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One of the trendiest looks this year has got to be the luminous, dewy skin look. Achieving this natural look stems from a moisturised face and the Tatcha Luminous Dewy Skin Mist (SGD68), made from botanical oils and anti-ageing components, helps you obtain that ultimate glowing complexion.

This skin mist is a spray-on moisturiser that can be used before or after make up is applied and will accentuate the natural glow of your skin. This is definitely one of those “treat yourself” products because you’ll feel like a million bucks when you use it! You can find this product on their website along with many other great skincare items.

12. Unicorn Highlighters

One of the biggest craze this year was not a beauty item, but a mystical creature we all wished was real, Unicorns. And while we saw many Unicorn inspired beauty items, one of the most popular was the Prism Original Rainbow Highlighter (USD22), created by Bitter Lace Beauty on Etsy. This product is unfortunately sold out at the moment although her Instagram account promises a restock soon! While there is a dupe for this item from Wet n Wild for USD5.99, they do not currently ship internationally.

13. Wizard Wand Brushes Inspired by Harry Potter

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We all need a little bit of magic in our lives and these Storybook Cosmetics Wizard Wand Brushes Inspired by Harry Potter have made our dreams into reality. These brushes were Storybook Cosmetics’ first product launch and everyone was obsessed. However, due to the overwhelming popularity, these brushes are currently sold out and have not been confirmed for a restock. But if you really need these brushes in your life, follow them on Instagram to stay updated!

14. Makeup Geek Eyeshadows

Makeup Geek is one of those brands that’s impossible to miss on your Instagram feed. With a huge variety of shadows to choose from at a very reasonable price, you can’t really go wrong with their products. The Makeup Geek Eye Shadow (from SGD8.50-SGD14 per shadow) collection includes foiled, duo-chrome, and regular matte and shimmer shades of every color imaginable. This is a great place for anyone looking to expand their shadow selection and try new exciting colors. You can purchase their shadows on their website.

15. Kailijumei Lipstick

One of the prettiest items we saw this year had to be the Kailijumei Lipstick (SGD29.90). The most obvious attraction of this lipstick is definitely the flower and gold flakes encased within the jelly-like lipstick bullet. This lipstick does come with a higher price tag than your typical lipsticks but there’s something magical and exciting with their colour-changing formula from clear to pink. You can buy it in Singapore here.