2016 Beauty MVPs: Best Highlighters and Blushes from 2016

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Bobbi Brown Bronze Glow

2016 was literally the year of the highlighter and blush for me. I definitely found a few products that I know I will be using for years to come. I also found myself putting on blush and highlighter even if I wasn't wearing much else When it comes to highlighters, I prefer a natural highlighted look and as far as blushes the brighter the better as you will see from my faves. Let's take a quick look the products that really wowed me in 2016.


Mac Cosmetics Blush - Film Noir $23

This rich warm chocolate blush is the perfect dramatic contour powder for me. I love Mac blushes because they have just the right amount of buildable pigmentation and the colors are super flattering on the skin. Film Noir lasts all day making it perfect for a night out. This powder is best suited for darker skin because it is super deep, but Mac also has Blunt for anyone who is has light to Medium skin.


Makeup Forever Pro Light Fusion Highlighter in Golden

My favorite thing abut the Pro Light Fusion highlighter has to be the texture. It almost has like a wet gel like texture and melts into the skin, to give a dewy and almost subtle highlight that can built up for intensity. This has been my go to travel highlighter because it looks amazing with minimal makeup, which I tend to lean towards when I'm on the beach. I also love this because it actually lasts all day and I don't have to worry about glitter particles lingering on my face.

Highlighter 2017

Jaclyn Hill Champagne Collection Face Palette (Post)

This face palette had me at first swatch when I first saw it in Sephora. I'm typically not the type to pick up hyped up products, but I was drawn in by the Prosecco Pop and Rose Spritz. Prosecco Pop is deeper and slighty more golden than Champagne Pop and suits my skintone so well. I also fell in love with the shimmer in Rose Spritz, which is a Luminous finish blush, because it gives color and shimmer all in one. The highlighters in the palette were a lot more shimmery than I typically go for, but I did enjoy this for an occasional dramatic highlight.

Bobbi Brown Highlighter in Bronze Glow (Post)

This highlighter has been my go to layering highlight. It has the perfect amount of glow without being over the top glittery and gives the look of a glow from within. My favorite way to wear this highlighter is paired over a cream highlighter like the Nyx Bright Idea Illuminating Stick for an extra almost wet look. This highlighter runs for about $48 dollars, but it worth every penny.

Nyx Ombre Blush in Codebreaker

Nyx Cosmetics Ombre Blush in "Codebreaker" (Post)

This is the first blush that I purchased in 2016 and was definitely my most used.  I fell in love with the versatility of the Ombre blushes from Nyx because they are so buildable and offer two different shades. Codebreaker is a bright fuchsia that shifts to a violet and I wore this both with a full face and minimal makeup with ease. What initially swatched powdery turned out to be one of the best products I tried all year.

What were your favorite blushes and highlighters in 2016? Pop some suggestions down in the comments!


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