Best Of Beauty 2016!

It’s that time of year! It’s the point in time where we can justify all the beauty products we purchased over the past year and rank our favorites and most used products. Since 2017 is officially a thing now, I figured we all wanted to start off on the right foot with the best of the best beauty products. Everyone has their go-to products plus, many brands have had some amazing new launches this past year. Beauty has really been booming and there are no signs of it slowing down. Without further ado, I present you my picks for best of beauty 2016!

2016 seemed to be the year of the warm-toned eyeshadow shades. Almost every makeup brand has come out with some sort of palette that has colors ranging from a gorgeous gold to a raspberry red. Regardless, I’m all for this trend. These colors seem to work amazingly with every eye color and skin tone. I especially love the warm hues, because they bring out my eyes. With orange and blue being complementary colors, it really brings out the blue more prominently. After narrowing down all these palettes, I consolidated my top picks. As a result, there are five of them…

Best New Launch:

Too Faced Sweet Peach Eye Shadow Palette

Best Palette To Travel With:

Too Faced Peanut Butter & Jelly Eyeshadow Palette

Most Innovative Palette:

Melt Cosmetics Rust Stack

Best Luxury Palette:

Viseart 04 Dark Mattes Eyeshadow Palette

Best In Show:

Morphe 35O Palette



As we move onto face products, I’m the type of person to use the same product everyday.  The only time I really switch out products is when seasons change. Although, highlighters are the exception. I picked my favorite highlighters by how much I used each highlighter. And the finalists are:

Best Summer Bronzer:

Physicians Formula Butter Bronzer Murumuru Butter Bronzer

Best Winter Bronzer:

theBalm Desert Bronzer

Best Setting Powder:

 theBalm Sexy Mama Anti-Shine Translucent Powder

Best Intense Highlighter:

Bobbi Brown Highlighting Powder in Bronze Glow

(Mine is the same, but in a limited edition packaging)

Second Best Glow From Within Highlighter:

City Color Intense Exposure Highlighting Powder

I completely forgot to include this in the picture, but…

Best Glow From Within Highlighter:

Essence Pure Nude Highlighter 


When it comes to contour powders and blushes, I am complete opposites. I use the same contour palette no matter what. I want to venture out, but have yet to do so. On the other hand, I do like to experiment with blushes. To me they are eyeshadows for your cheeks. You know how I am with being decisive with eye shadow… And the winners are:

Best Contour Palette:

Smashbox Step-by-Step Contour Kit

Best Summer Blush:

Bobbi Brown Blush in Flame 2

(Apparently I’m so in a rut with my summer blush, that I forgot it is not longer available. Although, Bobbi Brown Pot Rouge For Lips And Cheeks in Calypso Coral is a great dupe)

Best Shimmer Blush:

Becca Mineral Blush in Flowerchild

Best In Show:

Kiko Milano Blush Cocoa Shock in 03 Adorable Pink and Peach



For these next products, we are coming in clutch with finishing touches. From mascara to lipliners, we are talking all products that are pencils, pens, or wands. Basically anything skinny! Drum roll please…

Best Voluminous Mascara:

Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara

Best In Show Mascara:

Tarte Gifted Amazonian Clay Smart Mascara

Best Lipliner:

Make Up For Ever Aqua Lip Waterproof Lipliner Pencil

(My personal favorite shade is 14C)

Best Eye Liner:

Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil

The Ultimate Wildcard:

Tarte Lip Facial Lip Scrub



Basically, I have a problem with lip products… I have way too many favorites. Instead of trying to narrow them down, I’m just going to show you them all!

Best Liquid Lipstick:

Ofra Cosmetics Long Lasting Liquid Lipstick in Atlantic City

Best Nude Lipstick:

Laura Geller Love Me Dew Lip Crayon in Fig Prosecco

Best Drug Store Lipstick:

Revlon LEGACY Collection-Limited Vintage Super Lustrous Lipstick in Icy Violet

Best Lipgloss:

Anastasia Beverly Hills Lip Gloss in Metallic Rose

Best Universal Shade:

Kat Von D Studded Lipstick Limited Edition in Lolita II

(Not available in lipstick formula anymore, but is available in a liquid lipstick)

Most Innovative Lip Product:

Bite Beauty Multistick in Cerise

Forever My Go-To Lipstick:

MAC Lipstick in Rebel



Now, makeup is not the only category in beauty. I also thought that my best of beauty 2016 lineup would not be complete without some hair products, fragrances, and skin care. Without further ado…

Best Skin Care Line:

Drunk Elephant

Best Face Mask Brand:

Glam Glow

(My personal favorite is the Supermud Clearing Treatment Mask)

Best Hair Oil:

OGX Renewing Argan Oil Of Morocco Weightless Healing Dry Oil

Rookie Of The Year Hair Brand:


Runner Up For Best Fragrance:

Coach Poppy Flower Perfume

Best Fragrance Of The Year:

Tocca Florence



When it comes to finishing spray, the coveted one is always the Urban Decay All Nighter Setting Spray. I wanted to branch out this year and provide you all with some other great options.

My New Favorite Of The Year:

Sephora Collection Beauty Amplifier Set and Refresh Spray

Most Underrated Setting Spray:

Skindinavia Makeup Finishing Spray

(Fun Fact: Urban Decay’s All Nighter Setting Spray is developed with Skindinavia… just let that sink in)


To finish off the best of beauty 2016 list, I figured an all-around, best, beauty brand for 2016 needed to be named. This brand came out with the coolest and most innovated products this year, while still remaining to cater to everyone. Not only has this brand been a top contender in every makeup category, but they have grown and learned how to perfect their products. My pick for best beauty brand of 2016 is:

Overall Best Beauty Brand For 2016:

Kat Von D Beauty

Best Concealer:

Kat Von D Lock-It Concealer Crème

Best Lipsticks:

Kat Von D Studded Kiss Lipstick

Best Of Beauty 2016!

What were some of your favorite products from 2016? Who do you think should win the title as best beauty brand for 2106? Which products will you transition into 2017 or which products have I not named that you are obsessed with? I would love to try out your favorites, because I’m a makeup hoarder…. Seriously. Comment down below! I hope you all had a great year and I can’t wait to see what 2017 has in store for us all!




  1. January 3, 2017 / 12:11 pm

    I also got the peach palette, 350 and Too Faced mascara, my favorites 💕

    I see a lot of good ones I haven’t tried yet, definitely ordering a few now!

    • Profile photo of cominginclutch January 3, 2017 / 6:14 pm

      The peach palette is so good! Plus it just smells so good, right?! Thanks so much 🙂

      xoxo Bryanna

  2. January 3, 2017 / 2:13 pm

    What struck me with this post is that apart from the good qualities the products possess, they also look like candy. Or is it just me? Haha. I could have them in my bathroom to spice things up, not that I would use them that much 🙂

    • Profile photo of cominginclutch January 3, 2017 / 6:13 pm

      Oh my goodness, this might just be my favorite comment EVER. You are seriously the best Thomas! And hilarious might I add. 🙂

      xoxo Bryanna

  3. January 3, 2017 / 2:59 pm

    I agree on so many of these products! Better Than Sex is such a good mascara!

    • Profile photo of cominginclutch January 3, 2017 / 6:11 pm

      Right?! It’s just so good! Thanks so much for stopping by Claudia!! You are the sweetest.

      xoxo Bryanna

  4. January 3, 2017 / 6:25 pm

    Ooooh yeeees! That peach palette smells amazing! My boyfriend just got me the Chocolate bon bon palette from Too Faced and now I’m obsessed with all their stuff!

    xo, Chloe //

    • Profile photo of cominginclutch January 3, 2017 / 10:53 pm

      Ahhh! I’ve been wanting to try that one out! Your boyfriend is a smart man haha. Thanks so much for the love Chloe 🙂

      xoxo Bryanna

  5. January 3, 2017 / 9:37 pm

    I definitely see a few of my favorites in here – and plenty I’ve been longing to try! The new peach line from Too Faced is beyond perfect, and I love all the colors! I can tell you like warmer shades for your eyes, and the products you picked out are so pretty. Ahh I see the Too Faced Better Than Sex mascara – I wear it every day. It’s the only mascara I will allow myself to splurge on! I can’t wait to see what 2017 brings to us in the beauty department! 🙂

    Stephanie //

    • Profile photo of cominginclutch January 3, 2017 / 10:52 pm

      The Too Faced Peach Collection is just perfection! They actually came out with so many great products this year! So pumped for this year in beauty. Thanks for all your love Stephanie 🙂

      xoxo Bryanna

  6. January 4, 2017 / 12:20 am

    This is such a great beauty round up! I’ve been seeing the peach palette everywhere and now I’m even more convinced to try it out!



  7. January 5, 2017 / 8:40 am

    I’ve been looking at that Smashbox contour kit for a while! I am def going to get it now! Great post!

  8. January 5, 2017 / 6:34 pm

    Omg all of them are so pretty and it makes me want them all! I cannot spent less than 1 hour at a cosmetic store because I will seriously buy everything!

  9. Danielle
    January 5, 2017 / 6:54 pm

    I absolutely love how you did this post! I felt like I was reading through all the winners of an award’s ceremony, haha. I have my eye on that Becca blush – I use her Champagne Pop highlighter and don’t think I will ever switch because of how much I love it! Thanks for sharing all of these amazing picks!

    xx, Danielle | Pineapple & Prosecco

  10. January 11, 2017 / 12:43 am

    Dying to try the 35O, I’m sure I won’t be disappointed by it, such beautiful shades 🙂 xx

    • Profile photo of cominginclutch January 11, 2017 / 4:54 pm

      It’s so perfect! You need it in your life. Although, have you seen the two, new Morphe palettes that came out? They look so good!

      xoxo Bryanna

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