Best Of 2009 Beauty Products: Eye Makeup

So I have showed you my favorite face makeup products for 2009, now is the turn for the eyes!



Best Primer
A lot of you have asked me how I got my eyeshadow to show up so vibrant in my ETODs and the answer is none other than Lumene Eyeshadow Makeup Base ($10).



Best Eyebrow Product
With 3 eyebrow powders and 3 highlighting shades, Anastasia Highlighting Brow Kit ($32) has everything I needed to create the perfect eyebrow.



Best Powder Eyeshadow
I have always been a fan of MAC eyeshadows but Yaby Cosmetics is gradually taking its place. ♥ its excellent pigmentation, wide range of colors and textures and reasonable prices!



Best Pigment
Nothing beats MAC Pigment ($19) when it comes to loose eyeshadows. I own over 50 colors and my collection is still growing.



Best Liquid Eyeliner
Although MAC Penultimate Eye Liner ($16.50) debuted last Christmas, I still have not found a replacement for it. Its firm felt-tip applicator makes drawing the thinnest line a piece of cake and it lasts all day too!



Best Gel Eyeliner
I have been using MAC Fluidline in Blacktrack ($15) for years now and even though I have tried other brands, I always go back to it.



Best Pencil Eyeliner
Personally, I don’t believe in spending tons on pencil eyeliners (pencils just aren’t meant to be completely smudge-proof) which is why my favorite is Rimmel. You really can’t beat the cheap prices, pretty colors, great pigmentation and a texture so soft it will never tug your skin.



Best Eyelash Curler
I have had my Shiseido Eyelash Curler ($17) for over 12 years and I’m still using it every day! ‘Nuff said!



Best Mascara
After years of wearing mascaras, I have learnt that combining a lengthening mascara with a volumizing mascara gives the best results on my tiny Asian lashes. My top picks are 1 coat of CoverGirl LashBlast Length Mascara ($7.99) followed with 2 coats of Rimmel The Max Volume Flash Mascara ($7).



Best Fake Lashes
For falsies, I definitely stand by my own line of Makeup For Life lashes ($4). Not only are they super easy to use, they come in a variety of styles that will suit different occasions.



Best Eyelash Glue
Sworn by all the pros in the industry, Duo Eyelash Adhesive ($5) is my must-have for applying lashes. This stuff is so good my falsies stayed intact after the Vertical Velocity roller coaster ride at Six Flags!



Share your favorites too! See Best Of 2009 Beauty Products: Face Makeup as well!

Phyllis Li is the Founder and Editor-in-chief of Makeup For Life, one of the top 50 beauty blogs that focuses on celebrity makeup breakdowns, product reviews, makeup tutorials and all things beauty. Having lived and traveled in North America, Europe and Asia, she was exposed to different techniques and products at an early age and hopes to put a global perspective towards beauty. Phyllis won the Best Content Award by Total Beauty in 2008 and has been featured in various publications and websites including ELLE, Glamour.com, Yahoo Shine!, AOL Stylelist, Nylon Korea, VOGUE China, Ming Pao Daily (Canada) and Shanghai Weekly. In 2010, she was appointed one of the nine Real Women Ambassadors in the United States to take part in the Latisse® Wishes Challenge, working with Hollywood celebrity Kathy Ireland and raised over $400,000 for the Make-A-Wish Foundation to grant wishes for approximately 54 children. In 2012, she teamed up with luxury skincare brand TATCHA and released a limited-edition 3-Piece Set of her favorite beauty products. Phyllis currently lives in Chicago, US. She is the beauty editor for Shanghai Daily's StyleHai Magazine and a member of the Glam Beauty Network.

7 COMMENTS

  1. i love my shu uemera eyelash curler, but wow, i can’t believe you’ve been using your shiseido one for that long!

  2. I love Rimmel pencils too! They are grrrreat and thanks for your recommendation. I wouldn’t have tried it without you recommending them! I particularly love the Spark It Up ones!

  3. OMG, normally I like to refrain from commenting on blogs but this one really made me want to start an essay lol

    First off, I love love LOVE your blog Phyllis! and this article makes me really want to share what products I use since it’s so general.

    I mainly focus on eye make-up and the rest of my face really just stays “naked” if you will.

    I just recently started using lid primers and the one I found the most appropriate (for club make-up anyway) would be Origins Underwear for Lids (it’s so shimmery pretty!) – BUT – I just got my Urban Decay Hall of Fame set from Sephora a couple of days ago and I absolutely adore the Primer Potion.

    As for eyebrow products, I’ve been debating whether or not if I should purchase the Anastasia Highlighting Brow Kit for the past half a year (if not, more). I figured I’d only use 2 out of the 6 colors so *still debating*. I’ve been using the Ardell Brow Powder for over a year now and it works wonders for me. The only thing is that the brush it comes with isn’t exactly the best quality brush out there but for $4 I can’t really complain much. I ended up buying a seperate brush anyway.

    Powder shadows- I’m totally hooked on Sephora’s new Mono Shadow line. It’s so much better than their old shadows. The new ones are REALLY pigmented.

    Pencil & gel liner – I don’t exactly know the price of Rimmel’s pencil liners but I’m completely addicted to Jordana Retractable Eyeliners. The texture is really smooth and it glides on just like that! I own them in every single color and the colors are really pretty (I like to apply one color and then run the black one over the color). I think they have about 18 different colors, I’ve already finished 2 black ones and at $1.99 a pop (2/$3 at Walgreens), it’s REALLY a deal. I use the liner everyday and it takes me about a year to merely finish 1. The use of the liner is really versatile too. I’ve had great results for my bottom lashline, top lashline, smudging it as eyeshadow on my lazy days, and it’s PERFECT for tightlining. It goes on really easily and it’s highly pigmented so you won’t have to go over it over and over again (no tugging either). As for gel liners, I don’t think anything can beat Stila Smudgepots. They’re absolutely wonderful!

    Curler & mascara – I’ve been using my Revlon Lash Curler for over 4 years now, no complaints there! For my mascara, I really like Imju Fiberwig – the only cons to it are the fact that it costs $22 to replace each time :[ , and it only lengthens so no volume. However, I found a much affordable replacement (L'oreal Double Extend Mascara) at more than HALF the price of Fiberwig. It lengthens and volumizes, and it's easy to remove but stays on all day!

    Those are my discoveries for 2009 =]

    I have a question for you though, if you have time please get back to me: Are there any quicker ways to grow out brow hairs? -I’ve used the Anastasia Brow Serum for about a month and then I got tempted to pluck them before they were even fully grown, I don’t want to spend another $36 for that little tube =[

    much appreciated !

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