Best Of 2009 Beauty Products: Face Makeup

As 2009 is coming to a close, let us review some of beauty products I discovered and loved this year.

Best Foundation
HD makeup is definitely the winner this year and Make Up For Ever HD Invisible Cover Foundation ($40) is my secret to the flawless complexion you see in some of my FOTDs. I can’t rave about this enough!

Best Tinted Moisturizer
For everyday, I prefer something lighter like Dr. Denese SPF 30 Defense Day Cream ($34). Its SPF30 is great for everyday protection, plus it evens out the skin slightly and feels so light on the skin!

Best Low-End Concealer
With its creamy texture and amazing coverage, NYX Concealer In A Jar ($5) is handsdown one of the best low-end concealers out there! I’m so glad I discovered this!

Best High End Concealer
Priced at a whopping $70, Cle de Peau Concealer has always been a popular among pros and celebrities and I can see why. It has the creamiest texture I have ever seen in a stick concealer, not to mention the coverage is *superb*! I always go back to this when all else fails.

Best Pressed Powder
Having gone through two of these already, MAC Select Sheer Pressed Powder ($21) is still my all-time favorite for setting makeup and touch-ups.

Best Blush
Even though I own a gazillion blushes, MAC Mineralize Blush ($21) is still my favorite. I always reach for Dainty and Love Rock Duo for the perfect pink cheeks.

Best Bronzer
To add warmth onto my pale complexion, NARS Multiple Bronzer ($37) is my top pick. Not only does it glide on and blends like a dream, the color looks realistic and never orange. I like Cap Vert all over for a natural look (it also makes the perfect nude color on the lips) and Malaysia for a more bronzed look.

Best Contouring/Highlighting Product
When it comes to contouring/highlighting, MAC Sculpt and Shape Powder Duo in Accentuate/Sculpt ($21) is definitely my must-have. Both powders are finely milled and the highlighting shade (Accentuate) is the best color for highlighting the bridge of the nose and under the eyes. I also use this a lot in my FOTDs.

What about you ladies? What are your favorites? Share your thoughts!

More on my favorite eye, lip and skincare products to come!

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,, 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 a regular contributor to Shanghai Daily's StyleHai Magazine and a member of the Glam Beauty Network.


  1. Phyllis, hi!!!

    Can you create a list of skincare products? Also, what about eyeshadow, liner, and such? I know it’s quite a lot of work but I think us girls would be interested in your best list. Thanks!!!

  2. I agree with with MAC MSF Grand Duo Blush in Love Rock and MAC Accentuate/Sculpt powder. I love love love those and use the Accentuate/Sculpt almost everyday. I also want to try Dr Denise Tinted Moisturizer, when I find out where I can get it.

  3. in my opinion, MUFE’s HD foundation works best for those with minimal flaws and blemishes on their skin. a person with moderate to extensive acne will need to find something with more coverage. and i don’t get how it’s HD, i could still see my pores standing a foot away from the mirror while wearing it.

  4. PK,

    I usually just apply The Multiple directly onto my skin and blend. I use it on different areas depending on what look I’m trying to achieve. I’ll write an entry on this shortly.

  5. Jamie,

    I’m sorry the HD foundation isn’t working for you. It does offer medium to high coverage but can be a little tricky to apply well. You need to start out with a minimal amount and really buff it into the skin and build up the coverage gradually. Otherwise, it can look thick and unnatural.

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