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Best Of 2012 – The Beauty Edition [Top 100 Picks]

Best Of 2012 – The Beauty Edition

Like last year, it’s time to look back and see what 2012 has offered – and in this post, I will be sharing my top 100 picks from varies categories; skincare to nail polishes, you name it.

It’s always very difficult to pick a handful of items I like. I spent the past 2 weeks making and narrowing down the list and I hope you will find products featured in this entry interesting – products that you would like to try or you are also loving too. Or if you would like to see a review of any items, please let me know.

I have inserted relevant links to swatches, reviews, information and/or looks for your reference.

All mentioned items are those I have enjoyed – some may be new releases or generally items I have discovered along the way or re-discovered from my stash. I have added filters to the pictures so they don’t look so worn out – note that colours are no longer truly accurate.

BEST OF 2012


Best Of 2012 – Makeup Primers


I realised I haven’t been very crazy with makeup primers lately. I have used up a few but I haven’t replenished any yet – currently trying to finish up all the remaining.

  • RMK Creamy Polished Base in 00 – all-rounder, smooths out skin surface for foundation
  • Clinique Pore Minimizer – works so well for hiding open pores especially around the nose and cheeks
  • Guerlain Météorites Perles Light-Diffusing Perfecting Primer – perfect for layering under a semi-matte or velvet finish foundation for that glow from within complexion, I like the gel texture
  • Shiseido White Lucent Brightening Spot-Control Base UV in Ivory – all-rounder, great for evening out skin tone
  • Giorgio Armani Light Master Makeup Primer – texture is light and fluid, great for evening out skin tone and perks up complexion

Best Of 2012 – Foundations


2012 has been a great year for foundations and I went a little crazy but fortunate to be able to try as much as my face can handle. I bought a few to replace some of my most used foundations.

  • Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Even Finish Foundation SPF 15 – semi-matte finish, medium to full coverage and long wearing, I enjoy wearing this when I know I will be running around
  • Dior Diorskin NUDE Skin-Glowing Makeup SPF 15 – almost similar to their older version, texture of this is a tad less fluid but great buildable coverage, anything from sheer to medium with a very natural, healthy, glowy finish
  • Shiseido Radiant Lifting Foundation SPF 15* – great coverage of medium to full and long-lasting power, easy to blend and stays fresh
  • Clarins Skin Illusion Natural Radiance Foundation SPF 10 – smells fresh and gives a natural radiance finish, perfect for everyday use
  • RMK Liquid Foundation – very easy to blend, evens out skin tone and is able to conceal flaws with its medium coverage

Best Of 2012 – BB Creams


Have been trying lots of BB Creams this year – am a late bloomer when it comes to BB Creams but I want to share my favourites with you before all the CC Creams start launching – I know Lancôme has already launched theirs and Chanel will do so too, very soon.

  • Sulwhasoo Snowise Whitening BB Base SPF50+ PA+++ – light and provides enough coverage to even up my skin tone and conceal certain spots, love that it brightens up my complexion
  • Ettusais BB Mineral White SPF 45 PA++* – dewy finish with long-lasting glow, I love the all day freshness it provides but lacks a little in oil-control
  • Ettusais BB Mineral Cream – great coverage like a foundation, good in oil control and it’s long-lasting too
  • Dior Diorsnow UV Shield BB Creme SPF 50 PA+++ – perfect for wearing under a powder foundation or if your skin is good enough, simply dust some loose powder over
  • Bobbi Brown BB Cream SPF 35 PA+++ – it’s hydrating but provides very little coverage, great for under powder foundation or lazy days, this replaces my moisturizer and sunscreen

Best Of 2012 – Loose Powder_Compacts


Great to know that some of my favourite foundations now comes with their matching loose powder or compacts. It’s nice to wear them together because they are meant to be.

  • Dior Diorskin NUDE Compact* – light and sheer, great for touching up throughout the day without caking
  • Clarins Skin Illusion Loose Powder Foundation* – offers sheer to medium coverage, like that it has a semi-matte finish and decent in oil control
  • Lancôme Teint Miracle – light and very finely milled, pairs perfectly with its foundation
  • YSL Semi-Loose Powder Natural Radiance* – loose powder made portable, swirl for product and great for travels, sheer coverage, light and doesn’t cake
  • Ettusais BB Mineral Powder – medium coverage and light on the skin, provides a matte finish, great for outdoors

Best Of 2012 – Concealers


I have been planning to do a concealer post for – forever but I haven’t gotten around it. I don’t have very dark under eye circles thus my concealers are mostly medium in coverage. Here are my favourites for concealing anything and everything on my face.

  • Chanel Le Blanc Whitening Concealer – comes with a sponge applicator, light coverage but brightens up the under eye area
  • Giorgio Armani High Precision Retouch – perfect for makeup bags, touch-ups on the go because it comes with a tiny brush applicator
  • Bobbi Brown Creamy Concealer – have been using for years and I am still loving, medium coverage with rich creamy texture, easy to blend and doesn’t crease under the eyes
  • Dior Diorskin NUDE Skin Perfecting Hydrating Concealer – great for concealing around the mouth and cheeks, areas which is dryer or flaking
  • Shiseido Natural Finish Cream Concealer – great coverage for spots and scars

Best Of 2012 – Blushers


I had a hard time picking items for this category, I have been enjoying so many blushers but these are the ones I enjoyed most. There’s something special about each of them – to me.

Best Of 2012 – Highlighters


This category was easy to pick although I like plenty of highlighters released this year, I knew exactly which are my favourites.

Here, I have a range of highlighters offering varies intensity. Burberry’s very subtle as compared to the rest. Clé de Peau BEAUTÉ’s very sophisticated and refined whereas Bobbi Brown’s slightly more bold and metallic. NARS’ glittery and Guerlain’s creates a soft “wet-look” feel.

Best Of 2012 – Cream Eyeshadows


I have been enjoying a bunch of cream eyeshadows too and here are some worth a mention or two.

Best Of 2012 – Single Eyeshadows_Pigments


Eyeshadows are difficult to pick because they are so many shades, so many brands and so many different textures and finishes. In terms of quality, colour payoff and the frequency of me using them, here they are.

Best Of 2012 – Eyeshadow Palettes


I haven’t been purchasing that many eyeshadow palettes as I thought I did – hmmm, surprised. So this category was easy to pick based on if I can only have 5 eyeshadow palettes, what would they be?

Best Of 2012 – Eyeliners


I hardly talk about eyeliners because, I use them but find them difficult to review – because I usually apply eyeshadow over to softly smoke out the edges. These are the shades I have been enjoying, they are creamy and easy to blend.

  • Make Up Store Eye Pencil in Chocolate Cheesecake*
  • NARS Larger Than Life Long-Wear Eyeliner in Rue Bonaparte
  • YSL Waterproof Eye Pencil in 1 Black Ink
  • Dior Diorshow Liner Waterproof in 258 Turqoise
  • Chanel Stylo Yeux Waterproof in 84 Taupe

Best Of 2012 – Bold Lip Colours


Bold lips, filled with confident and character – I believe everyone have a red, be it a sheer red gloss, an orange-red, a plum-red or a bright chilli red. Find your red and you will never look back.

Best Of 2012 – Nude Lip Colours


Besides owning a red that suits you, nude lips can never go wrong. Personally, I don’t go for any shades that’s too nude and pale, I like them with some sort of a shiny sheen and a bit of colour – can be towards pink, beige or brown. Which are your nudes?

Best Of 2012 – Nail Colours


I couldn’t narrow down to just 5 so I have 10 for this category. All of them have brilliant quality and formula, nothing but love.

Best Of 2012 – Sunscreen


Never ever leave home without a sunscreen. I have a more in-depth post on sunscreens, if you have missed it, click right here.

  • Clarins UV Plus | HP Day Screen SPF 40 UVA-UVB / PA+++*
  • Origins™ Dr. Andrew Weil Mega-Bright Skin Illuminating UV Protector SPF 40 / PA+++*
  • Ettusias Base Version Up UV SPF 20 / PA+
  • Philosophy Take Shelter SPF 50 UVA-UVB / PA+++*
  • Kiehl’s Ultra Light Daily UV Defense SPF 50 UVA / PA+++

Best Of 2012 – Skincare


I don’t have good skin and I broke out twice this year due to switching and testing products. Each time my skin break out, I learn something new and these 5 amazing skincare items helped me recover. I am glad they worked for me.

Note to self – skincare should be easy and simple, no more layering 3 serums at one go Joey.

  • Lancôme Génifique Youth Activator*
  • Lancôme Visionnaire [LR 2412 4%] Advanced Skin Corrector
  • Clarins White Plus | HP Whitening Velvet Emulsion*
  • Dr GL® Skin Repair
  • Clarins Blue Orchid Face Treatment Oil*

Best Of 2012 – Eye Care


Eyes are the windows to the soul thus eye care is extremely important. It’s always better to prevent than to cure so before all my wrinkles and crows feet appear, I shall try my best to delay them.

Best Of 2012 – Lip Care


I can’t remember when I started caring for my lips, I never seem to pay much attention before I started blogging. So, the blogosphere has changed me and I have become a lip balm addict.

  • By Terry Baume de Rose
  • Chanel Hydramax + Active Nutrition Lip Care
  • Ettusais Lip Essence*
  • Dior Addict Lip Glow SPF 10
  • Kiehl’s Eucalyptus Lip Relief

Best Of 2012 – Fragrances


I know very little about scents before I started blogging and I still don’t know a lot but I know what I like now. And am willing to explore.

Scents are very, very personal. What I like may not be your cup of tea and it’s fascinating how one scent can smell different on two person. I have acquired a whole new library of scents in my little makeup room and my collection has grown. Here are the five I am liking lately.

  • Penhaligon’s Artemisia EDP – a scent that’s close at heart, not something that leaves a trail; floral and powdery
  • Penhaligon’s Jubilee Bouquet EDT – my first Penhaligon’s and it’s so captivating, I miss it on days without it; floral and very powdery
  • Maison Francis Kurkdjian APOM Pour Femme EDP – oh my, this scent kept me wanting for over half a year; APOM stands for “a piece of me” and yes, I finally own a piece of you; burst of freshness with a powdery dry down
  • Dior New Look 1947 EDP* – came as a surprised, I am usually drawn to powdery scents but I guess it’s the Indian Tuberose; floral and woody
  • MEMO Inlé EDP* – this scent grew on me, I didn’t like it at first but as I was trying it, the smell lingers and took my heart away; fresh floral with a bit of musk and spice


Hope you have enjoyed this post as much as I had going through my drawers and shortlisting them. Initially, I was thinking there is no way I am going to find 100 products to talk about but as I go along, it’s not that difficult. In fact, I have more from missing categories like hair, body and nail care.

Shall save those for upcoming posts.

What are your favourites this year? I would love to know, please comment below with a link if you have written about them.

Thank you for looking.

24 thoughts on “Best Of 2012 – The Beauty Edition [Top 100 Picks]

  1. This is off-topic but I must tell you that my husband, one of my son’s and I toasted “To Joey Chong in Singapore” tonight at dinner for your idea of cooking turkey and mashed potatoes for the last dinner of 2012. Everyone was most appreciative of my dinner and it made me feel good to make them happy. You never know how you touch and help others with your blog! Thank you and Happy New Year from America.

    • Happy New Year Mimi =)
      Reading your comment made me smile, your family and yourself are so cute and I am truly honored!!
      Thank you so much for your support!!
      We had a great time counting down with a stomach full of turkey and mash potatoes =)
      Thank you xx

  2. Lovely rounding up post of 2012. I enjoyed reading this post. Now there a few products that I will want to check out – Giorgio Armani High Precision Retouch, Sulwhasoo Snowise Whitening BB Base and Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Eye. 🙂
    Unfortunately, I didn’t fancy Lunasol Petal Pure Eyes in 02 Clear Pink. I thought the colors were so washed out on me but looks lovely when I swatched them.

  3. Hi Joey, I’m been reading yr posts! Thanks for sharing yr top 100 with us~ I really enjoy reading yr posts… ^o^

    Btw, I’m curious about “Kiehl’s Eucalyptus Lip Relief”. Is this sold in Singapore? I nv see it before.

  4. Nice! Now I know what I am missing…definitely gonna try the Shiseido Radiant Lifting Foundation SPF 15, Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Even Finish Foundation SPF 15, & Lancôme L’Absolu Créme de Mat in 300 Magie Pourpre*

    You don’t use mascara?

    • Hi Ahwish,
      Not sure if you can still find 300 Magie Pourpre because it’s a LE item from Fall =(
      Looking forward to see if Lancôme will make more colours or even have them permanent..
      I use mascara but I always wear false eyelashes over my mascara so I can’t really judge which holds the curl better..
      I only know which doesn’t smudge which doesn’t really help.. LOL..

    • Hi dear,
      I can’t believe it took me that long to get it.. I guess it’s the price but worth every single cent!!
      You gotta love what you love =)
      Happy Saturday hun xx

  5. hi! i had seeked your comments on foundation before and i have since bought and used a few times of lancome teint miracle’s liquid foundation for over 5 months now and i’m glad to say i like it lots!!! 🙂 thanks! 🙂 have now gotten its pressed powder to use on normal days w/o foundation, which shall replace my laurier mercier’s loose powder as it settles into fine lines and makes the undereye looks worse!

    just noticed you had tried YSL Semi-Loose Powder Natural Radiance. would you highly recommend it? my concern is powdering it for undereye after concealer and the packaging to make it easier to carry on the go..

    btw have you tried MAC Prep + Prime Transparent Finishing Powder and NARS Reflecting Powder before? would like your thoughts on it if possible heh.

    • Hi Victoria,
      So happy you like the Lancôme foundation 🙂
      I won’t recommend the YSL semi-loose powder for under the eyes, reason being, it may be too powdery and thick – and may enhance fine lines.
      The compact for this is quite bulky as well, travel friendly but not something I would have in my makeup pouch to carry around with..
      May I recommend Bobbi Brown sheer pressed powder instead? I believe this is the same pressed powder found in their concealer kit. This powder is fine and light, I like using it for under the eyes if I am not using my old, trusty Benefit Powderflage 🙂
      I have tried both MAC and NARS, will be reviewing the NARS real soon, stay tuned xx
      Hope I helped!!

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