What are the best beauty products of 2012?

The best beauty products of 2012 (clockwise from left): Estée Lauder Daywear BB Creme SPF 35, Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Eye Pencils, Bourjois Magic Nail Polish Remover: 1 Second, NARS Thakoon nail polish, Maybelline colour tattoo in Turquoise Forever. Photographs: PR

There’s a clear cycle to a year in beauty. It starts off with pampering and detoxing in the new year; then when we’re back in our stride we’re ready for the new collections of the spring; summer is all about buffing and bronzing; more seasonal colours in the autumn; followed by some glitz and sparkle for the winter parties. What happens each year may follow a pattern but how this translates into products, thankfully, varies. Improvements are made, colours are tweaked and packaging is prettified. So even those of us who are loyal to a particular eyeliner can find ourselves tempted by the fruit of another. Having spent the year trying a vast amount of good, and bad, beauty products, here are my pick of the best:

Estée Lauder Daywear BB Creme

BB creams have been around for a fair while, but this year they really seemed to take off. In February, Estée Lauder launched its own and, despite the fact that I have tried many others, it remains my favourite. It gives a decent amount of coverage and evens out the skintone without making it look dull or grey like some BB creams can. It also has a delightful cucumber scent, so it feels like it’s doing your skin the world of good.
£32 for 30ml, esteelauder.co.uk

Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Eye Pencil

In the spring, Bobbi Brown extended its fabulous Long-Wear range with a host of new goodies including mascara, new cream shadow shades and my favourite, the eye pencils. Here is a pencil that gives you a line that just won’t shift. If you want a smudged look you have to get in there quick with your fingers, otherwise that’s it, it’s set for the day (and night). As someone who wears a lot of eyeliner, I’m on a constant search for the best and, friends, here it is.
£17.50, bobbibrown.co.uk

Maybelline Colour Tattoo 24hr

No one wants to tattoo their eyelids, that would be silly, but we do want an eye colour that lasts and doesn’t gather in annoying creases. Bobbi Brown has been doing a brilliant Long-Wear cream eyeshadow range for a number of years now but at £18 a go they’re not exactly cheap. This year’s launch from Maybelline is much more affordable and works just as well. The colours are bolder but if that’s your thing then these are the perfect pots for you.
£4.99, boots.com

NARS nail polish

“Revelation of the year” goes to NARS nails. Back in April, the company launched a limited edition collection of six beautifully sunny shades made in collaboration with Thakoon. I was drawn to the purply-pink of Ratin Jot and it has remained in my nail-colour repertoire ever since, attracting several comments. On a practical note, it is incredibly long-lasting, and noted for its great work during festivals too. The Thakoon collection is still available but there are so many other lovely colours to explore too.
£14, narscosmetics.co.uk

40 Color Ultra Shimmer Eyeshadow Palette from Royal Care Cosmetics

All color is shimmer!!! very fashion!! For those of you who love shimmer shadows you will not be disappointed. These are very pigmented and offer a bit  more shimmer.
$17.95 http://rc-cosmetics.com/IMG_7220

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