The Best Makeup Of 2023
2023 has finally come to an end! And as we embrace the new year that is yet to come, it is a little difficult not to reminisce over the year that was. Wrapping up 2023 in the perfect little package, is our ‘best of’ series—where we bring to you products that our very own Parcos.com customers have showered their love upon, which includes the best men’s fragrances, women’s fragrances & skincare. These were revered so deeply across the country that they managed to secure the best-selling title on our list.
Today, we’re counting down the best makeup products of 2023. This year was a mix bag of trends. While smokey eyes occasionally made the appearance, the focus this year was more on that ‘clean girl’ aesthetic. From a seamless and flawless face to fluttering lashes, the ‘less is more’ approach was rather evident this year. And that was reflective in the choices that Parcos’ customers made. While a lot of makeup products made it to the hot-buys list, you will also notice the loyalty towards cult brands also seemed to shine. The awaited launch of Laura Mercier in India on Parcos.com definitely pushed some of the international cult classics to our best-selling list too—and clearly, everyone was eager to add these products to their vanity kits. Scroll down to see the best makeup 2023 had to offer.
Meet the mother of all translucent powders, the Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Setting Powder is one that needs no introduction. Popular for all the right reasons, this translucent powder is known for its impeccable pore-blurring effect, that leaves skin with a soft-focus, non-textured look. Enriched with vitamin C and E powder, the lightweight formula naturally boosts radiance from within, and even absorbs excess oil. It is long-lasting and promises upto 16 hours of wear. It is so popular that one is sold every 20 seconds! The fact that it can be used in 25 different ways too, makes it one of the most coveted setting powders across the globe.
An iconic go-to for all your lash needs, the creamy My Happy Toy Mascara by Diego Dalla Palma is unique in more ways than one. With one of the lightest and creamiest formulas, this one applies so beautifully and smoothly—it leaves your lashes with intense volume, extreme curl, and gorgeous long lashes that remain put for 24 hours. Packed with a powerful brush that is designed to lift, curl, and separate your each and every lash, this mascara gives you everything you need for that false lash look. The smudge-proof and clump-proof formula also contains ingredients that help boost lash hair growth, strengthen the lashes, and even repair damage, in approximately 30 days. It’s a full-package worth every penny.
An illuminating primer that instantly gives your skin that “glow” from within, Sisley Instant Eclat does more than what meets the eye. With a unique formula that boosts glow, it contains skin-loving ingredients like kiwi extract, butcher’s broom extract, padina pavonica extract, and plant glycerin, all of which moisturise, nourish, and treat the skin, while wearing makeup. Giving you that professional finish, this primer aids in minimising dullness, reduces the signs of skin fatigue, visibly smoothes skin, energises, tones, and gives the skin a plump and youthful flow. Meant for all skin types, it comes without that greasy texture and is non-comedegenic, making it perfect for all skin types. You can use it as a moisturiser, primer, or highlighter, depending on the glow you are trying to achieve.
Inspired by traditional Japanese calligraphy, Shiseido’s SMK Archliner Ink comes with a high-tech formula that provides precise pigment that doesn’t budge. This liquid eyeliner has a quick drying formula that feels comfortable on the eye, while providing an intense black hue. The beauty of this eyeliner, however, lies in its calligraphic tip that ensures a precise line, whether you choose to go with a kitten, cat, or dramatic wing. With an intense pigment that lasts up to 24 hours, this one is waterproof and sweat-resistant too.
It’s safe to admit that 2023 was the year of the gloss—this makeup staple made a comeback and how. Laura Mercier’s Lip Glace in Melon Sorbet takes cues from the 90s with a comfortable twist. The Lip Glace comes with maximum shine, but not at the cost of comfort. With the feel and nourishment of a lip balm and super shine of a gloss, this one offers 24 hours moisture with a dimensional veil of colour. Formulated with French rose extract and primrose oil, this lip gloss nourishes your pout without it feathering or bleeding across the lips for 8 hours. It’s a great choice for those looking for that trendy juicy lip, without the stickiness.
This water-based primer creates a seamless canvas for your makeup. Formulated with a light diffusion technology, this one helps reduce the appearance of pores, takes care of excess shine, and blurs blemishes and imperfections to create a soft-focus finish for your other base products too. It contains a unique Sebum Catch Powder that allows makeup to stay longer, by absorbing excess oil and sweat all through the wear. The mattifying powders and peptides in the formula aid in reducing shine, while the Snowflake Powder helps disperse light so that skin appears smooth and even. You can even count on this primer to tackle discolouration and uneveness—it leaves your skin with that natural glow. With an eight hour hydration, the Synchro Skin Soft Blurring Primer is the perfect base to your natural, as well as dramatic makeup looks.
A creamy, liquid concealer that provides full coverage, Ga-De’s Longevity Concealer delivers what it promises. Formulated with a high concentration of pigments and emollients, this concealer blends beautifully into the skin to create a non-sticky texture that flawlessly hides spots, dark circles, discolouration, hyperpigmentation, redness, and other types of blemishes. The formula also contains a unique BerryFlux Vita that is derived from raspberry stem cells—this hydrates the skin and provides it with antioxidant benefits. Leaving you with a natural, soft-focus finish, this concealer gives maximum coverage with even the smallest amount.
Looking for that flawless skin vibe? The Sisley Blur Expert provides you with that filter-esque effect that leaves your skin with a luminous veil, all day long. A blend of light matte HD complex and cutting edge ingredients, this pressed powder offers a smoothing veil to your skin—one that instantly illuminates and looks naturally radiant. Leaving you with a flawless finish, even-toned complexion, and fresh glow, the Blur Expert is known to provide optimal wear, perfect adherence, and matches the skin perfectly. The lightweight formula reduces the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, and pores and even smoothes skin texture and blurs any sort of imperfections. Apt for all skin types, this pressed powder doesn’t leave a powdery residue that grabs on to fine lines. As a matter of fact, it has a very natural finish which is what makes it popular across the globe.
Think the iconic translucent setting powder by Laura Mercier, but given an ultra-blurring twist. A talc-free formulation that comes with the same benefits as its iconic predecessor, this Translucent Loose Setting Powder Ultra-Blur is absolutely lightweight and can set makeup for up to 16 hours of wear. The finely milled powder comes with an infusion of ultra-blurring ingredients such as amino acids and silica powders, that it blurs away the appearance of imperfections and pores and even reduces excess shine. Plus, it doesn’t leave the skin with that unsightly flashback in photos. The formula also comes packed with hyaluronic acid that aids in all-day comfort for every skin type out there. Walking in the footsteps of the original, this rendition of the iconic powder is equally loved across the globe.
Looking for a mascara that delivers volume and more? Diego Dalla Palma My Toy Boy Mascara will definitely match up to the hype. Tagged as the ‘dimension of pleasure’, this mascara comes with 4D action—it is ultra volumising and lengthening, and even contains ingredients that make your lashes grow in 30 days. It has a long-lasting formula that is smudge-proof and can look fresh even 24 hours later. The unique brush applicator, has an innovative 4D arrow design that allows for even application across each and every lash. It leaves you with intense black lashes from the first swipe itself.