Last week I spent a quick few days in New York. I didn't only buy makeup, but a trip to Sephora is kind of a prerequisite.
Laura Mercier's answer to the ambient lighting powders. I've tried Hourglass' versions but the Laura Mercier Candleglow Sheer Perfecting Powder (mine's in shade 1) knocks them right out of the park IMHO. It doesn't add much in the way of coverage (hence 'sheer') but it smoothes pores brilliantly and leaves a subtly, healthy, not glittery glow. The powder itself is very fine and soft, but not quite as crumbly as the Hourglass version, and the shade range is much broader and more natural (the Hourglass ones lean weirdly pink).
The best eyeliner in existence. Otherwise known as Kat Von D's Tattoo Liner. This is almost as good as everyone says it is. It's a felt tip-like applicator, but instead of an actual felt tip nib it has a firm little paint brush, which means application will stay delicate and precise until it runs out. My one complaint is that it's not actually that black. I find i have to go over the same lines a couple of times to get the deep colour I want, but when it's on it's on for good.
The best concealer in existence. Also known as NARS' Radiant Creamy Concealer. This is simply flawless. I have no complaints apart from feeling annoyed I didn't try it earlier. It covers well and looks exactly like real skin. Smooth, beautiful, real skin. It's brilliant.
The most famous brow product ever, probably. Yup, Anastasia Brow Wiz. It really is brilliant. Some deep part of my brain keeps telling me that Oprah first popularised Anastasia's brow services back in the noughties, but I may be wrong. Either way, this brand deserves is brow-related adulation. This really is the easiest product I've ever used for creating a natural non-sharpie-looking brow in literally seconds.