I actually did try a fair amount of products this year (a lot of it in sample form!) and here are the products I bought this year that I consider my favorites:
Burberry Fresh Glow - I posted about this recently and I'm still just delighted with this stuff. It's expensive but I only use a little tiny glob which I mix in with my foundation. It gives a really subtle glow and sheers out my foundation just a tiny bit so I don't look so makeup-y. It's also nice on it's own if I am just wanting to look slightly more polished but don't want to wear foundation. And, dude, the packaging is amazing.
Japanese exfoliating towel - I've posted about these before and NOW is when you need them. When your skin is getting all dry and ashy you need to scrub yourself with this towel and you will glow and be soft like whipped cream. So cheap, so effective. Just get one.
Shiseido Senka sunscreen - This is my everyday sunscreen and I just love it. It's inexpensive, has no scent, and works great under makeup. Never greasy and doesn't break me out. What's not to love?
It Cosmetics Bye Bye Under Eye - I've given up on other concealers because this one is so freaking good. You need to warm it up on your hand first because it's thick and concentrated and then gently taptaptap it on. It also applies really well with the pointy end of a Beauty Blender, but it's not crucial.
Sunday Riley Tidal - This moisturizer is really too new for me to include but I got this in my most recent Box of Style and it is SO NICE. I just kept going, "wow, this is NICE" when I first slapped it on. It's a super hydrating moisturizer and goes on all cooling and soft. I try to apply it when my face is still a little damp so that it can do it's job properly. Oh Sunday Riley, I can't quit you.
That's it! Please do let me know what your favorites are! I'm always looking for new recommendations.