Wednesday, January 8, 2014

My Top 13 Products of 2013

There are two days that make sense for a "Best of the Year" post: New Years Eve and New Year's Day. Unfortunately, I am a procrastinator. If you're being generous, you could call me a prioritizer. However, that train of thought is only consistent if my priorities are:
  1. Actual Important Stuff
  2. Watching Arrested Development in My Pajamas
  3. Not-Quite-So-Important Stuff That I Still Made a Commitment To Do
For my "top products of 2013", I am not looking a products that were released in 2013 (since I'm not Temptalia so I don't try shit right when it comes out) and I'm not looking at products that I tried for the first time in 2013 (since thanks to my previously-acknowledged procrastination, that method would require a fair bit of reflection). Rather, for simplicity's sake, I'm looking at my favorite products that I reviewed in 2013. These are the products that, in my opinion, deliver on quality, cost-per-ounce, and excitement value. In no particular order:

1. Sleek i-Divine Acid Palette

Original Review: Here


Why It's Awesome: It feels like a cop-out to say "This is awesome because it is cheap", but I'm going to say it anyways. At $9.99 for 0.36 ounces, this is the most cost-effective neon eyeshadow palette on the market. It's vibrant, pigmented, and inexpensive as fuck.

My eyeshadow skills are seriously SO MUCH BETTER, you guys.

2. Paul and Joe Color Powder in Inseparables

Original Review: Here


Why It's Awesome: This is a creamsicle orange blush that feels like a wearable coral. It gives the perfect natural finish without being overly or insufficiently pigmented. And, seriously, don't pretend you don't see how beautiful that packaging is. I could stare at it all day.


3. Urban Decay Revolution Lipstick in Rapture

 Original Review: Here


Why It's Awesome: Rapture is the ideal mix of "this is totally a natural shade that you could wear while doing adult things like your taxes" and "WOOO THERE IS PURPLE". Add in their lovely sheen and excellent lasting power and it's hard to find fault. This is one of the only makeup products that I keep in my purse in case I urgently need lipstick for some reason.



4. TheBalm Time Bomb Concealer in Lighter than Light

 Original Review: Here



Why It's Awesome: Not only does theBalm's color range do justice to those of us who are fair-skinned, this product has ample coverage and a lightweight formula that makes it suitable for both undereye circles and blemishes. As an added bonus, this huge pot will last forever!

5. Tarte Amazonian Clay Waterproof Brow Mousse in Taupe

Original Review: Here


Why It's Awesome: This cream formula adds definition to my brows without looking penciled on. Its easy to use and to build up to any desired level of intensity.


6. Sigma Beauty Crème de Couture Eyeshadow Palette

 Original Review: Here


Why It's Awesome: It's hard not to get excited about such vibrant, pigmented pastels. This palette is completely unlike anything else. Beyond that, it's significant in size! At $32 for 0.85oz, I paid a mere $37.65 per ounce of product here.


7. Illamasqua Cream Pigment in Hollow

 Original Review: Here


Why It's Awesome: Hollow is so easy to use and blend that it makes contouring virtually foolproof. Even flat-faces like myself can fake cheekbones with its easily blendable formula and natural-looking, shadow-mimicking color. It's the holy grail of contouring for pale skin.


8. NYX Studio Liquid Liner in Extreme Blue

 Original Review: Here


Why It's Awesome: Not only is this color electric, this eyeliner is all-but-permanent. This will last through tears, face-rubbing, and exercise, all while being the color of an aquarium crayfish.


9. My Pretty Zombie "Drugs Like Me" Blush in MDMA

 Original Review: Here


Why It's Awesome: MDMA is a natural, glowing pink with a huge kick of golden shimmer. It's the kind of universally flattering shade that will remind you of springtime and/or let you plaster your love of springtime on your face.


10. LORAC Pro Palette

 Original Review: Here


Why It's Awesome: The LORAC Pro Palette is, by a large margin, the best neutral palette I have ever tried. The wide range of shades and the 50/50 mix of mattes and shimmers makes this versatile as fuck. The shadows are so buttery and smooth that they blend like nobody's business-- making it a great "I AM IN A HUGE RUSH BUT AM TRYING TO PRETEND THAT I HAD ENOUGH TIME TO PUT ON EYESHADOW" palette. These eyeshadows are my standard for what quality eyeshadow should be like.


11. Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Full Coverage Foundation

Original Review: Here (And the tutorial that got more people's attention here.)


Why It's Awesome: This foundation has almost unparalleled coverage and a natural-looking finish. It also lasts effectively and has a decent color-range for fair skin. Plus, at $22.35 per ounce, it is super reasonably priced.

12. Shiro Curaga Mineral Highlight

 Original Review: Here


Why It's Awesome: This product is a recipe for cheekbones that go "Pow". You + Brush + Curaga Highligher = Everyone will think you are going to poke their eye out with your face bones.


13. Fyrinnae Pixie Epoxy

Original Review: Here

Pixie Epoxy giving a boost to Fyrinnae's Are You My Mummy?, Glitterboi, and Pteranodon.

Why It's Awesome: This product is a miracle for loose eyeshadows, keeping them on your face, enhancing their color, and bringing out characteristics that would otherwise be hidden.

27 comments:

  1. This is a great list! There are so many things on it that I really want to try out now. Too bad I'm on a spending ban.

    http://mattekat.blogspot.ca/

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    1. This blog is super dangerous for my already depleted wallet. I didn't want to actually do my makeup again until I started reading it. Now I'm waiting for my birthday so I have an influx of 'fun' money again, so I can buy more!!!

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    2. Low buys are easier to handle than no buys, in my experience! Make a spreadsheet!

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  2. Awesome picks! I love seeing so many different items that aren't usually in other people's lists. I especially love that you have Shiro listed there. :D

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  3. Ugh, every time I leave a comment here, I always feel that I must be some creepy internet stalker for checking this blog every day and leaving comments on a bunch of posts. Do you like getting comments from random people around the world? Does it weird you out that there are all these people having thoughts about what you're saying? Or is this just a manifestation of my combo narcissism and low self-esteem? :-P

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    1. Ditto this! This is my favorite beauty blog by a country mile, which always leads me to wonder if I love it so much that I'm forgetting to observe normal Internet boundaries.

      "my combo narcissism and low self-esteem" -- hail and well met. Man that describes like 99% of my problems. I usually describe it as "an exceptionally high opinion of myself plus a crippling case of impostor syndrome" but yours is shorter.

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  4. That's it, I'm going to Fyrinnae the second they re-open.

    PS: Rimmel has a new line of colored mascaras. They're only $3.39 so I don't exactly have high hopes but who knows? They've got a bright electric green, which I don't usually see.

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    1. After the incredibly disappointing results of the Great Lash Colored Mascara I was not holding out much hope for Rimmel Color Pop mascaras. However they are awesome! I bought the purple and HOLY CRAP it's really purple! If the green is anywhere as nice as the purple I think it's worth buying.

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    2. You're right!! Holy crap, I had low expectations because of the same but I got the green and holy crap I love it! I'm definitely going back for the purple. Can't believe the price!

      Do you have any luck doing it over black? I just did it on its own but if I could do it over another mascara that would be amaaaazing.

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    3. Also, I do colored mascaras over white mascara primers sometimes, with mixed results.

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  5. Awesome picks! That Sleek palette looks amazing.

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  6. This is the first Best of 2013 post that I've read where I have not tried a single product on the list! I am definitely more than intrigued about several. It's too bad that Lorac is no longer being carried at Sephora.

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  7. I tried theBalm's Time Bomb concealer (also Lighter than Light) on your recommendation and it has become my HG concealer. Nothing has ever worked so well for my coloring before. Love it and thank you! I've been on the edge of trying the Tarte Brow Mousse, and this post may push me over.

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  8. AKA "Things Robyn has made me want to buy!" I actually did end up getting the Tarte foundation, and I love it! I still add a bit of white to the Fair Sand color, but it's a better match for me than most since it's actually yellow based but doesn't turn orange. I also ended up getting the Illamasqua Hollow (well it's coming in the mail today!) and I'm excited about it!

    If there were lighter colors I'd be getting the Tarte brow mousse too. For now I'll stick with my MUFE aqua brow in Light Blonde.

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    1. Aqua Brow is on my list. I just can't decide which color would be right...

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  9. Augh! So many things I agree with here! Also so many things that I want...

    Argh argh argh argh... :-D

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  10. http://www.sephora.com/product/productDetail.jsp?skuId=1577832&productId=P384570&om_mmc=ret-us%2Bnews1%2B20140109%2Bbeautytruths%2Bvib-pl-tarteamzonpal&emtc=us%2Bnews1%2B20140109%2Bbeautytruths%2Bvib&ematg=2658050744&dcid=563446:26806930678:57112732

    Have you seen the new Tarte pallete? Thinking about picking it up :)

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    1. I haven't looked into that palette and I sometimes use lip liner.

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  11. you cracked me up with that second lipstick picture :D

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