Top 10 of 2013: Best Nail Lacquers

I have to admit: this was a complete challenge. In fact, it felt unfair trying to narrow down favorites to a mere ten when I was considering around 300 different shades from the past year. As what tends to happen when I start to feel indecisive, I went for favorites across brands and weighted uniqueness slightly more heavily than other factors. But there were some really outstanding formulas released this year! At year-end, I have to give major props to Cult Nails and OCC, both of which had a lot of contenders.

What were your favorite polishes you tried this past year?

OCC Isherwood, Man by Man, Sebastian Nail Lacquers

OCC Isherwood Nail Lacquer ($10.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “metallic tobacco ebony.” It’s a deep, dark, rich mahogany brown with copper and bronze micro-shimmer and warm, red undertones. It was fully opaque in two coats and had a natural shine when dry. The consistency wasn’t too thick or too thin. It had a more metallic finish, so there were some minor, though visible, brush strokes depending on the lighting/angle. I can’t recall reviewing anything quite like this shade. MAC Chestnut (LE, $16.00) has a similar coloring but is a cream, so it’s quite different at the end of the day. See comparison swatches.

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OCC Isherwood Nail Lacquer
Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Nail Lacquer Isherwood
A-
Product
9
Pigmentation
10
Texture
9
Longevity
9
Application
4.5
Total
92%
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5 Stunning Metallic Ruby Reds

What is a holiday season without highlighting some of my current set of favorite ruby red-hued beauty products? I’m always on the hunt for more metallic reds, so I look forward to reading your favorites!

  1. OCC Black Metal Dahlia — a deep, dark burgundy-red with ruby red metallic shimmer
  2. Hourglass Siren — no list is complete without Siren, a fiercely metallic, opaque gloss
  3. OCC Role Play — a ruby red with a metallic finish and cool undertones
  4. Inglot #450 — a deepened, cool-toned reddish-berry with a metallic sheen
  5. Milani Cherry Crave — a warm, metallic red

What are your personal favorites?

5 Must-Have Burgundy Lipsticks

Reader Rashmi requested a top five of burgundy lipsticks, and I have to say, finding a really lovely burgundy lip color that’s permanent is difficult. It seems to be a favorite hue to go-to for limited edition collections, though.

  1. OCC Black Dahlia — is a deep, dark burgundy with a hint of brown that lasts and lasts
  2. MAC Endless Drama — a deepened, semi-opaque burgundy red with a soft, frosted finish
  3. Giorgio Armani #408 — is a muted, reddish burgundy with a pearly shimmer
  4. Buxom Menace — a brightened, berry-ish burgundy with a shimmery finish
  5. Laura Mercier Merlot — a lightened, muted berry-burgundy with a natural finish

What’s your favorite burgundy lipstick?

OCC Little Black Dress Lip Tar Stained Gloss

OCC Little Black Dress Lip Tar Stained Gloss ($18.00 for 0.33 fl. oz.) is described as a “sheer veil of black pigment.” It may look like a medium black when squeezed out of the tube, but applied, it’s exactly as described: a sheer wash of black–it gives lips a gray-cast, takes my natural color and gives it a cooler tone, and then a glossy shine. Even though it’s rather sheer, there was some settling into lip lines. Urban Decay Oil Slick (DC, $22.00) is similar in its sheer, gray-tinge. MAC also had Blackware eons ago, which was similar. See comparison swatches.

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OCC Little Black Dress Lip Tar Stained Gloss
Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Lip Tar Stained Gloss Little Black Dress
B+
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
9
Longevity
8.5
Application
4.5
Total
88%

OCC Launches Little Black Dress Stained Gloss on Black Friday

OCC Little Black Dress Stained Gloss
OCC Little Black Dress Stained Gloss

‘LITTLE BLACK DRESS’ Stained Gloss, OCC’s newest colour innovation, imparts high-impact shine and subtly defines lips with a sheer veil of black pigment. This unexpectedly wearable shade creates the perfect neutral lip colour, that hydrates and softens lips, while maintaining a slick, glossy finish that lasts throughout the day.

Debuting right in time for Black Friday and continuing through Cyber Monday, all orders $50.00 USD and over will receive complimentary domestic shipping within the contiguous United States. Want more? All orders over $75.00 USD and over will receive a free ‘LITTLE BLACK DRESS’ Stained Gloss (limit one per customer) in addition to complimentary ground shipping. ‘LITTLE BLACK DRESS’ will also be available permanently future forward at OCCMAKEUP.COM.