Eye-Catchers of Winter 2013 – Part 2

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It wasn't long after I posted the first Eye-Catchers of Winter 2013 that I decided a second one was in store! I kept seeing more products that I wished I had included.


FACE atelier Lip Putty

Lip Putty is a unique, multitasking product that's designed to be worn underneath lipstick. It serves the same purpose as face primer - creating a smooth surface and improving wear. What's especially unique about Lip Putty is that it also hydrates lips, which is essential for me. Lipsticks tend to exacerbate dryness on my lips, settle into lip lines, and rarely last more than an hour or two. Based on the description, Lip Putty sounds like it may be the solution to all three of my lipstick woes!


Inglot AMC Corrective Illuminator

Pen-style, concealer-illuminator hybrids have become very popular in recent years. While they don't always have enough pigment to combat dark circles, I love them for adding natural-looking highlight. Inglot describes the AMC Corrective Illuminator as containing "high-tech spheres and satin pearl pigments." It comes in five shades, ranging from peach and salmon to yellow, so it seems it has the potential to function as a color corrector as well.


NYX Wonder Pencils

A beige eye pencil that won't break the bank... all I can say is FINALLY! And unlike many brands, NYX Wonder Pencils come in three color depths. I haven't seen the actual product yet, but from the promo photo, it looks like the darkest shade is still light enough to brighten the lower waterline yet dark enough that it won't appear too stark and obvious against dark skin tones.


OPI Oz The Great and Powerful Soft Shades Collection Glints of Glinda, Don't Burst My Bubble

I don't think I'll ever stop loving light, neutral tones for nails. As soon as I saw the promo images from the OPI Oz collection, I made a mental note to keep my eye out for swatches of these two shades. Mary at Swatch and Learn said Glints of Glinda is the "closest to Mannequin Hands" she's ever gotten. Don't Burst My Bubble is a very soft white and, while you wouldn't know it from the promo photo, it has hints of pink. (Note: OPI  is cruelty-free; however, its parent copy, Coty, is not.)


Urban Decay Naked Basics Eyeshadow Palette

The UD eyeshadow formula is among my very favorite, thanks to their the smooth, almost cream-like texture and strong pigmentation. Given my penchant for matte and neutral shadows, the Naked Basics palette is definitely calling my name. This palette has every shade I'd use for an everyday look. While I do have dupes for some of the colors, the UD formula is the main draw for me. I could see myself using up every shade in this palette. (Note: Urban Decay is cruelty-free; however, its parent copy, L'Oreal, is not.)


Zoya Storm Nail Lacquer A Galaxy of Color Zoya Storm Nail Lacquer

So while I'm usually drawn to light nail colors, sometimes a darker shade comes along that is so striking, I can't pass it up. One look at this celestial beauty and, what can I say - I was mesmerized. Storm is black with tiny gold and silver glitter from the Winter 2012/13 Ornate Collection. For me, it immediately brings to mind a starry night sky.

Have you tried any of these products? What's caught your eye recently?

  • http://twitter.com/mostlysunnyblog Sunny @Mostly Sunny

    I’d love to try Zoya Storm! I like the idea of Naked Basics, but by now I seem to own many repeats on other palettes and dupes from other companies. To be honest I don’t wear matte shades too well in most cases (I need some shimmer for my inner half of the lids), but I can see how useful the palette is!

    • http://buyingcrueltyfree.com/ Catherine

      Thanks for your comment, Sunny! Ah isn’t it soo pretty? Zoya came out with another collection with similar finishes recently. But in those, the base polish is matte, which I think I may like even more! I often use subtle shimmer for my inner corner and apparently the lightest shade in Naked Basics is a “demi-matte” which is nice. I think it’s similar to Virgin from the original palette, which I love for non-obvious-shimmer. I definitely hear you on already having dupes, though! ♥

  • http://www.phyrra.net/ Phyrra

    The Naked Basics palette is an awesome palette for me. I’ve used it several times a week since I got it, just because the mattes balance out my brights. love them!

    • http://buyingcrueltyfree.com/ Catherine

      Thanks for your input, Phyrra! I remember seeing your swatches of the palette – they were super helpful. That’s one of the things that really appeals to me about the palette – it seems very versatile and universally useful. ♥

  • Lily

    I already have the Naked palette, so the basics palette seems a little redundant. However, Zoya Storm looks good. Might have to check it out when I have the time :-)

    • http://buyingcrueltyfree.com/ Catherine

      Thanks for your comment, Lily! I think the Naked line probably is a bit redundant. That’s the main reason I haven’t picked up any Naked palettes beyond the first one (yet), even though I love neutrals and UD eyeshadow formula. ♥

  • Krissy

    OPI (Coty) and Urban Decay (L’Oreal) are both owned by companies that do heavy animal testing. Also, OPI uses fish scales for the glitter in their polishes. The Zoya colour looks amazing, I might have to pick that one up.

    • http://buyingcrueltyfree.com/ Catherine

      Thanks for your comment, Krissy! You’re completely right. I personally continue to support OPI and Urban Decay despite their parent companies, because of their agreements to stay cruelty-free. UD remains Leaping Bunny-certified and OPI signed a pledge with PETA promising not to test on animals.

      For me, it’s important to recognize the distinction between a brand owned by an animal testing parent company that adopts animal testing vs one that actively remains cruelty-free. But of course these are decisions everyone has to make for themselves and I completely understand and respect those who boycott a brand fully based on their parent company (I used to, as well).

      On the nail polishes – I agree, Zoya Storm is so pretty. I recently saw Zoya’s newest collection. It’s more glitter polishes but these have a matte base. Really unique and great colors. ♥

      • Krissy

        It’s an interesting view, but as someone who’s worked for a subsidiary of a larger company before, its just too hard to make the distinction between the two brands. I can guarantee the only reason the UD brand has remained cruelty free is purely for marketing purposes, especially since L’Oreal has no ethics at all when it comes to animal cruelty, they previously even tried to stop the animal testing ban in Europe.

        A brand is just a label, behind that label is the same company that’s testing on animals for all their other products.

  • http://twitter.com/MoxieReviews Moxie Reviews™

    I loved your first list, and love your second. I haven’t tried any of the ones you have pictured. I would eventually like to buy the UD Naked Palette!!

  • http://twitter.com/ChrisEl25 Chris El

    I’ve been on the hunt for those NYX pencils. It looks like the perfect color for the waterline and spot concealing.

    • http://buyingcrueltyfree.com/ Catherine

      I’ll add the link once I get it, NYX said they’d send me the link once it’s released. ♥

  • http://twitter.com/MakeUpGuineaPig Christine

    I have Zoya’s Storm and you’re right in thinking that it’s beautiful! It’s actually filled with holographic bits. I think Zoya considers it a holographic polish, but to me it’s not quite a true holographic finish. It IS incredibly pretty though! :) Definitely worth picking up and a nice change from your standard old black!!! :)

    • http://buyingcrueltyfree.com/ Catherine

      I definitely agree! I never liked black for nails, but with this finish, I love it. You should post swatches, Christine! ♥

      • http://twitter.com/MakeUpGuineaPig Christine

        I’ll try! I always forget to take pics of nail polishes until they chip and then I kick myself for not doing it immediately :)