Eye-Catching Products of Winter 2013

Wishlist Part 2 Jan 20133 Eye Catching Products of Winter 2013

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Like many of you, I'm constantly reading about beauty, seeing images of new releases, and trying new products. The sheer abundance of makeup available makes it extra challenging for products to stand out - and extra exciting when they do. This post shows some of the products that have recently caught my eye.


Hourglass Ambient Light Powder

This intriguing finishing powder is brand new. It claims to  "capture, diffuse, and soften the way light reflects on your skin." From what I've read, it sounds similar to Temptalia's description of the Guerlain Meteorites - diffusing imperfections and enhancing your complexion at the same time. I saw on Perilously Pale and Makeup 4 All that multiple makeup artists used this at the 2013 Golden Globes. The shade pictured is Radiant Light, but they all look beautiful.


Butter London Nail Polish in All Hail The Queen

I've always been a bit skeptical that a nail polish could be worth $15.00, but seeing this shade on The PolishAholic and My Beauty Bunny may have convinced me. All Hail The Queen isn't a new release, but I've yet to see anything quite like it. It's a mid-tone taupe-brown with holographic shimmer that somehow still looks understated, sophisticated, and not the slightest bit gaudy.


Inglot AMC Cream Blush

Unlike many cream blushes, Inglot AMC Cream Blush doesn't contain ingredients that break me out. These blushes have the most lovely velvet-y, non-oily finish and every single color is beautiful. Beautyaddict.net has great swatches - I particularly love 86, 92, 87, 94, and 89 (I'll stop before I list the entire shade range!).


Lippy Girl Vegocentric Lipstick in Surf Betty

If you saw my reviews on Lippy Girl makeup and lip balms, you know I'm a fan of the brand. Their new Vegocentric Lipstick line has been getting a lot of buzz. It was even recently recommended by Nic from Pixiwoo. Surf Betty looks like a perfect pink-brown nude - plus, I think the name is pretty adorable.


Too Faced La Crème Color Drenched Lip Cream in Nude Beach

Speaking of pink-brown nudes, the color range of this new Too Faced lipstick features many, including Nude Beach (Naughty Nude looks gorgeous, too). I also want to support Too Faced for their stance against animal testing. Unlike many similarly positioned brands, Too Faced has promised not to enter China until the animal testing laws have changed.


BECCA Eye Tint in Gilt

I recently purchased the Best of BECCA set, which includes the Eye Tint in Baroque. I have to say, it's probably my favorite cream eye shadow formula. Gilt is a shimmery bronze that I can see fitting right into my daily routine.


What products have caught your eye recently?

  • http://mybeautysample.com/ Becca @ The Beauty Sample

    Lovely list! I agree with you on the new Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powders–it’s rare for a product to truly stand out to me for reasons other than being really pretty :P But this new product looks really unique and refreshing–I can’t wait to try them out!

    Also, just recently got my first Becca Eye Tint in Romanticism. While I agree with you on the formula, I was disappointed about the opacity. Like the Fig Beach Tint (the shade I was MOST excited about but that didn’t show up on my skin at all), Romanticism was the one I’d been lusting after for a long time. But sadly, it just barely registers on my eyes and now I’m scared to try any of the other ones because I’m sensing a bit of a pattern here…:/ Did Baroque show up nicely on you, Catherine?

    • http://buyingcrueltyfree.com/ Catherine

      I was actually disappointed in the color of Baroque… it looked so beautiful on Taylor from My Lucite Dreams! (Although, now that I think of it, doesn’t everything?) I was expecting a light tan gold type color. It sort of just added a tinge of brassy greyness… which, honestly, wasn’t the most flattering on me. It was surprisingly sheer, too. I was also thinking it might’ve been partially my eyelids… I’ve used Rapidlash for a few years and it grew my lashes so much, but it also makes my eyelids sort of red, so it takes a bit more pigment to totally cover the redness. BUT the formula felt so smooth on my eyes and completely non-texture-y! A lot of cream shadows seem to make my eyelids look crepey… I even got that with a some of the MAC paint pots, which seem to work for nearly everyone. But hmm… thanks for telling me about Romanticism, I’ll definitely test out Gilt before purchasing. For me personally, I prefer opaque color with cream shadows. I was hoping the other shades would give more color but have the same great feel and wear. Maybe just wishful thinking ;) Anyway, thank you so very much for your comment, Becca! ♥

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

    I’m really curious about the Ambient Lighting Powders too! I wouldn’t know which one to pick, but that’s another problem :)

    • http://buyingcrueltyfree.com/ Catherine

      Haha I know! I’ll probably have to look at them in stores, but I’m leaning toward Radiance. I saw the makeup artists who used it at the Golden Globes both went with Radiance, and on very different skintones, so I figure can’t go too far wrong ♥

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

    I love your list. The Inglot Blush looks really interesting!

    • http://buyingcrueltyfree.com/ Catherine

      Thanks, Moxie! I agree. I wish there was an Inglot store near me so I could check out the colors in person ♥

  • MakeUpGuineaPig

    I love the looks of the Hourglass Powder too, but I really want to see them in person, especially since I have no idea what the colors would look like, and my Sephora doesn’t have them in stock yet! Grrr! :)

    I’d love to try some Lippy Girl products too and I LOVE Inglot and want to try everything they make! :)

    The Too Faced lipsticks are really comfortable, but I haven’t found a color that I really love yet.

    And you’re right that Butter London polishes typically aren’t worth the cost. Some of their shades are so unusual though! They do go on sale once in a while at Ulta and on the Butter London website which helps a little bit. But $15 each means it has to be a pretty special color! :)


    • http://buyingcrueltyfree.com/ Catherine

      Hi Christine! I agree, picking a color is the hardest part with that Hourglass powder. So far, I’ve seen about half of them in photos, but not in stores. I’m still leaning towards Radiant Light, but I’ll wait until I see them all to purchase. Thank you so much for your comment! ♥

      • http://twitter.com/MakeUpGuineaPig Christine

        I cracked after looking at some reviews and got the Dim Light Hourglass Powder. I tested it really quickly and I’ve got to say I was not impressed, but I feel like I need to actually try it instead of just swatching it on my face :) I did the same with the NARS Light Reflecting Loose Powder too and it looked much better on my skin than the Hourglass. We’ll see which wins out! The texture of both is incredible though! :)

        • http://buyingcrueltyfree.com/ Catherine

          Oh wow that’s so interesting, given all the rave reviews. How does it look for you? I’d love to hear your thoughts once you’ve had a chance to use it a bit more. The NARS is another powder that looks kind of fascinating, I almost included it in one of these eye-catchers lists. Glad that the textures are good on both – but at those prices, they’d better be! ;)

  • http://buyingcrueltyfree.com/ Catherine

    Thank you for your comment, Kelly! If you try anything, let me know how you like it. ♥

  • Brig

    I own a few of the Ambient Lighting Powders from Hourglass and would say they are very comparable to Smashbox Softlights and work well on most skin tones. I would say that Hourglass is slightly more subtle in effect than Smashbox but both are amazing products that I stock in my kit at all times.