Monday, December 30, 2013

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My top polishes of 2013

Welcome to my top polishes post for 2013.  I was planning to do a commercial and an indie version, but as I was reviewing my blog for the year, I discovered that I really didn't get that many commercial polishes, and creating a top ten out of them would just be making up the numbers. On the other hand, I have tried lots of indie brands this year, and narrowing them down to my top ten just wouldn't be fair.

Plus then there is the confusion over what is an indie brand, its it a hand poured and mixed bottle, or does it include those also made in labs, but are still independently run.  Putting them all in together is just much easier, but it does mean there is quite a long list.  Also, this is obviously drawn from the polishes I got this year, and there are definitely some that I would love to try that I'm certain would have been in my top list - I'm looking at you Zoya Dream!

I've settled on a top 27 - yeah, way to narrow it down lady!  So in no particular order, here are my favourite polishes from this year.

Lacquistry - Amazeballz. Nothing more needs to be said about this one.

Too Fancy Lacquer - Midnight Sonata. Such a gorgeous cornflower blue with a perfect linear holo flame.

Dance Legend - Thermo Trio #1 - Nothing in the colour changing department compares to these amazing three way colour changes from Dance Legend

Dance Legend - Cosmic Rainbow - I could have chosen any of the amazing Dance Legend holos to be in my top polishes, the gold one, the new messiah was close, but in the end I chose this amazing rich purple holo.

Girly Bits - A stripper's been sleeping in my bed.  I only recently got this polish just a few days before Christmas, so I haven't even been able to blog about it yet, but it's such a awesome sparkly fun polish that I fell it love with it immediately, and I even wore it to my work Christmas party.

Girly Bits - Blue Eyed Beer Drinkin' Music Lovin' Lawyer. Pam nailed it with this one, the formula is perfect and the blue jelly with blue glitters is a perfect combo.

Contrary Polish - Greenhouse. Contrary Polish is one of my favourite indie brands. No other brand makes shimmer polishes like Contrary.  It was hard to pick a favourite from Contrary, gift wrap was right up there, but in the end I settled on this green stunner!

Picture Polish - Freya's Cats - One of my favorite bloggers created this stunning beauty of a polish in collaboration with Picture Polish.

Picture Polish - Majesty. I knew way back 16 January, that this polish would be in my top polishes list this year.  If I could have collaborated a second shade, this is would it would have been.

Ulta3 - Infamous. The whole Glitterati collection from Ulta3 was really excellent, certainly their best collection ever in my opinion.  This polish was a stand out for me, it's a teal jelly with fine teal glitters.

Picture Polish - Imperial. OK, I'm just going to repeat myself here - One of my favorite bloggers created this stunning beauty of a polish in collaboration with Picture Polish. Gold glitter, holo sparkles, purple base and a blue shimmer.  A totally amazing polish.

Emily de Molly - Cosmic Forces. The 'Forces' collection was a huge hit for Emily de Molly - and I still need to get my hands on Dark Forces - the black version.  This believe this purple version was the first one and it's a stunner.  There were lots of other EdM polishes I considered including too, such as Monet's Garden

Sayuri - Love Sayuri - This photo does no favours for this stunning polish.  It's full of different size and shape pastel holo glitters and it is just too beautiful.  I'll have to try get some better photos of it.

Femme Fatale - Even Tide.  One of my first every Femme Fatale polishes, and there were a bunch that I could have chosen to put into this post, such as keeper of the grove, mirror of dawn or gravity lapse, but I chose this gold glitter - just because I love gold glitter.

Crows Toes - Heartless. A mix of holographic and deep berry micro glitters. Incredible to look at, a bitch to photograph.

Crows Toes - Umm No, he went to the pawn shop. Yeah I know, it's another gold glitter. Sorry I just can't help myself. The gold and turquoise combo on this one is so pretty.

OPI - Honey Ryder. I love the cool, champagne colour of this texture polish. I loved it so much that I chose this polish to wear as part of my birthday mani.

Zoya - Solange. Sorry, I know this is the sixth gold polish already, but Solange just cant miss out on inclusion in my list.

OPI - Get your number. This was the first liquid sand polish I tried, and it really turned me around from thinking yuk to yum! The texture.glitter combo in this one is just gorgeous.

OPI - More than a glimmer. OPIs breast cancer awareness polish for this year was such a stunning one. It's a matte finish with a rainbow of pastel glitters.  Very unique and totally awesome from OPI.

JOSS - Desert Sunset. The photo of this one doesn't show how amazing it is.  Holo shimmer, with bronze to orange duochrome glass flecks.  It looks amazing in real life.

Lynnderella - Emerald Hope. So many Lynns to choose from, it was a hard pick, but interestingly my two picks come from the same collection.  Emerald Hope has a crazy mix of lots of shapes and sizes of green glitters.  Maybe because I wear it over Kryptonite that I love it so much.

Lynnderella - Opal Intuition. This is one that stuck in my memory knowing it would be in my top polishes.  It must contain every colour of iridescent glitter there is.

Ninja Polish - Mystic Glacier. One of the most unique colour combos I've seen using the red to green colour shifting pigment.

Ninja Polish - Glamorous. A pretty damn near perfect dupe of one of my all time favourite polishes. OPI DS Glamour!  It's a perfect colour match to it's original and such a pretty polish.

China Glaze - Cosmic Dust. The Hologlam collection didn't get that much love this year.  Most people poo pooed the holo effect in these.  Maybe the release timing was just off, because it was just after all the strong in-your-face holos like the Color Club holos and Layla holos. But I actually really love the whole collection.  I love that they are different holos compared to the other brands and I found most of the colors unique and very pretty with the super fine grit holo flame.

Shimmer - Wendy.  I love my collection of Shimmer polishes.  These are definitely some of the most versatile glitters around, they can be worn on their own, layered and are perfect for litter gradients too.  Again, there were many Shimmer polishes I could have chosen, but this time I went with Wendy.

So there is my top polishes for 2013.  Six golds - no surprises there!  Three with the word "Cosmic" in their name - interesting and lots of blue and purple shades! Which polishes are in your top list this year that aren't on mine.  I need to know what I should go out and buy now!


  1. You're feeding my wishlist! I love seeing posts like this, so many pretties!

  2. I love Eventide, Honey Ryder and agree with you about the China Glaze Hologlam collection..def under-rated! Need to gets me some Amazeballz!

  3. i have Dance Legend - Thermo Trio #1 but doesnt change much, it actually dissapointed me :(

  4. Not surprisingly, I have several of these in my stash already. :) I don't usually care for Lynnderella polishes, but I do like the look of Opal Intuition.

  5. I love femme fatale even tide! that's my favorite polish ;)
    But all these polishes look so pretty on your nails ;) keep on making these amazing posts for us and thanks for sharing.

    Happy new year!
    Xx julia

  6. That's a great list.
    I feel the same way you do about Heartless - so difficult to photograph and so pretty on the nails :)

  7. I have Dark Forces in my to sell pile if you want it! Just email me yr addy.

  8. I had to refrain from making my entire top 2013 lists nothing but gold glitters, I can relate!

  9. Thank you so much for including me on your list Cathy. I giggled about it being two of the longest names I have ever released hehe.
    Great list by the way- I now have MORE lemmings. =)

  10. LOL you might consider some with glitter next year. HAHAHA! Great picks! ♥


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