At this stage, 2013 feels like a distant memory. However, it would be remise of us to let the new year pass without rounding up the products that launched in 2013 and kicked so much ass in the process. Below, our favorite launches of last year.
Floss Gloss Pro Nail Lacquer in “TANLINES”
It’s easy for a nude nail polish to get lost in the sea of nail art these days, but Floss Gloss’ Tanlines refuses to be ignored. This warmly pigmented shade of tan is a welcome neutral that says “Look at my nails!” without ever saying a word – easily as noticeable as your actual tan lines.
Flossgloss TANLINES – $8.00
Urban Decay Nail Color in “Addiction”
Back in 1996, Urban Decay launched as a lip and nail color line, instantly becoming a cult favorite amongst beauty junkies. Fans took it hard when the brand discontinued their line of lacquers a few years later, taking to forums and social media to voice their unhappiness. Thankfully, those cries didn’t fall on deaf ears. Last year, Urban Decay re-launched their polish with a brand new, 3-free, high-gloss formula, packaged in a bottle with a custom-designed cap: a skull with roses for eyes. Addiction, a smoky gunmetal grey metallic shade, will keep true to its name and have you coming back for more again and again.
Urban Decay – Addiction – $15
Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Nail Lacquer in “Black Metal Dahlia”
This gorgeous, shimmering shade of red was released as part of OCC’s Fall 2013 Moderncraft Collection, which featured an array of colors inspired by the 1920s cabaret scene. You could easily own every shade of red that existed before this and they would all come up short. It’s metallic yet opaque, highly pigmented, and adds an instant dose of old Hollywood glamour to your beauty routine. Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Black Metal Dahlia – $10
Marc Jacobs Beauty Enamored Hi-Shine Nail Lacquer in “Ultraviolet”
Marc Jacobs expanded his empire last August, launching a highly anticipated beauty line that didn’t disappoint. The brand’s Hi-Shine Nail Lacquer contains patented bonding agents that deliver a wet “plasticized” look – paired with the intense “Ultraviolet” shade, the final product is a modern yet futuristic shade that you just know Judy Jetson would be all over.
Marc Jacobs Beauty Ultraviolet – $18
Inglot Cosmetics O2M “Breathable” Nail Enamel #660
Inglot’s 02M line of polishes are formulated with the same resin found in contact lenses, which allows water and air to pass through the polish – thus making them breathable and less damaging to nails. They’ve been around for some time, but experienced a relaunch of sorts last year when cleric Shaykh Mustafa Umar, of the Islamic Institute of Orange County, tested the polish and found it to be halal – meaning that practicing Muslim polish junkies could now indulge in the booming nail art trend whenever they want! Shade #660 is the perfect shade of coral pink that perks up any manicure.
Inglot Cosmetics Breathable – $14.00
Rad Nails BEYOND
Rad Nails’ BEYOND are a set of temporary “tattoos” that take your nail art one step beyond traditional motifs. You can apply them to your actual nail bed, but the real magic here is applying them to your cuticles to change your nail silhouette completely, visually extending your nailbed or jazzing up a boring manicure.
Rad Nails Beyond – $6.00
NCLA “Leather and Lace” Transparent Nail Wraps
Negative space and lace are two of the bigger trends in nail art yet both are hard to pull off. Negative space manicures lose their appeal if even one line is uneven, and 3D lace appliques either get caught on everything or border the line of tacky. NCLA easily combines the two with these nail wraps, delivering a fashion-forward and perfectly even negative space lace-inspired look every single time.
NCLA Leather and Lace – $18.00
– Bren Lee Gomez