It took me a while to figure out how I wanted to do my favorites of 2013 post. If I listed all of the products I loved this year it would be the longest post ever. So, after mulling it over and narrowing down, I finally decided to do a top 10. There are plenty more products that I love, but I can’t include everything, so these are the best. While many of these products were released in 2013, that wasn’t a requirement. These are the products that I personally loved this year, no matter when they came out. Most of these products are drugstore, but there are two higher end items because they truly are favorites. If you have been following this blog, you probably will recognize every item on this list because if they didn’t get full reviews, they were at least mentioned in Monthly Favorites posts. So, let’s get started.
Probably the best product to come out all year was the CoverGirl Outlast Stay Fabulous 3-in-1 Foundation. I was really surprised because I don’t usually like CoverGirl foundations, but this one rocks. This foundation is really great and unique because it works equally well for those with oily or dry skin. Very few products truly are for all skin types, but this foundation really is. CoverGirl Outlast Stay Fabulous is mattifying, without drying out your skin. It has solid medium coverage, but is still lightweight and not cakey. The best part is that it lasts all day long. I have worn this foundation for 16 hours in 90 degree Florida humidity and it did not budge, sweat and all. If you are looking for a good liquid foundation, this is the one you should try next. The only downside is that the 3-in-1 claims are bogus. I still need a primer because I have ginormous pores and it will settle in if I don’t prime first. You will also need a concealer if you have major issues like dark acne scars or really dark circles. CoverGirl Outlast Stay Fabulous is a great foundation, despite the over the top advertising. Try it, you’ll probably like it.
The other foundation that I have loved in 2013 came out in 2012, but is still a winner. The Revlon Colorstay Whipped Creme Foundation, like CoverGirl Outlast Stay Fabulous, is good for all skin types. (This jar is still in it’s packaging because I recently ran out of my last jar and this is my replacement.) Revlon Whipped Creme is a full coverage foundation with an odd pudding like texture. It blends like a dream and will last all day long. This is a serious foundation, and may be a little much for every day use for some of you (not me), but it’s awesome for nights out or special occasions. I usually turn to Revlon Whipped Creme when I know I’m going to have pictures taken because I love the look it gives me. Despite the thicker texture, I don’t feel that it lays heavy on the skin. I really like Revlon Colorstay Whipped Creme Foundation and it has definitely been raved about all over the internet. If you haven’t tried it, take a chance.
My final favorite face product of the year was definitely Revlon Nearly Naked Pressed Powder. Though the Nearly Naked Foundation that was released at the same time didn’t do it for me, the Nearly Naked Powder has been fantastic. I love how light it is, and the soft focus effect it gives to my skin is lovely. It blurs the imperfections and makes me look younger. I tossed the ridiculous little pillow sponge it came with and apply it with my e.l.f. Powder Brush. Revlon Nearly Naked is, in my opinion, the best powder in the drugstore.
Moving to eyes, the Lorac Pro Palette launched Fall 2012, but I didn’t get in until Spring 2013. Though it rivals the Naked 2 palette for my favorite, I think that the Lorac Pro is more versatile and universal, so it is a better overall product than the Naked palettes. For more details and pictures check out my review. The Lorac Pro is a fantastic palette and could conceivable be all you need if you aren’t a makeup addict like me. The entire top row are matte shadows in a range of light to dark. The bottom row of shadows are a variety of shimmer and metallic shades. Not only can you achieve lovely neutral eye looks, but there are copper and purple shades to add some variety. The dark matte brown and black are great liner shades. The only thing I don’t like about the palette is the rubberized packaging that picks up everything and constantly looks dirty, no matter what. Oh, well, we can’t have everything. If you could only get one higher end palette, the Lorac Pro is an excellent choice and one of my favorite products in 2013.
If CoverGirl Outlast Stay Fabulous 3-in-1 Foundation isn’t the best release of 2013, then the Jordana 12 Hr Made to Last Liquid Eyeliner Pencils definitely are. Long-time readers know of my obsession with NYX Slide On, Glide On, blah-blah-blah liners that were my number one favorites until these Jordana beauties came out. Now, I am completely obsessed with these. The Jordana 12 Hr Made to last Liquid Eyeliner Pencils are the best pencil liners on the market (IMO) and they are only around $3. These pencils are designed to give you the same intense color as a liquid liner. They have a creamy formula that glides onto the lid with ease. Even on the waterline, there is no tugging or pulling needed to get the color to show up. They take a minute to set, so you do have some time to smudge them out and work with them. Once set, these babies don’t budge at all despite sweat, tears, rain, you name it. You need this.
Another 2013 liner that I’ve loved is the Rimmel Scandaleyes Waterproof Kohl Kajal in Taupe. This is such a great shade for the lower lash line for some definition that is appropriate for the daytime. Rimmel is extremely affordable and the Scandaleyes Waterproof Kohl Kajals have a great formula. Taupe is my favorite of the bunch because it is a unique shade to my collection and a really versatile liner. In a sea of blacks and browns that can be a little much for some people, Taupe is easy and comfortable- a great choice. Rimmel also offers a Nude version of the Scandaleyes Waterproof Kohl Kajals, which is a unique shade for the drugstore and the creamy, yet long wearing formula makes it a wonderful choice for brightening the waterline. Both Taupe and Nude definitely deserve a look.
The best mascara of 2013, hands down, is Maybelline Volume Express the Rocket Mascara. I love this. It has unseated CoverGirl Lashblast as my favorite drugstore mascara. Though Tarte Lights, Camera, Lashes is my all-time favorite Holy Grail mascara, the Rocket is a close second. The Rocket has a large rubber brush and a slightly dryer formula, similar to Lashblast. Something about the Rocket makes my puny lashes really shine. I have tried a lot of mascaras this past year, but none have done as much for my lashes as The Rocket. This product deserves all of the rave reviews.
Though I’ve only mentioned it a few times on this blog, I have been consistently loving Jouer Lip Enhancer Conditioning Lip Treatment all throughout 2013. I originally got a sample tube through Birchbox and discovered how great it is. This is my second full-sized tube. I use the Jouer Lip Enhancer as a night time lip treatment and it works wonders on my dry lips. When I apply it at night, I wake up with soft, smooth, healthy-feeling lips. I can definitely feel the difference when I don’t use it. The Jouer Lip Enhancer is a little pricey, but not too bad and the tubes last forever. I bought two tubes last January and I just busted out this second tube a couple months ago. A little goes a very long way. I don’t want to ever be without the Jouer Lip Enhancer, it’s that good.
I’m sure it’s no surprise that my favorite lip product of 2013 is the Maybelline Color Whisper in Made-it-Mauve. This was made for me. I love the Color Whisper formula. It’s so creamy and moisturizing, and the Color Whispers have completely unseated the Revlon Lip Butters in my collection. They are fantastic. Made-it-Mauve is such a good color for me. I love those pinky-brown my lips but better shades, and Made-it-Mauve is in that family but with a bit more rose. I could wear this shade every day and not get tired of it. If you haven’t tried the Maybelline Color Whispers, you must. They are so comfortable and there are a ton of shades.
I am a dirty cheater, and am counting my favorite hair products of 2013 as one thing. I know, I know, so sue me. First, Batiste Dry Shampoo is the best hair product ever. What rock was I living under that I took so long to try dry shampoo? My hair gets oily super fast, and Batiste has become my new best friend. I tried a few other brands, but Batiste is by far the best in the drugstore. I like the Hint of Colour Dark & Deep Brown version because it doesn’t leave a white cast and it has very mild scent. Some of those dry shampoos are like spraying perfume in my hair, which isn’t my favorite thing. If you haven’t found a dry shampoo that you like, I highly recommend Batiste. My favorite hairspray (for years now) is the Tresemme Tres Two Extra Hold Hairspray. It works the best for my hair for solid hold without making it crunchy or sticky. It’s also really inexpensive and easy to find. Finally, for shampoo and conditioner, I am partial to John Frieda. I really like the Luxurious Volume Thickening line, but the Full Repair line is probably the best. I have pretty healthy hair to begin with, but I do color it, so this shampoo and conditioner keep my hair healthy. You should definitely try it if you need good hair care on a budget.
Those are my top 10 (or so) products of 2013. There are so many more products that I could have mentioned. (Like the Maybelline Dream Liquid Mousse foundation, Jordana Twist & Shine Balm Stains, Michael Todd skincare products, Sigma brushes, Sleek Makeup and so much more.) But, I couldn’t name everything. I’m curious as to what products made your list of favorites for 2013. Let me know in the comments below what you loved the most in the last year.