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Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Pointless Cafe's Best of 2013: Part 1 - Mainstream Brand Polishes

Well it's that time of year again! Time for my personal favorites of the year. And it was NOT easy this year for sure because this has been the best year for polish that I can remember...ever.

So here's how I've decided to break it down:

1: Top 15 Mainstream Brand Polishes - published
2: Top 10 Boutique Brand Polishes - published
3: Highlight: Top Five Indie Brands (with my favorites from each) - published
4: Top Indie Polishes of 2013 (excluding the Highlighted Brands) - published
5: Brand of the Year (with my top 15 from this brand) - published
6: Polish of the Year - published

As I publish each blog post I will add a link to the above list for future reference. ♥

So let's start with My Top 15 mainstream polishes after the jump...

I'm going alphabetically because it's a wonder I got them narrowed to 15, no way was I going to try to put them in any sort of order!

Top 15 Mainstream Brand Polishes of 2013

*Note: not all of these made their debut in 2013 - some were 2012 - But they captured MY attention strongly in 2013 so they're on my list for this year.

butter LONDON Giddy Kipper


butter LONDON Tea and Toast


Chanel Malice Yes, it came out in 2012 - oops. Yes it made my best of list last year. It's just THAT good.


Chanel Taboo


Color Club East Austin


Dior Diablotine


Dior Diorific Minuit


Dior Nuit 1947


Illamasqua Boudicca


Orly Miss Conduct (2012)


Zoya Aurora (2012)


Zoya Blaze (2012)


Zoya Louise


Zoya Livingston

Zoya Peyton


Each one is linked to my post with my full swatches and review. It was so hard narrowing it down to just fifteen!

What do you think? Did any of these make YOUR list?

Stay tuned for the rest of the "Best Of" posts...counting down to my pick for Best Polish of the Year on December 23rd!

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  1. I am soooo bad about picking favorites, but I love seeing everyone else's! Looking forward to your posts.

  2. Wow you picked some beautiful polishes here! You're reminding me of some of my own favorites!! :)

  3. I love all of these. I am not sure I could narrow mine down to 15!

  4. The Orly and Zoya scattered holos definitely make my list!

  5. Completely agree about the Zoya holo jellies, though I would have included Storm!

  6. I love Orly Misconduct, it's the only one of this list I have. Although I do have the LA Girl dupes of the Zoya holo jellies, and those are pretty gorgeous so I feel like I kinda own those, too!

  7. I have 5 of these beauties! Great choices!

  8. Wow! Shimmery Chanels, dark Diors, glittery Zoyas... Half of your top 15 is just my taste.

  9. Holy moly that Illamasqua is fab-u-lous!

  10. I am very unimpressed that this post sent me straight to ebay ..... damn you Sheila!! xx

  11. Malice is delicious. Yes, I just called it delicious :)

  12. Zoya Payton is among my favourites, too. Also Chanel Rouge Rubis for its absolutely stellar formula and Estee Lauder Pure Color Metallics Collection - yes, the whole collection, I can't pick a single favourite there.

  13. So happy to see Zoya's Louise make your list, as that is one of my favorites this year!

  14. How did Zoya Louise slip under my radar! I'm going to have to hunt that one down!

  15. I'm happy to see Zoya with so many on the list too! Zoya Carter, Sunshine and Neve over Louise and Livingston for me. Also, China Glaze Queen B is really underrated! Can't wait to see you other picks!

  16. Chanel Malice is so so amazing, but the Zoya ones are also really good.

  17. OPI Jinx and Zoya Dream stand out in my mind.


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