Cinema Secrets


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4.3

23 products

423 reviews

83% would repurchase

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Makeup Brushes -Cinema Secrets -Professional Brush Cleaner

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Like this one as it cleans brushes well. Not too expensive.

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Foundations -Cinema Secrets -Ultimate Foundation 5-in-1 Pro Palette

on 1/21/2019 9:52:00 PM

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Been using this foundation for about four years now, and I am quite happy with it in terms of coverage, finish, and longevity. I have palettes #9,10,11 (cool, neutral, warm) for darker skin tones. There is some overlap in one or two shades being in all 3 palettes. Also the nomenclature of the names of the shades are well... letters and numbers, and long ones at that, which makes it difficult to remember, especially for continuity purposes. So we MuA's just draw a picture of the palette on the back of a continuity photo and place a check mark in appropriate square to know which shade has been used. This is helpful when there are two different palettes in an actor's bag, but they are wearing a combination of shades from the two palettes. Another way is to mark the lid with a tiny "x" over the shade with a Sharpie, then just remove the "x" with 99% when done. The disadvantage to this method is that over time, the 99% will dull the lid, so there is that to consider. Anyways I digress. The naming of the shades is confusing.

The pigmentation is very high, so high in fact that you only need a super small amount of product for a full face. The product has a medium texture to it, so blending is okay for being a creme based foundation. Blending or cutting it with a primer, moisturizer or even using a damp sponge before application changes the texture and makes it difficult to blend, and in some instances, makes the foundation dry and ball up on you. So the foundation is formulated to be used by itself, and it works best that way.

The best method I found in trying to thin out the product is to keep working the foundation on your metal / plastic palette and spatula, the heat generated by the friction thins it out quite nicely for application. (Obviously, a well moisturized and primed face is a must before any application). If not blended correctly on the face, the foundation will look streaky.

I find the foundation goes on matte, so minimal powder is needed to set it, A damp sponge brings the foundation back to "life", makes it less matte if needed. This of course is based on combination skin types. In extreme cold temperatures the foundation is difficult to blend out, you'll have to work at it, but it does blend out, but then you'll have to apply it quickly before it becomes difficult to blend on the face and becomes patchy looking.

Okay I've mentioned "damp sponge" a couple of times here. Yes you can use a damp sponge for application, however, it will make the foundation look streaky if not blended carefully and artistically. Also, if you blend it too much you'll end up with zero coverage and have a tinted moisturizer look to it, which defeats the purpose of this type of foundation... which is full coverage. A damp sponge works best when stippled carefully to bring back the natural sheen to the skin without removing any foundation and / or to take away any excess powder that has been used to set it.

I love the thin profile of the palette and it's small size, as it fits perfectly in an actor bag, and it's clear! You can also utilize the inside of the lid as a mixing / blending palette so as not to contaminate / cross contaminate the foundation wells. The plastic is quite sturdy and very well made but will tend to crack under heavy stress loads such a lip / eye pencil or the handles of make-up brushes being pressed against it inside of full capacity make-up / actor bags.

If you use up one or two shades, you'll have to purchase a new palette, as there are no refills per-se, but one can purchase a pot and decant it into one of the corresponding wells.

Overall I like this foundation brands' palette design and shade range, as there are not a lot of brands out there, at least not in Canada, that cover's darker skin tones correctly. Yes MAC carries darker shades as well but their finish doesn't look or stand up very well even in basic conditions. But that is a review for another day.

Cheers everyone.

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Primer/ Corrector -Cinema Secrets -Super Sealer

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I love this product it gives a glossy look. I love to buy it again


Loose Powders -Cinema Secrets -Ultralucent Setting Powder

on 4/16/2018 10:50:00 PM

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Amazing stuff,my ex used to do special fx makeup and he would always use this back in the early 2000s and I remembered it being really good. Sone when my brother got me a gift certificate to Sephora I decided to buy it.Its an amazing setting powder and I've used many.I use this over my HG Wet n Wild mega cushion foundation and my skin looks flawless.Love it.

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Primer/ Corrector -Cinema Secrets -Ultimate Foundation Primer

on 4/16/2018 9:24:00 AM

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I really like this container because you can quickly see how much product is available, but the pump in my opinion gives you too much product. This is a vey liquid primer.

The price is good for amount of product you get. Costco.com had this, so I didn't pay full price. A super plus.

It has a slight scent that is pleasant. This is silicone based and does glide on nicely, but takes forever to dry and even after 10 minutes still does not soak into the skin. It does make the skin soft and foundation glides on easily.

I have them experimenting with primers. I have tried Estee lauder smoothing primer along side with this product. After 14 hour day, both performed similar, but the Estee Lauder side looked more refreshed and hid pores slightly better than Cinema Secrets.

The Cinema Secrets has vitamins and good stuff in it, but it does make my skin feel soft, but dull. I know it is not a brighting primer, but it just makes me have a gray and dull appearance.

This will returned.

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