Trish McEvoy • The Power of Makeup • CD/Books/Movies
|Would buy this product again.||28%|
Age: 19-24 Skin: Sensitive, Fair-Medium Hair: Blond Eyes: Blue
Had to update my post on this book. Initially, I didn't get the concept of this book. I felt like it was a giant advertisement for Trish's products. Rather than offer tips on application, the book delves into defining her levels of makeup, ranked 1 through 3, based on your look and needs. Overall, interesting book with some good tips. I read the entire book in under two hours, though. I agree with the other reviewers.... it's a great coffee table book. I purchased this on Amazon for $2, so I can't complain.
Age: 19-24 Skin: Other, Dark Hair: Red Eyes: Hazel
Coffee table book. I ended up flipping through the pages looking at the pictures. The read itself was pretty worthless, but oh well I use it for decoration so I guess it was worth what I paid for it.
Age: 19-24 Skin: Sensitive, Fair Hair: Red Eyes: Green
Got this book out of the library. Glad I didn't buy it as it seems like an advertisement for her stuff, herself and, inadvertently perhaps, her husband. There were a few tips, but nothing earthshattering. Very disappointing.
Age: 44-55 Skin: Oily, Olive Hair: Black Eyes: Brown
I gave this one away. Waste of space. Gorgeous photographs,few tips,lots of half blank pages. For the coffee table or something.
Age: 30-35 Skin: Acne-prone, Fair Hair: Red Eyes: Green
This book was nice to look at and provided some interesting information about Trish McEvoy's life. However, if you are looking for detailed, in depth makeup instruction and techniques, this is not the book for you. I think it would only be very useful for someone who is a beginner at makeup. I don't by any means consider myself a makeup "expert", but I still felt like I could have written this book myself because it was very basic.
Age: 19-24 Skin: Acne-prone, Medium, Cool Hair: Brunette, Curly, Coarse Eyes: Brown
I have mixed feeling about this book. I did pick up a couple interesting aaplication tips and I found the classifications of a woman’s “makeup level” interesting, but every chapter felt like a plug for McEvoy’s products, which gets annoying, and some pages have three sentences on them with a big, blank background. McEvoy could have written this book in half the pages and I, like other reviewers, thought that pictures of looks was certainly lacking. Overall: mediocre, nothing new that you would not find in your basic beauty magazine. I would not recommend this book for friends to buy; if they are really that curious they can borrow my copy.
Age: 18 & Under Skin: Acne-prone, Medium Hair: Red Eyes: Black
Ugh, really ineffective as a how to book. Pictures dissapointing. Not many pics of looks. There are MUCH butter makeup books out there.
Age: 25-29 Skin: Normal, Fair, Cool Hair: Brunette, Wavy, Medium Eyes: Hazel
I think I'm in the minority here but...
Dispite the other reviews I really do like what this book has to offer. Topics which my other books don't. Then again aren't alot of things like that (what one lacks have another may have)?? So I don't mind that it's not a specific 'How-To' on application and technique. I don't need it anyway. My K.A. and NARS books without a doubt cover that in copious detail.
In her book, Trish McEvoy covers a wide variety of topics. In particular are two of my absolute obsessions: #1 - Brushes! They're soooo importaint, and deffinitelly worth spending hard earned money on b/c they will last you for years when taken care of and stored properlly. My personal set (being worth a few hundred) is stored in a flat case with individual slips, get used and cleaned every day (takes less than 5 minutes), and they are still in perfect condition. I've had them for going on 7 years now! And I don't anticipate replacing any of them anytime soon. Unless for some reason I decide that one doesn't suit my particular need of I find one I like better (that's only happened 2x). #2 - Organization. That just says it all. It will make your life so much easier.
Anyway, I'll stop here. It's a breat back to basics book and for $16 it's not a bad buy.
So go buy it!
Age: 25-29 Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium, Neutral Hair: Brown Eyes: Brown
"The Power of Makeup" isn't a helpful how-to book but a waste of money. No examples about the use of colour on different styles and really too quick walks through how to apply make-up. Last but not least, the majority of the pictures show Trish McEvoy's products. What a disappointing result!
Age: 44-55 Skin: Dry Hair: Brunette Eyes: Brown
The book's appearance is very reminiscent of Bobbi Brown's books. There was nothing much here to inspire me. The makeup looks were lovely and all that, but there is nothing unique in what she has to offer. No fantasy makeups like Kevyn or NARS, no down to earth warmth like Sonia Kashuk, no technical wizardry like the late Way Bandy's books, no strong "philosophies" like Bobbi has, no classic know-how like the old Pablo Manzoni book. She uses models -- not super models, but models. No makeovers. The level system is unimaginative and not terribly accurate.
Age: 19-24 Skin: Combination Hair: Red Eyes: Green
I thought this book was beautifully conceived. I haven't read any other makeup books, so I don't have much to compare this to. However, I think this would make a wonderful gift for the makeup novice. Trish gives good basic advice, but nearly everyone who wears makeup (and pretty much everyone on MUA) already knows most of the tips she gives. More pictures would have been nice, but the layout is still fantastic. As other reviewers mentioned, I disliked that she focused only on her products - though I can't say I really blame her. Overall, this book was completely useless, but it was a quick, fun read and I don't regret purchasing.
Age: 18 & Under Skin: Normal Hair: Black Eyes: Brown
I finished this in the library within one hour but sadly did not learn many makeup tips. The photos are airbrushed to perfection and makes great candy for eyes but I won't recommend actually spending money to buy it.
Age: 36-43 Skin: Combination Hair: Red Eyes: Brown
I don't know what all the bashing is about. I thought this book was beautiful and I liked her slant on makeup levels. As a pro makeup artist, I've found a lot of my clients have trouble expressing how much makeup they are comfortable with. This book allows a woman to read the advice just in the level where she is. Trish is a very talented makeup artist with a beautiful book out that showcases that talent. More power to her.
Age: 36-43 Skin: Combination Hair: Brunette Eyes: Blue
I loved this book! The photos are beautiful, the words come right from Trish in a sincere way. She speaks right to you! I will read it again! Also, its so beautiful I'm decorating my coffee table with it!
Age: 25-29 Skin: Normal Hair: Black Eyes: Hazel
I bought this book because I love makeup books and I have to say, as soon as I can get to the mall again, I'm taking it back. It's really pretty useless as a makeup book, there are no great tips, and I'm not to crazy about Trish's makeup "level" philosophy. And she has some pretty strange ideas-such as putting concealer on after doing your eyemakeup. How on earth can you get the concealer on and blend it well enough in the inner eye corners without messing up your eyeshadow? It's a really odd book, not memorable and only somewhat helpful. There is seriously nothing in this book that should compel someone to buy it. What I should have done was take it out of the library, I don't know what possessed me to buy it.
Age: 25-29 Skin: Combination Hair: Black Eyes: Brown
I borrowed this from the library. NO way would I pay for a book like this. Informative yes, but I think it's definately a book where you read once, and that's enough.
She breaks down by levels, depending on what you use and what you are comfortable with. It's interesting, but then again, this is just Trish McEvoy's view on makeup.
Read it if you can borrow it from the library, don't bother buying this.
Age: 36-43 Skin: Combination Hair: Brown Eyes: Green
I received this as a gift and I can honestly say it simply the absolutely worst makeup book that I have seen. Even as a selling tool for her line, it is poor. As others have stated, there is little to read, and it takes about an hour to read it cover to cover. Much of advice is one sentence recomendations like, why suffer from a zit when you can just have an injection to make it go down instantly, without any discussion of the pros and cons and cost - not to mention the fact that very few of us are married to a Dermatoligist and have the time or money to get something like that done on a momont notice. She has pages of one liner advice, much of which could warrent an entire chapter supporting the advise. She has very little in the way of real makeup advice and when she actually address the actual selection of makeup, she ends up advising you to go to a makeup counter and have them help you pick out colors. Most of the pictures are given over to full size images of pretty models whose makeup is not noted or brushes. Do yourself a favor and just read it in the bookstore, if you must, but don't waste your money on it.
Age: 30-35 Skin: Normal, Olive Hair: Brown Eyes: Hazel
I agree with all the "meh" reviews here. I borrowed this from my library on the strength of a great review in some magazine (Elle, Vogue, I don't remember)... Boy, am I glad I didn't buy it! A great makeup book can be inspiring (like Kevyn Aucoin). This isn't even a good makeup book. It just seemed to be all about selling products. Sure there was some basic instruction in it (and I do mean basic) but as a comparison, I felt Sonia Kashuk's recent book was much better at basic instruction without product pushing, if that makes sense. Even though I don't need the kind of basic instruction that either the Trish or Sonia books gave, I still enjoyed watching Sonia's DVD and didn't feel like her book was a complete waste of my time. Yeah, some of the pictures in this book were pretty, but not pretty enough. Don't bother.
Age: 19-24 Skin: Normal Hair: Brown Eyes: Blue
I didn't really like this book. It wasn't too wordy but the ratio of words to pictures was dismally great. I'd have preferred more pictures, as that is how I get inspired. It wasn't very original, and the pictures it did have were airbrushed to infinity. It had over five pages that amounted to nothing more than Trish McEvoy ads for brushes, Planner, etc. I'd prefer something more substantial and universal, because, though I admire said brushes, I'm dirt poor. Get an Aucoin. You could even settle for a Bobbi Brown. But this is not my favorite.
Age: 25-29 Skin: Normal Hair: Brunette Eyes: Black
I agree with the other reviews here (and Amazon for that matter). Trish could've done "better." She could've given more makeup how-to instruction (she only has classic eyes), she could've put some captions or short blurbs next to the photos, and she could definitely have caught that repeat (bad editing!) on the credits section at the end.
That aside, I actually liked this book a lot. To me, it's an introduction to the Trish line, her approach/philosophy with makeup and her working towards her dreams. Perhaps her book title should've been "Makeup and Me" instead. I think the title of her book is too... dare I say.. POWERFUL and it gives one the impression that after reading it, one will learn to wield "the power of makeup". It does not and to me, that's okay. She's a makeup artist who told her story and it's an inspirational one. Her focus is on helping you identify your own makeup style and giving you examples on how you can simplify your routine.
So, do I recommend this book? I do -- not for how-to instructions on how to transform your face, or play with colors (Kevyn's and others are better for that purpose) -- Instead, I recommend this as an inspirational book about a talented makeup artist, her philosophy on the levels at which people look to makeup to look their best, how to maximize that level, and how her predisposition towards organization and application technique helped her launch and continue to improve upon her own makeup line.