I feel compelled to do this review because this is an eyeshadow that I'd forget sometimes as I get new "toys" to play with. But everytime when I reach back for it, I fall in love with it all over again. This is a limited edition one from a while ago, but I have purchased another backup on ebay just because I love it so so much. I can't imagine the day I use up both and can't get anymore.
I think previous reviewers were right in saying that this shadow lives up to its name. It's very, very, remotely grey. In fact, it's more of a reddish brown. If you are looking for a pigmented eyeshadow, stay away from this one. This eyeshadow needs a primer and 2-3 layers to really show up on my NC 20 skin. It's not shimmery or frosty at all, but has a true satin finish. It's almost matte, but better and more sophisticated. I really can't quite put my finger on this unique color. However, I must say that I can see why many people won't like this eyeshadow, because it's not a versatile color in my opinion. It only works for a specific purpose and specific skin color, as described below.
As an Asian with almost no visible eye socket, this is my all-time favourite eyeshadow for eye contouring. If your eyes are like mine, you'll know how hard it is to achieve symmetrical makeup. There's just no guidance from my bone structure for me to know where I should be applying things. I really have to use the brush to push into my eye socket to find them. The sheerness of this eyeshadow is perfect for contouring because I can use this to lightly "mark" where my eye socket is, blend a little, and keep packing on the shadow to create the illusion of deeper set eyes. Otherwise, I can use this as a marker only and apply other shadows. The sheerness allows for mistakes, unlike more pigmented eyeshadow. In addition, I have tried many other eyeshadows for the purpose of contouring. None works as well as Remotely Grey. Remotely Grey helps to create very natural and believable sockets, while all the other ones I've tried were either too light, too dark, or something about the color was off.
I tried to use this on my lids, and it didn't look very nice. My conclusion is that this is only good for the crease.
So all in all, definitely try this before buying. It's not a product that is universally flattering.
Primer/ Corrector -Lancome - TEINT MIRACLE INSTANT RETOUCH PEN
OolilredoO 7/23/2012 1:41:00 PM
I bought this product wanting to use it to brighten up my dark circles under my eyes. I remember getting this product from Shoppers Drug Mart for a bit more than $30 CDN but Lancome.ca apparently sells it for $40 CDN. It's quite expensive, yet it's the cheapest one out of similar high-end products from YSL and DIOR. I got it in the lightest color as I have fair skin. Coverage wise, it's barely noticeable if at all. But this product contains shimmers that can be seen under the sun. I guess that's why it's called a retouch pen, not a concealer. To be honest, I didn't like it for the purpose of brightening up my eyes as I could barely notice the difference before and after applying this product. One day, I somehow got some of this on my nose. I instantly noticed how it adds a nice natural shine to my nose. That was when I started loving this product. Being Asian, my facial features are somewhat flat. This is the perfect product to use along the nose bridge to make it look more prominent. The liquid/cream texture makes it way better than any shimmer powder as it's more long-lasting and natural looking due to the fineness of the shimmer particles. I took 1 lippie off because of its price and packaging. It's hard to control how much product comes out from 1 click, and sometimes when I try to put back the cap I accidentally click the pen as well causing more product to come out.
I found this at Rite-Aid for $1.25. This may just possibly be the best $1.25 I've spent on makeup, and I have a pretty big stash. The black eyeshadows that I owned or still own are MAC Black Tied, Caron, Beauty Marked, Urban Decay Blackout from the Naked 2 palette, and Shu Uemura single eyeshadow in ME Black 990. This Wet n Wild one is a new addition. I must say that it's unquestionably the best out of the ones I own. The pigmentation is fantastic, it's extremely blendable and buildable, and lasts all day with a primer. I've also tried to use it without a primer, and it only creased a tiny bit. I have oily lids and all eyeshadows without a primer creases like crazy. So I was pretty amazed by the fact that this one only creased a little. Also, the fall-outs during application is minimal. You won't get annoying black bits on your cheeks after doing a smokey eye with this. My favourite thing about this eyeshadow is that even with a very light layer, the color is a sheer BLACK. It doesn't show a blue undertone like almost all of my other eyeshadows when applied lightly. If you just keep on building the color, you'll get a very nice smokey look. No mess or fuss. I'm absolutely in love with this eyeshadow. I have nothing more to ask in terms of quality. My only complaint is the packaging. It comes in a plastic little case with a clear plastic lid. Sometimes it can be hard to open and I'm kind of afraid of breaking off the lid if I use too much force.
Since there are no Ellis Faas counters in Canada, I bought this together with L205 (which I'm going to return) from Sephora.com. The product comes in the typical Ellis Faas silver coloured pen with a lip brush for application. Initially, it took about 20-30 clicks to get the product to come out. That kind of reminded me of the Stila lip gloss. L208 has a creamy consistency, sort of like a melted lipstick. It's able to completely cover my original lip colour without leaving streaks (unlike L205, which is too runny and leaves streaks if not applied carefully). I have really pale complexion and this warm peachy-organgy colour is the perfect everyday colour. I tried it with both heavy and light makeup, and it works for both. I have decided to use this product for my wedding coming up in July. However, I don't like the packaging because of the fact that all Ellis Faas products come in the same silver pen, and without looking at the bottom of the pen, it's impossible to tell which is which. The brush quality of this product also varies. The one I have is quite good, but the L205 that I bought had a really messed up brush tip. All in all, although this was a fun new experience, at $36 a pop, I probably won't buy this product again.
This is the first tanning lotion I've ever used. As a first timer, this lotion was easy to apply, and I was able to notice a color change in only 2 days. I only got a few streaks on my legs but with careful application this problem was solved in no time. I didn't notice the self-tanner smell at all, in fact, I really love the smell of this! The only down side is that this stuff dries a little slow. Some reviewers mentioned that their skin feels slick after application. I had this problem too, but I find that if you apply less product, the lotion will slowly sink in instead of being slick sitting on the surface of your skin. Overall, a very good product. I will certainly buy again for the price, the amount I get, as well as the great results.
I had always used OPI polishes and thought they were the best. This is my first Essie polish and it has already replaced all the OPI's i have to become my fav! I prefer its square bottle compared to the usual round cone shaped nail polish bottle. Aruba Blue applies evenly and dries fast. 1 coat is enough to get a nice, solid color that is the same with the color in the bottle. It's a metalic navy blue that has just the amount of brightness. This is my favorite color now as I'm tired of the pinks and neutrals, and don't dare to go into brights, and anything darker than this would make my hands look dead white.
Powder -Pure Luxe Cosmetics - Mineral Powder Foundation
OolilredoO 3/7/2008 6:07:00 PM
I have finally found my HG foundation! Good price, great CS, fast shipping, and perfect color math. What more could i possibly ask for? I'm asian, NC15 for MAC. Ivory in Pure Luxe's Powder Foundation is an exact match for me. I've tried many foundations, from DS to HE, but nothing truly impress me. Just to name a few that i've tried : GA LSF, Chanel Teint Innocence, Diorskin Light, Maybelline age rewind and the list goes on and on! They all oxidized on me somewhat, and feel greasy at the end of the day. So I decided to give MMU a try. Originally, I was gonna try either EM or Alima. But one day for some reason I ordered a few eyeshadow samples from Pure Luxe and I was very impressed. So I thought why not try their foundation? They've got samples which will last you for probably a week for $1!
Lipstick -MAC - Slimshine in Bare ] [DISCONTINUED]
OolilredoO 3/4/2008 5:00:00 PM
I've wanted to try Slimshines for a long time, ever since last year when they first came out. But I never quite convinced myself that I needed it since I usually don't wear anything on my lips other than chapstick. When I finally decided to get one, my counters and stores were sold out. This year Slimshines came out again, so I just had to get it. I chose Bare because I wanted a neutral everyday color. I'm NC15-20 and has medium pigmented lips. Bare is the perfect MYBB color. I dont like wearing lipgloss because many of them are overly glossy. I dont like using lipsticks because they are too drying. But Slimshines are like thing for me. They add some color to my lips with a slightly glossy look. The staying power of Slimshines are not great but i have no problem with reapplying throughout the day because they feel so comfortable on my lips.
Eye Shadow -NARS - Night Series Palette (2007) (6 pan)
OolilredoO 3/4/2008 3:23:00 PM
I've been lemming this palette ever since it came out. I didn't want to buy it since the price is so high in Canada. After tremendous effort, i finally got it in a swap. I really really wanted to like it. I love everything from NARS. I've tried so hard to convince myself that I like it. But I just can't. I've read the bad reviews for this palette before i got it, but I chose to ignore them. Big Mistake. The palette itself is about the size of a NARS bronzer. It costs $55 US. It contains 6 shades, which are Night Star. Night Clubbing, Night Snow, Night Rider, Night Fever, and Night Fairy. The two darkest shades, Night Clubbing and Night Fever, are super easy to blend, pigmented, and soft. In fact, I think Night Fever is a dupe for MAC Beauty Marked. I would have given these 2 shadows 5 lippies alone. However, the other 4 shadows are just HORRIBLE! The texture is hard and chunky. No matter how many layers I put on, or even use them wet, they still don't show up well. The one I hated the most is Night Snow. I've never hated any eyeshadow before. Despite the pretty name, this shadow is basically just white glitter. BIG chunks of glitter that won't stay on. It falls off all over my cheeks and gets into my eyes. Ouch! I feel like I can get better palettes in the Dollar Store! I love night clubbing and night fever, but not the palette. I recommend that you get these 2 shades as single eyeshadows even though they are $21 a pop. Definitely do not waste your money on the whole palette if you think you are getting a better deal by getting 6 of them for $55. I truly wish that NARS would be more consistent with the texture of their eyeshadows. I'd love it even more.
This is a beautiful light green shade with golden shimmers. Applied dry, the color payoff is quite sheer, yet the shimmer still makes it an interesting shade. It would be a perfect shade for spring. Applied foiled, you get this most gorgeous shimmery green. The color reminds me of the color of new grass in the spring when the sun shines onto it. The color is just very delicate and hard to describe. When Sprout is pressed with some alcohol and a drop of glycerin, the color turns into a light khaki when applied. The golen shimmer is still there though.
Update: After 2-3 years of not using this product due to an eye condition that prevents me from wearing eye makeup, I recently started wearing eye makeup again. I took off 1 lippie because I find that it needs quite a while to dry before you can apply anything on your lids. I'm not sure why I haven't noticed this a few years ago. ---------------------------------------------------------- This product can be found under the "accessories" section on the Pureluxe site. The sample vial which is 1.5ml goes for $3. The full size is 15ml, and goes for $15. They both come in the same kind of vial with an applicator. It promises on the site that "All it takes is a sheer wash of primer on your eye to keep you looking picture perfect all day! Also makes most shadows more vibrant." Compared to UDPP, PL's primer is colorless, and it has a thinner and more watery texture. Those who think that UDPP is too drying will love this one. In my opinion, UDPP holds eyeshadows a bit better, but blending is just a pain in the ass for me. With PL's primer, I sometimes will experiences little fall outs from extremely shimmery/glittery shadows, but the majority of them stay on really well and are more vibrant. Blending is super easy too. I don't think I'll ever buy another UDPP again since I've found PL's primer. I've also used MAC Bare Canvas as a base. PL is much better and cheaper compared to that. Bare Canvas is too dry for, and it makes my teenage eyelids look really old and creppy. If you are not sure if this primer is for you, order a sample. It lasts more than long enough for you to figure out if you like it. I also like to order eyeshadow samples from PL because they are so cheap and I get a chance to experience lots of different colors. My problem with these eyeshadows were that they are very sheer unless foiled. But I hate making my brushes wet and it makes a big mess. Their primer solved this problem for me as it makes these eyeshadows so much more vibrant! Lastly, I gotta rave about PL's customer service. They always respond to emails promptly and give really satisfactory answers to my questions. They ship worldwide, and their shipping is the fastest I've ever seen compared to other etailers.
Eye Shadow -Shiseido - Majolica Majorca Majolook WT951
OolilredoO 2/18/2008 11:53:00 PM
I got this palette because i wanted to give Japanese makeup a shot. This didn't dissapoint me. It comes in a really cute and sleek plastic packaging, very typically asian. The top grid with the pretty patterns is a luminous base. It keeps the shadows from creasing quite well for me. The 3 eyeshadows shades on the bottom are very metallic. There are a pale yellow, pale pink, and pale sky blue. When they are sheered out, there is barely any color at all, except shimmer. When they are layered, the colors show up more, but become quite chunky. For the longest time, i thought these were cream shadows because the texture is sort of in between a cream and a powder. If you press your finger into one of them, you'll make a little dent. This palette is best applied with the sponge tips given or your fingers. I've never applied eyeshadow using my fingers, but when I tried using brushes, they don't pick up the shadow as well as my fingers due to the unique texture. I only pair the shades in this palette as some sort of highlighter with other shadows. I can't seem to see a way that this palette would look good on someone just on its own because the shades are all so light.
I got this blush simply because of its name. It's a super shimmery burnt orange, and on me (NC 15), even using a 187 will give too heavy of an application. I really love the shade because it's the most amazing shade of orange, but I just don't dare to wear it on the streets. It'll probably be the only thing that stands out from my whole face. I do wear it sometimes when I'm doing dramatic looks just for fun. Even then, I need to use a very light hand to prevent looking like an orange monster. Pale people should stay away, but I can see this looking good on deep skintones. I will definitely not buy this again because I dont think i'll ever be able to finish it. I've been using mine for 5-6 times, and like 99% of the hatchmarks are still nociteable.
This blush had been sitting in my drawer for a long long time. I tried it once when i first got it with MAC 187 brush and didn't like it. When I was putting on my makeup yesterday, I suddenly decided to give this another try. I used Stila's #1 brush instead, and it's like the perfect contour shade for me! I just applied it at where i would normally apply blush, and my face suddenly seems to have more dimension! This blush is not super pigmented and needs to be layered to get the color to show. I'm a NC 15 and I need to layer it twice to get the look i want. But I like my blush to be a little more noticeable. I was going to swap this away, but i'm glad that i gave it a second chance. It's also quite cheap compared to other brands. Overall, a very nice blush!
MAC decribes this as a "muted reddish brown duochrome with green opalescent shimmer". This is a much raved about shadow, but quite a number of people find it hard to wear probably because of the green sheen. On me (NC15), this shows up as a beautiful brown, with very little green shimmer. When the light hits it, the green shows up more. I love to pair Club with taupes, browns, blues, and greens. I can use it to create a neutral look, a smoky look, or a fun & exotic look. So versatile! What i love the most about this one is that the pigmentation is fabulous and it's very silky. I was very surprised when i saw that Club is a satin shade! I hate most satin shades as they are so dull and they take ages to blend! I didn't have this problem at all with Club! It always blends effortlessly, even in the winter when my lids are super dry! Here are 2 pictures of me pairing Club with Parrot. The colors are deeper and more shimmery IRL. You can't really see the green shimmer in these pics, but it's just to give you an idea of the shade. http://img.makeupalley.com/9/1/9/1/884665.JPG http://img.makeupalley.com/9/1/9/1/884664.JPG