Perfect sheer nude/pink. I'm NC25 and this looks perfectly natural on me. I wear it almost everyday, it is very work appropriate. It makes my hands look elegantly polished. I've got many many compliments on this color. Will buy again and again.
Eye Primer -Urban Decay - Eyeshadow Primer Potion - Eden
devrim 5/22/2012 9:30:00 PM
This is my favorite. I used to like Smashbox until I tried UDPP original formula. But then I realized I needed something to cover the discoloration on my eyelids as well and UDPP Eden was the answer. I think this is better than the original in terms of keeping the eyeshadow in its place. It's much thicker than the original one, but if you apply a tiny amount, it's not a problem at all. Yellow based matte beige color without any shimmer is a big plus for me. The color looks very natural and close to my overall face color (NC25). I have the tube version which is much more hygienic.
This is as close as it gets to HG I guess. Lightweight, natural looking, long lasting, light to medium coverage, etc. I'm NC25 and bought Ivoire 2C which is a pretty good match. The color is a bit too light initially. But it oxidizes in half an hour to match my skin tone. It lasts till the end of a 12 hour day on my combination/dry skin. I have to moisturize my skin pretty well, otherwise it can make my face feel dry and tight. The only con I can think of is that ivoire 2C is one of the lightest shades and gals with lighter skin tone would have hard time finding the right shade. SPF 15 is a big plus. I also like the tube packaging. I think it's a little too expensive given the thin consistency and having to use more than your usual foundation ($34+tax for 0.8 fl oz).
Didn't get a chance to use it long enough to talk about long term effects. It gave me milia in 1 week and went back to the store. For reference, i have extremely dry undereye area with dark circles and few fine lines. My skin is quite sensitive and I tend to get break outs from most Lancome products.
This is a mediocre foundation IMO. Pros: Good coverage, matte look (initially), good color selection. Cons: Ridiculous packaging (glass bottle with no pump.. it's like a joke, hard to get out and not sanitary at all), transfers to stuff (my cell phone was all foundation after a 10 min talk), it gets shiny in a few hours, feels heavy (almost sticky), doesn't look natural even with a light handed application, super low SPF (just 6), oxidizes slightly to a darker shade, etc, etc.. I think this is expensive for a DS foundation. I haven't tried a whole lot of DS foundations (the only other one I tried is L'Oreal visible lift serum absolute which is overall better than Revlon CS), but I have tried almost all high end stuff out there and haven't found my HG yet. The ones I liked broke me out, others did not meet my expectations. I finally wanted to give this a try out of frustration and it was a miss for me. For reference I'm NC25 with combo skin (on the drier side) with no major skin problems. The color I picked was 180 (sand beige) which fit me pretty well. My dream (HG) foundation would be light feeling, natural looking, long lasting, light to medium coverage foundation that came with a sanitary (pump preferred) packaging and did not break me out..
It smells great, but that's all. It didn't moisturize my lips at all, if anything, they were drier only 1 hour later. It's too greasy and leaves an unpleasant layer of whitish substance on your lips. It would've lasted very short I guess, since only a few days of using it made a big dent. I returned it.
Eye Shadow -Laura Mercier - Gold Metallic Creme Eye Colour
devrim 1/3/2012 6:47:00 PM
Didn't care much for the color. It did not show well on me, it was mostly golden glitter. I had a little bit of creasing too despite primer (UDPP). I think it would've lasted for a long time since you don't need a whole lot, but I can't tell since I returned it the next day. For reference, I'm NC25 with hazel/brown eyes.
I tried it for the first time today after getting a really good deal on Sephora but didn't like it at all. The scent is way too strong, smells like coconut. I also found it very thick and difficult to apply. It sat on my extremely dry skin and didn't absorb at all. It's going back!
Concealers -Estee Lauder - Double Wear Stay-in-Place Concealer
devrim 10/26/2011 8:02:00 PM
I will not repurchase this. It's too drying for my undereye area. Coverage is good but definitely not full. Staying power is not better than my all time favorite (Exuviance). I've applied all kinds of undereye moisturizers and still ended up with accentuated fine lines due to dryness. And for reference, my fine lines are barely visible otherwise. The color I picked was 02 which fits my NC20-25 skin tone pretty well.
I'm NC25 and 1.5 fit me perfectly. I liked the natural (slightly dewy) look and light feel of it but it broke me out terribly. I won't be purchasing the full size. It's overpriced anyway.
Liquid -Boots - Lifting & Firming Foundation SPF 15 [DISCONTINUED]
devrim 5/26/2011 8:32:00 PM
Nope! Not for me. The color nude was a perfect match for my C2 skin tone. First the pro: easy to blend since it's watery. But the cons are more serious: -Gave me the worst break out I've ever had from a cosmetic product. -it doesn't "settle" on your skin and it transfers onto everything, even your fingers everytime you touch your face. Whenever I washed my hands throughout the day, I saw some of the foundation draining down. -it's expensive for a DS brand (14.99) -very few shades of options. -staying power isn't that great -my nose was shiny in the afternoon and my skin is normally dry/combination, not oily for sure -it doesn't feel light at all, I was "aware" of my makeup the whole day. -sheer coverage. Too bad Target doesn't accept cosmetic returns, but my skin looks awful even after 3 days of use, so I cannot use it anymore.
Boring matte brownish purple. I had it done at the nail salon and regretted right away. My skin color is quite light (NC20-25) and this color made my hands look dead. All Essie nail polishes I've tried so far have the same problem, they chip in just 2 days despite top coat.
Love it. Perfect color for my skin tone. Natural but still eye catching. I'm NC25 for reference. The only problem was that the bottle I got was probably dated and the polish was kind of thick. But, it did not change my overall satisfaction and I'm in love with the color.
This is too funny! I received a small sample with my Sephora purchase and as soon as I put it on I was like OMG this smells like rotten meat. Then I checked MUA and saw the reviews. My nose was kind of shifted I guess. But this product still smells awful, it doesn't matter whether it's fish or rotten meat. I wouldn't purchase the original product even if I knew it was gonna make my skin perfect. I just cannot take it!
I bought the rolerball to try. It smells cheap and gave me a horrible headache. My husband didn't like it either. Will return.