I love this brush for applying highlighter to the top of my cheekbones. It's comparable in size and shape to the Real Techniques Setting Brush. It may be a little bigger than the Setting Brush, actually. Still, it's quite small, and I don't think I could use it for anything but highlighter. For that purpose it works great, however. It's excellent if you want a brush for highlighting only and you don't want to spend much.
Makeup Brushes -E.L.F. - Studio Flawless Concealer Brush
dulcetpurr 12/10/2012 3:47:00 PM
This thing WORKS. When I first saw it I thought it was way too big, but then I started using it and realized the size is just fine. I like to swipe a brush back and forth underneath my eyes to apply concealer, and for blemishes I like to stipple the concealer on, and this brush works wonderfully for both tasks. The bristles are very soft and dense. This brush does not eat up product like some brushes do. As another reviewer said, it really is like a tiny kabuki on a stick. I'm incredibly pleased with it. I got it during one of ELF's many sales for a whopping buck fifty. You can't beat that with a kabuki on a stick.
This is very very similar to TFSI to me. The texture is that same liquidy, slightly slippery feel. UDPP is more tacky. It works just as well at keeping your eyeshadow on all day too. There's no need to shell out $18 when this works just as well and is half the price. A fantastic primer. I love the squeezy tube too.
This eyeshadow is...weird. I honestly don't know if I'd repurchase. I'd give this 3.5 lippies in reality because I do actually like it, but it takes some fiddling to get a good result. In the pot it looks like a matte beige color that would be a perfect brow highlight, and that's why I bought it. It's very pigmented, but the texture is...chunky, somehow. You really have to gouge it to get some on your brush, and then when you first apply, it is VERY chalky. Seriously, the first time I used this my face fell and I was like 'Oh god, this is so chalky, what am I going to do?!?!' I make it work by brushing the hell out of it. I don't get any more product, I just keep going over and over it with the same brush. This smoothes out the chalkiness very nicely. Brushing it vigorously also reveals that this is not a flat matte, it has just the tiniest bit of satiny sheen to it. When I apply it in this way it is a lovely browbone highlight! It just looks beautiful, and it's so pigmented it evens out my blotchy eyelids. I'm torn, there are a ton of matte beiges out there that are much easier to work with, but this is really pretty once you smooth it out...
This eyeshadow is SO REFLECTIVE. If you have hooded eyes like I do you simply must have this color. When I put it on my lids it's like insta-lid, where before I had nothing visible. It's amazing and shimmery and gorgeous. It looks great with warm matte browns in the crease. A must have, I love it.
I honestly don't even use the pencil on this, just the gel. I've never used a brow gel that actually held my stubborn, unruly brows before, and this does! I'm so happy with it. I fill in my brows first with my Anastasia brow powder duo and then I swipe them into place with the gel side. It works!
Eye Shadow -Bare Escentuals - Bare Minerals Ready--2.0 in The Enlightenment
dulcetpurr 10/3/2012 11:16:00 AM
This little duo is -so- nice. It looks amazing on blue eyes. There's a light satin finish beige that is amazing at brightening up your lids, and a matte 'soft brown' type color that works great as a crease color or background blending color. The Ready formula is my favorite eyeshadow EVER, better than UD, MAC, everything else I have. They are soft, smooth and oh so pigmented. They go on like a dream and blend easily. They also stay all day if you use primer. I love it, no complaints whatsoever.
Lips -Revlon - ColorBurst Lip Butter in Peach Parfait
dulcetpurr 9/5/2012 12:06:00 PM
This is my favorite lip butter! I wear it all the time, with any eye look, and it looks great. It comes out to be a beautiful peachy color with golden shimmer in it. I understand that some do not like the shimmer but it doesn't bother me at all. I feel only the tiniest bit of grit when I rub my lips together. The surrounding product is so soft and moisturizing that I barely notice the shimmer at all. Plus it looks so darn good. My only complaint about the lip butters in general is that there is so little product in them. I've never used up a lipstick in my makeup life, but I'm about halfway done with this lip butter, due to how little product there is in the tube. I'd gladly repurchase, however. Lip butters are my favorite lip product, hands down.
I've gone through more than half of this bottle of foundation (I LOVE that you can see how much you've used!) and in that time my opinion of it has done a complete 180...to the good! When I first tried it I thought the brush dispenser was a hassle and I thought the coverage was pretty much zilch. I need at least medium. I tried applying it with my hands first. Then I decided to give it another shot and used my Real Techniques buffing brush. Wow! The coverage almost doubles, just when applying it with a different tool! Now that I know the proper way to apply I can get almost full coverage out of this foundation, and it looks great on the skin. Very real and skin-like, not cakey or heavy. The finish is satin, I'd say, neither dewy nor matte. It's a great finish on my 30something skin. I imagined dry skinned ladies will like this very much, it might not be so great for oily skinned gals. I also noticed at first that this foundation oxidized a bit on me and was looking a little orange by the end of the day. I started using primer under it and the oxidization stopped. Primer helps it last all day too. On its own the foundation tends to wear away within a few hours. My only gripe about this foundation now is that crazy brush tip, which I yanked out immediately with pliers. I can dispense it into my hand just fine, but the problem is that it keeps oozing out after you've stopped dispensing, so foundation has pooled up in the cap. It's kind of gross. I wish makeup companies would quit thinking we need an included brush to apply their product with. This foundation might get a 5 star rating from me if it just had a darn pump.
I am a long time user of the original ColorStay foundation. I loved it because the coverage is medium to full, it stays put, and it can look very natural on the skin depending on how you apply it. I recently bought a new bottle with the '24 hour' claim on the cap. I didn't think much of this until I started using the product and realized how much it's changed. The coverage has gone down to zilch. I have to glop on concealer now to cover my acne scars. I didn't have to do that with the previous forumulation. It still looks nice and natural on the skin, but the 24 hour claim? Pfft! It gets greasy very quickly and pretty much disappears entirely from my face within a few hours. I am so sad that they changed ColorStay so much. It was an HG. I am still holding onto a shred of hope that maybe I got a bad bottle, but it's doubtful. I'll also note that the new Revlon Whipped Creme makeup seems to have a lot of the qualities that the old ColorStay had, so if you're really missing ColorStay like I am, you might try that one.
I was so shocked by this mascara. Normally L'Oreal mascaras do not work for me at all. But this mascara is amazing at building up all my wimpy non-existant lashes and making them look full-bodied and lush. It brings out even the tiniest lashes and makes them visible. It also adds considerable length. It does have a tendancy to clump, however, if you take too long to apply it. That's why I love it as a layering mascara. I apply this quickly on my top lashes, then move on to Cover Girl's Professional mascara, go over the top lashes, and then apply that on my bottom lashes as well. The reason I do not use False Fiber lashes on my bottom lashes is because it flakes and smears like crazy. That is the only problem I have with it. If it didn't smear & flake, it might very well be the perfect mascara for me. But I love it as is, I love the way it makes my lashes look. I'm totally repurchasing.
Absolute HG. I use this everyday to pat on my Smashbox Halo powder, and it works perfectly. So soft. It's never shed a bit. I'm actually upset when this brush is dirty and I have to use something else.
Eye Primer -Urban Decay - Eyeshadow Primer Potion - Eden
dulcetpurr 9/1/2011 11:50:00 AM
I have this in the squeezy tube, which is FANTASTIC (finally, UD, thank you) so I gave the packaging a 5. I used to be loyal to the original UDPP. I do my eyes before my foundation, and had trouble evening out my eyelid skintone to mesh with the rest of my face. I used to apply concealer to my eyelids, then UDPP. It was an extra step and I didn't like it but didn't really know how else to even everything out, so it doesn't look like my browbone is 3 shades darker than the rest of my face. Then I tried Eden alone, and the heavens opened, angels sang, etc etc. I don't NEED a concealer on my lids with this stuff. It's yellowy and so pigmented that when I apply it all over the lid and browbone, it evens everything out! It's amazing. Plus my shadows don't crease at all. I LOVE IT! It's better than the original version. A definite HG.
Powders -Smashbox - Halo Hydrating Perfecting Powder
dulcetpurr 9/1/2011 10:21:00 AM
This is my HG powder. I have very dry skin, and all powders I've tried look cakey, powdery and unnatural on me. I always had to spray Fix+ on my face just to take down some of the powderyness. I don't have to use Fix+ anymore with Halo. It looks incredibly natural, like I'm not even wearing a powder. It sets my foundation and concealer like a champ too. It's a fantastic powder for the under-eye area. I usually get some settling into fine lines with my concealer, but if I dust Halo over it with a small brush, it's much less noticeable. The powder has this interesting quality about it that sort of blurs imperfections. I've heard some say it's 'shimmery' but I haven't experienced that, I just feel like my skin glows when I wear this. And I don't mean 'glow' in the glittery, shimmery way. Just naturally glowing. It's *crazy* expensive, and I do think the packaging wastes some product, but I simply refuse to use any other powder after using this. Some things are worth the money. If you are dry skinned or have had problems with setting powders in the past, I highly recommend Halo.
I've worn this color so much the last few weeks, that must mean I like it! It's just a beautiful coral pink color with lots of fine gold shimmer. It looks very natural and subtle on me. The shimmer is kind of gritty, you can sort of feel it when you rub your lips together. But the product around the shimmer is very soft, smooth and moisturizing. This is not a drying lipstick. The price is definitely right. I love this lipstick, it's become a favorite of mine.