When I met my boyfriend he had big dandruff problems, and not even special shampoos helped. On top of that he also seemed to loose quite a lot of hair - there was always 3-6 hairs on his shoulders. I thought the problem might have been both because of the dandruff and because the other shampoos he had used might have been "too strong". He used this for about 3 month before the dandruff went away, and he also stopped loosing hair. . Remember, I'm talking about a GUY using this. He has short hair. This shampoo makes his hair fluffy, yet manageable. I would definitely recommend this to guys, as long as they don't mind the melon smell :P
UPDATE: wow, some weird bug on MUA doesn't let me give this 2 lippies XD When I first bought it and tried it out for a while, I absolutely hated it and gave it one lippie. My initial review was: . Didn't like it. I asked the lady in the store for something that lasts long and has light natural coverage. This is not light coverage at all!! And this isn't because I use too much, but it just doesn't spread easily. This is a heavy mask-like and sticky foundation on me. Also there wasn't any colours that were yellow enough - it oxidized to a pinkish orange. It also made my face very "flat". I usually wear MAC Pro Longwear, and even if I cake that on with a lot of powder, it doesn't look this flat! Didn't like the heavy scent. The only positive things I have to say about this that it actually lasts well and hasn't broken me out. . I tried this again a year later, with the Real Techniques Expert Face Brush (I have a review up for it) and with my yellow Kett colour adjuster, reviewed here: http://www.makeupalley.com/product/showreview.asp/ItemId=151847/Kett-Cosmetics---Hydro-Proof-Color-Theory-Yellow/Unlisted-Brand/Primer/-Corrector . What I still agree on is that the colours are bad - there were absolutely no colours for me - I had to colour-adjust this foundation to be able to use it. I will therefore not be talking about the colour that fits me as it is far from what it was to begin with. I still agree with myself: this DOES oxidize A LOT. . This isn't a light foundation - when I think light it means thin and runny, and gives medium coverage at max. I consider foundations like this pretty fool-proof for me to use. This is quite thick and creamy, and yes, a bit sticky. It can be compared to Estee Lauder's Double Wear, BUT: BIG DIFFERENCE: Double Wear has more powders in it than this foundation and suits oilier skin. I have pretty normal, but on the drier side, non-flaky skin. Double wear looks very powdery on me - no matter how thin I apply it, while Everlasting can actually look slightly more natural. . What I have changed my mind about is the flat, dry and powdery look of this. I'm all for light, very natural makeup that looks like skin. I don't actually need to moisturize my face more before this foundation than any other, but I only use one pump, and even that might be too much, and use my Real Techniques Expert Face Brush to apply this foundation. It requires a little bit of work an sets quite fast, but this brush does what fingers can't do. I have never managed to apply the Everlasting foundation well with fingers - it seems to look... waxy somehow when I do and I just can't apply it evenly - it blotches when I apply with fingers. . This foundation can cover quite a lot, but, as I've recently managed, it can also be applied quite lightly. In general, it's quite easy to overdo this foundation by using too much - then you may get an unnatural powdery, waxy, flat or caky look. At the same time, it's important to find a good application technique - as said, This absolutely didn't look god on me when applied with fingers - only a brush could make this decent. . For those who may not be aware of this: this is a long wearing foundation and there is a great possibility that you will only get this off properly with on oil cleanser, followed by a regular foaming wash. . Why only two lippies? Even if I apply tihs in avery thin layer and it looks good, by the end of the day this is caky -_- I have no clue how it does it... . I had a serious addiction to buying new foundations all the time a couple of years ago. I have owned over 45 foundations till now and all, except for 3, were bough the past 2.5 years. I have now thrown a lot - there are some foundations that have gone bad and there are some that I can't use, no matter what I try. I'm now working hard to figure out ways to use the foundations I haven't yet given up on, and luckily, I'm succeeding quite well :) I hoped my tip helped at least a few of you, and a tip for all of you that are just starting out with foundations: don't just blindly follow sale assistance's (SA) suggestions. They might say that a foundation fits you perfectly, but you may come home and discover that the colour is totally wrong, that it's hard to work with the texture without the tools they used, that it looked much better in the store, that you break out from the foundatoin. Please ask for samples when you want to buy a foundation - it might save you a lot of money! The SA's where I live don't want to give out samples, blaming it on that they have no pots to put the foundation in. If you have this problem too, buy your own pots. They can be annoyed at this, but just let them be - buying foundation without trying can be very expensive, especially if you don't have a good return policy.
Liquid -Rimmel - Lasting Finish 25 Hour Foundation
lollsazz 5/16/2013 12:18:00 PM
Wow... this cost me about $11, which over in Norway is unbelievably cheap (bought from feelunique.com). I didn't expect much - I just wanted to try a drugstore foundation because I have tried A LOT of higher end foundations and wasn't all that impressed about the quality compared to the price. Here is a little list for you, just to see what I mean with my "high end" foundations: Kanebo, LancÃ´me, Chanel, Guerlain, MAC, Dior, Clarins, Make Up For Ever, YSL, Estee Lauder, Helena Rubinstein. The Lasting Finish foundation actually looks like a high end foundation! . I heard a lot of good things about Rimmel although not from MUA. I would actually really like to see exactly how people apply this foundation - I can honestly say that my experience with this is VERY different from most of the negative reviews. Many people say this is caky, but there are a few pictures very close up, of people wearing this, and there is no cakiness. I get the same result as in those pictures. I searched up the ingredients for this foundation, and everything seemed to be fine. I have sensitive skin, so I investigate the ingredients of mostly everything I buy before I buy them. . My skin type is currently normal, getting a little oily in the T-zone during the day. Sensitive skin. Most of the time my skin is pretty clear, but I might get pimples on my forehead and a little bit of adult acne on my jawline. My main concern is covering up hyperpigmentation. . What I want from a foundation: I need light coverage, good longevity and something that isn't drying on my skin - I hate foundations that make the skin look tight. I usually like a satin or slightly glowy finish. I have never managed to achieve a matte foundation look as my skin is prone to dryness and has never looked good with matte foundation on. . This foundation is between creamy and liquidy - it's a thin cream. It therefor spreads well and it's easy to sheer it down to a light-sheer coverage. It might be possible to build this up to medium, but it's quite a moisturizing foundation, so it might look a bit moist if you do. I wouldn't attempt what, I personally, call full coverage with this - it will be sticky and uncomfortable. . This foundation isn't bullet proof, but lasts pretty well, but actually fit's dry skin, unlike many other long-lasting foundations. I would say it's transfer resistant - it's better than many other (even high end) foundations. If I touch my face, it doesn't come off on my fingers, but if I wipe my nose with a tissue, it will come off a little, but so would Este Lauder Double Wear. This means I would NOT recommend for oily skin. The finish of the foundation is between satin or slightly glowy, depending on how much moisturizer you put on. You may be able to make it matte if you don't use moisturizer at all, but I will never do that. It feels comfortable on the skin: hydrating (applied thicker it might feel sticky), BUT you might be able to feel it a tiny bit - this may be annoying to many people. Also, this as fragrance in it, but it disappears quite fast. . On me it doesn't crease, doesn't gather in smile lines, doesn't oxidate and doesn't look caky. It covers pores and looks very natural. I use a foundation brush: the Real Techniques Expert Face Brush works great and blends foundation into pores, which is good for those with big pores that need coverage. I use less than 1 pump for my entire face, jawline and a little bit onto the neck, with a brush, as said.The brush make's a GREAT difference in how this foundation looks! I don't apply this to my eye-area as I prefer something even more moisturizing there. . I'm currently an NC15 in MAC shades. I chose shade 100 - ivory, BUT as far as I have read, shade 103 - true ivory is a little lighter. Shade 100 is somewhere between a MAC NC15-NC20/NW15 - if you're lighter than NC15, don't buy colour 100. If you're NC15 and planning on using this quite heavily - don't buy this colour! Since I apply foundations light, the slight shade mismatch isn't a problem. When you look at the foundation in the bottle it looks quite much darker than it will be on your skin, so try it on your skin, don't just look at the bottle and conclude with that it won't fit you.
Makeup Brushes -Real Techniques by Samantha Chapman - lash-brow groomer
lollsazz 5/7/2013 4:16:00 PM
I like this. It's not something super-special: the brow brush it plastic and not the best quality - the hairs are cut a little bit uneven. The lash brush is metal and not sharp at all. Some people may like it, while others would like this to be more dense. It does separate lashes, but it's not the best thing to brush out lumps, if you like the really natural mascara look. The difference between a brush like this and a spoolie is that this reachest between the lashes all the way from the root, brushing through the lashes so they don't appear stuck together, while the spoolie may be better at taking lumps out. . I would give this 4.5, but I think it's a good brush and I would repurchase this If I lost the one I currently have. . I bought this brush from iherb.com. They ship nearly all over the world and they have also lowered their cheapest shipping prize from $6 to $4. If you're a first time customer, you can use my coupon code JUZ808 and get a discount of $5 (if shopping for less than $40) or $10 (if shopping for more than $40). . I also want to say how the code works: if you use it, I get a small percentage of the price you paid. People earn money when you use their code. If you feel strongly negative about this, you can use iherb's own code ABC123, and only iherb will earn money from your buy.
Makeup Brushes -Real Techniques by Samantha Chapman - Expert Face Brush
lollsazz 5/7/2013 9:16:00 AM
I don't I regret buying this - it's a great foundation brush, but it wasn't quite like I imagined it would be. Sam (creator of real techniques) DOES have a video for this brush, but, as a regular person, not a makeup artist, I don't think this really works well with powders. I absolutely love the Chapman sisters, but I feel this brush was a little bit of a let-down since I can't use it for powder. This is a long review, but I'm just trying to explain all of the things I didn't know myself before buying this. . First, I thought the brush-part of this brush would be bigger. Yes, I did see plenty of pictures and videos of this before buying, but I didn't think the brush-part would be as small as it actually is. As many others, I don't like the handle - I have a glass for my brushes + the brush get's a little harder to use because I usually hold onto it quite far down on the handle + it takes more space. I don't know if only I have this problem, but the taklon bristles get stained quite easily. . I thought I would use this for blush or bronzer, maybe for power foundation. I kinda thought this would be a small fluffy brush, but it isn't fluffy - it's very dense - it's basically a very small kabuki on a long handle. No way I could use this for powder blush or bronzer - it leaves harsh streaks because it's NOT a good brush to blend powders with, especially if they're very pigmented. While you can drag cream products around with a brush, powders look better if you don't drag them around. Also: because the brush is so stiff I feel it takes a good scoop out of my compact powder foundation - it kinda wastes a lot of product this way. Same goes with compact blush and bronzer. . I wouldn't recommend this for powder foundation or mineral powder foundation. You would work them well into your skin, but this is so small that it would take a long time. It would be easier to apply foundation-powders evenly with a bigger kabuki or just a bigger powder brush. . If you own a good kabuki, you may have noticed that you need to press it a little into your skin when using it. To work products into your skin you need to keep the brush on your face with a small steady pressure - it's quite difficult to blend something if the kabuki barely touches your skin. I think this brush, which is like a tiny kabuki, is made in such a way that it mainly works for cream and liquid products. I have never come upon a brush like this, but I will attempt to explain how you can use it: . - For liquids: the brush doesn't absorb a lot of product - because of this you can get quite good coverage with it. It does NOT work like a duo-bristle brush, which you can lightly swirl over your skin - you actually have to press this a little into your skin to blend your product. I would recommend first spreading the foundation in a swirling motion, then blend in downwards in strokes. This brush, luckily, doesn't leave streaks on the face, at least it didn't on me. I find this brush VERYgood for liquid foundations - I like the shape better for liquid foundation than flat top brushes or flat foundation brushes. If you want a brush for liquid foundation, I would recommend this - it works very well! . - People with big pores may like this because soft brushes or fingers might not cover their pores well enough . - This brush blends creams quite easily because it's quite stiff, BUT I have a couple of cream foundations that are pretty hard, and this doesn't blend them well - they need to be warmed up by fingers first, or they apply patchy. Most cream, liquid or stain blushes should be good to blend with this . - If you don't like to blend your products into your skin, you will probably only manage to use this with highlighters . I bought this brush from iherb.com. They ship nearly all over the world and they have also lowered their cheapest shipping prize from $6 to $4. If you're a first time customer, you can use my coupon code JUZ808 and get a discount of $5 (if shopping for less than $40) or $10 (if shopping for more than $40). . I also want to say how the code works: if you use it, I get a small percentage of the price you paid. Yes: people earn money when you use their code. If you feel strongly negative about this, you can use iherb's own code ABC123, and only iherb will earn money from your buy.
I got this from a gift basket. What I like about it is that is actually helps my shadow stay on a bit longer and makes the colours more vibrant. But then again: I use MAC eye shadows - they stay on well anyway. . What I don't like about this is that it's quite dry, and it's a little gritty because it has a little bit of shimmer in it. I like to wear matte and satin eye shadows and the shimmer in this is excessive - if I needed it, I would like to add it myself - when it's already in the primer, sometimes matte shadows don't apply smoothly, like they are supposed to. . The smell of this is like men's shaving cream o_O If I remember right, this has the exact smell of Gilette shaving cream for men. . Would I buy this again? I don't know, but I answered no. I'm just a little skeptical about the minor grittiness and dryness, but all in all, this is a good primer - I would recommend testing it out.
Toners -Unlisted Brand - Rohto Hadalabo - Shirojyun Deep Whitening Lotion
lollsazz 5/3/2013 6:33:00 AM
What the Japanese call a "lotion", western people would call a "toner". This is a milky-see-through liquid with no real smell. This has no perfume, no colourants, no alcohol and no mineral oil. It has arbutin, which is a good whitening agent (it doesn't "strip" your skin of colour - it inhibits cells from making melanine), hyaluronic acid (helps skin hold onto water) and vitamin C - to brighten the skin and make it radiant (less dull) . I have always wanted to try an effective whitening product and a good product with hyluronic acid - here I have both in one! :D . I bought this on the recommendation from pbunniep: http://www.pbunniep.com/2013/03/skincare-routine-fw-2012-into-spring.html She said she had sensitive skin and this didn't irritate it at all and that it was good at moisturizing the skin. . I have very sensitive skin that is irritated easily. I have for about 1.5 year now used a great cream that hag gotten rid of all of the pinkness in my skin, but I have some adult acne right under my chin (comes and goes). Because I have naturally light olive skin, every time I get a blemish, I get long lasting hyperpigmentation, even without picking. I really wanted to get rid of the hyperpigmentation on my face and tried several products - exfoliants, vitamin C creams and different whitening agents. Nothing worked for me and some products irritated my skin instead. . Then I tried this lotion. I can say that this feels very comfortable on my skin and doesn't irritate my skin at all! I though I saw my hyperpigmentation begin to fade already after using this just a few days, morning and evening before my moisturizer. I thought that it couldn't be possible to have a product that worked THAT fast, but then... I saw my moles fading about 2.5 weeks into using this. I think that's pretty good proof for this working! My skin actually looks even more hydrated than before too, which I thought was impossible, because my skin already looked pretty good. . How I use this: I pour a little of the liquid onto my palm, dip my fingertips into it and put it all over my face, including the eye area (you should not apply PURE hyaluronic acid there - it will create undereye bags). Then I pat my face until the lotion begins to feel sticky, apply my regular moisturizer and pat that in too. After this I either go to bed or wait a little, so my moisturizer sinks in, and then apply my makeup. . I you don't want to by a whole bottle of this, search for sample bottles - they are pretty cheap and there should be enough in there to test out for about 3 weeks, twice a day. You should be able to see if this helps you or not by then. There is 30 mL/1 oz. in one sample bottle.
Lip Treatments -Elizabeth Arden - 8 Hour Cream Lip Protectant Stick
lollsazz 5/2/2013 4:46:00 AM
My little sister and mom love this, but I'm allergic to it :( I know I'm allergic to several products, like the EOS lip balms too, but I have never reacted as bad to anything as I do to this - it gave me small wounds all over my lips that took about 1-2 weeks to go away :( I've tested it out about 6 times in the last 9 years, so I'm completely sure about my allergy to this. My sister sometimes get terribly dry lips in the winter, and I always buy her this to fix it, as it's the thing that works best for her.
Hair Color -Unlisted Brand - Surya - Surya Henna Cream - Red
lollsazz 5/1/2013 8:14:00 AM
I have tried this hair colour i copper, my mom has tried it in mahogany and chocolate and my sister tried it in red. I liked the copper - it really gave my hair a copper colour for a long time. My mom liked the chocolate - it looked good and lasted on her hair for a long time. My sister therefore tried this red, since me and my mom had such good experiences, but didn't like it. . My sister has brown hair that is on the darker side on top of her head and light brown from about the ears, from bleach in the dye she used last time she coloured her hair. She said that she could barely see any difference in her hair colour after colouring, although she kept it in for over an hour. She said that the lighter part had a red hue in the sun, but that the colour was more of an orange and washed out really really fast. . She said the colour bled when she got caught in the rain and washed out in about 2 weeks. I don't live at home, but I saw my little sister about 2 weeks after she coloured her hair and it looked like she had never even coloured it. . I tried colouring a strand on my light brown hair with this dye to try it out and it turned out quite red, even out of the sun. The difference between my and my sister's hair is that I have coloured mine a little more often and that her hair is fine, while mine is medium. I have no clue about how long the coloured might have stayed in my hair as I only coloured a strand and then cut it off, but from my sister's experience, I can't really recommend this colour. I can also mention that red is quite a tricky colour to have in general - it has a tendency to fade, no matter what kind of dye you use. . Although I can't recommend this particular colour, the dye itself is pretty good: my mom really likes it because she has a very sensitive scalp that itches for over a week after she coloures it with regular dye. Because she has graying hair that she really doesn't want to show, she usually has to colour her hair once per 1-1.5 month. She really likes this dye in the colour "chacolate" because it gives her a natural dark brown colour (although it's a VERY dark brown at first) that lasts for quite long and makes her scalp feel nice. . If your opinion about this dye is different, please tell. . I bought this at iherb.com. If you're a first time customer, you can use my coupon code JUZ808 and get a discount of $5 (if shopping for less than $40) or $10 (if shopping for more than $40). If you have products for more than $30 you can just go ahead and find something for $5 more - with the $10 discount it won't cost you any more. . BUT: . vitacost.com has the dye too and it's $2 cheaper there, so please check out both sites if you're thinking about buying. You can follow this link: https://www.vitacostrewards.com/hzlpRja if you'er planning on purchasing for $30 or more and get $10 off. Vitacost ships to a lot of different countries too, just as iherb does. . I also want to say how the code works: if you use it, I get a small percentage of the price you paid. People earn money when you use their code. If you feel strongly negative about this, you can use iherb's own code ABC123, and only iherb will earn money from your buy.
Conditioner -Joico - K-Pak Reconstruct Daily Conditioner
lollsazz 4/24/2013 2:48:00 PM
The smell is VERY good, but it doesn't do much for me - I have had much cheaper conditioners that have worked much better. My hair looked a little better while drying - it didn't get all fluffed out at the ends, BUT when it dried, it got quite a lot more static than my hair usually gets when I use a cheaper conditioner. I absolutely HATE static hair - my hair was actually drier with each use of this...! The consistency is quite thin, not rich, and I don't feel this gives me enough moisture - I think it would be better for people with fine hair. I don't think this is any goof for my hair, so no, won't repurchase.
Powder -Yves Saint Laurent - Matte and Radiant Pressed Powder
lollsazz 4/23/2013 9:13:00 AM
This looks very nice over my Teint Eclat foundation from YSL. When I add this on top my skin looks super-smooth, and, weird enough: matte and radiant X) It definitely does what it says on me. It's not chalky at all, very finely milled, doesn't cling to my peach fuzz at all and doesn't accentual my dry patches. . This is a light powder you won't manage to cover much with. You can get light-sheer coverage from it. It feels very comfortable on my face - my skin never feels tight or hot under it. I'm about an NC15 and think I can use nr 2 when I'm NC-15 to NC20, although the powder looks very light in the compact. Nr 2 is definitely a yellow toned powder. . One BIG minus though - this smells really bad! It has some kind of bitter herbal smell that I can smell on my face for a good 2.5 hours! I have actually been wondering if people sitting beside me on the buss to uni can smell it or not... . Anyway: this just looks so perfect over my foundation that I can't get myself to give it any less than 5 lippies. It holds up well on my skin, unless I touch it a lot during the day, which is a bad bad habit and something I always try to avoid. I have dry skin, so I don't usually look greasy during the day with most powders (except Kanebo Finishing powder and Shu Uemura Lasting Finish - I have no clue how they "melt" on my face).
CD/Books/Movies -Unlisted Brand - Strawberrynet.com - Strawberrynet
lollsazz 4/16/2013 5:22:00 PM
It may be really strange to review an Internet page here, but it's such a popular page that many people have a lot of questions about that I think it deserves a review. . I have bought products there for 2 years now, but not very often - only ordered things 5 times. I absolutely LOVE that they refund VAT/taxes - it's one of the rare pages on the internet that I can buy expensive products from not worrying about crazy taxes of $30+ (I live in Norway)! . They have a lot of different products from a lot of different brands, but they often lack the newest things and there have been quite a lot of products I couldn't find there, but they can't have EVERYTHING, I guess. . First I was very reluctant to buy from them as I had heard that they sell old and fake products. I must say I haven't gotten fakes yet, but I HAVE gotten old/used products twice. The first one was a Kanebo foundation that had clearly been opened - the seal on it was broken and was floating in the foundation jar. The foundation itself was fresh. The second was a sealed foundation, but it was clearly very old - it had gotten bubbly and had separated. What was a common for both products was that I got both for 75% off. There was nowhere mentioned that there may be anything wrong with them. The bad products were also the only that were wrapped in nice shiny paper when they arrived... sorry, but you're not gonna soften me up with pretty paper - if the product is bad, I WILL complain. . I still rated the company 4 though because their customer service is very good and I got offered a refund or that they resend the product. The answer was very fast and in good English, and I got a refund. The same is the case with the VAT - I have ordered for over the tax limit twice and gotten my money back within 5 days the first time and in 1 the second time. . The products are packaged very well and safe. . There have been times I have bought tings from Strawberrynet because I really wanted the cool gift that came with the buy. I have't actually never been impressed with the gifts. There was: - a Stila Lipgloss that I never used because it was so damn sticky (a lot of people like them though) - two eye shadows from Calvin Klein. One has a bit to much fallout, the other one I just those the wrong colour in (it has received good ratings here) - a makeup set that looked quite cheap and would rather be suited as a gift for a child. You may still like some of the gifts, but I have figured out for myself that the free gifts should NOT be the reason I order something.
Treatments -Elizabeth Arden - Eight Hour Cream - Skin Protectant
lollsazz 4/16/2013 11:17:00 AM
My mom got this in a set about 8-9 years ago and neither of us had any clue what it was meant for. We tried it all over the face, but it was very sticky and shiny and never sank in. We tried it as hand cream, with the same result; we had better things to use on out hands. We tried this for my mom's dryness on her feet, but again, we had something better... It did work like a lipgloss, but the tube was giant, so it'snot like you want to drag it with you - it will definitely not be the preferred choice. . Now I absolutely love this thing! I got this as a sample with something else I bought. A whole 15mL (0.5 oz) sample! I must say this is a MUCH better volume as it takes a long time for me to use this up. My uses for it is on my lips and on/around my nose in the winter. When I had an accident with lctic acid and burnt my nose (you can read about it here: http://www.makeupalley.com/product/showreview.asp/ItemId=160343/Skin-Beauty-Solutions---Lactic-Acid-Skin-Peel---35/Unlisted-Brand/Treatments ) and when I had a bad cold and very very runny nose, and not even my awesome Kleenex-tissues could save me, I used this to heal my nose with this cream at night (or day if it was really bad). It definitely looks oily on the skin, but it's just amazing at getting rid of dry, peeling skin on the face! I have had dry skin for about 9 years and tried many high end healing creams, protecting balms, and barrier creams for situations with bad dry-skin-incidents, but this is the best thing I've come upon for that purpose. I'm definitely not an Elizabeth Arden product fan - this is the only product till now of the many I have tried that I actually liked. It is definitely worth trying if you have winter-beaten skin that needs serious healing.
Powder -Cargo - Cargo Blu-Ray High Definition Powder Makeup
lollsazz 4/16/2013 5:04:00 AM
I like this very much. I have used it alone and over makeup and it always makes me look better :) . I have light yellow skin - about NC15 in MAC. I bought nr. 10 because I somewhere read it was a light yellow shade. I would say that it isn't a true yellow, but a neutral yellow - very good colour actually - very natural and healthy looking. It may be slightly lighter than my skin tone, but that is very easily fixed with a little bronzer/blush/contour, which I use anyway. . It's really true what people say: that this powder doesn't look powdery. Right after application, you may notice just a little bit that there is powder on your face, but it kinda melts/mixes in with your natural oils very fast and the powderiness disappears. It gives my skin a blurred appearance :) . The lasting power is good - it lasts me all day. The coverage is not like powder foundation, but like a powder - light/sheer. It's enough to blur out pores and a little bit of hyperpigmentation and overall even the colour of your face out. . My sensitive skin seems to not react to this at all - after certain makeup products it may feel a little rough (although no irritation or redness), but this doesn't have any negative effect on it. I have dry skin and I always look for powders that won't accentuate it. I have had powders that look good at first and my skin loves, but then they make me become really oily later out in the day (Kanebo Total Finish, Shy Uemura Lasting Finish). This neither dries my skin out NOR make me oily later on in the day - it just seems to balance my skin very nicely! BUT if you asked me if it has oil control, I would say no. . I can't really say much about other shades at this point as I ordered this over the internet, but I will definitely buy more of this powder to have for when I get more tan!
I use this for application of powder foundation and to dust off any excess powder after I set my foundation with loose powder. I feel that this blends powder foundations well, but if you were to apply powder with it over a foundation I couldn't promise a perfect result - I always apply loose powder over my fluid foundations with a puff, and just use this to take the excess off as I'm afraid applying with this alone may take the foundation off a little - it's a little too stiff for that (stiff, not scratchy!). However, it's exactly what I need. UPDATE: this works very well to apply powder over BB cream though, and often even works well to buff powders over foundations :) . This brush isn't super-soft, but it isn't scratchy. I have sensitive skin and a lot of brushes that other people consider very soft (for example the MAC kabuki) are too scratchy for my face. This is definitely soft enough to buff in powders and it blends them in very well. I actually really like that this doesn't have totally smooth bristles - I have had brushes like that too, for example The Body Shops retractable blush brush (and many of their other brushes) - it's VERY soft, but it doesn't blend powders very well (it's better for cream products or liquids). . For me it's hard to talk about densities of brushes - it's such a subjective measurement. All I can say is: when I apply powder foundation I wish it was a tiny bit denser, because when I really need to blend foundation certain places (my temples, around nose), I actually need to hold it at the base of the bristles to make the brush denser. BUT: I still love this brush. I doubt this would go out of use if I found a better powder-foundation brush. . I really like that this brush dries super-fast! If I suddenly really need it washed in the morning, I use my Mango bar soap from The Body shop on it, squeeze the water out and then hit it for a little while against a towel (pretty hard). I 'm actually able to do this in just a few minutes and it will be ready to be used again. That this doesn't hold water means that the bristles aren't porous, which also means they aren't a god place for bacteria to hide, which again means that it's a good brush for sensitive or acne-prone skin. . The size is quite big, so it isn't a very travel friendly brush. I wish Eco-Tools could make some kind on packaging one could keep the brushes in while travelling - the cloth-thingy sucks! I believe there is some other kind of packaging available for the newer brushes though. . I got my brush in a set with 4 others I got from ebay. I only use 3 of the 5 brushes, but the set is still worth the money. You can easily get the old Eco-Tools brushes for under $6.50. It's hillarious, but where I live they sell the same thing for $30+...! You can also get these from iherb.com. If you're a first time customer, you can use my coupon code JUZ808 and get a discount of $5 (if shopping for less than $40) or $10 (if shopping for more than $40). If you have products for more than $30 you can just go ahead and find something for $10 more - with the discount it won't cost you any more. The site may look a bit cheap, but it hasn't disappointed me before. This brush comes in this set: http://www.iherb.com/EcoTools-Bamboo-Touch-Up-5-Piece-Set/39231 and costs $8.99. This brush also can be bought separately, but it's $6.99 alone. I would recommend to buy the set if you ever use brow/lash brushes, and the slanted-tip brush is good for filling in brows, applying smudged eyeliner (it's too big to apply a thin, precise line) or actually... to apply concealer to blemishes! . I also want to say how the code works: if you use it, I get a small percentage of the price you paid. People earn money when you use their code. If you feel strongly negative about this, you can use iherb's own code ABC123, and only iherb will earn money from your buy.