I wanted to make sure I got the real thing, so I drove to an Asian shopping mall and it passed the real vs. fake test, so I bought it. Firstly, I noticed no bad smell at all (and I'm pretty sensitive to obnoxious scents.) It is pretty opaque and yes, typical of many Asian bb creams, a bit grey. BUT it blends in well and evens my skin tone and brightens my face. It makes me look as if I got more sleep then I usually do. I definitely need blush and a bit on bronzer on top, but that's no problem. My skin seems to like it too, as it is moisturizing. With summer on the way (and my 60th birthday!) I am happy for the high SPF. I've tried many good bb creams, and this rates pretty high.
Using a "waxy-ish" product like this, which is applied with an angled brush is SO much more natural looking IMHO than a pencil. Both the "wax" and the setting powder are perfect for my light brown/ashy brows, which are thinning a bit with age. Nothing I've tried has ever looked this natural and been so easy to do. The packaging is an attractive little black rectangular compact. It comes with it's own brush, which is very mediocre, but ok to travel with . ELF has done it again, at only $3.00!
I have very frizzy hair and I have tried hundreds of gels, mousses, serums, you name it. This one is actually DIFFERENT. No white flakes, as has been said before. It gives a stiff hold, but somehow looks more natural. The test was yesterday in high heat and humidity. I had put it on and evenly distributed it after shampooing (I shampoo with conditioner). Then I piled my hair somewhat messily on top of my head and went about my day. The strands that were loose stuck together in a natural looking way and did not break down into frizz. The second day in a hot, humid Chicago trek...it stayed frizz free. This stuff is better than any others I have tried...Don't know why, but it IS.
I have been using this for about 10 days and have noticed a little improvement in slightly wrinkled areas around my eyes and over and around my mouth. It is NOT a miracle worker. No creme is going to get rid of wrinkles. I DO, however, think this has made a bit of a difference. The smell is fine, no prob at all. Thick and luscious consistency and a pleasure to use.
Self Tanners -Clarins - Gelee Auto Bronzant Express - Self-Tanning Instant Gel
romarin 5/14/2012 7:02:00 AM
Beautiful effect. Not exactly instant, but pretty quick. Natural looking, not orange. Smells like dried fruit,,,but not overpowering. Generous amount in tube. Will definitely buy again!
Primer/ Corrector -Revlon - PhotoReady Perfecting Primer (color 001)
romarin 3/29/2012 8:31:00 PM
I've been looking for a primer that would fill in my largish pores and smallish wrinkles. I have tried MANY, but none work as well as this. It's not as slippery as some, and you need to blend it FAST, but it transforms my skin into the perfect canvas for my foundation (my preferred: Armani, but this primer will help any foundation adhere better.) Nice price too (ten something at WalMart.) Everything is good about this product...
Lip Gloss -Estee Lauder - Pure Color lipgloss Citron Kiss
romarin 3/10/2012 5:26:00 PM
This is amazing! Wear it alone for a sheer gold tone, without a lot of shimmer...very flattering by itself. Layer it over nude (fantastic) or red, or violet and it tones them down a bit, yet gives them depth. Get it now, because it's selling out fast...
Cheap and beautiful! I can't figure out why some people have said that it lacks pigmentation. Not the case at all! Not too shimmery either. Just perfect!
The perfect nude lipgloss. Enough pigment to be able to wear it alone, but I wear it over Mac's Spirit. There is a slight flavor (sweet) but not obnoxious. Staying power is ok. It 's very beautiful and looks as good as any high-end gloss. Very good price.
Blush -E.L.F. - Contouring Blush & Bronzing Powder
romarin 5/23/2011 10:04:00 PM
How can they sell this great product for three dollars! It is amazingly good! Both the blush and the bronzer are highly pigmented, so go light and use a BIG brush for the bronzer. You simply can't beat this for the money. And I love HIGH END cosmetics. Heck, I'll keep this in my glove compartment....
Fragrances -Crabtree & Evelyn - Lily of the Valley
romarin 5/16/2011 7:20:00 PM
UGH! This is a headache trigger! I can't wash it off soon enough! Very cloying and heavily rose. If you want lilies of the valley go for Diorissimo or Muguet des Bois.
Liquid -L'Oreal - Visible Lift Serum Absolute Advanced Age-Reversing Makeup
romarin 5/6/2011 11:52:00 AM
I am a sucker for HE products, and I've used Armani and Chanel foundations but THIS drugstore offering is really something special. It has a pump, which I like, and the consistency is great. It somehow really diminishes my pores and is build-able, depending on the coverage you want. I look better than I did with Armani or Chanel. Lucky me, the Natural Beige matches so far...but for the price you could afford to blend two if needed.
Styling Products -John Frieda - 3-day Straight Semi-Permanent Styling Spray
romarin 4/2/2011 12:31:00 PM
THIS WORKS! It is not a miracle, but it does some amazing things to frizzy hair. Instead of blow drying my hair, I set it on huge rollers and sat under the dryer (I like to read while my hair is drying). After taking the rollers out of my dry hair, I proceeded to run through each section with my Chi straight iron. I immediately noticed that the iron slid through much more easily than ever before. My hair was soft and smooth and shiny. It feels great! Now the next test will be how it fares in the humidity. The price is great--it was 6 something with a coupon at Wal Mart. I was temped to get a professional keratin treatment, but if this works I can save a lot of dough....
I bought this because I wanted a less expensive alternative to T. LeClerc's Banane. I am SO glad I did!. This is wonderful, fine, translucent powder that will combat any redness. It just looks sheer and beautiful, while hiding flaws, yet not settling into wrinkles. It comes in a plastic bottle with a shaker top. 3 oz. cost me $10.00. What a deal!. Ben Nye is sorely overlooked for everyday make up needs. The products are high quality and affordable, and come in many shades. I have ordered online, but discovered a stage equipment store in Chicago that carried it. The place was very simple, but the people were SO nice, and they gave me a catalog too. I have many of their eye shadows and some blushes too. They are all excellent. GO BEN NYE!
This hard to find product rocks! It's as good as any high-end gel. No scent, great consistency. Mix it with moisturizer and apply to face before foundation OR instead of foundation OR mix a little foundation in with it. There are many ways to use it. They have a new package design now that is simpler and looks more expensive, for those who care....Find it online.