Hi, I have to provide a review on Colortration makeup. I was kind of skeptical when I read the reviews but went ahead and tried it anyway, mostly because of no other choice. I have vitiligo which becomes very prominent in the summertime and it is progressive (which means it's getting bigger and I really have to cover it with makeup). My hands and some larger other areas are almost entirely pigment free. Anyway, last year I used exuviance colorblend makeup, which was OK, but never really matched exactly and looked bad in sunlight. They discontinued their darkest shade (which wasn't really very dark but they called it "mahogany", go figure) and so I could not repurchase. Started with Colortration sample kit. Yes the samples are small and break down quick - you're really supposed to use it to select the best color(s) for you, so this is not a problem. I have a perfect undetectable match with this product and their barrier spray helps to keep it in place and not rub off. My only complaint is that I, AGAIN, am taking their darkest shade - something they call "deep dark brown." Listen, I am caucasian and yes, I *guess* I am tan in the summer, but it seems like there must be many people out there requiring camoflage shades darker than this. For example, what if you are African-American, medium to dark, and have vitiligo? This product would not suffice because imo it would be much too light for that person. Expensive for small bottle, but a little goes a long way. Blend with another foundation or light moisturizer to help application - otherwise it would be very thick and hard to blend. Totally recommend this product for anyone that needs to hide anything fairly major. xo
I never tried benetint because of the general malaise about it (55% repurchase? that's pretty bad). Instead for years I relied on the Clinique's gel blushers, among other products. No more! Benetint lasts forever. I am a huge fan. The color and scent are lovely as well. Cannot believe the staying power with this one, I am a convert. I could not give this a perfect score, however, because of the moronic packaging. I previously had High Beam and within 24 hours of purchase, the bottle hit the floor and its thin glass shattered. This is the same packaging so take care with it. But otherwise, lovely product.
Moisturizers -La Roche Posay - Mela-D Daily depigmenting care SPF15
spanky1118 6/13/2005 2:14:00 PM
I had to write this review because of the previous bad reviews on this product. First, I am not sure if the formulation has changed, but the product that I have (Mela-D with SPF 15) contains hydroquinone. Just to mention that since it appears a previous reviewer may have had a different formulation. It works nicely for an allover brightener / lightener. It is not something that I would expect to lighten significant dark spots or freckles, etc. But for general all-purpose brightening it definitely works for me. I like the sunscreen in it too. One downside is a) the price, which was about $35 USD, and b) it was slightly greasy becasue of the sunscreen. I might repurchase this again but not sure.
I wanted to hate this, especially after I dropped the cutesy bottle and broke it in about 15 minutes. But, it's so nice. It is a nice frosty highlighter that takes me from potato face to wonderfully contoured in 10 seconds. Highly recommend, although next time I might purchase Moonbeam. The color is a bit pinky and I think there might be more versatility to the product without that tint.
This foundation is very nice for the price! The color match is just wonderful and I would gauge coverage as moderate and long-lasting. It is definitely more than a light coverage foundation (which is nice for those of us that need it). Also the package notes indicate that it is oil free and non-pore clogging. I don't normally have these problems so can't comment on whether it helps with these issues or not. However, I like the feel. It doesn't feel too "slick" like some silicone-containing products. Picked this up for about $6. The matching pressed powder is nice as well.
Love this. Like another reviewer, salicylic acid is the only thing that works for me. And this is a lovely product, nice strong formulation in a nice base. By "nice" I mean effective and not too smelly or greasy. A great product.
Love this moisturizer. It's oil free and perfect for girls with combination or oily skin. I received some samples of this the last time I got a facial and have been using it with Effaclar K ever since. Nice product.
I liked this mask. I agree with other reviewers that it can be harsh - I do not have sensitive skin and there was definitely some tingling going on. On the other hand, if you've ever used an Astara enzyme mask, you're familiar with this sensation and it wouldn't bother you. It didn't bother me very much! I liked the mask and thought it helped to remove some dead surface cells and just brighten up the face.
Bath Treatments -Aveda - Caribbean Therapy Bath Soak
spanky1118 2/1/2005 10:27:00 AM
I like this product a lot. However, it really stinks that a consultant sold this to a previous reviewer under the guise of being a bath gel/soap type of thing. It is NOT. It is specifically a non-foaming bath soak. If you use a bath spa or jacuzzi you will LOVE this stuff - if not, it may not be enough impact for you because of the non-foaming aspect. Great smell, lovely aroma when you use jacuzzi or spa. Left skin very moisturized and silky, but not oily at all. Not cheap though, about $20-25. Would still repurchase.
Lotions/ Creams -Aveda - Caribbean Therapy Body Creme
spanky1118 2/1/2005 10:24:00 AM
Wow, this stuff is great. It's not cheap at $24, but it really healed my dry cracked hands. Lovely smell, like the Aveda Pure-fume. Not a tropical smell at all, as noted by a previous reviewer. Delicious and creamy, highly recommend.
Wow, I sure like this shampoo and conditioner! I have only used it twice so far, but cannot believe how shiny my hair is. It looks really good and feels soft too. I enjoyed the smell too, very forest-after-the-rain kind of scent. Highly recommend. I just picked up a trial size of the shampoo and detangler, so will have to try the nourishing concentrate next. UPDATE 2/3/05 - I am still using the Sap moss line but have not yet been able to work the concentrate into the routine yet. However, totally hooked on this S/C. If you finish off your styling with some FF Glossing Creme - your hair will be so shiny it's ridiculous. Enjoy :))
Shampoo -Garnier - Fructis Shampoo - Dry & Damaged
spanky1118 12/3/2004 1:37:00 PM
I did not care for this shampoo at all, although I gave it a few tries to be fair. It left my hair kind of coated and gross. Although I adore the mask from this line, it works best with another shampoo. I use it with Suave Balsam shampoo.
This is great. I am a No. 5 fan, although I freely admit that some of the formulas do not agree with me at times. This one is very nice and reminded me of the perfume scent. I found the drydown to be extremely nice and staying power was good. It's a "gel fluid" so it's a bit thicker than water, just a bit. Highly recommend.
Liquid -L'Oreal - Cashmere Perfect Foundation [DISCONTINUED]
spanky1118 10/18/2004 10:21:00 AM
I've been using this for a week. So far it has been working out great. Unlike some reviewers, I did not have any issue with color. For once in my life a foundation shade actually matched my skin exactly. :P This is lovely, good coverage, does not keep me matte for 18 hours or anything, but one or twice a day with powder is reasonable for me. Edited 3/10/05: I ended up getting too much shine with this product, although I liked the color match. It felt like it slid off my face by the end of the day. Switched to CoverGirl TruBlend and so far it seems much less shiny.
Primer/ Corrector -Clinique - Pore Minimizer Instant Perfector
spanky1118 10/15/2004 9:24:00 AM
At first I really liked this. But it requires fairly frequent reapplication (at least in my case) that ended up with me having a gross heavy feeling on my face by the end of the day. On top of that, I felt the price was a bit steep for the size (although as another MUAer notes, the tube does seem like it will last a long time). I would suggest L'Oreal Cashmere Perfect Makeup instead. I like this a lot better and it has coverage too (the clinique is pretty much transparent/translucent).