Primer/ Corrector -Clarins - Instant Smooth Perfecting Touch
Hamstershell 2/12/2010 1:42:00 PM
Among other primers (MAC, Clinique, Loreal), this one gives me the best oil control together with Revlon's Colorstay liquid foundation for Combination skin. The pinkish gel-creme (no shimmer) is easy to apply and blend out. It does cover the smaller pores and lines, and for the bigger pores, it reduces the size. I have used it for a month now, no breakouts, itch or redness. Love love love this. Definitely will buy again !
Makeup Brushes -The Body Shop - Mineral Foundation Brush
Hamstershell 2/12/2010 7:00:00 AM
ABSOLUTE LOVE.... so soft, dense, no fallout, and it applies the powder all over evenly for me. I love love love this brush.
Eye Primer -Urban Decay - Eyeshadow Primer Potion - Original (UDPP)
Hamstershell 1/22/2010 10:46:00 AM
It does makes a difference when I use UDPP, depending where I am. In Germany, this works great. My eye shadow colors are more vibrant and lasts half a day (I do have oily lids). But when I am in Singapore, forget it, in less than 2 hours, it is already creasing and sliding. So I guess it is just not good for hot, humid weather plus oily lids. Also I have to say, I will not buy this again UNLESS they change their packaging into something more sensible (like TFSI in a tube, or even in a pot). The bottle design is cute but a big flaw.
I did not get my 88 palette fr CS directly, but I think it is probably from the same manufacturer. I am a newbie and have been using this for about a month now. I am happy I got it, and do find the quality to be quite good. For a newbie, the variety of colors to choose fr is really great, and it helps me to find what colors suit my skin tone and what not. With that knowledge, I would then ventured out to get similar (but not the same) shades from MAC, Urban Decay, NARS...etc That way I am more confident that I will not be disappointed with the "more expensive" puchases (in Germany you can not return or exchange used makeup). I would not buy this again becos I think this palette is gonna last me a LONG time and if I ever finish it (unlikely), I will probably be re-buying my favourite colors individually (or in smaller alternative palettes) rather than the whole 88 p again. I would not hesitate to recommend this to other people who are curious to experiment or just starting out.
I wonder if CS is the original manufacturer for this palette. I bought (16,95 Euros) the same (or a very similar) palette from a german site (Kosmos Cosmetics) and I am very satisfied with mine. The colors are more sheer compared to the 88 palette (which I also bought same time) but they do show up. It is great for highlights and shading. It has not yet (had it for a month now) cracked on me (thank God) nor do I find them chalky. For starters like me, I actually think this is not too bad a palette. The only con I felt was that there were a few of the "whitish" shades which kinda looked the same when I applied them. The color differentiation could be improved.
Eyeliner -Wet 'n' Wild - Mega Eyes Creme Eyeliner - Black
Hamstershell 1/2/2010 5:45:00 PM
I have not tried every cream liner out there, but have to say, this WnW one works sooo great, it is my HG cream liner right now. Just make sure after application allow for it to dry before you open your eyes fully. Perfert for dramatic cat eyes. Stays on all day, no smudges, does not melt, no werid smell, and to clean off, you will have to use a good waterproof makeup remover.