I really love this shade! One of the most flattering tones I've ever used. It is a beigey-pink, almost a nude mauve. It gives a very healthy glow, and only a small bit is needed. This can be too light in the summer but for now this shade is fantastic, I like that I can wear this without looking like I have on make-up, but just gives that very sexy, healthy tone to cheeks. I'm on my second compact of this tone, I bought a 3rd just to keep in my make-up back-up stock, simply because it seems this color is always out of stock. Edit: I've been using MAC's trace gold as a highlighter over this color and it is so pretty! Almost lends a peachy-gold tone overall when the two combine. My favorite look for right now, and soooo quick and easy!
Got this as a part of the Stila Stars for Sephora Anniversary package, what a great deal that was! I really love their kajal, and I already have Lillium in the CC. I was hesitant to try Peony because it seemed like such a brown tone and I usually go for pinks and corals, but this shade is very natural looking and compliments my skin tone better than any shade of brown blush I've ever used. I've heard the color referred to as an amber-rose, which I'd agree with. The sheen looks great on cheekbones and gives me almost a blushing-tanned appearance. Not much is needed to get the results you're looking for and I can see these lasting me forever. Lillium is my preference over Peony, but it's still such a natural, sexy blush. One of the most complimentary to a darker eye because it's reminiscent of how I look after I've been active out in the sun for a few hours. Very very healthy looking glow. Looks great on numerous skin tones and retains color integrity for a long time.
It's an okay product... fun colors to play with but otherwise nothing exciting. Is it too much to ask for a middle-of-the-road eyeliner? I'm not looking for dirt cheap, but I'm tired of paying $$$ for eyeliners that are a few notches above drugstore. And forget about drugstore, may as well burn my money, at least I wouldn't feel so stupid. I was hoping Sephora would help me out in this category but no such luck... I have to light a match to get this to soften, and while they're very pretty colors and once on stay put, it really have to work to get it layered enough for the pigment i'm looking for. Not sure why Sephora doesn't make highly pigmented products... Anyway, if you don't mind dropping $5 on an eyeliner you can at least test out before buying, then I'd say go for this. Staying power is pretty darn good, not sure about smudging since I already smudge with e/s... All in all, not that bad, great for a cheap, quick fix so you don't end up dropping $15-$20 on a color you'll maybe use a handful of times. I like to use these on work/class/errands/gym days when I'm going to be out and about and still want to wear something so I look polished, but can't justify using a HE product on such a day...
I have a love/hate relationship with stila products, and it seems as though there is no rhyme or reason to what will or wont' work on me at a given time... This liner is no exception. I have such a hard time getting liner to stay on my water line and look good, not too heavy, not too light. This color is the perfect intense shade of black I'd been craving. Unfortunately it doesn't last as long as I'd like, though the more eyeliners I try the more I come back to this one. I prefer this over LM's Black Violet, VL Sabine/Mystic, UD's Zero, all MUFE eyeliners, as well as my loose kohls. You have to use primer and set it with a shadow. It is the BEST liner to take along for touch ups.
Eye Shadow -BeneFit Cosmetics - Creaseless Cream Shadow/Liner (All Shades)
Sophia1105 1/26/2009 12:06:00 AM
I just picked this up in Skinny Jeans and Strut. SK is so far my favorite, no creasing and the color stays very intense through the wear. I used it with a primer and it was harder to blend but stayed put! Without a primer was easier to layer and blend without looking like i have anything too strong on, but it faded relatively fast. So far I'm giving it a 5 because it lasts longer than my Dior shadows (even with primer) and does.not.fade! Strut is a bit darker and may be harder to use simply because of that, but i'm hoping to get more wear out of it when it's summer and I have more color in my skin. Wish I had known about these sooner!
Eye Shadow -L'Oreal - HIP Pure Pigment Shadow Stick
Sophia1105 1/22/2009 10:33:00 AM
I can't think of a worse product idea out there. I bought whatever the gold shade was, and it was near impossible to get off the stick, so i tried applying it directly to my eyelids, well bad idea because the natural oils got directly onto the cosmetic and seemed to seal in the cement-like quality of this product. So I tried breaking it off and crushing it up to use as a powder. Powder went everywhere on my face, clothing, etc. Worst fall-out ever. Crushed chalk would have provided more coverage and been easier to work with. With the exception of their Loose Kohls and Voluminous mascara, I completely stay away from L'Oreal. What a rip-off.
Pretty quick and easy color within 15 min. Though the color wasn't very true to the box and ended up fading rather quickly. I tried the dark brown first and my hair was jet black for about 1-2 weeks, then faded to a nice dark rich brown for a week, then a brassy brown the 4th week. Re-dye and the areas are now black... Sigh. Anyhow, I was fiddling around with other companies dyes in an attempt to get my hair a deep auburn red. I gave up as red is so fickle, and expensive to maintain. Dyed it all black. Jet black. Used perfect 10 again, pretty happy with the results, esp how fast it is. Though everytime I use it I feel a little nauseated. Not good. Switched over to Feria, which I'd never had problems with before, and maybe I didn't get all the dye rinsed out, but I was left with a few red marks on my scalp, like burns or something. Bottom line, perfect 10 is just another hair dye, works faster than the others but it seemed stronger in my opinion and good luck getting any off of your skin. Destroyed my bathroom sink, towells, pillows, etc. Never had such a hard time cleaning up after a coloring. I dye my hair in the basement sinks now. Kinda creepy. But I'm switching over to Ion for now...we'll see how those results stack up.
Blush -Milani - Minerals Blush - 203 - Mai Tai [DISCONTINUED]
Sophia1105 1/21/2009 10:45:00 PM
Bought this in my search for the perfect coral-y, peachy, pink-y blush. This is a brighter version on NARS Amour (which went back). Overall, most colors just deepen on my skin tone as I get oilier, so this too deepened but wore off after some time. Just wish they made more colors to choose from, then I wouldn't be such a slave to MAC...
Eye Shadow -Physicians Formula - Baked Collection - Baked Sweets
Sophia1105 1/21/2009 9:36:00 PM
I bought this as well as a few other of their baked collection. What a great drugstore find! I'm a bit of a m/u snob thanks to too much cash dropped on drugstore letdowns, but PF never seems to let me down. Great products, I never had broke out from them (unlike pseudohealthy Neutrogena, boo!) and they have a great consistency in product quality. This trio worked great on my green eyes and is probably the only trio of colors I've ever had to put such little work into and gotten such flattering results. Very natural looking too. I was able to wear to early morning work shifts and always received compliments on my eyes. I think maybe because it's such a natural yet shimmery palette of colors? I usually veer more towards a smokey eye but this is one of the few compacts where you don't sacrifice an eye enhancing look by going more natural. The gold was a very neutral light gold, almost beige and worked well as a highlighter on the browbone, very nude but shimmery, caught the light without actually lightening up my skin. The purple had very pretty gold undertones, it was almost a lavender-gold, I have never found a color like this, and made the purple very wearable for the day. The third shade was almost a merlot-brown, and worked well both in the crease and softening my black liquid liner. I'm always told to use colors with red undertones to enhance my green eyes, but this usually makes me look sick, but this was the only wearable red-based color I've ever found, and probably the only brown I'll ever own. I dropped mine on the floor and it cracked and i've been searching (with no luck) for another compact of this, or similar colors, but there's nothing I've found that compares to this--neutral gold shimmer (not glittery, yay!) and highly pigmented. I love it!
Eye Shadow -Cover Girl - Eye Enhancers - Champagne
Sophia1105 1/21/2009 9:18:00 PM
What a waste of money. Does not come out of the pan and onto my eyelid. Doesn't show up. Has been sitting there collecting dust. I like a product to work with me, not to be a chore to use. I'd use with primer but I can't imagine wasting a $16 bottle of primer on a $4 POS eyeshadow.
Eye Shadow -Urban Decay - Matte Eyeshadow in Illegal
Sophia1105 1/21/2009 4:36:00 PM
Reminds me of LM's cashmere blended with topaz. Very pretty neutral, was a bit too light onme unless I used a lighter wash all over the base of my eye. But very gentle and pretty. Gave that ingenue-wide-eyed look. Must use primer!!!! Use with liquid liner winged out at the edges, lots of thick mascara, it's that perfect nude shade that doesn't make you look like a corpse.
I lusted after this shade for such a long time, not sure what took me so long to finally get it... Anyhow, it's such a potent color, only the tiniest bit is needed, and it's a very intriguing blend of lavender and pink, with enough cool undertones that I don't look like my eyes are irritated. Really makes my green eyes pop, esp when paired with black eyeliner. Plays well with other colors, though this is the center of attention no matter what else you're doing with your eye. I do have to be careful as sometimes I feel the color is wearing me, not vice versa, but applied last as a very light wash of color over my lid, blended lightly up into the crease, this shade is just gorgeous. You're not going to find another shade like this, it's sexy while still being a gentle color if applied correctly. Looks fantastic if I use it over my MAC Blackground, but definitely a night eye. UD's shades almost give you supernatural looking eyes, which is very fun.
This is what a pink eyeshadow should be. So glad I bought this. I get tons of compliments everytime I wear it. Good to mix with yogurt, post haste, and star violet. Never gives me a cracked out look most reddish eyeshadows can give me. Plus it goes on very soft and sheer so it's hard to overdo. I've used it as a blush as well and mixed some with gloss for a light lip color. This is such a multi-tasker. I wish they sold it in a larger size, seeing as how I use it so often. Would be great if they made a sushi flower line (like the Nars Orgasm gloss-blush-multiple), hint hint, MAC!
I bought this blush when I was trying to eek out the remnants of my summer coloring. I wanted a strong coral (DuWop's Diamondback is the best creme for this) but in powder form so it would be easier to use all over my face, not just on the apples of my cheeks as with the DuWop creme blush. I love the impact of color it gives, though it's too strong for me now, I'm excited for summer so I can finally wear this. It can get a bit too orange, pumpkin-face if you've not seen the sun in months.... When I was able to wear this thanks to some sun on my face, I used this as a bit of an eyeshadow and got tons of compliments on my eyes themselves. I returned NARS Amour after finding this as that shade fell flat compared with this. If you're a medium yellow undertone and looking for a great blush that compliments well with bronzer, this is it. I think Cargo makes the best blushes out there.
Great shade, like MAC's Well Dressed but a bit warmer, deeper pink tones. I like that I can alternate the depth depending on where I use my brush. Cargo is probably my favorite company for blushes, MAC trailing at second and a very distant NARS (I think is largely overrated) .