Eye Primer -Urban Decay - Eyeshadow Primer Potion - Original (UDPP)
reenerneener 12/21/2008 3:43:00 AM
I'm addicted! I was referred to try this product by about a thousand of you ladies & I'm glad I did. While I normally don't use it alone (I'll apply this, then a coloured base over it) it still make my eyeshadow last through my 8-10 hour work days AND the night out. I think it's decently priced, considering the wonderful job it does. I'd suggest not using a ton of it, I just use the wand & swipe it right over my life and blend it out with my finger & my results are amazing.
I recently purchased this at my local CCO & am in love! This blush works perfectly for my NC15 complexion. It looks glittery in the pot, but I haven't noticed that transferring onto my face. This blush gives me a perfect blush/glow & I have been complimented on it every time I have it on. I use the MAC 168 for this & it applies like a dream!
I advise any makeup artist or junkie to get this. What a freakin' deal! Not only is this palette priced well, but the shadows are the best quality I've ever used (& I've used nearly every brand out there) The 12 palette is a great deal ($60 for 12 shadows that are normall $7-$8 a piece, plus the palette which is an additional $8ish & a brush) The shadows are twice the size of MAC's & are of MUCH better quality. I use this palette every time I do any makeup. You're given a good colour range & you can also make your own 12 or 6 palettes as well. Colour payoff is beyond amazing, you won't be disappointed! The palette can be a little hard to open, maybe it's just me :P
The Manish Arora palette is a complete waste. While it's nice to have so many colours in one palette, most of these colours are permanent or easy to find. The packaging is super cute, but makes me a little afraid to take in anywhere in case a rhinestone pops off. This would possibly make a nice collectors item for the fans of Manish Arora, but it's not that big'a deal if you just want it for the shadows.
The colours in this duo look beautiful. Bright, slightly shocking (to some) & really pretty. Once applied, they're not so great. The green side has a better colour payoff/quality as the blue, but it's not worth $25 to get use out of one colour. I love the packaging & even though it gets dirty easily...it's just as easy to clean. If you're looking for similar colouring as this duo, I'd recommend MAC's Bitter & Freshwater or Ben Nye's Chartreuse & Cosmic Blue.
Highlighters -MAC - Mineralize Skinfinish in Pleasureflush (Rococo)
reenerneener 12/21/2008 3:26:00 AM
Pleasureflush is one of my favourite MSF's, although it's not worth the hype. It's beautiful, yes, but unless you use a good amount of it, you will have a hard time noticing it's really there. As always, it depends on your application technique & the brush you're using, but I will generally use this right above my 'normal' blush just to add some highlight or to lighten the colour. You will get a much better result with MAC's Pink Opal & Vanilla pigments (3/4 Pink Opal & 1/4 Vanilla should do the trick) I did my own pressed version with this mixture of pigments and versed it with Pleasureflush...it's virtually the exact same thing. You could also add some MAC Naked pigment to tone down the shimmery-ness or reflective properties of Pink Opal & Vanilla. I hate the packaging on MSF's because if you drop it, you've just shattered $24.50 plus tax all over the floor.
This blush is incredibly beautiful but not nearly as "universally complimenting" as it's advertised to be. I'm lighter than MAC's NC15 & in my personal preference, this blush was just too much. However, this blush CAN look good. I didn't try to build the coverage, so I can't help in that area, but I can help in the lack thereof; if you lighten your application & use the proper brushes it won't look unflattering. I do one swipe with the MAC 187 & that's all I need. It's pricey & I wouldn't purchase it again. I would purchase NARS blush again, but in a lighter colour best suited for my skin tone and my preference.
Liquid -Lancome - Photogenic Lumessence Light Mastering & Line-Smoothing Makeup
reenerneener 10/7/2008 12:17:00 AM
I'm usually not into foundation, but this stuff is so incredibly silky and lightweight. It goes on evenly and feels like I'm not wearing anything. The coverage is great & it lasts all day. Not to mention it's oil free and has SPF 15. I noticed a difference when taking photos, too. My skin used to look shiny and uneven with other foundation, but with this it looked flawless. I purchased it because I received a coupon book from Lancome to get extra goodies with the purchase, but I would definitely buy this once I'm out.