For over ten years I've been using the Laura Mercier Secret Cover concealer on it's own and it's been fantastic. However, this year I've begun to see changes in my skin and the concealer on its own just wasn't cutting it anymore. I took a look at the LM concealer palette where you mix the two shades to get the one that works for you but to be honest I just don't have the patience for that in the morning. I gave this a try after reading the positive reviews and I'm so glad I did. I put this on first and let it sink in for about a minute and then layer the LM concealer on top. The two combined do a great job of covering. I have very oily skin and this isn't so creamy that it ends up pooling on my skin. The only issue I have is that the pot is a little difficult to open if you are using your fingernails. I'm always worried I'm going to gouge the product. I'll definitely repurchase.
I bought and returned three different shades of this hoping that I would find one that would actually match my skin. All of the neutral toned ones ended up turning pink on me and all the yellow toned ones turned dark peach on my skin no matter how light I went. It would look really nice when I first applied it but within an hour it would darken and be a totally different color. The sales associate at Sephora said that as it mixes with the oils in your skin, it will change colors. She said that darker skin tones have the most difficulty with mineral products but I'm light-medium olive toned skin. I also didn't care for the packaging. Yes, the sifter closes but if you don't use all the product you put in the lid to start then it gets all messy because you can't tap it into the container. I hate wearing foundation because of my oily skin so I was really hoping a powder would work for me, but this one isn't it. It does a decent job staying matte though, so points for that and its buildible coverage.
Accessories -Tarina Tarantino - Multibead Stretch Bracelet
Polpette 3/11/2010 3:48:00 PM
I was at Sephora checking out the new Tarantino line and asked the sales associate if she could take one out of the package so I could look at it. I couldn't tell if the beads were plastic or glass and when she took it out, it broke! $30 for this is ridiculous. It should be in the $1 bin at Target. If this is the quality of her jewelry then I'm not about to invest in her makeup.
I've been using this product at night only for three weeks and I believe it's making a difference. I already have fairly long lashes but I'm always looking for a bit more volume. I didn't really start to see a big difference until two weeks in. My lashes are noticeably longer, but I don't think I've added much in terms of volume. I use Lash Blast Volume as my mascara and I'm actually trying to figure out new ways of applying it because my lashes are different now. The thing I don't like about it is that I find it a bit difficult to remove in the morning even though I thoroughly wash my face in the shower. Sometimes I think I've gotten it all off only to have my lashes clump up when the mascara goes on. Also, it does sting a little bit when I first apply it and remove it. I wouldn't use this in the daytime due to the irritation issue and I can't see how mascara could be smoothly applied over it. The last complaint is that the applicator doesn't deposit the same amount of product each time it's pulled out of the tube. Sometimes I get a nice thin line of product and other times a big glob. I'm only deducting one lippie despite my issues because it actually works for me. Update 4/10/10: I'm only a little more than halfway through the tube and the product is becoming very clumpy and hard to apply. It's extremely thick and when I wake up I have these long white strands of eyelash dandruff, no matter how little I've applied. Also, I felt like the lash growth topped out at about six weeks. I tried to go to just every other day since the product was slightly irritating, but my new lash growth has begun falling out leaving me with little gaps. I won't repurchase and will maybe be looking into LiLash or something non-drugstore.
I had very high hopes for this products as I love most all of the MUFE products I've tried, but not only did this not do the job, I was terribly allergic to it and my eyes would water for hours after applying it. The only other product I have this problem with is Voluminous mascara, so if you're allergic to that then I wouldn't recommend this. My other issue with it was that it became cakey and the color separated on my skin. I have very oily skin, so it's pretty odd for a product to dry out on me. I don't think it did a very good job with concealing either. It brightened a bit, but my very dark circles were still visible. I can't speak to the lifting aspect of it because I gave up on it after a week and a half. I like the tube that it came in because it kept the product sanitary and I wish more makeup lines would do this. Sorry, but two thumbs down on this.
I received a deluxe sample of this in an Urban Decay set. I love color on the lips as opposed to a nude lip, so I was happy to get this. The gloss is a nice consistency, not too thin or thick, and it doesn't feather. It's a nice sheer true red with a bit of coral undertone. It's not garish at all and it fades nicely. It lasts a decent amount of time, but I wouldn't consider it long wearing. I'm deducting one lippie because I don't like the smell at all. I know it's supposed to smell like creme brulee but it just smells like completely burnt sugar. I also had an issue with the wand. The place where the brush attached has a bit of sharp plastic and I have to be careful not to scratch myself, but that could be because it's only a sample size. The brush is good quality, but I think the Stila lipglaze brush is better.
Lip Liners -Too Faced - Borderline - Anti Feathering Lip Pencil, Clear
Polpette 1/17/2010 8:35:00 PM
I bought this to prevent the feathering I was experiencing with a NARS lipgloss and I had a few problems with it that means I won't be repuchasing. The first time I sharpened this using the enclosed sharpener, a good chunk of the product actually broke off leaving almost half and inch of the pencil empty. I've resharpened several times since then and it hasn't reoccurred. I tried sharpening with a NARS sharpener that I have and it didn't work well with the pencil at all. My other issues is that the material the casing is made of is very sharp if not sharpened completely smooth, which I found difficult to do. Finally, the product didn't really do much to stop the feathering. Instead, I ended up with a blurry border that made it look like the lipgloss was spreading across my face. I used the product daily for more than a month and I never saw any improvement. I did like the color of the packaging, portability and that a sharpener was enclosed.
This is the second NARS gloss I've purchased and unlike the Orgasm gloss which was very thick, this has a thinner consistency which goes on much more smoothly. I love berry colored glosses and lipsticks and the color of this gloss is a beautiful blue toned, deep berry hue. Although I adore the color, I'm disappointed because it bleeds into the fine lines around my lips. I have tons of lipgloss from drugstore to MAC and this is the only one I have that feathers. I even bought a product from Too Faced that's supposed to prevent feathering and while it helped, it didn't stop it. Sadly, I won't be repurchasing.
The colors in this set are really pretty and quite a few of them strive to imitate MAC. If you swatch MAC and Coastal Scents next to each other though, you can see they're not an exact match and that there's a lot more fallout with Coastal Scents. The shadows are very powdery and compared with the slightly creamy consistency of MAC. If you've every used Too Faced e/s and noticed how much falls off the brush and your eyes over the course of the day, then you'll see the similarities to CS. Some of the highlighting colors are virtually transparent when applied. I won't purchase again because given the quality, I'd rather buy three MAC shadows and get the finish I want as opposed to a lot of shadows that will fall into my eyes or won't show up. I agree with other that if you knew a girl who was just starting to get into makeup that this would be a good kit for her.
Powder -MAC - Mineralize Foundation / Loose - Medium
Polpette 7/15/2009 5:50:00 PM
I got this about a week ago and I'm liking it so far. It give good, sheer coverage without adding sparkle. I have to be really careful and not apply too much because it will turn a lot darker on my skin and give me that weird Lohan look. The only thing I don't like about it is the packaging. The sponge applicator is terrible since it picks up too much powder and you can't get it into that crease around your nose. The MAC representative told me to use a still powder brush and that's what I'm using. It's hard to get the powder out onto the brush though, so I'm still working on that. I have super oily skin and it's routinely over 100 degrees where I live and I make it to the end of the day without looking like a blotchy oil slick, so overall I'm happy. Update: After going back and forth with this product and trying to make it work for me, I've given up and switched to something else. No matter how light a hand I used it always ended up turning orange on me.
I bought this in black platinum. I already use Lash Blast and I thought this would be fun for the summer. It's really not worth the extra money since it doesn't really add any shimmer. I swatched it on the back of my hand and there was only one piece of glitter in the whole swatch. Even in direct sunlight I can't tell the difference. The formula is good though and definitely comparable to Lash Blast and gives me really long, thick lashes. I'm going to go back to Lash Blast and save the extra money.
I have horrible dark circles that most concealers barely cover. If I dont' wear concealer people ask me if I'm sick. I was frustrated for years spending tons of money on products that did nothing. I found this about four years ago and have never looked back. It covers completely and it also subtly brightens. I use it on my eyelids too for a shadow base and it does a great job. It helps my eye pencil go on more evenly too. I actually pay to have it shipped to me since I can't buy it where I live. It's a luxury item for me but it's worth it. One little pot lasts nine months. I use shade #3.
I have this in Sangria and the color is a perfect match of a Nars shade I usually wear (Stella). I like the packaging and the applicator although I'm still playing around with it to figure out the best way to apply the gloss. I like that it stays put and doesn't bleed like a lot of other glosses I've tried. The downside is that it doesn't last for six hours. If you eat or drink it will come off like regular gloss. The glossiness fades and you're left with a nice color but if you expect glossy lips for six hours then you'll be disappointed. I haven't experienced any pilling with this. I'm not crazy about the smell either but it's not the worst. I'd buy it again because it matches my Nars shade but is a lot cheaper.
Mascara -Maybelline - Define A Lash Volume Mascara
Polpette 3/31/2008 3:22:00 PM
I'm always looking for a mascara that give a lot of volume without being clumpy. I love Voluminous but I become allergic to it after wearing it a couple of days. I bought Define a Lash last week and I hate it. It doesn't build any volume and if you try to keep building it up, it makes my lashes super spiky. Also, the neck of the tube is so narrow that when you try to put the wand back in it will actually bend like it's going to snap off if you don't have it lined up perfectly. The packaging is pretty and the hot pink makes it easy to find in your make up back but that's about all it has going for it.