Polishes -MAC - Illegal Purple (Cult of Cherry Collection)
Supa 9/1/2008 2:47:00 AM
*PICS* MAC describes this as "Creamy blackened eggplant" and it's pretty accurate. Although the name is Illegal "Purple", it's more of a deep maroon with a black undertone. There is no shimmer or glitter, and it applies very glossy after 2 coats. But in order to get the color in the bottle, you need 3 coats. This polish has good formula with no fading after a week (although it chipped, which is expected). This isn't your ordinary goth color, it looks very classy on the nails, as long as you don't let it chip. I would recommend this to anyone who is looking for a dark nail polish for fall that has an extra $11 to spend on nail lacquer. I'm giving this a 4/5 because it's a bit difficult to work with (it isn't streaky or anything, but it does take some effort to apply nicely). It's also quite expensive for nail polish IMO. Picture of actual product: 1 coat: 2 coats: 3 coats:
*PICS* MAC's Description: Sheer grape with multi-dimensional pearl (Frost) Retail: $14 From Cult of Cherry Collection This lipglass is a must-have for upcoming fall. This looks fabulous alone and over lipstick. I LOVE it over the new Mattene lipstick in Chock-ful. I'm sure it'd look fabulous over MAC Mattene lipstick in Bing as well. Makes my lips look super glossy. Texture and smell is the usual MAC lipglass. Swatch on bare MAC C1 skin tone, medium pigmented lips: MAC Lipglass in Jampacked, MAC Mattene Lipstick in Chock-ful, and MAC Lush-n-Lilac cremestick liner: Product itself:
*PICS* I went to MAC with Bing in mind and picked up this instead. I can't believe how amazing this lipstick is. It is very pigmented and applies like a dream. Although it's not completely matte, it would wear best on well-exfoliated and moisturized lips. MAC describes this color as "Blackened brown" and it's pretty accurate. Only thing is that most brown lipsticks look dirty on me, but this one is different... instead of looking muddy, it looks luscious chocolate-y (like chocolate dipped berries?). Yum! Retails for $14.50. Packaging is sleek and slightly rubber-y textured tube allows for great control. Part of Cult of Cherry Collection. Swatch on bare MAC C1 skin tone, medium pigmented lips: MAC Cremestick Liner in Lush-n-Lilac, MAC Mattene Lipstick in Chock-ful, MAC Lipglass in Jampacked: MAC Cremestick Liner in Lush-n-Lilac, MAC Mattene Lipstick in Chock-ful, MAC Lipglass in Jampacked, MAC Mauvement pigment over center of lips and blended out: Picture of actual lipstick:
Lipstick -MAC - Pro Longwear LustreTwins Custom Rose/Pink Virtue
Supa 8/10/2008 3:47:00 AM
*PICS* This is a dual-sided lipgloss with color depositing gloss on one side and pearly gloss on the other. MAC describes this color as "Lustre: Berry plum with pearl / Top coat: Light blue pink with silver pearl". Retails for $20. Although this product isn't cheap, I think of it as getting two glosses in one product, and this also minimizes my need for lip liner if applied carefully. The key to applying this type of long-wearing gloss is to have well-moisturized lips beforehand, and applying the gloss with the lips sort of "stretched" out a bit. Give it a few seconds to dry completely before applying the top coat. Of course the top coat will wear off over time, but the base will last much longer than normal gloss. If I avoid eating greasy foods and wiping my lipgloss off with napkin, this does stay on my lips all day. If you're looking for a gloss you can wear to work and not worry about re-applying throughout the day, you may want to give this a try. I also own Boss Brown/Slave to Pink and I love them both. =) Swatch on MAC C1 skin tone with medium pigmented lips (Custom Rose): Swatch on MAC C1 skin tone with medium pigmented lips (Pink Virtue over Custom Rose): Product itself:
*PICS* Wow, this product is everything a nice eye shadow should be. Great color, great texture, great lasting power. I love it! The Starflash eye shadows are so buttery smooth... and well pigmented. This particular shade is a beautiful taupe/grey color which MAC describes as "frosty dirty taupe". Price is the usual $14.50. I've heard that this shadow was similar to Stila's Diamond Lil and MAC pigment in Sweet Sienna, so I've taken a swatch on all three so you can decide for yourself. =) Swatch on MAC C1 skin tone with flash (Diamond Lil, Sweet Sienna pressed, Smoke & Diamonds): Swatch on MAC C1 skin tone without flash (Diamond Lil, Sweet Sienna pressed, Smoke & Diamonds): Product itself:
Powder -MAC - Mineralize Skinfinish Duo in Light Medium Natural / Shimmer
Supa 7/16/2008 7:55:00 PM
*PIC* This is a great addition to your makeup collection if you're into "finishing" your look. Approximately 70% of the product is "glowy" and the other 30% is shimmery. With a good face brush and a light hand, this gives skin beautiful glow without looking shiny or cakey. The downside is that it's fairly expensive at $26.50 and it's not a completely completely necessary part of makeup routine. The shimmery side is also VERY shimmery... so I just use it on my lids and avoid putting it anywhere else on my face. It's also impossible to do a touch-up without having to carry a brush and mirror along with this, which is a downside, since this does wear off fairly quickly and does not control shine. I'm a C1 and this does match my skin well which is a plus.
*PIC* MAC describes this blush as "Raspberry with gold pearl". It's not a solid raspberry color, but more of a raspberry ice cream color, with hint of gold mixed in. It's shimmery in the pot, but applies as a dewy/glowy finish. Applies smoothly and stays put throughout the day with minimal wear-off. The color is easy to build up. I'm not sure I'd buy this again since I can't ever imagine using this up anytime soon, and it costs $21, but I might. I'm C1 for reference.
Lip Gloss -MAC - Electro Flash - Major Minor Lipglass
Supa 7/11/2008 8:09:00 PM
*PICS* MAC describes this lipglass as "Frosty midtone beige with multidimensional pearl". There's a hint of peach in there, but not overpowering, maybe a lively beige is more like it. This looks fabulous on my lips both alone and on top of lipstick. It has multidimensional pearly finish, so no gritty glitter. Texture and smell is the usual MAC lipglass. Very good everyday color. It has some sort of gold sheen in there, but would be easy to pair with anything. I'm a C1 for reference with medium pigmented lips. Picture of gloss is a tad bit darker than IRL, but applied picture is fairly accurate.
*PICS* I knew I had to get this the moment I lay my eyes on it. The two sides make a great combination for a sultry eye. The black is perfectly black and the colorful side applies in various colors, depending on where you swipe the color from. I can't see myself running out of this anytime soon, but I'd repurchase. Retails $17.50 for reference. Swatch on MAC C1 skin tone:
This product makes the perfect eye shadow base for all eye shadows. Even more, this makes a wonderful concealer BTW. I applied this on my blemish on accident (thinking it was my other concealer) and it stayed put ALL day and made my makeup adhere to my skin like magic. Definitely recommended. I like this much more than my UDPP. You also get a TON of product. Love. <3 For reference I'm MAC C1/C2 with semi-sensitive/combo skin.
I swapped for this a while ago and I never cared for it due to the mellow tone in the pot... but WOW!! I have fair/light yellow-toned Asian skin and this just works miracles for my cheeks. I think this blush is considered cool-tone (which rarely works for me), but there is just something special about this blush that I don't get from any other blush I own. I was sort of skeptical about moving away from my normal color range (pink/coral/peach), but this is now my HG. It gives me this healthy glow and color to my cheeks without screaming, "look at my blush!" This blush has given me natural-beautiful-looking cheeks instead of doll cheeks. It is sheer, but still delivers enough color to the cheeks and without glitter. I can't believe I judged this by its cover! I love it!
Polishes -Unlisted Brand - Incoco Dry Nail Applique
Supa 2/15/2008 4:01:00 PM
Overall: This is the BEST nail product I have EVER used. Color: I purchased the color Lolita, and it's really beautiful - a deep wine with purple sparkles! Time: It took me about 10 minutes to apply this (since I spent most of the time trying to figure out how it works). Level of abuse: I typed on a keyboard ALL day and every day, I scrubbed dishes, I bleached my tub and sink, I used color remover on my hair as well as hair dye, etc. Result: It's still intact after 10 days! (only a small crack on two of my nails, but no chips! My nails only look like this the first day or two after I get a manicure). Tips: Do not stretch the nail applique while applying and it should last longer. Make sure all the ends are sealed tight onto your nails before touching water. Conclusion: It's a bit pricey if you buy it at retail, but Walgreens has occasional sales you could catch. But for an easy at-home manicure which lasts so long, it's sooooo worth it! I can't wait to try the french manicure. =) UPDATE 2/29/08 - my first set lasted 10+ days. My second set (french manicure in fairy dust) lasted 14 days. And now I'm on my third set which is Berry Rich (which btw, is such a fabulous deep wine color and it's SUPER shiny). I love these!! Note: Don't bother with the little packet of remover they give you, instead use pure acetone and it removes it in a jiffy.
Pressed Powders -Max Factor - ColorGenius Pressed Powder
Supa 2/1/2008 7:15:00 PM
I purchased this product in "Light". It has three different rings of color, which you're supposed to blend using a powder brush. I have fair/light yellow-toned skin and this color matched perfectly (I could see this product working for a wide range of undertones). The coverage is minimal and unlike many pressed powders, this product does not give you the powdered/cakey look whatsoever. It takes away shine, yet gives you beautiful glowing skin (This does have microscopic shimmer in it, but not enough to be noticed on your skin). My only problem with this product is the packaging. I could understand that the compact has no applicator, but lacking a mirror is quite inconvenient (especially if you like to touch-up during the day here and there like me). I can't imaging having to carry around a compact, mirror, and brush all separately. If MF finds a better way to package this product, I'd buy it in a jiffy... even if they don't, I suppose I would repurchase. The product costs about $10-11.
I love this gloss. I keep one in my purse and use it every day and all day long. I work in an office setting and this is the most perfect shade for everyday use. It just makes my lips a little glossy, without the whole, "look at me, I'm wearing lipgloss" look. I like how this is very versatile with other colors on my face and my clothes. IMHO this is the perfect shade of "I just naturally have beautiful lips". The only down side to this gloss is that it doesn't last very long. I think I re-apply at least 10 times a day. I'm not too crazy about keeping my lips glossy, but this gloss definately wears off quickly. I hope Lancome could re-formulate this gloss with the same shade w/ better staying power. Then it'll be perfect.
Powder -Estee Lauder - Double Wear Stay-in-Place Powder Makeup
Supa 11/9/2007 2:28:00 PM
I have been the greatest fan of Body & Soul powder foundation, but since it's been difficult to get a hold of one, I've decided to give this a try. I figured the price is reasonable, especially during their gift time. Color: I'm a C1/C2 and I purchased this in 1W2 Linen and it's definitely a good color match. This particular shade is a good yellow-based color. Texture: This powder foundation goes on smooth, but a bit powdery when using the included sponge. I prefer using my kabuki brush instead. Packaging: Both the compact and the included sponge are durable. Pros: Color is perfect, price is good, amount of product is good, packaging is good. Cons: I have combination skin with some dryness (especially this time of the year), but this foundation makes my T-zone really oily. I've never had this happen before and I'm still trying to figure it out. I've been using the same skin care routine for years and for some reason I am in need of a pressed powder/oil absorbing sheet/loose powder throughout the day. Conclusion: I have already repurchased this (one for home and one for purse) and I will continue to repurchase as long as I have to, but I will continue to search yet again for that perfect powder foundation.