I love the creamy consistency for my dry skin, and how smoothly it applies, yet it is not greasy on my blemishes. It tends to settle in the creases, but it doesn't aggravate my skin. It behaves fine with my main translucent power (EDM [Not-So] Natural Reflections in Golden Tan), and my under eye circles don't come off as grey-tinged. I am happy to have this to replace my horrid Jane Iredale click-pen concealer. My caveats: For the amount that you get (I've seen sample sizes that are larger!), I think $18 is expensive! The screw-top packaging is ok. I am a MAC NC43/BE Medium Tan/BB Warm Natural/Honey, and I find that a C5 is a tad bit light (however eye-brightening!) for my skin tone, but C7 is toooooo dark! Overall, most importantly, I love how this concealer feels--it does what I need it to: conceal my imperfections.
Loose Powders -Everyday Minerals - Natural Reflection Finishing Powder
blissta 1/15/2009 8:00:00 PM
I have this in Golden Tan, but the color doesn't really show up on me (which is fine!) I love to use this for setting my concealer with an eye shadow brush, or for setting the foundation when I occasionally use it. I got the full size for $12, for a whopping 6.5 ounces (Everyday Minerals also gives out samples and good-sized jars for low cost, just pay for shipping and receive the package within a few days). The jar packaging doesn't seal completely (the cap would get loose in my bag), but for how much product I receive and how it takes me forever to finish, I don't feel too bad. I love how this product, with so few ingredients, does not irritate my sensitive skin, though it's useless when my skin is flaking and dry (of course). I like this brand much better than Bare Escentuals, and the price is absolutely fantastic!
I love this product! My skin, MAC NC43, is in-between Warm Natural (light enough to make my head look like its floating off my body) and Honey, but I picked Honey because it better matched my neck (it applies a tad bit orange, but it can be fixed by blending). It feels good upon my skin. I love how application is creamy and natural, moist, upon my super-dry skin, but, though concentrated, I hate how it doesn't hide the large pores on my cheeks and how it clings to my flakes at the end of the day. I do not use primer, but I do set on my under-eyes; the product is transferrable upon surfaces that touch my face. The packaging is sleek and modern, convenient if you don't mind bringing it with you in your bag; I prefer to put into a compact, which it goes into very well. I still love how this concealer matches my yellow-based skin and how moist it is on my dry skin (I highly recommend for winter-dry, yellow-based skin after getting dressed, or putting on sweaters/taking off sweaters atleast two hours after application). This is a bit expensive for my student budget ($43), but it gives a decent amount of product. I use this to spot treat, and full-on for special occasions. A small amount will go a long way.
Concealers -Shiseido - The Makeup Corrector Pencil
blissta 12/29/2008 8:22:00 PM
I love this pencil! I use it as an eye brightener, not as a concealer (the color is too light for my medium olive skin!) I never leave home without applying this on my waterline, and I keep it with me in my clutch for touch-ups (staying time is decent, but I enjoy re-applying anyway), and I love how healthy and bright (whiter sclera) my eyes look with this. I hate how it is $16 at Sephora on my student budget, but I don't wear a lot of makeup in general, so it will last me a good long time.
My HG eyeliner. My usual complaint is that black eyeliners appear navy on my olive skin; because this was a dark brown almost black, this was not the case at all! I love how this doesn't fade, doesn't smudge (although I do set with MAC Carbon eyeshadow), and the skinny crayon doesn't tug. The price is fantastic ($2), and easily available at Walgreens.
Packaging: The orange tube is embarrassingly huge in my makeup bag (can't miss it!), and as much as I love the color orange, I'm not loving it for my mascara. I see this the same way I viewed my mother back when I was in oh-so-awkward middle school (bless her soul!): embarrassing to look at (oh, those horrid high-waist sweats with a staind/bleach holed zip-up hoodie) and embarrassing be seen with ("Hannah! What size is your PANTY? They don't have RED, for your period stains!" Yes, my mom has done that to me in public on multiple occasions...) Brush: Bulky, just like the tube. I hate how it's so sparse and short. My application sucks and I tend to apply in moving vehicles, so I make sure to line my top lashes thick to cover up the fact that I had gotten mascara on my eyelid. Formula: Very moist (not comparable to my beloved Clinique's Naturally Glossy), even as a waterproof mascara, it has lasted through my tears, though it fights VERY hard to be taken off with a waterproof makeup remover and cotton puff (but not so much when the end-of-the-day itchies overcome my eyelashes that I end up rubbing my eyes). My favorite part is how this mascara brings out the lashes I didn't know I even had (I describe my lashes as moderate length, sparse, dark). Contact Lens friendly? Heck yes! No tearing, no flaking, no drying. Verdict: Outside of the horrid, bulky orange tube and the fittingly bulky brush, I love it, though it is not my HG, but the price is right ($5-10, sometimes with bogo deals) and it does my lashes justice.
I would give this a 3.5. I have been using this mascara since high school (the price is a bit much for an unemployed HS student, but I found myself coming back to this), and I love it for its absolute black shade and shiny finish, but I always had a problem with flaking. This mascara didn't irritate my contact lens-wearing eyes, though I would occasionally feel itchiness along the lashline (a quick scratch here and there, and I'm good for the rest of the day). Lastly, if I wore concealer, I must not have waited long enough for the mascara to dry, or I must have applied the concealer before the mascara (setting my concealer has not saved me!), but I had black smudges on my undereye! I would still buy this, only because this mascara gives me that shiny finish. It still falls short of my beloved Clinique Naturally Glossy, which I find, unfortunately, is too expensive for my student budget.
Although I have been using this eyeliner for the last 5 years, I still find it rather disappointing! I like the brown better than the black, because the black comes off looking like a dark shade of blue. For some reason, the brown also has better staying power (but the color is VERY dry); the black smudges all over! I've tried setting it with a black eyeshadow (MAC Carbon), but it still finds its way onto my undereye area. The best liner I have ever used was Revlon Colorstay liner, but it made my [contact lens-wearing] eyes tear! I like how this liner looks on my inner lid (though there is no staying power there, either), and how this is an automatic pencil that doesn't require sharpening (the bottom part of the liner detaches for a sharpener, and it CAN get loose). I like how I get no tugging on the black liner, but again, it smudges. At $7 a pop, I can't really complain, as it is an affordable option in which you get what you pay for.
Eye Shadow -Smashbox - Eye Shadow Trio - Smashing On Stage
blissta 6/9/2008 4:21:00 PM
This comes in three colors: a matte bone, matte cocoa, and shimmery champagne, retailing for $28. I tried the palest shade, but it would NOT show up on me, no matter how much product I applied on my brush. I tried it on other skintones (I'm not even dark or medium!!), and it still would not show up. I gave up on the other shades as well. SO NOT WORTH THE MONEY! Save your money for a shadow that will actually have pigment. This trio is no better than the cheapy nyx palette I bought four years ago, atleast that one is pigmented!
i have this in very black. when i first opened it, i liked it, but it doesnt compare to l'oreal voluminous (still my favorite). it defines my lashes, lengthens it a lil bit, no clumps, and i dont find traces of it on my lower lid. pricewise, i got it for $6 usd. i'd like it more if it felt more "wet" without leaving marks on my lower lid. i might buy it again if it was REALLY cheap.
Eyeliner -Almay - Intense i-Color Bring Out the Brown in Purple Amethyst
blissta 9/7/2006 3:58:00 PM
this is an shade of light purple, with shimmer in it. i'm biased toward dark, deep purples, which should explain why i found this product very disappointing. i hate how light purple colors look ugly on my yellow-brown skin, no matter how much it could possibly lighten my black-brown eyes. the staying power is decent, but it transfers easily (any light touch to my eye and the color is no more). if it were darker (more brown-based than pink-based) i would buy this again.
Eyeliner -Clinique - Quickliner for Eyes in Roast Coffee
blissta 9/7/2006 3:45:00 PM
i usually love the quickliners, especially the purple one and the black one. i borrowed my mom's brown eyeliner--and she's several shades darker than me, so i figure it would work on me. unfortunately, as much as i am lighter than her this wouldn't even show up...it only did a decent job defining my lower lashes. had i a lighter complexion, i probably would've appreciated it better. this liner should be called "almond," not "roast coffee."
I don't understand why this is a favorite; this mascara leaves lashes crunchy, mighty thin, and does no justice to my already-long lashes! Maybelline should stop making this one, it's garbage.
I loooove this lip gloss!! I NEVER like lip gloss, but this one is special. It shines and is sticky, yeah, but it's got this cooling sensation on your lips, and it smells minty and licking it off tastes yummy. Because it's clear, it's relatively goof-proof in getting it all over your face. Yepz, a favorite. (^-^)
This is the worst liner ever! The darkest black I was hoping to find without breaking my budget turned out to be black with a navy tinge. As if the color wasn't bad enough, after awhile, it made my eyes sting and burn. Nope, never buying it again.