A truly unique pale lavender blush with a lovely sheen and smooth texture. I can see why someone would use this as a highlighter - it gives off a pretty glowy effect on the cheeks, without any obvious sparkle or shimmer. It's not the most natural-looking blush on me - even with having fair skin that's on on the cool side - but it's so pretty and unique that I can't help but love it. Also, I tend to wear a lot of e/s and l/s in the mauve/purple spectrum (shale, trax, quarry, angel, creme cup, pink plaid, lovelorn, etc.), and this is such a perfect blusher to balance out a lavender-inspired face. I'd definitely repurchase.
Glitter bomb! I should have listened to the advice of the previous reviewers, but I was seduced by the pretty coral swirls lol. Beautiful shade but wow, the glitter particles that others had said fell away upon application stuck mightily to mah face and did not budge all day. It is possible that people may have wondered if I had an unfortunate crafting incident. I also have Luminoso and it's more shimmery than glittery.
Lipstick -Revlon - Luxurious Living Lipstick - Blase Apricot 215
dcabc 4/4/2012 8:45:00 PM
This looks exactly like NYX Haute Melon - they're both lovely yet intense, bright corals. Goes on a bit stiff - definitely moisturize first. Overall, I prefer NYX's formula, plus it's cheaper!
Gorgeous coral pink shade, swatches similar to WNW Within These Adobe Walls and Bobbi Brown Miami Coral (both HG corals for me). Consistency is creamy and moisturizing and feels much better on my lips than Romance, another shade that I have from this line. I love that it doesn't pull any brown (Revlon Colorburst lipstick in Peach did this to me) - it's just a very fresh, pretty shade that brightens up my pale complexion. Another reviewer also mentioned it as a dupe for NYX Tea Rose, but on my NW15 skin, Tea Rose is more of a deeper pink while Heavenly is clearly coral (pink/orange).
Lipstick -Revlon - ColorBurst in 070 Soft Nude [DISCONTINUED]
dcabc 3/23/2012 11:46:00 PM
This looks like a sheerer version of MAC's A Perfect Day on me. APD is more opaque, but Soft Nude is more moisturizing and doesn't leave a pale ring of color around the inside of my lips when it wears off. Also doesn't pull orange or peachy on me at all, which is great. One lippie off for weak staying power, though; my lips seem to absorb the color within an hour of application.
Bottom line: It broke me out after one day of use, which is rare for me when it comes to foundations. Smells lovely, good color match, goes on smoothly (thinner than Revlon CS, ELDW, and MUFE HD), but only looked good for about two hours before it went patchy and separated on my chin and cheeks. I felt the cystic lumps forming on my nose and upper lip area later that night when I was cleansing. It's my first experience with a Chanel foundation and I am less than impressed. Actually, I'm kind of pissed! I haven't broken out from either a HE or DS foundation in YEARS.
Makes my skin look great in photos, and the highly-blendable consistency reminds me a lot of MUFE HD. But --and this is a big BUT-- I just cannot deal with the sparkles. Maybe it's because I live in a sunnier climate, but the amount of glitter in this product made me feel self-conscious every time I wore it.
Orchid Hush has almost zero pigmentation (and I'm very pale) but Hot Tamale is nice. It reminds me of Tarte Natural cheek stain or old school Benetint - a dark rosy flush that looks healthy and natural with a light hand. The "bounce" is a cute concept, best applied with fingers, and I like the lack of glitter (why I stayed away from the mousse blush), but I'm not that tempted to try any other colors.
My favorite layering lipglass. It's a frosty (but not overly so) pale pink with loads of shimmer - I use it over all of my nude-toned lippies (mainly Blankety, A Perfect Day, and Naked Bliss mattene) to tone down the brown/beige and bring out the pink! My lips still look nude, yet fuller and more glamorous. I prefer this to Oyster Girl, which is much paler and has less shimmer.
I only discovered this foundation recently. This makes my skin look absolutely flawless without feeling heavy or looking thick or masky. I only need a small amount (1 pump) and apply with my SK flat-top brush or the soft ELF powder one. I have under-control acne-prone skin and this does not break me out, although I am very meticulous about removal: first Neutrogena wipes, then I slather on a salycylic acid-based cleanser and buff with the Clarisonic Mia. I do have a couple of gripes, which is why I took off one lippie: as others have mentioned, the color selection is weak for cool, pale skin. I was initially matched to NW15 (for reference, I also wear MUFE HD 115), and while it did look good in photos, it was just much too dark and orange overall. I exchanged it for the NC15, which turned out to be a much better match (despite my being cool, not warm). So the NC15 in this formula is definitely lighter than the NW. I also think that at this price point, the bottle should come with a pump, rather than having to pay $7 extra for one.
I'm kicking myself for not getting this sooner! I've been using Espresso as a brow filler for, oh, over 10 years now, and while it did the job fine, sometimes I felt it pulled too warm on my fair skin and very dark brows - almost unnaturally reddish in certain lighting or photos. And I never was able to use it as an eyeshadow since it's too warm (just like saddle and soft brown, which look horrid on me). Mystery is the dark hair/cool skin answer to Espresso - it's a perfect, dark, muted brown with absolutely zero warmth. It looks natural on my brows and also pairs well in the crease or outer corner with all of my beloved taupe shadows. Pigmentation and blendability are great. HG!
The best primer I've used to smooth out the large pores I have around my nose and inner cheek area. I like to try different primers now and then, thinking that there must be something even better out there (some I've tried: Korres, Murad, Smashbox - original and light, MUFE, Dr. Brandt's Pores No More, and BE - which breaks me out every.time.), yet I always return to my trusty cheapie Avon Magix. I use a pea-sized amount and apply it to just my nose and cheeks, let it set for a few seconds, and proceed with foundation (liquid or powder - it plays well with both). Great product.
I wasn't expecting much for under $4, but this actually looks really good on me! I have fair skin and very pigmented lips, which helps keep this color from washing me out. It does have a greyish cast, but grey/pink nudes have always looked better on me than beige ones - lippies like freckletone and creme d'nude pull too orange/brown on me, for example. SL is on the sheer side (much more so than Thalia or Tea Rose), which lets some of the natural red of my lip show through and creates a lovely muted pale pink sheen, rather than a full-on frost.
Hussy is phenomenal. I apply it with a stippling/duo fiber brush and it transfers the perfect amount of pigment (bright pink leaning coral) and my cheeks just GLOW. It's remarkable considering that it's a non-shimmery blush. I love it and will be purchasing more from this brand!
This went back - I have very fair skin and it hardly showed up. And when I packed it on, it got powdery.