My new HG neutral lip color! This is a great, warm pinkish brown that is good for every day use, which can be dressed up or down with your favorite gloss. It is like a warmer and slightly more brownish version of the Lolita shade. I don't even usually like pinkish shades but this still works well with my warm undertone. My only criticism is that it is drying as other people say, but it isn't enough of a deterrence for me to stop wearing it. It's nothing that lip balm and lip gloss can't cure. Definitely give it a try.
Lipstick -Shiseido - The Makeup Automatic Lip Crayon LC2
lipstickfashionista 12/5/2010 9:12:00 PM
This is one of the best lip crayons I have tried and will become a staple in my makeup collection. It is the perfect MLBB shade as the other reviewers have said, with a nice subtle pinkish-brown color and a slight sheen to it. IIt's called "brown" but somehow, it's not that brown and has some pinkishness to it to prevent it from looking muddy. t goes on very smoothly and comfortably. It also has nice, even pigmentation. Perhaps the best selling point, though, is the packaging. I like the Bobbi Brown crayons as well but this one is better in not needing a sharpener. It's worth a try!
This is a wonderful lipstick, one of my HGs! It is a plummish brown color. It is almost like a slightly more rose version of Polished Up--it's in that same family. It goes very well with the MAC Beurre cremestick liner because they are similar colors (dirty plums, brownish base). Verve is as close to a full lipstick version of Beurre that you will get. My only criticism is that it isn't as moisturizing as the Lustre finish, but that is easily remedied by applying a little gloss over it. This is a good neutral for every day or can also be dressed up for special occasions.
Primer/ Corrector -Urban Decay - Complexion Primer Potion-Brightening
lipstickfashionista 10/31/2010 12:26:00 AM
This is my HG! I'm surprised that the ratings aren't higher. Urban Decay is most famous for its eye products (primer, eyeshadows, eyeliners) but I think this is one of the most underrated products they have. I love that it is free of heavy silicones and parabens, so it seems safe for sensitive, combination and acne-prone skin like mine. I like to blend it with my tinted moisturizer or foundation, as the SA taught me. It is easier to apply makeup this way by just putting it all on at the same time--and it also seems to help the makeup blend more seamlessly into my skin. My skin has broken out with other primers before but this one seems to be good for me, and seems to give my skin some breathing room. I LOVE the texture of this, it is perhaps the most light and airy primer I've ever used. It is very light and almost weightless, you barely feel like you have anything on. I can't recommend this highly enough! I'm glad I've discovered this and I've even bought back-ups in case (God forbid) Urban Decay ever discontinues this. Especially for people who don't usually like primers, this mght just convert you!
I have to back up pikacharma and agree that this is a great product if you know what you're expecting. It's important to distinguish between a foundation and a tinted moisturizer. A foundation is more like a lipstick that goes over your skin and gives more color. A tinted moisturizer is more like a lip gloss that just gives a hint of color and a bit more of a glow. This reminds me of how some people were dissatisfied with a Make Up Forever Full Cover concealer because of how it didn't work on undereye circles. Well, that concealer was not actually meant to be used for undereye circles at all, it is more of a blemish concealer. This is why Make Up Forever has another concealer that is specifically designed for undereye circles. The point being, this is another product that can be great IF you use it for what it's designed for and for its actual purpose. I like to take some of the tinted moisturizer, then blend it with the Urban Decay Brightening primer (the Urban Decay SA taught me that). It is easier than putting on the primer, then layering on the moisturizer, since you can put it all on in just one step. I also find that this helps the moisturizer blend more easily and seamlessly into my skin. It has relatively more coverage than other tinted moisturizers I used but, it won't give the same coverage as an actual foundation or cover blemishes. In person it has a lovely, dewy glow. However, you might want to use something else if you want to take a photograph because in pictures, it tends to look "oily" rather than dewy. The color is also just right for me (I'm relatively light but not fair, warm undertones). I agree that the packaging leaves much to be desired, particularly with that pump. When it spills out too much, I start using the excess around my neck, so that I don't have a line of demarcation around my jaw. Just be careful with the pump and be slow in pressing down, to not get the flood of product on your hands! I also have sensitive skin with occasional blemishes, but my skin has improved a bit since replacing my heavy liquid foundations with this on most days. Since it is free of parabens it seems to be a good option for sensitive skin types like mine, by letting skin breathe a bit more. Overall this is an excellent product if you use it for its intended purpose and if you know what to expect from it.
This may become my new, daily HG! This is what I had been hoping for from Sheer Plum, but didn't get. The color is a brownish wine/plum color that gives a lovely glow. It looks frighteningly dark in the tube but goes on very sheer. It's a great neutral for warm undertones like mine. It's sort of a darker version of the raisin lustre in the Tartan Tale A Fabulous Fantasy lip palette. As with all the other lustre lipsticks, it also has a great texture in being slightly glossy without being sticky, and relatively more moisturizing than the other Mac formulas. Try it at your Mac counter, I don't think you'll be disappointed and this lipstick deserves a lot more love!
As everyone has said the name of this color is truly a misnomer--it is not sheer nor plum! I was hoping for a brownish plum color, but this turned out much more red than expected. I was more satisfied with my purchases of Polished Up and the Tartan Tale A Fabulous Fantasy lip kit, which had raisin lustres that were more what I had in mind. If you want a deep red color, great, but if not save the money.
Wow, this really is a keeper for me. I have tried both this and the Moroccan Oil, and I like this just a little bit more because I think it's a bit more moisturizing (however, they're both great products for hair and choosing between them is a close call). It's also a very nice, lightweight moisturizer for skin when used sparingly as it should be. I'm not sure what people are smelling though, I guess they did change the formula. I never smelled anything (and actually prefer it that way, as I can be sensitive to some scents). Try it out at Sephora, it's worth checking out.
This is a very nice reddish/brown color that livens up my face, without being too overpowering. Bobbi Brown's colors seem to work well for Asian complexions like mine, and also seem to work well for warm undertones (in fact a long time ago some Asian beauty magazine picked Bobbi as some of the best makeup colors for Asians). It's perhaps not as moisturizing as I'd like, but it does last a long time and I like that it doesn't bleed. It's a keeper!
Lipstick -Bobbi Brown - Treatment Lip Shine SPF 15 - Brownie Nude
lipstickfashionista 7/5/2010 12:10:00 AM
This is a great product, one of my go-to favorites for every day! It's a wonderful color for me in not being too brown or too rosy, and has a nice texture. It's suitable for the office and for all occasions. I had always liked Bobbi Brown's lipstick colors, because I think she does the browns and nudes almost better than anyone else. However her textures had always left my lips very dry and flaky. This has her beautiful nude color but with a nicer texture. It's the answer to my lipstick prayers!
Lipstick -Paula's Choice - sheer cream lipstick SPF 15
lipstickfashionista 3/28/2010 11:35:00 PM
I got a sample of In the Nude and just decided to purchase the full size lipstick. I think it's relatively more sheer than most lipsticks I've tried, but it's also not exactly a gloss either--it's somewhere in between "sheer" and "matte" in its finish. This is a nice, moisturizing lip color that is very flattering for my complexion and good for every day--definitely worth checking out with the sample size.
I have this and I LOVE the color--I second the reviewer who says this should be made into a full lipstick! If anyone started a petition to MAC to do that, I'd sign it! I would love to find a MLBB lip color this subtle. It's a very nice, neutral color that works well with my lipsticks, it's sort of a brownish plum. It works exceptionally well with most of my lipsticks, especially MAC's Polished Up and A Storybook Ending (from the Tartan Tale A Fabulous Fantasy lip palette). It works the best with brownish pink or brownish plum neutrals. It complements my lip colors without clashing, or without being too "matchy-matchy". In some lights it even seems to add more dimension to the lip color. I love the color so much that on occasion, I'll fill in my whole lip with it, then put on gloss on top--got a lot of compliments when I did that. It also has a wonderful creamy texture to make it less drying than other comparable lip liners. Over time I've come to appreciate it even more than when I first bought it and, in fact, just repurchased it after running out. Definitely give it a try!
First of all, before you get too excited if you see any color you like--do yourself a favor and test it out in person at Sephora, Ulta, or any other store that sells it. I like some of the colors but did NOT care for the scent of it at all. It sort of reminded me of walking in a dirty street corner in the city (lovely picture, isn't it?) I know there are some people who don't mind the scent, but let's just say it's an acquired taste so definitely test it out in person first. I've read reviews elsewhere and there are also a lot of other women out there who disliked the strong smell as I did. I will say that some of the colors are nice, and it has a nice, creamy texture, but the scent just really ruined it for me. Not to mention, I have found similar colors and textures in other brands elsewhere. The colors are nice, but not that unique to me. I prefer Shu Uemura and brands like that, which also have a moisturizing, creamy finish--but come with a more light-handed scent. Truth be told, I didn't find it extraordinary and I would shop around before investing in this brand. Particularly in a country like the U.S., where the cosmetics industry is so cutthroat and there are SO many great brands here to try that I think are more worthy than this one. I suppose I have to spoil the average rating!
Lip Treatments -Shiseido - Benefiance Full Correction Lip Treatment
lipstickfashionista 3/9/2010 11:32:00 PM
This is a very nice lip treatment--if I were to give it a grade I'd put it in the B+ range (or perhaps up to an A- if I'm feeling more generous). It has a very convenient applicator, and doesn't have any noticeable scent (unlike the La Mer lip balm which, quite frankly, I don't care for because of the mint smell). I didn't notice any of the benefits this supposedly has, but it is always a nice complement to my lip colors. I have some lipsticks that are very drying, but sometimes manage to salvage those with this lip treatment underneath. With moisturizing lipsticks, a little of this helps them become even silkier and smoother. It also has a nice consistency in staying put, unlike the Kiehl's which I found a bit runny and too slick. However, it's also not the miracle worker it claims to be either, and there's nothing about it that "wows" me so much that I want to shout about it from the rooftops, or give it that perfect five score. To me this is like that perfectly nice, respectable guy you date who you find nothing "wrong" with, yet somehow don't feel that special chemistry for and don't want to marry. I'm still looking for my HG lip treatment.
This is a wonderful lipstick that is definitely worth a look and a purchase! Along with my Cle de Peau, this is becoming one of my HG lipsticks, which I turn to when I'm in the mood for a relatively more matte finish. If I could give some "all around" title to a lipstick, I'd give it to this one. It has it all, both the moisturizing qualities of a gloss, with the color payoff and lasting power of a lipstick. The finish is a semi-matte that's neither too dry nor too glossy, but just right. It feels soft on and lasted for a long time, especially for people with dry lips like mine. I have this in BR768, which is actually more reddish than the online swatch makes it look like--it's a reddish brown that looks great on warm Asian skintones like mine. It goes beautifully with my MAC Buerre lip liner. I also like that the website tells you which undertones the colors are for, "cool" or "warm", help you decide. I have a ton of lipsticks, but don't regret this purchase one bit because it's one of the better ones I have EVER tried! Test it out and give it a chance, it deserves the high praise it's gotten here.