Liquid -Revlon - Skinlights Diffusing Tint [DISCONTINUED]
dreamspice 12/30/2002 3:21:00 PM
I've never been a big fan of foundation. Instead, I've also just applied foundation or concealer to "problem areas" and left it at that. However, lately I've been feeling as though I need something more. A lift. I was going to buy Prescriptives Traceless but I noticed that Revlon Skinlights Diffusing Tint claims to have many of the same properties as Prescriptives. Since I'm new to the foundation game, I thought it'd be cheaper to give Revlon a try. I've been really happy with it. I notice a difference immediately when I put this product on - my skin just looks better, glowier, more even in tone. Yet at the same time it looks natural - it doesn't look like I'm wearing foundation (which is what I've hated about foundations in the past). I don't even wear powder with this (except on my nose) because I love the glowy look so much. I still have to use a bit of concealer, so I've added a step rather than replaced a step (as I'd hoped) but my skin looks so good I really don't mind. UPDATE: I've replaced this with Sonia Kashuk's Hydro Tint which I like SO MUCH better -seems to give more coverage AND more glow while still looking natural.
Lipstick -Clinique - Almost Lipstick in Almost Cocoa
dreamspice 12/27/2002 8:54:00 PM
I love this product. It's one of those lipsticks that I find myself buying over and over again. It's a glossy sheer warm-toned brown color that looks fabulous with really dramatic eye makeup (like a smokey eye look) or dressed down with a very natural makeup look. I agree that it's not quite brown - but I find true browns to be unflattering so that doesn't bother me in the least. The only thing I don't love about this lipstick, is the lack of sun protection. But since it seems to look better over lip balm anyway (glossier) it just means that this is a slightly more high maintenance lip color. But worth it.
Of the current crop of moisturizing sheer lip colors with sun protection, Clinique is my favorite. For one thing, the package is cuter, for another, the sun protection is superior. However, undoubtedly Stila has a great color selection - perhaps the best. Also, whereas some of Clinique's Moisture Sheer colors aren't really sheer (in fact, I'd call them desaturated but opaque), these colors are all very sheer and therefore, very wearable. Though the product looks almost identical to Almay's (seriously - it almost makes it annoying that it's 3 times more than Almay's) the quality of the actual lipstick is, I think, better. I have this in "plum" and it's a really beautiful, sheer, plummy color. Definitely a product I'll always have in my kit. Besides, since I apply it so often, the sun protection isn't that bad...
Lipstick -Clinique - Moisture Sheer SPF 15 [DISCONTINUED]
dreamspice 12/27/2002 4:34:00 PM
The minute I saw ads for this in magazines, I ran out to the store to buy some. In fact, I went to the store BEFORE it came out and was there the day shipment (finally) came in. I've always wanted a moisturizing sheer lip color with sun protection and this fit the bill. In addition, it comes in an adorable looking thin silver tube that's small enough to fit in my pocket. This product has not disappointed me. I've already gone through three tubes of honey red, my favorite color. It's exactly what it says it is - a sheer, shiny wash of color that also moisturizes and protects. One of my girlfriends commented that it makes my lips look juicy - and who doesn't want that? This is a hall of fame product for me.
Lip Treatments -Almay - Pure Tints Protective Lip Care
dreamspice 12/27/2002 4:30:00 PM
For years I've been wondering when they were going to come out with moisturizing sheer lip color with sun protection - the recent batch (from Bobbi Brown, Clinique, Almay and Stila) has made me very very happy. There are many things I love about this product - it's very moisturizing, the color is, indeed, sheer, it has great sun protection and it's super cheap (often on sale at my local drugstore for half off). Unfortunately, this is definitely an instance of getting what you pay for because I like this the least of the sheer moisturizing lip colors. For one, the colors seem to absorb into my lips in a weird, patchy way (probably because my lips are so dry - but isn't that why I'm using this in the first place?). For another, most of the colors aren't very natural looking on my skin. However, I've found one ("Mauve") that I like - it's a very natural soft berry color that's good for days when I don't want to try too hard. And I love not having to cart around lip color AND a lip balm. So while it's not my favorite, this is a product I always have in my kit.
For over two years this was my favorite blush. It gave me that just ran around the block (or otherwise exerted myself) flush and seemed to go with every lip color I wore. However, recently my skin chemistry must have changed or something because I can't wear it anymore - it fades almost immediately. The only thing I didn't like about this product was the packaging - within a week of owning it the plastic "mattifying" coat started peeling off leaving an ugly half-peeled look. Considering much of my $33 went to the packaging, I would think that this would be somehow preventable. Also, the whole 3-in-1 thing was a joke for me - this product looked weird on my eyes and lips (especially on my lips - because of the cream to powder texture). I would recommend anybody to give this blush stick a try. Just make sure that you try it in the store first - in case it doesn't work with your skin chemistry. And, if you care, apparently it's Christy Turlington's favorite blush, too.
I bought this product because my Prescriptives False Eyelashes Mascara was smudging on me. This product definitely stopped the smudging. In fact, I was so pleased with it, that I ran out and bought a tube for a girlfriend who has smudging problems with ALL mascaras - even the waterproof kind. Still, to be honest, I hate having to spend an additional $16 just because my mascara doesn't do what I want it to (resist smudging). However, if I one day find a mascara I love SO MUCH that I'll put up with a little bit of smudging, I'll definitely invest in this product again. UPDATE: This doesn't make enough of a difference to be worth the money.
Mascara -Prescriptives - False Eyelashes Plush Mascara
dreamspice 12/27/2002 4:08:00 PM
I bought this mascara in black and had VERY high hopes for it. The good news is it did lengthen, thicken and turn my lashes a satisfyingly sooty-black without clumping. Unfortunately this product also smudged and didn't hold a curl. As far as I'm concerned, for $20 a mascara should lengthen, thicken, hold curl, resist smudging and maybe do my taxes. This is a good, maybe even a great mascara, but not for the price! And, yes, I can heat my eyelash curler, recurl my lashes mid-day and apply Clarins waterproofing product but then I've spent more time and $16 more on this product. And that just makes me angry.
Crème -Revlon - New Complexion One-Step Compact Makeup
dreamspice 12/21/2002 12:56:00 AM
I was running out of my Bobbi Brown stick foundation and wanted to try something new. Usually I only put foundation on red areas or blemishes, so I prefer cream or stick foundations (unless I use a TM). Initially I was going to buy MAC Studio Tech and actually ordered it from gloss.com. While I was impatiently waiting, I noticed my local drugstore was having a buy one get one free promotion on Revlon foundation. I knew One Step was made at the same factory that made Studio Fix & Studio Tech so I figured I'd give it a try. One Step comes in a cute little compact similar to the Studio Fix/Studio Tech compact - with the sponge kept in a separate compartment from the makeup. I actually really like it. The color I got (Tender Peach) is a decent match for my skin (NC25). The coverage isn't as full as Bobbi Brown or MAC Studio Tech, I'd say it was light to medium, but I found that I could layer it on discolored areas. It's not a perfect product, but great for beauty on a budget - at the sale price it's a quarter of the price of MAC's Studio Tech. And to be honest, I tried both products on and didn't see a significant difference in color or texture. I'd definitely buy it again. UPDATE: I swapped this away and haven't missed it once... for more coverage I prefer Colorstay Natural now.
First the pros - I happen to love the ingenious packaging - it's portable, cute, and so much handier than having to carry around a lip brush and pot (hate sticky pots). Plus the color is really beautiful and shiny, and the product itself is very soft - not sticky or tacky. However, not only is this lip gloss more expensive than most - you actually get much less product for your money - it doesn't last! After retouching my lips two times before lunch I decided to throw the towel in on this product. I don't care how cute the packaging or the color is - it's a waste of money. I'm going to return it. UPDATE: I received this in a recent swap and have fallen in love with the color and convenience (of the packaging) so much that I don't really care how much it costs! It's now my favorite lip product. Still only gets 4 lippies for being so darned expensive, though!