I LOVE Rootbeer. I ordered this on-line through Cherry Culture and waited close to 3 months for it since it was on backorder. I also ordered several trio NYX eyeshadows and wasn't overly impressed, although for the price, it's darn good stuff. I bought Rootbeer in the single, so not sure if there is a difference between the trios and singles in terms of quality. It is lovely...gorgeous color, excellent pigmentation, lasted all day...as long as my Urban Decay and MAC shadows. I don't agree that it is a dupe of Satin Taupe, which is lovely in its own right and is another shade that I own. Rootbeer has more charcoal in it than Satin Taupe, so don't be afraid to buy it if you already own Satin Taupe. NYX shadows are not easy to find in my geographic area. If you find this shade, definitely buy it, you will not be disappointed.
I am so disappointed! I love this company and have been completely 100% satisfied with their foundations, concealers, blushes, and eyeshadows. This is the first product I've ordered from them that did not deliver. The mint color is difficult to blend and looks chalky on me no matter how much moisturizer, primer, etc. I apply beforehand. I think I am pretty adept at applying mineral m/u since I've used EM and Bare Minerals for close to 2 years now, but I cannot blend this mint concealer so that it looks natural no matter what brush or technique I use. If anyone has any helpful hints, please let me know! I was so confident I would love this product, I ordered the full sized container, didn't even bother with the sample! Love the company and their products, I just didn't care for this concealer.
Since this is marketed as an "Age-Defying" product, I thought I'd give it a try, after all it's cheap, and I can always use extra uv moisturizing products. I bought the fair to light formula and it literally disappears into my skin. Unfortunately this is way too sheer, offers almost no coverage, and minimal moisturizing. If you are 18 years old and need minimal moisture on your skin, and just a small amount of sunscreen, you'll probably like this. For more mature skin, this has little to offer - unless you are Christie Brinkley!
Primer/ Corrector -Revlon - Vital Radiance Smoothing Face Primer 02 petal
FastKitty99 7/19/2008 2:38:00 PM
I bought this a while back and am just now running out of it. It's the second face primer I've tried from Revlon which has been a huge disappointment (the other I tried was the Age Defying Instant Face Primer). Neither product was cheap, so perhaps my expectations were high. The Vital Radiance formula has a bit too much pink in it and looks unnatural for me. I also don't think it does much to prime and smooth the skin before makeup application. Not sure if Revlon even makes this product anymore, someone mentioned it being discontinued. I certainly cannot recommend it. Unfortunately, the newer Age Defying face primer isn't any better than this, so I have gone on to use Smashbox and Bare Essentials face primers which are far superior in my opinion.
I've used this moisturizer for many years now. It was one of the first drugstore brands I found with a higher SPF and I've always liked the way it quickly absorbs into my skin and doesn't leave an unpleasant greasy film like some sunscreen products. I also use more expensive uv moisturizers mainly because I am a product junkie and like to try everything. However, I always keep a bottle of this in my cabinet. It works great for the neck and upper chest area, too. It's a cheaper alternative than applying my more $$$ moisturizers which I save for the delicate facial areas. I will continue to purchase this, it's a staple for me.
Eye Primer -Too Faced - Shadow Insurance, Anti-Crease Eye Shadow Primer
FastKitty99 7/13/2008 12:41:00 AM
Thank you, fellow MUA reviewers! I had never heard of this product until I read the reviews on this board. I thought UDPP was a great product, but the ridiculous "genie bottle" is about the worst packaging I can possibly imagine, and I refuse to "saw" open the bottle to get at least 50% of the product out! Thank goodness the folks at Too Faced had the good sense to come up with a more sanitary, efficient way to dispense their product. This primer is just as effective as UDPP, but has superior packaging. Ladies, if you don't want to mess around with the absurd UDPP packaging any longer, give this a try, I think you will be impressed - this is my favorite eye shadow primer - comparable to UDPP quality, but MUCH better packaging.
Every now and then I pull out some eyeshadow I have forgotten about and say "wow - why am I not wearing this more often"? I do love greens, but this one is exceptional. This is a lovely deep smokey green with hints of olive, very pretty and flattering. Can't imagine anyone not loving this one unless you are not a fan of green. It is the usual excellent UD quality, silky smooth and great staying power. This is positively one of my favorite green eyeshadows - highly recommended.
This didn't work for me as an eyeshadow, it's way too red on my eyes and not flattering, and I usually adore pink e/s, especially Stila's and BE's. Fortunately this does work great as a blusher/highlighter, and I will use it for that purpose. I have yet to try an EM blush that I did not like, and I own at least 10 of them. Cherry Fizz is now one of my fave blush colors.
Lovely taupey/olive color with silver sheen, this looks great with complementary brown/green shades such as Celestine, Celery, and Soiree. Cool tones will love this, especially to highlight brown/green/hazel eyes. This is one of my favorites from BE, a truly unique and beautiful color. Try it foiled for even more beautiful sheen - love it!!!
I really did not need ANOTHER brown eyeshadow, but I am so glad I tried Satin Taupe. This is absolutely gorgeous and unlike any brown/taupe shadow I own. Has a hint of plum in it which is very flattering to my brown eyes. It glimmers, yet is so wearable during the day, I like a subtle look for work, and this fits the bill. I am impressed with the lasting power, too. I have spent a fortune lately on eyeshadows, so I am trying to exercise some restraint, but I LOVE this shadow and I am tempted to try some more from MAC.
Very disappointed. Revlon makes some good stuff, I usually like their Age Defying products. This didn't break me out, didn't moisturize, didn't firm or prime my skin at all. This did absolutely nothing for me, almost like I never even put it on my skin. I'll be surprised if Revlon keeps this around for long. Don't waste your time or money with this.
Concealers -Bare Escentuals - Well-Rested For Eyes
FastKitty99 5/31/2008 1:57:00 PM
I normally don't like anything with a yellow tone appplied to my face. I would never use this as a concealer, especially underneath my eyes, since powder only accentuates the fine lines and dryness. What I do like to do with Well-Rested is apply it to my eyelids, as a base. I first apply UDPP and allow to dry, then Well-Rested from lid to browbone. It really does open up the eye area and make me look more awake. It also covers the little discolorations on my lids. I then apply eyeshadow over this, and voila, the eyeshadows stay on until I take them off at night.
Blush -Bare Escentuals - Warmth All Over Face Color
FastKitty99 5/31/2008 1:45:00 PM
I've had a container of Warmth for almost 2 years now. I hardly used it at first because, like other reviewers have noted, it does have an orange cast to it. I have fair skin with cool undertones, so I figured this product just wasn't for me. Since I diligently avoid the sun, I look super pale and washed out without some kind of color on my face. I started experimenting again with Warmth (now at the bottom of my make-up drawer), and used just a few tiny grains on my brush. I literally turn the container over with the lid on, turn it rightside up again, and use the residual amount left on the lid. It seems like hardly anything, but the result is a much more natural looking glow on my cheekbones, and I am happy to say that I am now using the product again. I still prefer BE's faux tan powder over Warmth because it has more brown to it, but I can now recommend Warmth to fair skinned gals. The trick is in the amount and application (buff, buff, buff). One container will easily last my entire life, so I do not plan to repurchase, but I would, if I ever drop the container and/or lose it.
I had to try NYX e/s since there are so many rave reviews on this board for this brand. I've been spending $14-16 dollars per shadow for brands such as MAC, Stila, and Urban Decay. I have to disagree with other reviewers who state NYX is "comparable" to these brands. I wish it were true, but it's not. Although the colors are gorgeous, and all the trio colors complement each other beautifully, the pigmentation and lasting power of NYX do NOT compare in any way to the higher end brands. For $5.99 for a trio, this was worth a try, but I will continue shelling out more money for the more intense, longer lasting shadows. Compared to other drugstore brands (Revlon, L'Oreal) I give NYX e/s 5 lippies, but compared to MAC, Stila, and Urban Decay, I give it 1 lippie, hence my score of 3. Since this is a lower end brand, I think it's only fair to make that distinction. For the price, NYX is an excellent e/s with a great range of colors, although I still prefer my other favorites. The other disadvantage, for me anyway, is that I cannot find these in my geographic area, I had to order on-line from Cherry Culture. For the shadows not in stock, it took nearly 3 months to receive my entire order - not worth it.
So happy I tried this again. I used Clinique Super City Block many years ago, and like the majority of sunscreens I have used, it left a sheeny, shiny mess on my face. This seems like a completely different formula. On me, it absorbs quickly, is slightly matte, almost like a skin primer. SPF over 30 is mandatory for my fair skin, not an option anymore. I use my mineral makeup over this and have no problems with coverage. I have normal/dry skin which is probably why it works so well for me. Looks like oily skinned gals don't like this as well as I read the reviews below, but for me, it's a winner and a definite repurchase.