What a strange, wonderful color! Looks to be a medium, warm, slightly reddish brown in the pan, but on my eye, it morphs into a cool-toned almost frosty looking plummy color. So so pretty, yet odd!
Today I have it on in the crease and under the lower lashes, Era on the lid, Naked Lunch to highlight, then Powersurge e/l on the upper lashline and waterline, and it really makes my hazel eyes stand out and almost look lighter. The combo just kinda makes the whole eye real *bright!*
Lipstick -MAC - Style Warriors- Brave New Bronze [DISCONTINUED]
MadameFabulina 6/7/2009 5:27:00 PM
Blech. Not as nice on my lips as it was swatched on my hand. Go figure, lol. It has just a touch too much yellow in it, whereas in the tube it reads as more of a peach. I also didin't care for the texture too much - it was almost along the lines of the mattes.
Maybe rebeccae got a bad batch, but this is super soft, almost buttery, and so easy to apply and blend. I call it a shimmery, sort-of icy taupe that is just perfect for a quick everyday, *almost* smoky eye.
Today I have it on just the lid, with some MAC Blackberry haphazardly swabbed into the corners, and UD's 24/7 e/l in Rockstar on upper lashline and waterline. Throw on some mascara and you've got an eyecatching soft, sort-of smoky look.
Mascara -Shiseido - The Makeup Mascara Base [DISCONTINUED]
MadameFabulina 5/2/2009 11:09:00 AM
I agree with jenaphile's review below - this really did nothing for me. I have fairly long, curled lashes already, so maybe that's the caveat. And in my experience, it didn't even help keep the mascara from slightly smudging - I still had to use Clarin's mascara "fix" for that.
Anyway, try it out and see if it works for you, but for me, I won't be buying this again.
This doesn't produce enough glitter to look childish, IMO, and I am 43! I love the way this looks and I love the way it applies, but here's the thing - I am super-oily, so as soon as I press anything to my face to blot the oil, guess what comes off with it?
So while I love this as a "buffer" to lighten lines and tone down a too stark blush, for the price I'd rather use Nico ($37 vs. $25). If you have to, have to, HAVE TO have a sparkle item for your face, go with MAC's Belightful. It's a fraction of the price and really, in the end, gives practically the same effect.
I'm still undecided on this item, so much so, in fact, that I actually ordered a different color from Sephora to see if a new shade will work better.
I have this in Turbo Lover, which is a bronzed plum - a gorgeous shade, really. The thing is, I have to put 2 layers on to get the color payoff I feel this should have. To me, that's just not worth it. The price isn't the issue, cos I would pay almost anything for something that "WOWS" me.
So last weekend, I ordered the black shade with silver flecks (at least I think that's what it was) during Sephora's 15% off sale, so we'll see how that works out when I get it this week. Again, this is very pretty and easy to work with, and the price is not bad at all; it's more a question of what you are willing to settle for. Try it, it may be perfect for you.
Edit on 5/24/09: Okay, so I told you I had ordered a different color in this to see how that may work - I got Black Metal Love - and it is GORGEOUS! So much darker than the previous color I reviewed, so the color pay-off was definitely "WOW!" This black has little flecks of bluish-green glitter in it (that you can actually see), but not so much that it's obnoxious. Now *this* makes me want to try some more colors!
Way too similar to V&R Flowerbomb and Lolita Lempicka, but still very pleasant, nonetheless.
Absolutely stellar product! Tried Batiste from Sally's (pretty good, but still left a touch of the oilies), and most recently Rub Out by Ojon (sucks my left you-know-what), and this outshines them all. I tried Oscar Blandi's powder once upon a time, but was so turned-off by the process of shaking into hands, then placing strategically throughout the scalp (too much work!), that I ended up returning that one to Sephora.
This product just soaks up the oil so well and so fast, and like 2 reviewers below me stated, it amps the volume a bit and your hair ends up looking great!
I feel badly for the reviewer right before me that colors her hair dark and is seeing some stripping - I am going to be going darker myself here soon, so I will test that out and see what happens - hopefully it won't be a problem.
Other than this being kinda pricey and not that big a can, I absolutely adore it. ♥
Edit on 5/24/09: I just went from blonde to brunette 2 weeks ago, and so far for me, this product has not stripped any color from my hair.
For the price, I expected so much more. My hair is pretty oily, but I wash every other day due to the fact that I color my hair. This still left my hair feeling oily and matted in certain areas (mostly the crown, which everyone can see!), and if I made the mistake of NOT holding the can 15 or so inches from my hair (kinda hard to do at times), I would actually see little globules of white crusty looking stuff (the "powder" in the shampoo) sitting in my part-line. Nummers!
Batiste from Sally's is way better than this, but I just got Rene Furterer's Naturia this week from Sephora and that stuff is the damn bomb!
Creamy and blends well?? Maybe I got a bad one, but my Night Clubbing is neither of those two things. True, it is gorgeous in the pan and when swatched with a finger, but man, I had SUCH a hard time blending this to some semblance of normalcy! And shimmer or sparkles? Where? In the pan, but NOT on the eye. Oh, and fall-out galore! I had to use makeup remover swabbed with a Q-Tip to get it off my cheeks - thank God I hadn't applied my foundation yet. Pffft!
Ugh. I'm so bummed about this blush!!! The color is a beautiful, light, cool-toned clear pink. Just gorgeous. The only bad thing is, and it's pretty big, it takes forever to get this to show up!!! I'm not that dark and I'm not super pale either - NW25 - but man, this takes some work! Too much, in fact, to even think about keeping it. Tomorrow I'm gonna take a look at Dame and see how that compares.
Edit 4/18/09: Ok...so I had to go get this freaking blush again!!! I just missed the pretty pink color so much that I had to figure out a way to make it work! Sick, I know...
I have started applying it now with a Sonia Kashuk flat-topped brush, and that does pick up more product. The only thing is -- I don't think that particular brush of hers is the best quality, so I will get a better flat-top and see how that works. At any rate, the color is so nice that I decided I couldn't live without it.
Am I the only schmuck that returns stuff and then goes back for it again??? I tell you what, though -- I almost always end up keeping the stuff that I go back for after getting rid of it the first go-round! There could be worse things in life, I suppose... =)
A beautiful, sort-of gilded bronze with lotsa shimmer! Looks great with Bare Study as a base all over the lid to the browbone, Tempting on the lid(I apply with my 239 and get no fall-out whatsoever), and Black Tied in the outer V, worked about half-way into the crease. It's a great everyday, "casual" smokey eye. Try it. =)
Love. This. Multiple. Period. Stopped in at the boards a few weeks ago and asked the gals their opinion on the best Multiple for that peachy/bronzy/glowy look, and this is what they recommended. Look at the newest pics in my profile (dated 2/6/09) to see what it looks like on me - I am sooooooo in love! My boyfriend and 2 girlfriends told me how great I looked that day, and my BF even said, "Whatever makeup you have on, it really looks good!" He's a keeper, and so is this Multiple! Trying to decide what my next one should be now...
Liquid -Make Up For Ever - Mat Velvet PLUS Matifying Foundation
MadameFabulina 2/14/2009 1:27:00 PM
I bought this 3 times and tried to love it, but it's just not happening and finally time to throw in the towel. Here's where the crux is - I love, love, LOVE Lancome's Teint Idole Ultra and Chanel's Vitalumiere, and those tend to run a bit on the thinner side - not quite watery, but close. So why did I even get this and try to make it work? Because are we ever *entirely* satisfied with the things we already have? I believe I can hear a resounding "NO!" from the congregation! Anyway, back to the product - I am terribly, terribly oily, so I thought I'd try this, since it has "matte" in the name; but the older I get, the more I understand the whole "less is more" concept. I'm 43 now, and although I am still grossly oily and have ginormous pores, it's not entirely the best idea to slap a mattifying foundation on your face. This one just looked too dry and almost chalky - that's really the best word I can think of. Whereas the Teint Idole Ultra kind of buffs out and gives a thin veil of luminescence, the Mat Velvet + kind of drags and ends up looking too dry, just not matte. It's, yet again, in my Sephora bag waiting to make its way back to the store, for once and for all (hopefully! LOL).
P.S. Happy Valentine's Day!!!!!
Eye Shadow -MAC - Glitter Brilliant - Reflects Antique Gold
MadameFabulina 2/3/2009 8:44:00 PM
Beautiful color - just as everybody described it, but I'm not liking the texture of this too much. MUFE's Diamond Powders are far superior, IMO, albeit much more expensive. This has some grit to it, and why not - it is glitter, after all; but MUFE's are soooo finely milled, and adhere to the lids so much better, there is just no comparison. Also, as a slight side-note - you are not really supposed to use this on or near the eyes, though clearly, so many people have; but I have suffered 2 corneal abrasions in the past (non-makeup related), and don't wish to take that chance again.