Hmm...this shadow looks stunning in the pan, especially under the jewellers lights in the Holt Renfrew cosmetics department. It's a dark teal-like green that's really glittery. However, once applied, it is like any old black eyeshadow. I couldn't see any green OR glitter. For that reason, and the fact it is so expensive, I've given it only two lippies.
I've had this product for over a year and it's a staple. The plummy, gold-shot powder is high quality and great for layering. Used wet, it makes a great liner as well. I have green-grey eyes and so this colour really brings them out. I agree with the reviewer back there that NARS packaging looks "dirty" after just a few uses. They need to do something about that.
A pleasant eyeshadow that works very well as the base (overall colour up to the brow). The quality of Marcelle shadows is excellent. They are smooth and layerable and feel expensive. I bought the Sandy Rose, which is exactly as the name sounds, but goes on paler than expected. All in all a good base upon which to build your individual look.
This is a set of six eyeshadow colours that are pure fun! They have really cool names like Wassup, Whatever and No Way. I picked "Sure" a lovely concoction of plummy, mauvey colours with clumps of glitter. The shadow went on smoothly and sheerly with the occasional twinkle, but can be layered for a more dramatic effect. I can't wait to try the black and silver one called No Way. Definitely five lippies for the fun factor.
I bought this on a whim and because I use the deep cleanser to soften my makeup before using my Bliss Fabulous Foaming Facewash. Although there is nothing really WRONG with this product, it clearly isn't in the league of Bliss (which also has scrubbing grains in it). The grains in the Neutrogena product are very large and the texture kind of slimy. There is a pleasant scent of oranges. I wouldn't buy it again as it didn't feel like a quality product.
Crème -Maybelline - Instant Age Rewind Cream Foundation [DISCONTINUED]
Wuzzo 9/8/2007 2:37:00 PM
I bought this in #2 after reading all the rave reviews on MUA. It is lovely. It provides a better coverage than my more expensive Lancome Rénergie and is pigment-rich. I love the yellow tone, which blends well with my skin. I have given it four lippies instead of five as I'm not completely blown away by it and I believe that it may be making my undereye concealer appear cakey (either that or I'm wrinkling fast). I'd definitely buy it again though. Update: One day later. I upped the overall rating to 5 as this really is a fabulous product. I had put on too much concealer when I reported cakiness. This morning, I applied very little and achieved a completely flawless finish. When I consider how much I've spent on expensive foundations like Borghese and Countess Isserlyn (is that stuff still around?) and even Estée's products, I can't believe this is an inexpensive drug store brand. Another update: Yes, this stuff is THE BEST. My 20-year-old daughter just commented on my skin and asked me what I was using as she wants to get some.
I don't know why I haven't reviewed this product before. I just reviewed another DuWop lipliner and remembered that I hadn't done this one. I have bought three of these and consider it to be a "don't make up without it" item. One, I gave to my sister to try and she went off home with it (and won't give it back). Every boutique here in Vancouver then sold out of it and so I got the Reverse Eyeliner instead as someone told me it was the same. It isn't, but it's close enough. So, the review! RL is brilliant. It is a thick, waxy "big" pencil that is completely colourless and is applied outside (yes) of the natural lipline, and on it too, if you wish. You then apply youir regular liner, if you use one, and your lipstick. The waxy RL holds the liner and lipstick in place all day, and makes your lips look fuller as you can take your liner out a little (a LITTLE) without it looking like you outlined your lips in an obvious way. My sister is far older than I, in her 70s in fact, and she doesn't use lipliner. She uses RL to prevent feathering and swears by this excellent product as well.
I adore the Reverse Lipliner and was excited to hear about this product. I have it in Neutron, which is a fabulous colour. For the first couple of tries, I was disappointed with the product as it didn't seem to want to transfer from the pencil to my lips, however, when applied over the Reverse Lipliner, it worked perfectly. It is a very subtle liner, and you are supposed to fill in the whole lip with it. I do this and then use MAC Syrup lipstick over it for a lovely rich yet neutral look. One problem... DuWop supplies a sharpener with the pencil. However, I find the tip breaks off while sharpening so that I have already lost half the pencil after a few uses. I see that someone else is complaining about this on Skinstore's site. Also, I was talking to the saleslady where I purchased this pencil and she said that al the Neutrons seemed to be doing this. She said she'll take it back. Obviously Duwop has an issue to deal with here.
Lip Gloss -Max Factor - Silk Gloss - Velvet Raspberry
Wuzzo 9/6/2007 3:52:00 PM
I LOVE the candy-like smell of this lip gloss. As lip glosses go, it's one of the nicer of the 4000 or so that I have ;) It's very creamy and pale and is great on its own or for layering. I bought mine in London. I can't find it here in Vancouver.
Gels/Soaps -Origins - Ginger Burst Savory body wash
Wuzzo 9/6/2007 3:47:00 PM
Very expensive and given to me by my dear girlfriend at Christmas. I love the aroma which, as someone else mentioned, is more lime/bergamot than ginger. I use one of those scrunchy things to apply it and it foams like crazy. I wouldn't buy it myself as it is so expensive.
Lotions/ Creams -Cat Cosmetics - New Body Custard Cream
Wuzzo 9/6/2007 3:43:00 PM
Much as I love Cat Cosmetics, this product is quite a disappointment. First, the packaging: It's very low end, with juvenile images and design. It looks like a line-drawn child on the lid, but the description mentions tanning, so it doesn't make any sense. Not sure where the "Cutie" comes in either. Second, the cream itself. Here's what the website says about it: Having dry skin from all the self tanning, winter weather, and whatever else tortures your skin? I have written extensively about CUTIE KIT CUSTARD CREAM for the bod. It is an intense milk and honey body cream that truly works wonders, smells absolutely delicious and makes even my dry skin come back to life! I adore honey and vanilla scents but this smells very "fake." It does have a nice texture and is very moisturising. It is entirely possible that others may love its perfume but, if you are sensitive to artificial aromas, I'd avoid it. It's quite pricey at $22, so I would expect much better packaging and design, perhaps with the leopard print design of other products in this otherwise excellent line. UPDATE: OK, now something I have to add...after using this product for a few weeks, I'm completely hooked. The fake smell has dissipated, which suggests it was the horrible packaging. I'm upgrading it to 4 lippies but ONLY because the packaging makes it lose one lippie. I'd give the actual cream a "5".
My favourite purchase this year (and this is saying something...) I love Cat Cosmetics. The Oscar Glow is available in two colours, pale (Angel Glow) and bronze (Venus de MyGlow). It's a powder compact with a rose design in the centre. I have the light Angel Glow and it truly does give "the bloom of youth" when applied over foundation. It doesn't have that greasy look that some highlighting powders do. A true pleasure to use!
Well, add me to the list of victims! This shadow is a fabulous quality and colour. I accidentally bought the refill, so I will get the palette as I'd like some more of her products. (Who is she, by the way? I think I read an actress. The website is a little confusing but the customer service is second to none.) The shadow is soft, soft, soft but not crumbly and it is rich in pigment that is glittery but not too much so. Very impressive. I have the Oscar Glow and I'm about to RAVE about that too.
I accidentally hit unlisted brand. What a twit. Brilliance Powder lives up to its name! It is truly brilliant. The gorgeous dispenser tube has a fat brush and feels very "rich". The powder comes in two shades...01 Bronze and 02 Shimmer. I have the Shimmer. It's a pale silver/white loose mineral powder with just enough gleam to give the skin a lovely, faint shimmer. No teen-glitter look. Just lovely for the summer and the evening. I'll bet the Bronze is fab too and I'm going out to get one!
Highlighters -The Body Shop - Tinted Glow Enhancer - Shade 02
Wuzzo 9/6/2007 3:15:00 PM
I have no clue what the colour is called as it is not marked on the Canadian packaging. It's the palest coloured one though. I applied it first under my foundation and could barely see it, so I applied it lightly over foundation, just around the eye and cheekbone area and got a lovely glowy, dewy look. It's a lovely product, which is why I give it a four, but I prefer a pearlised powder to achieve the same effect.