I really can't deal with the perfume. The moisturizer itself has a decent texture and gets the job done, but the fragrance was so strong that it made my eyes water. This cream also contains pink dye that was really hard on my skin. If fragrance and dye don't bother you, this would probably work, but I'm throwing this away.
It's okay. I have normal-ish/combination NC25 skin and it looks pretty good with this foundation, but it's not great for very dry or very humid weather. It accentuates dry patches and can turn into an oily mess when I'm not diligent about blotting. It photographs well and looks good on the skin. The color match is also very good. I don't wear this very often and I don't know if I'd repurchase, but I keep this around and I'll probably use it up eventually.
Beautiful matte brown shadow with great pigmentation. I use it all the time and it looks great with my blue eyes in my crease, outer V or as a liner shadow.
I hate the original Voluminous formula, but I decided to give this a shot and it's surprisingly great. The original was really gunky, but this is much smoother and holds a curl pretty well. My lashes have a nice fringey look to them instead of the clumpy mess I got with the original formula. I think I paid around five bucks for it, so I definitely feel like I'm getting a great product for the money. I would repurchase.
This is a really good matte bronzer. I was a little turned off by the price, but the product itself is great. The brush is actually not bad, considering that it's just a standard cheapie brush. I usually throw those away, but I keep this one around and use it for contouring. I would like to find a cheaper alternative, but I would repurchase this if I don't find something of a similar quality.
Makeup Brushes -Sonia Kashuk - Bent Eyeliner Brush
dafyophi 1/27/2010 3:44:00 PM
Fantastic brush. Great price, good quality and is really easy to use. Gel liner is pretty much idiot-proof with this brush. HG!
This stuff is amazing. Totally HG. I just use a light dusting on my t-zone and it's fine for the day. It does run really light, though, so make sure to try some before you buy.
I have other foundations that I use, but I keep coming back to this. It's not perfect, but it does what I want it to do, which is even out some slight ruddiness around my nose and cheeks without making me look like I'm wearing a kabuki mask. It's not meant to cover major spots or discoloration, but it works great if you want more coverage than a tinted moisturizer but less than a regular liquid foundation. I apply concealer to my undereye area and around my nose and then apply this with my fingers or a brush. A lot of people get an oily t-zone by midday with this stuff, but with a light powder application, I have no problem. I use a light dusting of MAC blot powder on my t-zone and then set everything with Neutrogena Healthy Skin loose powder. I get a nice semi-matte finish that looks natural and works really well with blush, bronzer, whatever. This stuff is oil-free and will hang around all day if you set it properly, but it's not great for going out dancing or whatever. I also probably wouldn't recommend it to someone with super oily skin. My skin is pretty normal and doesn't break out very often, so if you fall into that category, this is a really good option for light coverage that won't cost you an arm and a leg. As far as the packaging, it's sanitary and closes tightly. The product tends to separate in the bottle, but just shake it. It's really not a big deal. For half the price of NARS, I'll shake it as much as I have to.
Of course I love this stuff. Everyone does.
I bought this because I needed setting powder and didn't want to shell out a bunch of cash at a counter. It was a pretty good buy - it's not magic, but it sets my makeup and provides enough coverage for me. I have pretty good skin and very little redness, so I don't require opaque coverage. I swirl this on with a kabuki brush and it gives a smooth finish without looking cakey or like a mask. When I use this over tinted moisturizer, it gives me a very natural finish. Works well over regular foundation (I use Clinique Superbalanced), too. I don't know if I'd repurchase, but I recommend this as a good drugstore option.
A must-have in the winter. I use this on my cuticles, fingernails and even random patches of rough skin. It absorbs quickly and it works. This stuff is fantastic.
Lip Gloss -Clinique - Superbalm Moisturizing Gloss in Raspberry
dafyophi 1/2/2010 5:10:00 PM
This is my HG lip gloss. I own a lot of different brands and colors, but for my regular everyday face, I'm pretty much married to this. It doesn't promise much or have any magical benefits, but it has a nice flush of color that works well for daytime makeup, stays on for a few hours and keeps lips moist and comfortable even in winter.
I wasn't a huge fan. The formula seemed really dry and clumpy to me. It looked okay after I used a lash comb, but that's annoying and not necessarily with other mascaras. It's hard to believe that so many celebrity makeup artists swear by it.
It's okay. I usually use Neutrogena Healthy Volume or Clinique Lash Doubling, but I gave this a shot. The formula seems all right, but the brush is a complete pain in the as$. The wand is really big and hard to maneuver, plus the brush doesn't taper enough to easily fit into corners. I don't see any appreciable difference in volume compared to Neutrogena or Clinique, either. I'll give it away or use it as a backup or something. Update: I'm giving this four lippies instead. The brush is still not my favorite, but overall, I'm liking it better as I get used to it. I still prefer Neutrogena HV, but this is good for more dramatic nighttime lashes if you put on a few coats and comb your lashes afterward.
Concealers -LORAC - Double Feature concealer/highlighter
dafyophi 12/8/2009 12:18:00 AM
Love it, but it takes a little practice and it WILL look bad if you apply it over dry skin. Make sure you've applied eye cream and given it time to absorb before you put this on. The roller ball blender is different, but I think it works pretty well. The highlighter is really obvious, so make sure to apply it lightly.