I went into Sephora requesting Hypnose Drama ($25) to take home and try, after wanting to purchase it for months! It wasn't until I came home and began applying my makeup for the evening that I realized I'd wound up with a tube of the waterproof version instead. Thus, this review will be on that formula only. I've been trying to find a mascara that does more than my current favorite, Bare Escentuals Flawless Definition Volumizing ($18). I like the BE formula a lot, but lately I've been wanting to see if there's anything that will give me lusher, fuller looking lashes and better curl. I stuck with Hypnose Drama WP in an attempt to do just that. I wore this for three days before returning it to Sephora. PROS: -- Curls my outer lashes beautifully. -- Holds the curl all day. - Super black formula. -- Made my long lashes look even longer and more full than the BE one I mentioned. CONS: -- Taking off waterproof mascara is a lesson in patience. This one is no exception. Even with my most careful efforts to remover this with Clinique Take The Day Off remover (which has a good oily consistency and is perfect for breaking down tough eye makeup) and some cotton balls and q-tips, I still lost about 4 lashes in the process. -- It also took me ages to remove all of this formula off of my eyes. I'm a grad student and sometimes fall into bed completely drained; taking an extra 10 minutes to take off my mascara just doesn't appeal to me! -- My lashes felt hard and crunchy, which drove me nuts. I wear contacts, so I'm even more aware of my eyes, but really, they even LOOKED stiff. I'm looking for drama, but I want feathery lashes as well. (Maybe I'm asking for too much!) -- While this gave me a bit more drama than my trust BE mascara, it wasn't so much to justify the $7 difference in price tags. Overall, I would not purchase the WP version of this mascara again. I returned it today in exchange for Diorshow Black Out, and will be writing a review on that mascara in several days. I may, however, try the regular version of Hypnose Drama someday, because I did like the way it held a curl and amplified my lashes.
Foundations -Make Up For Ever - HD High Definition Foundation
diamondtiara 11/28/2011 3:15:00 AM
OMG, this is awful. No, seriously, this is BAD. I don't know if I just got a bad color, or the formula disagrees with me or what, but this foundation is rotten. For reference: I'm NW20 with mild rosacea, therefore I have pink undertones and fair, sensitive skin. I've pretty much found my HG foundation in Diorskin Nude. I wore a very light layer out to the mall today, and wound up rubbing my face a bunch after I started having a sneezing fit. Then, I went into Sephora and had an SA do some eye makeup on me. As she worked on my face with some makeup remover, she wound up removing my Diorskin Nude between my eyes and on my cheeks and offered to give me a touch-up. I told her what I wore on my skin, including the color (Cameo 022) and she left for a minute. When she returned, she had a bottle of MUFE HD in 115. "Are you cool with MUFE? I love putting this one on people!" I didn't have any objections, so I let her put a layer on with Sephora's Airbrush all over my cheeks and nose. When I looked in the mirror, all I could think of was, "YELLOW." Then I came home and looked at my skin in my bathroom mirror, under brighter lights. Holy crap. I agree with other reviewers who called it "bizarre" "cakey" and "drying". Every single bit of dryness and bumpiness and every freaking line and pore in my young-looking skin was accentuated. Not only was I yellow, I was also aged another 5 years - I'm not exaggerating, I looked like I needed to take a bath in anti-aging moisturizer. I could see where the Diorskin was still on my chin and forehead, and those parts of my face looked flesh-colored, hydrated, and glowy. It was an amazing contrast in quality, and a great lesson in the importance of finding the proper shade. But even if MUFE HD was the exact color of my natural-born skin, I still wouldn't wear it even if you gave it to me for free; the formula seems like it would be a nightmare for dry-skinned girls. I'm pretty good at moisturizing, but I can tell that in the dead of winter, this foundation would make me look like my skin was flaking off. All I can say is: Thank God for Sephora, where you can try new things for free. But, wow, are the SAs urged to push MUFE products on people? This is the third item by MUFE that an SA has kind of forced me to try, and I remain unimpressed. I find that kind of sad, because I really want to like this brand! Nevertheless, I'd be willing to bet that there are drugstore foundations out there that perform better than HD for a third of the cost. If you have skin anything like mine, I really suggest skipping this one. Mine was applied with a high quality brush by a professional MUA (she told me she used to work at MAC prior to working at Sephora) and the foundation was still a bad match for me in every way.
Powder -Christian Dior - Diorskin Forever Flawless Fusion Compact (2011 version)
diamondtiara 11/27/2011 3:49:00 AM
ETA on 12/16: While I still love this compact, I have switched shades and now wear Ivory 010. ---------------------------------------------------------------------------- I think this compact could be my holy grail! (For now, I'm done searching because I'm so freaking happy with the quality of this product, but I may be tempted to try Dior's Nude Natural Glow in the future...) I believe this to be a 5-star foundation in a 4-star compact. I use the Forever Flawless powder for touch-ups over DiorSkin Nude, or for days when I need to get out of the door quickly and need my foundation to be applied super quick. The powder is the most luxurious I've tried; I actually like this better than Chanel's offerings, and I'm a huge fan of all things Chanel! The texture is soft and almost creamy, and I feel as if I'm wearing nothing on my skin. It's very buildable and blendable as well. I have mild to moderate rosacea, and this makeup doesn't irritate my skin at all. I feel the color of the powder is an exact match for DiorSkin Nude; I wear Cameo 022 in both. Back to my minor complaint about the packaging: At first, I loved the compact that the powder is housed in. It's sleek and beautiful, and feels quite substantial in the hand. The magnetic closure and mirror within make it feel very luxurious. However, after carrying this compact in my handbag for three days, a horizontal crack appeared across the top. I'm not sure if this is a flaw with the powder itself; rather, I suspect it has something to do with the design of the compact. Maybe I simply threw down my bag too hard one day, but I've never had this problem with a brand new powder before! It's a bit annoying, but the powder is so gorgeous and high quality, that I will definitely repurchase again!
Eye Makeup Remover -Clinique - Take The Day Off Eye Makeup Remover
diamondtiara 11/3/2011 8:43:00 AM
The reviews bashing this product on account of a "greasy residue" left by this eye MU remover mystify and amuse me. I've never experienced such a phenomenon when using this product. Furthermore, what are people doing, removing their eye makeup and not washing their faces after? I always use Clinique to remove all of my eye makeup, but no matter what product you use, it's important to very gently and lightly rinse/wash your eyelids after! Anyway, I am not a Clinique fan by any means. This product is one of the very few I have stayed loyal to after years of experimenting with, and even once loving the brand (which was years ago, during junior high school). I find their skincare does not agree with my skin at all, with the exception of TTDO and maybe two other items. This is a fabulous, silky, gentle, beautiful smelling makeup remover that obliterates everything it touches in a soothing and non-irritating way! And even though I just gave a mini sermon about properly rinsing your eyelids, lol, I've found that you don't actually NEED to with this product. When I experiment with eye makeup alone and have no other makeup on, I can simply use TTDO and nothing more without any problems. My eyelids are actually slightly oily too (unlike the rest of my skin) and I have never felt any sort of a residue. In a moment of sheer insanity, I experimented with MAC's makeup remover and was sort of stuck with it for a few months. An SA at the MAC counter convinced me that their product was superior to everything on the market, and that contact lens wearers/people with sensitive skin and eyes raved about it. I was hesitant, because Take the Day Off has been my staple for so long, but I figured MAC's version couldn't be bad. I was so wrong. After about three days of using MAC, I realized that my eyes were feeling sore and irritated every time I went to remove my eye makeup. I was also displeased to find I had to scrub my eyelids with Dove soap to remove most of my mascara and all the remnants of my eyeliner - none of which is even waterproof! I meant to return the bottle to Macy's, but became too busy/stressed out by life events to make another trip to the mall, so I just suffered through the bottle until it was done. I finally purchased a new bottle of the Clinique during Sephora Friends and Family and was elated as I took it out of the box! It really is the most fantastic eye makeup remover ever, and it deserves 5 stars in spite of its slightly expensive price tag. (At least it's not as outrageous as Lancome, Chanel, or Chantecaille!) Definitely give this one a chance; there's always GWP bottles floating around eBay, blog sales, and of course MUA! You'll find that your makeup is effortlessly removed with a minimum of fuss and absolutely no irritation whatsoever.
Eye Shadow -Christian Dior - Couture Color Eyeshadow Palette 804--Extase Pinks
diamondtiara 10/27/2011 12:08:00 AM
I really hard a hard time assigning an overall rating to this palette. I have gone back and forth, and honestly, I think I'd give it something like 3.5 lippies if possible. Let me begin my review by saying that I scored a MAJOR deal; an LJ makeup seller with tons of feedback and MUA tokens sent me this quint for $30 shipped. I also took it to the Dior counter at the mall, and the SA confirmed that it is indeed the real deal. I was incredibly excited; it's not every day you get an authentic luxury item for 50% off the price. This is my first experience with Dior eyeshadows, and I was curious to see how they compare to Chanel, my HG for high end eye shadows. For the past two weeks, I have experimented with Extase Pinks four different times. Here's what I've discovered: - These eyeshadows deliver the best pigmentation when using a sponge applicator, and especially when they're used wet. - A regular eyeshadow brush, like my favorite Bare Escentuals Fuse and Foil brush, does not pair well with these shadows; the pigmentation gets lost and there's more glittery fall-out. Again, stick with the Dior sponge applicators included in the palette. - The pink shade in the upper left hand corner is IMMENSELY SPARKLY. We're talking silver glitter all over my cheeks within seconds of contact. Fall out city! All of the shadows have shimmer/sparkle, so be sure to apply your foundation last when working with this palette. - On the other hand, the pink shade is the most unique; I can't think of any exact dupes off the top of my head. My favorite way to use it is blended on the lid with the dark purple and with the pale lilac in the crease, OR with the pink all over the lid, MAC Stars n' Rockets in the crease, and the dark silver well-blended on the brow. - The pale lilac in the center makes for a wonderful highlighter. - The silver colors are lovely but require a lot of blending. I really took a lot of time to blend the darker silver, because I feared it would look ashy or harsh. - These colors blend well together, in a subtle way that you might not notice until after you've finished doing your eye makeup. As I'm applying them, I feel unimpressed with the color pay-off. However, after my makeup is done, I do spend a lot of time gazing at how nicely it turned out. - Dior's eyeshadows are very high quality, as should be expected for a $59 price tag. I also love the packaging; the compact is stunning, and it feels substantial in your hand. I loved the mirror that came with it. I removed 1 lippie because: - I'm a graduate student who has to look semi-professional. Unless I'm using the aforementioned lilac shade to blend/highlight, and MAYBE the dark purple well-blended on the lid, I really can't wear this quint to school. The sparkle level is simply inappropriate. - $59 is insane for eyeshadows that deliver so much glittery fall-out. Overall, I'm happy I got this palette for the price I paid. Extase Pinks is really fun for a night on the town, or any other place where you can comfortably wear bold, dazzling eye makeup. I'm happy with every look I've created, and I appreciate the variety that comes within the quint. Unfortunately, I would not repurchase this particular palette for full price, as I feel the cost of a quint is better spent on a Chanel quad. I am, however, impressed with Dior's packaging and the quality of their eyeshadows. I would be interested in trying some of their matte shades to see how much versatility and convenience I could get out of them.
Moisturizers -Aveeno - Ultra-Calming Daily Moisturizer SPF 15
diamondtiara 10/14/2011 4:23:00 PM
ROSACEANS: Avoid this product! I read one random review about it online, from a girl who had rosacea and liked it. For a month, I liked it too. Then, seemingly at random, my skin began to burn within fifteen minutes of slathering the moisturizer on. At first, I couldn't tell what was triggering the reaction. My skin had fared just fine with the Aveeno for about a month, so I suspected I was too stressed/not drinking enough water/getting too much sun/eating the wrong things. Foolishly, I kept applying the Aveeno for another week before I realized that it was the moisturizer that left me with glowing red cheeks that looked as if I had been slapped. I have read other reviews on rosacea forums that insist that this is how Aveeno products work for them: There's a period of calm, then suddenly your skin becomes highly irritated, and it can take weeks to get it back to normal. Also, the price is utterly ridiculous for a drugstore item, especially one with such inconsistent, even painful results. Avoid this item at all costs, and if you have a bottle, toss it in the trash!
Masks -Chantecaille - Jasmine and Lily Healing Mask
diamondtiara 10/4/2011 2:30:00 AM
I'm utterly enchanted by this product. I have used it for a month now, and there's no denying it: Chantecaille's Jasmine and Lily Healing Mask is the best product I've ever put on my skin. I suffer from mild to moderate rosacea. My skin is very fair, very sensitive, and very dry. As per recommendations here on MUA and on a few other websites, I use the Jasmine and Lily mask as a night cream. Every morning, I'm greeted with nearly 100% pale, non-flushed skin, regardless of what my face looked like the night before. It heals my skin's protective barrier while giving me a bright, pearlescent glow. There is a slight sting you feel the very first time you apply it, or if you apply it after not using it for several days. (I made the mistake of trying Philosophy's Purity cleanser a few weeks ago, and my normally blemish-free skin freaked out! I had pimples and had to forego the the Jasmine and Lily for about five days.) This sting goes away very quickly; do not let it deter you from trying this product! The only other items that I have tried that come close to performing like the Jasmine and Lily are the Korres Wild Rose Brightening Serum and the Wild Rose 24 Hour Moisturizer. Both products soothe, heal, and brighten my skin very well. However, there is something about the Chantecaille that gives me more dramatic results. When combining all three products every single day, my skin looks healthy, even-toned, and beautiful! Naturally, I would love for the price point on this item to be a lot lower; $79 for 1.7 oz of anything sounds like insanity defined! But I feel my skin is truly nourished and relieved by this product every time I wear it. A little really does go a long way; a full sized jar could last a very long time. I would also like to see this mask come in a tube or pump, just for sanitary reasons. But of course, I'll purchase this item again and again, so long as I see such wonderful benefits in the mirror each morning! I would love for Chantecaille to continue making products specifically for rosacea skin, as I imagine a matching Jasmine and Lily cleanser, day time moisturizer, and toner would make for a picture perfect complexion in even less time!
MAC Show Orchid is currently one of my beauty staples! This is a show-stopper of a lipstick shade that earns me compliments every time I wear it. It's a great match for a smokey and/or cat eye look. I also wouldn't be afraid to pair it with a purple shadow on the lid and a glossy, voluminous mascara, as Show Orchid has a tiny bit of a neon purple to it in some lights. For a while, my favorite MAC lipstick was Girl About Town, and when I looked at photos of Show Orchid, I thought I couldn't justify owning both colors. They can look very similar, but in person, the differences become more obvious than the similarities. Girl About Town has a bit of a berry-ish tinge to it. It's a gorgeous magenta that is perfectly paired with MAC's Pink Poodle LipGlass. Show Orchid, on the other hand, is in the Barbie family of colors; it's fuschia, or a neon bubblegum pink. When paired with MAC's Extra Amps DazzleGlass, all of the pink comes out even more amplified. When I layer Funtabulous DG over it instead, the effect is an electric purple-pink that makes every girl in the vicinity ask me what's on my lips. I know some MAC lipsticks can be drying, however this one is fine. It's not moisturizing, but it doesn't feather or make my lips feel too tight either. I almost always pair this shade with a gloss, and I never have any problems. The color really sticks to your lips. Show Orchid would easily flatter a variety of women with different skin, hair, and eye colors! However, if you're a fair-skinned brunette who looks good in jewel tones and blue-based shades, this color is a must-have in your cosmetics arsenal! The shade is permanent at MAC Pro stores, but MAC is doing a repromote of it very soon. Snatch it up now and try it for the fall season!
Cleansers -Philosophy - Purity Made Simple (Real Purity Cleanser)
diamondtiara 9/17/2011 12:55:00 AM
I have DRY, not oily skin, and this cleanser still broke me out! I'm completely saddened and surprised. I have sensitive skin with mild to moderate rosacea. I am in need of a cleanser that does not strip my skin of its moisture or protective barrier. I also need something that's nourishing, creamy, gentle, while effectively removing my face makeup. Purity does all of those things. I actually like the smell of it, and I love how my skin feels after I wash my face. All my makeup is GONE - gone! Right now, I'm suffering through the last fourth of a terrible bottle of MAC eye makeup remover that does a rotten job of taking off all my eyeliner and mascara. (Recommendation: Clinique Take The Day Off Makeup Remover for Lids, Lashes, and Lips. It's takes off makeup instantly and smells lovely!) Purity takes off everything in a snap. I go to bed with clean, comfortable skin that has a nice scent and a good moisturized feeling. The problem is that when I wake up, I have blemishes on my cheeks. I NEVER break out; it's the one good thing I have going for my skin! My hormones are under control, my diet's pretty clean, and I haven't tried any other new skin products in a while, so it must be Purity. It's probably too creamy, and the essential oils within it must disagree with my pores. So the rest of my travel sized bottle is going in the trash, must to my dismay. I never should have strayed from the one cleanser that works for me faithfully, which is Dove. Suggestion: Buy a mini, 1 to 2 oz bottle on eBay or get it in a swap on here. There are so many reviews on MUA, that rant or rave about this product, that you need to try it for yourself. I would guess that this is a good match for someone with dry/normal skin that isn't prone to redness, clogged pores, or irritation. Further suggestion for girls with high-maintenance skin: Try Dove! I know it's not a fancy, exotic cleanser, but in 25 years, I have NEVER had a problem with their Beauty Bars. Take it from me: if someone with my skin, skin that burns after five minutes of sun contact and breaks out in a rash every other week can handle a product for 5+ years, it will work for you!
I've finally accepted that nothing else on the market will ever, ever clean my dry, sensitive, rosacea-prone skin like Dove can! I have messed around with Chanel, Philosophy, Aveeno, and several lines from Clinique. I wind up either with break-outs, irritation, or tight, stripped-feeling skin. Dove has never once made my face feel anything but clean, soothed, and healthy. It's creamy but has never once given me blemishes. (I never break out, so when I try a new cleanser and start seeing pimples, I know what the culprit is!) Even if I try one of their fragranced beauty bars, such as the 'Summer' scent, my skin is never left irritated. For years, I tried to see if there was anything better on the market for my incredibly delicate, fussy skin. After every disappointment, I come back to Dove! This also happens to be the only bar soap I can use on my face. It's truly a unique product, as far as my own epidermis is concerned. No, it's not fancy or designer or esoteric or cutting edge. That's fine with me. I figure I'm lucky. The less I pay on a cleanser that works wonder for my skin, the more money I can spend on cosmetics and perfume! I fervently pray that the formula never changes and that Dove never goes out of business; I honestly don't know what else I'd use on my face!
As a rosacean with dry, delicate skin, I am more prone to be overjoyed with a product simply because it doesn't make my skin flush or burn. I have tried so many moisturizers that have done just that; everything from Eucerin to Aveeno to Chanel has given me grief. The Korres Wild Rose line is truly made for people suffering from redness/rosacea. The vitamin C and rose oil soothe, protect, and enhance my skin's brightness. I feel that I gain a little radiance and lose a little redness when I use this product. It moisturizes beautifully, and never does it feel greasy, heavy, or runny. The only reasons for detracting one lippie are the same as most other reviewers': The SPF content is ridiculous, and I kind of wish this were in a pump for sanitary purposes. Having said that, if Korres were to bump the SPF up to 15, I would call this the perfect moisturizing cream.
I adore this product. I have dry, incredibly sensitive skin and mild to moderate rosacea. This is a quick and effective way to calm my face down after a shower, or a stressful day. Within minutes, the flush has gone, and my skin feels hydrated without feeling heavy. Rosaceans, the Wild Rose line is great for us girls who need a shot of Vitamin C, as this helps soothe and protect our skin barriers. The scent is delicate, subtle, and pretty, and has not irritated my face whatsoever. I do think it makes my skin brighter when I use it. I feel it's a nourishing, appearance enhancing serum. My other favorite way to use it is as a primer beneath my makeup. I have detracted one lippie because of the cost; $41 for 1.01 oz is steep! However, the only skin product that works even better on my skin is Chantecaille's Jasmine and Lily Healing Mask, which costs a whopping $79 for 1.7 oz. (It's amazing; I snagged a sample tube on eBay for something ridiculous like $13, lol.) As of right now, the Korres is more affordable for me!
Mascara -Bare Escentuals - Flawless Definition Volumizing mascara
diamondtiara 9/5/2011 1:18:00 PM
I love this mascara. It separates and lengthens my lashes very well. With an eyelash curler, I love the effect: long, curled, striking. With one coat, it gives me a nice daytime look, or for times when I don't necessarily want a super dramatic lash. It builds beautifully, and you can get some really striking lashes out of the tube. I didn't realize HOW much I loved it until I applied mascara to one eye only - I was kind of amazed at how with one swipe, I can get longer, fuller lashes that make my naturally nice ones look thin and short in comparison. The wand is high quality and I've had no issues with flaking. Extra points here for no clumping, and a super light-weight formula! The packaging is fine and the price is affordable.
Cleansers -Clinique - Redness Solutions Soothing Cleanser
diamondtiara 8/11/2011 3:48:00 PM
I paid for a travel size version of this, and I'm glad I didn't waste more money on a full size version instead! I have mild rosacea. When I'm on birth control, my skin looks pretty good without makeup; minimal pinky-redness when I'm not on my period, generally cool skin, and some days I look positively pale! However, I'm ending my BC for a while, and my skin is a bit out of whack for the moment. (This has happened to me before, and it always takes a few weeks for my face to calm back down again.) I figured this was the perfect time to try Clinique's Soothing Cleanser, so I could see if it really would calm or at the very least not irritate my skin. I've used it for two days now, and wasn't going to review it until one more day went by. However, I'm sitting here with annoyingly itchy skin - this is the same reaction I've had before with other Clinique products, like the Moisture Surge lotion, and, if memory serves me correctly, the Dramatically Different Moisturizer I used a decade+ ago. I'm really disappointed in this product, because some of the raves on here, Sephora, and a few other random places online lead me to believe I'd have a good chance of being happy with the results. It does nothing to reduce redness from an immediate standpoint; I think my skin just feels better when I wash it with cool water. And now, of course, it's itching a bit, and I'm very aware that my skin FEELS different. Not tight, but definitely not like it usually does. I'm sort of considering going and washing this off with Dove - the only soap I can use on my skin! - and putting on some moisturizer, just to get rid of this weird feeling. The texture of this product isn't great. It feels like I'm washing my skin with a thin, watery lotion. It doesn't foam or lather, and I'm sure it wouldn't remove face makeup at all. There's no scent, and I don't feel clean after washing with it, even though both times I've used it on bare skin that has had no makeup applied on it that day. All in all, I would definitely not purchase this product again, nor will I be trying any of the other products in this line. I am now reminded why I stopped using Clinique skincare years before my rosacea even flared up! Save for their eye makeup remover and the acne spot healing gel I use for the occasional blemish, their products are just bad news for my skin. Viva la Dove soap!
I usually use Clinique's Take The Day Off Remover for Lids, Lashes, and Lips. I was at the MAC counter when I realized the bottle I had at home was nearly finished. On a whim, I asked the SA helping me if they had a good MU remover that wouldn't irritate my eyes. He showed me the Pro Eye Makeup Remover and told me that I could even use it while wearing my contacts, it was that gentle. Because it was the same price as the Clinique one, I purchased a bottle along with my other goodies. I was very disappointed with the Pro. About ten seconds after using it, it stings my eyes slightly. It removes my eye mu okay, especially my eyeshadow but I feel like the bottle doesn't allow me to put a lot of the solution on the cotton ball without added effort. I have to make sure to scrub my eyelids very well even after using the Pro, because it doesn't always do the best job of taking off my mascara and eyeliner. The first time I used it, I instantly thought about returning it to Macy's for a refund. I didn't have time to make it back out to the mall, however, so I've had to keep using this bottle. As soon as it runs out, I'm going back to Clinique for sure! It works like a charm, NEVER stings my eyes, and even has a lovely, soothing scent.