I'm a MAC NC44-45 and I love this bronzer. All I need to do is apply it with a light hand but otherwise the Bronzing Powder in Deep is not too red nor is it too orange or too brown. I love it because it livens up my foundation and keeps me from looking too dead and it adds a bit of natural contour. Of course I will wear it during the winter and the summer. On the cheeks Deep is like the perfect blush color most of the time too.
I love Test. It looks great not that different from my MAC Mehr lipstick which is LE and came from the MAC Mickey Contractor collection. I love wearing just a little bit of Test over Illamasqua's Submit lipstick for a Mod 60 lip look especially with black eye makeup.
I love using Submit because it gets rid of the pigment in my own lips so that the color of my lipsticks, especially the light-colored lipsticks, pop out on top of the Submit. I love to wear submit mostly under the MAC Yash lipstick which is an LE lipstick from the MAC Mickey Contractor collection, or under Illamasqua Test lipstick. I love wearing the Illamasqua Submit lipstick with just a tiny bit of the their Test lipstick on top of it as it gives me a really Bardot or Mod 60s lip look which I love. I'm an NC44/NC45.
Lipstick -Bobbi Brown - Bobbi Brown Rich Lip Color SPF 12 - Soft Coral
dundada 5/23/2011 8:39:00 AM
Soft Coral Rich Lip Color from Bobbi Brown is nice and summery and it could be considered a little spring-ish too! The matte, all black packaging for all of the Rich Lip Colors are the best attractive and simple, without leaving any silly fingerprint marks all over them. Soft Coral is exactly what it says on the tube! It's not obnoxious and it looks like a light, soft orange-y (or slightly pink-y? Oh whatever!) coral on my skin and I'm an NC45. It's opaque without having a thick, extra-layered look to it. And it looks deliciously retro on to me anyway. I wear Soft Coral with either the MAC Cork lip pencil or the MAC Hodgepodge lip pencil, and I don't use a lot of lip pencil with the Soft Coral either. It costs a lot more than the MAC lipstick which doesn't surprise me as the Bobbi Brown and the Nars ones have always cost more than MAC, but it was well worth it to me anyway! I am also quite surprised at how well it stains my lips for quite a long time after the lipstick has been on for the day, and how pretty the leftover stain looks too for a color that's not dark or anything like that....
MAC Cleanse Off Oil is the best make up remover I think I've ever used actually. This does NOT leave an oily film at all which is good for the people who may want to be thrifty by using olive oil from their kitchens or something, but find themselves a gummy, sticky, and dirty-feeling mess. LOL And products such as any petroleum jelly would be just as messy with leftover residue. Cleanse Off Oil also takes the makeup off really fast including lots and lots of stubborn eye makeup, all you have to do is out enough oil all over your dry face massage it for a very short while over your closed eyes so it can loosen the eye makeup especially, then you rinse it off and you're done! You don't feel any oil left over at all. This product is something I definitely recommend for someone coming back home very late at night who just wants to quickly hit the hay but they still want to treat their skin the way they should! LOL Or for someone who is quickly trying to change their look, by going from day to night, or whatever it is. It acts quickly, it doesn't take long at all. I wanted to try the famous Shu Uemura oils after I am finished with this MAC one because I only have a bit left, and especially since the Shu Uemura oils have much larger sizes but I have read some positive reviews about the Shu Uemura oils, but I'd say a lot of the reviews I observed were more mixed I'd say. Some people just didn't like the SU oils, and yet the Cleanse Off Oil by MAC receives most of the time such good reviews. But it is worth the money to me though.
Eye Shadow -MAC - Unflappable Mega Metal Collection
dundada 3/26/2011 8:27:00 PM
Unflappable is beautiful, and both it and Centre Stage are great for smoky eye colors for both the daytime and the night! Unflappable to me is dark brown, dark purple, and dark gray all mixed in together, and yet it all works! It's also not too shimmery. Unflappable is better than Smut, which for some reason should work on me but I sometimes find it unsatisfying, and it is WAY better and better looking on me than Satin Taupe, which I just don't like although everybody else does.
Eye Shadow -MAC - Centre Stage Peacocky 2011 Collection
dundada 3/26/2011 8:22:00 PM
I love Centre Stage shadow! It's great for brown smoky eyes. I bought this one and Unflappable from the MAC Peacocky collection, and yes they are both worth it 10 times over!
Lipstick -Givenchy - Rouge Interdit 50 Candide Tangerine
dundada 3/4/2011 11:54:00 PM
This lipstick is the prettiest orange lipstick I have ever seen, especially on me! I'm an NC45. It's not neon like a highlighter, it's not coral at all, and it's not red at all. It's perfection, it doesn't make me look like a total buffoon, it doesn't look like a Halloween pumpkin color, and it doesn't look like Halloween, or stage makeup. It's gonna be the perfect color for me for the summer if it's gonna be blistering hot! If you're somewhere around NC45, try this color. It is unfortunately very pricey but it's worth it if you want an orange lipstick or a summery lipstick. Candide Tangerine is NOT overwhelming or awkward on.
Brilliant is what I want to put over my Disciple lipstick so that it looks more appealing on me with a touch of gloss on it. But also Brilliant stays on my lips for a very long time and doesn't leave me with any annoying 'my hair's all on my lips', 'there's a fly on my lips' stickiness at all. I prefer Illamasqua Brilliant to the clear MAC Lipglass most definitely, although I use the tinted MAC Lipglasses, because there's so much less stickiness even though the Brilliant stays on. But I'd still rather use the Illamasqua Brilliant gloss instead of the cheaper brands of clear gloss out there because it stays on for so long yet again and feels so comfortable on compared to so many others. Plus I like the packaging for Illamasqua's lip glosses anyway, I find them very handy to apply.
I tried on Fierce lip gloss in a department store mirror at night, which sounds like not the right basis to judge Fierce on me but I don't care so much at this point because it looked great on me in that kind of light and under other lights, and it lasted for hours throughout the night without re-application and through food and a hot drink. I could still see the color on me (about 60% of it near the end) through many hours, and I could still feel the gloss on my lips. Fierce looks like MAC Up The Amp lipstick, MAC Lavender Whip lipstick, and a clear gloss got together to have a surrogate child! I'm going back to buy it and I will be wearing it in the daytime too, as it is mostly opaque but there is a bit of sheerness in Fierce as well for it to not look too intimidating during the day. I'm an NC45. UPDATE: I have been Fierce-ing it during the daytime without any lip pencil or lipstick with it for the past two days, and I love it! Illamasqua's glosses' colors seem to be very long-lasting through quite a bit of food and drink.
I had to try out and actually end up buying Disciple lipstick because it looked like a strange, but delightful twist on a trend that happened some 15 years ago that wasn't half bad actually! Circa 15 years ago women who were NC45 and NW45 and darker than both started wearing black lipstick, which looked better with clear gloss over it usually and it was a trend that looked surprisingly good, as opposed to being silly, or Halloween-ish. Mary J. Blige wore this 'black lipstick with gloss' look in one of her music videos around that time. Well to finally make a point, Disciple is close to that but deliciously different as a dark true navy blue that has a bit of shimmer, but not full-on or chunky glitter thank goodness. Disciple, like most of Illamasqua's lipsticks, has a matte texture. I will be wearing Disciple with preferrably a clear gloss such as Illamasqua's Brilliant lip gloss, which is long lasting and gratefully non-sticky feeling, as I'm sure Disciple would look even more flattering on me that way. I saw a girl once who was more of an NC10, I'd say, wear Disciple out on the street in the daytime without any gloss and she looked artsy-musician-y or 'musician for a boyfriend'-y without looking like a Goth, so to me Disciple seems more accessible and flexible than it lets on. Illamasqua does make a matte black lipstick called Pristine but on their website it looked a little greyish-black from an angle albeit without any shimmer, and at some angles black lipstick doesn't look as rich as a black sometimes. Meanwhile, the dark navy blue Disciple looks very rich, or true. I'm an NC45. UPDATE: Yes this Disciple has converted me over to its side! LOL I love it fully, opaquely applied on with just a pop of clear gloss in the middle of my lips. And I'm sure other people will be able to pull Disciple off in the same way! Very happy with it! :)
Coconutty is a great frosty gold-based brown that's not too frosty, and not too glittery, not too gold, or too bronzey either. It's less full on 'disco ball' and gold than Bronze Shimmer lipstick which looks way to Studio 54, unless that's what you're going for. Coconutty was one of the best neutral frosty lipsticks I bought many years ago.
A MAC MUA suggested Half-Red lip pencil to me only because I told her I bought Captive and I wanted a good pencil for it to make the color of the lipstick appear warmer, but now I've decided that I hate Captive lipstick, I feel like I should have bought Craving instead, and now the Captive is just sitting there! LOL Therefore so did the Half-Red, although on me it's not too different from a fave lip pencil of mine - the Beurre Cremestick Liner. But now that I've bought Snob lipstick recently, the Half-Red lip pencil looks beautiful with that and the Lust lipglass altogether. I'm really glad I have it now! The Half-Red lip pencil didn't totally change or take away from the color of Snob on me, it just made it more wearable and endearing to my skintone. I'm an NC45.
I have this somewhere and it's the only MAC lip pencil I've ever bought that I'm not sure that I really like. Oh well there's a first time for everything! It's a bit dry and crumbly and too glittery. I haven't used it in over a year, I don't think. I used it with MAC Lickable lipstick, and my mother had to go on about how she just hated my lipstick on me. But now I'm wondering if it was more about this lip pencil? Hmmm....
AAAARGH I can't believe that me of all people bought Snob because I found away to make it work on my dark, very warm-based skin with just one lip pencil and a little bit of just one lipglass, but THIS Saint Germain lipstick could never work on me and I am fine with that! It's cartoonish in the worst possible way. Only someone who looks like Drew Barrymore could wear it because there was a nice pic out there of her wearing her hair in a ponytail, 'cat eye' liner on her eyes, and with possibly this same color lipstick on her mouth and she looked great in a 60s retro way...but it would never be for me! I'm an NC45.