I have this in Exposed, which is a lovely peachy pink color. I don't know if I agree that this is matte, but it's not glittery. I just have a glowy look when I wear it. I get a lot of compliments when I wear this on how it brightens my face. It is very nicely pigmented and you don't have to worry about this looking chalky at all. It wears great and lasts a long time. Sometimes I have 12+ hour days at work and this goes the distance.
Liquid -Rimmel - Lasting Finish Enriched w/ Minerals
groovinchic 9/7/2009 1:28:00 PM
I've been spoiled by Revlon Colorstay and some of the middle/HE foundations that I've tried. I had heard some decent reviews on this product, so when I got a tan and needed a darker foundation for a couple weeks, I thought I'd try it out. It is pretty inexpensive and I thought, why the heck not? I can't say I am too impressed by this product. First, let me say that my initial impression was very positive. I had stippled this on with my Ulta Pro highlighting brush and the finish was phenomenal. Seriously. I thought that I had found my HG foundation. It did a great job at hiding my hyperpigmentation even without concealer AND it left me with a glowy, dewy (but not oily) finish. I set out to work very happy. On that day, here is what I discovered: 1) It did not last a full day. True, I live in 100+ degree temperatures, but I was indoors for nearly the entire day. When I came home from work my foundation was splotchy. 2) I had to blot/apply powder many more times during the day than I do for Revlon CS. 3) Maybe because of #1 and #2 combined, the finish looked dull by the end of the day. I've tried it a few times since over the course of a month. I will continue to use this up while I'm a bit darker but only if I'm out for four-five hours max. Application method is everything. This looks best when I stipple. I tried using my fingers yesterday and it looked horrid. Also, for the record, I have combo skin and really struggle with the oilies on my nose. I have huge pores, which this settled into after about five hours. I hope this helps!
I was really surprised - I'm a bit of a lipstick snob and not typically a fan of drugstore lip products. I've been branching out a bit more and was very intrigued by Revlon's two raspberry colors, this being one of them. Raspberry Freeze is a lovely pink color that works well with my yellowish undertones. I'm not usually a fan of frost at all - I usually avoid it totally - but this doesn't appear frosty on my lips. The texture is nice and it applied easily. Very nice pigmentation. It last nearly as long as my MAC lipsticks, which really impressed me. My favorite thing about this is that even when it was wearing down, there was still a nice pink color on my lips. I do recommend that you keep your lips moisturized - I think this can be as drying as some of my MAC lipsticks but this isn't a problem if you use a balm first. I highly recommend this!
Tinted Moisturizer -Laura Mercier - Tinted Moisturizer SPF 20 - Illuminating
groovinchic 7/29/2009 12:10:00 AM
I received this as a Sephora BI. Initially, like for the first 20 minutes, I am in love with this product. It offers nice coverage for a TM and gives my face a healthy glow. If I cover with a matte powder it keeps my face from being too shiny. After about 20 minutes or so, my face starts to look really oily, and the glow turns into an odd color (or lack of one). Within an hour, the coverage becomes nonexistent. I'm really eager to to see how the regular TM works on my skin.
All I can say is Oh. My. Gosh. This is by far the best primer I've ever used. It keeps my oily skin matte most of the day - just a quick dab of powder once keeps me going all day. I have HUGE pores on my nose, and all other mattifying primers tend to accentuate these pores - by the end of the day they look like craters! But this this awesome product, the foundation stays in place over my nose just the way it's supposed to. My only problem is that this is a bit more expensive than I prefer, so I just use this on my nose and a dab on my other oily spots (maybe that's a good thing). Otherwise, it's perfection!
Eyeliner -Make Up For Ever - Waterproof Eyepencil in Star Black 1L
groovinchic 7/28/2009 11:59:00 PM
I really don't get the hype with this product. I love my Shi creme eyeliner because it doesn't budge, but was looking for a quickie pencil. After reading some good reviews on MUFE, and specifically about how waterproof this is, I thought I'd try it. Was I disappointed. I've been using this for 3 weeks straight and it's been raccoon eyes the entire time, even when I set it with powder and/or eyeshadow. So many other brands have better pencils - Estee Lauder, Elizabeth Arden and even drugstore brands. Considering others' success, I'm not quite sure why it doesn't work for me. Maybe it's the oils, maybe my eyes water too much. Who knows. On a plus side, it works great for my eyebrows, which are almost black. I haven't had any problems with it smudging even when I sweat. Don't waste your money on this if you are looking for a good waterproof eyeliner.
Makeup Brushes -Ulta - Professional Series Stippling Brush
groovinchic 5/17/2009 1:45:00 PM
UPDATE: I have been switching this between my blush, bronzer and foundation (1 week each and then I wash) and guess what - I love this better than the MAC for each. I promise I don't work at Ulta (in fact I really don't like shopping there) but I can't deny that I heart this brush more than any of my others. OLD: This is amazing and just as good - if not better - than the MAC 187 for me. The bristles are just a tad firmer on my Ulta brush than the MAC. I've been using it for blush. It gives me an unbelievable glow rather than a harsh line of color. In fact, I've kicked the MAC 188 to the curb because this works so well. I haven't tried it with foundation, but I'm assuming that since the bristles are firm that it would totally rock. Even better - I bought this when the ulta brushes were BOGO 1/2 off. So I bought one for a friend. I ended up getting two of these for less than the price of ONE MAC brush. I think I'll keep my eye out for this sale and next time buy more for my other friends who've never used a skunk, kinda a stippling brush outreach program, I guess.
Eyeliner -Shiseido - The Makeup Accentuating Creme Eyeliner Pot w/ Brush
groovinchic 5/17/2009 1:39:00 PM
I have never used a creme liner before, so I don't really have anything to compare this to. All I can say is that I love this liner. Yes, it takes a bit to get comfortable with using the brush. I find that running the brush through the liner, then rubbing the excess off on the inside of the lid, helps to keep the right amount of make up on the brush. Also - a tip for those of you having difficulty with smudging - set the liner with a loose powder. It will keep it from smudging and works for me all day long. The SA at my local Dillard's Shi counter taught me that. It really does make a huge difference. I will definitely buy again. I am quickly turning into a Shiseido lover!
I bought two colors - Sweet Pea (Rd 304) and a really light pink color. First let me say that I don't remember the lighter color and I don't care to look. I hate it. Partially because it's the wrong color for me (shame on my for listening to the SA). Mostly, though, because when I wear it, I see every single wrinkle, line, flake and other flaw on my lips. As for the Sweet Pea, I can't say enough wonderful things about it! I almost gave it away because of the other color - I can't believe it. I have worn it for the past two days at work - I applied it in the morning, after lunch and touched up once before I left work. It was really creamy and highly pigmented. I don't know if the other colors in the collection perform more like the Sweet Pea or the light pinky color. So, I'm going to rate this on how much I love Sweet Pea.
I thought I'd join the trend; boy, was I totally way off. First, let me say that I really like the look of tightlining/waterlining on other people. But I realized after I tried it on that my eyes are too small to pull this off. And...my eyes are way to sensitive to pull the wand through...and they are sensitive to the kohl getting in them...and now there's a great big sty in my eye, from trying it on twice in one day. Grrrr! I'm sure this is a good product, just not for me. EDIT: I'm taking a lippie off. It is just not working in any way. Gross, unsanitary, doesn't work for me.
Lip Gloss -Prescriptives - Colorscope Lip Glosss - All Colors
groovinchic 4/12/2009 3:37:00 AM
As a MAC addict, I am actually surprised that I like this product. Don't ask me why but I feel like I'm cheating just by writing this review! I was in Macy's one day, buying some Px foundation, when the SA offered me a sample of this gloss. Again, I hadn't used a gloss outside of MAC in probably 6 years, so I was hesitant even to take it. I'm glad I did. It's not too sticky (just enough to stay on the lips), lasts for a few hours and has a very beautiful shine. It's natural looking, too. I have a feeling that once I'm done with the sample, I'll be heading back to the Px counter for more!
Concealers -Prescriptives - Flawless Skin Total Protection Concealer
groovinchic 4/12/2009 3:32:00 AM
I love this product for covering up blemishes. If applied correctly, it totally covers up all pimples, scars, birth marks, sun spots - you name it. It blends nicely into the skin, too, so it doesn't look fake. Just be warned - it's a thicker concealer so it doesn't work as an under eye concealer.
This brush works perfectly with the Px concealer. I haven't tried it with any other brand. It places a good amount of product on the skin, and I can use short dabs to "blend" the concealer into my skin. A great investment!
Makeup Brushes -MAC - 188 Small Duo Fibre Face brush
groovinchic 4/12/2009 3:27:00 AM
I like the 188...I just don't love it as much as the 187. I like my blush to make me look like I'm glowing, which the 187 does. The 188 to me seems much better for a well-defined blush placement, if that makes sense. I think once I get my hands on another 187 (or something similar) I may just use this to add some dimension to my blush on top of the 187, or I might just use this for foundation, to get into smaller areas.
Makeup Brushes -MAC - #187 Duo Fiber Face Brush (Stippling, Skunk Brush)
groovinchic 4/12/2009 3:24:00 AM
I can't say enough wonderful things about this brush. It has launched a huge search for a dup so that I can surround myself with skunks (brushes, that is). I couldn't figure out what I wanted to use this for - foundation, finishing powder, blush, bronzer - it works amazingly with all of them. I have settled on using this for my foundation and using the 188 for blush, although I'm thinking I may need to get another 187 for my blush instead. Amazing!