Concealers -Maybelline - Instant Age Rewind Double Face Perfector [DISCONTINUED]
haileybear 7/20/2010 11:19:00 PM
Absolutely amazing coverage, which is what you want in a concealer. This is perfect for blemishes even those throbbing acnes, and I mean really red large 3D pimples. I like to dab it on the blemish, then pad it in with my finger. It leaves a matte/non-cakey finish, and I guess I'm lucky to have found a shade that matches me perfectly (since the shade selection is rather limited). I'm NC20-25, and I use the second lightest shade here, which I can't find the name of on my tube. I wouldn't recommend using the concealer end for undereye concealing, because it was quite drying when I tried it. But the highlighter end is a good consistency for that purpose. I don't use the highlighter end that often since I prefer other concealers for my dark circles. This is my perfect on-the-go product, and you know it's good when I got backups stocked up.
This is one pricy drugstore foundation! Around $20 CAD when it first launched in Canada. The pump bottle is to die for, I wish I can open it up and use it for my other foundations once I'm done with the PhotoReady. I have this in Shell, and I'm a NC20-25. When I first tried this product, it was just overwhelmingly glittery and a shade too pale for my skintone. I went back to the store and tried the next shade up and it was too pink and too dark, so I sticked with Shell. My solution was to mix it with another foundation that's too dark for me, my Maybelline Pure in Nude. The two colors, consistency, texture mixed perfectly into a dewy, medium-full coverage, yet light weight summer foundation. When I wear foundation in the summer, this is my go-to. I'm not sure how heat/humidity resistant this combination is, so I wouldn't recommend this for extreme weather conditions. It is very long-wearing though, and I've not had any skin concerns from this.
Powder -Rimmel - Stay Matte Pressed Powder - Transparent 001
haileybear 7/19/2010 4:25:00 PM
Just a setting or oil blotting powder, nothing spectacular. The rose scent gets kind of nauseating after a while, but if you like rose scent you'll love this. It doesn't do much with respect to oil control, I have oily skin so after a few hours my face gets shiny again. I use it when I don't have anything else around. I will never need to repurchase it, because when I first got it I thought I'd really love it, so I bought a backup. Very affordable, I got it on sale for $3.99 CAD, so couldn't hurt to try.
Liquid -Revlon - ColorStay Active Light Makeup SPF 25 ] [DISCONTINUED]
haileybear 7/19/2010 4:18:00 PM
This is my no hassle summer foundation. SPF 15, medium coverage, tolerable scent, nice dewy finish, amazing staying power. My shade is Nude (NC20-25), which matches my skin perfectly when I'm tanned, I don't even need a bronzer with this. I apply it with either my MAC 187 brush or my ELF Studio Powder brush, and just stipple it on. If I'm really in a hurry, I apply with my fingers. The squeeze tube is very sanitary, and easy to travel with. This foundation has stood the test of extreme temperature, humidity, sweat, rain, even a day on the beach (with some minor swimming). One issue I experienced with it before was it getting darker by the end of the day, but since I started using face primer this doesn't happen anymore.
I wanted to love this foundation SO MUCH! I read great reviews about it, and actually found my perfect color match (Sand Beige for NC20-25). But it goes on so incredibly cakey. It makes me look very made-up, it has a consistent heavy foundation-feel on my skin, and I just can't wait to take it off as soon as I get home. I only wear it when my skin condition is so horrible (we are talking about serious break outs, forehead+cheeks+nose+chin) that no other makeup can possibly cover it up. However, it does have amazing staying power and oil control. Case in point, I wore this to a friend's wedding and it didn't budget until I got home at midnight. Oh, and all my pictures from that day looked amazing, even though I was totally broken out underneath. The glass no-pump bottle is not much of a concern for me, since I don't use this product that often. And I will continue to try new ways to wear this, because I still REALLY want to love this foundation.
This was my highschool foundation, when I didn't know much about makeup and didn't wear much makeup. I remember it coming off a gray-ish undertone on my skin (even though the actually color matches me pretty well), so I usually have to correct it with some bronzer or powder. What a hassel! However, I did like shaking it everytime before I apply, and the clickidy sound from the little ball on the inside. That makes me feel like I'm applying makeup like a grown-up.
May work great for those with dry skin, but on my oily combination skin just melts off mid-day. Didn't work for under eye circles or blemishes. Color selection's also limited. I find use for it for mixing with another drier concealer to match my skintone, but I probably won't repurchase.
Concealers -Maybelline - Dream Mousse Concealer [DISCONTINUED]
haileybear 4/24/2010 1:50:00 AM
The concealer is definitely creamier and more moisturizing than the mousse foundation. Great for under eye circles (with bluish coloration), although on blemishes tend to melt off pretty easily even if I set it with powder. I apply mine with my ring finger, because I've never heard of applying mousse products with brushes, and the pot is definitely too small to dip a sponge in. The glass pot packaging makes me very reluctant to carry this concealer with me in fear of shattering it. It's also super heavy. I've dropped it once, although it didn't shatter, all the contents got shifted to one side of the pot and the product felt less mousse-like but creamier after that. Overall, I'd definitely recommend trying this. It's very affordable. And for reference I'm a NC20-25 and I use the shade in Ivory.
Bronzers -Too Faced - Pink Leopard Bronzing Powder
haileybear 4/24/2010 1:22:00 AM
Cute packaging, but too flimsy. Nice color, but too shimmery. With a light hand, I can only get shimmer on my cheeks, and by the time the color shows up I'm a disco clown. For it's price, not worth it!!! Edit: I just found a new use for my pink leopard, mainly because I want to use it up. This works well as a bronzy highlighter, although I won't recommend pairing it with any peach undertoned blush, because it may make you look sun-burned. Works well over a pinky blush though. Other than that, my verdict remains the same!
YEAH!!! I've actually made a dent in my Laguna. This is the perfect brown, no orange no muddiness. At first glance, I thought this is way too dark, but with a light hand it makes the perfect contour color. I don't wear it as a bronzer though. I use my ELF complexion brush to contour, because its paddle shaped bristles create an edge at the tip. All I do is dab the tip into the powder lightly, then draw on the line from ears to fish face cheeks and buff it out downward. This method ensures I won't overdo it or make my head and neck look disjunct. I've bought many other bronzers for contour that just don't quite measure up. I find myself grab for this all the time, even when I go travel (dispite my personal rule of never bringing expensive makeup to travel, because they get lost or broken).
My HG blush, and I will continue to purchase it forever and ever!!! Peaches is the prettiest peachy shade that you can gradually build-up. For reference, I'm a pale Asian (NC20-25) with yellow to neutral undertones. Peach colors look the most natural on me, and this peach is the exact shade of my cheeks when I natually blush. This is the most unique color I've ever came across. I can't find dupes of it from any other brands cheaper or more expensive. Peaches is LOVE!!!
Blush -E.L.F. - All Over Color Stick in Pink Lemonade
haileybear 4/24/2010 12:42:00 AM
You get what you pay for with this product. It has a nauseating cheap chemical smell, too much shimmer (disco-ball cheeks), and when I twist out the product it wouldn't go back into the tube. Why not 1 star? Because it's such a pretty color. It's one of those products you never think to put on, but can never throw out either. It's just taking up space in my makeup collection, maybe I'll use it as a paint someday.
This is such a SCARY color in the pan, I went and left the MAC store so many times without buying it. Now I'm so glad I took the plunge into pink. With a light hand, it comes off a fresh light pink flush on the cheeks. With a heavier hand, it looks like I got a bit sun-burned, which is a look I like to wear in the summer. Don't ask me why. This blush has a slight shimmer in it, so it's very easy to wear. For reference, I'm a pale Asian (NC20-25) with yellow to neutral undertones, so pink blushes usually look weird on me. I have to say this blush doesn't look as warm on me as some peach blushes, but still works somehow. It looks better with gray looks than browns. The price of MAC blush is reasonable for its quantity and quality, so no complaints there. However, there are alternatives to Dollymix or dupes like NYX Pinky, Nars Desire, and Lavshuca PK-1.
OK, I'll admit that I bought Orgasm because of all the hype, but this blush IMO more than lives up to it. It's a peachy pink shimmery color that brings warmth and a glow to my complexion without making me look too shiny. Compared to Deep Throat, Orgasm is more peach than pink, but it's less peach than Torrid just as a reference if you happen to have one of those two blushes. Nars blushes always have good pigmentation and staying-power, this one is no exception. However, I reach for orgasm more than any other Nars blushes because it's very hard to overdo it. It looks great with smokey eyes, neutral eyes, or even just liner and mascara, and can be paired with any lip color. But I have not succeeded in pairing Orgasm with colorful eyes without looking like a clown. I usually apply Orgasm with my Ecotools blush brush, because the brush is super soft so it won't pick up too much product. The price is hefty for such a popular color that has many other and cheaper dupes. Milani Luminous, MAC Peachykeen/Springsheen/Style, Benefit Coralista (which is actually more expensive, sorry), Annabelle Rapture, and a Quo Blush Mono the specific name I cannot recall. Nars packagings have the same problem of getting really dusty with use, I can't even imagine carrying a Nars product in my makeup bag everyday. I usually do my makeup before I leave for the day anyways, so Nars has yet no opportunity to explode in my bag. I'd be so heartbroken if I crack my Orgasm, that'll probably be the only time I'd repurchase it (you need so little product with each application, I've barely made a dent in it).