Crème -Chanel - Teint Innocence Cream to Powder Compact Foundation
lleux 6/15/2010 7:13:00 PM
Doesn't irritate my skin or turn it into an oil slick, which is nice. The compact, which goes without saying, is beautifully constructed and pretty to look at. You need to use a brush with this to keep it sanitary. Right now, I'm using it in #20 Cameo, 1.0 intensity. First off, it matches my skin almost perfectly. Even in the sunlight, there are no differentiations n my skin color and the foundation. It covered up my hyperpigmentation and redness really well. I get bad scarring and discolorations from old blemishes because my skin is so fair, and I got as decent coverage as I could have without looking caked on with this foundation. No dry spots, no weird streaks or smears like I seem to always get from liquid foundation (so revolting). I'll update if I notice anything different, but my BA assured me she's never had anyone return this compact saying that it made them break out or that it irritated their skin. I used this last year for a short time period but it met an untimely end at the hands of a thief. Moral of the story: cream foundations can sometimes work for young skin (as long as they're oil-free), don't let anyone of questionable character near your Chanel. <3
Oh, I love this lipstick. It was sold out everywhere after I bought it which only made me love it more. It's a dark, cool red with some gloss to it which makes for a fabulous shade on my skintone. I get compliments, friends wanting to try it on, etc. and I use it very sparingly so I won't run out of it. I just love it for the fall and winter. It can be toned down by applying it with a lighter touch or built up to get an opaque pout. It isn't burgundy, it isn't bright red, it's just a beautiful dark blood red, similar to some drugstore shades. But the formula, which is smooth, glossy and a sight to behold on lips, makes it perfect.
Chatterbox is a really pretty alternative to bubblegum pink for my skintone, which is a strange pale olive that can shift to porcelain in the winter. It's a nice neutral pink that's not screamingly bright like some pinks or raspberries can be. I wanted something a little softer but the shade I wanted (can't recall it now) was out of stock. This is fine for a strange little mid-tone pink, for now. One day I'll find my perfect pink. Maybe.
Lipstick -Revlon - Super Lustrous Lipstick in Twinkled Pink
lleux 6/15/2010 6:54:00 PM
Picked it up on a whim during a BOGO at Rite-Aid or something similar. I just wanted a basic pink. Not this, apparently. It's a frosty, pale, very sheer pink that doesn't really do anything for me but I will wear on occasion as it's still a nice color. It's nowhere near coral; whoever wrote that probably needs to get their eyes checked. It is a pale, frosty true pink with some cool undertones to it. It doesn't give great coverage but I like the moisturizing formula and the price isn't terrible. Not my favorite, but an alright lipstick.
Lipstick -Revlon - Super Lustrous Lipstick in Naturally Nude
lleux 6/15/2010 6:46:00 PM
I decided to try this because of the claims of fuller lips and reconditioning due to the pro-Xylane in its formula. It feels really, really tingly on my lips. It actually makes them slightly numb. I find this strange, but I don't really care as it doesn't bother me. I like the little conditioning stick in the core of the lipstick as it gives me the impression that it's doing something good for my lips. The color is disappointing, but what do you expect when you can't exactly swatch what you want from the drugstore. I wanted a beigey-peachy nude, and this has much more pink in it than I expected. It's not terrible. It's just different, I guess. I'd like the lipstick if it came in more shades of nude/browns. They were all very one-dimensional and trite shades.
I love this lipstick. It's such a perfect garnet, deep bloody red color and it looks great with pale skin, which is why I adore it so much. It's so cheap and I never even got to swatch it because it's a drugstore lipstick - I just sort of guessed that I wanted this color, and I'm so happy with it. Plus, it's cool to read that some people used it years and years ago and it continues to thrive on the shelves. Hopefully they don't discontinue it. It isn't an everyday shade, but it is fun to wear on occasion.
Baby Sparks is a fairly sticky, sweet MAC vanilla scented lipgloss with some rainbowy sparkles amidst its light, bubblegum pink formula. It isn't very pigmented on my lips at all - in fact, you can barely tell that I'm wearing pink lip gloss. I don't particularly love this shade - I liked my Smile better, but it was stolen from me - but it's a nice everyday lipgloss with a fair amount of glitter to it.
Not exactly sure why I bought this. I think I wore it out of the store the first day I did, and intended on using it for Halloween (or something?) since its launch date was around that time. Still, I have barely used this at all...it's a deep, aubergine black that needs to be built up to see a coat of opaque color. I guess I'm conserving it for the right time. It's more of a museum artifact in my makeup drawer than a product of use at the moment, though.
Eye Shadow -Chanel - Ombre D'Eau Fluid Iridescent Eyeshadow - #60 - Sand
lleux 6/15/2010 6:23:00 PM
I have Sand but I really wish I owned it in other colors. I feel like this color just doesn't show up very well because I'm fair and it gleams white when the light hits it. A little goes a long way, like one drop off of the doe-foot applicator is enough to cover your lid. I generally use it as a highlighter on my browbone. The consistency is very watery, which is strange. I would like it to be a little more iridescent rather than just plain frosty, but it's alright. I'll have to explore the other colors and uses of this product.
I think I purchased this impulsively. Normally I stick to black eyeliner, or variations of black/brown. This is an iridescent jade/turquoise color that shifts a little in the light. It is a powerpoint, which means dreadful drying and breakage likely to be forseen near the end of its pencil sharpened life. However, it is good for an occasional pick me up under the lower lashline or blended alongside similarly colored shadows. The color isn't going to be as pretty on your eyes as it is swatched against your skin, just a forewarning. I guess there are some creative things I could do with it. I just don't find it great enough to repurchase, sadly.
Definitely one of my favorite impulse buys from MAC. The Black Russian is a nice little kohl with an enticing name that only further prompted me to purchase it due to my ethnic identity. It is a cool black with slate colored glitter that makes for some beautiful, quick and haphazard smoky eyes when you let it settle into your lashline. Many a times I have just used this liner and nothing else. It's that good.
Smolder is bloody amazing. It is a kohl, which usually means it's going to smudge. You want it to smudge. This is for messy nights (days?) when you want blackest black eyeliner and don't really care if it happens to smudge a little. You want your look to be reminiscent of happier times when you didn't know what an eyeshadow base was and you'd be lucky if you woke up and your eyeliner was still clinging to your waterline. And you'd just walk out of the house anyway, because you didn't care. Well...maybe. Anyway, the reason I love Smolder so much is because it is THE blackest eyeliner in my collection. Can't beat that. It has pretty decent staying power. If you want it to look refined, apply it sparingly. If you know your eyelids are oily, use a base around the areas where you'll be applying liner. If it smudging slightly is going to be a problem, use liquid liner. It's just beautiful for accentuating a completed look or on its own as a black as night eyeliner coupled with some mascara for a quick and easy look. Sometimes I don't want to be bothered with the precise and proper look of black liquid liner and I'd rather have messy black greasepaint eyes. This liner is for those times.
Engraved isn't super amazing, admittedly. But it was my first MAC eyeliner, so it holds a flame in my heart. Simply put, it is a waterproof eye pencil. The black pales in comparison to shades considered "blackest black". It dries out easily and can be hard to apply. It isn't as OMFGHORRIBLE as some describe; I apply heavily to my waterline and only saw a bit of damage near my tear duct in terms of smudging. So, in that respect, it isn't terrible. It isn't really that expensive, but it isn't really all that great, is it? We expect MAC to exceed our expectations. Sometimes they don't; they just meet them. Eh. Grab a Revlon Colorstay and call it a day. I often accidentally reach for this instead of Smolder and just use it anyway because I'm lazy. Story of my life.
Estee Lauder makes some pretty phenomenal lip products with a wide variety of shade options. The Pure Color Gloss Stick is interesting as it is a cross between a lipstick and a gloss. It isn't drippy, gloppy, or messy like its drugstore counterparts. It doesn't lack pigmentation like they do, either. I chose Summer Melon, as I felt that Melon was a bit too intense for me and I wanted to try something sheer for summer. It is a beautiful, creamy coral shade that looks like peach ice cream and feels very moisturizing and rich. It isn't too opaque and gives a lovely pop of color without the commitment that lipstick often requires. It doesn't last forever, but it can easily be reapplied.
I just adore the tubes for Color Fever glosses. I like how they're crystalline clear, and you can see whichever color it is that you're using. Anyway. Piha is a glittery, black lipgloss that's about 70% opaque. You have to build it up if you want it to appear black black. Using it over a red lipstick or a deep red like Lancome's Red Amarante makes it pop substantially. I have a skintone which fluctuates throughout the seasons but I can't see why this gloss wouldn't accompany either of my colors. I've used it in cooler months when I'm a neutral/cool pale shade and it is daring on its own in a sheer form. When I get a little color, using it with another color underneath is a look I reserve for special (scare people) occasions. This is definitely a favorite, regardless of my feelings about black lipcolor (and how it can't really be taken seriously, considering it makes your lips look smaller).