Lipstick -Wet 'n' Wild - Mega Last Lip Color in Pinkerbell
stellar 7/6/2012 12:25:00 AM
This is SUCH a gorgeous lipstick! Against my light golden/brown/slightly olive skin and on my moderately pigmented lips, it's an almost-neon (or soft neon?) bright (but not obnoxiously so) clean, yellow-toned pink. It reminds me a lot of some of the yellowed pink/coral shades MAC has come out with in the last year and a half or so, only it's much more pigmented and opaque and has better staying power. And is honestly just prettier. It has a totally matte finish and is such an awesome pop of color that really brightens and flatters. For $1.99 it's just amazing. I purchased another Mega Last Lip Color at the same time that I got this one and I love it just as much. Sometimes I don't know why I even bother buying so many HE lipsticks. I've never once been disappointed by a Wet 'n' Wild lipstick.
So far I'm disappointingly unimpressed with this product. After purchasing the L'Oreal Youth Code BB Cream and being fairly impressed with it, I ordered this because I've heard so much about how the Korean BB Creams are so much better than the American ones. I was hoping for something that would feel great on the skin and nourish it while giving me decent coverage. So far I can't seem to get much coverage at all from it (and I don't even have "bad" skin; just a slightly uneven skin tone, no breakouts or scarring) and it makes my skin look dry which emphasizes fine lines. It seems to emphasize my pores as well. The packaging has been a little bit of a PITA too. I ordered the 30ml size which comes in a squeeze tube with no pump. Sometimes when I take the cap off, the product will begin to ooze out of the nozzle very quickly. I've even stuck a pin down the nozzle to clear any air bubbles and it still comes out. I've wasted quite a bit of product because of it. On the positive side, the shade 21 matches my NC15-20 skin perfectly. And I love the fact that it has a high SPF. The price is also very affordable. I'm going to do some experimenting with it and see if I can't get it to work better for me. As of now though, I like the L'Oreal Youth Code BB Cream more than I do this one. ETA: Just wanted to update my review a little bit. I used this BB Cream several more times last summer and fall and could never get it to look right. I recently tried it again and realized I was applying it wrong. Instead of applying it with my fingers like I would a regular foundation in circular blending motions, I dottted it on and then just blended downward, like I would apply a regular face moisturizer. The problem was that I was trying to *blend* it in too much, when BB Creams should really just be smoothed and patted into the skin. This really gave beautiful, even coverage and helped blur my pores. I was so happy to have discovered the "right" way to use this, when I realized after a few days that it was causing breakouts on my chin. By mid day I would always have a few small pustules on my chin which for me is always a sign of a reaction to a product; it's not so much a clogged pore type of breakout. However, I can now see how beautiful this BB Cream can look so I've raised my rating to 4. My skin can sometimes just be picky about things, and something that caused a reaction at one point in time might not do the same thing several months later. So I'm going to keep it on hand and give it a try again later. For now, I'm loving Too Faced's BB Cream and Skin79's Orange BB Cream.
Liquid -Revlon - PhotoReady Airbrush Mousse Makeup
stellar 6/21/2012 12:38:00 AM
I picked this up on a whim. I was actually watching videos on youtube and accidentally clicked on a review for this foundation, and the girl really raved about it. So I watched more videos on it and they seemed very mixed. People either loved it or hated it, but I liked the positive things that were said about it and it seemed like it would work for my skin type so I gave it a shot. I bought it at Walgreens for $14.97 (after tax) which is pretty expensive to me for a drugstore foundation. If it works amazingly then it's totally worth it, but even my beloved Revlon ColorStay is cheaper than that. I'm currently just a bit darker than NC15 and I chose the shade Nude. I remembered how the regular Photoready (I wasn't too crazy about that one either) ran light and I'd heard that Shell runs pink, so I hoped Nude would work. It ended up being a little too dark (and pink) for me but it wasn't *extremely* off. However, it was enough so that I didn't really feel comfortable wearing it. As I said, Shell is even more pink so that wasn't an option for me and I certainly wasn't going to get Vanilla and mix the two. When I first applied this foundation I used my SK Flat Top brush which worked really well for it. After I applied it I thought it looked *amazing*. I was very happily surprised. Once I got in my car and looked in the mirror though, it didn't look so great. It seemed like my fine lines and smile lines were accentuated. I also thought it looked a little oily from the start. The coverage of this foundation is medium, or at least that's the furthest I was willing to go with it. I felt that if I applied more it would have looked really cakey and gross, but I can see that it *would* have the potential to be fairly full coverage. I know a lot of people comment on the glitter issue, but I honestly didn't see it on my face. When I swatched it on my arm and hand it looked like I had smeared glitter all over them. So it's definitely there; it just wasn't detectable on my face. The smell is very odd. It's not horrible but it's definitely not desirable. It disappeared once I applied the foundation though so that was good. The packaging is nice, and I didn't come across any problems with it dispensing too much product like others have. That could just be because I have experience with things like that because of my MAC PLW Concealer in the little tube with a pump. Now THAT is tricky. I must admit that this foundation did "last" a surprising amount of time, which was about 7-8 hours. The problem was that the greasy consistency of it caused my other m/u (namely blush and concealer) to fade off very quickly and I had to re-apply those a few times throughout that 7-8 hours. I also powdered a couple times. I really like to touch up as little as possible throughout the work day. With my long-wearing foundations I don't have to at all, except for lip products of course. It also continued to emphasize lines and pores as the day went on. Needless to say, I wasn't too happy with the general wear of this foundation. I ended up returning it. For reference I have normal skin and I tested this on a day when it was actually sort of cool outside (compared to the upper 90s we've had the last couple weeks) so I can't imagine how badly it would wear on someone with oily skin - or even normal skin - on a really hot, humid day.
So far, I am REALLY loving this foundation, and it just might be my Summer HG. I have tried SO many long-wearing foundations over the last several months and all have either broken me out, irritated my skin, or I couldn't find a color match. So far this has done neither of those things and the shade 1.1 is a *perfect* match for me. For reference, I'm currently an NC15, or possibly between an NC15 and slightly toward NC20. While I'm super happy that it matches me, I'm also a little disappointed because that means in the winter when I go back to my NC10-15 paleness, this is definitely not going to match. If I continue to like it enough I may try mixing it with a white foundation during that time. I've had absolutely no itching or irritation bumps with this and no regular breakouts either. In fact, the existing ones I had (from other long-wearing foundations I've been testing) have been clearing up since I started using this. Applying this foundation is super quick and easy. I've read that some people say it's thick and hard to blend but for me, that couldn't be further from the truth. It's easier to apply than MAC PLW or ELDW in my opinion. I only use a total of 1 pump for my whole face, applying one moderately thin layer first, then going back over the areas that need more coverage and I'm good to go. I use much less concealer when I use this foundation than I do with others, so I would say it gives nearly full coverage. The coverage is very similar to ELDW and MAC PLW, but looks more natural. It feels great on the skin and I don't feel like I'm wearing a thick mask made of glue or anything like that. I do use a setting powder with it just because I like the polished look it gives, and also because this does feel just a bit tacky after you apply it. So far it's lasted me from about 7:00am until around 10:00pm when I wash my face before bed, with NO touch-ups, blotting, or powdering. That's very impressive, considering it's been in the upper 90s here lately, and the a/c in my car is broken (and I run a lot of errands during the day for work so I'm driving quite a bit). So far I've used my fingers and my Sonia Kashuk flat top brush to apply. Both work very well but I prefer using my fingers. I've also been using oils to remove it at night to make sure I get it all off. Other comments: As for the "hydrating" properties I can't say for sure. I have normal skin but it dries out fairly easily. It usually takes a week or so for a foundation to start drying it out if it's going to but I can say that so far, I definitely don't have any new dry areas or anything like that. The packaging is very nice. I do love the nice glass bottle and the fact that it has a pump. I wish however that the cap and pump part wasn't made of that matte black stuff that just ends up looking dirty when the foundation gets on it, like the NARS caps. Not a big deal by any means though. And as another review said, it's as if the nozzle where the foundation dispenses was placed too close to the neck of the pump, so it's more like the foundation kind of runs down onto the neck rather than dispensing out onto your fingers. But again, by no means a dealbreaker. I don't detect any scent with this one, which is really nice. Price is $42, and at this point I do feel this product is well worth it. I will update once I've used it consistantly for a week or two. :) So far, my only complaint is that it doesn't come in lighter shades for us really pale people so we can use it year 'round (or so we can use it at all, for those who don't do any method of tanning). :( ETA: I just wanted to edit my review to say that this foundation DOES match me in the winter when I'm at my most pale. It actually matches me very well. I still think it's a beautiful foundation and I still love it!
I've used this several times now and have alternated between it and the liquid CS enough to give a decent review and comparison of the two. I have been using the liquid verison of CS for about 10 years and have been very pleased with it. As of now, I would have to say that it's my HG long-wearing foundation. Needless to say I was super excited to hear that they were coming out with a whipped version. I've never disliked the thick consistency and application of the liquid version but I always appreciate a nice whipped consistency! I bought this in the shade Buff, which is also what I wear in the liquid (Combo/Oily). As far as color goes I'd say they're pretty spot-on, but the Whipped version may be just a tiny bit lighter. Application itself is a *dream*! I just want to keep putting more and more on, it feels so nice! The strange thing about this foundation is that I do find that it gives nearly full coverage, but it's a *different* kind of full coverage than the liquid provides, I suppose because of the difference in consistency. The other difference between the two formulas that I've found is that the Whipped version leaves my skin looking kind of... dull? Flat? I can't really pinpoint exactly what it is but it just doesn't have that perfect coverage and healthy, radiant finish the liquid version gives me. It lasts just as long as the liquid does on me, which is great. It also does feel lighter on the skin of course, so that's a big plus for those who don't like the thicker, heavier feel that CS might have. (I personally have never felt that but I don't have a problem with thicker foundations.) It really is a great foundation and I would definitely say it's worth a try. For me though I do think I prefer the liquid, but that's not to say this isn't a wonderful product! I'm sure I'll use up the jar I have - and who knows - maybe keep one on-hand for days when I want a lighter foundation on my skin. For reference, I have what I consider to be normal skin; slightly combination at the very worst. I do use a setting powder with both versions of CS and a light moisturizer before application, both of which really help the foundation last all day! ETA: I thought I should come on here and update my review because I'm really liking this foundation a lot more now. I wore the liquid CS during the summer, but once my tan started to fade I had to see which of my many foundations suited me better. Turned out it was the CS Whipped in Medium Beige. Since that was the only one that matched me, it was all I could wear for a while and I really grew to love it. It gives such a nice healthy, polished, even skin tone without looking heavy or cakey and it really lasts all day. Over the past couple weeks I've been experimenting with some of the other foundations I have because the Medium Beige is now too dark and Buff is quite a bit too light, but none of them make my skin look as nice as the CS Whipped. So now I'm mixing Buff and Medium Beige. My only complaint now is the packaging. In addition to it coming in a big, bulky jar, the inner plastic rings where the cap screws onto the jar have broken on TWO of my jars. One is completely broken to the point where the lid can't be screwed on at all, which means I can't take it anywhere with me. The other has cracked but there's still enough there that I can screw the lid on. I've been very careful with these jars and don't feel I've done anything to make them break like that. I really wish they would start packaging these better!
I have been using this foundation on and off for about the last 10 years, starting way back when it was in a bottle with a pump, through the re-formulation with Softflex (16hr formula) to the newer 24hr formula, and now the Whipped formula. (***This review is for the 24hr formula.***) It's funny how I've tried so VERY many different foundations (both DS and HE) but *this* is the one I've had on-hand for years. I've recently been on the search for a long-wearing foundation that will give great (nearly full) coverage, will really last, and *won't* break me out or irritate my skin. I've tried so many over the last few months and have encountered problems with all of them. When I saw the new 24hr version of ColorStay at the store I decided I'd give it a try since my bottle of the 16hr formula was almost gone. It gives me exactly the coverage I want (much like the previous formula, between medium and full), looks beautiful, and REALLY lasts. I've been wearing it for an average of around 14 hours a day and it still looks amazing when it's time to wash my face. If I ever have to retouch anything it's just blush or eyeliner or something like that. I've really realized a new-found appreciation for it after trying so many others that caused so many problems for me. CS doesn't break me out at all or irritate my skin, even if I sleep in it (which obviously isn't a good idea, but hey, it just happens sometimes with me), and it just *works*. I'd say the finish is natural... Not completely matte or flat and dull, but not really luminous or dewy. My biggest complaint about this foundation is that the lightest shade is too pink for me, I think. I'm going to give it a try next fall but when I've swatched it before it didn't seem like something I could wear. I'm currently wearing this in Buff and am also a MAC NC15/NARS Gobi/ ELDW Bone since I have a little bit of color from the sun. In the fall/winter, Buff is too dark for me. If I could wear this year 'round, it would definitely be an HG for me. I would say I have normal skin - at the very worst it might be slightly combination in the summer - but it can also dry out somewhat easily. This keeps all shine and oil at bay, yet doesn't dry out my skin. I've also tried the formula for Normal/Dry skin and I didn't like it as much, plus the colors run darker and more pink. I do wish this had a pump of course, but I'll manage. I apply with my fingers or my flat-top SK brush. ETA: I just wanted to edit my review to say that I did end up trying out the Ivory shade (in the combination/oily formula) this winter and it works just fine for me! The Whipped CS in Ivory matches as well. So I'm very happy that I can now wear this foundation all year. I'm kicking myself a little for not having tried it sooner. I don't detect any pink on me from this foundation.
Foundations -Tarte - Amazonian Clay 12-hour Full-Coverage Foundation SPF 15
stellar 5/30/2012 12:53:00 PM
There are so many things I love about this foundation, but unfortunately it's not working for me. On the positive side, this gives me beautiful, natural-looking coverage. I wouldn't quite say it's *completely* full, but very close to it. Despite the fact that it's longwearing and nearly full coverage, it also feels very natural on the skin - not like the plastic-y, sometimes mask-like feel of ELDW or MAC PLW. It really does last! I can get 12+ hours of wear out of this foundation which I really love. The shade Light is also a very good match for my NC15/NARS Gobi/ELDW Bone skin. The color and depth looks a little weird as I'm applying it but once it's blended in and melted into my skin it looks perfect. I also love the fact that it's more "natural" and doesn't contain a lot of the yucky ingredients that many foundations do. Now for the bad. For the past 3 months I've tested several different longwearing foundations (Lancome TIU 24hr, MAC PLW, ELDW, Maybelline SuperStay, and now this) and none have worked out. They all either break me out, irritate my skin, or I couldn't find a good color match. Sometimes all three, or a combination of the three. I was hoping that since this is a more natural product I wouldn't have the breakout issues but for whatever reason, this makes my skin itch. It's not to the point where I'm clawing at my face, but definitely to the point of being an annoyance and making me uneasy about putting something on my face that my skin obviously doesn't like. I never had any breakouts with it which was another positive thing, but I have a feeling that if I continued to wear it, I would eventually get some physical signs of irritation. This foundation also created some dry patches on my skin. I would look in the mirror and have random flakes around my nose, or on my chin, or my cheek, etc. I see this as being something great for combination/oily skin but maybe not so much for those of us with normal/dry skin. (I consider mine normal, not dry.) That's something that confuses me, too - the company does recommend this specifically for normal/combination/oily people, leaving out those with dry skin which makes sense. Yet in their description of this foundation it states that the Amazonian clay absorbs oil when needed but also *hydrates* where it's needed as well. So if that was the case, it should be fine for those with dry skin. Hm. Anyway, I think that about sums it up. I truly wish this foundation had worked for me because there are so many great things about it. I don't consider myself to have very sensitive skin; I've never had reactions to cosmetics before until I started trying out all these longwearing formulas. There's just something in them my skin hates, I guess. :(
I can't believe this hasn't been reviewed yet! I bought this as part of the Hey, Sailor! collection. It's my new HG nude lipcolor. On me it's the perfect peachy nude. I was afraid it would be too yellowy based on some pictures I saw of it online, but it's not yellow at all on me; just peach, as the MAC website states. It's also in my favorite MAC formula - Amplified - which means it has great coverage and is longwearing, yet is slightly glossy looking and very moisturizing. This is what I wanted Peachstock to be. I really can't say enough good things about it. I'm going to be ordering a back-up of it tonight. I sure wish it wasn't LE, but sadly I'm used to that with MAC. :( For reference, I'm currently NC15/NARS Gobi/ELDW Bone with golden/brown/olive skin.
Mascara -Maybelline - Volum' Express The Mega Plush
stellar 5/14/2012 3:14:00 PM
FINALLY I've found an HG mascara! This product is seriously amazing. It adds loads of volume AND length, all while looking totally natural, non-clumpy, non-spidery,and leaving my lashes feeling soft and flexible - not hard and crunchy like so many others do. My lashes honestly feel like I have nothing on them at all, even if I've applied three coats of this mascara. The brush is different than I'm used to in that the bristley part of the brush (sorry, I just realized I don't know the proper anatomical terms of a mascara) is nice and full, but the wand part has an area in the middle that allows the brush to give a little as you're applying - kind of a bouncy effect. When I first saw that I thought it was going to be a mess to apply, but it gives just enough without being too flexible and getting mascara all over. Dispenses just the right amount of product so there's no need for wiping or blotting your brush. I also love the pretty turquoise packaging. :) No flaking or smudging, holds curl and lasts all day. It's been a long time since I've found a mascara that I really love. ETA: Unfortunately for some odd reason, this isn't holding curl well at all for me. Maybe the formula is just too light? I'm finding I have to re-apply throughout the day to keep my lashes up and visible. Today I used my CG NatureLuxe mascara to see if I was just imagining the difference and WOW. Six hours after application and my lashes still look just like they did when I first applied. I'm afraid this might not be the mascara for me after all. :( ETAA: Okay, I'm changing my review yet again! I gave this a try again after running out of my other mascara and I've been very happy with it! I think what happened was I had started using the OCM to cleanse my face at night, and I think it may have been weighing down my lashes. I am no longer doing the OCM, and this mascara is working great again. Love it!
Blush -Tarte - Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blush in Exposed Tarte Blush
stellar 5/14/2012 11:52:00 AM
Exposed is a very pretty, sophisticated pink/brown (but more pink) shade. I don't have any other blush like it as I usually gravitate toward the peaches, corals, pinks, and combinations of any or all three. I'm really glad I've got this in my collection now, though. It looks very natural and not powdery or chalky at all. Doesn't accentuate my pores like so many other blushes do. On me it really does last as long as it says it will for the most part, but I've noticed that which foundation I'm wearing also plays a role in that. (It wears longer on long-wearing foundations, of course.) Love the lightweight, solid packaging and pretty design on the outside and inside. This one does have a stronger clay smell which is not the best smell in the world to me, but it doesn't transfer to my skin or anything so I don't mind it at all. I'd rather have a weird smelling but natural product, as opposed to an artifically scented product full of chemicals and other crap. Would repurchase but don't think I'll need to as this will last me for a loooong time.
Blush -Tarte - Amazonian Clay Long-Wear Blush in Tipsy
stellar 5/14/2012 11:41:00 AM
I *love* this blush! It's a gorgeous very very slightly shimmery peachy coral shade that's VERY pigmented and really lasts. I have to be careful how much I apply or it will be waaay too much. It really does last about 12 hours on me, but the longevity of it also depends on which foundation I'm wearing. (It lasts much longer on long-wearing foundations, of course.) I love the packaging. Some have complained that it's just plastic and seems cheap, but I think it's feels very solid despite the fact that it is plastic. The fact that it's plastic also helps to keep the compact lighter in weight which is nice for when you carry it around with you. I also love the design on the outside cover of the compact and the inside design is pretty as well. The ONLY thing that's a little weird to me about this product is the smell of it in the pan. I know others have commented that it's an unscented product - and essentially it is. But if you put it up to your nose and smell, it's a very... unpleasant scent. I'm not going to say what it smells like to me because I don't want to scare anyone away from trying it, but yikes. The good news is that the smell doesn't transfer to your skin (I've done a few experiments to test it out!) and the smell is just the natural scent of the ingredients. So I can definitely look past it. I would definitely repurchase but don't know if I'll ever need to since I use such a small amount of product. To be honest, I haven't finished a blush in YEARS, since back in high school when I wore the same CG blush every day. This would take me years to finish, I'm sure. By the time I finish one compact they probably won't even make them anymore!
I swatched this lipstick at a Sephora about a month ago and just now got around to ordering it! I didn't actually try it on at the store but I really loved the color of the swatch. On me it's a fairly opaque mod baby pink shade. I love that it's a baby pink/bubblegum pink that isn't completely cool-toned. I'd say it's a fairly neutral shade. It feels very moisturizing on my lips and has a great light vanilla smell, very similar to MAC's lipsticks. It also has really decent lasting power. While this is a unique shade, I discovered that I do have a dupe for it - NYX's Matte Lipstick in Hippie Chic. They look 99.5% identical in the tube and when applied. The only real differences are the scent and the texture. The NYX lipstick has a bit of a drier, more chalky finish and tends to cling to dry spots. It's not a bad lipstick at all though, so if you're looking for a cheap dupe for Baby Doll, check out Hippie Chic. For me, I would rather continue repurchasing the Lorac lipstick. It seems like every NYX lipstick I get doesn't sit in the tube right and isn't properly secured in it so it moves all over when I try to apply it, making a mess in and on the tube. Lorac's lipstick is a much more solid product.
I'm amazed that no one has reviewed this yet! I wanted to get the Razzledazzler lipstick too, but it was sold out right away. Anyway, I absolutely LOVE this Lipglass! It's a gorgeous light peachy/pink (baby coral) shade. It looks so flattering on my NC15/NARS Gobi golden complexion. It's has a glowy look to it, similar to their Ember Glow from an older collection. It's opaque but not overly milky like, say, Florabundance. It definitely covers my naturally pigmented lips and the color shows up wonderfully. Beautiful for spring and summer. I plan on buying back-ups for sure! Now if I can just get ahold of the lipstick too.... :)
I just bought this yesterday and it's already my new favorite coral lipstick. On me, it's a matte, bright orangey/coral shade that is extremely flattering with my fair/light golden-toned skin. I have a few pinky/coral shades that I love, but I've always noticed that corals with orange go better with my coloring. It's such a beautiful bright, glowy pop of color! And the color REALLY LASTS. Really really. Plus it feels like I have nothing on my lips when I wear it, which is nice as well. Today I wore it "out" for the first time and my boyfriend said he loves it! I'm not used to wearing brighter colors - and he's not used to seeing me wear them - so it was really nice to get the positive feedback. The ONLY downside to this lipstick is, as another reviewer mentioned - the SMELL. Holy wow. What were they thinking? It's so strong, and it's not even a good smell to begin with. It's definitely a soapy/detergent/sythentic flowery type of smell. Yuck. When I bought this I also bought another Moon Drops lipstick and tried the other on first. I really like that one too, but as soon as I smelled it I thought, "No way. These are going back to the store for a refund." But I noticed the smell faded significantly after about 5 minutes so I gave this one a try too. Despite the fact that it fades, I *can* still smell it on my lips at times. I so wish this had a different scent to it and I can't imagine how or why this was the scent they decided to put in their product, but it's such an amazing lip color that I will definitely repurchase.
I have to admit that I'm not a big nail polish fanatic or anything. I always have my toes painted, but I paint my finger nails pretty infrequently. I basically have a few main polishes I stick to, and none of them are HE. But when I saw this in the Essie display at Walgreens I had to try it. It's the perfect pastel peach shade! It's so pretty and flattering with my light golden brown skin. Such a beautiful Spring shade. I noticed that when I apply it, I don't get such a strong nail polish smell which is nice. I can do my nails and once it's dried, they don't have that strong scent - or any polish scent at all, for that matter. My only complaint about it is, as others have mentioned, it applies really streaky at first. I only had to apply two coats though to get it opaque and even, so that's not too bad. Lasts a surprisingly decent amount of time on me before it starts to chip (about four days). Definitely my new favorite polish. I think I'll try more from this line. Now if I could only find a lipstick this color... :)