Crème -Urban Decay - Surreal Skin Cream to Powder Foundation
gorbe 4/7/2010 4:24:00 PM
Product wise, this is decent. The brush it comes with works pretty well for streaking the product onto your face and then you can rub it in with your fingers. It takes a while to set, but once it does it looks pretty natural and has moderate to full coverage. It also has cute packaging, and it has all vegan ingredients (so I guess you can eat it if you get bored). HOWEVER, it is so expensive! I am willing to spend 36 bucks on good foundation, no problem. Provided the product actually lasts a few months at least. There is SO little amount of product in there, that if you use it everyday (like I do) you will be out in likely less than a month. I used it like three times and already felt like I was about to hit the pan. Completely ridiculously expensive. Also, even with a good primer, it doesn't really last all day, and it doesnt cover the dark spots on my face as well as a liquid foundation would. Ultimately I can't recommend this. I'd probably buy this is I was super rich, but since I'm not, it's kind of hard to justify spending 40 bucks every few weeks for foundation.
This product is simple and works. It leaves lips feeling hydrated and smooth- works great as a base for any lipstick. Reasonable price, no weird smell or color, not sticky at all. Personal favorite.
This smells nice and feels nice to apply, the little brush applicator is perfect. It makes lips look a bit bigger, I think, especially if put over lipstick, then your lips will really stand out. It does not, however, make your lips sting like some other volume booster lip products I have tried. Which is a plus. It has a "wet" finish which I normally dont like, but it looks pretty good.
I have the hardest (if not impossible) time finding quality drugstore blush. This is no exception, it sucks. First of all, the brush is comes with is RIDICULOUS, I didnt even try using it. Even using my own brush, though, this blush is horrible. It may just be my skin tone, but it doesnt show up on me at all. And if it does, it's probably going to look chalky anyway because the first ingredient it talc (Not sure what about it is "mineral" then).
Eye Makeup Remover -E.L.F. - Eye Make-Up Remover Pads
gorbe 3/25/2010 2:43:00 PM
It burns!! It burns my eyeballs. Not burning is one of two things I want an eye makeup remover to do (the other being "remove makeup"- and that, it does just fine). Another reviewer mentioned they had a "new improved formula".. I am hoping this is the one I didnt get, because for a buck I am willing to buy the newimproved edition in hopes it will not burn my eyeballs.
Love the color, love how quickly this dries. Once you get used to the giant brush, it gets easier. Also, I have small nails so it takes practice, but this line would be perfect for someone with large nailbeds.
Lip Gloss -E.L.F. - Luscious Liquid Lipstick in Maple Sugar
gorbe 3/24/2010 2:42:00 PM
The color and consistency is nice, a bargain considering the price. HOWEVER, it smells DISGUSTING. My friend said it smelled like Brasso (you know, the metal polish). I don't know if I just got a bad one, or it went bad (I've only had it like a month, but maybe it was old in the store), or WHAT. The other color I have in the Lusckious Lipstick form (Baby Lips) does not have this smell- it just smells kind of sweet. So.. if not for the horrible smell, I'd love this.
I think they must have changed the formula for this product, because it is no longer hard to use. And the packaging claims it has "new improved formula" which evidently is vastly improved over the formula I'm guessing most of the below reviewers have used. It glides on VERY smoothly for me, probably one of the best eyeliners I have ever tried. The color is nice, and it's cheap, and it come with a sharpener. Works for me!
Really horrible brush, comes with the beginners kit which I bought but deeply regret. It sheds like crazy and feels irritating on the skin.
Scrubs -St. Ives - In Shower Exfoliating Body Polish - Oatmeal and Shea Butter
gorbe 3/17/2010 8:21:00 PM
I love this product. It smells SO good, is reasonably priced, and works really well. It leaves your skin feeling so smooth after. I really only use this one problem areas, because I want to save it, but I imagine it could work well all over the body. I don't mind the packaging, just be careful not to get water inside, like the directions say.
Misc Beauty Tools -E.L.F. - Mechanical Eyelash Curler
gorbe 3/17/2010 8:19:00 PM
Edit: After using my Shu and then trying to use this in a pinch.. well, it pinched. Something I can say has never happened with my Shu one. I think its just not a great shape for my eye. That's the only real difference in eyelash curlers, they are all hunks of metal Haha. If this one fits your eye shape, good! Worth a shot before shelling out the money for a more expensive one, I think.
Polishes -Sally Hansen - Insta-Dri - Lickety Split Lime
gorbe 3/17/2010 8:13:00 PM
I love the color (in official terms it is "hella neon green") and how quickly it dries (instant is not much of an exaggeration). It also stays on really well, especially if a few coats are applied. It says it only needs one, but I always do at least two to make sure it looks even and covers my whole nail. As the other reviewers have pointed out, I agree that the brush is too big. They made it big on purpose so you can coat your entire nail in one stroke, which kind of works, but makes it hard to do touch-up if you miss a part.
Unsetttlingly, something about this product instantly reminded me of the dentist. I think it is the white color/consistency of the product, and the creepy little spongelike thing you apply it with. That alone is enough to kind of put me off it, but I'm also honestly not convince dit really does much. I don't wear a lot of lipstick (which begs the question why I felt I needed this), so I havent tested it very much, but when I have, I really dont think it has prolonged the wear of my lipstick.. It does, however, make lipstick easier to apply, (makes it go on smoother). Be careful using this with a light colored lipstick, it may make the color look lighter (this may be me not applying it correctly, admittedly).
I have nothing bad to say about this, I love the color and consistency and price and I would definitely buy it again. It smells sweet which some might not like but it doesnt bother me. This color also looks really cute layered over the Gaga lipstick by MAC.
Great color, good consistency, awesome price.