After trying all of MAC's red and Chanel's Gabrielle, I was convinced that red was a colour I would just never be able to pull off. Disappointed, I gave up the idea of ever donning a red lip until I B2M one day during replens and Ruby Woo was finally in stock. I bought it, expecting the worst, only to find my HG red. One tip, though: Apply with a lip brush, mattes are sometimes difficult to work with and to apply an even coat over your entire lip a brush will work much better than slapping the product on.
This is my go-to MAC "natural" shade for everyday wear. Compliments any eye look and gives off a nice sheen. Applies smoothly and beautifully.
I originally recieved a sample of this with my first Bare Minerals kit purchase. I'm not exactly a fan of bare minerals, and this primer is no different. I honestly don't think it made much of a different in the wear of the Bare Minerals foundation and this primer uses silica, which I prefer to leave off of my face because my skin doesn't react to it very well. I do appreciate the fact that it is made without synthetic fragrances though. The product comes with a pump, which is great for getting your money's worth out of it, but is relatively boring otherwise. Not worth the money, in my opinion
This is the green primer from Smashbox, targeted at reducing redness on the face in order to obtain a more perfect skin tone. However, the product is hard to blend and I don't notice a difference in redness reduction. Another boring package, with not much to offer in regards to priming. The price is ridiculous for what I would consider a deluxe sample of this primer. There are definitely better products out there for less. Another primer saved by the fact that isn't scented.
Though it works slightly better than its Smashbox competitor, this primer still doesn't combat redness the way I would hope it to. Don't get me wrong, you may think that I'm being too critical, that my expectations are extreme, but I assure you they are not. I just haven't found a primer that has made any significant change in the redness of my cheeks. This product is more smooth and blendable than the competition, however. The pump bottle makes for an easy application and doesn't waste product by pumping more than necessary. There is no detectable scent.
Primer/ Corrector -Make Up For Ever - ALL MAT Matifying Base
MyChanelScalpel 8/12/2010 6:18:00 PM
Let me start with my beef. $45 for ONE OUNCE of product? Ridiculous. But, I do believe it is worth the money. It is one of the best mattifying primers out there and alone or with TM or foundation, this product does what it says it will. The best MUFE primer, if you are a fan of that line definitely pick this up for the summer. Must have for combo/oily skin. Again, the pump is wonderful. It does have silicia in it, but I believe they use less than their competitors because my skin hasn't reacted poorly to this product and I have been using it for a week straight. I highly reccomend this primer, you will stay matte for quite awhile, even in the summer, and your non-streaky face will thank you for it.
All bow down to the super human beings at YSL who formulated this ingenious product. THIS IS MY FAVORITE PRIMER- HG MATERIAL. It is so smooth, blendable, smells great, lasts all day, mattifying PERFECTION. Yes, it is another pricey primer, but I reccomend this to everyone. I don't like the fact that it is in a tube and not a pump, but it is still perfect. The price has never been more worth it, in my opinion.
This primer is great if you want a glowy complextion. I use it on my high points, where I would use High Beam if my foundation were already on. It wakes your face up and gives a nice dewy finish. The packaging is adorable, but I don't know about the functionality of the roll up tube, as I only have the deluxe sample version. It smells great and works as it says it will, so this product is definitely one I would reccomend to someone who wants to brighten up their face. I'm sure I will use this more in winter, when my skin is feeling dull and needs a perk-me-up.
Loose Powders -Laura Mercier - Mineral Powder SPF 15 Tender Rose
MyChanelScalpel 8/12/2010 6:13:00 PM
Everyone hypes up Bare Minerals- but really they need to check out LM's Mineral powder...this stuff if heavenly. The packaging has a S&P shaker-esque twisty to keep the product in the container to avoid excess waste and is the signature LM look (very sleek, love it). This foundation makes my skin feel flawless and lightweight when it is on, definitely one of my favorites.
Primer/ Corrector -Laura Mercier - Foundation Primer
MyChanelScalpel 8/12/2010 6:07:00 PM
Works well.....but good lord, WHAT is that smell? Not something I would want to put all over my face near my sensitive eyes and right under my nose. Disappointing, I'm a hardcore LM fan and it would probably be my go to if it were scentless.
Primer/ Corrector -Hourglass - Veil Mineral Primer SPF 15
MyChanelScalpel 8/12/2010 6:03:00 PM
This product makes your face SO silky smooth, but I really can't justify the price tag on this one. Great packaging, smells nice, works wonders....but it isn't a HG therefore not worth $50 to me.
Lip Gloss -Christian Dior - Addict Ultra-Gloss Reflect 257 Rose Organdi
MyChanelScalpel 8/12/2010 5:58:00 PM
Things I love: The brush applicator, the feel of the gloss isn't sticky, and the tube is cute- something you'd be proud to tote around in your handbag and pull out in public, soft baby pink colour emphasis other makeup Things I don't love: ALL of my Dior glosses have had gloss buildup at the top of the tube that spills over and makes a mess of the tube. Dior glosses were really my first love when I got into makeup, but being so expensive I only had two for years-- but as I'm older now and falling back in love with their formulation and packaging- I think it is time to pick up some more, definitely re-purchasing this one in particular!
Had it not been for Annie at the MAC counter slapping this on me during a consult, it would've been overlooked for eternity by me. Appearing very dark in the tube, it can be a little intimidating for someone who was (at the time) a newbie to deep lip colours. But I'm thrilled it was forced on me, because it is my all time favorite lipglass. It's a universally beautiful berry-pink shade with glitter (which I'm usually not a fan of) that I think anyone could pull off. Everyone needs this colour in their collection, and the proceeds go to charity as an added bonus. Best $14 I've spent on a lipgloss.
Primer/ Corrector -MAC - Prep + Prime Skin Refined Zone
MyChanelScalpel 8/12/2010 5:44:00 PM
This product works wonders for reducing the size of visible pores, but only if you apply it correctly and it is a rather finicky product. Apply with a concealer brush, very lightly along your T zone- but only on dry skin. If your skin is damp from a shower or moisturizer- the product doesn't work the way it should. Also, if you decide to use this product- you should probably skip foundation that day as foundation tends to "move" on the area where this treatment has been applied. I'm debating on whether or not to re-purchase, as there are plenty of other pore primers out there that won't make my makeup slide, but it does work, I'll give it that.
Lipstick -Estee Lauder - Pure Color Crystal Lipstick- Elizabeth Pink
MyChanelScalpel 8/12/2010 5:36:00 PM
This was my first lipstick as a teenager, and I still love it to this day. It is the perfect natural pink and the formulation is creamy, but not so much so that it melts off your lips. Unfortunately, the smell is almost unbearable to me, which is the only downfall of this lipstick.