The first time I swipped this, I wasn't too impressed. It looked like a dull color to me. I swipped it again today while at Sephora and I ended up giving it a try. It's a good everyday color. A good alternative to black. It's a dark plum with a subtle silver shimmer. I agree with the writer below, it's the exact same color as rockstar except it has the silver shimmer. Update: Sad to say but my first impression was correct. It's a little dull.
I absolutely love paint pots. They are the best cream eyeshadows I've come across so far. They work very well with synthetic brushes and can apply precisely and pigmentedly. The consistency is not slippery like Benefit's creaseless creams. They are somewhat on' the dry side but I like it that way because it's more pigmented. Blackground is an amazing color to use for smokey eyes. It can go from black to grey using a synthetic brush. It is a black with subtle shimmer.
Makeup Brushes -Philosophy - The Supernatural Brush
riyeu 4/5/2010 7:46:00 PM
You pay for what you get. I didn't like this brush at all. It was too densely bristled, making it hard to clean. I thought the quality was poor too although it isn't an expensive brush to begin with. I got the MAC130 instead.
I've been on the hunt for a stippling blending brush with a small head and I'm happy to announce that the search is over! I've compared it with MAC 187,188 and Philosophy's Supernatural brush and this beats them all. 187 and 188's longer bristles makes them difficult to control when blending. Philosophy's Supernatural is too densely bristled making it hard to clean. 130 doesn't have those problems and is perfect! Only complaint is the ridiculous price!
Fragrances -Estee Lauder - Bronze Goddess Eau Fraîche Skinscent
riyeu 4/5/2010 7:33:00 PM
This is definitely a unique fragrance. It smells like suntan lotion but the good kind. It is nicely executed and I would probably purchase this if I was into the suntan lotion scent but I'm not. I can't imagine where I could wear this besides to the beach where in which case, I could just lather on suntan lotion for that smell.
Eyeliner -MAC - Pearlglide Intense Eye Liner in Black Line
riyeu 4/4/2010 12:02:00 AM
This is described to be a true black but in my opinion, it's a blackened green, so deep that the green looks black. I hate the glitter fall out, which irritate my eyes.
Eyeliner -MAC - Pearlglide Intense Eye Liner in Almost Noir
riyeu 4/1/2010 8:59:00 PM
This is basically the same shade as UD's 1999 except a little more pigmented, which is good in my books. I haven't tested its longevity yet but I definitely give a thumbs up for it's shade and pigmentation. Update: I prefer UD's 1999 more even though it's less pigmented than Almost Noir. Almost Noir has too much glitter in it and it gets all over my eye area and face and irritates my eyes. 1999 is also more purply/plummy whereas Almost Noir is more of a blackened plum.
Moisturizers -Clinique - Superdefense SPF 25 Age Defense Moisturizer
riyeu 3/31/2010 11:14:00 PM
This is one of the best moisturizers I've ever tried. I have the dry combination and it doesn't make my skin oily, even after 8+ hours of wear. It has SPF25 (which is higher than the usual SPF15 that most moisturizers have) but the consistency is not heavy when applied. In fact, it applies very smooth. There's no scent as with all Clinique products. Only issue I have is it comes in a jar, which isn't very sanitary or travel-friendly. The price is a bit steep too, $46 CAD for 50 ml for i think it's worth it. Update: At first I loved using this cream but half way through the jar, I've noticed that it stings my face upon application and causes my face to turn red. I think my skin has become allergic to this cream. I will not be repurchasing this and have switched to Kiehls Ultra Facial Moisturizer, the consistency of which I prefer more and more importantly, it does not irritate my skin.
I agree with those below, I have no clue why Angel is a frost lipstick. It's not frosty at all. It actually has the same consistency as Hue. It's a bit chalky and it's more of a semi-matte. The color is pretty but it doesn't work for me. I think Angel would look lovely on those with a tan more so than those who are pale. I, unfortunately, am quite pale and this looks too bright on me in the sunlight.
This is a pretty color and if it weren't for the frosty finish, I'd purchase it and it'd be my HG lipstick. Too bad I have a strong dislike for lipsticks with any level of frost. It can be moisturized-looking but it can't be frosty.
Eyeliner -Bobbi Brown - Violet Ink Long-Wear Gel Liner
riyeu 3/20/2010 11:36:00 PM
I've been looking for a shimmering deep purple and this fits the bill. It's a blackened purple with fine shimmer. Not pigmented enough for evening but works for a day look. I wish it was more pigmented but you can apply 2 coats for a darker look. Overall, I am satisfied and if I don't find a more pigmented one, I'll keep repurchasing.
I'm a nude lipstick gal but everyone needs a red lipstick for the grownup sophisticated look and this is my version of that red lipstick. I know this isn't red. It's actually a neutral pink mauve with a hint of purple that looks very natural. Red lipsticks look terrible on me but this gives that red lipstick wow factor without being overbearing and still looking very natural. I can wear it without any makeup on and my skin doesn't look off. I'm excited to have finally found my "red" lipstick.
Lipstick -BeneFit Cosmetics - Silky Finish Lipstick - Skinny Dip
riyeu 3/20/2010 4:01:00 PM
This wasn't a nude on me. It turned out quite bright, more of a medium coralish pink. Wasn't what I was looking for.
Gives a bare lips look with a hint of sparse sparkles/glitter. It's understated but flattering. I'd say the color is a light rosy pink (no brown). It's basically the same color as my lips but gives a finished polished look and some shine. It reminds me of the same color that the Laura Mercier lip balm gives me but more color. I'm not a fan of shimmer or frost finishes and there are chunky bits of sparkles/glitter in this but the sparkles are sparse enough not to bother me too much but of course, I could do without them. The light vanilla smell didn't bother me at first but I'm starting to get tired of it and it smells artificial (plastic vanilla). The formula is not drying but not overly moisturizing either compared to other lipsticks i've tried. It does dry up after a few hours. The color is my HG color.
I found this lipstick chalky and it imparts a semi-matte finish rather than a shiny finish on me. It sort of washes me out and doesn't look natural on my pigmented lips because my lip color shows through.