Concealers -Neutrogena - 3-in-1 Concealer for Eyes
Rina7 4/9/2010 6:03:00 AM
Great for a drugstore product. The moisturizing base gives it a creamy liquid texture that makes it easy to blend. The tapered tip allows you to dispense a tiny amount. I don't have problems with this product accentuating fine lines or making my under-eye area look crepey or dry, like a lot of concealers do, if I apply it very minimally and only where I need it. Another big plus is that it doesn't bother my sensitive eyes/skin at all, and doesn't clog my pores. Maybe I need a darker shade, but I find it looks a bit chalky if I apply it broadly over my entire under-eye area. And while It does brighten a bit, it only offers light-medium coverage for my under-eye circles. I'm continuing my endless quest for an undereye concealer.
Got this in neutral and tried it a few times. Color turned out kind of mauve-pink, but mostly blotchy. It really did not blend well. Disappointing product.
Concealers -Physicians Formula - Magic Cube Concealer in Yellow
Rina7 7/30/2009 5:23:00 PM
I have Asian skin but this is way too yellow. And cakey. Really disappointing.
Bronzers -Physicians Formula - Shimmer Strips - Custom Bronzer Blush and Eye Shadow
Rina7 7/30/2009 5:19:00 PM
I really like this product! I have light Asian skin, and use Las Vegas Strip. Using a blush brush, I swirl, tap, and sweep on my cheeks and maybe my forehead and jawline after I apply foundation. This gives my face a little more life, as foundation alone can look flat. Then I apply my favorite blush. One thing though is that Shimmer Strips are way too shimmery to use a lot on your whole face.
This is my favorite concealer and brightener, for two reasons. 1) The consistency is fluid, not thick and cakey, so no drag when I use it. 2) With surprising coverage (medium) for a liquid concealer, it blends into my skin almost seamlessly. Thought I have light to medium Asian skin (olive/peach tone), the light yellow is just too yellow. The light beige works just fine because it's not pink at all. It doesn't eliminate dark circles but my eyes do look brighter and more open. The trick is always in the technique, and less really is more. First apply eye cream. Then squeeze the tube *very gently and slowly* until a tiny bead forms at the opening, and then release pressure. Most of the bead should go back into the tube, with just a trace at the tip. Then dab the tip under your eye so that you get tiny dots of concealer where you need it most. Press gently with the tip of your third finger to blend in and blend out. Re-apply for more coverage (I also tap the excess on my finger onto the corners of my eyes and the rest of the undereye area to brighten.) Then set with translucent loose powder using a fluffy brush.
Another HG (have to give it up for the Sephora salesperson who picked this out for me). I went through several pricey blushes looking for that perfect summery, fresh pop of cheek color that wouldn't make me look like a clown. It's got a bit of peach, pink, and gold that works well with my yellow undertone. I slide the brush lightly across the compact then tap most of it off before applying. A little goes a long way! And the color stays fresh from 9 to 5. Definitely a keeper. Only complaint: hate the rubbery coating on the compact, it just collects dirt and dust... but on second thought I've been known to drop compacts, and maybe the rubber will prevent the (expensive!) cake inside from falling apart.
HG! After I got this lipstick in #17 Natural Rose, I threw out all the lipsticks/glosses that had been hanging around in my purse. GREAT TEXTURE - stays smooth and creamy for hours and really does moisturize my lips. Most lipsticks dry out my lips, making them look thinner, but this keeps them looking plump. My ideal daytime lipstick because it looks fresh and natural with a dewey shine. A good deal at $12, considering how much money I waste on $7-9 drugstore lipsticks that don't work out. Goin' back to try out other colors.
Pressed Powders -Prescriptives - Virtual Matte Oil-Control Pressed Powder
Rina7 4/29/2009 5:52:00 PM
I find this pressed powder too grainy. It doesn't really stay on my skin and never looks that well blended in. On the lookout for a finely milled powder with staying power.
Tinted Moisturizer -Laura Mercier - Tinted Moisturizer SPF 20
Rina7 4/29/2009 5:31:00 PM
Update 4/27/09: Minus 1 star because I've decided not to settle for less than ideal match with my Asian skin tone. Switching to other brands now. * * * This review is for Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer - Oil Free, SPF 20. Color: Nude. I have light skin with a yellow undertone that is quite sensitive. As a foundation, I like the fresh, slightly dewey look of this product, and the fact that I can control the amount of coverage, from light to medium. A bit on the thick side for a moisturizer, but still blends really well and feels light once it's on. I use setting powder so that it's not too shiny, especially in the T-zone. Color-wise, a *teeny tiny* bit more yellow would work well for my Asian skintone. But overall I'm very satisfied with the look. I'm really impressed the fact that it's oil free and doesn't make me break out but also does a superb job moisturizing my dry cheeks. I've had a really hard time finding this combo as my skin has started to get drier. Don't know how they do it, but I'm going to look for the non-tinted version for days when I don't feel like wearing makeup. Really pricey at $42 for 1.7 fl oz. But it takes care of foundation and moisturizing at once, so not a bad deal when you look at it that way.
Two things I love about this Virtual Skin liquid foundation: 1) it offers different undertones including yellow/orange which really suits my Asian skin. 2) It looks so natural and dewey! And even though my T-zone tends to get oily, I didn't get that much shine in that area. In fact it looked less oily with the foundation on than just my bare skin. The downside is that it's too rich for my skin. I was in denial about for several weeks but finally had to admit that this foundation causes clogged pores and acne if I apply it several days in a row, even with judicious cleansing at night. So now I've switched to an oil-free tinted moisturizer. I'm still hanging on to the bottle, though, for occasional nights out.