Let me just start by saying that I resisted buying this for a long time. I was so sure it was going to turn fuchsia on my lips the way all lipsticks that look black in the tube do. I finally broke down and bought it and I could kick myself for not getting it sooner. This is absolutely gorgeous on! It's very sheer with enough brown in it to keep it from turning purple. I think it's much prettier than Clinique's Black Honey. It also lasts much longer than BH and it doesn't take on a whitish cast the way BH does after I've had it on about ten minutes. The real test of any lipstick shade for me is how it makes my eyes look and this makes my blue eyes pop. You don't notice my lips when I'm wearing this, you notice my eyes. It's also very moisturizing and has a light, creamy feel. I love this stuff and I'll never be without it. * EDITED TO ADD * I cannot believe how long-lasting this sheer lipstick is! It even stayed on through dinner at a wedding. I only reapplied once after eating cake and I really didn't need to; most of it was still there!
Lipstick -Paula Dorf - Sheer Tint Lipstick in Calypso
glamourpuss 1/16/2004 11:40:00 PM
This is it!!! After two years of searching, I have finally found a replacement for my discontinued HG lipstick. Calypso is a beautiful sheer red with just enough brown to keep it from being too bright - it makes my blue eyes look BLUE. Elegantly packaged in a sleek, black case, it feels silky on the lips, gives a sheer, satiny sheen and wears a surprisingly long time for a tint. I even like the way it smells. It reminds me of the cinnamon scent of my old d/c HG, which I loved. Many thanks to the very helpful SA at Sephora who found this for me. I will never be without it.
Is it just me, or has this been reformulated? It's obviously been repackaged. When I first tried this a long time ago, it came in a rectangular case with a crummy little applicator and was nearly impossible to use because it was so thick and waxy. I so wanted it to work because my eyelids are dark and when I'm tired, it really shows. I'm not a big Benefit fan, but I decided to give this another shot and I'm so glad I did. The formula seems a bit silkier and creamier, and the round case makes it easy to warm up the product with my finger - no more useless applicator - so it glides on easily. I use just the thinnest veil of this on my lids only up to the crease. If I use too much, it will crease, but with a light hand and strategic placement, this does a spendid job of brightening up my eyes so I look more awake and rested. I usually don't wear shadow over it; I just use it for brightening when I'm not wearing shadow, so I can't comment on its usefulness as a shadow base. I have a bad habit of expecting miracles from beauty products and most don't deliver, but this one comes close. For me, it does exactly what it was intended to do.
Lip Treatments -Neutrogena - Lip Boost intense moisture therapy
glamourpuss 1/6/2004 12:16:00 AM
This product did absolutely nothing for my lips in the way of plumping, moisturizing, or softening. Not only that, but it looks disgusting coming out of the tube, takes forever to sink in, and feels waxy and dry on. For eight bucks, I didn't expect a miracle, but surely a slight improvement. I could have bought a pot of my treasured Tipton Charles Basil-Nectarine Lip Butter, or about four tubes of Blistex Complete Moisture, which has a delicious citrusy-grapefruit scent and sunscreen. What was I thinking?
Before applying my lipstick, I filled in my lips with this l/l, saw myself in the mirror and immediately checked my pulse. I was still alive, I just looked dead. Not only that, but I could instantly feel this stuff sucking the moisture right out of my lips. I nearly broke half the bottles on my vanity reaching for the makeup remover. I could not get this stuff off fast enough. I'm so glad I didn't blow a lot of cash on this. It's the most unflattering product I've ever put on my face.
I usually don't need to wear blush, but lately my complexion is in need of brightening, so I came straight to Productville in search of the perfect powder blush. One that I could just touch on when I catch a glimpse of myself in the mirror and see a tired, sallow face staring back at me. Thank you, ladies, you did not disappoint me. Everything you said about this blush is true - it's highly pigmented, silky and sheer, and extremely flattering. In my (admittedly limited) experience with powder blushes, I've never found one that looked natural on, but this is the exact shade of my cheeks when I'm not exhausted and stressed, so it looks perfectly natural, MCBB. It stays on all day and I never need to touch it up. Thank heavens for MUA - I never would have thought such a sophisticated product would come from a drug store line targeted for the teen market. A new HG staple for me!
In the pot (the one without a sifter lid - very dangerous), this looks like a deep purple shimmery powder. On my eyes, applied wet as liner, it looks like a soft indigo smudge. This stuff is incredible. Once it's on, it doesn't move until you take it off. I even took a three-hour nap in this and when I woke up, it looked perfect. It doesn't get greasy looking or smear, it just makes the softest line and the color brightens my eyes, which are blue. I've switched from pencils to shadows for lining because I like the softer line shadows make, and these are the best I've tried. Since it's mineral shadow, it doesn't irritate, and it didn't accentuate or settle into my "fine lines" the way some shadows can. It's about $13, but it will last forever since a little goes a long way. If I ever run out of this shade, I will repurchase and I've got a list of more shades I want to try. I haven't used mineral shadows since the 80s and I don't remember them being that impressive, but I'm impressed now. These make me want to try the entire line!
The best way I can describe this is to compare it to my MAC Lustre l/s in Spice It Up. Same smooth, creamy feel and sheen, same plummy brick red color, but with a slight bronze shimmer added. Mercury fades just as beautifully as my MAC, a big deal with me. Pretty long-wearing, but not drying. The scent is more makeup-y to me, but I barely notice it anyway, so I don't mind it. The silver tube is just gorgeous and the little black pouch it comes in is too adorable. Expensive at $21, but every girl needs at least one divinely extravagant French lippie in her bag. Treat yourself to one of these!
The real test of any lipstick color is more how it makes my eyes look than how it makes my lips look. This one passes the test with flying colors - it makes my blue eyes look BLUE! It's the best plummy brick red that actually livens up my entire face. I love how smooth and creamy this feels and the soft sheen it gives my lips. The vanilla scent is just right and lasts a long time, which I like. It's pretty long-wearing for such a moist lipstick, but the best part about it is the way it fades. So pretty! I'm on my third tube and will repurchase this precious little bullet again and again. Definitely a holy grail red lipstick for me!
Lip Gloss -Prestige - Aromatherapy Lipgloss in Red Stain
glamourpuss 12/31/2003 2:36:00 PM
Oh, how I wish this stain was the same color on my lips that it is in the pot. It looks like the perfect plummy brick red in the pot, but on my lips... fuchsia! You can't beat the price, less than $4, and the packaging isn't even all that bad - a little clear pot with a very cooperative lid. One thing I don't understand, it's labeled "aromatherapy," but I barely detect any scent at all, and what I do smell is a makeup-y scent. I like for products to smell pretty and was expecting something a little, well, prettier. At least it's not obnoxiously over-perfumed. It's also pretty sticky and very drying. I'm so disappointed. I thought I'd found "the one."
I have these in Vanilla, Redcurrant and Blackberry. The colors are... interesting. The Vanilla is too orange and the Redcurrant is too bright, but the Blackberry is a great MLBB shade. They are very moisturizing and do leave a bit of a stain, though it's not long-lasting. I haven't had any trouble with the lids staying on, but I won't let them roll around loose in my purse. A screw-top tin would have made more sense.
I have a weird habit. The first thing I do after belting myself into the driver's seat is put something on my lips "for the police." I just can't seem to drive with bare lips so, of course, I frequently reapply while driving, and that's where CG Lipslicks come in. They're sheer enough that I can apply them without a mirror, but pigmented enough to show up. As much as I adore makeup, about half the time all I wear is sunscreen and lips (and my glasses), so these are perfect. I'm definitely not a CG fan, but I've repurchased these over and over, and my daughter uses them, too. I also like Daring and she likes one of the pale pink ones (she's a sweet, young thing). The packaging is ugly and cheap, and I once had a tube that would not stay closed, but what do you expect for under 4 bucks? So far, these have been the best thing I've found to replace my HG Bonne Bell Cin-A-Money LipLix, which has been d/c.
This review is for the individual travel-size brushes, not the set that comes in a tube. I have about nine or ten of these brushes and I love every single one of them. I use the short-handled style because I'm very near-sighted and have to get right on top of the mirror to apply my makeup. These handles are short enough not to knock into the mirror with every stroke of the brush. Japonesque puts the same nice brush heads on these travel-sized brushes as on their regular long-handled brushes, which some companies don't do. I'm a sucker for anything with a brushed metal finish and I think the silver handles on these are beautiful, prettier even than the long ones. The brushes are high-quality and have held up well with daily use and repeated washing. Plus, Ulta puts them on sale B2G1F fairly often. I was planning on giving all my old brushes to my daughter (who's just starting to wear makeup) and replacing them with these, but now my daughter wants these, too. So, I got a few to put in her stocking. At B2G1F, why not? Great brushes at a great price, even when they're not on sale.
Foundations -L'Oreal - Visible Lift, Extra Coverage, Line Minimizing Makeup
glamourpuss 12/21/2003 1:35:00 PM
This foundation does exactly what it says it does and provides full coverage beautifully without feeling heavy or greasy. I usually use a base with sheer coverage, but when I need more, this is what I reach for. Soft Ivory is a perfect match for my skin tone and I can even use this as a concealer. Set it with a little powder and it stays on all day and does not move. I love that it has SPF 17, but I still use my regular sunscreen with it if I'm wearing this during the day because it doesn't have titanium or zinc oxide, which I like to always have on. All in all, a great foundation at a great price, and I love that in comes in a tube.
Crème -L'Oreal - Feel Naturale Light Softening One-Step Makeup [DISCONTINUED]
glamourpuss 12/21/2003 1:13:00 PM
For a long time, I preferred cream-to-powder foundations and used Lancome's Dual Finish, which I loved. To save money, I tried L'Oreal's version, thinking they might be similar since L'Oreal owns Lancome. So disappointed. The L'Oreal foundation just sat on top of my skin and never really dried, and I could feel it on my skin all day. It also accentuated every pore, flake, and dry patch. The tremendous amount of retouching, spot moisturizing, and strategic concealing it took to make this wearable totally defeated the point of using this type of foundation. Way too much work to look this awful. Never again.