The Artdeco eyeshadow base I am reviewing is apparently a new product in the company's "Pure Minerals" line (which includes mineral foundation, eyeshadows, etc.) The box looks different from the original eyeshadow base's packaging, but the actual jar looks almost exactly the same. The only other eyeshadow primer I ever used before this one was a Ruby & Millie primer which stung and irritated my eyes quite badly and also had an ugly orangeish tint that distorted the colour of my eyeshadows. Not so this one; it is slightly flesh-toned in the jar but applies completely clear. My extremely sensitive eyes didn't sting or show any signs of irritation at all. The colour of my mineral eyeshadow was much more vibrant with the base underneath than usual, in fact the effect is as intense as if I had applied the shadow wet, except that the actual coverage is much more even. The clincher for me is that my eyeshadow has not creased, faded or budged in any way since I applied it over 10 hours ago. A HG product for sure, and one that is very reasonably priced here in Germany (about 7 EUR). Big thumbs up from me and a must-have for ladies who use mineral eyeshadows.
Powder -Maybelline - Mineral Power Powder Foundation
MissBehaviour 5/24/2009 1:50:00 PM
I foolishly bought this product as a replacement when my usual HG brand of mineral foundation ran out a few months ago (Lily Lolo--this can only be purchased online and I was in a rush and didn't want to wait for it to be shipped.) The Maybelline version of mineral makeup was much too dark for my fair skin even though I chose the lightest shade available: initially it was fine, but after about half an hour it had morphed into an extremely dirty looking orange shade. Yuck. The brush supplied with it is also scratchy and does not blend well. Skip this and order from a company that specialises in this kind of makeup; Maybelline's version is a shoddy waste of money.
I absolutely love this strong, metallic teal shade. I was slightly hesitant about buying it at first, but the colour simply looks fresh and vibrant and not at all gaudy. It's especially pretty on the toes--it will draw attention to a cute pair of sandals or open-toed high heeled shoes. If worn on the fingernails I would go with a shorter nail length as this has the potential to look witchy on long nails. I have taken one lippie off for the thickness of the formula (a tad gloopy), but the lasting power and finish of this polish are really quite outstanding for the price. big thumbs up from me.
I hesitated to try this one out as the brush looks so gimmicky, but after running out of my usual staple (Clinique's High Impact), I decided to try Telescopic Explosion as it is slightly cheaper. Thankfully this is not a dud. Despite the bizarre shape of the brush itself, it actually does help define and coat individual lashes, including those at the very edge of the lid. It fans out my lashes in a very neat, clean way and adds length, but doesn't do anything for volume. The formula is perhaps slightly too wet, which means you have to work at building your look a bit longer than I normally like. Once it dries, adding an additional layer is not such a good idea as it can cause the dreaded spidery effect. After a full day's wear this can smudge a bit (a problem I have never had with any of the Clinique mascaras I have tried, so perhaps the higher price of those reflects that.) If this mascara proves popular, it would be great if they could introduce it in a dark brown or brown/black formulation as the black looks quite stark against pale skin like mine. Overall I like but don't love this mascara. Would I repurchase? This is one of those times when I would like to see a "maybe" option on MUA.
This blush deserves its rave reviews. The formula gives a beautifully natural, even finish which can easily be built up, although a little goes quite a long way. The colour is extremely flattering on my very pale skin, never looks garish, lasts all day, and does not irritate or break out my sensitive skin. A huge thumbs up for this one.
I bought this without testing it first as it was on special at my local drugstore--big mistake. This fragrance is beyond "light"--it barely smells of anything at all. Lasting power (as far as there is anything to last) is basically zilch--5 minutes max on my skin. The fragrance is so faint that I initially thought there was something wrong with my sense of smell, but three people have since confirmed that they cannot detect the scent on me minutes after application. I can't recommend this one at all, you might as well save the money and go without fragrance. Biggest perfume dud ever.
Loose Powders -Lily Lolo - Mineral Cosmetics Translucent Silk Powder
MissBehaviour 5/24/2009 6:20:00 AM
While you can wear Lily Lolo's (or any brand's) mineral foundation on its own without any finishing powder on top, I find that this extra step takes the finish from "good" to "flawless", even airbrushed looking. If you have had problems with mineral makeup creeping into fine lines or accentuating dryness, I cannot recommend this finishing powder enough--it eradicates these problems for me. I prep my skin with a moisturizer, let it sink in for about five minutes, apply a light layer of mineral foundation, and then follow with a light dusting of Translucent Silk--done. It helps my makeup last 12+ hours in all kinds of weather too, doesn't irritate my super sensitive skin, and in no way distorts the colour of my foundation. This product is a HG staple for me.
I am a great devotee of the Lily Lolo range, so I thought I'd sample their bronzer for pale complexions despite the fact that I have never yet managed to find a bronzer that doesn't make me look orange. The sample size is extremely generous and well worth the 0.99 pence it costs. I have enough powder in my sample to last me several weeks, if not months, as a tiny amount is plenty per application. The positives first: Waikiki is a relatively sheer, shimmery bronzer which leaves a pretty sheen on the surface of your skin without making you look disco sparkly. The pigmentation is not as matte and dense as that of many other bronzers on the market, which is important if you're as pale as I am. The colour also did not fade at all on me throughout the day. Negatives: Despite its relative sheerness, there is an odd, reddish-brick coloured undertone to this bronzer shade that is quite unflattering on my skin. Under some light it comes up looking muddy orange, despite a very light hand with the application. Even more disappointingly, this bronzer actually makes me look more washed out than a normal blusher would--it simply didn't suit me. If you're pale, by all means sample, but don't buy full size right off the bat.
Green Opal is a perfect shade if you feel like branching out and experimenting with shades outside the safe neutrals category without looking like you're about to perform at the circus. Green opal is a very pale, shimmery green which is almost completely sheer if worn on its own. I like to wear it over a neutral, skin toned base shadow (I use a MAC paint for this purpose) as the pretty green becomes a bit denser this way. It would also work as a highlighting shade. I find this light green very flattering on my pale complexion; it's not garish but still provides a little visual interest. Applying this shadow wet brings out the shimmer intensely. If you're curious about trying green, I'd say this is a pretty safe and flattering bet.
I am a big fan of Lily Lolo's eyeshadow range, but I would count this one as the only real dud among the 8 shades I own. I bought it as a neutral base colour to layer with other shadows or wear by itself with a bit of liner and mascara. On my pale skin, this looks nothing like the beige it is described as on the webpage, but rather goes on as an unflattering shade of pale yellow. It takes quite a lot of blending and several layers to apply evenly at all, meaning that its use as a base for other eyeshadows is quite diminished--I save more time by not using this one. Would not repurchase.
This eyeshadow is a close dupe of MAC's pigment "Teal" (there are comparison swatches of these two shades floating around on the web and the colours really are very close.) The shade itself is an intense blue-greenish shade with shimmer, which appears more green or more turquoise depending on the light. Applied wet as eyeliner (or an even more intense all over lid colour) this shimmers like the wings of an insect--lovely. My favourite way to wear this shade is layered over a brown eyeshadow as this brings out the green and takes some of the edge off the blue. Pixie Sparkle does make my brown eyes pop, but I have to be in the mood (and wait for the right occasion) to bring it out to play. I would not recommend this as an eyeshadow to wear to a job interview or in more conservative work environments. The lasting power and pigmentation are both excellent, so if you're looking to try a bold, fun colour at non-MAC prices, choose this one.
Makeup Brushes -The Body Shop - Mineral Foundation Brush
MissBehaviour 5/8/2009 9:52:00 AM
I can't rave about this brush enough. I was previously using the kabuki brush from Jemma Kidd's range, but found it too scratchy on my sensitive skin and wasn't satisfied with the finish it gave me, which was often too cakey even if I used small amounts of product. TBS's foundation brush works incredibly well, it gives a soft, even finish that's as perfect as it gets, in my opinion. Even better--it's incredibly soft. I found the price surprisingly reasonable. If you aren't satisfied with whatever kabuki brush you are currently using, give this a try.
What a great find. Airy Fairy is a mauvey pink with a very very faint shimmer (not frosted). I'm extremely pale and have highly pigmented lips so need to be careful with pale pinks--my natural lip color can distort the shade and the paleness can end up washing me out--not so with this one. It looks a bit like the type of shade Angelina Jolie is often pictured wearing. Coverage is quite opaque. Great for work or play--looks especially good paired with a smoky eye. The quality of this is fantastic for the price.
Liquid -Revlon - Beyond Natural Skin Matching Makeup SPF 15
MissBehaviour 4/1/2009 4:55:00 PM
Tried this out in the lightest version. Result? Dark orange verging on orange-brown muddy streaky mess. No thanks. I'd rather go without makeup than wear this. Oh, and the foundation seems to leak through the sides of the lid easily (at least this was the case for the testers in store.)
Lip Gloss -Clinique - superbalm Moisturizing Gloss in Lilac
MissBehaviour 4/1/2009 7:44:00 AM
This is a wonderful everyday gloss that provides the benefit of leaving my lips moisturized even after it has worn off (some glosses dry my lips out), doesn't feel too tacky or plasticky, gives a classy shine rather than overkill shine, and lasts a fair amount of time (if you're after a longer lasting gloss I can recommend the longlast glosswear by the same company.) The lilac shade is a medium tint berry shade that is extremely flattering for my super pale complexion, although I imagine this would look equally lovely against dark skin. It's work appropriate and easy to use. Thumbs up!