This review is a bit premature but I'm so excited that I just HAD to get on here and start it. I have skin that's nearly impossible to match. I'm very fair with pale yellow undertones. When I tan, I get very very deep golden. Anyone with similar coloring knows that all the fairest foundation shades are almost always too pink, too peachy, and/or too dark. Most NC15 foundations - including Matchmaster 1.0 - are too dark for me. The only *great* matches I've ever found are L'oreal's True Match in W1 and NARS Sheer Glow in Siberia. I get on these kicks where I become obsessed with finding something that really matches. This time my focus was on finding a long-wearing foundation. In the end, I never found a match and my skin is now extremely dried out and flaky due to all the drying long-wear formulas. Not pretty. In a desperate last attempt to find something that would match me and hydrate my now-parched skin, I stopped once again at the Lancome counter and got a sample of Teint Miracle in Ivoire 1N. I'm very pleased (and extremely shocked) to say that IT MATCHES! It's so weird too because when I swatched it on my arm it looked much too pink. Any bit of pink looks horribly off on me. Yet when I applied it to my face, no pink showed whatsoever. And it's not too dark! I'm so excited. It matches perfectly. Initial impressions: This goes on like a dream! Very nice consistency - not too watery but not thick at all. Kind of reminds me of NARS Sheer Glow only without the slightly oily or greasy feel. Settles into skin wonderfully! After applying, my skin feels soft and hydrated, but not at all greasy. I would say that this provides nice medium coverage, and a little product goes a long way. Gives an even finish and a soft glow/radiance without looking oily. It does have the typical sweetish scent of other Lancome foundations, including a very slight scent of alcohol. But I can only smell anything at all if I've got it right up to my nose and I'm sniffing. Nothing that will bother me. The only thing that makes me a little nervous about this product is that it contains Bismuth Oxychloride. My skin HATES that and reacts to it. However, it's listed as the third-to-last ingredient so I should be okay. I've had no itchies whatsoever; in fact, if anything my skin feels soothed. The MAC foundations made me itch like crazy but since putting this on, I've had no itching. I will update once I've worn it for a few days. For reference, I have normal skin that can become dry easily. In the summer it's more normal/combination. I very very rarely get a breakout and have pretty decent skin. Mostly need to even out skin tone and make it look nice. :) ETA: Okay, so I've worn this for a few days now. After the second day of wearing it I went and bought the full size because I was definitely convinced that I loved it. When I went to buy the full size, a girl from another m/u counter came over and asked what foundation I was wearing because my skin "looked so beautiful." Before using Teint Miracle, my skin was such a dry, flaky mess from the longwearing foundations I'd been sampling. After only two days of using the Teint Miracle, ALL of my dry, flaky areas (including the ones I pretty much always have no matter what) were GONE. My skin looked and felt soft, supple, and moisturized. Even my nighttime and daytime moisturizers don't have as much of an impact on my skin! It was amazing. I've found that so far, I feel the need to reapply a little bit of mattying powder around 6 hours of wear, and around 9 hours it does start to look like it's fading off a bit. (Keep in mind, this has been with me wearing it in very warm, sometimes humid weather, and driving around in my hot car, etc.) For me, that's still very very impressive. I was having problems getting the previous foundations I was wearing to last me through a workday - which for me is only 7 hours - and I don't even have oily skin! So this gets me through the workday and a few hours extra. Another nice thing about this foundation is that it reapplies wonderfully. So if/when I do need to do that, it's quick and easy and looks freshly applied when I'm done. I'm not sure how well it will fare in the summer when it gets super hot and humid, but I will deifnitely give it a try and repurchase when this one runs out. The only thing I'm not overly thrilled about is the apparently high alcohol content, and the bismuth oxychloride. However, the alcohol must not be drying me out at all since my skin is actually MORE hydrated, and the bismuth isn't causing any irritation.
I love this foundation so much, but unfortunately it's not really working for me. : ( The biggest problem I'm having is that NC15 is too dark. I should have known, since I'd read and heard that the Pro Longwear formula runs a little darker. I can wear NC15 in their other formulas but just barely. This foundation looks right in all indoor lighting and in outdoor lighting in the evenings, which is odd. But sitting here at my desk with natural lighting pouring in from the huge windows to my right, I can see that it's obviously too dark. I asked several people and they all say they don't think it's too dark to wear, but I just don't feel comfortable in it. It's just the strangest thing, I've taken tons of pictures of myself wearing it in various lighting, with and without flash, etc., and it looks perfect in all pictures. But when I look in the mirror, it's clearly off. The second problem I'm having is that my chin area seems to be reacting to it. Every night after I wash my face I see that I have a few tiny red bumps. Not pimples, just the typical bumps I get when I'm having a minor reaction to something. They're always gone by morning. This morning I did have a very tiny zit on the tip of my nose, which must be from this foundation because I never get those - especially not there. It also makes my skin itch a little. Very weird. On me, this gives buildable medium-full buildable coverage and looks SO natural and gorgeous. I absolutely love the finish. It smooths over my pores and fine lines. And it LASTS. The longest I've worn it so far has been 12 hours, and it looked just as good at that point as it did after I first applied. I was amazed. I thought it was going to be my HG foundation, until I realized it was too dark and that my skin was reacting to it. I may try mixing it with my L'Oreal True Match in W1 (the lightest foundation I own) to see how that goes, but if it compromises the lasting power and alters the finish I may have to give EL DW another try. It's a shame because there's so much I love about this foundation! I said that I would repurchase, but that's only if I can find a way to make it work. It might not be worth the hassle. Amazing product, it would just be nice if they made lighter shades. I'll definitely be able to wear it once I get a little color in the coming weeks and months, but I was really looking for something I can wear with my untanned skin. ETA: This stuff is going back. Today when I got home from work I saw that I had two *actual* zits on my chin. No foundation is worth ruining my skin, so I'm not going to mess with trying to make it work. So disappointing. I went and got a sample of EL DW in Bone and I think it might work for me. I've used Linen in the summer before and really liked it.
Loose Powders -E.L.F. - Studio High Definition Powder
stellar 3/15/2012 12:41:00 PM
This stuff is awesome! I've never even found a primer that smooths my fine lines and pores better than this powder does. In fact, lately I've been trying to find a good primer that will make my pores look smaller and haven't really been successful. I bought this powder not realizing that that is one of the benefits, and was happily surprised! It smooths everything over and makes my face look soft and airbrushed, yet natural. It also lasts *very* well and really helps my makeup stay on. The packaging looks pretty nice, though it's a little impractical. It's rather large and bulky so it's a bit of a pain to have to carry with you in your purse or makeup bag. And it would be nice if it had a sifter cover on it so we didn't have to worry about punching holes in the top and still getting extra product out if you carry it around with you. I think I'm going to order some empty jars with the sifter covers on them just for this product. Keep the big one at home and carry the small one around with me. At $6 this product works better than any primer I've tried. I would highly recommend and will definitely repurchase.
Powders -Smashbox - Halo Hydrating Perfecting Powder
stellar 3/15/2012 12:26:00 PM
Count me amongst those who aren't overly impressed with this powder. I bought a "to-go" size of it on ebay for a very good deal. I'm glad I did that, rather than shell out the massive amount of money to get a full-size. I bought this to use over foundation, not on its own. Turns out I prefer my Hard Candy Welcome Matte and e.l.f. HD powder over this. It doesn't really give me the soft, glowy look I was hoping for. The aforementioned powders do a much better job of that. It also just seems to make my face look a little dry (which is weird) and not smooth. And it doesn't last very long. I have to touch-up a lot more with this. I'm going to give it a try on it's own as a foundation, but I doubt I'd use it for that very often because I really prefer liquid foundations. On the plus side, the shade Fair actually matches my ultra pale skin. And I do really love the packaging and the whole shaving-to-dispense concept. Unless you use lots of product and go through it really fast, I would highly recommend buying the to-go sizes. I paid $14.99 for mine, and it has enough product (.25oz) in it to last a while, plus it's a smaller container and saves space. Even if I had ended up loving this product, I would still only buy the smaller size. I would feel way too guilty spending $60 on a powder unless I was using it as a foundation and it worked amazingly well for me.
I've been using this concealer for about a month and a half now, and I'm pretty pleased with it. I bought it after getting Smashbox's HD foundation and being impressed with it. I have the concealer in the shade "Fair" and it works perfectly for me (I'm an NC15). It glides on sooo smothly and really covers my undereye circles beautifully. It really brightens up the area and gives it a glow, and lasts for a really decent amount of time. Another bonus for me is that it doesn't settle in my natural undereye creases (not wrinkles, but creases I've had since I was a little kid) as much as all the other concealers I've tried do. I let my foundation set on my skin before applying this, and I usually only have to blend out what's settled into the creases once, whereas with other concealers I'm literally doing it throughout the enitre day. Yuck. I love to use this on the extreme redness I have around my nose as well, and it looks really great at first. Unfortunately, as the day goes on it tends to separate and cake up like all other concealers do on me on that area. I still use it there, I just have to make sure I pay attention and touch-up when needed. I don't generally (or ever, really) get blemishes so I can't comment on how well it covers those. Yes it's a bit costly, but to me, it's worth the price if it's doing a good job. Two beauty products that I'm willing to spend more on are concealer and foundation because, let's face it (no pun intended), if you have a horrible looking concealer or foundation, your whole look is ruined. There's no point in spending a bunch of time and money on expensive eyeshadows and blushes if your base looks like crap. I will repurchase.
Primer/ Corrector -BeneFit Cosmetics - The Porefessional
stellar 3/12/2012 4:10:00 PM
This has been a very strange product for me. I bought it because of all the great reviews I'd read/heard for it. I've always been on the search for something that will cover up the large pores I have on the right side of my face, basically from the side of my nose all the way over to the apples of my cheeks. It's strange because that's the ONLY area I have noticeable pores. It's very frustrating though because any blush I put on always seems to accentuate them. When I first took a look at the product I was surprised at how pigmented it was, and that worried me because I have very very fair, porcelain skin. I expected something much lighter, but tried not to panic as the packaging promises that it's a transulcent formula. When I tested it on my hand and arm, it seemed to be fine. So for the next several days I used a very small amount and applied it as directed on my t-zone. I didn't see a difference in pore size, so I tried various application methods that I'd read and heard about. Some made a little bit of a difference, but definitely nothing to rave about. I still haven't really gotten it to "work" for me in that sense. Also - and this is my main complaint about it - it actually seems to add color to my face, making my foundation look too dark. As I stated before, I use only a very small amount of product, and I try to rub it in as well as I can. But I'm not willing to pull at my skin a ridiculous amount to get this to become translucent. Today I tried to use it all over my face (again, super small amount) to see if it would make my makeup last longer throughout the day. I noticed that after I applied it my face looked really tan, like I'd put on a tinted moisturizer! I tried to blend as much as I could but it didn't seem to make a difference. I didn't have time to wash my face and re-do everything, so I had to leave it on. My foundation looks noticeably darker than it usually does today, which doesn't make me happy. It's hard enough for me to find a foundation that's fair enough to match my skin; I don't need something else darkening it up! This might actually be something I *would* use on a "no make-up" day as a way to even out my skin tone. But as for a pore minimizer/primer under makeup? I don't think this is the product for me. I will give it a few more tries to see if I can make something work, and if I'm successful I will edit my review. As for packaging, it comes in a nice little tube that I really like. My only complaint about the packaging is that the design on the tube comes off really easily. I've had mine for a week and it's only been in my makeup bag where there really isn't anything scratchy or rough in there, and there are huge white spots where the designs have rubbed off. Not a big deal by any means; it just makes a fairly expensive product look a little tacky.
Lipstick -MAC - Sheen Supreme Lipstick - Gotta Dash!
stellar 3/11/2012 2:44:00 PM
I absolutely LOVE this lip color! The smell is the classic Lipglass scent, which is awesome. The color itself reminds of their Ember Glow Lipglass from a previous collection, and that is still one of my most treasured Lipglasses. It's such a gorgeous juicy, glowing peach shade. The packing is nice and sleek and the lasting power is great. This was my first Sheen Supreme lipstick and it's made me want to try more! Will definitely repurchase!
Despite the fact that I think I've recently found my HG foundation in MAC's Matchmaster formula (shade 1.0) I had to pick this up when I saw it at Target. I had read reviews for it before (was going to order it at one point) and it sounded like something I'd love. It looked like it would match my skin in the jar, though it's fairly hard to tell that for sure since it's in a frosted glass bottle. Still, for $6, I had to try it. First, the positives: It provides the most beautiful, dewy full coverage that never ever looks cakey, no matter how much I put on. I don't even need concealer (for my under eyes and around my nose) with this product, which is a miracle in itself. I've never ever used a foundation that I didn't need concealer with. I honestly think I'd have to say it has the most beautiful finish I've ever seen in a foundation. It makes my skin look airbrushed, yet totally natural. It reminds me of NARS Sheer Glow, but looks more natural. I also love the pump packaging. Even most HE brands overlook this basic feature in their foundations. The frosted glass bottle is also a nice touch. It's true that you only get .8 oz, as opposed to the typical 1 full oz that you get with most foundations, but in a way I kind of like that because the bottle isn't big and bulky! It also seems to have pretty good lasting power on me. Which brings me to the negatives... First and foremost, shade selection. I bought the lightest shade - Porcelain - and I really thought it would match as I'd read that other NC15ers used it with success. For me that's not the case. It's a bit too dark for me in my natural winter paleness. It would work wonderfully for me when I get a bit of color in the coming warmer months, and I will definitely use it at that time. Unfortunately I do feel it's too noticeably dark for me to use right now. Because of that, I haven't been able to really get a full day's wear out of it because I can't wear it when I have to go out. So I can't say exactly how long it lasts on me. I'm also not overly in love with the scent. I don't mind light, nice-smelling scents in my face products but this is more on the stronger, perfumey side. It takes about 20-30 minutes for the smell to completely dissipate on me. Still not a deal-breaker though. Best DS foundation I've ever come across (and I've tried literally nearly all of them). I just wish the lightest shade was lighter. :( ETA: I'm going to have to downgrade my review. I had tested it out a few times, but as I said, not for a real long time because I couldn't go anywhere while wearing it. Yesterday I left it on for longer than the previous times, and when I washed it off and began applying my regular m/u for the day I saw that I had three red bumps on my face and a small whitehead right below my bottom lip. The red bumps weren't pimples, they were the type of bumps I get when my skin is irritated or reacting to something. With the heavy, oilyish consistency and strong perfumey scent, it's hard to say which caused it. I think I may try to swap this one away or give it to a friend. I'd like to give it a try again when it would match my skintone, but it's not worth the aftermath.
Liquid -L'Oreal - True Match Super-Blendable Makeup SPF 17
stellar 3/5/2012 11:40:00 AM
This is literally the ONLY foundation I've ever found that matches my skin perfectly. I'm very fair with yellow tones to my skin (when untanned) and that has proven to be nearly impossible to match in a foundation. Finding a foundation that has a shade pale enough for me is a feat in itself; to find one that actually matches my undertones is a miracle. And to find both of those things in a drugstore foundation is actually shocking! Like a previous reviewer, I originally tried the shade N1 because it looked like it would be the best match for me. Once I tried it though, I saw it was too peachy/pink for me. I gave up on it and didn't try to find a better match until just about a month ago. Desperate for something that matched my skin, I tried W1 and it turned out to be perfect. It's so strange to look in the mirror and see all of my face matching my neck and chest! As for performance, that's actually pretty good too. It goes on a little... powdery feeling, which is odd. I'd say that coverage is buildable, light to medium. It does cling to dry patches a little, but really, there's no foundation out there that won't. On my normal/slightly combination skin it easily lasts me through the work day and once it starts to fade, it fades gradually which is nice. Touch-ups are a little difficult with it I've found, since it is a bit of a drier formula. If you're applying more product to an area that's already a little dry, it's going to accentuate that and not look like a very smooth touch-up. Really, the dryness of the formula is the only thing I would change. I wish it was a bit more moisturizing. All in all, it's a very good foundation, and I'm happy to have at least one foundation that truly matches.
I recently bought this in Nearly Nude and Coral. The first thing I noticed about Nearly Nude is that it's a pretty close dupe for MAC's LE and hard-to-find A Perfect Day lipstick! I have that and LOVE it! That and Creme d'Nude are my two favorite MAC lipsticks. This does have a different finish of course, in that this is very matte and the APD lipstick has a glowy, somewhat glossy finish. Colors are very similar though. Coral is a not-too-bright, flattering coral shade. I adore both shades. The downside to these lip colors is, of course, that they're very matte and probably not a good idea for someone with dry lips or someone who has a lot of lines in their lips because this will accentuate both. However, I found that they apply very smooth for being so matte and basically being in crayon form. They are somewhat creamy. Because they're matte, they have pretty great lasting power. You do have to keep an eye on things though because it can settle into lines and the color can become uneven. These are unscented but I taste a little sweetness if I lick my lips. For the price I think they're great. The colors are very soft and pretty.
Lotions/ Creams -Eucerin - Aquaphor - Baby - Healing Ointment
stellar 2/23/2012 10:59:00 PM
For the last 4 years I've suffered on-and-off from what I can only determine is an allergic reaction. It would happen at random times, sometimes months apart, to the point where I couldn't pinpoint whether it was a specific product, weather condition, food I was eating, etc. that was causing it. First my lips (usually only around my lipline, and usually only on my top lip) would begin to burn and tingle, like the feeling you get when you're first getting a cold sore. Then within minutes the area would turn bright bright red. After that, the area would start to weep a clear fluid and in severe cases, little red or white pustules would develop. Then starting a day or two after that, the area would become very very dry and the skin would start to peel off. The dry skin would usually affect the regular skin around my mouth too. It was very, very uncomfortable and painful - not to mention embarrassing. It basically looked like I had an outbreak of cold sores all over my mouth. I was becoming so, so frustrated and didn't know what to do. I would frequently change my lip balm until the point where I was just using the Vaseline lip stuff in the tube (unscented) and I noticed the reactions would stop happening for a while after switching. But I'd inevitably start getting them again after a short time. The flare-ups were becoming more and more frequent. Finally this last New Year's Eve, I had the worst flare-up I've had up to that point. I was at my parents' house during the day and I saw that my dad had a tube of Aquaphor Baby Healing Ointment so I slathered it on my lips because I was so miserable and just wanted some relief. I didn't expect it to actually do anything, I was just so uncomfortable that I needed to put something on. My lips had become so dry so quickly that they were cracked and bleeding in a couple spots. To my surprise, within just a half hour the redness and *drastically* gone down and my lips looked smooth and healthy and the discomfort was greatly relieved. I was amazed. I went out that night and bought my own tube and started using only that. I had the beginnings of a couple more very minor flare-ups for about a week after that, but since then I have not had a SINGLE REACTION. Not one. Not even a hint of one. And I've been able to begin wearing lipglosses and lipsticks again which I love and had stopped using altogether because I was so afraid of having a reaction. My lips always look healthy, smooth and supple now. I don't know what it is in this product that worked so much magic but I will not ever be without it. I don't know what I'd do if they stopped making it! If anyone out there is suffering from something similar to what I described (I've found many posts from people online who have when I was searching for a cure myself) PLEASE try this. I can't guarantee it will work the same for you, but it's sure worth a try.
Tinted Moisturizer -E.L.F. - Studio Tinted Moisturizer
stellar 2/23/2012 10:05:00 PM
I used this TM last summer in the shade "Nude." I liked it well enough for the super hot days outdoors when I didn't want or need full-face makeup. I decided I'd like to try the lightest shade (Porcelain) this winter. When I think of "porcelain" I think of the color of the pretty, ultra-pale porcelain dolls - basically very very fair and with very neutral undertones. This, however, was YELLOW. Like straight yellow. It does blend out very well but was still too yellow for me, and I do have neutral/yellow/golden undertones. So I can only imagine how atrocious this would look on someone with pink undertones! It does cover well for me, but I don't really have "problem skin." I just need to even out my skin tone for the most part. I don't get blemishes and I'm used to using a concealer for undereye circles and redness around my nose. So this product would work great for me if the color matched. I said I would repurchase because I would, when I have some color to my skin and there's a shade that matches better.
Foundations -New York Color - Smooth Skin Liquid Makeup
stellar 2/23/2012 9:54:00 PM
I so thought I was going to love this foundation. I happened to see it while I was browsing the cosmetics aisles yesterday and was first drawn to it because it actually looked like it might be fair enough for my ultra-pale skin (MAC NC10-15). It was so cheap (around $2.75) that I thought I'd give it a try. The first thing I noticed, as so many others have, was the extremely thick consistency that wouldn't even allow it to come out of the bottle. I ended up using a Q-tip to get it out, which isn't a big deal to me. When something is *that* cheap, I'm not overly concerned about wasting a tiny bit of product. I had moisturized and primed my face like usual, and when I first applied the foundation I thought I was in love. It covered so well and set to a satiny matte-yet-glowy finish. And in my bathroom lighting it looked like the perfect color match. I was so thrilled that I found this great foundation, and at such a great price! Alas, once I was in different types of lighting I realized that it's a bit too pink and too dark for my skin. It's not a horrible match but I'm not sure if I'd be comfortable wearing it out. After about an hour, it started to look dry on my face and didn't have that same healthy glow. I also noticed that it was really clinging to my little dry patches and looking really flaky. So unfortunately, this turned out to be not as great as I initially thought. I can see it working well for someone who has totally normal skin with no dry patches. And it obviously DOES work very well for many people out there. Just not me, unfortunately. I suppose I could try it again without the primer, when my skin is more supple from just the moisturizer. I can say though that it did last a long time on me and didn't ever make my skin look oily or shiny.
Pressed Powders -Hard Candy - Welcome Matte Mattifying Powder
stellar 2/23/2012 9:39:00 PM
I love this powder. I've never really been able to find one that mattified my normal/combination skin where I needed it to without looking chalky and making dry patches more obvious, or that lasted a decent amount of time and set my makeup to a natural finish. This powder works wonderfully. I can dust it on after applying my makeup and it just gives a refined, finished look to my face, rather than making it look chalky or over-powdered. It just looks natural, and it lasts a long time and never makes my skin dry or flaky. I'm still on my first compact and have a little bit left, and I bought it last Spring. So it's lasted me almost a year and I've literally used it every day (except for the few days I was sick and didn't put makeup on), at least once but more often twice a day, as I tend to have long days and need that touch-up in the evening. The packaging is pretty decent, though I do wish the compact was more, well, compact. It's pretty thick and has a bubble-top lid that sticks up, but it's really nothing to complain about. The pan with the powder lifts up and there's a mirror under that, along with a compartment with a sponge for application. (At least I think it was a sponge... Whatever it was, I didn't use it and tossed it so I can only assume it wasn't very effective.) This costs only $8 at Wal Mart. I already have a new compact on-hand for when this runs out, so I have repurchased and will continue to do so. I'm also going to pick up their Moon Glow powder (I believe it's called) because I've heard great things about that as well.
Liquid -Maybelline - SuperStay Makeup - New Version
stellar 2/20/2012 4:45:00 PM
After reading so many rave reviews about this product I thought I'd give it a try, despite being wary of the shade range. The lightest shade was WAY too pink for me (I literally have no visible pink to my skin, just yellow/golden tones) but the second one looked like it had the right tones. I got it home and washed off my makeup to try it, only to discover that it was much, much too dark and orange on me. I don't know what I was thinking. When you're as pale as I am and foundation shopping is as hard for you as it is for me, you know that you sometimes have bouts of denial when choosing a shade. You cling to a tiny shard of hope, praying that it might actually work for you even though it's pretty obvious it won't. This was one of those moments. I would say it was basically the same as MAC's NC20, if not a tiny bit darker, and I'm an NC10-15. This would be a good shade for me when I have a tan, and I may give it another try at that point. It really did have a wonderful finish and great coverage. I was so disappointed that there was no color match for me.