Definitely not for me. I bought this years ago and thought I needed to use it everyday, so I did and it ended up drying out my skin to the point where it took me a long time to make it normal again. After seeing reviews and hearing such great things about it recently, I decided to try it again and I'm still iffy about it. While it does a great job, and my skin feels fantastic after using it, I find that it is a little harsh for my skin. I wouldn't repurchase, it's just not for my skin.
Styling Products -Clairol - Herbal Essences Tousle Me Softly Mousse
xyoru 11/5/2010 8:12:00 PM
I'm Asian and I have naturally curly hair, so I spent a long time trying out different products that work for my hair since none of my family could help. When there's a sale, it's usually around $2 each, so i tend to stock up A LOT. It controls frizzy hair, smooths it out, and smells nice too! It doesn't seem to give much volume, but to be honest I never really want voluminous hair anyway. I've repurchased so many times, and I have so many backups right now! If there's a sale, definitely give it a try.
Mascara -L'Oreal - Waterproof Voluminous Carbon Black
xyoru 10/28/2010 1:06:00 AM
I just bought the mascara yesterday, and I'm already disappointed. As others said, not the greatest for those who have oily eyelids. I found that after... 3 hours it smudged under my eyes, which while it has happened to me with other mascaras I've tried, it's never happened to both eyes. Once I came home and rubbed my eye, a couple eyelashes came off and the mascara just smudged all over my eyes. HOWEVER, the volume is amazing! My curl didn't really loosen up, but it loosened up a little. I love the volume, but I really can't handle the smudges under my eyes. I would not repurchase.
I've never been a lipstick or lipgloss type, I usually just have my chapstick. This is my first lipstick ever so I can't compare it to other brands. However at work, when there isn't much to do I usually wander around the makeup section (which isn't too big) and this really caught my eye. I was going to buy a colorburst one at first, since I've heard really good things about them, but the shimmer kind of turned me off. Instead I settled for this one and I definitely do not regret it. I love the colour, it's perfect for my skintone! My lips aren't that pigmented in the first place, so this is the perfect pink. I can't say much about staying power, because nothing ever stays on my lips long. It lasts me around 3 hours before I notice the colour completely gone when I set it with a gloss (also from Revlon), but around 2-2.5 hours if I just use it alone. I don't usually wear it alone though, because it does kind of accentuate the wrinkles on my lips. Still overall I'd still repurchase, and I'll probably be checking out the rest of Revlon's lipsticks!!
This was my first ever makeup brush! When I just got into makeup, I bought a concealer that I thought would need to be applied with a brush, so I went out and bought this. It has been more than 2 years since I've had this brush, and it still looks like I bought it just yesterday. I experienced no shedding, no loss of colour, NOTHING! Even after I washed it everyday with some hand soap; even after I let it dry standing up (both with the bristles in the air and touching my counter top)!! It's still the same shape, still the same quality and feels so soft! I bought this when superstore originally came out with it's joe fresh makeup line, so it was $12 when I bought it, but now i see it for $8 and the handle is a bit shorter than mine. The only other concealer brush I have is the mini version ecotools concealer brush, and to be honest it does the exact same job, but I find the bristles for the ecotools one became harder after I washed it a couple of times. I would definitely repurchase and will check out the rest of the line!
I bought this in a kit from Sephora because I wanted to try out the primer based on the reviews from here, and the fact that I wasn't willing to dish out the money for UD's genie bottle primer potion. One of the first primers I've ever bought, and used. Mine comes out a little pink, and feels extremely silky upon application. However it doesn't work for me. I have oily hooded eyelids, and I find that after 2 hours some of my eyeliner has transferred to near the socket area, and minimal creasing, after 3 hours my left eye (the oiler lid) has completely creased, and by 5 hours I don't even look like I'm wearing eyeshadow on either eye. Also I found the packaging is alright. It is in a squeeze tube, but I found that after I squeeze some out and put the cap back on, there's always a little bit that squeezes out and dries up - which is such a waste! Even after I put the cap on, take it off, remove the product and use it on my eye, there is still a little bit that comes out and dries up. After buying and try UDPP, I'll stick with that since it tends to keep my eyeshadows on ALL day.
I would definitely buy more of these. This has rarely shed on me, there are a couple of loose hairs but nothing you can't pluck out. Packs on the colour and it blends colours fine for me.
It's way too small to be a concealer brush, maybe for random spots, but I don't really have a lot of spots to cover in the first place... Like the person below me said, I use this to apply cream eyeshadow to the corner of my eyes or on my lower lash line.
I bought the one in white, and I love the color! It adds the perfect highlight to the corner of my eyes, and as a all over face highlight. However the sharpener that it comes with sucks, and it doesn't last long, as I find it fades within an hour for me. It's also REALLY easily smudgable. I tried it on the back of my hand and it just blended out to make my skin look shimmery. I wouldn't repurchase, even for the price.
Makeup Brushes -E.L.F. - Defining/Angled Eye Brush
xyoru 10/22/2010 8:35:00 PM
Not terrible, but not fantastic either. It does it's job, however I think it sheds quite a bit on me.
Worst. It's so flimsy for a foundation brush. Might have just been my batch, but anything I apply with this ends up streaky. edit' Flimsy, however I've been using this to apply masks (aspirin, egg white, other masks) so it's been pretty useful. I'd actually buy this again for a $1 just to apply masks. :) Wouldn't use it for anything else though...
Misc Beauty Tools -Earth Therapeutics - Eyelash Curler
xyoru 10/22/2010 8:28:00 PM
I also bought this for $4.99 at winners. I can't compare with other curlers, since I've only had the Revlon one prior to buying this one, but it became dirty and ended up pulling my eyelashes out instead of curling them. I like this one though, it's a bit hard to get all of my lashes (especially the ones on the outer corner of my eye), but it doesn't pinch, and curls my eyelashes beautifully. I heat it up with my hair dryer for a little bit to make my curl last a bit longer, but if I'm in a rush I just curl it and get out and it still looks amazing. I also love the different pad that it comes with, and the fact that you can buy refills online is awesome! Probably not as good as other HE brands, but it works for me! And I love the price for it too!! :)
Makeup Brushes -E.L.F. - Mineral Angled Blush Brush
xyoru 10/20/2010 12:21:00 AM
My first opinion when I saw this line from ELF was: this is ELF's way of competing with ecotools. So far I'm loving ELF's version!! Probably even more so than my ecotools set! I bought this from winners today for $5.99, it'd be around the same price if I ordered it online anyway (with shipping to Canada and all that). I took it out of the packaging at the store and decided to feel the bristles and it was SO soft! I have the regular $1 line brush set from elf, since I was just starting out with makeup and didn't want to spend a lot of money on brushes and use it... all wrong. I don't own the studio line either, so I can't compare it. However the $1 version of this is terrible. Doesn't keep it's shape, picks up WAY too much product, and overall it's a "you get what you paid". The bristles are SO soft, one of THE softest brushes I have ever felt!! AND it keeps its shape!! I would say this is better for contouring, but it works both ways! The only bad thing is the handle is really long, but I can deal with that because this is a great brush for it's price!! I will definitely be repurchasing, and probably checking out the rest of the products under this line!!
Cleansers -E.L.F. - Studio Makeup Remover Cleansing Cloths
xyoru 9/25/2010 4:54:00 PM
It's cheap! I'll give it that. I wouldn't repurchase, burns my eyes, takes around 70% of my makeup off, and it's not really good for on the go if I need to rinse my face after.
I've been using this product for around 2 years or so now, and I've just begun to BARELY make a dent in some of the colors. I mainly bought this because Michelle Phan recommended it, and being the makeup noob that I was, I decided to get it and try it out. I first opened it expecting it to be a lot creamier; it's not exactly dry, but it's not really creamy either. As someone else said, I use the salmon and ivory color to conceal my dark circles, lilac to highlight my face, and the dark brown to contour and green to cover the redness on my face. While I have definitely grown to like the product, it has taken me quite a while to apply it so it doesn't look very obvious that I'm wearing makeup. I first moisturize, apply primer (not right now though, because I've run out of primer...), then I heat it up with my blow dryer for a couple seconds, then apply it to my face. It goes on smoothly and blends out to look really nice! I've found that after a while though, it tends to settle into the fine lines under my eyes and disappear on my face. The price is expensive, but this lasts you for a LONG time!! Right now I've only used the ivory and salmon color a lot and I've barely made a dent into the lilac and green color. I wouldn't repurchase just because there are some better concealers out there.