This is excellent for washing makeup brushes with! Super gentle on the brushes and really deep cleans them well. I like the smell of this too. There isnt much to say about this except that it's great for washing brushes with. Overall a great brush cleanser and at such an low price!
This is a pretty decent palette. I do like the concept of this since it is excellent for traveling and when rushed. However, the quality of products inside the palette isnt the best. The black eyeliner that it comes with for example, smudges like crazy. I get a raccoon eye an hour after application and that's with setting it with the powder! Not amazed with the quality of that eyeliner at all. The eyeshadows are really decent too. Not greatly pigmented but not terrible either. I like the pink color since it is very neutral and great for everyday but it's not as pigmented as I would like. I just find that I really have to pack colors on with this palette. The brow stuff are good. Nothing bad to say about them. Great for when I'm in a rush since everything I typically need is in this palette. Overall an okay product. i wouldnt purchase this again but will continue using it since it's not terrible either.
Concealers -Physicians Formula - Gentle Cover Concealer(green)
MakeupAddictLa 8/29/2009 8:41:00 AM
I really did not like this product. It's the thickest concealer I ever used and it definitely does not blend at all. This feels super thick on the skin which I really hate especially in the summer and i find that this just doesnt blend! If I were to use this over foundation I would definitely cover up the green and really cancels out the redness but again, it's just too thick to do so. It feels really bad on the skin. Since it is so thick, the staying power is amazing. I lasted very long underneath my foundation but you cannot wear this alone since it does not blend. Overall not a good product and I definitely would not repurchase.
This is a decent eyeliner brush. It's stiff which makes it a bit poky when you're lining your eyes. I like to use this to fill in my brows since it is a bit scratchy. It's really great for filling in brows since it picks enough color and makes very precise lines. The brush is really finely made so if you take care of it, it will last a long time. Personally though, I think you can find comparable brushes for a lower price. If you want to skip the process of looking for a brush, this is something you'll know is going to hold up and be decent quality. Just be advised that it is a little too stiff for eyeliner purposes. Overall a good brush for your eyebrows. Won't repurchase since it's way too pricey for what it does.
Eye Shadow -MAC - Makeup Art Cosmetics Notoriety Eyeshadow Quad
MakeupAddictLa 8/14/2009 8:19:00 AM
The color of this eyeshadow quad is super great for everyday neutral looks and can easily be darkened for a night out smokey look. I really love this eyeshadow quad since it's so easy to work with and you can create so many different looks. When going on vacation, this is probably the only quad I'll need. The downside with this quad is that all the shadows have some sorts of shimmer (ranging from frost to Lustre to Velvet to Veluxe Pearl). None of them are actually matte. From the online photos, two of the shadows seemed matte. That was sort of a disappointment. Also, this quad is very dupe-able since almost all brands make neutral shadows and neutral palettes. Really nothing special but really practical. You also can't beat the price of these quads since they are so much cheaper than buying each individual eyeshadow then buying the palette. Quality of the shadows are just typical MAC shadows, not more pigmented or less pigmented. Easy to blend and easy to use. Overall good deal for these limited edition shadows and this makes a super great everyday quad. If this is what you are looking for, definitely check this out!
Correction on the title, this actually comes in four shades and I have this product in two colors - Orange and Grape. This acts as both a lip treatment and a lip gloss. I feel like this product is very similar to MAC's tinted lip conditioner. When you wear this product on the lips It gives your lips that really "juicy" and moisturized look that looks even better than lip glosses. There's literally nothing to complain about the way this looks on the lips. It also reduces the appearance of lines on your lips. This product also has a really sweet smell. The grape flavored one smells like grapes and the orange flavored one smells like citrus. I can't believe how good these smell. Pigmentation is very minimal with these lip conditioners. The Grape flavored one (which has more of a rosy color) does make your lips look slightly rosy but not even close to the effects of lipsticks. The citrus flavored one has a slightly lighter peachy color to it and it brightens your lips just a little bit. Again, pigmentation is very minimal. The staying power of this product really amazed me. Even with eating and drinking throughout the day, this product managed to stay on my lips for 4 hours since I applied in the morning. I really love these products and the packaging is super cute like all other Jill Stuart products. This product is limited edition which means that the lid has a Swarovski crystal on it. The packaging is truly amazing. As mentioned, this is also a lip treatment. It has added fruit extracts to condition your lips and repair them throughout the night. This can be worn in the morning as a lip gloss and before you sleep as a lip conditioner. It makes your lips feel super smooth and soft. I really like this for both purposes. Overall a great product and I would definitely repurchase (if it was available again XD)
This is the most expensive makeup product I own. I actually got this as a gift from my mother since I would never spend so much money on makeup. I like to carry this with me to touch-up my makeup throughout the day. The powder it self is super finely milled and gives a really natural yet polished look. I really like it. Since I do not have any major skin problems I also wear this as a foundation. The compact is to die for. I love the packaging. I'm not a hello kitty fan but I LOVE Swarovski crystals. This is truly a collector's item. Way over priced in my opinion. Overall I love the product and I will definitely keep the compact forever and refill it with a blush when I'm done both of the powder pans. I'm glad my mom got this for me since I would never get it for myself. Not a must have but definitely super nice to have.
Powder -Jill Stuart - Pure brightening day care powder
MakeupAddictLa 8/7/2009 5:18:00 AM
This is a rather interesting product. In the morning, you can wear it as a setting powder with spf 15 sun protection. I use this as my base makeup and only wear my concealer beneath it. It provides really light coverage but really brightens your complexion and makes your skin look "naturally beautiful". I really like it for this purpose. It feels very light weight and it reduces the appearance of my pores. This also acts as a blotting powder throughout the day so I just bring this with me wherever I go. It has oil blotting properties in it which is really great and prevents my base makeup from fading. This is the only face product I need with me to reapply since it acts as a blotting powder and a foundation. The powder has a light pink color to it which can be a problem for people with darker skin since it only comes in one color. This works for me as an overall base makeup since my skintone is rather pale but if you have a darker skintone this would definitely look unnatural on you so I would suggest you use a powder brush to apply this as a FINISHING POWDER to brighten your complexion not use the puff like me as a "foundation" (not much coverage but brightens my skin) At night, this can be used as a skincare product. It is labeled as medicated and has moisturizing and whitening effects. I cant comment on how much it whitens since my skin is already pretty pale but wearing it throughout the day, I definitely feels that it's not powdery nor is it drying. The packaging of the compact is super cute and I would definitely recommend it. The powder and the compact is sold separately. The applicator it comes with is really soft and I would actually use it to apply the powder even though I have tons of great quality brushes. This product also has a slight sweet scent which does not bother me. The only downside I would say with this product is the price. One set of this (powder and compact) costs NT $1650 which is roughly $52 USD and the powder refills retails for NT$1200 each which is roughly $38USD. This is a little expensive for an everyday product. Overall an great concept and a great product. I really like it as a foundation but I might not use it at night as part of my skincare routine just because I want to save the product to use in the morning. I like to wear this instead of an actual foundation. I do think it is a bit overpriced so I may or may not purchase again. I really like the effect is gives my skin when I use it as base makeup and I like the fact that it provides sun protection and has whitening properties however, I'm still not sure how I feel about spending so much on this product. If it was a bit cheaper I would, with no doubt, call it my HG.
Eye Primer -Urban Decay - Eyeshadow Primer Potion - Sin
MakeupAddictLa 8/4/2009 6:10:00 AM
So I heard all the hype about the original UDPP. I went into Sephora one day and saw both the original and this one. Since I already have a matte eyeshadow primer (MAC paintpots) I decided to get the shimmering one. I thought it would be UDPP + shimmer and color. So excited to finally try out the infamous UDPP in sin BUT this creased. Yup. It creased. It was really watery when applied so you really only need the tiniest amount since it's watery and spreads easily. I was impressed with the application process so I went ahead to put on my eyeshadow. At the end of the day, it creased (just on my crease line). It was not horrible but I mean, i had high hopes for this product. I never had eyeshadow creasing on me before with my paintpot. Creasing was not totally noticable but i was still disappointed. Since I have not tried the original UDPP I cant say if it's just that they refomulated the new one but this one did not impress me at all. Wont purchase again.
Mascara -L'Oreal - Bare Naturale Mascara - Blackest Black
MakeupAddictLa 8/3/2009 7:43:00 AM
This is the only mascara I bought with me on my Vacation to Asia. I was skeptical at first since I've never used it before and was prepared to purchase others if this does not work. So I tried it for the first time two weeks ago and since then, I've been using it everyday! This gives my lashes natural length and volume. I must stress that it's unbelievably natural. Looks like my naked lashes but 10 times better. Perfect for everyday looks. This just opens my eyes up. This smudges very little throughout the day (under lower lashline) but it's honestly not a big deal. I'm sure it's just the weather here (extremely humid). Nothing a finger can't fix in three seconds. This also does not clump nor is it too wet. It also keeps my lashes soft not crispy like other mascaras. Application process is fast due to the large applicator. It's great for applying mascara to the upper lashline but a little difficult for the bottom. It also has a strange unpleasant smell which is why I gave it a 4 instead of 5. The smell fades and you really cant smell it after application but I still dislike the smell. Overall a great mascara and I would definitely repurchase!
This is the perfect everyday color. The shade is hard to describe, it's kind of a champagne color that looks really pretty on the nails. This is a very elegant color and just really gorgeous for a everyday kind of look. Like all OPI nail polishes, it dries pretty fast and applies very smoothly. There really isnt anything to complain about this product. I really do like this shade. Overall a great polish and I would definitely purchase this again!
I got this product as a present and to my surprise, I actually really like this product. As a cleanser, it really cleans my skin well and it leaves a tingling sensation behind which I really like. As a mask, i feel it really does treat my oily skin and draws out impurities. I just really like the tingling sensation it leaves behind. After using this, I noticed that it really helps with acne and best of all, it controls the oiliness of my face. After masking with this, the next few days my face feels super clean and oil-free. I usually need to use blotting papers during the day but after using this, my blotting paper has been sitting at the bottom of my drawer. The price of this thing is truly dirt cheap for such an amazing product. The packaging is practical. I mean, it's not anything fancy or cute but it's practical. Overall an amazing product and definitely worth trying. If you have oily skin or acne-pron skin you really should check this one out. I helped my oily skin and treated my breakouts. Will repurchase and really love this stuff. This is also perfect for traveling since all you need is one bottle for both cleansing and masking!
This is the prettiest color I've ever seen in my life. It's a light lilac (light purple with pink undertone) color that is very wearable. The pigment is kind of frosty (definitely not matte but doesnt have glitters either). I love this to line the bottom lashline since it makes my eyes look really bright and awake. This is also a gorgeous eyelid color just a little bit of this all over the lid and a darker color in the crease and you are good to go! I can also see this as a nail polish color or even lipgloss color. Will definitely try it out. Such a gorgeous color. Although this was a limited release, you can probably find it at a lot of the CCOs. I found mine in the CCO located in the Seattle Premium outlet for only 13.75. It was a great find. The texture of this is super smooth and it really doesnt have much fall outs. The pigment itself is very finely milled and applies on the lid very smoothly. A little really goes a long way with these pigments so I dont think I will run out anytime soon. Overall a great pigment. I would definitely repurchase (even though it's unlikely I'll ever run out). Check this color out if you see it in a store. You wont regret it.
This product is amazing for contouring. I'm a MAC NC 20-25 and the color of this is just perfect for my skintone. Since this product has more of a gray undertone, it really creates a natural-looking shadow where I want it to. I can definitely say that this is my HG contouring powder. I like to contour my cheek bones and my jaw line to slim down my face and this make such a difference in makeup. I look like I lost 5kg. Not only is this the perfect shade, this is also very finely milled. It feels silky soft and stays on for a very decent amount of time. I apply this in the morning and it does not fade for a good 6-8 hours. The packaging looks cute too with the big "window" to distinguish between shades. The price of this is honestly a steal. I would've paid a lot more for it. The amount it comes with is really good and I do feel that it will last me a long time. The quality of NYX blushes are just great in general but this one is God-sent. Pigmented, soft, and stays long. I'm so glad I found this to contour with. Although this worked well for me, I dont think that it would for darker skintones since it is not too dark. Overall an excellent blush. I would definitely repurchase and Everyone looking for a good contouring shade, I would suggest you try here.
This is a great product. The formula of this lip balm is super moisturizing and super long staying too. The scent is also very appealing. It's of sweet honey and slightly floral. It glides on smoothly on the lips and instantly makes them feel soft. NO matter how dry my lips are, this can always make them feel better. The one thing I dont like, like many reviewers have mentioned, is the packaging. The pot packaging is a fuss to apply. I always have to use a tissue paper to wipe my hands off after applying which is not practical for on the go. I usually carry a normal chap stick with me when I'm out and use this when I get home since it's really not meant to be carried around. Overall an excellent product. Hope they would change the packaging though. Recommend this to everyone looking for good moisturizing lip balm and I would repurchase just because I love the consistency so much.