I bought this when I was pressed for time and my local Target was out of L'Oreal Excellence Light Brown (#6). The color I selected in this was Light Brown (Chocolate Shake). I paid $11.99 for it which is about $4.00 more than Excellence. The application was more drippy and I felt I had to really rush to get my roots done and then do the rest of my hair. I did not want it to over process. I ended up leaving it on for 15 minutes total because I am almost all grey. The smell was strong and I experienced a slight burning sensation which I do not get from Excellence or when I've used Garnier color. After I washed and conditioned my hair, it felt really limp. I have thick but fine textured hair and normally after coloring, it is full of body. I was not too pleased. after drying my hair, I noticed the color was lighter and more warmer that a "light brown" color normally is. It doesn't look bad, but it was not what I was expecting. Moral of the story: Only use in a pinch. Leave it on a bit longer. Don't use if your hair is predominately grey (it did not to do a great job of covering my roots in some spots, but it could have been that I was hurrying to apply it). I will not repurchase. Edit 6/25/2009 - I really liked the color this produced, so I called the 800 number and they advised me the product can be left on safely for 20 minutes total. This eased the application process for me and I have gotten great results now from using it a few more times. Be careful with the conditioner that you don't over apply because this will make your hair limp. I am bumping this up to 4 lippies. It is still pretty expensive for a drugstore color but beats going to a salon. I am pretty pleased with my hair now and will continue to use this.
Hydrating, covers imperfections well, broad spectrum non irritating SPF 15, weightless. What more could you want from a foundation? Love the pump bottle. It is pricey ($45.00) but worth it. My favorite BB foundation of all time.Dehydrated skins with love this. Mine does. NC/NW 20 and I was matched with Sand (2).
Powder -Prescriptives - All Skins Mineral Foundation spf 15
pulidobl 3/19/2009 3:57:00 PM
I really like this MMU and I swore I was done with MMU at the end of last summer. This is very (I mean very) finely milled almost to the point when my brush hits it, it poofs in the are like smoke. This can be either a good thing or bad thing like breathing it in :(. The finish is very sheer so if I wanted to use it as a finishing powder I can, or I can build the coverage. I find the shade selection impressive, and I think over all if you get color matched by someone at Px who knows what they are doing, the look and finish will be flawless. Don't be afraid to try the cool colors because they are not that cool but more neutral. I was matched to Cool Level 2 and I am NC/NW20 in the winter. The real test will be how it holds up in the heat an humidity in the summer (the itching so far with this NONE - it may be more for sensitive skins than BE) . I LOVE the container it comes in and it makes swirling the brush around a breeze. Why did I give 4 lippies instead of 5? For one, is the way it is milled - you really have to be careful not to breath this stuff in. Second, it is a bit pricey. This reminds me a lot of Every Day Minerals which is about a third less expensive. Unfortunately, I didn't do well with getting a color match with them no matter how many samples I've tried. EDIT: I had to return this. Broke out in hives/rash. Not sure why. I do have sensitive skin though. Took off a lippie.
Not my favorite brush for applying concealer or eyeshadow. My Stila #5 beats this one for shadow placement - It is more dense and a better brush all around. I prefer synthetic brushes for applying concealer. The goat hair in this brush is dyed the orange color and mine has faded over time from washing it. I was disappointed in this brush compared to my other brushes from MAC. I ended up throwing mine away and it is only a couple years old.
Lip Gloss -MAC - Cremesheen Gloss in Looks Like Sin
pulidobl 2/24/2009 1:21:00 PM
OMG, I adore these!!! I wish I would have bought a couple more of these. I hope they make theses permanent. They go on so smooth, not as sticky as lipglass and really condition the lips. Looks Like Sin is a sheer brownish reddish plum shade and on my pigmented lips looks like MLBB. This shade would look good on all but warmer skin tones will really love this shade. My only complaint echoed by others reviewing these is a non splaying brush would have worked better as a applicator than the doe foot applicator. (and I usually like the doe foot) I want to get more of these! LOVE!!!
I have this and Mimmy and I find both go on a lot more sheer than other Lipglasses I have. This color reminds me of Pink Poodle lipglass but more sheer. The packaging is too cute - especially for Hello Kitty fans (like me!) I want to save the applicator after I use the product up to use in another lipglass (not sure how that would work) Too cute to throw away or b2m!
MAC's latest foundation release is Studio Sculpt. Why the sculpt part of the name, I am not sure, but it does not have anything to do with lifting anything or targeted toward aging skin according to the SA at the MAC store where I bought this. According to her, it is targeted toward HD film like MUFE HD and Cargo's Blu-Ray make-up lines. The foundation is in a tube which is great for portability. It has a gel like consistency. I was told to use very little by the SA, and from experience applying it - a little goes a long way. If you apply too much, it tends to look greasy and settle into fine lines. I have normal to dry, dehydrated skin in the winter and this foundation is not too moisturizing and if you have skin like mine, a good hydrating moisturizer or primer is a must. I like that the sunscreen in this protects not only protects for UVB but UVA also. The SA said the shades run darker in this, and from the board buzz, this seems to be true for a lot of people, so try before you buy. I still was matched with NW20, but it could be a tad lighter or warmer on me to be really a perfect match. I think I am going to finish up my Studio Fix Fluid and save this one for the warmer months. Between SFF and SS SFF wins by a nose...
Palettes -Bobbi Brown - Mauve Face Palette Fall 2008
pulidobl 2/10/2009 11:43:00 PM
I saw this at CCO and had to have it - especially for $38.00 (normally retails for $55.00). The BB palettes are still a bargain at regular price, considering what one would pay for the items separately. At first glance, everything coordinates beautifully. There are 3 lippies, 3 shadows and the blush in the middle. I like the size of the blush because it accommodates a fluffy blush brush. Unfortunately, when I tried to experiment with the shades - not all of them work out for my coloring and achieving a natural look. Surprisingly all the lippies are great and I usually strike out with at least one or two shades in the BB's palettes I've gotten in the past. The blush brings out red spots in my cheeks, unfortunately, even with a light hand. I have mild rosacea and sometimes with darker pink based blushes this happens...The only shadow that works for me in the group is the middle shade and it really makes my eyes pop. The lightest one does not show up on me at all and the darkest shade makes my eye area look bruised. It might work thinly applied as a liner - I have yet to try that. I wish I would have tried on some of the questionable shades on first but I blame my bargain hunting lemming for that! For reference my coloring is NC/NW 20, light brown hair, blue hazel eyes. This palette is probably geared toward gals with darker coloring than I have...
Lipstick -Chanel - Rouge Hydrabase in Beige Desire
pulidobl 2/2/2009 10:51:00 AM
The shade is part of the Spring 2009 collection.This is my first Rouge Hydrabase lipstick and sadly, probably my last. I don't know if I got a bad one or what, but this goes on dry and makes my lips look 10 years OLDER! When you are 52 = not a flattering look - I have to wear a gloss over it. It has a slight soapy taste but I could get over that if it moisturized and looked good on my lips. The color is great and it feels light weight on, but I really have to think twice about investing in any more Chanel lipsticks and for the price it is an investment. I tried an Aqualumiere years ago and was not very impressed with it either. I LOVE the Chanel Glossimers and will stick with them. Beige Guitar looks good over this as another reviewer pointed out.
I am very pleased with my purchase Studio Fix Fluid foundation - I am not always lucky when trying MAC's liquids... I was test driving MUFE HD in 115 and this foundation in NW20 - and Studio Fix Fluid made my skin's texture smoother looking, plus it is less expensive (woot!). It wears well throughout the day, and gives a matte (but not mask like) finish with medium to full coverage. So far no irritation from the sunscreen (which only provides UVB protection). For reference, I have normal to dry skin (more dry in the winter). I use NW20 in the Studio Stick, and when comparing the two, the Studio Fix Fluid NW20 looks a bit darker and even a bit yellower, but once applied to the face, it looks pretty much the same. I thought the SA gave me the wrong color at first. I am in a wedding in March and the makeup artist that is doing our makeup said this photographs well.
Lotions/ Creams -Sephora - Coconut Cream Body Butter
pulidobl 1/21/2009 3:36:00 PM
I got this free in a generous sample size from Sephora as part of their Beauty Insider points deal. The smell is divine - and it layers good with other coconut or almond body products. I like that you can wear it by itself and the scent lingers. As far as moisturizing, this is best for normal to slightly dry skin - and it is not overly greasy either. I would probably get a full size of this.
Styling Products -Bumble & Bumble - Hair Powder in Blondish
pulidobl 1/21/2009 3:19:00 PM
Purchased this in a salon on the advice of the stylist. She recommended it as root touch up. When she she applied it and styled my hair, it looked great - roots touched up and it gave my hair body. I purchased the large can (comes in two sizes). If you are interested in this product, be aware the colors run dark and the red is really red. I was matched with the blondish and my hair is dyed reddish brown. Unfortunately, when I tried it at home, it created a big mess, plus during the day it kept getting all over the place, still creating a mess. If I touched my hair, it would get all over my hands. This product is best left to the hair professionals!!
As others have noted - if you are looking for medium to full coverage - pass on this one. It is a cross between a foundation primer and a tinted moisturizer - but wait! applied over foundation it acts as a powder, too. I think I will like this better in the summer. In the winter I tend to have normal to dry, dehydrated skin and worn alone, this makes it more dry. I really have to moisturize if I wear it. It really does make my pores in my nose and cheeks seem to disappear though and I like the sheerer coverage and it works as a multi-tasker. I am giving it 4 lippies because of the price and it is supposed to be made for all skin types, but I would not wear it on drier skin.
If you like MAC's lipglass in Entice, you will like this shade in Cremesheen. They are very very close in color. Entice is one of my Holy Grails (HG) for lip products. I love this color and it goes well with my reddish brown hair and blue eyes (nc/nw 20-25). I heard that cremesheens are the amplified creme's replacements. I hope not, because the amplified cremes stay put, whereas this formulation travels - especially if you over apply. I don't think these are any more moisturizing than amplified cremes, either. I would repurchase though - especially if I liked the shade and definitely a B2M choice!!
Cleansers -Olay - Regenerist Deep Hydrating Mousse Cleanser
pulidobl 9/21/2008 11:00:00 PM
Mousse may work for hair, but for a delivery system for a cleanser - not for me. It gets all over my hairline and hair no matter how careful I am. It did not take my eye makeup off all the way and I do not wear waterproof or heavy make up, so I need to touch up with eye makeup remover. It also is has a funky fragrance which I do not care for. It does not dry out my face, but the minuses are too many so I will not repurchase.