Only 3% of people would repurchase this out of 79 reviews?! This has to be the lowest rated product I've ever seen on MUA before. And this product definitely deserves it. I'm honestly amazed that this ever even made onto the shelves, and I'm even more amazed that it's still there. I purchased this in Purple Plume, hoping to make my bright green eyes pop with a gorgeous purple smoky eye. What I got was a cheap crayon-y product that was greasy beyond belief and smeared just as much as if I'd dipped my fingers in soot and tried to create a smoky eye with that. On second thought, the soot would have at least stayed put. Fortunately I never actually wore this out as I wanted to practice with it a few times to get the application down first, so I realized what a horrid product it is before actually wearing it out and suffering the consequences. The first time I used it, the lighter color stick broke off way down at the base. I'm not even sure HOW, since I obviously didn't twist it all the way up when I used it. I'm sure the darker end would have done the same, but I hardly used it at all. One swipe of it and I could tell it was going to give me that "I was just punched in the eye" look so I didn't bother with it again. Even if I could have used the color sticks individually to create other e/s looks, it wouldn't have been so bad. But with the way this creases, there's no way I'd even try it (and I *do* always use e/s primer). I'm wishing I'd at least bought Onyx Smoke instead, because I could use the white end as a highlighter. There's absolutely nothing I can do with this, so in the trash can it goes! Awesome idea, horrible product. PS - I've just gotta say that I loved originalskin's review for this! It really made me laugh and was so accurate!
Lip Treatments -eos - Lip Balm Sphere - Summer Fruit
stellar 5/24/2010 12:57:00 PM
I *love* this stuff! It smells so delicious and peachy (IMO) - perfect for spring and summer - and it makes my lips so smooth! The packaging is really cute and unique, although not very convenient for, say, carrying in your pocket or something. I usually cringe at overdone, bulky packaging because I think it looks tacky and is a huge waste, but this is just too cute. I would definitely repurchase and am currently trying to find the Honeydew one!
I am not at all impressed by this product. I was tempted to buy the regular Stiletto when it first came out but since I need more volumizing than lengthening, I didn't let myself buy it. Then when a volumizing formula came out, I had to give in. One coat of this is hardly noticeable but when I add more coats, it clumps up terribly and I can't get my lashes separated. The second day I used it it looked so terrible that I made some sort of groaning sound after I was done applying. My five year old son asked what was wrong and I told him my eye lashes looked terrible. He asked to see, and in his typical trying-to-make-me-feel-better way he said, "Oh it doesn't look bad! It looks like spider legs." This from a young boy who has obviously never heard the term "spider legs" or "tarantula legs" for a mascara that looks that way. Not a good sign. I'll keep working with it to see if I can get it to work any better for me but I don't know what else I can do. For reference, I have somewhat light lashes despite the fact that my hair is rather dark (go figure), they're not very thick and aren't very long. Basically if I don't curl my lashes and apply mascara, you can hardly tell that I have any. However, with a good mascara and a curl they're definitely noticeable and "normal looking." I normally use CG LashBlast Volume.
I see that others have said this l/s shows up as an orangey peach so I find it surprising that it doesn't show up that way on me! For me it's a well-pigmented juicy peach with a bit of pinkish in there too. I was afraid it would be a dark, garish peach that I couldn't pull off but it actually turned out beautifully! I have plenty of nude and pale peach shades, so I'm happy to add this more vibrant, medium peach shade to my collection. The formula is creamy and smooth and this lipstick *really lasts* on me. I'm amazed that they don't advertise this as a long-wearing lipcolor because it lasts longer than most lipsticks do that are specifically formulated to last a long time! I really want to try other lipsticks in this line but I'm not sure which shades would be suitable for me.
Lipstick -Revlon - ColorBurst in 070 Soft Nude [DISCONTINUED]
stellar 5/21/2010 11:03:00 PM
I can't believe I haven't reviewed this yet! This is the perfect peachy/pink/beige nude for me. It's very similar to MAC's Peachstock (Creme d'Nude shows up as more pink on me and is a bit lighter overall). It's surprisingly VERY long-lasting (as are all the other ColorBurst lipsticks I've tried) and doesn't accentuate dry patches. My only slight complaint is, as others have mentioned, it is a bit drying on my lips. I haven't ever worn this lipstick for several days in a row or anything like that, so I don't really know to what extent the dryness would get for me. I just make sure to moisturize well, and though I really do love a great nude lipcolor, it's not something I wear daily so I don't think the dryness will ever become a huge issue for me. I was going to start out my review by saying that this is my favorite d/s nude lipstick and d/s lipstick in general, but I think I'd actually have to say it's my favorite nude lipstick ever, including HE ones. I've got Rimmel's Nude Delight on the way in a swap, so we'll see if it can top this one. ;) For reference, I'm between MA NC15 and NC20, and Revlon ColorStay in Buff (mixture of Normal/Dry and Combo/Oily) and I have naturally very pigmented lips. This covers my natural color completely!
Lipstick -Wet 'n' Wild - Mega Last Matte 900B Pink Suga
stellar 5/20/2010 1:21:00 AM
I love this lipstick for two reasons: 1. It's an awesome nude peach color on its own; and 2. It allows me to use other nude shades I own that don't work so well for me on their own because they border on being too cool and giving me the corpse look, as well as other nude shades that I just don't like so much on their own because they look kinda boring. When I pair it with Revlon's Peach Petal l/g, Hard Candy's Fire Alarm l/s, and E.L.F.'s Natural Nymph I get an awesome beige/nude color. I'm not usually one to layer as I feel it's kind of inconvenient and pointless - when I buy a lipcolor I want it to perform well enough on its own that I don't *need* extras. But this one looks so great layered that I don't mind. The texture is a bit different. It's a little crayon-y, but not in a waxy way. It's just a thicker, totally matte formula that may require some blending with your fingers to spread evenly. But it feels really nice on my lips - not exactly moisturizing, but definitely not drying or chalky either. Lasting time is right up there with MAC's matte lipsticks on me. This shade reminds me of a slightly more peachy version of MAC's Peachstock l/s and of NYX's Orange Soda, but more toned down and wearable. I bought it at Walgreens for just $1.99. I loooove finding amazing deals like that on wonderful products!
I guess I'd have to say this product is pretty good, considering it only costs $1. I have mostly used eyeliner solely in pencil form, but every once in a while I get the urge to use liquid. I'm admittedly a spazz when it comes to liquid, so I've always ended up going back to pencil. One thing that I really like about this product (aside from the price) is that there seems to be something different about the applicator tip that allows me to create a straighter, nicer line than I have with any other liquid e/l I've tried. That in itself is wonderful. The color *is* black, which is also great. I've also got the brown shade (though I don't think it's just called "brown") and have had the same experience with it, and it also looks like a nice true brown. Really my only complaint about this product is that it always seems to wear off on the inner corners of my eyelids. I only apply to my top lids and it's always worn off that area by the end of the day. I don't rub my eyes or anything so I don't really know what that's all about. All I can figure out is that with my allergies acting up a little at this time of year, maybe my eyes are watering a little bit throughout the day and that's why it's coming off. Still, it shouldn't come off just from that. It's not as if I have tears pouring from my eyes during the day. So that's definitely a little subpar, but then again, this DOES only cost a dollar. The rest of the eyeliner on my lids doesn't flake or smudge or wear off or anything so that's good! I would recommend this product to those who are just venturing into the world of liquid eyeliner, to those who really need and want the practice at perfecting application without spending a ton of money on a product while learning, and to the people who usually use pencil e/l but want a decent liquid e/l for certain occasions. I selected that I would repurchase this again, and I would... But I don't know if I will. I may try another brand next to see how I do, but I would come back to this one if I can't find anything that works better for me.
Lipstick -Maybelline - Moisture Extreme- Peach Colada
stellar 5/19/2010 1:50:00 AM
I am so loving this lipstick! I picked it up on a whim and am so happy I did. In the tube it looks like a possibly somewhat scary glittery orangeish shade. I was hoping it would apply more *peachy* than orange, and I was surprised when it actually applied as more of a medium coral shade! It's SO lovely and works so well with my light neutral/warm complexion. It feels so good on my lips and looks nice and glossy, and I can't even see the glitter when applied to my lips. It just shows up as a very pretty, subtle gold shimmer that really compliments the pink/coral color. So perfect for Spring and Summer! It also has a wonderful light fruity scent that I can't really pinpoint... It's kinda peachy but kind of something else too. Lasts a decent amount of time. I would repurchase and would like to try other lipsticks in this line as well! ETA: I'm taking one lippie off because I've noticed that this lipstick stains my lips a bright pink/red color, like many drugstore pink and coral lip colors do. This one seems to fade quicker than the others though, so I suppose that's good!
Lip Gloss -E.L.F. - Mineral lipgloss in Au Naturale
stellar 5/17/2010 1:58:00 AM
I'm surprised this has gotten such negative reviews! I found it to be a pretty nice gloss! It comes in a tube that's identical to MAC Lipglass which is nice. The color is similar to what MAC's Enchantress looks like on me - natural pink lip color with a hint of peach. The name "Au Naturale" really suits it as it's basically a natural lip color only softened and polished. I honestly don't even feel the glitter or the "gritty" feeling others are talking about. It feels like a nice, smooth gloss to me. Lasting power is even decent. I like it so much that I'm going to try other shades in this line.
Lipstick -E.L.F. - Mineral Lipstick in Natural Nymph
stellar 5/17/2010 1:24:00 AM
I was a bit disappointed with this lipstick, but it's not really the lipstick's fault. I was hoping this would be more of a beige or peachy/beige shade, similar to MAC's Myth l/s, only with a more wearable finish and formula. Unfortunately it borders on being too cool for me and giving me the dreaded corpse look. Still though, I *can* wear it - some days better than others. My lips vary from being deeply pigmented to hardly having any color at all. So it just kind of depends on how pigmented my lips are that day. But even on the days it's not looking so great by itself on me, I can always add a nice nude (or too bright) lipcolor on top of it and it looks great. I do wish they'd come out with a peachy/beige nude at some point. I think the formula is great! Very smooth upon application, doesn't accentuate lines or dry patches on my lips and lasts a decent amount of time. I really love the packing - it's professional and elegant looking without being too over-the-top or gaudy. No detectable scent for me. I do think I'll try more lipsticks from this line as I was pretty impressed with this one, especially for the price! I'm also glad I tried it as I've heard it's a near-perfect dupe for GOSH Darling lipstick, which I've been dying to try. Now I have this one that's much cheaper and more accessible and didn't pay an arm and a leg to obtain Darling.
This is such an amazingly beautiful blush! I received this as well as Candid Coral and Peachy Keen blush in an order a few days ago. This one is my favorite of the three! It's a flush of soft coral with a hint of shimmer. Comes in a cute little jar with a sifter, much like all the other mineral makeup products out there. I really love this one though as the jar is smaller than, say, Everyday Minerals, and therefore is easier to take with you and takes up less space in your m/u case. I think this blush is worth way more than the $5 price tag, but I'm more than happy to find a m/u product that for once totally delivers AND is extremely affordable. Compared to Candid Coral, Coral is much softer and has less shimmer. Candid Coral is more of a "true," brighter coral shade. It's very lovely as well, but Coral is just a more subtle, everyday shade (at least for me). I will add a picture in at the top of me wearing Coral blush. For reference, my perfect foundation match right now is Revlon ColorStay in Buff Normal/Dry (Combo/Oily is way too light), and between MAC NC15 and NC20.
Blush -Unlisted Brand - Sassy Minerals Shimmer Blush in "Toast of the Town"
stellar 5/10/2010 4:00:00 PM
This is without a doubt one of the most gorgeous blushes I have ever seen or owned. The website describes it simply as a "beige shimmer," which *is* true enough. But it's so much more than that! It's the perfect glowy, shimmery pink/peachy/bronzey tan shade I've ever seen. A little goes a long way so you don't need much product at all and it's SO cheap - samples are only *75 cents* and they come in a *jar* just like LaurEss' samples do. And you get a lot in each sample. A full size blush is $11, so it does cost a few more dollars than, say, Everyday Minerals' full size blushes. But Sassy's blushes are SO much better. And they're still way cheaper than most other MMU brands. It's also a long-lasting product and I never need to touch-up throughout the day. http://img.makeupalley.com/2/3/9/7/1634361.JPG
Blush -Unlisted Brand - Shimmer Blush in "Toast of the Town"
stellar 5/10/2010 3:49:00 PM
This is without a doubt one of the most gorgeous blushes I have ever seen or owned. The website describes it simply as a "beige shimmer," which *is* true enough. But it's so much more than that! It's the perfect glowy, shimmery pink/peachy/bronzey tan shade I've ever seen. A little goes a long way so you don't need much product at all and it's SO cheap - samples are only *75 cents* and they come in a *jar* just like LaurEss' samples do. And you get a lot in each sample. A full size blush is $11, so it does cost a few more dollars than, say, Everyday Minerals' full size blushes. But Sassy's blushes are SO much better. And they're still way cheaper than most other MMU brands. It's also a long-lasting product and I never need to touch-up throughout the day. I will be submitting a couple pictures up at the top - one of the product applied *heavily* so you can really get the jist of the color, and one applied more lightly.
I've purchased *three* (!) bottles of this foundation without finding a match. Shell is too light (though it looks like it *should* be my perfect match) and Nude is quite a bit too dark. I also have Vanilla, so I've tried mixing Vanilla with Nude, and Shell with Nude, both without success. This stuff doesn't seem to mix well and just ends up looking dull on my face when I do it that way. The strange thing is, when I put Shell on it does look like it matches very well at first. However, after a short time it's as if it actually *lightens* on my face. I've never had that happen before; if anything, foundations oxidize and get darker/oranger on me as the day goes on. But honestly, I've even taken pictures of myself right after application and after an hour and there is a huge difference. I literally look ghost-like pale after an hour. (And it's not just in pictures... I can clearly see it in the mirror, too, so it's not like it only looks lighter in pictures.) I should also add that my skin always seemed to break out in one way or another after using this foundation for more than one day in a row. Granted, I didn't get to use it for very many consecutive days since I couldn't figure out a good color match, but the first time that I wore it for three days in a row, I ended up with a few itchy red bumps under my left eye where the skin is so delicate. The second time I wore it for two days in a row I ended up with a red dry, itchy patch on my right cheeck. The third time when I wore it for two days (experimenting with mixing shades) I broke out in one rather large pimple along with two small but painful whiteheads on my chin. I can't really think of anything else that could have caused these things, and they all happened after only changing to PR foundation. I hadn't changed anything else. So that's something I'm gonna have to watch in the future. The coverage for me was ideal. I don't need a ton and this provided a decent amount; I would say light/medium buildable. It felt comfortable on my face. I did notice it didn't last very long on my skin. I could get about 9 hours out of it at best. Although that could partly be due to the way it seemed to lighten on me too. Maybe it just looked like it wasn't lasting as well because it wasn't a good color match. I didn't notice any glitter problems while in direct sunlight. Definitely no Edward Cullen effect. :P I really loved the glowy, luminous finish and it *did* photograph well. I did notice that it seemed to accentuate dry patches, and also fine lines if applied too heavily. I think you'd have to have fairly "good" skin (not a lot of dryness, minimal acne and/or scarring, minimal redness and discoloration, etc.) to be able to use this. Since I'm pretty sure Vanilla will be my winter shade, I'm going to save that one and give a try when my tan is gone. I'm going to see if I can return the Nude shade back to the store since I still have the receipt. For now, I'm back to using ColorStay and Silk Naturals. Will update my review once I can try my lighter shades of PR.
Like a previous reviewer, I meant to order the Mineral Primer and ordered this on accident. lol And the really sad part? I've been using it for a little over 4 months now and just now realized this mix-up. Yep, I'm good. I happened to see a picture of the Mineral tube here on MUA and noticed that mine looked different. *sigh* I had previously been using UDPP. I'd used it for a year and was really pleased with its performance. The price? Not so much. Granted each tube lasted a decent amount of time, but this was sooo much cheaper and was a MMU product (or so I thought!) which is what I try to use as much as possible. So I thought I'd give it a try. While this wasn't the primer I intended to buy, it's actually performed rather well! As others have said, it doesn't necessarily make my e/s look more vibrant but it really does prevent creasing. I can go through a 16 hour day and only have very minimal (no one would notice but me) creasing by the time I'm ready to wash my face. It would be nice if it made colors more vivid, but at $1 a tube I'm by no means complaining. Also one tube has lasted a LONG time. I started using it on Thanksgiving day (easy to remember!) and I'm still going on my first tube. It's getting low, but I'm sure it will last a couple/few more weeks making it a total of 5 months. I had ordered two tubes of this since the price of the product was SO cheap and the price of shipping for two tiny items like that SO *wasn't* cheap, so I'm gonna keep it on hand but I think I'll order the Mineral Primer to try as well. While this one works well, I'm more comfortable with using MMU.