This is an okay powder. I generally do not like powder products because they feel like they clog up my pores, but every woman has to have some kind of powder for use. I bought this one because I had a $1 off coupon for it. This was a good powder in terms of skin matching- I like that it has yellow undertones. Also, if you use a powder brush and not the puff, you can get a nice, super-thin layer on and not worry about it looking like you have powder on. The puff can make you look like a cakeyface. In terms of staying power, it is good, with touch-ups of course. It made my foundation last all the way through a water balloon fight, and I needed it to stay on for THAT. It costs around $6 and is very cheap. I'd recommend it because it's a nice, basic powder. Nothing out-of-the-ordinary.
Highlighters -Maybelline - Mineral Power Illuminating Powder
VegetaFanGirl 6/27/2012 11:31:00 PM
This is a relatively good highlighter. I especially love the effect that it gives. It has both a light powder to actually highlight the skin, and small shimmery sparkles for a mystic effect. When it hits the sun, the result is beautiful. When it comes to the amount of product you should use, do not use a lot! Treat it as you would any other loose-powder product- less is more. It comes in several shades, I have the one in Nude. In color, it seems like a very light pink, but it is really an off-white with shimmer. The shimmer is not so noticeable that you would look like Edward Cullen, thank god. However, the problem I have with it is that it is not very good in terms of staying power. It is a powder product, though, so it's expected. Plus, it may not be super noticeable on darker skin tones. The kabuki brush it comes with I would not recommend- it is rather rough, so use your own. The price is suitable, around $6. It is a great highlighter if you want a nice, subtle hint of luminosity!
This shatter has a different formula than OPI's other shatters, or is it just me? Well anyway, it feels like this one does a better job at "shattering" than my other OPI shatters, and the results are just absolutely stunning. It is a gorgeous dark fuschia color, though it isn't sparkly as it looks when you first get it. It lasts a good two weeks with a nice top coat. What is super cool about this one is that it has both really large cracks and fine ones. It only costs $9 at Sephora or Ulta, and in my opinion it's the one polish worth getting in the Nicki Minaj collection.
Concealers -Laura Geller - Real Deal Full Coverage Cream Concealer
VegetaFanGirl 6/27/2012 12:39:00 AM
Best concealer IN THE WORLD!!! This is a super-full coverage concealer which can hide almost anything from dark circles to acne. It is an absolute must. This concealer doesn't have a wide range of shades, but when it comes to a concealer, you just buy the shade lighter than your skin tone, so whatever. I have the one in Light, and it matches absolutely perfectly! Also, it has yellow undertones, so I rejoiced at this product. It has a very workable formula with incredible staying power. It feels very velvety too :). It is super easy to blend and a little goes a long way. It may look like it comes in a small package, but trust me, with the coverage this gives, that little tube will last you a very long time. It is a little over $20, but it's totally worth it!
Concealers -BeneFit Cosmetics - Erase Paste in Fair
VegetaFanGirl 6/27/2012 12:33:00 AM
Well, the title wasn't lying. It's a paste all right. However, this is the thickest concealer I've ever tried. When I bought this out of recommendation and first opened the pot, it was super thick. It does have amazing coverage, I will say that much. The shade "fair" was not fair at all- it was much darker than fair. It also dries very quickly on your skin, so it wrinkles up and is hard to blend once it's there. You're outta luck if that happens. Plus, after about two weeks, it looks like it's on the brink of drying up in its pot. Pretty sad for a product for around $30. It also has red undertones, so if you're a warm-skinned person like me, it won't work. I've seen this praised by YouTube gurus, but it's just not something that works.
Mascara -Maybelline - Define A Lash Volume Mascara
VegetaFanGirl 6/27/2012 12:21:00 AM
This product has a very wet formula. The brush has many bristles, but they're spaced out a lot so even though the "special tip" thingy does get product out of the wand, you still have a lot of product inbetween the bristles. This kinda leads to a lot of clumping. It got less clumpy as I used it more, since there wasn't as much product in the tube, but it was still annoying. I'll be sympathetic and give it an extra star because of its ability to stay on for 17 hours without flaking. I don't like the brush because of (aforementioned) the way it clumps, and it is very hard to put in and out of the tube. Plus it is very flexible, and that kind of irritated me. The price is okay, like $7. I honestly would not buy this again.
Eyeliner -Maybelline - Eyestudio Lasting Drama Gel Eyeliner
VegetaFanGirl 6/25/2012 6:15:00 PM
Easily comparable to MAC Blacktrack hands down. The pigmentation and staying power is awesome, and it's really a great product for using on the waterline on your eyes because it does not irritate or sting. With this eyeliner you get a nice little brush, which is suitable for thicker lines. I'd suggest a flat liner brush to use with this if you want a finer line. For $8, I'm actually disappointed at how little product I get. You get about a nickel-sized thingy of actual product, the rest is glass packaging, but I don't mind. It does not smudge in water, which is also a plus. I literally once was crying while wearing this liner, and the only part that came off was the liner on the waterline. Other than that, the whole thing stayed on! The formula is very smooth and rich, though, and I hope this will have a long shelf life. :3
This is a good product. I wouldn't really say that there is anything too special about this foundation, except the title isn't really telling the truth. "Superbalanced" isn't the deal here. It does moisturize the dry parts of my face, so that's nice, but it does nothing to control the oil on the rest of my face. That's the reason this gets 4 stars. It's actually kind of a clash- the moisturizing element and the oil...ugh. Other than that, it's got a nice matte finish for the face and has relatively good coverage. It has yellow undertones and it does have a slghtly annoying lack of pump or dispenser. To dispense a good amount, just shake it (cap closed) and a ton of product will come up to the top. It does come in a really cute frosted glass bottle tho :3 It is a more high end product, I paid $24 for it but it's a good buy, just nothing too special.
*EDIT* I knew that this was a bad foundation when I first tried it, but after actually wearing it for a while, it got even worse on me. I randomly bought this when I was looking for a winter foundation- this was one of the only ones light enough, so I thought "what the heck?" and decided to get it. It was relatively cheap at around $7 at Walmart, so it seemed like it was a good one- 97% natural, hubba hubba! But after having it for a while (a year, I think) and going back to it, it was a horrid disaster. First off, it actually became a suspension- all the actual foundation sank to the back of the tube, and the "natural" oils were all that came out. It was disgusting!! I had to literally pour them out into a trash can each time before I got the actual makeup to come out of the tube! It was such a waste! Also, it did not react well with my primer at all. Upon putting it on, it made my face feel like it was on fire!! Powder actually calmed it down a bit, and I switched my primer and it became a bit more tolerable. It also smells very strong, so if you're sensitive, then this foundation isn't for you. The formula itself is also weird in texture- not smooth at all, almost sticky. Plus, what I hate is that it entirely dissipates in water!!! I splashed a little on my face once and it completely dissintegrated where the water hit me. As for the coverage, it's not bad. It also stays on okay, and has neutral shades which was nice. See, this wouldn't have been a terrible product if it just didn't hate me- it seems to me like all foundations that are in a tube don't enjoy working on me!
It is a great find indeed. I seriously love this foundation. It is the most velvety and smooth one I've ever used in my life. If you're looking for a very natural, non-cakey foundation, then I highly recommend this one. You just cannot get a cakey or overdone finish when using this product. I have oily-combo skin, and it works okay on this skin type. I would recommend setting it with powder, otherwise it will start to fail coverage-wise after around 8 hours. I do say this is a more cool-toned foundation with a slightly pink undertones, or the one I got anyway, which is Ivoire 2C. It looked warm toned on the packaging, but I don't mind because it is great as my winter foundation. It stays okay in water and humid conditions. As for coverage wise, it is light-medium coverage. Its finish is not quite matte or satin, but leaning towards matte. I can see what they were talking about when they said "lit from within" makeup; when this product hits light, it has an interesting way of reflecting it in the slightest way...I have not actually seen this happen on my face, only my hand. It does come in a really cute glass bottle with a pump dispenser and a cover for it- it is super chic. For pricewise, it is expensive. I got it for $39. I'd say that it is totally worth it, though because it is an AMAZING foundation.
This was the first Buxom eyeshadow I ever bought, and it gave me a fairly good impression. I bought this for $17, which I usually would not pay for an eyeshadow that is small. I am pretty impressed by the longetivity of this stuff, and it's very easy to apply. I use my fingers, and it looks great on my eyelids. It's very sparkly, and I wear this on special occasions a lot. The only downside is that it's not really that pigmented- the sparkles are most of the consistency of this product. You can see some silver in it, but it's mostly the sprakles. Still, it looks cute!
Eye Makeup Remover -Sephora - FACE Waterproof Eye Makeup Remover
VegetaFanGirl 3/24/2012 10:25:00 PM
This stuff is so cool. I usually use the makeup remover towelettes, but this got me to switch to actual liquid makeup remover. For one thing, it looks like a lava lamp when you first get it! The oil underneath the white liquid at the top jiggles in the funniest way! The product itself also does a great job at removing makeup, even my lipstains and waterproof mascaras. They're a pain to remove, but this stuff is really nice. The only downside is that it feels oily on your skin afterwards, but nothing a little face wash can't fix. It's around $6 at Sephora in their little check-out line boxes. Definetely nice and small-sized for travel.
This is not a good product. I don't know how people actually like this stuff. There is no shade selection at all, and the product itself is just terrible. It is very hard to actually distribute since it's a pressed cream foundation, with little blending ability. It is very thin and doesn't have great coverage- plus it just smells weird. and the worst part- IT STAINED MY FACE! It legitimately left a dark area where I used it as a tester, even after 5 days of scrubbing! Now I am stuck with a horrendous dark spot on my cheek, cursed by the "Some Kinda Gorgeous"'s poor performance. Do not waste your money on this.
A great everyday eyeshadow color. It's definetely something that can go with anything you wear. This is really nothing to rave over, it's an ordinary medium taupe-brown eyeshadow. There is fallout involved with this color, and it's got a slight sheen to it when applied. However, it's very versatile and nicely pigmented, so it's a great buy for everyday wear.
This is an okay cream shadow. I hate to be the party pooper here, especially with all these 5 star reviews right below me. I randomly grabbed this when they had the deal for the free bag, so I got the one in Berry Trifle. Honestly, you can find much better cream eyeshadows. I suggest Maybelline Color Tattoo. When I first saw the color, which looked like a dark purple, it looked so cool so I used it as a liner. It turned all silvery on me! It's like the color just dried away. It got so much lighter than I expected, so it looked less like a liner, but I guess that's the point. It is very sheer, and takes a few coats to build up some nice color. It dries to a weird consistency, kinda papery and makes your lids feel dry. It does last a while, though, but you gotta remember to prime!! Otherwise it flakes like hell. So...extreme wear only with primer. I liked that it was pretty affordable, somewhere around $8. So in conclusion, you can find a better cream product out there, but this is an OKAY one that's very basic.