I am in my second bottle now and love the finish of this makeup and how it photographs. It makes me look great under camera eye, like no other up to now. The only complaint I have about this one is that it contains alcohol in the formula, which I prefer to avoid as I have very sensitive skin (this is why I do not give it 5 lippies). I have not had any bad reaction so far, no breakouts, it has not dried out my skin (quite the opposite)... but I rather use another formula without alcohol for a daily basis and keep this one for special occasions, when I want to look superb.
I think Estee Lauder released this product recently in Europe, because I had never seen it before. I asked for a sample because I needed a night cream and I rely on some other Estee Lauder products, so I thought it could be good. I finished the sample and bought the cream. Now I have been using it for some months and results are GREAT. This is a night moisturizer that is also an 'Anti-Line/Wrinkle Creme'. I do not have lines or wrinkles yet (except some fine lines around my eyes), so I cannot say whether or not this stuff can smooth lines. What I feel is that it really moisturizes and regenerates my skin at night. I also feel I wake up with smoother and renewed skin. This is too much for me, that I have very sensitive and blemish prone skin..So no irritation (just the opposite), no breakouts and great feeling. I think that, at my age, I should already have some fine lines in my face, so I donīt know whether creams can really smooth lines but I believe they are helping me to delay that moment in my life, for what I thank them :-) Just to say something I donīt like, is that it is quite expensive, but it lasts a lot. Also, I would prefer it to come in a different package (I do not like jars). Hope Estee Lauder can listen to this!! For the rest, I highly recommend this product for any skin type. It is very different from the day version (which I do not like very much).
Mascara -Make Up For Ever - Aqua Smoky Lash - Extra Black
mgfer 6/14/2011 4:22:00 AM
I bought this mascara because the girl in Sephora said it provided huge volume...and so it did.... but after some minutes it started to melt and I looked like a boxer..with black eyelids... This may work for someone that does not have oily eyelids....Not for me. I even tried over my Urban Decay lash primer and it improved, but finally melted as well. To the bin :-(
Some people are considering this product as a blush (actually, it is included under 'blush' category). I do not really understand why, because this product is not meant to be a blush....hence, so many bad reviews..of course! This product is intended for adding glow to some areas of your face, for instance, on the upper side of your cheeks or below your eyebrows. If well applied it looks beautiful and luminous. It has to be applied carefully in the day time, while it can be applied freely at night. Shell is my favourite colour.
I love this blush. It is hard to believe that the same colour can work for many different skin tones but it does!!, though obviously, it cannot work for all. This may be the reason why many people, specially those with darker skin tones, complain about it... If your skin is fair or medium it will look beautiful!! and sparkle is not as much as some say...it provides a gorgeous finish!
Mascara -Giorgio Armani - Eyes to Kill - Excess Mascara
mgfer 6/13/2011 2:36:00 PM
My HG mascara. No clumps, no flakes, does not smudge and the best is the great length and volume it provides to your lashes. I have not given 5 lippies just because it is quite expensive and others like Loreal volumissime carbon black can also make a good job, but if you can afford it, it worths every penny!.
Many people recommend this product for concealing dark circles. It does conceal, yes..but, at least on my skin, it looks so unnatural. It sets into all my fine lines making them much more noticeable and making me look much older. I simply cannot wear it. Also it is very thick and I feel it dries out my skin. Maybe it works fine for someone young with no fine lines and black dark circles..
Moisturizers -Estee Lauder - Day Wear Plus lotion SPF 15
mgfer 6/13/2011 8:21:00 AM
I have very sensitive skin (reactive) and very prone to have breakouts and acne if I use an incorrect product. However, I have been using this cream for more than 4 years (now the new version 'Day wear advanced multiprotection anti-oxidant creme spf 15') and I have to say that this is the ONLY daily moisturizer with sunscreen that has NEVER caused me irritation or blemishes. Moreover, this stuff protects my skin from the sun and pollution and leaves it smooth and flawless. For those people who say that this cream has caused them irritation, I would ask them to try it completely isolated from other products (toners, makeup, etc..) because I just cannot believe this can cause irritation to anyone. A different thing is that some people may be allergic to any of the ingredients (but this is something that might happen to anyone with any cosmetic product same as when eating any food) Overall, this is a great moisturizer with sunscreen (and I believe everybody should wear sunscreen during the day time). There are different formulas depending on your skin type (dry/oily or combo) so I would recommend to select the correct one (because this can make the difference).
Skincare - Face -Estee Lauder - Advanced Night Repair Concentrate
mgfer 5/30/2011 9:43:00 AM
Great product I cannot live without. Works wonders for my skin. I have been using it for around 4 years now and hope Lauder will never discontinue/reformulate it. It has to be used for 3 weeks every 3 months. Skin looks fresh, renewed, replenished...I just do not have words!
Lip Treatments -Eucerin - Aquaphor Healing Ointment for Lips
mgfer 5/30/2011 9:29:00 AM
Heals my chapped lips and makes them look gorgeous, what else can I ask for?. I use to apply it at night, because during the day I like to wear lipstick and this is not meant to be a lipstick primer, just a great treatment for lips. I Love it.
I have been seeking an eye shadow that does not melt in my eyelids for years and finally I have found it!. I love paint pots! It is important to apply them with a good brush (I also use Macīs). Colours are great and they last all day, even on the beach. A big YES.
Eyeliner -Guerlain - terracotta kohl in Oriental Metal
mgfer 5/27/2011 3:46:00 PM
I do not understand why so many good reviews. I bought one of these as the package looked amazing and I thought maybe the product would be too. Colour was very nice but it did not last in my eyelids for more than a few minutes (even when applied over my Urban Decay primer potion). Also the line was not precise as the wand is so stiff and impossible to blend..anyway, as I said it didnīt last so my eyelid was completely dirty after few minutes.. Thumbs down.
Eye Makeup Remover -Lancome - Bi-Facil Double Action Eye Make-up Remover
mgfer 5/27/2011 3:15:00 PM
This is the only product that removes my waterproof makeup easily and does not sting or leave oily residues in my eyelids. The only complaint I have is the price...I use it every night so it does not last too long. Anyway, I love it so I will keep buying it. I do not want to use anything worse, at least while I can afford it.
I tried lots of brands (Bobbi Brown, Benefit, E.Lauder, Sisley, Clinique, Mac, Too Faced, Make up forever,Clarins, Dior, YSL, Chanel,...and a long etc..) and I always got the same result; concealers crease under my eyes making fine lines much more evident..I thought I would never be able to use a concealer to cover my dark circles until I found this one. It is simply perfect. Covers very well and does not crease at all. Also lights up the area and looks really natural. I am also fan of YSL touch eclat as a highlighter, though it does not cover dark circles, while HR does very well (unless you have very black ones). I highly recommend this product.
I tried this toner together with the other 3 step products 15 years ago (formulas have not changed since then). These products damaged my skin so much that it took years to me to have a good skin again. After that, I learnt that alcohol and menthol are well known skin irritants.... so I donīt know why they still use them... what kind of benefit can they add to skin?. Besides, BHAs are not for eveybody..specially not for sensitive skin like mine. I could not even use the mild version...