Really gorgeous wine/burgandy color. I didn't think this would look good on me because in the pot it looks like a deep, warm purple. It really compliments my dark eyes though. Very pigmented. I love all the Veluxe Pearls so much more than any other MAC shadow. They glide on so beautifully. I paired this with Jest and it turned out quite nice. Will repurchase.
While I do like this blush, I find it to just be a little too intense for me. Gorgeous color, a bright pinky/dark coral shade on me. It's extremely pigmented and while that is normally fabulous, it's *very* easy to overdo it with this blush. I think that's why I will probably return it. I'm still giving it a good score though because on the right skintone I think this could look amazing.
Pretty blush. On me it shows up as a dirty pink/coral/peachy color. I do notice the color looks different throughout the day. Sometimes it can look more peachy/orangey than others, and I'm not a huge fan of that so I removed a lippie. Other than that, no complaints. Very pigmented so be sure to use a light hand, great quality and packaging as always with MAC.
Makeup Brushes -MAC - #187 Duo Fiber Face Brush (Stippling, Skunk Brush)
clover 3/10/2006 7:37:00 PM
I'm *very* impressed with this brush. I was using #190 for a while but I have defintely converted to this brush. While it is very (read: VERY) expensive, I do believe it is worth every penny. I use it to apply foundation and it really gives a terrific airbrushed appearance in a very short amount of time. With #190 I found that I had to work quite a bit to get the foundation on quickly and it took substantially longer than if I were to just use a sponge or my fingers. With this brush, I'm done in literally a minute or two. I'm in love. I also like the fact that it is a multi-use brush. I haven't tried it with blush yet, though I'm insprired to do so by some of the other reviews. One complaint I have to echo is that it does shed. I'm not a fan of peeling the hair off of my perfectly made-up face after I'm done. It doesn't bother me enough to remove a lippie though. Highly recommended.
*Gorgeous* color. Very pigmented, velvety copper/melon. It does have a slight hint of pink, but the name suggests it's very pink, which it is not. It looks sort-of like a burgandy/rust/melon in the pot, but once on it looks much different. I agree with some of the reviewers below, this is as good as it gets when it comes to MAC shadows. It's fast becoming my favorite and looks really beautiful paired with Jest. Will definitely repurchase.
What a terrific heavy coverage foundation. This is by far the best I've tried. It basically completely covers any imperfections and stays put, which is of paramount importance to me. I have very oily, breakout prone skin and this has not broken me out (knock wood) after a few days. With pretty much any other foundation I am an oil slick by the end of the day, heck maybe even after a few hours. This really stays on and controls my oil. I used blot powder only once and that wasn't even really necessary, I'm just so used to doing it. The downsides to this foundation is, of course, the price. You do get a decent sized bottle but the price is $32.50 and that is a bit more than I'd want to spend, even on a product this fabulous. Another downside is it is nearly impossible to remove from my foundation brush. I am debating which I love more because I can't use both this and the brush together. Overall though, very nice foundation and worth the money if you can spare it (and don't go through foundation the way I seem to).
This is a very pretty blush. On me it shows up as a pinky peach with a ton of gold shimmer. While I really do love the color and texture of this blush, I don't think I will repurchase it because I just cannot pull of the amount of shimmer this comes with. I can see it being very pretty on someone else, but on my skin it just accentuates pores. So I'm subtracting one lippie just because I think the shimmer could be toned down. The color in and of itself is simply gorgeous though, too bad.
As a self-proclaimed moisturizer phobic, I love this moisturizer. It just sort of evaporates ever so lightly into my skin, not greasy *at all*. I love that it has a broad spectrum sunscreen. The moisture it provides is probably not for drier skin, but perfect for oily skinned gals like myself. I use it beneath MAC Prep + Prime Skin and the two really seem to create a flawless base that my foundation brush just glides over beautifully. The packaging is not the greatest, but not bad enough for me to remove a lippie. I will definitely repurchase.
I'm not overly impressed with this concealer. I think it's just average. Doesn't really seem to stay very long and while it does offer some decent coverage for blemishes, just seems to turn into an oil slick after a few hours. There are so many better concealers out there, I can't imagine ever repurchasing this one. Packaging is nice though, I love the squeeze tube style.
Pressed Powders -MAC - Select Sheer Pressed Powder
clover 3/2/2006 7:25:00 PM
Very nice, finely milled product. Not the best at controlling shine, but not the worst. Paired with MAC Blot powder for touch-ups it works well.
Where do I begin with this foundation? Let's start with the positive (what little there is). When I first bought this foundation and applied it with my MAC foundation brush (which is another story all together, a complete HG if there ever was one) I liked the finish it gave my skin. I wore MAC's Prep + Prime Skin underneath and it really did seem to give my skin a very flawless look. I'm used to wearing a heavier coverage foundation, I'd say this is medium coverage. But even while being a medium coverage foundation, I felt (at first) that it did a nice job of covering up imperfections. As the day wore on my opinion of this product *drastically* changed. First of all, the shade (NW30) that the MAC SA recommended was all kinds of wrong once I stepped into natural light. My skin is very oily as well, so the foundation just got horribly darker and, dare I say it, *ORANGE* as the day went on and my skin got progressively more oily. Also, the lasting power is awful. I feared touching my face at all, even *gently* for fear that it would just sort-of squish around and get all streaky. I had to apply Blot powder at least four times to control shine (not entirely the foundations fault, but I digress). Overall, I was extremely disappointed with this product. I really like MAC for blushes, shadows and brushes. Their face makeup, however, leaves much to be desired.
I have only been using Prep+Prime Skin a few days and I must say I've been thrilled with it. I apply it a few minutes after MAC Day SPF 15 Light Moisture. It feels great blending into my skin and really makes it feel smooth and silky. I have to admit that I haven't noticed it preserving my foundation that much, but that may be because I am using MAC Select foundation right now, which I'm quickly learning is no good anyway. I plan to try this with a better quality foundation to see what it can really do. I have to agree with a few other reviewers as far as the packaging goes. I don't like that it's impossible to tell how much product is left. The pump is cute though. Overall, would repurchase.
Okay. Wow! I am really blown away by BTZ products. This one is no exception. It works well enough on dry hair, but on wet hair it works phenomenally. It really does give the illusion of no split ends while smoothing the hair shaft and generally making the hair look flawless. All without even a hint of being greasy or weighing my hair down, which is a concern of mine given the fact that my hair is very fine/thin. A big plus for me is the scent, which I really like. Overall a fantastic product. I will definitely be repurchasing and it's possible this could hit holy grail status, even beyond Kiwi Blow Serum.
Self Tanners -Neutrogena - MicroMist Tanning (Medium 2 shades darker)
clover 2/16/2005 2:48:00 AM
I really like this self-tanner. I thought the idea was very innovative, so I bought it even though I'm not a fan of spray on self tanners. This one is far superior to any other spray I've used though. The mist goes on so light and weightlessly and dries very quickly. The spray bottle sprays every which way, so it's easy to get tough spots, like your back. Plus, it gave me an even tan on my legs, which is near impossible for me to do with any lotion. The only drawback is that the spray is invisible, so you have no way (other than your memory) to tell whether the tan is going to be even or not. I'm just getting used to it, so the first time I applied it I missed a couple spots and it was obvious. I honed my technique though, and this last time I did much better. The key is to hold the can pretty close to your leg and spray it in even strokes. Don't just haphazardly spray all over because it will end up uneven. I think with a little more practice this will soon be my new favorite self-tanner.
I have been searching for the perfect peach blush and finally decided that it just may not exist (for my skintone, anyway). After reading the reviews on here I had high expectations for this shade, but alas, I was disappointed. First off, the price for this drugstore blush is outrageous. I paid $10.99 at Ulta, which seems pretty steep. But I liked the fact that it was oil free and non-acnegenic so I went ahead and purchased it anyway. The packaging is kind-of bulky and I can see how someone who likes to carry blush with them would be disappointed. I don't reall do that though, so it didn't bother me as much. The color in and of itself is gorgeous. A true peachy, warm shade with a hint of shimmer. On my skin, however, it's a different story. It actually didn't show up on my skin at all with the first application, I had to keep layering more and more on. So finally I got to a point where I could actually see the color on my skin and it looked...okay. Then when I went outside I was shocked. It looked much darker and more orange than it looked in my bathroom mirror. So I tried this with a lighter hand the next day and went out. Still orange, just lighter orange. I will not be repurchasing.