Eyeliner -Paula's Choice - Constant Color Gel Eyeliner in Earthen
Sammy311 9/12/2006 11:08:00 AM
Well, well, well--I was surprised by this product. After having tried Smashbox, Stila, MAC, and other expensive gel liners, I did not hold out high hopes for PC's. But after reading reviews here I decided to try it, and I'm glad I did. The color in the pot is kind of an excremental brown but somehow works--haha--with my light hair and eyes. The best part of all is that the liner doesn't smear or disappear as the day goes on. The pot is tiny, as many have noticed, but I use to little every day--just a dab--that I imagine it will last forever. I'm happy enough to try the other two colors now...but I hope this company will expand their color line since this line has such a limited color selection.
Lip Gloss -Isadora - Express Star Gloss in Reflecting Peach
Sammy311 9/8/2006 5:48:00 PM
Whoa! RIS from the sweetest MUA-er in the world. I was skeptical because I don't much care for this company's ads of women with so much goop on their faces that they look like freakin' startled mannequins, not to mention the models' bizarrely pursed and plumped lips. In other words, unnatural and overly painted. So understand my surprise when I tried this gloss on and was startled at how gorgeous this gloss, which I put on over bare lips with the lightest peachy-pink liner (Rimmel's Risque), made my lips look. The mega-sparkles in the gloss simply do not translate into the teeny-bopperdom look that I hate so much...Yes, I love the low key and yet verrrrry sexy look this gloss gives me. Guess I will have to check out this line's other gloss colors, now.
I didn't think I would be impressed, but I am. Because I consider PC an old lady's brand, this company has had a harder time trying to sell me on its products. I was certainly wrong about this brush, though. The soft bristles and smaller size of the brush head is what makes this brush perfect for me. I have a lot more control over the amount of pigment the brush picks up, and that, my friends, is great news as I truly dislike the unnatural look when it comes to blush.
Blush -Wet 'n' Wild - Silk Finish Blush- Naive [DISCONTINUED]
Sammy311 8/17/2006 9:51:00 AM
I'm pretty shocked. After reading about this blush on MUA, I bought it, tried it once, was not impressed, and set it aside. So, I tried it again yesterday with a MAC skunk brush, and I was really impressed with how beautifully it went on. It appears matte in the pan but has a slight shimmer, which lends a gorgeous glow. And the color, which looks unnaturally corally-pink, ironically creates a healthy, natural-looking flush. I supposed you could overdo it, since this blush is heavily pigmented, but if you are pale like me and apply with a light hand, you could be in for a real treat. The packaging is horrific, like W & W packaging, but I'll ignore that in favor of keeping this blush close at hand. I own many expensive blushes, but this one is my new favorite.
Bronzers -Sugar Cosmetics - Tropic Tan Blush and Bronzer Duo
Sammy311 8/13/2006 1:03:00 PM
This is a product for the young rather than the not so young. The colors are gorgeous in the pan, but way too shimmery on--as in mega-shimmery. This does not seem to be the case with some of the reviewers below, but I am here to tell you, folks, that this stuff makes me look like a 14 year old who has been dabbling in dime store makeup. I am disappointed in this product because the colors are truly beautiful in the pan, and you get a huge ass amount of product for the money. I also like the sleek bronze case and the way it has real heft in my hands. But in spite of its visual appeal, it just did not work for me.
Eyeliner -Wet 'n' Wild - Megaliner Liquid Liner- Brown/Brun
Sammy311 7/29/2006 2:51:00 PM
Once again I have to endorse a cheap product. After trying many, many different kinds of both cheap and very expensive liquid eyeliners, this one ended up being my favorite. The color is amazing--described perfectly below as a not-too-dark bronze-brown--and it wears well. I love that the brush is thin instead of one of those godawful fat, Priapus-like stiff felt markers. The brush could be even thinner (I like a delicate, thin line), but when the color is perfect and the price is so cheap, I'm not complainin.'
RIS from a friend. Mine didn't smell at all, so I don't know what is up with all the exclamation point punctuated complaining below. It's an ok gloss, very summery and fairly sheer. I'd never buy a gloss called "Baby Doll," however, as it seems to belong more in a cosmetics line for porn stars and prepubescent girls who still go to sleep clutching a teddy bear. One thing you can say about cosmetic manufacturers: they lack imagination when it comes to naming rheir products.
The clowncheeks hot pink was too pigmented, and the nectar color, which I liked far better, was so sheer I practically had to dig into it with my fingernails to get any decent pigment. If Pop Beauty spent more time making high quality cosmetics than in trying to make *clever* cosmetics, I know I would be much happier. My take on this blush: It sucks, although the nectar color is absolutely gorgeous, even if it does go on invisible.
Gorgeous shimmery olive gold that...fades very quickly. I cannot get a solid line of color out of this, either. I do love the packaging, though. But i have to sent it back to Sephora, 'cause there's no sense in holding on to something that doesn't do what you want it to do, eh?
This one arrived from Sephora smashed to bits. This is the second time a POP Beauty item has arrived smashed. It's due to the ultra-lousy packaging and that fact that this product is not boxed by the manufacturer. Anyway, it's going right back to Sephora...
A very stupid, very expensive mistake.
I have only one thing to say about this lipstick: CADAVER LIPS.
Fabulous lipglass. I'll tell you what this looks like: it looks exactly like Nars Sweet Dreams to me. Sweet Dreams has been my all time favorite gloss ever, and now I have a MAC lipglass in the exact same shade. I couldn't be happier!
Liquid -Revlon - ColorStay Makeup with SoftFlex SPF 6 for Combination/Oily Skin
Sammy311 7/17/2006 1:09:00 PM
Ok, let's get something straight here: I do not like Revlon. With the sole exception of this foundation and Nude Timeliner lipliner, I hate everything Revlon makes. I consistently give away Revlon makeup I either buy on a whim or that someone gives me. I hate their ad campaigns as well, which have a cheap, overly made-up, faux-glamorous air about them. Also, let's face it: Revlon makeup is pretty inferior stuff; oily, watery, poorly colored (heavy on the bright pinks and muddy browns), ad nauseum. Having said all that, this foundation is pretty damn good stuff. It's a bit less opaque than the mask-like original Colorstay, and I do have to apply a bit of powder when I use it, but I've used far more expensive foundations with poorer effect (Lancome and Estee Lauder, can you hear me?) So, kudos to Revlon for doing a couple things right.
Lip Liners -Revlon - Timeliner for Lips(Any Shade)
Sammy311 7/17/2006 12:57:00 PM
Rarely do I wax rhapsodic about a mere lipliner, but I must have bought about a dozen of these--I get them 2 for 1 at my local grocery store--and am never disappointed by the quality, creaminess, staying power, and color of this liner. This is the liner I reach for most often, although I also have some preference for Rimmel's Tiramisu and Sweet Clover, as well as MAC's Devine (I think that's the right one). But this is is my favorite. Cheap and good. Great color--did I mention that? Promotes the longevity of my glosses and lipsticks. Worth its weight in gold...:-)