GREAT EYELINER, I HAVESUPER SENSITIVE EYE AND SKIN - YES LIKE MANY OTHER PENCIL EYELINERS IT DOESNT STAY PUT ON THE WATERLINE ALL DAY AND MAY REQUIRE REAPPLYING - BUT IT HAS EXCELLENT STAYING POWER UNLIKE SOME OTHERS AND IS EXTREMELY EASY TO APPLY, VERY SOFT AND LASTS VERY LONG. I USED TO APPLY LIQUID EYELINER TO EYES (TOP EYELID) THAT DRIED OUT MY SKIN ALITTLE - I CHANGED TO USING THE BLACK ONE INSTEAD AND ITS GENTLY CREAMY FORMULA LOOKS GREAT OR EVEN BETTER. CREATES A LOVELY SMOKY EYE LOOK AND A SHARP LINE - STAYS PUT FOR HRS UNLESS I RUB MY EYES (HAY FEVER SEASON) -VERY GOOD EYE LINER OVERALL-PRICEY BUT ONLY AS EXPECTED FROM PREMIUM BRANDS. WHEN THIS IS APPLIED ALL NIGHT AS SOMETIMES I DO NOT REMOVE EYELINER IF APPLIED TO THE LOWER LASH LINE/WATERLINE - I KNOW I SHOULD - THEN IT IRRITATES MY EYES ALOTTHE FOLLOWING MORNING. EYES BECOME WATERY AND SORE ALL DAY. SO GOOD TO USE AS LONG AS YOU REMOVE BEFORE BEFORE BED TIME. GOOD STAYING POWER THAT IS WHY HARDER TO REMOVE THAN SOME OTHER EYELINERS - BUT NOT THAT DIFFICULT IF A GOOD MAKE UP REMOVER IS USED - CAN BE REMOVED SIMPLY WITH LANCOME BI FACIL OR SIMPLE EYE MAKE UP REMOVER - BUT WHAT WORKS FOR 1 PERSON MAY NOT WORK FOR ANOTHER - BUT HIGHLY RECOMMENDED EYELINER.
Mascara -Yves Saint Laurent - Faux cils - noir radical
shopaholick 5/9/2011 4:20:00 PM
GOOD SHADE OF BLACK VERY PIGMENTED - SMUDGES IF NOT DRIED PROPERLY AND IF YOU APPLY MULTIPLE COATS OF MASCARA AT ONE - MORE LENGTHENING THAN VOLUMISING - PEOPLE MISTAKEN FOR FALSIES WHEN WORN ALONE AND WITH LANCOME HYPNOSE DRAMA . SLIGHT ROSY SMELL A LITTLE ANNOYING AND IRRITATING TO MY SUPER SENSITIVE EYES. DEFINITELY WORTH TRYING - CHEAP KIND OF PACKAGING TACKY LOOKING.
REPURCHASED - WORTH EVERY PENNY - I HAVE LONG LASHES BUT ADDS even more LENGTH AND CURL THAT HOLDS & VOLUME -MASCARA REALLY WORKED FOR ME ALONGSIDE YSZ FAUX CILS IN NOIR RADICAL THIS ADDS MORE VOLUME - CAN GET A LITTLE CLUMPY BUT A VERY GOOD MASCARA ABIT LIKE DIORSHOW BLACKOUT FOR ME BUT BETTER AS THE CURL HOLDS - DOESNT SMUDGE IF YOU LET IT DRY PROPERLY. PRICEY, BUT EXPECTED FROM PREMIUM BRANDS. DID NOT IRRITATE MY SUPER SENSITIVE EYES OR SKIN SLIGHT ROSY SCENT. VERY DIFFICULT TO REMOVE WITH NORMAL MAKE UP REMOVER THE LANCOME BI FACILS REMOVER CAME WITH THE GIFT SET ALONGSIDE THE KOHL EYE LINER - BOTH AMAZING PRODUCTS - THE MAKE EYE MAKE UP REMOVER WORKS THE BEST WITH THIS MASCARA AND SO I HAD NO PROBLEMS UNTIL I HAD TO PAY ALOT FOR BI FACIL MAKE UP REMOVER FULL SIZE. THE MAKE UP REMOVER IS OIL BASED I THINK AND HAS PATENTED TECHNOLOGY AMAZING BUT MAY CLOG PORES IF YOU HAVE OILY SKIN. I DONT EVEN HAVE TO USE MY LIQUID EYELINER AS THE KOHL CRAYON IS SO CREAMY CREATES A LOVELY SMOKY EYE LOOK AND A SHARP LINE . DEFINATELY RECOMMENDED MASCARA ALL MY FRIENDS WERE AMAZED AND BELIEVED THE LASHES TO BE FALSE. Update: I have used the YSL shocking mascara and occasionally use the lancome now and the YSL faux cils mascara - the YSL masacaras are gOOD but they are not as soft as Lancome (the formula)- Lancome really delivers a great mascara ALTHOUGH CLUMPY LIKE MANY VOLUMISING MASCARAS!!! Different products work differently for everyone so its trial and error- (YSL worked better on a friend who has blue eyes- she found this too be too heavy and it did not sit well on her lashes)- I use the TOPSHOP khol eyeliner now- which is more darker but smudges- I would love to find a product that is similar and does not clump but havnt yet although YSL shocking volume comes close- recieved many compliments on all mascaras...
Great product, nice color, always recieve compliments when worn. Nice twist to simple french manicure - very fresh and pretty pink color - stays in place but pricey.
Purchased and was advised to get Golden fair for my NC20-25 skin - got the matte as the other one contains bismuth oxichloride and I did not wish to risk a breakout - it was way too yellow and dried out my skin - my skin is naturally normal not dry. Very drying had to send right back. Simple packaging nothing fancy, but had a spill proof type of thing which was good. 1 for good blending properties felt soft, prefer Bella pierre by far.
Loose Powders -Unlisted Brand - Bella Pierre MIneral Foundation-MF2 Ivory
shopaholick 5/9/2011 9:55:00 AM
After trying shade MF2, I was matched to shade 1 - as I was informed by the s.a that it can suit pale/fairer skintones with a warm undertone I am Mac shade NC20 so at first I thought that shade 01 was very pale -shade MF2 was too yellow on my skintone. Shade MF2 did give me a nice glow. After having tested shade 1 myself at home I found that the shade was okay it is fair and has a nice warm undertone that is not as strong however as shade MF2 . It matched my skin nicely and still provided a nice subtle glow. The shades are great and usually I find that some mineral powders with a yellow undertone are too yellow for me and those with a pink undertone do not suit me - this one is just right. Can be mixed with a moisturiser for a nice light /medium coverage or used on its own for a nice matte look- but needs reapplying throughout the day which is inconvenient (messy)and the packaging gets very messy and the powder can make a mess and spill all over clothes and furniture if you are not careful. horrible packaging. I would not travel with this item and would certainly not use on thego or trust it around my favourite dresses as it can't be easily removed and creates a mess. I will transfer product into a seperate container which makes less of a mess and use - and only then will I ever purchase again. Very expensive in comaprison to some other good brands.UPDATE: TOO MESSY POWDER GOES ON MY LBD AS ITS A FOUNDATION HARD TO REMOVE AND WENT ON MY BED AND WOULD NOT COME OFF.... TOO MESSSY The powder foundation overall: Did not cause breakouts and fragrance free -great because it keeps the skin clear - multi purpose item - may not suit dry skin - great for oily/combi skin.
Foundations -Yves Saint Laurent - Perfect Touch Radiant Brush Foundation
shopaholick 5/9/2011 9:44:00 AM
Good product - was given a shade 02 for my NC20 skin tone - finally a shade that suits my warm yet pale asian skin tone well-very beautiful lightweight foundation -just nothing special - causes some breakouts -this may be due to the light fragrance - I hate using foundations that make my skin breakout the next day as my skin is normally very clear. Packaging convenient to travel with can cause problems if brush left on as product can be wasted. A lot of product is wasted if the foundation is not applied lightly (alhtough it depends on the coverage you want) -medium coverage/light offered by this foundation. Feels lightweight on the skin. Product claims to be non-comediogenic -generally okay product but I would not recommend using 2 days in a row if your skin is prone to breakouts.
I am very happy with products especially 05 Marshmallow. These pens are fantastic in comparison to some others on the market - This is my first Max Factor purchase and I am pleased particularly with shade 05 marshmallow - this suits my complexion perfectly- I am a NC 20/25 - and it looks very natural and makes my lips look rosy - it can be applied as lip liner and as a blusher (but it would be too dark for me to use as a blusher) - so has multiple uses -Very useful and lightweight - no worries about it leaking into your bag- the only disadvantage is that it has to be reapplied if you dont let it dry properly and does not last anywhere near the entire day without reapplication. Dries out , but once shaken it is activated and ready to use again. good product. Matt not glossy so you may want to apply something to smooth out lips if they are dry first. All shades can be applied lightly or heavily. Doesnt feel like lip product is on lips very good and matte - so natural. shades 03 (berry/red) and 06 (deeper berry) I would use for evenings as they are less natural looking than shade 05 . I never use frosted lip gloss as here in the UK it can sometimes look a little dated on me in the day time - however I used Guerlain's pale frosted pink gloss very lightly with shade 06 underneath and received many compliments-- as I did for using shade 05. The pens can be worn with clear or colored gloss/lip stick. You can team these up with your favorite gloss and experiment - very good product . UPDATE: After months of use 05 marshmallow has become my favourite I have received many compliments since using this product. Alittle drying so gloss/vaseline may be used on top and it is great under glosses etc too for rosy lips. The staying power is not great but I dont mind reapplying every few hours as I like the effect of naturally rosy lips. HOWEVER CAUSES ECZEMA AROUND MOUTH EACH TIME I USE THESE I DONT KNOW WHY SO THATS WHY 2 LIPPIES .
Great shade - can be mixed in with other shades to compliment it -like a pink/nude shade or pink fudge can suit different skin tones - very elegant and natural looking. Wears off somewhat easily like many other lip glosses - but great product lasts ages. Good value for money. Lovely when worn with smoky dusky pink/plum eyes. Packaging ruins in bag. Update : alittle sticky and shade may be dull for some; great for all ages inc mature.
Great product suits my NC20-NC25 skintone beautifully - nice natural and dewy - a lovely cool sort of pink- looks very natural - the only downside is the quality of the packaging the clear plastic bit of the packaging broke off - not such great quality packaging - okay pricing there are many great dupes for mac products on the market- may not suit oily skin or combination skin - because it is creamy and could clog pores. I have super sensitive skin and the product is great - can be worn both day and night for different looks (daytime/evening) - great in the winter and in the summer when I have a tan. Great shade - I want to find this shade in a powder form for the summer and for a more matte look. UH OH DISCONTINUED... Update I got dame for a very natural flushed look- I am bored of it now- I noticed that the creme blushes caused alot of blocked pores and breakouts which the powder blushes do not cause. So gets a 4 not a 5. 2012 update: I READ SOME REQUESTS FOR THE POWDER VERSION OF THIS BLUSH (IN TERMS OF COLOR) I FOUND REVLONS MATT BLUSHER IN BLUSHING BERRY SHADE 002 TO BE SIMILAR AND ALSO FASHIONISTA BUTTERSCOTCH- WITH THE FORMER BEING A MORE COOLER PINK- THE CONSISTENCY IS POWDER AND NOT CREAM LIKE LADY BLUSH SO IT MAY BE BETTER FOR COMBO/OILY SKIN.
Great product , tweed rose is a beautiful shade- a warm/berry pink with some shimmer (more on pink side than purple) - matched my NC 20-NC 25 skin beautifully - the mirror/compact can be used as just a mirror when the product is used up- so no need to dispose-slim, sleek packaging - product lasts a long time only would not repurchase because includes bismuth oxichloride - which can cause breakouts - my skin is usually very clear I find a slight irritation after use this may be due to this ingredient. One of my favourite items. Brush needs sterilising like other brushes- generally good - pricing too high for just a blusher in comparison to MAC etc. Looks darker in packaging than it does on skin. great product if it doesnt make your skin break out. UPDATE: THE COMPACT BROKE AS IT DROPPED.. NOT EASY TO REPLACE DUE TO COST AND STILL CONTAINS LOTS OF BLUSH. MY MIRROR DROPPED AND THE TOP BROKE OFF FROM BLUSH (NO HEAVY FALL SO TOOK OFF SOME LIPPIES)
Crème -Chanel - Teint Innocence Cream to Powder Compact Foundation
shopaholick 5/9/2011 8:56:00 AM
I got this product when I was on holiday in Dubai in Claire - had to change to the shade fiance a few months later after tan had faded - I have a warm undertone yet fair skin - the pricing was alittle high as expected from Chanel, the compact is nice with a mirror- however the sponge is not that great- must be washed frequently AND CANT BE USED AFTERWARDS. The foundation itself is great gives a great dewy coverage (good for dry skin) - some people with oily/COMBO skin may not prefer this type of foundation (AQUA BASED RANGE IS GREAT). A professional coverage is provided however it caused SEVERAL breakouts as the item is creamy too rich for my skin, I think it clogged my pores - I have clear skin otherwise. My friend who has a more golden/deeper skin tone was unable to find her shade, this was a big shame so the shades are limited, in the UK, anyway. With this range - I found that the shades suit skin types with yellow undertones - or a warmer NC undertone in general. So not so great for those with a cooler undertone , my friend who is an NW 15/20 AND NW25 tried this and it just didn't suit her undertone and looked very different to her neck and body. So overall great product provided that it doesn't break you out - some reapplication may be required at end of the day- may be used as concealer under eyes etc - depending however on the seriousness of the condition. Very good finish - not so good applicator and price - particularly if like me you have to renew the shade. Compact nice classic Chanel but alittle too bulky. Prefer the blusher packaging (I have tweed rose its great except for the bismuth oxichloride - anyway I will try and do a review on that). UPDATE 2012: STAY AWAY FROM THIS IF YOU DO NOT HAVE DRY SKIN/SUPER DRY SKIN. UNLIKE OTHER PRODUCTS AFTER A YEAR THIS PRODUCT STINGSSZZZ ON FACE MUST BE REPLACED V COSTLY AND NOT IDEAL FOR VERYDAY USE V HEAVY COVERAGE(FOR ME ANYWAY). I have been using the Chanel vitalumiere aqua (water based) foundation in beige pastel- it is amazing and allows my skin to breathe(please see review) it is a light coverage that is buildable to medium coverage not as moisturizing as the teint innocence but does not clog my pores unlike the teint innocence-I would highly recommend the vitalumiere aqua it for oily/combo skin- and Chanel have a range now for deeper skin tones finally.