Powder -Meow Cosmetics - Flawless Feline Mineral Foundation
uraznbabygurl 11/3/2011 12:14:00 AM
I'm not a new user of Meow Cosmetics, but I like to update my reviews as my feelings change about certain products. I highly applaud this company for having a VERY wide range of shades since my skin is a challenge to match. I'm warm and that can mean a lot of different things. More specifically, I'm golden, not yellow, not peach, not olive, not really golden-olive ... the list goes on and on :) Some people may disagree with me, but I do think that Flawless Feline is a heavy coverage foundation. I made the mistake of buying this the first time around because I thought it would cut down the time in my makeup routine. However, I thought this formula was harder to work with because, well, it is heavy. Meow claims that it will feel light on the skin despite its coverage. I unfortunately could not agree with this. It's a little chalky and definitely not light feeling, though I have seen a lot worse. Because this foundation did not really look right on me, I won't repurchase this one again. I also wanted to share a few tips for sampling foundation colors. 1) Since Flawless Feline is heavy, I think that there's less of a "leeway" when it comes to finding a perfect match. If Flawless is the coverage/finish for you, it may be a good idea to order more samples (especially in different breeds) to find the most accurate match. 2) Post or email your pic to Jen on the forum. She usually narrows it down to 3-4 different undertones that you should try. 3) If you are unsure of your undertones, order some samples in Siamese and determine how much your skin deviates from the foundation. If it looks pink, order/try warmer shades (cooler shades if it looks yellow). 4) If you *know* you are warm toned, order Chartreux first. That breed is definitely warm and definitely has some yellow. Chartreux pulled pink on me, so I knew I needed something warmer
Mascara -New York Color - High Definition Volumizing Mascara
uraznbabygurl 10/7/2011 12:11:00 PM
Ehh, it's all right but it's not my type. I have thin, straight lashes that point down and are stubborn to hold a curl. I will give this mascara props for being a dark black, separating lashes well, and volumizing decently. However, it is still quite clumpy and it doesn't hold as well as I'd like. I also have a TON of beef with the bristles. This is made of some harder plastic and I noticed that some of the 'bristles' are longer than the other. Thus, it can feel uncomfortable when I apply way down at the base of my lashes. I guess this is where you can tell that the mascara is cheaply made.
Blush -Flirt - Peek-A-Blush Sheer Powder Cheek Color in 21 Pink Tutu
uraznbabygurl 9/29/2011 7:53:00 PM
I was iffy about getting this particular shade because I already have various 'dupes' of NARS Orgasm. Nonetheless, I'm glad I got this one. I actually don't really find this a dupe of Orgasm from what I remember; Pink Tutu is a tiny bit darker and a little bit more coral (but not as coral as Torrid). If anything, I think it's more similar to Deep Throat (though I'm not quite sure if it 's a dupe of that either). I also thought Pink Tutu was similar to another shade in the collection, Dapple Apple. Both of these shades have that bright reddish-pink theme going on. It wasn't until I swatched both shades heavily that I could see a difference. Dapple Apple is more neutral with much more rose-red tones (see my review on that one) and is not as bright as Pink Tutu in comparison. With that said, I like Pink Tutu much, much, much, better than Dapple Apple or Orgasm for my golden complexion. Because it doesn't have distinct red tones, it does not make me look like I'm sunburned or emphasize my hyperpigmentation. I also appreciate the moderate amount of sparkle as opposed to the glitterbomb that Orgasm is. As with other Flirt! blushes, the texture and pigmentation is there. I will be buying this one again.
Blush -Flirt - Peek-A-Blush Sheer Powder in Dapple Apple
uraznbabygurl 9/29/2011 7:29:00 PM
This isn't a bad blush at all. It unfortunately did not work for my skintone, so I returned it. That isn't to say that the color itself isn't nice though. Dapple Apple is a reddish pink (specifically, it's what Wikipedia calls "electric crimson") with gold shimmer. I guess that's where they get the name. It reminds me of a pink lady apple. Sadly, I felt that the redness clashed with my golden skin. I already have surface redness without foundation as it is, and this blush kinda reminded me of it. Otherwise, the pigmentation is definitely there & the texture is quite nice. The price is quite reasonable, especially if you have a $10 off coupon for Kohl's. EDIT: I take it back, this actually does look pretty on me but with a VERY light hand. It's not one of those I-just-came-in-from-the-cold shades, it reminds me of those "ooh-that-was-amazing!!" kinda situations ;)
Eyeliner -Prestige - Total Intensity Eyeliner Deepest Black
uraznbabygurl 9/12/2011 7:05:00 PM
Some may say that I have a tall order when it comes to eyeliner. I want something that has the richness of a liquid, the smoothness and durability of a gel/cream, and the easiness of application of a pencil eyeliner. I also like my blacks to be very black... grey or blue overtones need not apply! Finally, I prefer a matte finish; my oily lids will only make glossy liners look greasy in no time. If these qualities are what you're looking for in a liner, I can say with confidence that this is what you're looking for. It's got a smooth texture which ensures an even line without any skipping. I tested this out today without an eye primer and I didn't see any flakes, smudges, or that dreaded transfer crescent on my eyelids! I have yet to try this on my lower lashline or waterline, but I think it would be a safe bet to use an eye primer in this case. Best of all, I got this on sale for $3 but it's really worth the full price (which I think is around $6). I'll test this out a few more times to see if it's my HG, but I'm almost certain that this is it. I can't wait to try other colors in this line!
Eyeliner -Unlisted Brand - Essence Long Lasting Eye Pencil in Black Fever
uraznbabygurl 9/12/2011 6:39:00 PM
This pencil was okay, nothing amazing even for its price point. This isn't extremely black. I'm not rating this product down for that reason because some people do prefer a standard black as opposed to an intense one. I like 'em intense, which is one reason why I will be returning this. The liner isn't very creamy, which makes the application a bit skippy and uneven. I didn't experience any smudging but it did fade after several hours. With that said, the wear is pretty decent especially with a good eye primer. I've just found something better so I won't be purchasing this again.
I hate to be the first to bring a fairly good product down. I'm sure that many others will be smitten with this mascara. Unfortunately, this one wasn't "the one" for me. I had read about this mascara on various blogs, and the general consensus was that it volumized really well without any clumps. I found these claims to be true, but the results weren't the greatest. The brush is definitely unique with its helix design and rubber bristles, although it was a little bit awkward to use. The dealbreaker for me was that this is a fairly wet formula that dried to a slightly tacky finish. Thus, Supershock MAX didn't hold a curl as well as I'd like and it smudged a bit. I'll be returning this one.
Foundations -Avon - Ideal Flawless Invisible Coverage Liquid Foundation
uraznbabygurl 8/30/2011 8:41:00 PM
I'm sure I'm not the only one who has felt that "full coverage" and "natural" can't possibly go together. I guess this is a fairly new concept in the makeup world, and I do have to give Avon props for taking this step. IMO, this is a nice improvement from their now-discontinued Ideal Shade foundation. I feel that Ideal Flawless blends more easily and wears well over a primer (I have oily skin and wore this over Avon's Magix primer). Also, Ideal Flawless is neither fully matte or fully dewy. I would say that it's definitely a satin-matte to matte finish, so you won't end up looking powdery or greasy. From what I can see, there is a very faint amount of shimmer. However, it isn't detectable once you put it on your face. Thus, I do agree that this foundation does what it claims to for the most part: look natural while giving solid, medium-full coverage. I'm not sure if this is HG material, but it's a good contender. For shade reference, I'm NC30 in MAC and I wear this in Nude. EDIT: I noticed that this oxidized & got oily on me after about 4 hours. I guess this isn't good for oily skin after all, even with a primer. I'll have to knock the rating down.
This one looks blah in the pan (as do most matte nude blushes, IMO). If you're looking for pinkish-brown blush, this one is a nice option. It reminds me of MAC Blushbaby, except it is more brown. Expresso (or Espresso) is definitely on the warmer side, and I think it's dark enough to use as a contour for lighter skintones. I'm around NC30 and it's a super flattering blush on my skin. I'm impressed with the quality of NYX blushes, and this one is no exception.
As with Peach, the texture of this shade of blush is a little chalky and powdery. The color is sheer, but not totally unpigmented. I think this color is as cute as Peach... but in the pan only. On my cheeks, this is, ironically, pure hell for me. I blame this on the lilac undertone, which is a color that will never look good on my NC30 skin. Therefore, this one will be going up for swaps!
I was looking for a cheap brow gel or wax that I could purchase with my $5 Walmart gift card. This is the only one I saw at the store, so I purchased it with no expectations at all. I hardly believe any company who touts that their product is truly "natural" or "organic," especially when its price point is fairly low. Otherwise, this brow gel does what it's supposed to do. It goes on and dries clear while holding your brows in place all day. It doesn't have an odd scent as far as I know. All in all, I like this product enough but there may be even cheaper finds.
Eye Shadow -Maybelline - Expert Wear Eyeshadow Trios - Almond Satin
uraznbabygurl 8/15/2011 7:49:00 PM
Whatever you do, skip this one. The colors look really pretty in the pan but do not translate at all on the lids because there is hardly any pigmentation. The most pigmented shade is the crease shade, and I would rate its pigmentation in between below average and average. I don't know if I can say that this will show up on fairer skintones (I'm NC30). It's really THAT bad.
I got this in In Love. I didn't realize that this was a cheek TINT until I took it home. So, I then had expectations that this would be sheer. What looked to be a bright coral and a rich bronzy, darkened peach turned out to be practically invisible. Hardly even a tint. Lastly, the texture reminds me of chapstick and not a cream. I guess I should have checked reviews on this before I got it. I will be returning this.
Mehh... I feel totally let down by this. Sure, it gives decent (and I really mean decent, nothing spectacular) volume and it does a good job of declumping after every coat. However, this does NOT hold a curl at all and I find that it flakes at the end of the day. I also got this in the Very Black shade. My lashes are black already, but I could tell the mascara was not truly black after putting a few coats on. When I washed it off, it washed off as a dark navy color. Say whatttt? I have the Lash Blast Luxe version in Black Platinum; that washes off grey, which isn't ideal for me but at least it isn't blue. Totally unacceptable.
I own around 40 of these eyeshadows. I'm a neutrals (mostly taupe!) addict and I am glad to say that NYX has a lot of taupes and browns to choose from. With that said, I have made my go-to e/s palette with all NYX shadows and I am super happy with them. I say if you're going to go drugstore with eyeshadows, NYX is the way to go. There are 160 shades (plus 52 discontinued ones) that range from matte, shimmery, frosty, metallic, glittery, etc. A good majority of the ones I have are richly pigmented and blend easily. The only downside is that these are quite soft, so I find that "tapping" your brush onto the eyeshadow prevents it from getting messy and powdery. Admittedly though, I feel that Inglot's texture is superior to NYX's. But I've collected so many NYX ones that I will hold off on Inglot for a while :P My favorite singles are: Iced Mocha, Taupe Pearl, Sparkle Cedar, Dune, True Taupe, Geisha, Hawaiian Coffee, Root Beer, and Nude. :)