Pressed Powders -Physicians Formula - Multi-colored Peach to glow
kdeichsel 6/29/2007 8:10:00 PM
Super bulky packaging. Ridiculous Brush. peach face powder? Aside from these quibbles, the product as a blusher ends up looking phenomenal on my warm, pale skin. It brings out my blue eyes, and does not compete with my flamingly red hair, and ends up just giving me the right amount of colour. But i wouldnt buy it again - super expensive for a drugstore brand, yet the packaging itself looks like cheap, child's make up. For a brand that is significantly more expensive than most drugstore brands, you'd think a little extra effort would be put into the packaging/advertising. Oh well - i'm happy with it for now. Add a little gold shimmer on top, and voila - perfectly summery cheeks.
Concealers -Physicians Formula - gentle Cover concealer(light)
kdeichsel 6/29/2007 8:05:00 PM
This product speaks a lot to advertising and packaging. THe packing itself looks completely and totally cheap - like a dollar store knock off that would, surprise surprise, not cost you more than a dollar. However, this does cost more than a dollar - approximately $12.00 CAN in a drugstore. For that price, I expect better packaging. I know this is silly, however, the packing itself makes me less inclined to reach for it, and use it, and buy it again. Better packaging! Now, for the quality - it's ok. It does what it's supposed to - it covers, generally well, blends fairly easily, and the stick enables easy application. However, due to the packaging, i will not be spending my money on this again - it just looks too cheap, which, sad but true, cheapens the product. tsk tsk physician's formula.
Eye Shadow -Physicians Formula - Baked Collection - Baked Spices
kdeichsel 6/29/2007 7:59:00 PM
Definitely a winner! Me: super whiter than white skin, blue eyes, cartoony red hair This product is perfect for me - the neutral peaches/browns/shell really brings out my blue eyes without competing with my flamingly red hair. The casing is rather large, hard to carry in the purse, and the eyeshadow sponge is a joke, but the product itself is great. On a weekend trip, i forgot to pack additional make up - all i have with me with this eyeshadow, mascara, and lip gloss. I used this product on my eyes, cheeks, lips, and the darkest brown shade turned into an excellent eyeliner. I didn't need anything else. Also, summer is here - this is the IDEAL colour combination for you blue or hazel eyed ladies with a tan - on cheeks, the lightest colour is simply smashing. A total recommend!
Blush -Physicians Formula - POwder Palette Multi-Colored Blush
kdeichsel 6/29/2007 7:55:00 PM
For a mid range blush, i think this is pretty darn good. First the negatives: the packaging is a little bulky and the brush is simply ridiculous. If you're channeling 1980s dynasty, and desperately need to have stripes of blush along your cheeks, use the blush brush, otherwise, throw it out or use it as a hair colour brush to touch up your roots (multi purpose is such a beautiful thing). Now for the blush - i have paper white, whiter than white, never seen the sun white skin, with blue eyes, and cartoony candy apple red hair - trying for the jessica rabbit look - and i find that, as i generally go for the "dolly look" - rouged cheeks, glossy lips, and thick mascara, this product works amazing. If adds just the right amount of colour to my skin to give me a little life in my face. Otherwise, i just look sick, like i have the flu prepetually. Be careful though - if you don't blow off your blush brush enough, the pigment ends up being a little too strong and hard to remove. But, back to the multi tasking - this individual colours can be used as eyeshadow and lipcolour under gloss. Very useful. A definite staple for me.
GWP. The colour is gorgeous, just a hint of shimmer, glides smoothly on the lips, and has fairly good staying power. I have the lightest of all porcelain skin colours, blue eyes, and candy apple red hair - this colour is slightly a little too pink for me, but for the most part gorgeous. Dab a little gold lipgloss on top and it becomes magnificent. Would i buy it again - hell no. I'm an avoid follower of makeup expiry dates and, having to throw out lipstick after having them for a year deters me from buying such expensive lipstick. If i used it every day, i would definitely buy it - but since i dont, drugstore lipstick for me!
Lipstick - for me, it's essential. The packaging itself on this product is so sexy - it looks like an hourglass tube, grey in colour, and accented with hints of silver. Very chic. Now, as for the product - the colour is beautiful, the application is smooth and easy (literally gliding on), and the saying power is great, however, something weird is happening when i use these lipsticks. After applying, my lips start turning red - very red - even though this product is a neutral tan/brown. This has happened with all of the other colour perfection lipsticks i own as well - cocao shimmer, peach shimmer, bronzed, and hazelnut. ALl of the colours - neutral browns and peaches - end up red on my lips which, of course, makes me look crazy. Does anyone know why this happens? Is this happening to anyone else?
This was a gwp - which someone gave to me for free - so i ended up spending nothing and would definitely not purchase this again. But, as for the mascara itself - it's weird, because the application and the brush are horrific - too much product, clumpy, makes my lashes look like tar has been spilled all over them, but if i use an eyebrow brush (not a lash comb but the brow brush), or an old mascara wand that i have thoroughly washed and sanitized to remove the excess mascara on my lashes, the end result is AMAZING. Thick glamourous movie star lashes. So, in the case of effort - it just isnt worth it. Too much effort! But the end product is brilliant, as long as you remove the excess with a clean brow brush. You decide - for that money, go cheaper. But that's just my opinion.
This mascara is fine. And when i use the term fine - i am intending to sound as generic and average as possible. There's nothing wrong with this mascara - except the price. If you're rich and like throwing money at multimillion dollar companies like Estee lauder - buy this clinique mascara. If you desperately need to tell people that you wear clinique for image purposes - buy this mascara. If you're a die hard clinique wearer - buy this mascara. For the rest of us who dont care about labels, are not loyal to one brand, and care about our wallets - buy l'oreal. Less than half the price, and exactly the same effect - and l'oreal mascaras often come with "extras" - like liners or makeup removers - attached to the package.
I received this as a GWP. I should probably mention that i'm in my 20s, so as for "intense lift" - i suppose we can debate how much i really need this product. Anyhow - i have extremely sensitive skin - often times than not, moisturizers end up irritating my skin, leaving reddish blotches, a burning sensation, and break outs. However, this product has done none of those things. I've been using it for 4 days during the evenings and the consistency is good (easy to spread), the scent is pleasant - like grown-up baby powder, and the feel on my skin is pretty good. Just think enough to moisturize without feeling like an oil slick errupted on my skin. Would i buy it again - probably not until i'm a little older -as the price is a little above my student lifestyle (ahem - dove product!), and not exactly a product i would need in my beauty regimen. :) good luck ladies.
Eye Shadow -L'Oreal - HIP-Loose Pigment Eye Shadow-Tenacious 848
kdeichsel 6/29/2007 2:39:00 PM
First off, i should probably say that i'm a disco queen at heart. So sparkle really is my middle name. Now, for the product itself - i love it. I love everything about it except the price and the ridiculously little bottle that it comes in. For you sparkle lovers, with fair skin and blue eyes, or tanned/olive/darker skin with a love for the gold - this is the product for you. It's brilliant - and, teamed with restless from L'oreal hip - the duo is phenomenal. Restless is a beautiful base shadow - shimmer gold/taupe/pink - mixed with the tenacious in the crease and even on your cheeks is a night look to die for. As the golden metal look is quite in, this combination is a big hit. Now, for the price - i got it on ebay for $5.00 so i didnt break the bank - however, the retail price is a little steep, even taking into account the little brush they throw in which is a nice little 'for your purse' bonus. Also, the tenacious sometimes has a hard time staying on your lip so, before applying, i like to put a very minimal amount of neutral cream shadow along the crease, and then dab the product on top. Make sure when applying you place a folded tissue under your bottom lash to catch the extra that falls off - otherwise, it's hella hard to remove the product from your cheeks, unless you want it there. Enjoy!
Eye Shadow -Revlon - Molten Metal Liquid Shadow in Bronze Bomber
kdeichsel 6/29/2007 2:31:00 PM
UPDATE: I left the original review to show you my frustration with the product... but honestly, after practising with it, it looks gorgeous, lasts all day, and can be applied however heavily you need it for drama and effect. I just found it particularly difficult to use in the beginning... but like i said - practice. All the colours are gorgeous too... Thank god i got this on ebay for $3.00, otherwise i would have been hella pissed paying the steep $12 or so dollars for this useless product. So, after all these great reviews, what's my problem, you ask? I want a highly pigmented, luminously magical product that lives up to the advertising. What i got, was a dull, mediocre, ridiculously packaged cosmetic that will surely find it's way into the garbage in the next little while. Basically my issue is that the product looks beautiful in the bottle but is not as pigmented, not as vibrant, not as molten metal as I expected it to be. The picture promised that i would look like a golden goddess, and what i got was some dull, rusted, metal. Bleh. But i do have to give credit where credit is due - this stuff stays forever. Hardly creases and, although the application wand itself is just silly, the application is surprisingly easy. Piece of advice - if you simply have to waste your money on this product, pick up l'oreal hip loose pigments in tenacious and dab it on top of the revlon molten metal eyeshadow. Truly a phenomenal look, especially on all you olive/tan/darker skinner ladies - perfection.
First off, I should probably mention that i purchased three of these online (ebay) for 5.00 and boy was it money well spent. The colours i have are: bubbly, crushed blush, and iced coffee and, if you're someone with either blue eyes or hazel eyes, either super fair or tanned, these are the three colour for you. For my fair skin with blue eyes, the colours together (bubbly on my lid, iced coffee in the crease, and crushed blush on my cheeks) created the very popular ethereal, angellic look. Also, the product itself barely creases - normally hate cream make up but this one is a winner. Weirdly enough it does have a cooling sensation on the lids - odd, but very pleasant. I wonder if it has menthol in the product listing (i dont have the packaging). I would totally buy this product again (on ebay - cheaper!).
For a drug store brand, Feria is expensive. I would also never use feria if i wanted a natural colour however, I like my hair a crazy, fiery, impossible to miss, red, and FERIA R76 Spicy Red provides me with just that... Show stopping red hair. The packaging is like any other drug store brand, the smell is as pungent (even though they provide you with some ridiculous oil/scent additive which only dilutes the product and makes it runny), but the colour is vibrant and addictive. I should mention that i have naturally blond hair and, ever year, i put highlights in my hair so that the colour will end up more vibrant in certain areas. I've been using this product for almost 4 years and, after trying everything from salon hair colouring to manic panic, no red has the colour intensity and staying power of this product. Now, for the condition of my hair, that's a different story. I have naturally curly hair so it's prone to dryness, but I condition it every day - often with olive oil - a cheap, safe, and eco friendly alternative. For all you ladies with light hair who want a crazy kick of colour - try Feria R76, but for hair that is medium brown or darker, be skeptical. Enjoy!
Without sounding too vain, I have flawless skin - virtually perfect, peaches and cream, not a blemish in sight, kind of skin. I'm extremely fortunate when it comes to skin - I can put the oiliest of products on my face and still nothing - not a single blemish. However, that all changed when i used max factor panstik. Although the packaging is convenient and the colour is fairly true to the indication on the wrapping, the product itself is a nightmare! I placed a small amount on three areas on my face to cover up a slight reddish colour and, to my sheer horror, by the end of the day I had three large pimples in the exact areas I applied the foundation. Ladies, if you tend to break out often, or even infrequently, do yourself a favour and stay away from this god awful product! For someone who can basically rub a slice of oily pizza on her face and not break out, I was surprised and disappointed - Max, I thought more highly of you! However.. the lipstick colour perfection is a whole different story - an honestly amazing lipstick. How did the foundation stick miss the mark so badly?