When I first bought this product, I hated it. I was applying it with my fingers and then with several different brushes and it just looked like a clumpy, cakey, overdone mess. But then I tried applying it with a sponge and everything changed. I'd always thought sponges absorbed too much product to be useful but they work perfectly for this foundation and give a perfect seamless finish to the face. This foundation DOES NOT like brushes. Now I prime with Monistat Anti-Chafing Gel and apply a few small dabs of the foundation all around my face, concentrating on the middle portion. Then, I blend the dabs in with a small makeup sponge. For all-day wear, I dust lightly with AirSpun powder (not my favorite but it's what I have) and it lasts all day. I find blush 'sticks' to this foundation well. Price: Varies, $11-$15 Coverage: Medium to Full (2 layers is Medium-Full for me) Finish: Natural bordering on dewy Texture: A bit slippery; this doesn't set as much as the liquid Colorstay does. It will transfer a bit if you blow your nose or scratch your face. I find it wears off my nose by the end of the day. Color: I'm NW20 and I mix Ivory and Buff for a perfect match. Scent: Not as obnoxious as the liquid Colorstay but does have a faint plastic/paint aroma that goes away. Final Word: While expensive for a drugstore foundation, Revlon Colorstay Whipped is a good alternative if you're looking for a foundation with the stronger coverage of liquid Colorstay in an easier-to-work-with texture and a more natural, skin-like finish. Use a sponge for seamless, non-streaky application.
Eye Shadow -Wet 'n' Wild - Color Icon Trio - Walking on Eggshells
AllKillNoDrill 11/24/2012 4:42:00 PM
This is a great palette if you want something inexpensive that's good for everyday HOWEVER I've taken major points off of this product because it simply won't survive in any kind of mobile makeup bag situation. This palette cracks so easily it isn't even funny. The shadows crumble and mix in with one another requiring a huge amount of cleanup. All that said, if you're willing to put up with broken shadow or if you keep your makeup in one stationary location, this is a great cheap everyday option.
BB Cream -Maybelline - Dream Fresh 8-in-1 BB Cream
AllKillNoDrill 7/11/2012 9:57:00 PM
I was looking for one product that I could smooth on in the morning before work that would make my face look presentable, even, and protected by SPF. While it doesn't do 8 things like it claims, it does smooth, even, and provide SPF. I purchased this at Wal-Mart for $7.44 which is a good price for the amount of product you get. I also liked that these are sealed in plastic wrap and in a squeeze tube; you can control the amount you dispense while keeping it hygienic. Bottom line: It's perfect for summer- just throw some on, add a little blush and mascara and hit the road. For reference, I'm NW20 and am using the Light version of this. It doesn't look like NW20 coming out of the tube but as others have said it adjusts to my skin very well. If you need a little more coverage, this works well with concealer and a bit of powder to set. Overall it's a great product that I'll be using all summer long.
Firstly- this polish is NOT a foil! This is a raisin/eggplant purple with light shimmer. It is not as deep as Royal Rajah Ruby or I'm Not Really A Waitress but it is pretty on its own merit. My first impression of this polish was that I wished it were more purple, but it's still a good vampy shade that reads purple without being too blackened.
I didn't experience any of the formula problems that people are mentioning here. Does it require a little more work because it's a neon? Yes. Should that stop you from trying it? No! I sought this color out because I saw a certain reality 'star' wearing this on screen and it really caught my eye. So after some intensive Googling, I found it was this color. It's unique because it's a typical Essie pink-coral with a neon twist. Great for spring and summer too. While it may look milquetoast in the bottle, give it a try. You will be surprised.
According to OPI this shade is retiring this year so I ran out to grab it, having taken it for granted for all these years. This is such a deep, luminous blackened ruby. Check out my bottle shot above to get an idea. As with most OPIs, the formula is smooth, buttery, and neither too thick nor too thin. This is a great shade for fall and winter and REALLY shines in full sunlight.
Beautiful juicy cobalt jelly. This is very unique for a drugstore color. Unlike others, my bottle had no noticeable smell, aside from the typical polish smell. I wish the handle of the bottle (and all Revlons) was a little heavier. This would give me a little more control when working with a thinner formula like this one. You will have VNL with 3 or less coats, but the effect is nice. This polish really glows from within. Give it a try, you won't be disappointed.
Ahhh Ruby Woo. I will probably repurchase this color for the rest of my life. Yes, the formula is dry but this is a Retro Matte; this is vintage-style lipstick so channel your inner Rosie the Riveter. It takes a bit of elbow grease and know-how to make this color work, but anything worth doing is worth doing well. I pat on Eos balm first, because it's not too greasy, let it sit for a few minutes and then line with NYX Hot Red. This lipstick lasts hours with minimal fuss. I like to wear it with foundation and mascara only for a sleek but not 'too done' look.
I would never have picked this out on my own because of how purple it looks in the pan but it really works on my fair skin. A MAC artist recommended it to me and told me not to judge a blush by its pan color. She was right. This is a great everyday color.
I see alot of people complaining about the application and opacity of this color. I find that when used with Essie Fill The Gap base coat, Sweet Heart is smooth and opaque with two coats. This is a great go-to neutral and looks beautiful with jewelry.
The more reviews I read for this product, the more I think the ladies of the Chanel counter either didn't know what they were doing or just wanted to get rid of some old Vitalumiere stock. I was having trouble with my skin being much drier than usual last winter, and I had heard great things about Chanel from my boss so I figured I'd give it a try. The Chanel rep looked at my skin and recommended Vitalumiere in Diaphane. This seemed much too light for me, (I'm NW20 for reference), but I figured she was the expert and I bought the product. Long story short, I hate this. I've tried to make it work for me but it just won't. Way way too slick and greasy, slides right off my face, even with setting powder. The pump is nice but it leaks around the collar. The scent is a little heavy but wears away fairly quickly. I think if you're older with extremely dry skin, this could work well for you. However, if you're even a little bit combination, this will simply be a hot, greasy mess. Lesson: save your receipts, always!
I wanted to love this. The smell is so overpowering and weird, (like fish + chemicals. ICK.) that I can't bear to use it and that's saying alot for a polish devotee like me. Here's hoping that your bottle smells better than mine.
Skincare - Body -Unlisted Brand - Mr. Pumice - Pumi Bar
AllKillNoDrill 6/19/2011 1:00:00 AM
If you wear flip flops or sandals often and you don't want Fred Flintstone feet, you need this. It's cheap, it's fast, and one bar will last a very long time. This will also mold to your foot shape with use, which is nice. I have a heel side and sole side. Use at the end of a shower or bath with just a little bit of soap and you're good to go.
Top/Base Coats -Essie - Good to Go! The Fastest Drying Top Coat
AllKillNoDrill 6/18/2011 11:20:00 PM
HG Top Coat for me. I originally tried this because Seche Vite was thickening before I could get through half the bottle, and always left my nails too squishy, dentable, and peely. Good To Go is slightly high at $10 a bottle (at Ulta at least) but I find the product doesn't thicken so you can use the entire bottle and get your dollar's worth. I apply this to slightly dry nails, perhaps 1 minute after my last coat of polish. The finish is shiny and fairly hard, though not as hard as a thickening top coat, obviously. The shine stays consistent until removal and lasts as long as I want it to. What I love is the speed; I can polish before bed without waking up with dreaded sheet marks or sock marks after winter pedicures. The packaging is like all other salon Essie; simple and effective. Basically, you need this. Especially if you're busy and have more to do than sit and wait for your nails to dry. Will not disappoint. Also, I haven't had any problems using this top coat with other brands of polish. If anything I've found that it makes cheaper polishes wear like better brands. NOTE: Now that Essie can be found at drugstores, so can Good to Go. I purchased a bottle at Walgreens tonight for $7.99. I will test to see if the formula is as effective as the salon version.