I bought this sight unseen and worked with it for 4-5 days w/various combinations. I'm an NC20 (green-blue eyes) and this pink clashes w/my skin tone and gives me a pink-eye look. Not good.
There's very little dimension to the color--as the other reviewers said the color doesn't doesn't seem special. The texture is nice, but there's nothing about this color that compliments me. I gave this to my daughter, perhaps it will look better on her. Will not repurchase.
I bought Amazing ($17) after loving Sunny Boy ($13) and Chanel's Sunset Gold ($24, but provides the most product). All three are brownish sparkling glosses. Overall, Stila's is the most pigmented and is slightly thicker in consistency than the Chanel and MAC.
By comparison, the Chanel Sunset Gold is about 50% sheerer and has a slightest pink tinge to it. Amazing is denser, has more pigment in the base gloss.
Amazing is a very pretty gloss, adds a nice gold shimmer to the lips. I'm sure that I'll enjoy using it. Close enough to Sunset Gold that one doesn't really need both.
I'm an NC 20 and Amazing deals well with the golden tones in my skin.
Le Crayon Kohl in Black Jade is a deep dark emeraldish-forest green. This kohl is by far the softest that I've ever used in a pencil form--- much, much softer than the MAC pencil kohl's, for example. Black Jade goes on smoothly without a hint of pulling the lid, and without any need to "warm" the kohl on the back of the hand before applying.
The color is a beautiful deep dark green, like almost black deep jewel green (but the green shows, no question). The shade goes nicely with the Emerald Coast Irreelee Duo that has just been released.
Le Crayon Kohl comes packaged with its own sharpener. Very thoughtful.
Because this color goes so well with my eyes & skintone, I will repurchase. I'm an NC20, with green/blue eyes (this brings out the green in my eyes). By far, my favorite part of the product is the ease of application-- to date, I've only been successful w/gel liners but the softness of this kohl makes application foolproof.
This is the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale palette from 2005. This is also sold at the Chanel Space in Harvey Nichols.
This is an absolutely drop-dead gorgeous palette, all golden and wonderful.
The front two shades are powders (a shimmery light cream color and a shimmery gold). The middle two colors are cream, suitable for cheeks, lips or eyes--one is pink shot through w/gold (nice blush!) and the other is a gold (highlighting or e/s). The last row are two lipglosses, one is a sparkling gold and the other a pinkish gold.
Highly recommended if you would like to look like a goddess.
This is a beautiful, sparkling gold glossimer. The look is very wet & sparkling with gold when applied. The base is somewhat sheer, so that a tiny bit of your own lipcolor shows through--but opaque enough to show up as a beautiful warm rich gold.
Although the look is dramatic, Chanel manages to pull this off as something that I'm comfortable wearing in the daytime. Very polished, very beautiful and makes my lips looks like they have a 14K shimmer. More sparkle than Twinkle, Sunset Gold has no pink that I can see.
Before this, one of my favorite lip glosses was MAC Sunny Boy (gosh, I can barely remember the name now!). This has a much more golden color, perhaps a bit more sparkle than Sunny Boy.
I'm an NC20 who bought this very quickly after trying it on in a Shu Boutique. The other reviews are correct in that this looks shimmery, bright orange in the package.
On first application, the color does go on quite sheer, using a big soft plushy brush. It's very buildable and you can get this to the point where it is quite bright on the cheeks.
I typically reserve this for days when I am wearing very bright colors, and need a bright cheek to keep me from fading away. It works very well for that purpose. I typically use this as a "pop" of color over a more subtle bronzer applied 1st on the cheeks. I think it's very effective that way.
Warning: When you do build this up, the shimmer tends to emphasize pores in a way that other Shu "P" shadows do not. Also, this isn't a subtle color when built up but it can be quite beautiful.
Also, needs to be applied with a proper brush-- you don't want a stripe of color that is too strong. Technique matters with this blush.
All that being said, the blush is unique enough to have earned a place in my make-up heart. I've never seen anything like it, that is able to hold up beautifully next to a bright orange, turquoise, etc. blouse and still come off looking polished and beautiful.
I've been using for past 2-3 days.
First, MAC doesn't claim that this is going to help for long-term skin care, so I start by using a "real" moisturizer. After the moisturizer sinks in (1-2 minutes), I layer on the MAC Fast Response cream. You can feel that Fast Response is slippery, I think it has silicone in it. I'm also told it has lavender and camomile, which help calm skin. I use the "extra" to put on the lid. I then add concealer undereye over the MAC Fast Response cream (primer for the lid).
The MAC Fast Response comes in a nifty tube that allows you to dispense just the right amount. It adds a layer of smoothness to the undereye area, so that the concealer just slides on afterwards. I find it helps with puffiness as the other reviewers have said.
But the real benefit of this product to me is that it fills in tiny lines. I notice that my eye area is much smoother, including the lid area. If you're concerned about your eye area, this gives you a little boost (again, not a miracle, but I does make a difference).
One thing I did notice is that applying concealer with a brush over this makes the concealer "sit" on top of the cream (cakey). Patting on the concealer with the finger makes it sink into the skin and looks completely natural.
So I got my MAC 100 degree's Pearlizer 2 days ago, on me it shows up as a very light pinkish highlighter (NC20). Unless worn over a bronzer, it's not terribly visible on me. However, when worn over a bronzer (or the MAC Rose D'or) it gives a lovely pinkish highlighting effect.
I want to compare this with Chanel's Ruban Perle, which is I think intended to give a similar look. On one hand, Ruban Perle is in a creme base, and so can be built to a heavier density which shows up on me much better. Again, staying power with Ruban Perle is greater due to its heavy cream base. I haven't tried to wear either in the eye area.
Color & look is very similar, in my opinion. You get a larger amt. of product with Chanel ($52) compared to MAC for $18.50. On the other hand, the lower investment in the MAC gives you a chance to wear the highlighter without the investment in the Chanel.
Because the looks are so similar, I would re-buy the MAC but only when I run out the Chanel.
I also looked at Victoria's Secret Shimmer Powder in Pink. Product is about the same size & shape--clear acrylic sifter jar. VS has a chrome silver top & contains roughly 2x the product (.05 oz for MAC and .10 oz for VS according to their jars). VS product is cheaper ($13.50 vs. MAC's $18.50). The VS Pink is a different color and look--it's a much bronzier color than the MAC's 100 Deg. light pink. Swipe test shows that the MAC is much "pearlier" and the VS has at least 10x the sparkle. So they do give different looks--MAC's 100 Degrees is more of a pearly sheen, while Vicky's Pink is more shimmerbrick-type glittery sparkle.
Wow-this is so strongly scented! I happen to love the smell of chocolate mint, and this is fabulously, richly scented. As other reviewers said, the bar is made with chocolate and does leave as a brown residue as you are massaging the bar. I didn't see any that didn't wash off, however. My skin now feels soft as silk and the scent is lingering. Ahhhhh such a lovely way to relax........
Eye Shadow -Shiseido - Hydro-Powder Eye Shadow H3 Tiger Eye
Amylynne 6/1/2005 12:34:00 AM
I've never purchased any Shiseido makeup before, but had some time to kill in a Sephora the other day. While playing around, I tried this Hydro-Power Eyeshadow in Tiger Eye. It goes on very smoothly and feels cool to the lid--very refreshing!
As it turns out, I was delighted to discover that the Tiger Eye shade is a perfect neutral bronze color with small specks of shimmer. It does look very much like the semi-precious stone Tiger's Eye--a very warm bronzy brown. The product goes on beautifully, very smooth and nice. The color is warm, reflects light beautifully and is a very sophisticated and interesting neutral. This looks great with my yellow-undertone skin, and really sets off my blue-green yes.
On the SA's rec, I've worn this creme over a shadow base (MAC Brule if you must know, but any neutral powder should work). It wears beautifully, well over 10 hours with only the tiny-est of creasing (next time I'll try it with a lid base like UD PP).
I couldn't have been more suprised to have found this very workable, wearable and versatile shade. The quality is very high and the color sets off a woman's features very well. In short, I think I've stumbled on a beautiful neutral that I can put on w/o any effort that looks fantastic.
A generous amount of product, paid $21 at Nordstrom (of course, the Sephora that I found the product in was out of stock LOL!)
Taupe color pigment that applies very very shimmery even when applied dry. This reminds me of MAC's Tan pigment when applied wet, actually. Color is a beautiful neutral. The shimmer is so obvious that I will use this as a liner only in the future. Seemed to grip well for a few hours. After 8 or so hours, however, the shine and color both faded to muddy. As this vial is only $2.50, however, I would buy again; talk about cheap thrills LOL! Jar is impossible to use except with the most narrow brush, consider putting this product into a more brush-friendly jar upon receipt.
I purchased Cedar Rose as a nice, easy way to dash some color onto my lids on busiest mornings. The color is a pretty rosy shimmer which suggests a bit of color but doesn't stand out. This is super easy to use, won't get you a big "wow" but will add a pleasant bit of subtle color.
I purchased Fresh cement as a nice, no-fuss way to get shadow on my eyes w/o much worry or thought. This eyeshadow stick adds a wash of warm gray. Although this lacks the dimension & sparkle of Chanel Vega or Shu ME 945, it's a very wear-able, use-able shade that is a nice basic to add some polish to the lid. EDIT: This Shadestick works really really well as an eyeshadow base. Super easy to apply; shadows and Pigments adhere to it for at least 8 hrs. w/o creasing. This is a nice neutral color that doesn't change the color of the shadow or pigment applied over it.
What to add unbelievable fire & sparkle? This is the product! I bought this after a MAC SA put this on my lids in a Pro Store. I was stunned to see glittery, gorgeous sparkly shooting off from my lids. The sparkle is in a nearly imperceptible white base (it seems to lighten if worn over another color). All you see is the sparkle once it's on. Careful--this glitter can go everywhere. I haven't tried this yet in the mixing medium (or visine for that matter) but it might not be a bad idea. (Please check to see if this is eye safe before you wear on your lids).
I bought Blanc Universelle to use as a highlighter after reseraching what might give me a "glow" without looking shimmery, glittery or fake. I found the answer in Blanc Universelle. I use this under foundation (temples and upper cheek, also a bit on forhead and chin), and over foundation when I want a more dramatic, contoured look.
The texture is very smooth and silky, although the other reviews are correct that you've got to put your fingers full on into the jar(I suppose you could use a foundation brush, but, well....I don't). It really gives me a wonderful "glow"-- I got so many compliments on how rested and relaxed I looked. It gives me that "something" that makes my skin look special--noticeably so w/o being obvious. The tub is huge. In the unlikely event that I ever run out of this giant sized product, I'd buy again.