Liquid -L'Oreal - True Match Super-Blendable Makeup SPF 17
Chicquita 11/15/2004 2:57:00 PM
Considering that the whole idea behind this product line is that it can match the color of your skin, I was really disappointed with it. I bought this in W4, and while it looked like a match for me when I tried some on my wrist and used the little in-store color match thing, it made me look like a big ol' pumpkin when I actually used it on my face. Yes, that's right girls, another one of those all too common orange-based foundations. The application felt pretty light and comfortable on, but the coverage was too minimal for me, and it just wasn't buildable, without getting all cakified. But the main thing for me was that the color selection was pretty sucky. And so, it looks like I'm definitely going back to Almay.
Moisturizers -Biotherm - Biovitamin Fluid Skin Beautifier
Chicquita 2/7/2004 12:29:00 PM
I've been using this as a moisturizer/makeup prep for the last few months, and now that I've almost finished the bottle, I have to say I won't be repurchasing. While it's hyped up to be this vitamin-fortified beauty secret in a bottle, it hasn't done anything particularly special for my skin. The consistency is quite light, and during the winter months especially, I find that it's not a very effective moisturizer. Still in search for the right one..
I was really expecting to love this, but I didn't like it at all. I bought Birthday, and the smell is kind of annoying. Dang I knew I should've tried Buttercream instead. Anywho, it's really strong and artificial. I was willing to put up with the smell for the shine, only when I applied the product on, it made my lips feel sooo undescribably weird. So much that I had to throw it out after using it just twice. Now I understand what everybody who said this stuff made their lips tingly, uncomfortable and numb, meant.
Liquid -Almay - Skin-Smoothing Foundation with Kinetin SPF 15 [DISCONTINUED]
Chicquita 6/27/2003 10:54:00 PM
The coverage of this foundation is closer to light than medium, but it is somewhat buildable. If you only need something to give your complexion a little oompf, this is worth trying for its natural-looking application. It's v-e-r-y dewy, and the shine factor does bug me, but this stuff seems to agree with my skin, so I'll keep using it 'til it's gone. My skin seems like it hasn't been breaking out as much since I've been using this. It's been about a month, and it actually looks like it makes my skin a little smoother too. Maybe that Kinetin really does work.
Fragrances -Fruits & Passion - Lemon Vanilla Eau de Toilette [DISCONTINUED]
Chicquita 6/22/2003 9:03:00 PM
I was really tempted to buy this, but decided to go with The Body Shop's Vanilla EDT instead. But d'oh, now that I'm home, I'm still thinking about the Lemon Vanilla. When I first sprayed it on, it was pretty well ALL lemon--which freaked me out/turned me off. But when it dried, it left the softest sweet vanilla, with just a hint of fresh lemon. It's really subtle, nice, light and natural. Quite a unique fragrance. I can still smell it on me 3 hours later. I'll stick with my TBS buy, but I think I'll be heading back to Fruits & Passion for my next fragrance. *Update* I ended up buying this, and I love it!
I like the fact that SoftLips lip treatments aren't waxy like most traditional lipbalms. This product goes on very smooth and seems to leave a silky feel after application. But during excessively dry conditions in the winter, I find that it helps to apply some before going to bed. While I've tried Sparkle Mint and Crystal Ice, I like the French Vanilla scent over the others just because it's sweet smelling. I don't find it to be a fake or annoying Vanilla, but rather, it's light and pleasant. As well, it also has that same minty, tingly feeling that the others give. The only thing I don't like about SoftLips, is the size of the product. True, it's thin and compact for convenience, but I find that it runs out way too fast since it only holds about half the amount that a regular lipbalm does.
First off, I didn't actually try this product. However, my ex used to use this stuff all the time and it made me want to gag. The super medicinal smell was so nasty, I really didn't want to kiss him when he had it on. Apparently everyone who's been posting about it so far seems to love the stuff though, but from my experience with it :P , I found Lip Medex to be undeniably overpowering in its cringeworthy scent, and that it didn't moisturize very effectively.
Pretty good colour selection for a drugstore find (Nude is a golden tan that isn't pinky, that matches my skintone pretty well). But while this stuff goes on matte and silky smooth, in a couple of hours, you look in the mirror and it's shine city, as it's not oil-free. Overall, it doesn't cause breakouts to my combination, acne-prone skin, the line has a decent colour selection and price, but I'll be giving Lancome's Photogenic a try after this.
Liquid -Clinique - Clarifying Makeup Clear Skin Formula [DISCONTINUED]
Chicquita 5/19/2003 3:49:00 PM
This product does give pretty good coverage, however, it also appears fairly visible and unnatural. While the application is smooth, it dries quickly, and may prove to show variance in tones if you don't apply it all evenly in one layer the first time. Also, while the consistency of the liquid is thick and creamy, I found that it got quite thin and runny after a while, with time--to the point where it began to separate. I tried Clarifying Makeup in Smooth Vanilla, and found it to be very pink and especially obvious when I stepped into the sunlight. Personally, I have found that the colour selection of the whole line of Clinique products has very visibly pink undertones, and is not at all suitable for Asians who have yellow undertones. I have a naturally tan complexion, with combination, acne-prone skin and this product didn't make me break out, however, I don't believe that it helped to clear my skin either. Not a horrible product, but definitely not for me.
Generally, I like L'Oreal lip products, but I have to say these glosses are at the bottom of the list for me. First of all, the packaging is a nightmare. The tube seems to never want to stop oozing out the product. Even with just a little squeeze, you get this overflowing stream of gloss that won't quit. As for the gloss itself, it is definitely very shiny, but it has a noticeable scent that I could do without. It's also pretty thick and gloppy, and is something of a mess to smooth out. I would highly recommend using a lipbrush if you really want to give Glass Shine a try. I bought Honey Halo, which is a light bronze colour with lots of iridescence. However, I found that it was too light to wear without any lipstick, but that it altered the colour of my lipstick too much if I put on both together. I don't think I'll be buying this product again, I'll stick to Shine Delice alone.
Lipstick -L'Oreal - Shine Delice - All colors [DISCONTINUED]
Chicquita 5/19/2003 2:59:00 PM
This line of lipsticks goes on light, not at all heavy, always with a smooth application. The shine factor is a little subtle, but not so much that it goes unnoticed. They're also great because the look you get with them is pretty customizable. Colours are sheer and natural, but with layered application, you can definitely get a richer hue if you want one. Each is lightly scented with a unique, sweet scent. And my ex actually thought the 'taste' was pretty nice when he kissed me and I had Shine Delice on :P I use Tropical Punch as my daily Fall/Winter lipstick, and Fudge Sundae in the Spring/Summer. Personally, I can't stand the funky smell some lipsticks have, like those by MAC, and Revlon, but these aren't even that noticeable to me. Overall, these lipsticks deliver great colour and shine, without a sticky mess or a stinky smell.