I would give this a 4.5 if I could! I love the color; it's a perfect warm chestnut brown with rusty orange undertones. I love how it feels moisturizing. But that's the peculiar thing--this doesn't dry out my lips but something about the formulation makes it sink into the vertical lines of my lips like drying lipsticks do. You can see it a little in the picture (sorry it's a bit blurry.) I've had problems with nudes being WAY too light before for my NC25--NC42 skin (yeah huge range, I know, I consider myself quite lucky) before and I've finally found the perfect one! It wasn't so much my skintone that was the reason actually; rather, it was the natural pigmentation of my lips. My lips are naturally a plummy dusty rose color. So if you have really pigmented lips and you can't find a nude that actually works, I'd recommend you try this!
Lipstick -L'Oreal - Colour Riche Star Secrets - Penelopes Red - 320
DesertR0se 6/3/2010 7:19:00 PM
This is the perfect red for anyone with an olive undertone, whether you've been wearing red lipstick for a long time or if you're just starting out--because on the first application it goes on sheer if you're lips are really pigmented, but you can build it easily to a beautiful opaque tarte red. It brightens up my skin. There's also a quality to it I can't explain; it makes my lips looks softer when blotted matte. And it still makes my lips look plump after being blotted and there's something very feminine about its affect. And it's long-lasting! It IS an orange-based red, so cool-toned beauties, I would stay away! (Unless of course you want it for yourself for a unique, artistic reason. Everyone's different!) I absolutely love it and am going into a panic because I recently visited my Target and it wasn't there anymore! I will be hunting it down. My signature lipstick.
I use this in NC35. When I first tried this powder foundation, it was actually back when I had oily skin. I loved it. I loved everything about it--how fast and easy it is to apply, how soft and silky it feels, how flawless it made my skin look. And I still own this now even as I have dry skin--I just make sure I moisture a whole lot before apply it and am generous with my spritz of Fix +. It won't be as easy to apply to dry skin, but the only people I would really recommend staying away from it are those who are broken out by MAC foundations. (If you notice, that's where the bad reviews come from, which I think is really unfair.)
I'm reviewing this in the Normal/Dry Skin formula. I don't have sensitive skin, and I rarely break out. My match is #240 Medium Beige. I was excited about hearing this was a cheaper (and perhaps better) alternative to MAC's Studio Fix (I'm an NC30.) This foundation seems to work great for many people, but this gives my face a really weird whitish cast. It was odd to experience, because no other foundation does this to me. It might just be some sort of reaction between the chemistry of my skin and that of the foundation. It also was too heavy for my liking, hated the feel of it in my face and felt that it was suffocating my skin. I also dislike the smell, but would have put up with it if I loved the foundation (it's not as bad in small amounts, only if you smell the large amounts of it in the bottle.) Will not repurchase.
Lips -L'Oreal - Infallible Never Fail Lipcolour Compact--#820 Henna
DesertR0se 5/20/2010 12:57:00 PM
I have very pigmented pink to plummy lips, so it's especially difficult for me to find a nude that works. This lip stain is perfect. It's a peachy plummy pink color with a glaze-like coating and lovely gold shimmer. It compliments my warm undertones beautifully and I love wearing it with MAC's sable eyeshadow. The packaging is small and convenient and comes with a mirror (not glass) so you can carry it around easily. I hope they don't discontinue it. I'm going to grab a few more at once just in case.
Blush -MAC - Mineralize Skinfinish - Cheeky Bronze
DesertR0se 5/20/2010 12:45:00 PM
I really like this MSF from MAC. It has peachy undertones and it's a warm but frosty pink with gold veining. I don't mind the gold shimmer at all (I actually quite adore it), but there's something about the quality or finish of the pink color that I'm not as enthusiastic about for my everyday look. This is a completely personal preference though, because what I'm talking about is that sort of metallic look that some eyeshadows with a frost finish have. It's not a screaming, obvious metallic and more of a soft metallic, but I personally don't like metallic eyeshadows in general (even if they are soft and pretty like sable) for everyday. Now, when you transfer that frosty look to your cheeks, it can either look like you've got a really pretty soft flush or it can look really obvious and weird. The good thing about this is it can be controlled. This also makes a beautiful, well-suited highlighter as well, and for really the fair complexioned it can even be used as a bronzer.
Skincare - Body -Unlisted Brand - Egyptian Magic Healing Cream
DesertR0se 5/20/2010 12:36:00 PM
I use this at night because I have to let it soak into my skin, and that's easiest to do that night. Also, when you rub it into your skin it turns into an oil, and I don't really like the heavy feel of it on my skin so it's good to go to sleep and not be aware of it. After a few days my skin was looking soft and dewy and gorgeous. I don't know how well it works on oily skin. I also had my brother use this for his acne, and he's in that yucky pubescent stage where there's acne all over his face, and this cleared about half of it up and improved a lot of the scarring. because of the initial consistency of the product, the packaging can't be helped--you do have to scrape it out like Vaseline, but as long as you make sure your fingers are clean every time you go in, it shouldn't be that unsanitary. The price, however, can be helped, and should definitely not be $30 considering the everyday ingredients and how few ingredients there are. It's not even like the packaging makes up for it.
Eyeliner -Wet 'n' Wild - H2O Proof Liquid Eyeliner - Ultra Black
DesertR0se 5/20/2010 12:20:00 PM
This is more than waterproof--once it dries, it will last you two days. If I try to remove it, (I use mineral oil--yeah, yeah I know I shouldn't but it works) I have to do it twice: once at the end of the day, and then the next morning I'll have to use a different liner over the parts I couldn't wipe off. Once I take off the second liner at the end of that day, this one will come off with it. It's an INKY ONYX BLACK. It's the blackest eyeliner I've ever tried, and I've tried a lot. The applicator is very easy to use. I wouldn't recommend using this for smudging, but it's definitely possible because before it dries the consistency is very liquidy. But you have to smudge fast if you want to do that. It's only a couple of dollars for great pigmentation, great consistency when wet, great staying power when dry. When I take it off one the second day it comes off in good little chunks. I know that sounds horrific but it doesn't affect the smoothness. I'm actually kind of proud of this eyeliner. I will definitely repurchase (I'm wishing right now that I had grabbed 4 or 5 of these) and probably continue to repurchase.
Powder -L'Oreal - True Match Super-Blendable Powder
DesertR0se 5/20/2010 12:01:00 PM
I'm on my fourth of these powders. I always come back to this powder for two reasons: (1) the color selection is amazing for this line, and there isn't just a good match but a *beautiful* match, as in it's like my shade but *better* and that has a lot to do with the naturally luminous quality of the powder; the same can be said with the liquid foundation in this line titled Superblendable Makeup (2) I have dry skin, and pretty much avoid powders; this is one powder that doesn't dry me out nearly as much as others. If you have oily skin, you'll have to reapply in the middle of the day (hence the four lippies.) I know this because I used to have normal to oily skin (yes, this can change) and I had to reapply once or twice, but it's really quick and easy to reapply. And the end result to me was absolutely worth it. And it still is, even with dry skin. I love the finish of it. Other powders with the same finish don't seem to have the same effect. Packing is pretty good--the only issue I have with it is that it'll break if you drop it about two times. But hey, it's cheaper than MAC's powder and I prefer it to MAC's so I'm letting them go on that.
In all my time searching and between all the red lipsticks I've both loved and left, I haven't found a better red in the true red category. This will work for pretty much all skin tones, and the color is so rich. I'm going to attempt to describe the quality of the color. It's a medium shade of red but it's got that intriguing depth to it. It's the fact that it's attained that depth in its rich color without being too dark is what I love. Basically, it's matte but not flat. Now, that's how it looks on *me* because as we all know, our true lipcolor can modify the look of the lipstick, and I have pretty pigmented pink to plum lips. So that dimension may not be apparent on everyone. But this lipstick itself does work for pretty much everyone, it'll still show up on your lips in the way it can that will flatter you the most! Another plus, for a matte, it's not nearly as drying a lot of other matte lipsticks. It goes on smooth and creamy and your lips continue to remain moisturized.
I heard a lot of hype about this product before purchasing it. Overall, I would say that this is a good foundation, and I would recommend everyone at least try it. It isn't cakey and it applies smoothly. To get it to work, you don't have to really work with it. It's very runny, which I actually don't mind because it's such a light foundation and despite its lightness, it *will* give medium to full coverage. I've heard people say because of this that the name is deceiving, but in "Sheer Glow" I'm pretty sure the "sheer" refers to the "glow" and not to the coverage of the foundation. And it definitely does give a sheer glow. It's not as luminous as I'd like, but that's because it wasn't really formulated for dry skin (though dry skinned people can definitely be happy with it.) It's a great foundation, but I don't think it's worth the price unless it works even better on you. I personally may repurchase again, but not for a while.
This blush has great pigmentation and it's such a lovely rose color that actually works with my skintone. I love using this particularly when I'm wearing green eyeshadow. The two colors seem to beautifully compliment each other and at the same time bring out each other. This has been described as pink, but I think it's more of a deep mauve color. Definitely a combination of both color families.
Pressed Powders -MAC - Mineralize Skin Finish Natural - Medium Plus
DesertR0se 5/18/2010 5:45:00 PM
I love this for light, lazy coverage. When I have dry skin (which is the default right now) my skin can still handle it! I normally can't use powders, even when they're mineralized, because it just tends to bring out more dryness in my skin especially on my forehead. But I don't have to worry about that with this! I just use a large fluffy powder brush (Sigma SS150) and I'm done in seconds! I wouldn't recommend this for those who want heavy coverage--this is the lightest powder I've ever had. It feels like I've got nothing on!
Concealers -L'Oreal - True Match Super-Blendable Concealer
DesertR0se 5/18/2010 5:14:00 PM
I've used this concealer for a long time (about 5 years) and it blends really beautifully. I like using it for around my mouth and chin area and sometimes around my forehead (I have olive skin and this area has a greenish cast--you can't tell in real life but it's noticeable on cellphone pictures, as weird as it sounds.) It isn't the best for under eye circles, but it's pretty good for the price. Also, you *can* use it to cover blemishes, as long as they're not too discolored. But when you apply it over the problem area using the applicator (another great thing about this product) you have to wait a few seconds for it to dry, and then dab it in with your fingers. Be sure to set it with a powder or it will move (just press on the powder.) Basically, it can cover slight or even moderate discoloration (just not too dark like scars or tattoos.) This is great value for the money.
Highlighters -NARS - Highlighting Blush Powder in Albatross
DesertR0se 5/18/2010 12:55:00 PM
My favorite highlighter for the cheeks. It creates a beautiful gold sheen and looks like it's coming from your own skin. It reminds me of a wedding glow--the way you want to look while you dance. It's easy to blend and work with, and it's great for special occasions.