Pressed Powders -Cover Girl - Clean Pressed Powder Fragrance Free
GameFox 9/28/2008 6:28:00 PM
I purchased this in hopes that it could get rid of the shine as well as give me the illusion of smoother skin. I'd say it does an alright job for both, but this tends to rub off VERY easily so I'm having to reapply. However, this does feel very clean as implied, being that it's light and fragrance-free. If I absolutely had to repurchase this I would, but not likely. All in all, this pressed powder is average.
I'll start off by saying I have straight, medium-length eyelashes. I have a bit of trouble finding a cheap, comfortable curler to fit eye shape that also performs how I'd like it to. I purchased this product between two: Revlon and NEX Select (for all you Navy babes). I stuck with Revlon in hopes of having a better experience because of it's brand name, but boy was I wrong. This curler performs average at best for me. It pinches, crimps, is a bit rough, and is unable to reach the lashes on the ends. But, on a positive note, it performs much better than the E.L.F. curler. I will not be repurchasing.
Lip Gloss -E.L.F. - Plumping Lip Glaze - Ruby Kiss
GameFox 10/23/2007 11:53:00 PM
This is actually much better than I had anticipated. The tingle is pleasant, and the scent/taste just makes me feel so fresh. It isn't super sticky, either. The tint can be layered for the deep color presented in the tube, but looks cute even in only one layer. After letting this sit though you can see a little plumping action, but not much. Edit: Over time you get a bit used to it, and sooner or later it's just kids' stuff. Average, nothing grand.
Lip Gloss -E.L.F. - Super Glossy Lip Shine SPF 15 - Malt Shake
GameFox 10/23/2007 11:48:00 PM
This stuff is sticky. Not much color is added either, so I might as well get this in clear. The smell and taste don't measure up to some other glosses I have, but it's fruity fun. You can buy this for your little girl, who will probably love you for it. Other than that it's only OK. Still, I'll most likely purchase a few other shades of the SPF gloss to give it a second chance. I hate wasting. Edit: After some time of using this I grew to love it. It isn't sticky anymore and gives a wonderful sheen. I use this to help even out my lips to cover up imperfections; however, the packaging had a flaw somewhere around the applicator, so I had to throw it out. The taste and smell are still a bit childish, but I still plan to try out a couple more shades.
I purchased Gilded, Plum, and Coffee. First, these don't show up unless you keep going over again. This can get very irritating, especially if you have sensitive eyes. If not then it shouldn't be much of a bother. Second, the staying power just isn't there. With that said, they smudge easily. But they're so light you can barely tell. Gilded is a dirty gold that would look beautiful on deeper skin or fairly light skin with yellow undertones. If you're medium-ish, good luck wearing this alone. For me, this clashes a little. If you want to work it then use this on smoky eyes for a beautiful pop. You can use gold eyeshadow as an overlay for black-based smoky with this, or brown-based w/ a deep sophisticated green. I mean, this liner isn't immobile at all; it's just something I'd use for intricate details. Oddly enough this is my favorite! Plum is a rosy lavender that works wonders with colors in its range. It isn't as dark as implied but is gorgeous all the same. If you look closely you can see red shimmer, so pair this up with scarlets and pinks (try peach too, heck)! Need I mention how vividly this makes my brown eyes pop? Coffee only looks like your regular brown liner. This is my least favorite of the trio. The color isn't dark at all, and it just looks so washed out and boring. Even Plum is deeper set. However, not all hope is lost. You can smudge this to perfection! In fact, the color comes out more when messed up a little. I dare say you can smudge this and then apply Gilded right on top. There is a use for nearly all makeup, really there is. You just have to think a bit and wander. I consider the use of cosmetics an artform if used correctly, not trashy. Besides, makeup isn't permanent. Have fun while it lasts!
Pressed Powders -E.L.F. - Clarifying Pressed Powder
GameFox 10/23/2007 10:46:00 PM
These don't break apart as easily as the bronzers and blushes. Also, you can actually detect the smell in this stuff, which isn't overpowering whatsoever. I purchased Tone 2, and I have to say that this matches quite well. I can't even see where I applied it. This is good for brightening your undereyes and a base for your eyeshadows. I can also see this being used to blot out oil. I can apply this with my fingers because it's so light and airy. Fabulous! Edit: I still enjoy this as it helps to rid of the shine on my nose. But this stuff comes off very easily and is virtually gone in a couple of hours if not less. Plus, any other higher-quality pressed powder can rid of the shine and conceal with even better results.
Bronzers -E.L.F. - Healthy Glow Bronzing Powder -- Sunkissed
GameFox 10/23/2007 10:34:00 PM
When I received this in the mail it was broken up. This powder isn't compressed very tight, and it's just so thin. This also has a scent, or is supposed to. Smells regular to me, which isn't a bad thing. The color works so well with my skin though, and the shimmer isn't tacky at all. It blends so smoothly and doesn't look heavy either if used sparingly. Just apply a little to the apples of your cheeks and sun points. Once again, be careful while handling this stuff. If you drop it it's over.
People have compared this to NARS Orgasm, but I've yet to try it. If that is the case then I won't have to. It goes on smoothly and offers a wonderful, healthy glow. The packaging is a little... eh. I have to get used to it. Also, this stuff is so fragile and thin. I ordered this in the mail, and it broke apart somewhat. The packaging states this has a scent, but it just smells like regular makeup to me. All in all I'm satisfied for my dollar.
Eye Shadow -E.L.F. - Non-Stop Eye Color -- Butternut
GameFox 10/23/2007 10:04:00 PM
I cannot get enough of this eyeshadow! The colors go on smoothly and blend wonderfully. My favorite is definitely the shimmery bronze/dirty gold. I apply my makeup following the "less is more" rule, so size isn't a large issue here. Since this is only $1 I have no excuse to pass this up, ever. The applicator that this comes with hurts, so I only use it for smudging. Either way I fully recommend these shades. Edit: This stuff comes off within a few hours, so use a good primer. Much too light to stay, but still feels wonderful.
A very lovely liner/smudger. It's soft and applies easily without any tugging. You will need a steady hand to avoid thick lines, which still in itself is difficult. I'm still practicing on how to apply a thinner line above my lashes, but if you're in a hurry and want that sultry, sexy, smoky look in less than five minutes then this is probably a good liner for you.
Mascara -Cover Girl - Cover Girl Professional Mascara (washable)
GameFox 10/12/2007 1:02:00 AM
An average mascara, to me. It was the cheapest and on sale so why not? It lengthens, gives some volume, and separates each lash wonderfully. There aren't too many globs, and there isn't really any clumping for me. But like others have said it flakes after awhile. I've only tested it at home, but I can tell I'll need to be careful and have a mirror on hand to brush away any debris. However, if you're looking for an in-between mascara then this is probably a nice place to start. Edit: This flakes SO terribly now. I only used it a few times at best because of that. I will not repurchase, sorry.
Tools -Unlisted Brand - Studio Basics - 11 pc. Brush Set and Organizer
GameFox 10/12/2007 12:54:00 AM
I purchased this to get all of the brushes in bulk, and for about $15 I thought it was a great deal since it's an organizer and all. The quality is excellent for each brush, and it beats paying for the more expensive products out there since these are just as good or even better. I even took the time to tug and play with the hairs of them all, and only a couple of strands were removed. The spanning effect I'm not crazy about because it's a little unnecessary, in my opinion. Everything seems a little cramped regardless of the fact that they're fanned out. The mirror confused me for quite awhile too because I couldn't figure out how to effectively use it. I won't repurchase because I most likely won't need to. Other than that I'm happy with this little kit, and if you're a beginner with brushes don't mind giving this a shot.
I had purchased this in Drama, and I'm pleased. This eyeshadow is very soft and the colors go on magnificently. All of the shades have a decent amount of shine, too. Try not to layer the black too thick because it's difficult to blend, so just dot it as you reach your crease. That way you'll avoid an amateur application that even smoky eyes frown upon. The shades do soften along the day, but all in all it has lovely staying power for the price. I recommend trying it out just to see.
Eyeliner -Rimmel - Soft Kohl Kajal Eye Pencil in Pure White
GameFox 10/12/2007 12:19:00 AM
This is my first white liner (not the first I've ever used, but purchased myself), and I chose this over E.L.F.'s eye widener because I read that it dragged and had very little staying power. I must say that I'm very impressed with Rimmel's and believe that I made the right choice. The led is soft and easy to apply, and this size should last you for awhile depending on how often you'll use it. It does stay on for quite a bit, but usually washes off naturally. This happens with all of my liners so it's no big deal since I think it helps to soften the look. Overall I'm happy with my purchase and will definitely buy again.
Misc Beauty Tools -E.L.F. - Mechanical Eyelash Curler
GameFox 10/11/2007 7:23:00 PM
I have straight eyelashes with a bit of an exotic eyeshape. Supposedly this curler fits all eye shapes and curls gorgeously, but from my experience it only lives up to half of both statements. The curler itself is a steal; it's mechanical and sturdy, small but convenient, and even comes with a replacement pad. However, because it's so small I have difficulty fitting it over my eye, and I can't reach all of my lashes without pressing it down slightly and/or pinching my skin. When I do happen to get the right position it gives me distasteful 90° angle curls even when I don't try. So I have to use an odd technique derived of millions of light squeezes while pulling up and out while also pulling down. I mean, it's not bad enough that I can't stand it, nowhere near perfection. I'll use it for the time being until I find another cheap but effective one. Edit: I'm pretty sure that any other curler for about $5 is a much better choice than this failure. This curler takes too much effort to perform even decently. Never buying again.