Love This!! This is an HG product here. I have tried this products in several colors, all of which look wonderful without any shadow over them. It is not just the color which is pretty, but also the texture and coverage. My eyes, only better. As a base, it works well. It is a little less effective under extreme conditions than UDPP, but it is also much less drying. I am not frequently under extreme conditions, and by extreme, I really do mean extreme, and I find the Trish base to be effective for keeping eye shadow and liner in place and true to color. I use the applicator only to dab a tiny amount on the eyelid. A little goes a long way. I then use a concealer brush or a Trish laydown brush to smooth it over the eyelid. A finger will do in a pinch, and I used my finger for application for a long time, but then a Trish MA showed me that a brush gives me a quicker, more even application. If you don't like your results, use only a tiny amount and try a brush. The packaging has undergone revisions. I thought my first tube, square, worked fine. My second tube, also square, looked identical on the outside, but it had a truly horrible applicator. The doe foot applicator lost most of its fuzzies, reducing it's use, and the product itself seemed a little clumpy. I have had no problem with tubes purchased since then. The round newer tubes are nicer looking, but they take up more room in a makeup case.
Wow!. I have occasionally in the past bought or tried department store mascara, but have never found it to be better than drugstore mascara, until now. I can't believe I am paying this much for mascara, but after about 4 months of nearly exclusively using this, I bought my second tube. I apply it in the morning, then I do not have to worry about it all day. I keep forgetting how great this mascara is, then I go back and try some other mascara. After using many different mascaras for many years, I had accepted that wearing mascara necessitated frequent visual checks and adjustments to fix the mascara melt under the eyes. This mascara I apply in the morning and that is it. I don't really see a curling effect, but it otherwise is a nice mascara. Go to a Trish counter and try it, then watch a tear-jerker movie, smell the pollen-laden flowers, take a nap, and then look in the mirror. Try this with any other mascara and compare. The little tubes of mascara coating the lashes come off easily at night when I wash my face.
When I first saw this palatte, I passed on buying it because it seemed so small that I thought it would be difficult to use. I thought that with the powder products all in the same pan, it would be difficult to pick up the color I wanted. Also, I like swapping out individual colors. Like Tessiepooh, I thought four lipcolors was overkill for this type of product.
I later suspected I might like this even more than the cards Trish has been coming out with each season. I love that this palette fits in the standard size for Trish's line. The colors are nice and I can take out a couple of lip colors and put in something else. If I want to take more makeup, but still wish to try to minimize the footprint, I can throw these items in one of Trish's larger compacts. I did break down and buy this and I do love it. I have not tried the lip colors very much, so I cannot review those properly, but the powder palette is great for touchups, or applying a bit of color on the go. This works very well with the brushes in the honey brush set. The brush set has a couple of eye brushes which are oblong shaped rather than round. I swipe the color onto the brush in one direction, then I can brush the color on my face with the wide side of the brush. I am unfortunately making this sound way more complicated than what it actually is. All I am trying to express is that using the brushes from the honey brush set makes it easy to pick up and apply color from this tiny compact. Take a look at the brushes and it will seem simple. It is easy to put a powder or blush on my face with the large eye brush, then blend, if I wish, with the blending brush. I also really love the honey brush set on its own. The brushes are VERY nice and the size of the case is perfect for holding two of these small double layered compacts or for holding the squarish medium double layered compact plus a lipstick. There is space in the binding for holding a mascara or other such sized item is genius. The Simply Chic palette is a great introduction to Trish's convenient palette system
Makeup Brushes -Trish McEvoy - Portable Beauty Brush Set
GeorgetteOrwell 11/16/2006 2:05:00 AM
This is too small for the deluxe charger (the double layered palette which can hold 16 TM eyeshadows), but the palettes such as Glamorously Sexy fit nicely. The double layered square charger which holds 8 eyeshadows fits with a little room to spare - enough for a tube of TM lipstick. The brushes are very nice. This is the nicest set I've seen this size. I like very much that this set is so compact. The case is padded, and this adds a little bulk, but the padding makes me feel a safer about toting around product. The face color brush is very soft and full, and nicely tapered. The eye shadow brush is also soft full. The angled eyeliner brush is perfect and can also be used for eyebrows. The lip brush is a brush with a lid rather than retractable (at least it is not bare). I am giving this a 5 because the brushes are so nice and the size is so convenient.
Pure Fantasy Below
If I was designing my dream brush set of these dimensions, it would be very close to this, but I would design the brushes a little differently. I would have made the face color brush a little wider. I would have made the lip brush retractable. I'd make the handle of the lip brush a little narrower if I needed to for the extra space for the wider face color brush. I would have made the other two brushes double-ended (I'd make the eye shadow brush double ended with two different eye shadow brush sizes, and I'd put a little concealer brush on the other end of the eye liner brush.) However, I'm sure my dream set would have cost more, and I had a hard time with the price of this set - it is a lot of money for brushes for me.
Palettes -Trish McEvoy - Little Black Card-Glamorously sexy
GeorgetteOrwell 8/20/2006 9:18:00 PM
I do like this palette very much. True, I was a little disappointed when I could not depan the product, but it is a nice palette works very well together. I like all the colors, except the darker concealer which is too dark for me, so my angst at not being able to swap out color is somewhat assuaged.
The colors are described in the below reviews. I use the bronzer mostly as a crease color too. I have green eyes, and usually go with Deep Aubergine gel eyeliner, but the Ivy will do in a pinch - I imagine it would look really great with brown eyes. The Ivy is dark enough to use easily as an eyeliner, but it is also a very nice green, and easily blended, so I use it with the bronzer for contour. The Ivy and the bronzer make this palette very versatile for look and intensity.
The blush is very warm, but does not quite go orangey on me even though I have difficulty with warm blushes looking orange on my skin. If you also have a problem with blushes looking orange, you might want to try this out before purchasing. The blush also looks nice on the eye.
I am very happy with this palette, especially for fall. It fits in Trish's Portable Beauty Brush Set. Very nifty, versitile, and compact. I just need mascara and a lip pencil and I feel well prepared on the go.
- Note, I cannot fit the Deluxe Charger in the Portable Beauty Brush set, but the cards fit.
Eyeliner -Smashbox - Jet Set Waterproof Eye Liner in Ignite
GeorgetteOrwell 7/28/2006 12:29:00 AM
What you see in the pot is the color that goes on. It is very bright. It is not something I would buy (I tried it on at Field's), but only because the color is too bright for me. This really does last. It is easy to apply.
Palettes -Trish McEvoy - Little Black Card - Simply Gorgeous
GeorgetteOrwell 7/28/2006 12:21:00 AM
I think this is my favorite Little Black card, although I also like the new Glamorously Sexy too. The blush/bronzer is my favorite. I never use the darker shade of concealer in these little black cards, but the lighter one works in a pinch. The eye shadows are very nice as described in the other reviews.
This nude has quite a bit of pink. I love this because it has the great liner qualities - it is nudish in color, it lasts, and it is not to hard when applying. The color is lightish medium in color which is great for the light lip look. The pink tone is very nice.
My lips have quite a bit of pigment for a pale person. I looked around for products that could give me that light lip look that is still in fashion this spring. When I tried lipsticks which were light, they either did not show up at all or just looked off. I tried this lipliner, and it looks great with Trish's nude sheer lipstick. It does not make my lips look as light as some of the models in the magazines, but it does give my lips a nice light natural yet polished effect.
Wow. Nice natural color. Best texture I have tried in a lipstick. It is moisturizing but not gooey or sticky or gloppy, ect. I just feels nice and looks great. I put this on and I feel fabulous.
My lips have quite a bit of pigment for a pale person. I looked around for products that could give me that light lip look that is still in fashion this spring. When I tried lipsticks which were light, they either did not show up at all or just looked off. When I use this with Nars Rosebud lipliner, it does not make my lips look as light as some of the models in the magazines, but it does give my lips a nice light natural yet polished effect.
I have the lengthy review below, but just a note to say I would agree that the eye shadows are NOT of the quality of the other eyeshadows I have from smashbox. You can see before even trying them on that some of them are more sparkly than shimmery (hence I deliberately used the word "sparkle" in my review".) I also found them less easy to blend. I however could not resist all the colors. I still like them. I think they work well with each other.
I do not have a problem with them lasting, but maybe that is just because of my skin. I do have a problem with some other shadows lasting or creasing. I have seen reviews of other products complaining about lasting-power or creasing where I had no problem, so perhaps my eyes are simply a little easier in that regard.
If you only use eyeshadows of the highest quality, you will be probably dissapointed. For a convenient fun little palette, I thought it rather nice.
#648 Taupe - This is a great brow pencil. I used to use it before I went to powder. I can get by with powder and maybe a little wax, because I currently have fairly nice brows. As I get older, I know the brows will grow different, and I will need the definition of a pencil.
I also got my Mom to use it. My Mom has her hair a soft medium blonde. This pencil is a much nicer color for blonde to dark blondes than many the pencils found in many more pricer lines. My Mom was using a browner pencil, and no matter how lightly she used it, the color was just plain wrong. It had too much red. This color is much more natural looking. Why spend more money when this does exactly what I want? It is not too hard, and it lasts.
I do wish it had a better cap, the plastic one cracks easily.
I have long upper lashes. Unfortunately they go straight down over my eyes. Forget curling mascara. I have been "curling" my eyelashes over twenty years with Mabelline, Cover Girl, and Revlon curlers. I figured the more expensive curlers were all hype, how difficult could it be to manufacture a good curler? I was wrong. This CURLS my lashes. I haven't tried the other expensive lash curlers, so I can't compare this to them. Until the drugstore brands fix their products, I strongly suggest trying the more expensive ones.
If you don't like silicone on your face, you won't like this. I did not think I would like a silicone primer because I thought it might feel mask-like, but it actually does not feel heavy, greasy, or anything that I was afraid of. After I put it on, my face does not feel claustrophobic like it does sometimes with foundation. I can feel it with my fingers for a while, but not with my face. I usually wait a couple of minutes doing anything to the area before and after using the primer. I get dressed, do my hair, brush my teeth, do my eyebrows, whatever. I have used both this and the NARS quite a bit. This primer seems to me more effective than the NARS. Sometimes I put this thinly both under and over concealer. For me this product visually smoothes things out a little and it does keep my makeup looking fresh. Don't expect miracles.
Eyeliner -Trish McEvoy - Gel Eyeliner in Deep Aubergine
GeorgetteOrwell 12/19/2005 10:10:00 PM
This plummy greyish brownish eyeliner looks great with my green eyes. It stays. It is very easy to apply. When the visiting makeup artist used this on me, he used a fairly fine line on my upper lids and then used the little bit of liner left on the brush to make a faint line on the outer half of my lower lids. Before he started he made some lines on the back of his hand. A short time later, he showed how the product did not rub away. It was a very impressive hands-on demo. The liner does not move. It does come off with eye makeup remover. I have used it a number of times and I really like this product. You do have some time to smudge it and get the look you want. I do not know how soon the pot dries out. It does come in its own little pot with a screw on lid rather than a pan for use in TM's refillable customizable palettes.
Misc Beauty Tools -Sonia Kashuk - Metal Eyelash Comb
GeorgetteOrwell 11/13/2005 3:00:00 AM
Yep, What everyone else is saying. This is the eyelash comb. If you are a klutz, maybe you won't want to run the risk of poking your eye out. For everyone else, I cannot imagine a better eyelash comb. Not only does the comb work, but it folds so the teeth are protected when you pop it in your makeup bag. I have a couple and buy more to give away to friends.