I own all the Chanel foundations, and I purchased this one as a last chance for Chanel, as pretty much most of their other foundations I found disappointing in some way. This foundation is fantastic. It gives a matte finish and yet, has a gorgeous luminous glow. It isn't dewy as such... just... glowey. It is not greasy, and as someone who oils up quite easily, I can say that in the subtropical heat, I have had it on for 4 hours, and I have yet to reach for my powder. It hasn't oxidised on my skin (I am wearing 20 Beige - I mention this as in the Vitalumiere #30 turned ORANGE on me, but #20 did not). It was very easy to blend, but does collect up a bit around the nose area. Even using a sponge, I couldn't blend it out completely in that area. Otherwise, blends brilliantly. Edit: after wearing it all ay, i have decided i still do like this foundation, but: *Over about 4ish hours, that 'perfect' look fades as the foundation settles. If you are an oily gal, this means blotting and powdering. It still looks nice, but the even look does fade with time, and more of your skin comes through as coverage fades. i don't regret the purchase of this foundation, I would buy it again. If this changes, I will come update my review. Also note that I wrote this review with skin that has been prepped with primer and SS.
This is the MOST CREAMY eyeliner I have EVER USED. You can just draw with it, without drag or any hassle. It is far superior to MAC and any other brand. I purchased fr $25 AUD in the 90 brown colour... I cannot wait to go and get it in black and grey, also. WOW!!
I like this palette... but it really is very shimmery - lots of pearl and a few frosts, one chunky glitter. That would be ok if it was balanced out by more matte colours. Because of this, often u can't just use it on it's own. I would repurch. And the quality is def there. I don't regret getting it.
I love this brush so much! I purchased 3 of them. It's so soft... perfect for a myriad of purposes because of the way it is cut and shaped. I would buy this again and again. What a bargain!
This is pretty amazing... good texture that is neither too thick, nor too thin; it isn't too sticky or too watery. The staying power is good for a gloss, and the colour pigmentation is utterly fantastic. These cost me like $3.99 in Australia - by Australian standards this is am absolute bargain! I have all the colours... and I use them more than my Chanel, Lancome, etc. If they came out with 10 more colours, i'd even buy those. Great.
I have oily skin, and most foundations turn me into a total oil slick. This one didn't. I powdered once in the entire day, and even then, it wasn't necessary. I'm not expecting miracles - during the summer, I would prob have to powder a few times, but most of my other foundations even now, during winter, require me to powder up once every hour. This foundation was very impressive. It has medium coverage, but it is effortless to blend. It just 'melts' into your skin. It is pigmented enough to cover imperfections, but looks very, very natural. I love this... and I have no regrets buying this. I gave this a 5/5 for a 'drugstore' foundation rating. It is fantastic. This, and the Revlon colorstay whipped have me most impressed this year. Lasting power is great.
This is absolutely fantastic. It isn't available in Australia, so I got it on ebay in the colour Sand Beige. It is SO EASY to blend, unlike the original colorstay. It's pretty much fail-proof in the blending department. It is buildable. It gives you a semi-matte finish, more towards the matte side. A little highlighter, and it makes me look so much more youthful! I like this more than the original colorstay. Normally I have to powder a couple of dozen times throughout the day... but with this foundation, twice a day is fine! It doesn't make me oily... pretty much every other foundation does. I love it, and I will repurchase it a hundred times over.
Lips -Revlon - ColorBurst Lip Butter in Peach Parfait
GetSmart 6/13/2012 6:19:00 AM
I love this colour - it is a subtle peach, that is sheer enough not to dominate your look, but pigmented enough to give your lips that 'fresh light coral' look to compliment your look. I haven't noticed any glitter in this, so to me it's not obvious at all. I certainly don't feel anything on my lips. It's glossy, gorgeous and adds a hint of colour.
Well, I shelled out for a HE foundation... this cost the equivalent of $86 USD in Australia. VERY EXPENSIVE!! I am disappointed. I have colour 30 Cendre, which was recommended to me by the Chanel SA... but it is way too dark. It goes on very yellowy/orangey and then oxidises to an even darker shade of orange. Further... no foundation, in the history of all my foundations (I have about 40!) has made me SO OILY. I mean, I put it on, I look orange but flawless for about 15 mins, and then literally, as it gets comfortable on my skin, the flawless look vanishes, and BAM... OIL SLICK. I do have oily skin, but it's not the most shocking oily skin ever. And it's winter... I don't normally have such oily skin in Winter... but this makes my skin worse than i've ever had in Summer. When I wash it off, my face feels like it has a coat of oil on it. No amount of powdering offsets this?! I powder... 5 mins later, OIL. I powder again... 5 mins later, OIL. The only way I managed to make this work is mix it with a paler, less oily foundation. I don't feel that for $86 I should have to mix this with ANYTHING to make it 'work'. It should just 'work'.
Eye Primer -Urban Decay - Eyeshadow Primer Potion - Original (UDPP)
GetSmart 6/10/2012 5:12:00 AM
This primer is great. I have been using Too Faced Shadow Insurance - Urban Decay Primer Potion is far more blendable and a bit more sheer. Both work great, but the blendability and greater transparency of UD makes me think when I run out of my primers, I will purchase UD again, and not Too Faced.
Makeup Brushes -Real Techniques by Samantha Chapman - Stippling Brush
GetSmart 6/8/2012 4:49:00 AM
I admit, i've yet to use this for foundation. I use it for my cream blushes, and it works really well to distribute the product, leaving a natural finish. It hasn't shed a single bristle (always good news!).
Makeup Brushes -Real Techniques by Samantha Chapman - Expert Face Brush
GetSmart 6/8/2012 4:47:00 AM
This is a really good brush. Applying foundation with this is a breeze. You can really buff it into your skin, so it doesn't sit on your skin like a mask. It doesn't shed, which is always good news. Certainly a worthy purchase.
Makeup Brushes -Real Techniques by Samantha Chapman - Blush Brush
GetSmart 6/8/2012 4:45:00 AM
This is my number one RT brush... it's brilliant for a 'flushed' blush look, applying bronzer and also applying powder to set your foundation. The dome shape allows you to use it for a myriad of application purposes and you can vary the technique of applying powder products according to the desired finish. It's incredibly soft... and it doesn't shed. Plus it looks really cool.
Makeup Brushes -Real Techniques by Samantha Chapman - Setting Brush
GetSmart 6/8/2012 4:42:00 AM
I absolutely love this! It's perfect for highlighter and setting powder under your eyes. It's soft and distributes just the right amount of product. This is one of my most fav RT brushes.
Makeup Brushes -Real Techniques by Samantha Chapman - Powder Brush
GetSmart 6/8/2012 4:41:00 AM
This brush is SO SOFT and big and fluffy. It's perfect for applying bronzer and powder. I personally like a really big brush for bronzer, because it avoids leaving streaks. Some people say this brush is 'too big', but it really isn't. I've had bigger... this one is the perfect size.