Foundations -Kevyn Aucoin - Sensual Skin Enhancer Shades
JA44 3/19/2011 4:14:00 AM
Maybe I was expecting too much out of this. I've been searching for a great undereye concealer all my life because of the dark hereditary circles I have. This wouldn't be so difficult if they were just dark. However, there are also deep hollows beneath my eyes, which causes lots of fine lines when I smile ( not crow's feet, actually underneath my eyes). Because of this, the texture of a concealer is incredibly important to me. This product had excellent coverage and stayed well throughout the day. The only problem is the texture seems to accentuate the fine lines and makes the skin look dry. Truly, this is the problem with all undereye concealers. If it has a lighter texture, then it doesn't cover very well. If it covers well, the texture is unsatisfactory. It's a no-win situation, and I think I ask the impossible of a concealer. With this in mind, I would like to point out that this truly covers with the smallest amount, and the pot is huge. If you just use it as a spot concealer and/or dark circle concealer, it would last forever, so while the initial expense is a lot ($45), you would not have to buy again for a long time, maybe a year or even longer.
I got one yesterday, tried it today, and loved it. I'm getting more palettes. The color selection is amazing, applies wonderfully (smooth, didn't flake at all), and pigmentation is superb. Oh, yeah--completely affordable, too! 3 colors for $9 at Ulta. It'll last me forever. Update: Some trios are definitely better than others for color payoff, so I would look up reviews for specific ones you were thinking of getting before buying. Also, I have found that they can crease sometimes, even with a shadow primer. I haven't tried applying wet, so maybe that would prevent creasing. (note--I have hooded lids, so creasing is more likely on me than the average eye)
Skincare - Face -L'Oreal - AcneResponse Intensive Adult Acne Peel
JA44 8/10/2010 4:04:00 AM
I got this on sale at TJ Maxx. I was thinking about getting a peel anyway, so when I saw it, I figured I'd give it a try. It's certainly not terrible, but doesn't seem to be particularly good, either. I've been using it for quite a while as directed. It doesn't irritate or overdry my skin. However, besides a feeling that it MUST be doing something (placebo effect?), I haven't noticed a difference in my skin. I just ordered the MUAC Radiance peel. Hopefully that will make an obvious difference.