The pen eyeliner did make a very thin line. But it made a smudgy mess. It never did set up on my eyes and I ended up with raccoon eyes. I was expecting it to be long-lasting ; isn't that what semi-permanent means? This was a waste of $5.
Top/Base Coats -Sally Hansen - Diamond Strength Diamond Shine Top and Base Coat
JeffysMom 7/23/2011 5:25:00 AM
Boy did I get fooled! My Out the Door started getting too thick (nail polish remover added to the bottle later fixed it good as new) and I didn't want to drive across town to Sallys right then, so I decided to buy a topcoat at Walgreens. I love multi-use products, so I got all excited over this product. As a basecoat it was awesome! And it was a nice, thin shiny topcoat. Wasn't doing anything with my hands, so I didn't notice that it wasn't drying. Bought a second bottle because it was so awesome, and Sally Hansen products seem to discontinue themselves right after I decide I like them.. No chips! Top coat lost its shine quickly, but I've never had a basecoat that was so great. It really held polishes on that I knew were usually short-lived. Noticed that nails were still wet 2 hours after application, and then putting it on in the evening a couple of hours before bedtime meant that I'd have sheet impressions in the morning despite them feeling dry to the touch. Then I got into an anxiety-producing situation and started picking at the polish, which is usually better than biting or tearing them off. Yes, I'm a recovering nail-biter. Didn't think peeling it was a big deal - that is almost always the final stage of the manicure. Then I give myself another manicure. When I picked and peeled the polish, the top layer of my nails came with it. Wow! That basecoat is really tenacious. Buffed my nails smooth, used this stuff for the base and top coats. Same thing happened. But after the 4th iteration of this, my nails were extremely thin and fragile. Now must try damage control. Tried glue-on nails, but they didn't want to stick to what I had left of my nails. Had get acrylics put on professionally - they didn't stick to the damaged nails either. Professionally applied shellac manicures lasted only half of the salon's guarenteed 2 weeks because my nails were so flexible. So now it's 3 months later and I'm still trying to hid the damage while my nails grow out. Evil! Evil! I say. I can't believe I actually bought 2 bottles of this stuff. Now I have an extra bottle of Out the Door squirreled away so that I never get suckered like that again.
Eyeliner -Physicians Formula - Shimmer Strips Gel Creamliner (all)
JeffysMom 5/30/2011 10:13:00 PM
I've apparently been living under a rock, since I'd never heard of a Gel CreamLiner. I bought the Eyeliner Trio for hazel eyes since that was the style of applicator I was used too. Major mistake - bad product. But I really liked the color of the Taupe pencil, which I found very flattering. So I bought the Gel CreamLiner for hazel eyes. Excellent! The product goes on smoothly in a fine line using the brush PF gives you. And it stays put. I wore it overnight on purpose, and the second day it still looked fresh (after I flicked away about 3 flakes). A little difficult to remove, but I think that's me, since I don't actually have eye makeup remover, just regular mild facial cleansers. I love the Taupe color (which is why I bought this) and the black is also fine. Didn't know it had purple speckles until I read about them in a review. Yup, they're there, but not very obvious or annoying. Perhaps I should read reviews before rather than after purchases. The jury is still out on the pink shade - a little on the bizarre side for me. Overall, this looks like a winner to me.
What is with gluing the compact into the box? Nail-break city. I bought this because it was just too cute, but feared it might be a mistake because I have Rosacea and migraine headaches that are often triggered by smell. I thought the "pop of pink" would be too much - as is my face flushes so red that you would think "baboon butt" if you saw it. I was wrong - and am very pleased to say so. I use a big fluffy kabuki brush which blends the colors better than the one they give you. It sets and covers the yellow color corrector (a DHC product that has been discontinued) I use as well, without looking completely matte or mask-like. It gives me a nice glow. And it also works for me without the yellow corrector underneath to make my extremely rosy face much more normal looking without the powder caking up in every line. I even like the little pink heart - it works well in the blend. I'm still using the Mary Kay blush that I bought in 1990 that I have to use when I do the whole corrector, foundation and loose powder thing, but you can still read the imprint on the blush, so that tells you how little I appreciate pink on the whole. And the scent? I love it. Strong enough to smell when I apply, not a migraine trigger for me, and fades fast enough not to be obnoxious around other odor-sensitive people. I'm calling it a winner.
Eye Shadow -Physicians Formula - Shimmer strips for green eyes
JeffysMom 5/30/2011 9:41:00 PM
I've been using the same 4 earth tones for the last 30 years. Yes, rather pathetic. I wanted to try a pinky-purpley-plum look, so I bought the set for green eyes. Imagine my shock when I got home and did a search of what colors of eyeshadow look good with hazel eyes - bingo, this set has them all! I love the colors and how they wear - no creasing and no irritation. But someone needs to speak sternly to the idiot who designed the custom applicator. It digs up hunks of the colors, which is a waste. Slightly better with the applicator wet. I plan to find an eyeshadow brush or a different sponge applicator so that I don't make such a mess of my compact.
Decided to buy a new eyeliner, and got sucked in by the eyeliner trio for hazel eyes. The mechanism doesn't seem to work correctly - the pencil part slides back in while I'm trying to use it. And the black broke immediately, and I can't get the sharpener to work - so I'm stuck with Cleopatra mode. The pink is just bizarre. I love the color of the taupe, but hate the pencil. Bought the Shimmer Strips Custom Eye Enhancer Gel Creamliner (even though I'd never heard of such a thing) just for the taupe and am now a much happier camper.