Eye Shadow -MAC - Vintage Selection (Cham-Pale Collection)
KASelway 1/8/2011 6:04:00 PM
I'm amazed that this product isn't getting more love! I bought Vintage Selection with the MAC Cham-pale collection over Christmas. Its distinctly different from the permanent collection of paint pots in terms of texture. Vintage Selection is a lot smoother and creamier than Painterly, Indianwood, etc. What I really like about this product how it applies. That being said its not as opaque as other paint pots, and maybe thats the complaint that others have about the color payoff. Due to the texture, it goes on rather sheer, with champagne sparkle. I apply a layer of this paint pot on my lid, allow to dry for a moment and then apply UD Sin over it - Very pretty! In terms of wear throughout the day, I wear this over UD Primer potion and it lasts from when I leave the house at 7 and still looks good when I come home from work at 6. I've added a swatch above to give you an idea of what I mean about using Vintage Selection with UD Sin- I'm rather pale so maybe its not the best swatch! For reference, I'm a NW15.
I read about this product after details surrounding Marc Jacob's Fall Winter 2010 show came out - François Nars did the make up for it, and thats where this color premiered. It looked beautiful and dreamy on the models! Needless to say, I'm no model, so it takes a little more work to get this product right. Although this product is a part of the Spring 2010 collection, I feel like its more of a winter color. The color is a light matte lavender. At least on my skin tone it looked almost chalky, but I think thats the point (if that makes sense). I usually wear a pearly taupe from MUF as my base shadow, and these two colors don't work well together. But on its own, this shadow is beautiful. The color really makes your eye color pop, and I feel like it would complement most eye shades. This isn't my everyday eye shadow, so I don't use it enough that I need to worry about stocking up soon. But I would purchase this shade again if I ever lost it.
Mascara -Maybelline - Volum' Express The ColossalDiamonds
KASelway 5/25/2010 3:56:00 PM
I'm a big fan of the original and waterproof versions of Maybelline's Colossal Volum' Express. That being said, this version was disappointing. The brush and product formula are similar to the original ones, but the whole concept of 'diamonds' in addition to massive lash volume is just kind of tacky. The glitter included isn't fine enough to be subtle, you can see the glitter clinging for dear life to your lashes... Eventually, that glittler WILL fall off and it WILL scrape your cornea. Overall, I was disappointed with this product. Your money is better spent on the original versions I mentioned in the beginning of this review.
HG Foundation right here (until of course... I find something better.) Previously I had been using Estee Lauder Double Wear, which is an alright foundation, just a little bit too matte for my combination skin. I switched to this foundation in February, and so far have been really pleased with the results. The Bobbi Brown color pallet seems to cater really well to us fair skinned girls - in NF I'm 'Porcelain'. (In MAC, I would be a NW15ish, their colors don't suit my skintone very well.) This product leaves my skin feeling incredibly dewy but not oily, and the color lasts throughout my workday. The only thing I've had an issue with is using this product with powder blush. I've heard others say that your foundation and blush should be the same texture (ie - powder & powder, cream & cream). But I've always had a hard time getting cream or stick blush to blend well. In order to get around this, I set this foundation using the Coty translucent powder and then apply blush/bronzer. Overall, I find this to be a better foundation to create a natural look.
I've been using this treatment for 3 months now, and have been pleased with the results. My skin is combination, and I am prone to cystic (hormonal) acne, with a few black heads on my chin and along my nose. I've found that this product doesn't do a whole lot for my black heads, but it does really help with the cysts! After using this product, they dry out rather quickly and disappear compared to when I use Differin alone. However, I'm still looking for my HG when it comes to blackhead removers As many others have noted, you can't beat the price! Definitely recommend this to those with cystic acne.
I bought this blush on a whim at Sephora. I was looking for a new blush to change up my usual routine of NARS Orgasm, which to be honest is too shimmery and flashy (at least on my pale skin) to wear daily to work. The soft rose color is a bit on the coral side but looks really natural on my skin! The color lasts all day, but that might also have to do with the fact that I use Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundation so my skin is already matte and the color has something to hold on to that isn't oily. I highly recommend this for anyone with paler skin. As a point of reference I'm somewhere in between a NC15 and NW15 (I don't use MAC foundation due to the lack of shade selection), and the color looks very natural. I've only had this blush for 5 days and have already received quite a few compliments! Definitely worth the $24 I paid. Will purchase again! EDIT: I tried going back to NARS Orgasm after using this for a month, and I stand by my original review. This product applies and stays so much better than Orgasm, plus it looks much more natural! Definitely a HG!
ELDW is my first foray into higher end foundations (so take this review with a grain of salt). For a long time I thought I was content with Rimmel Stay Matte, but I found that the coverage wasn't great and it did not stay put for as long as advertised. I bought ELDW after reading the reviews on this site, and I've been really pleased with the product so far. I have very pale skin- the Shell shade really matches my skin. I was really impressed with the variety of shades Estee Lauder has available for us paler girls- which is my main problem with MAC, neither NC15 and NW15 match. EL Double Wear really covers, especially on my acne scars, and lasts from when I put it on at 7am till when I get home at 6pm... I have oily skin, so if I'm going out after work I just apply some translucent powder, and it does the trick. I've also had a lot of luck using the clumpy bits of product in the cap as a concealer. Applying with my Bare Escentuals concealer brush does the trick! My only gripes about this product (and hence the 4 lippies) are the lack of a pump as others have noted- I feel like a pump would do a better job of both dispensing and preventing germs. Additionally, I've had an issue with the product sort of flaking if I don't blend it out quickly enough. Using a damp makeup sponge cleared that issue up quickly. I haven't had any issues with removing this foundation with my regular face wash (Philosophy's Purity Made Simple) which is amazing since this product seems to adhere to my skin so well! EDIT: Since writing this review, I've switched to Bobbi Brown Natural Finish Foundation with SPF 15. I've found that this foundation looks more natural the ELDW. But I still mean what I wrote in my original review - ELDW is good, but there are better ones out there.