When I first tried this product - having purchased it from ASOS for considerably less than it was priced on the Two Faced websites and various sites I checked - I wasn't convinced that it was worthy of all the positive reviews. I can now safely say my opinion has been revised having worn it for a day. I have very light skin, and it is is often a struggle to find foundations that are a) pale enough and b) don't oxidise and darken on my t-zone. When I applied the powder to my Gosh primed skin, using a flat topped kabuki brush, I thought it was going to be too orangey. I bought the palest shade, Vanilla Creme, so it would have been a nuaisance if it had been. I applied plenty of powder, and while I noticed that it applied beautifully with minimal dryness (which I knew would vanish anyway, once my skin produced any bit of oil) I detected a distinct orangey tinge. I kept going and finished my makeup, then got on with my day. Throughout the day I glanced in the mirror and was impressed with the powder's durability. It didn't go shiny at any stage, which is most unusual for any foundation on my skin - my face usually sports an oily t-zone, requiring brisk powdering, by about 3pm each day. It looked really natural, and the orange I had thought I had seen was not there once it had time to sink into the skin. It came into its own particularly at night, when it made my skin look positively flawless and very porcelain-like. I liked that it didn't fade from above and below my lips, which some foundations I own have been doing when subjected to sweat or heat of any type. The real test for this foundation will be whether it can withstand a day of rushing around at work (I'm a waitress). Updates on that one later, but for the time being I definitely recommend.
Pressed Powders -Catrice - Skin Finish Compact Powder
MiamiMortimer 6/13/2011 10:31:00 AM
I've so far only used this as a mattifying powder over my Max Factor pan stik (another buy I've just tried, and been impressed by!) and it's really good. I have 010 Transparent and the colour is pale enough for me (NW15-20). Catrice has always impressed me with their pressed powders (I also own their pressed mineral compact and rate it highly) and this product is no different.
I can't rave enough about this product! It cost me about €6, maybe less, and it has consistently performed well. I own the shade 010 Light Beige, which is a good match for my NW15/20 skin. It blends very well and sets nicely with powder - which it unfortunately does need in order to stay on my combination skin, despite being a 'matt' foundation. I have sensitive skin prone to redness, and it conceals the redness along my jawbone very nicely. It requires powdering during the day to remove shine, but that's okay - for €6 I wasn't expecting a miracle; and anyway, all my other foundations require the same treatment - my HD Makeup For Ever foundation, which cost me around €30, needs powdering at the same time in the day. It has never made me break out, and I have tested this factor thoroughly by wearing it for several consecutive days. It also minimises the amount of concealer needed for, say, undereye circles and small blemishes - I've been using far less of my MAC NW15 concealer since I bought this foundation. I would highly recommend this foundation for these reasons as well as this important one: it makes skin look HD flawless! I think it should be labelled as a HD foundation, because my skin is far from picture perfect but it seems that way when I'm wearing Catrice products. I've had several people complimenting me on my 'perfect' skin while wearing this - in my opinion, it's an incredible product and an absolute steal for the price. It definitely suits my student budget! I just wish Catrice products were more available than they currently are - hopefully Boots will get them in at some stage!
Makeup Brushes -Bare Escentuals - Feather LIght Brush
MiamiMortimer 1/11/2011 5:39:00 PM
I also love this brush! I've been looking for a dupe for MAC's 187 brush for ages, and this is definitely it - it gives a smooth, airbrushed coverage with liquid foundation, buffs in cream foundation nicely, and applies powder very well. I'd definitely buy it again! The price is also much better than MAC's - I bought mine on eBay on £5! Well worth it.
Crème -L'Oreal - True Match Super Blendable Compact Makeup
MiamiMortimer 12/23/2010 2:12:00 PM
While I agree with reviews that this product must be applied to exfoliated skin (because it really does show up dry patches very obviously) I don't agree that it is not very blendable - it blends in well and has a creamy consistency that's easy to work with (I love the sponge included with the foundation, but recommend applying with fingers and then going over the make up when on the skin with the sponge to remove excess). This product isn't sticky at all and has no discernable smell. As a very fair skinned blonde with freckles, I was surprised to discover that shade W1 was in fact TOO light for me - a true shocker since I'm used to foundations being too orange! I liked the foundation as I felt it helped disguise redness along my jawline, and I didn't need to apply under eye concealer after applying it, which is another first. Apart from the shade, which makes me look ghostlike, and the fact that it shows up dry skin, I have no complaints about this product.
I don't know whether it's just my skin at this time of year or what, but this foundation is terrible on me right now! I bought it because I wanted the 'airbrush satin finish' and it's only disappointed me so far. I haven't got oily skin, but this foundation has made my skin extremely oily while wearing it the past two days - after a couple of hours my face is an oil slick that no amount of powder can fix. In addition, it oxidises and turns orange, and fades from around my lips and undereyes, leaving white patches of skin - very unimpressive. I'm surprised because I've had it a while and the couple of times I've used it before there was no such problem...maybe it's the central heating this time of year that's affecting it. No such problems with Max Factor colour adapt and various No7 foundations on that regard, though. I like the pump bottle though.
A really classic, perfect red! Fifties kind of shade, not too bright but not dark either. Love the name too!
I love this shade for autumn! It's a deep emerald kind of tone, and I've been wearing it for about a week and it hasn't chipped, just faded a little from the tip :) Highly recommended, especially with deep emerald, smokey eyeshadow to match!
I would agree that this isn't for oily skin...I haven't got particularly oily skin though, so it's the perfect creamy consistancy for me :) This was one of the first foundations I ever had, but also one of the best. It makes my fair skin look creamy and porcelain, a virtue that can't be disputed in my book! It blends incredibly easily and didn't oxidise on my skin...though it does need a bit of powder as the day goes on, to tackle the T-zone. What I also like about it is that when I put powder over it it absorbs it enough such that it doesn't look cakey-but it doesn't stay shiny either. I'm on my third bottle by now, and though my foundation stash contains No7, MUFE, Maybelline, Neutrogena, Clarins, etc, Max Factor Colour Adapt is one of the staples for sure.
I can definitely see what people mean when they refer to the scent of this product-it is quite a chemically, vaguely orange smell that luckily doesn't linger on the face (if it did I wouldn't be able to bear it) The product itself I find is too orange toned to use as a spot concealer-I have it in ivory and while it's ok for under the eyes and along the jawbone, left concentrated on blemishes it looks orange and odd, and not heavy enough to conceal them. As long as you don't expect a heavy weight concealer from this, I'd recommend it because blends nicely into skin and doesn't seem to cake. Even the smell is ok because once blended you don't smell it, which is a relief. It hasn't affected my sensitive skin either.
I bought this brush as a budget stippling brush, because I heard great reviews about how it buffed liquid foundation into the skin. I'm pleased to say the reviews weren't wrong! I love this brush! It made my skin look flawless without needing obvious, heavy coverage (which I was afraid of-I have a relatively similar brush already which makes foundation look dreadful for some reason, and is used as a powder buffer instead!) and also works well for powder, as the name suggests. Well worth a purchase-I might even do as many here have done and buy a second! Nice work E.L.F!
Liquid -Boots - Lifting & Firming Foundation SPF 15 [DISCONTINUED]
MiamiMortimer 8/27/2010 3:38:00 PM
I got mine on eBay in 005 Porcelain and it's just gorgeous! Wearing it now actually :) Why? It's got good coverage though it isn't at all heavy, it's relatively sheer in that it looks like my own skin only better, it hasn't made me break out (unlike MUFE's HD foundation, which was far pricier!) and though it does go a little shiny by the end of the day, it's nothing a little powder can't remedy! Definitely a Holy Grail product, even though it's meant for older ladies (Being an Lifting and Firming product, it's not too heavy :D)
Palettes -BeneFit Cosmetics - Celebutante [DISCONTINUED]
MiamiMortimer 8/25/2010 4:14:00 PM
I don't think Benefit could have created a better palette!!! There's Dallas, for contouring or brushing colour over cheekbones; there's a light, pearly shadow and a darker brown one; there's two mini lipsticks-Lady's Choice being creamy nude and No Competition being vampy plum; there's Benetint for cheek and lip tinting; High Beam for illuminating and, last of all, a gorgeous lipgloss 'I'm With The Band' in pretty pink with golden shimmer. The lipgloss is such a nice nude shade with a gorgeous melon scent-I just had to buy the full sized one! The mini comes in really handy for my clutch bag though :) Well worth a purchase, though it'd be even more perfect if they'd included Hoola instead of Dallas-it's slightly on the dark side for me, but that's a tiny complaint!
Foundations -Make Up For Ever - HD High Definition Foundation
MiamiMortimer 8/25/2010 9:58:00 AM
I have the lightest shade in this (115, I think?) and it's a good match shadewise. While it does give nice coverage without looking too heavy, I do have complaints about it: 1) It seems to adhere to any bit of flakiness in the skin and accentuate it-which isn't nice 2) After about three days of wearing it I began to break out and had to switch to mineral makeup, after which my skin cleared up immediately. Am now wearing it on special occasions only and not a few days in a row to prevent spots Personally I just don't think it justifies the cost. I paid €36 for it and to be honest a lot of my cheaper foundations (No7, Maybelline, etc) work just as well without causing me to break out.
Bronzers -Rimmel - Sun Shimmer Bronzing Compact Powder (ALL)
MiamiMortimer 8/25/2010 9:46:00 AM
I'm as pale skinned as they come (MAC NW15), so choosing a bronzer is a difficult and precarious task for me...and I'm sorry to say my bronzing powder hunt is far from over! This bronzer is possibly the only bronzer I've come across that is too PALE. I have it in 'Light Matte' and while it is nicely matte, it's far too light! I swept some into my bronzing brush and onto my cheekbones for a bit of a glow but it hardly registered at all-I noticed no difference! And as I said, I'm really pale with freckles and all. I'd hoped to maybe use it as a contour on 'pale and interesting' days but it's too light for that too. Maybe I got a dud, but truly-if someone as fair as me can't see this bronzer on her skin, it's definitely not recommended for anyone else...