Eye Shadow -Physicians Formula - Matte Collection Quad Eyeshadow in Classic Nudes
Poofers 2/16/2013 8:28:00 PM
I'm in the minority but I wasn't impressed one bit. I stick to matte formulas from MAC and UD, but was very excited at the prospect of a cheap drugstore palette of all matte shadows. I found these to be very chalky, uneven in application, and unpigmented. The darkest color, a grey/lavender, is very similar to MAC Copperplate but inferior in quality. The two browns look alike but one is warm and the other cool toned, they did not show on me at all (NC25), even over primer. I really wanted to like these but they didn't work for me. The packaging is cheap and flimsy but what can be expected for a $6 palette. I won't bother trying the other quads.
I'm on my second sample from Sephora and I still don't like this mascara. Maybe both have been duds, but I find this is really wet and clumpy. It's okay if I swipe most of the product off onto a tissue before applying, but who wants to do that for a $30 mascara??? After applying I have to brush my eyelashes out really well or my lashes will stick together like dried twigs. I do not expect that much work for such an expensive, high-end product. I find it performs no better than a crappy $7.99 Maybelline mascara. I will never, ever buy the Hypnose mascara and probably won't even bother with the samples of it anymore, I dislike it that much.
People, Dandelion is clearly marked as a "brightening face powder", NOT a blush. It's very, very light cool-toned pink with a soft sheen. It makes a beautiful highlight for the cheeks and browbone. Comes in a standard novelty Benefit box. The scent is a very light floral/rose smell. I have a sample from Sephora that'll probably last me forever so I don't know if I'd purchase. It's a nice product, love Benefit. Check it out if you're interested but remember, don't expect it to work like a blush!
I may like this product more if I were a dozen years younger, but I'm in my mid-30s and the glittery shadows are a no-no for me. I like a pretty satin sheen but these have straight-up glitter. There are some matte shadows but I find them chalky and muddy, nowhere near as good as my MAC ones. The shimmery ones have nice pigmentation but I experienced crazy fall-out (trying different brushes and application techniques and primers). Bottom line is that I'm too old for glitter pieces on my face, and this palette has been sitting in my makeup stash for two years unused since I feel bad about throwing away a $40 palette. Packaging is AWFUL, flimsy cardboard that flops right open. The smudgeproof brown liner is decent and it IS smudge-proof and stays in place, but I don't wear eyeliner (I like a softer look with shadow) so I don't use it. Regret buy for me but I can understand why a lot of people like it.
Treatments (Eye) -Ole Henriksen - Ultimate Lift Eye Gel
Poofers 12/24/2012 2:51:00 PM
I really should've listened to the low ratings for this product. I like to try new eye creams, and bought this for a reasonable price around $32 USD in a kit that included a roll-on thing for eye puffiness. I'm really not impressed. First off, I know it's an "eye lift gel" and not a mositurizer, but I have to use a moisturzer underneath or it can dry the area out. Alas, I still need to find a good, basic eye moisturizer. This gel does firm the area a little bit but nothing spectacular in diminishing the mid-30's lines I'm getting. I know there is no "miracle cream" for lines but this doesn't really "do" anything. It's also quite tacky and tends to remain this way for a while (hours). The roll-on thing is a small tube with a metal roller and a blue gel inside. I like to rub it under my eyes in the morning if I'm particularly tired or my eyes are puffy, and while it feels nice and cooling it doesn't "do" anything. I will not repurchase.
Loose Powders -Make Up For Ever - HD High Definition Loose Powder
Poofers 12/24/2012 2:05:00 PM
LOVE LOVE LOVE this powder. I received a deluxe sample from Sephora then purchased the full size. I've been using the sample for a good 5 weeks now (approximately 5 days/week) and it's not empty, so I think the full size was worth the price (around $34 USD) since it'll probably last a long time. It's a very fine, silica-like powder. I use a big fluffy brush to apply it over my foundation. Only a little is needed. It 'colorless' but it does seem to give me an almost whitely glow, though I like looking a little pale. You would probably want to try this out and see how it looks. I don't know if it casts a white glow on the face in photos, but I wouldn't really care if it did. It's light, non-cakey, long lasting, and keeps my make-up in place without any of it transferring. HG for me.
I bought the "Addictive" quad and I'm sooooo disappointed. I feel like Revlon is just not as good as it used to be. Let me say that I am a bit of a snob when it comes to eyeshadow and I pretty much stick with MAC (though I have some Clinique and Lancome I use here and there). I was grocery shopping and decided to purchase some DS eyeshadow on an impulse buy. I had a couple of the old Revlon quads a couple of years back when I first go into make-up, but threw them out when I started going higher end. I don't know why I did that since they were pretty decent (I had a berry/plummy quad and a neutral brown quad, they may have been those "wet/dry formula" ones). The packaging is different on these new quads and the color combinations are different. I picked "Addictive" since the colors looked fairly simple and neutral. The top two ( a very light champage and a neutral beige) look exactly the same, nothing but straight-up GLITTER CHUNKS. I'm 34 and glitter is a no-no. The bottom two (a taupe and a mediun brown) look really nice in the pans, more of a 'flat' matte formula. They had no color pay-off, the taupe one showed as a sheer, sickly pale green (over TFSI primer) that would not deepen if I packed it on. The brown was...okay enough, but if I want a matte brown I'm reaching for MAC Cross-Cultural. What a waste of $7, I really wanted to like this and I hate it. I took that horrible taupe-green off at once and re-did my makeup with my beloved MAC shadows. I'm sure some of these quads have some decent formulas, but I won't bother repurchasing another one to try out.
I just don't know if I like Folie or not. It's a brownish-burgundy satin formula but it looks really matte one me. I love matte and satin MAC shadows, but this one is really sheer and hard to blend IMO. It is quite pretty and brings out the green in my hazel eyes, but it must be done correctly by applying in multiple light layers and building it up. It's one of the shadows I don't reach for if I'm lazy or hurrying, since I really have to take my time with it to look good. Otherwise it looks sloppy and muddy really quick. I'll try it as a base contour shadow instead of a "main color" and I'll keep using it on occassion, but I would not repurchase.
A concealer that actually conceals. I have Clinique Advanced and Shiseido Natural Finish concealers but MAC SF is the only one I really use. It's heavy and a bit greasy but it doesn't make me break out or aggravate any hormonal cysts I may be covering (ahem Clinique). I know concealer should be applied under foundation but I conceal on top of my foundation, as it seems to stay in place better for me this way (even with face primer). I was matched at the MAC counter to NC30 back in the summer, and though I've gotten a bit paler it still blends right in. I took off a lippie because the packaging (a flip-open pot like their eyeshadows) is not very hygenic but that's probably the best way to keep it (it's quite thick in consistenty). I take a bit out with a qtip so I'm not putting my concealer brush directly in the pot and possibly contaminating it. A little goes a long way, and I blend out around the blemish with a soft brush. Set with MUFE HD Powder and it stays all day. A decent price (around $15 USD) and it will last a long time. My HG concealer that I'd absolutely repurchase.
I'm in the minority of those who kinda like this, but it must be worn LIGHTLY. It's quite strong, sweet with a blackberry underscent to it. I agree with the poster who said it's a "winter perfume" and the cold seems to somehow buffer it. I think it would be heavy and too nauseating in warm weather. I have a deluxe sample from Sephora that will last forever, I use just a tiny bit and only now that it is winter. I would not purchase it, it would go to waste. There are other perfumes I'd rather spend the money on that are more versatile. **EDIT** Each time I wear this I dislike it more and more.. It's just too heavy and sweet and it gets cheap-smelling quick. Nope.
I'm on the fence with Grain, but it has come to grow on me. It's a light, neutral beige with a sheen (satin formula). It shows on my eyes (NC25, hazel eyes) with a slight silver undertone. I use it on my lids with Copperplate (a matte grey-lavender) or Cross Cultural (matte brown) in the crease and outer v. It's okay but nothing spectacular. I do really like it as a cheekbone highlight since it's so neutral but has that pretty sheen. If I were to repurchase, it would be as a highlighter and not an eyeshadow. **EDIT** I'm liking Grain more and more. Worn on the lid with Omega built up in the crease and outer v gives a "no-makeup make-up" look.
Copperplate is a lovely shadow, a matte grey with slight lavender undertones (it's not coppery whatsoever). It's the matte 2 formula, so it's softer and easier to blend than the matte 1 (which can seem really "hard"). I'm NC25 with hazel eyes. My favorite current look is Arena (a peachy apricot satin) on the lid with Copperplate blended in the crease, outer V,and under the eye. So gorgeous, understated and soft yet unique looking. I will definately repurchase.
A simple matte pink blush with mauve undertones. It can be worn sheer yet easily built up for a more intense "pink" cheek. I'm NC 25 and it's very natural looking on me. I reach for it when I don't know what "look" to do for my cheeks. It's versatile and coordinates well with any eye look, since it's so neutral. Worth the buy for a basic staple if you collect blushes.
Omega is my least favorite MAC shadow. I bought it because I wanted a cool neutral to use as a crease contour. I'm NC 25, hazel eyes, and this doesn't work at all, I can pack it on but it won't show. It works as a base matte for the lid but it looks blah on me, and it's really difficult to blend with other colors. I think it's the matte 1 formula (matte 2 are easier to blend). I occassionally use it as a cheek contour when I want something cool (I usually contour with Benefit Hoola which is warm). Omega isn't a bad color but it doesn't work for me. I wouldn't repurchase. **EDIT** I'm really starting to like Omega. If I put Grain on the lid (a neutral beige-silver satin) and Omega built up in the crease and outer v, it gives the perfect "no make-up make up look". I may even repurchase.
I am in love with Illamasqua blushes! Excite was my second one (Panic being my first). What phenomenal quality! Incredible pigmentation, I literally tap my stipling brush ONCE onto the product and that's all I need. Excite gives my cheeks a soft warmth of tangerine. Looks great when I have cool tones on my eyes (like dark purples). Go easy on application, apply in layers because it can get clownish quick! But so perfect when applied right. Worth every penny, so little product is used it will last.