Oh my god, my dark circles are gone! No other concealer I've used has covered this much. and unlike other reviewers, it hasn't caked up on me (I apply it with a concealer brush). And it is really cheap too. I'm definitely stocking up on this. Edit: I just want to add that I tried this on my tattoo out of curiosity, since it is meant for covering tattoos. It worked wonderfully. It covered my black tattoo with one layer. It worked MUCH better than this expensive Covermark "Tattoo cover kit" I bought years ago.
This is a really great concealer brush. I bought nearly all of the studio brushes half off and I'm really glad that I got them. They are worth double or even triple the price. If you are wondering if you should splurge on a high-end brush, trust me, you don't have to! These are great, they are soft, don't shed, and work perfectly. This one is the perfect size and density for my undereye. It blends my concealer out and can also be used to pack a lot of concealer on.
Concealers -Smashbox - Photo Op Under Eye Brightener
Poptimist 11/13/2011 11:56:00 PM
This didn't work for me at all. Its too dark for my skin (NW15) and it is not the right consistency for using under the eyes. It could be used as a highlighter on darker skin tones, but its really not worth the effort. I'm sticking with benefit high beam.
I own two of these, one in blossom and one in fairy. The colors look like they would be nice, but there is barely any pigmentation. They are kind of sticky and don't feel that great on my lips. I don't really regret buying it because it was only $1. These aren't bad for that price but don't expect more than a subtle shine with a tiny tiny hint of color. I actually like the packaging. The brush is easy to use.
Eye Shadow -New York Color - Eye 2 Eye Shadow Duo in Shore Thing
Poptimist 11/13/2011 8:02:00 AM
Eh. Even though this was fairly pigmented, i wouldnt' buy it again. It is messy and not very blendable. It is hard to get a smooth application without looking splotchy. I don't care for the texture either. Its a little rough.
I bought this even after reading all the bad reviews on makeupalley. I just couldn't resist the temptation to try a mousse foundation. All in all, i'm happy I ignored the reviews and bought it. It has good coverage even when it is applied lightly. Classic Ivory, Light 2 matches my NW15 skin really well. It does look a little thick/cakey like many reviews mentioned. And of course, it is quite matte, which makes it look slightly unnatural. This isn't a foundation I would wear in the morning or on a summer day. This is a foundation for going out on winter nights, for clubbing, etc.. The heavier coverage would also be good for taking pictures/video. It seems useful but I wouldn't expect to use this every day when going for a more subtle look.
I use this as a primer, but I don't actually have oily skin. It doesn't do much for my skin but works perfectly as a foundation primer. When this runs out, I will probably return to the Smashbox primer, but it is still a good primer that I would recommend.
This was my first NYX eyeshadow purchase. The colors are extremely pigmented. I'm very impressed with the color payoff. I tried to put together a look with these three colors and I thought it was just "too much." They really don't go well together...At least for me..But each color separately is really pretty and pigmented. I would definitely recommend it.
Eye Shadow -NYX - Jumbo Eye Shadow Pencil in Pure Gold
Poptimist 11/13/2011 5:22:00 AM
I really like this gold shade. It is very warm and I think it will be perfect around the holidays. I'm a fan of neutrals and a natural look, so I think this gold is a great way to play up a neutral look for special occasions.
This is the best primer I have used. It makes my face feel silky and really helps my foundation to glide on, which is good for avoiding a cakey face. I haven't noticed a difference in how long my foundation stays on, but I don't have oily skin so that has never been an issue for me. I only use primers half the time because I don't find that it makes a huge difference. Its an extra step in my routine for a small payoff. So I usually save it for special occasions or when i'll be out for a long time. Regardless, its still something I will always want to have around.
This glides on smoother than any other eye pencil I have used. The color is perfect for lining my waterline. Even though it is big, it still fits in my waterline and I don't have to worry about stabbing my eyes because it is so soft. I also don't have to apply it multiple times for it to be visible. Its worlds above the other liners I have used. And of course, it can also be used as an eyeshadow, highlighter, etc., due to the size & creaminess.
I have the eyeshadow duo in Wheat/Teak. Wheat is a very neutral skin tone. Teak is a medium brown. It is as neutral a duo as it gets. No shimmer, entirely matte. I don't use it often but I like having it. Its perfect to have around when I want an extremely natural look. The powder is soft and smooth. The pigmentation is OK. But for the price, you can get many more NYX shadows that are just as pigmented (if not more). I would only recommend this if it's on sale.
I have tried this and the urban decay primer. Maybe im just not that observant but I hardly noticed a difference with either primer, at least in the look of my eyeshadow. So i'll be sticking with this because I see no reason to spend $15 on something that doesn't seem to do anything. They both go on smoothly and have similar textures. I bought it in both champagne & nude. The champagne color is really pretty and adds a shimmer under my shadow. It looks great alone.
This mascara was good for volume but it clumped a lot and got dry/flaky. Its too bad because it did do a decent job at volume and length.
This is HG status for sure. Even though I'm trying to reduce my makeup spending, I will still shell out the $26 for this time and time again. You can use it for so many things. I blend it with my foundation to have an overall subtle glow. I stipple it on my upper cheekbone as a highlight. I put it on my cupids bow to accentuate my lips. I believe that adding a subtle dewy shimmer makes you look SO much less made-up. Nothing screams "makeup" more than a really matte face. So for me, high beam is a must for a natural look. Even though there are other highlighters out there, most of them don't have the same consistency as high beam so they can't be used in the same ways. For example, they may work as a cheek highlighter but can't be blended w/ foundation. So until there is a perfect dupe I will continue buying this.