These are going back. I needed a little bit of springtime color lift so because they are so highly rated here, I bought two, On Fire Red and Pink Pop. If the red is any indication, these aren't much different from cheap $1 lipstick. The texture is waxy, they bled, and there isn't any superamped vividness/color pigment. SO disappointing. They were buy one get second at 50% off at the already overpriced CVS so in a down moment I thought, yeah. Alas, no. Back to Revlon, Besame, MAC and Chanel for me.
I'm a happy customer, on my 3rd packet. I bought a 10-pack for a road trip -- trying to simplify (even bought a BB cream instead of bringing foundation+, so proud of myself!) -- and I'm more than satisfied. They remove all my makeup, and there is such a large surface area in comparison with the little cotton ball usually used for eye makeup remover that I tend to finish the job instead of just using up the cotton ball and calling it a night. Plus no makeup stains all over your, or the hotel's, washcloths. I don't use waterproof mascara, so I can't comment on that, but regular mascara comes off entirley with no oily residue in the eyes that can be painful or results in morning puffiness. My only complaints are packaging. 1) the ugly packet that has to sit somewhere in the bathroom; 2) it reseals poorly so I have to keep something sitting atop it so the flap doesn't open and the wipes dry out; 3) the opening not being secure makes it bad for travel. Maybe a coupla rubber bands but I think the geniuses at Simple, Inc. could be more clever. Oh -- another concern: are the wipes biodegradable or are they made of some superpoly?
Eyeliner -Revlon - REVLON COLORSTAY CRÈME GEL EYE LINER (all colors)
Slicker 9/5/2012 10:47:00 AM
I was swayed by all the good reviews hre but my charcoal liner disappointed. I like idea of the little brush in the cap -- I never have high hopes for the brushes that come with things, but it was OK. I do have trouble with the texture of the product, which is very dry. I don't work too quickly with eyeliner (a cat-eye look is a lot of work for round eyes) so by the time I can get the line I want, it has started crumbling. Perhaps the only thing that can be done with this is for those who work very quickly and can make a thin smooth line because otherwise it flakes. Didn't like the charcoal that much -- I was trying for a subtler look than black, but it was very blah.
Lip Treatments -Fresh - Sugar Rose Lip Treatment SPF 15
Slicker 4/22/2012 10:26:00 PM
This was a gift at Sephora, plus the regular, untinted lip treatment. It has a heavy scent which is annoying, and it just feels like a layer of oil on the lips. I don't get it at all. The packaging is excellent -- + points for the mini size and the top piece that screws in -- great for the handbag. But I'm not that keen on lip balm anyway; it just seems gooey and then it's gone. On that note, I'm enjoying (except for the price) the Kinerase lip conditioner; you apply it, it sinks in, it conditions. Using it at night means you feel conditioned in the morning, unlike lip balms that are just a layer of slick. Until they're not.
The great reviews made me want to try this even though at the price that's taking a big chance. Well, it's worth it. How terrific that you can apply at night and wake up with moist lips -- completely unlike greasy, gloppy chapsticks and other temporary fixes. This doesn't just lay a coating on top of the lips, it actually moisturizes. Alas, no miracle pigment definition, but I do like the product. Unlike other posters, I don't find it runny, and have no problem with the applicator. I use very, very little.
Product: Holds a curl (and that's tough for me) but it is dry and flakes. Packaging: I hate the fat tube style; it's not easy to hold and takes up too much room. Brush: The brush is okay, but it needs to be wiped on a paper towel each time before using or it will just glob on. I'll go back to Buxom probably. I did like that goofy little Givenchy ball brush but I poked myself in the eye one too many times!
Skincare - Body -NADS - Hair Removal System - No-Heat Hair Removal Gel
Slicker 9/4/2011 10:12:00 AM
I imagine this product has changed since people began reviewing it? It was easily the best home "wax" I have ever used, and the fastest. I usually get a professional wax, or cheap out/maintain with pre-waxed strips but the strips seem to be less and less effective lately -- hard and unusable. Anyway, I read a good review here of another sugar-type product in a tub, but not finding it in three drug stores here in NYC I bought the Nads. I did not heat it. (It's very hot out today.) The product *was* hard to spread but working just a little bit I could mush it out. Spreading thin was the obvious choice, since the product soaks into the strips. SO here's the thing nobody has mentioned: once the very first section is done, keep using the *same cloth* over and over, with the original "wax" on it, and it works brilliantly! In fact, I don't think I used more than four strips for full leg + bikini, and I have TONS of product left since I barely used any. Keep in mind, you must use the prep wipes (or a wet washcloth), to make sure your legs don't have any oil (esp in the summer!) and then make sure legs are dry. My only complaint is that given you use so little product, the few strips given are going to be used up in no time. I've seen spas use strips of cotton fabric so I'll try some old bedsheets before I spring for more strips at the beauty supply. Update: OH! The strips are washable! Perfect. And I don't think it was mentioned but this home use stuff is NOWHERE, NO WAY as good as a professional wax. I usually use it between salon visits. (to cheap out)
I don't know about lightening dark spots, but I am positive this does make my skin look better, helping out if there are breakouts, or oilyness due to weather or even dryness due to weather. It just seems to all-around control it nicely. In the winter, I alternate this with Badescu's Normalizing Mask with Cotton Milk, which is AMAZING for moisture. Wish I could review that but it's not yet listed in Makeup Alley. It's too bad -- the Normalizing Mask completely revitalizes winter skin!!!!
The reviews were pretty exciting on this so I thought I would try it to even out the color surrounding my lips. Well, that portion (the purple half) made me break out, exactly in that area. So I was left with the lip treatment portion which doesn't seem to do much of anything. Sigh. Packaging wasn't great; you can't stand it on end, it just lays around like a fish.
Looks really nice -- a subtle gold glow even okay on pale skin. BUT the coconut smell is revolting -- like heavy duty tanning oil -- and it doesn't fade.
Primer/ Corrector -Make Up For Ever - HD Microperfecting Primer in 2 Mauve
Slicker 3/9/2010 1:43:00 PM
I was in love with the primer version in the tube, and when I went to repurchase, they no longer carried it. Luckily I got a sample of the HD. The texture is thinner, so the tint is not as helpful (the former version gave a beautiful porcelain look). The effect is not as smooth as before and is overly moist. I'll be looking for a new primer.
Lipstick -Revlon - Moon Drops Lipstick (all shades)
Slicker 3/4/2010 3:04:00 PM
Ah, this one is going back. Forgot my lipstick again (! ) and had to make a drugstore pit stop. My fave lipstick is Revlon (725 Love That Red) so I thought I'd pick up a Revlon shade. Oh, how I hate buying without testers! The color is not bad -- 450 Amethyst Smoke -- but it turns out it's frosted, and is waxy, dry. I can't get it to apply well so it looks sloppy.
Lipstick -Revlon - Super Lustrous lipstick in Paparazzi Pink [DISCONTINUED]
Slicker 3/4/2010 2:59:00 PM
Forgot my lipstick again (! )and had to make a drugstore pit stop. My fave lipstick is Revlon (725 Love That Red) so I thought I'd pick up a Revlon shade. Oh, how I hate buying without testers! The formula on this 455 Paparazzi Pink is much lighter on than it looks in the tube, and has glitter in it. The texture is awful -- dry and waxy. Gotta return this one. Same goes for the 450 Amethyst Smoke, though I think that has an even worse consistency; it's frosted and dry.
Powders -Physicians Formula - Pearls of Perfection - Translucent
Slicker 5/15/2009 5:22:00 PM
I would never have bought this except for the excited reviews on this site. I LOVE it. Pearls of Perfection is a goofy name but it does everything everyone said it would -- adds some glow but NOT glitter, evens out instead of accentuate crevices, and just all around adds a little oomph. I think it is good to play with it and see the effects of using it alone (nice for a faked-out natural look) or under or over powder for the best of both worlds. I've been looking for something like this for quite a while. Thank you, reviewers!!!
How I learned about the Control Cream -- I was having a facial at Badescu and afterward realized that my incurable (week) chapped lip had miraculously healed, and I ran back to the salon and begged to know what they had used on me. This is the only product that has ever helped my infrequent hives, eczema, and crazy chapped lips that I sometimes get from lipstick reactions, etc. It's also good if you have a pimple that you've...annoyed. I use this as a spot treatment only. Update: MA folks -- I don't think this should be categorized as a moisturizer. It is a treatment.