I wish I had the same experience with this polish that the other reviewers have had. It's a pretty color, though I need 3 coats for it to show up (2 coats and it still looks like clear polish to me). No big deal, though, since I don't have to worry too much about the manicure being perfect since this is a sheer, light color. However, as much as I like how it looks, this polish chips ridiculously easily. It has a rubbery (jelly?) consistency, and even after trying 2 different base coats and applying Seche Vite on top, it chips for me after less than a day of wearing it. This is very frustrating. Also, it will peel off in large chunks. I would not repurchase, and this is probably the last time I'll wear the polish.
Let me start off by saying that I absolutely love this shade. It's gorgeous. It is very sheer (if you want absolutely full opacity, you'd probably need 5 coats, but 3 is enough for the rest of us), but it's fast-drying, so I don't find its sheer-ness to be too big of a deal. The reason I'm giving it 3 stars and not the full 5 is because of the lack of lasting power it had on my nails. I have been wearing this polish for a day and a half (with some nails having 2 coats of Seche Vite on top), and already there is siginificant chipping on 4 of my nails and tipwear on a few other nails. I've read decent things about this polish's lasting power, so I don't know what the deal is. I've been doing the same things I normally do when I wear polish, and this stuff has been chipping like crazy when the others would have just gotten some tip wear after a few days.
Moisturizers -Clinique - Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion
StakeEdward 2/27/2011 6:41:00 PM
I think I am one of around 5 people in this entire world who loves this moisturizer and prefers it over the Clinique moisturizing gel formula. The gel, I found, didn't moisturize my face enough, and I would have to use 3 pumps to get enough moisture on my face. With this, I use around 1.5 pumps for my entire face, and it does a great job. My skin feels hydrated throughout the day. I am prone to breakouts, and this moisturizer does not worsen them in any way. I do get oily skin by the end of the day, but that happens to me no matter what I use on my face. So far, it's the only moisturizer I've found that completely hydrates my skin without making me break out. I've used it pretty consistently for the past 2 years.
Moisturizers -Olay - Age Defying Daily Renewal Cream - Beta Hydroxy Complex
StakeEdward 2/27/2011 6:35:00 PM
This moisturizer is terrible. On my skin, which gets very dry if I don't use the proper moisturizer (even though I get breakouts/oily throughout the day), this cream did NOT help the dryness at all. Using heaps of it still didn't work. When I use this, my skin gets dry and extremely flaky. Plus, it makes me break out if I use it for several days. The fragrance is another bad thing about this moisturizer. It smells like baby wipes. It's not pleasant. The jar packaging allows bacteria to grow in it, so that's another strike against it. Not to mention, I can get department store moisturizers for the same price when you take into account how small the jar is. Overall, I would never buy this product again.
As others have said, the silver side is fantastic. It's extremely pigmented. Even the lightest sweep of your brush will pick up a ton of color from the silver side. However, the black side is AWFUL. It's not so-so, it's not good...it's terrible. I don't see how anyone could say positive things about the black side if they've ever actually used a pigmented black shadow before. Even if you press your finger/brush into the shadow and attempt to pick up a lot of color (which you don't have to do for the silver side), it still ends up very sheer. The $1 black ELF shadow I have is 100x more pigmented than the black side of this shadow duo. The silver side makes the duo worth it, but the black side is so dreadful that I had to take off a star for these shadows.
Haven't worn it for an extended period yet; will update this review when I have to see if it chips or not. I hate, HATE Revlon brushes, so packaging isn't that great for me. I found this polish somewhat hard to apply. When I was actually able to apply a thin coat with my brush, it takes 2 coats to become opaque, but with a few of my nails the brush overloaded and I didn't bother putting a 2nd coat on these nails because it was opaque. However, thick coats = not good for chipping. The color is really pretty...IF you apply a shiny top coat to it. I know that defeats the purpose of the finish of this polish, but it's rubbery and just ok when it's "matte" (this is not a matte polish, but it does dry dull). Once you apply the top coat, it brings out the shimmer present in the polish. If it chips within a couple of days, I'll knock it down to 3 stars instead of 4. I give it 4 stars now because it does look nice once you put the top coat on, which I always do with my polish anyway. EDIT: It chipped within a couple of days and was extremely hard to remove. The color got boring after a day or so, even with the added shine from the top coat.
I only own one color, but if that color is indicative of the rest of the brand, then it's my new favorite. Orly will forever have my favorite packaging because of its rubber grip, but the formula for Sinful Colors is amazing, and not just in comparison to other cheap polishes. This stuff did not chip after 5 days of wearing it (base coats, 2 coats of polish, and Seche Vite top coat), and I'm sure it would have stayed even longer if I hadn't removed it. The color I wore (can't recall the name) was pretty opaque after just one coat, but I applied two just in case. Would definitely repurchase.
Polishes -Sally Hansen - Hard as Nails Xtreme Wear in Virtual Violet
StakeEdward 1/22/2011 5:13:00 AM
Gorgeous color, but it stops there. I tested it on a few nails (wanting to see what the color would look like on me but not sure if I should do a full manicure), and 3 coats later I ended up just wiping the polish off. With three coats, this is STILL sheer on the upper half of your nail, which other reviewers have mentioned. If it were more pigmented and applied better, this color would definitely be one I'd apply often. As it is, I'm returning it instead.
Using primer & powder, this stays on for about 8 hours before I have to reapply powder. As someone who has oily skin, that's pretty fantastic. It is NOT hard to apply if you use a good, damp sponge. Crappy sponges won't work, and brushes might not work as well either because you have to apply this foundation quickly before it dries. I have no problem with applying it quickly, though. I tend to only take ~2 min. to apply foundation, even though my skin is blemished and I have dark undereye circles. I always get compliments on my makeup, too. Anyway, I hope Revlon never stops making this because I have never had such a good experience with a foundation. The only problem is its poor packaging. As others have said, it needs a pump or a squeeze tube or something that won't cause a bunch of foundation to pour out at once.
Treatments -Caudalie - Vinoperfect Complexion Correcting Radiance Serum
StakeEdward 5/14/2010 10:47:00 PM
Maybe it works for others, but it didn't work for me. I used it up until it was gone (3-4 months iirc), and never over that period of time did my skin improve in any way. For me, it was a waste of $80, especially since there's so little in the bottle.
Liquid -Physicians Formula - Mineral Wear Mineral Foundation
StakeEdward 3/30/2010 5:26:00 PM
I used this foundation for several months before I finally found a drugstore brand that could replace it (I'll spend a lot on e/s but not on foundation). I have oily skin, and this stuff would wear off after a few hours, even with Smashbox primer underneath and a finishing powder on top. It would also make me look like I'd caked the stuff on and felt VERY heavy on my face. The foundation settles into fine lines after a while; a few hours after putting it on, and I look like I have wrinkles under my eyes. The coverage is medium-full, which is the only thing I ever liked about this product. Applying powder throughout the day will make it very obvious that you're wearing foundation, and a not-so-good one at that. Therefore, anyone with oily skin should definitely avoid this product, as it will start melting off your face after ~2.5-3 hours of wear, even with a primer underneath. The packaging is ok if you tear off the sponge applicator and use your own. The good thing about it is that it's fairly easy to control how much comes out at once, and it's pretty hygeinic IF you remove that ridiculous sponge.