I bought this in the lightest shade to warm up my complexion and make me look a bit healthier (NW15 in MAC foundation, for reference). It looks rather shimmery in the pan, but doesn't have obvious glitter when applied. I use it all over my face very sparingly and can't complain, since it does what I want and at a great price. Most bronzers are way too orange for me and look extremely unnatural. I'd still like to find a rosy-bronze shade for contouring. I indicated I'd buy this again, but honestly can't imagine running out anytime soon.
I liked the idea of this blush much better than its actual execution. It was purchased to use in my at-work makeup kit, but unfortunately it doesn't flatter me at all -- after applying and blending it seems to gather in my pores and feels sticky long afterward. I've been a fan of gel blushes for a long time, starting with the Bonne Bell ones that came in a tube, mostly because they don't look like they're sitting on top of the skin, but I simply can't make this blush work.
I've had this since it came out. To me it's like MAC's Show Orchid lipstick in a lipgloss. I have to be very careful about how much I put on because it certainly makes a person's lips stand out! Sometimes I'll pair it with a less in-your-face lipgloss on top to "dilute" it or use it on top of lip balm. It is very drying, as some others have said, which is the only thing I don't like about it, and can make my lips feel a bit gritty as well.
I coloured my hair with this in a light neutral blonde shade, after letting my hair grow out to its natural colour (mousy brown with 30% gray) for over 2 years. The only reason I bought Sublime Mousse was because there was a coupon for $4 off. It did not cover the grays at all, and my hair has a distinctly reddish tint to it which looks terrible with my very cool, pink skin tone. It does not look blonde at all. Not only that, but my mostly virgin hair feels dry and fried. I air dried it after colouring, but the next morning it looked so frizzy I had to pull it up into a bun for work. Now I'm faced with having to go to Sally Beauty to purchase something to get my hair back to its healthy state, and also to recolour my hair in the hopes of getting a medium ash blonde shade. I will never buy this product again.
I actually went to the Shoppers Drug Mart near me which carries Smashbox, in order to get this particular blush, but it looked a lot different from the pictures I'm seeing here on MUA. It looked a lot lighter, more of a medium pink and not fuchsia at all. Because of that I didn't end up purchasing it, but got Stila custom colour instead. Maybe they've changed the formulation? I just thought it was odd that the colour was so different.
I discovered this blush a couple of years ago, in the shade "Eclat d'Mat" (sp?) and love it. The darkest shade has some shimmer in it, as does the lightest, but it doesn't call attention to my aging skin or pores, just makes me look glowy and healthy. So far I've hit pan on two of them and want to get another soon. I like that the three shades can be swirled or used separately. A retractable small blush brush came with this the first time I bought it, and the second time the packaging had changed and now it seems to come with a flatter brush which sits in the bottom compartment. I still use the retractable brush.
The MUA recommended this after I mentioned wanting a blue-based pink blush that would show up decently on my NW 15 cheeks, just an everyday blush for work. It's decent but very dupable, and I find it hard to get it to show up, usually having to do several swipes to make it look the way I want. Not sure I'd buy this again; it's just a tad too light for me, so if my local MAC counter has "Her Blooming Cheek" I'll try that next. I prefer to use very little product and make what I have last.
Treatments -Sally Hansen - Complete Care 4-in-1 Treatment
SunKitten 10/8/2010 1:24:00 PM
Terrible... takes forever to dry. I tried using this without putting on any polish over it, applied it early in the evening and STILL woke up the next day with dents on the nails! It was expensive, too, and definitely not worth the money I paid for it. Like others, my nails dried out using it as well.
I normally prefer powder blush, and had this for quite a while before using it on my cheeks (it's also able to be used on the lips). When I bought it, the SA said it would be way too dark for me -- I am a NW 15 in winter, NW 20 in summer. I recently hit pan on my usual powder blush and started to use the Clarins cream blush instead, applying it with a dense and rather stiff brush that is good for buffing product into the skin. Because it's so pigmented I don't have to use much. The colour on me looks really natural and like I've been exerting myself, and suits my skin tone perfectly. It takes a bit more time and effort to apply but is well worth it... and because it's a cream blush it doesn't sit on top of the skin, but blends in to the skin itself. I would definitely buy this again, but it will be a long time before I have to!
I recently got the loose powder shadow in "Myth" -- a shimmery taupe colour. Can't compare it to MAC pigments, as I haven't used those. The snap-on plastic lid is a pain to use, as others have noted, but it's easy enough to just unscrew the whole lid. I usually end up wetting a small eyeshadow brush or my finger, and putting a tiny amount on either. The shadow is great on the lids itself and would look even better foiled. It's just as nice as a MUFE Star Powder (which costs three times as much), but there aren't a lot of shades available.
I got a small jar of this as a GWP, and tried it hoping that it would help decrease wrinkles. Firstly, this cream is REALLY thick, and like others have said, it's hard to use just a small amount of it. I would never ever use this under makeup because it just sits on the skin, and rubs off in little balls when trying to apply anything over it. Last night I tried a different method of applying -- patted it on instead of rubbing -- and then left my face alone and went to bed. I think this might be best as a night cream because of the thickness and the abovementioned problems. I much prefer Olay Complete for daily moisturizing, and besides, it's much cheaper.