I love the way Graftobian hi-Def products perform and how they look on the skin. I have several of the foundation palettes, including a deep range for contouring. I also have this corrector palette, which is excellent. The colors are lovely and subtle, and the texture is buttery and smooth. My low-ish rating is due to the fact that all four of my palettes have turned rancid after about a year and a half to two years of purchasing. They still look fine and perform fine, but have that terrible scent of rancid oil. I've tried them out since discovering the spoilage, hoping perhaps the smell might dissipate after applying. Sadly, no. I have stink face. I own other pro cream products that are still perfect after being in my stash for much, much longer (RCMA, Mehron Célèbre, Cinema Secrets), but this one seems to be more delicate, or has fewer preservatives, or uses oils with a shorter shelf life. It's not a problem at all if you go through your products quickly, but I know a lot of us tend to hoard and use products cyclically, so just wanted to warn people that this is not a product you can hoard and expect it to wait patiently for you. It might seem unfair to rate this a 3 since maybe I shouldn't expect a cream-based product to last forever. Well, I really don't. All I can do, though, is compare it to similar products that I also own, and which have better stood the test of time. In comparison to those, this product performs beautifully but spoils relatively quickly.
Styling Products -Sexy Hair Concepts - Root Pump Plus
ToSirWithLove 11/9/2012 12:50:00 AM
There are two versions of Root Pump: Regular, and Plus. Regular is best for fine-to-medium hair, and Plus is for thick or coarse hair. I didn't realize this when I bought Plus (ages ago), and I have thin, fine hair, so I wish I had bought the regular one instead. But I didn't, so this review is for Plus, but keep in mind I'm not its ideal user. All that being said, this stuff is SERIOUS! Serious hold, serious oomph. This, sprayed into my roots and rubbed in, coupled with an upside down blowdry=WHOA! Big a** hair! If it droops during the day, you can just refluff with your fingers and be back in business. If you absolutely cannot abide the feeling of product in your hair, do not get this. It doesn't LOOK stiff and product-y, but you can feel it for sure. I love the results, but it feels a little too stiff and grungy for my taste. I assume the non-Plus might feel lighter. The can is huge and if you only use it on your roots, it should last a good long while. If I ever run out of this, I'll try the regular and give that one a whirl. If you want serious body and lift, give one of the Root Pumps a try for sure.
BB Cream -Unlisted Brand - Holika Holika - Petit BB Cream - Moisture SPF30
ToSirWithLove 7/29/2012 3:56:00 PM
I personally would not buy this again, but only because the color is wrong for me. This color does NOT really work on NW15. It might work for NC15, though, since this shade leans warm. But NW15? Not really. It's not terrible. It's probably passable if you use it very lightly and avoid the jaw line, but it's not a perfect match. it's a bit too orange and dark. This one suits my mom, who is probably NC25, though she says the coverage is a little fuller than she expected (she likes very sheer coverage, unlike me). Other than the color, this is a nice product. It covers well, feels nice, and leaves a nice glowy but not shiny finish. I feel like it does emphasize my pores more than I'd like, but if I lightly powder over it, that's less of an issue. I bought mine from eBay seller rubyruby76 on sale for only $6 with free shipping. I received it about 10 days after ordering. NW15 girls looking for a BB cream might want to check out Missha Perfect Cover in shade 21 or the Holika Holika Petit Bb creams in Clearing and Shimmering. Those last two are from the same line as this Moisture one, but they run more fair. Comparisons to other Holika Holika Petit BB Creams: Clearing is cooler than Moisture with the fullest, matte-est coverage. I do not need concealer with this one. Shimmering is the fairest of all. It's not super-sparkly, but it has a definite gleam. Coverage is quite sheer. I have not tried Watery. Clearing is my favorite for its coverage and matte finish, plus is matches my skintone nicely. Shimmering is great when I want a more sheer coverage and more glow, or to just use to highlight.
If you like MAC MSFN but are interested in saving a few bucks, this Sephora version is $22 versus MAC's $29.
HOWEVER, the MAC version weighs in at 10 grams, and Sephora's at 7 grams. So if you break it down, MAC's is 2.90 per gram, and Sehora's is $3.14 per gram. You pay fewer dollars at Sephora, but pay more per gram, and it's likely to run out faster since it contains less. Of course, if MAC breaks you out, the Sephora version might be worth the extra pennies per gram to you.
Just a little hopefully helpful information for those, like me, who enjoy reading grocery store "price per ounce" tags.
I'm a li'l surprised by the low ratings for this. I like both wands and love that I can have both options in one tube. I think both work well and it doesn't clump.
Great bronzer! This product is NOT matte! It looks matte at first glance, but it has a very subtle glow. Not so much that it looks frosty or shimmery, but just enough to give my skin a healthy glow. It also looks a little orange in the pan, but once applied it just looks sunny bronze and healthy. I'm pretty fair (NW-15), and vehemently anti-orange bronzer, and this works very well for me. I usually use it in conjunction with a peachy blush on my apples, but it also looks nice on its own. It comes with a brush but I use my own fluffier version. As others have said, it's delicate. It's powdery and it crumbles easily. In fact, when I bought it, only two of this shade in the display weren't already crumbled. The cashier dropped the one I selected, and then placed it back on the counter upside down. I asked, "Did it break?" and he replied, "No." So I turned it over and sure enough, it was shattered. He kindly allowed me to replace it with the other unbroken one. Out of respect for its delicate constitution, I don't carry it around with me and I don't dig my brush around in it. A light touch on the surface picks up enough to apply to one cheekbone. On me it applies evenly and lasts all day. I reach for this bronzer almost everyday, over others I have from Sugar, Becca, EDM, NYC, etc etc. If anyone out there still has the huge Sugar Tropic Tan, this one is a little more brown than that. I just moved, but once I unpack my NYC Sunny I'll do a side-by-side of all of them together for comparison.
I was on vacation with no polish for my toes so I picked this up in a nice bright pinky corally red. It looks a lot like OPI's Dutch Tulips, and two coats was plenty to give me full, streak-free coverage. Definitely worth the $.98 I paid for it!