The best compact around! They stay closed and have a huge mirror, unlike MAC's 4-pan. I got them for a dollar online, and bought 10.
I have every color. I got them during a half off sale. They are just as nice as the 64 Bare Escentuals colors I have. It's nice to have a less expensive alternative for using on clients. They don't have nearly the selection of BE, but there are some really nice colors. Earthy is the best. I layer and blend, then layer some more, and they are gorgeous. I either use MAC paint in Bare Canvas as a base, or Urban Decay primer, and they both work well with mineral shadows. I would definitely buy these again. And again.
I'm a professional who works with cream liners all the time. I could not get this to work. I tried using Ben Nye's LiquiSet (like SheLaq), but I still couldn't get it out of the pot. I have plum, black, midnight, and brown. The best cream liner's I've found are MAC. I'm not usually a fan of MAC, but that product is really easy to work with. I just wish they had more than black and brown... MUFE's Aqua Creme is fantastic, but it's not technically cream liner.
I have had this brush for twelve years, and use it almost every day. It works really well with mineral shadows, and I use it for my all-over wash. I have washed it a lot without it shedding, tossed it in my kit at a bad angle, but it just won't die. I recently used it to apply Make Up For Ever's Aqua Creme, and it was great. I think I bought it at Walgreen's for 3 or 4 dollars. If this one finally goes, I'll go out and buy another immediately.
Makeup Brushes -E.L.F. - Studio Line Eyeshadow 'C' Brush
Zanne 11/15/2010 3:37:00 AM
I have four of these, and I just ordered two more this weekend. This is my favorite ELF brush, for personal use and for clients. I haven't found a bad brush with ELF. I definitely recommend this for home or professionals.
I'm a professional, but I use this entire collection for personal use. I'm a redhead with hazel eyes, and the teal is perfect. I have so many teal shadows. These are fun, though. The green and plum are also great colors. They stay on all day without touchups. Another great buy.
I have four of these. One for personal use, and three in my kit for quick color changes or when I have multiple clients at once. It's a really nice, basic, everyday brush. I haven't found a bad brush with ELF. I do prefer their Studio "C" brush, but this one is used daily. I definitely recommend this for home or professionals.
I like most of E.L.F.'s products, but this is not one of them. I have tried putting it on over several primers (Urban Decay, Ben Nye, Benefit, BareEscentuals), over mineral, liquid, and pressed shadows, and even on my bare lids. I'm not overly oily, but it is still gone in a few hours. I'm a makeup artist, so I'd have to do constant touch-ups. Not happening. I gave it to my daughter.
I've been a professional makeup artist since 1991, and a makeup whore even before that. This is, absolutely and by far, the best large fan brush I have ever used. Since I often have more than one client in a sitting (I do theatrical or drag makeup), I own five: two for personal use, and three for my clients. It's luxurious, gentle, and easy to use. I use it to add a bit of sparkle or highlighter on the upper cheekbones, to catch stray eyeshadow, or lay on a layer of Ben Nye's Neutral Set (anti-perspirant setting powder). My favorite use for me is to lightly apply Bare Minerals "True" powder. I would recommend this brush to anyone, not just artists and performers. I get a lot of questions when I use this, and I always recommend this brush line.
Makeup Brushes -Unlisted Brand - Dick Blick Canvas 60 Brush Organizer
Zanne 10/17/2010 5:05:00 PM
After making over a dozen brush rolls on my sewing machine, I found this 60 brush canvas holder at Dick Blick's online store. This thing is awesome. Very sturdy. It's stiff enough so that I don't worry about finding a spot big enough for it on the table. I do most of my work on drag queens in poorly lit night clubs dressing rooms, so I just tack it up on the wall and work with some sort of organization. I have two of these: one for professional use and one for my personal brushes. It's really nice to have one for myself, because I just roll it up and stick it in my carry-on for those romantic weekend trips to our favorite hotel in Portland. I don't have to worry about having the brushes I need, or plan my weekend's makeup.
I'm the product of a Shoshone/Quebecois mother and a Cherokee and English father, but somehow, I'm white as Wonder Bread. I'm not sure what scent people are talking about, but I can't smell more than the normal body lotion scent. I'm really sensitive to that sort of thing, but I've had no problems. It makes me wonder if the people who've posted reviews are just trying to match the person before her. I started using it a few days ago to "de-pasty" myself before Seattle's Rockabilly Ball this weekend, and I can't comlpain about anything. It's tan, not orange, it's even, not greasy, and it makes my white skin acceptable for taking out on the town for three nights of strapless dresses.
Brows -Maybelline - Expert Eyes Twin Brow & Eye Pencils
Zanne 11/17/2005 2:51:00 PM
This is the best auburn pencil natural redheads. Most brow pencils for redheads are too orange or bright, and make you look like a clown. This one matches my brows perfectly, and has since I started using it in 1983. My older sister has used it even longer, and she also uses the dark brown as a liner. I have every colour in my set kit for clients. A few have questioned my using a drugstore product on them, but I tell them that I use what's best, regardless of where it's purchased. Drag queens (my main clientele) seem to be MAC clones, for some reason. I've made quite a few converts, though.
Fragrances -Lolita Lempicka - Lolita Lempicka Midnight
Zanne 3/31/2005 11:54:00 AM
Much better than the original (of which I am also a fan). I rarely wore perfume before, because I couldn't stand smelling like everyone else, but when I got the original as a free sample at Sephora, I tried it out and was hooked. I went to buy it and saw Midnight, and liked that scent even better. So, I bought it, and it came with a gift of a bottle holder (for full-sized bottles), and two miniatures - the original and the men's fragrance. It's sweeter, but not in a candy sort of way. Rich, layered, deep. Definitely a romantic scent, and I can see how a lot of people wouldn't like it - it's definitely not Eau de Gardenia. For a girl who usually wears Moroccan amber essential oil as perfume, it was just interesting enough. I actually like the licorice! I have been wearing it now for a few weeks, and am finally used to the scent on my laundry.
I'm a redhead who loves to wear orange, so I after spending an hour in Sephora without finding a single true orange to match my new jumper and Lipfinity #152, I gave up and cruised the makeup section at Rite Aid while waiting for a prescription. Voila! A perfect match! I've never had a problem with Prestige shadows, and use them professionally (the key is using a good brush), although the pigment is hit or miss sometimes. This one is chock full of pigment, though, and shows up nicely in my fair lids. The texture is smooth, as usual with the non-glitter Prestige shadows. I thought maybe the one I got was mismarked, as Bisque sounds like a light creamy neutral. I can't fathom why they called it Bisque. P.S. It fits in the large shadow palettes from Makeup Mania, and the pan pops out easiy.
Hands-down, the best quality lip pencils around. "Nude" is a perfect nude, not a brown or peach (as some "nude" pencils tend to be). The creamy consistency makes it glide onto the lips, and the full coverage lets you reshape wihtout looking like a Playboy pinup (unless that's the look you're going for). A little gloss in the centre for a pout and voila! I never have less than a dozen of Sephora's slim lip pencils in my professional case, and my personal cases always have two Nude pencils (one spare). The price can't be beat, either. For budget-conscious independent artists, it's easily a five-star, must-have item.