General opinion: Amazing price for a good amount of product! Pros: 1) Price is great for a higher end type product. 2) The amount you get will last you a LONG time -- it will take me about 2 years to finish mine! 3) It lasts on my eyes a long time. 4) Gives a dark black color, which I need. 4) Doesn't smudge for me. 5) It is EXTREMELY creamy and it won't dry out if you take care of it well. I've had E.L.F. gel eyeliners that dried up quickly... - I went out and bought the E.L.F. Angled Eyeliner brush and it works perfect for me.
General opinion: Great price but product doesn't last long. Pro: 1) Convenient to buy and repurchase. 2) Price is amazing at $1. 3) Easy usage. Cons: 1) Runs out of ink easily. 2) Repurchasing it multiple times makes me want to buy a high quality brand one instead.
Primer/ Corrector -L'Oreal - Studio Secrets Anti-Redness Primer
amyohmegee 1/8/2013 10:52:00 PM
General opinion: Pump can be adjusted to give you the right amount if you have self-control but the glitter is a turn off. Pro: - It is widely available at most drug-stores - L'Oreal gives you a lot of product. I don't think I'll be finishing this any time soon. - You use it BEFORE your foundation, and I've had no problems with it not staying on or making me oilier. Con: - Expensive for a drug store brand! Can be bought between $10-15, although it is cheaper than Smashbox! - Why do you have glitter? It doesn't make sense.
General opinion: A great palette with highly pigmented and wide variety of color, but does not get reached for as much as I personally like.
I bought this on Hautelook.com for $17 (not including tax and shipping), it usually sells for $36.
Pros: - There are a variety of colors from lights (frosty white, light yellow, pinks) to dark (browns, dark purple, black) - TheBalm includes MATTE eyeshadows! And they are smooth and very pigmented, perfect for smokey looks - Naked and Naked 2 have 12 eyeshadows, but so does they palette! - The packaging is lightweight, although wider than the Naked; the length is similar - TheBalm has great themes, and I love the sexy pinups! - The price is amazing!!! - Great cool tones! (Perfect for fair skinned people) Cons: - The palette does not have a clasp; it's magnetic so be careful when traveling - This palette is not as widely available as the Urban Decay's - The brush that comes with this is flimsy and is not used at all -
Let me say that I didn't expect to like this so much! I'm also the type of person that doesn't wear lip gloss or lip stick all that often because I'm so picky.. > I have two of the reds: Monte Carlo (darker) and Amsterdam (pure red) Pro: - PRICE! Each of these babies are only $6! They're cheaper than a lot of the other lip sticks in drug stores like Revlon! - Colors. They have 8 beautiful shades of pinks and reds. - Can be found in many places of purchase! I got one from Urban Outfitters, and the other from a clothing retailer. - Truly is matte finish, I can touch my lips and it will be smooth and NOT sticky - Because it's not sticky, it doesn't lose pigmentation as easily - Can be applied heavier for more pigmentation - SMELLS SO GOOD :D like vanilla cupcakes - packaging is classy, the rubber nozzle feels a lot like NARS packaging! It is duriable! - small and compact-- it will travel easily without breaking or taking up too much room - the names are after cities, very cute! - It is a doe applicator CON: - there are ONLY 8 colors :( needs more! - If you lick your lips a lot, this will become blotchy - It is wet when first applied! If you don't let it dry completely, you will smear it - It might be hard to take off at first > overall, I would recommend this to a friend and would repurchase if not collect the other 6 colors
I'm so surprised at this product! I stumbled upon it while at Urban Outfitters and I always wanted to try a blush stick but could never afford a Tarte one! These are $6 at Urban Outfitters and that is a decent price if you really consider how much you are saving, and also the quality. If you have a discount because you work at stores such as Ulta, UO, ETC or places that sell NYX products, you'll get it even cheaper! Anyway, I liked this product because they have a very nice color range. There are some pinks, some oranges, some with shimmer, etc. Very pretty. I have Orchid right now but am dying to collect them all! I usually don't collect products but I might just start because of these! You twist the product up, and apply it either with your finger or directly onto your face. It really depends on you, but I prefer my clean fingers! I then blend it out with a brush because my finger doesn't apply with enough coverage. It lightweight! I don't feel a thing! It gives me a subtle look after I heavily blend it out. I've also tried using it as a lip color, which is very subtle too.
Powder -NYX - Stay Matte but not Flat Powder Foundation
amyohmegee 10/11/2012 4:11:00 PM
I would not recommend this product to anyone. I know NYX is a very popular brand that is both affordable and constantly updated on the trends women are into, however this product was just terrible. I got this at ULTA for I believe for $10 (more or less depending on taxes). I was very disappointed. It seemed to hit the pan so quickly! I used it for a week and I could see the middle of the metallic pan showing! When I used it as foundation, I was also disappointed. I don't feel like I was evening my skin tone whatsoever, which is the reason why I even wear foundation! When I used it as a powder to set my liquid foundation, I found that it just left me very oily after an hour or two. It also made my skin very dark! Of course it isn't a translucent powder, but hey, it was my skin tone color, and it made me look so orange... No matter how I used it, I was disappointed. In conclusion, spend your money elsewhere!
I first got into make up maybe a year and a half ago, and this was my first eyeshadow primer. For a beginner, this is good, however, as I started to get into more products (and this is not to say only high end products), I found this to be less effective. I've used Too Faced, Urban Decay, and ELF. 1) The product itself is slightly watered down/ sheer. 2) There isn't much product in actuality and I found I was done with the tube within maybe a month and a half. 3) After a while it dries up and is harder to apply. 4) It ceases easily on my oily skin. Generally, there are some great ELF product such as the blushes, but this particular one is not one of those great products. Also I feel like the studio eyelid primer is the same thing as the 1$ one...
When it comes to products used directly on my skin, I tend to increase my budget. // Before this, I've only ever used Neurogena SkinClearing make up, but that started to irritate me and become more liquid-like. I've tried samples of Make Up Forever's HD foundation and Nars' as well, but having had those samples for a while, I noticed it became liquid-like and runny in the container, so I eventually threw it out. They also looked very caked-on which isn't what I'm looking for since I do have young skin. // I tried samples of Naked Skin, a couple in 4, 5, and 6. I used it for 2 weeks before agreeing that 6 was the best color and also that I liked the finish. I ended up buying it at Macy's and after tax it came out to be $41. That's pretty expensive, considering Origins is about $23 dollars and Benefit is about $36 (2 dollars less before tax). But it is worth it. I suggest going to Sephora and getting SAMPLES before buying it. // If you are looking for something LIGHT and BUILDABLE go for Naked Skin. This is great for those of you who aren't looking to cover huge blemishes but just want to even out their skin tone even more. This is why it is called Naked Skin and not Fake Skin. // I'm Asian with some yellow in my skin that is oily and acne prone, and this is great. I wasn't ever looking for something heavy (which is why I opted out of MUFE) but something that fools people into thinking I have flawless skin. It does color shine for some time but make sure you carry powder or blotting paper anyway. ~~~ It does NOT break me out! ~~~ One of the reasons why I did buy Naked Skin is because it has very good ingredients. With Vitamin E, which helps repair skin, and some other extracts. You will be getting something that not only makes you look like you have flawless skin, but you'll be getting that much closer to it as well. // I always set my Naked Skin with powder before I use blush. It gets rid of any extra shine I have. Sometimes I mix UD's poreless primer with the foundation to keep it longer. But both those are optional, I sometimes just wear it by itself and that's not a problem. // Another good thing is that the pump can be controlled! I only use maybe 1/4 of a pump to dot my cheeks, another 1/4 for my forehead and chin, and another 1/4 for nose or other places, and that's enough for me! I love having the control. Basically: Con: -Expensive, -Very light, sometimes you feel like you're not wearing anything (good and bad) Pro: -Great pump control -You look like you have flawless skin because its so light -Fantastic ingredients -So many different shades BTW: Half shades have more pinks, whole shades have more yellow, the higher the number the more olive color it has. I am a Beige in Benefit's, Light Tan in Pur Minerals, and 6 in Naked Skin.