This product is CRAZY expensive, but soooooo worth the money. I bought this in January and use it every day on rogue blemishes (i don't have a lot) and under my eyes and I still have at least 80% of the stick left. Also my understanding is that once the product is flush, if you dig it out with a brush, you can get another month's worth of product!! Yes, this product is expensive, but it is the only concealer that fully conceals my dark circles well enough. I still use it on top of my Bobbi Brown corrector because it doesn't fully color correct, but the combo does wonders. Word to the wise-it's a tiny bit drying, so for super dry skin like mine, use eye cream prior. I don't have a problem when I do this. I set all my foundation with a little powder even though I don't get oily, I like the coverage. I'll continue to buy this because the cost is outweighed by the amazingness of the product and the fact that it lasts FOREVER. I think that this will last me a good 18 months at this pace. I would EASILY go through 3-4 Bobbi Browns in that time span, and those are $30 each, so it's probably cheaper this way. I highly recommend trying this. Go to a Nordstrom counter, they let you return all the makeup if you don't like it, although I got mine from Neiman Marcus.
Tinted Moisturizer -MAC - Studio Moisture Tint SPF15
apkeating 4/3/2013 3:45:00 PM
I am in medical school and have pretty clear skin that doesn't need a lot of coverage on a normal basis, so I don't need a full coverage liquid foundation most days, but don't like to go bare-face. I LOVE my MUFE HD foundation in #128-medium shade, beige undertones. I'm light blonde but I tan VERY easily and I have light blue eyes, so I'm neither cool nor warm toned. MAC puts me as NW25 since they don't have a neutral family. But I didn't like the fussiness of the MUFE HD for everyday with my beauty blender. That's my favorite coverage with the associated primer (since I have medium-large pores and that downplays them) especially since I do a lot of modeling/photo shoots. I don't like BB creams from drugstores (or any drugstore makeup really) and I wasn't impressed with Smashbox's BB. I have very dry skin, and I asked the girl at MAC if the BB cream or this would be better for an everyday, finger application. She said that with my dry skin to avoid the BB like the plague. I had a bunch of blush swatches on my hand and this covered them up completely, which surprised me, meaning it covers up redness very well. Apparently it's formulated more for oily types. It's the same size/price just in case you were comparison shopping. I put this on today with my primer from MUFE (color 0) to minimize my pores after my regular moisturizer. I was AMAZED at the coverage. It gives me the coverage I want, and I spot conceal any rogue blemishes with my CdP and undereyes with Bobbi Brown corrector. After blush I finish with UD setting spray to set it and add another layer of liquid :D This combo gives me a quick, amazing everyday routine that is so moisturizing even hours later!!! SO HAPPY!!!
I went into my Chanel to repurchase my Inimitable Intense in November and they happened to be out :( This happened to be when they were pre-releasing the Le Volume formula. I LOVE volume, so I figured what the hell. The brush is fatter than the I.I. formula, and it's wetter, which my lashes don't seem to like. For me, it clumped more. That may have been the fact that you can brush clumps out with the I.I. brush better, I don't know. Either way, I didn't like this after about 4 uses. It's too wet and clumps on me really easily. I already repurchased the Inimitable Intense and remembered why I liked it to begin with. It separates, this one doesn't. Edit: I tried this again when I was desperately low on mascara and couldn't get to Bloomingdale's (I don't use drugstore makeup) and it had dried out a little and I liked it a LOT more. I still think I prefer Inimitable Intense due to the separation, but the fact that it wasn't horribly wet made it easier to use. My lashes hate super wet mascara. Ideally I would buy this and Inimitable Intense and layer them but spending $60 on mascara every 4 months is a tad much on my med school budget (and I already spend too much on makeup as it is anyway)
Orgasm really is that color that looks amazing on everyone. Super Orgasm is a little deceiving, it's the same color but has large chunks of glitter rather than a subtle shimmer. That one I do NOT recommend. I have mega dry skin so I have to make sure to put moisturizer on under this, because it's not the longest wearing blush in the world. My oily skin friends say that the powder formula absorbs oil though. I'm interested to try this in the multiple formula, and maybe try layering powder over that for staying power. Overall, amazing color and pigment (LASTS FOREVER) but staying power isn't great on my skin, could differ.
I bought both Naked palettes a week apart. I MUCH prefer the packaging on this one. It's sturdier, stays cleaner and isn't velvet. That being said, the colors are gorgeous. You could plop ANYONE down in front of you and do their makeup. I like that the colors are a tad more wearable, albeit more cool. More people are cool toned. The gray colors in Naked 1 are great for a smoky eye but less for everyday which is what I feel people buy this for. The matte black is great for intensifying liner or using as a liner with a thin brush and some Fix+. The brush is a nice addition for those without a brush collection, personally I prefer natural hair brushes. The price point is great, UD shadows are usually $18 each, so 12 for 50 is an amazing deal. Do you need both? If you're a makeup junkie, yes. If you can only buy one, buy based on coloring. If you have brown eyes, the cool toned in N2 pull better, meanwhile the warm tones in N1 pull better on light eyes to make them pop. Also for the NW shades, N1 is a better fit, and for NC shades, N2 is more fitting.
This is my current mascara. I am A COMPLETE MASCARA JUNKIE. I have long, but BLONDE, sparse lashes. So I'm never looking for length, just volume and darkness. This is hard to do without clumping, so I'm constantly looking for the newest mascara. This one does a damn good job for the moderate price. I got the sample with the Tarte curler I bought (it was cute) and I liked the mascara so I bought the fullsize. The packaging is weird but the mascara is semi-dry, and that is what I like. It gives a lot of volume and blackness and best of all, HARDLY CLUMPS. I bought a comb at the same time as this, and it is somewhere in the bottom of my makeup bag. I haven't needed it, and that speaks volumes for me since my lashes love to clump. If I can save $12 and a trip to Neiman Marcus and head to Ulta instead, I'll try Tarte over my Chanel Inimitable Intense again.
Foundations -Make Up For Ever - HD High Definition Foundation
apkeating 12/31/2012 12:25:00 AM
I had been using Bare Minerals powder foundation for about 5 years when a friend used this foundation on me for a photo shoot. I have normal to dry skin with no acne. I was amazed at the finish and coverage this gives. IT IS AMAZING. However, make sure you get color matched, since MUFE has about 30 shades. I know enough about undertones and shades and such so I was able to color match myself but the girl buying the same foundation next to me had a color 3 shades too dark in her hand and the sales girl and I had to help. That being said, everyone has their own way of applying this too. I personally use the cheapie sponges from Target for the time being. I would like to get a beautyblender but can't fathom spending $26 on a SPONGE. However I have heard it works miracles. Stippling, flat foundation brushes, and fingers also work to give amazing coverage with this. It's not so thick that you have to work ultra fast, which I like. Having taken a 5 year hiatus from liquid makeup, I remember having to work at warp speed to keep it from streaking. Maybe it was the cheap makeup I was using in high school or just the anti acne stuff, I don't know. Either way, this is a good priced foundation that lasts a long time, has great coverage, looks awesome on camera, and lasts all day. Worth the $ and a good buy...