Looooooooove this foundation. It feels very light, not noticeable at all. Wearing it, you sort of glow softly, without looking like you've been at a highlighter, and you will never get an odd make up line at your chin, no matter how much you brush on. As a mineral foundation, it's also a physical sunscreen (around SPF 15 I believe, but it really depends on how much you apply) which makes me a happy puppy because I don't feel as guilty about not reapplying throughout the day. I find that this make up is so much more long-wearing than liquid foundations. It doesn't disappear from areas by the end of the day or transfer onto everything. The packaging (gold coloured metal with embossed logo) looks expensive and has a decent heft to it. I'm in between Golden Glow (medium with warm undertone) and Latte (darker medium with brown undertone) and go with Latte. I feel that Golden Glow does make you look brighter/warmer, but going a shade down ensures you get better coverage. Apparently it doesn't matter of there isn't a shade which matches you exactly as the light diffusing properties will fix that up. I do note, however, that if you apply a lot of foundation and/or have a very pale chest, the colour difference between face and body is noticeable, but not necessarily ugly.
Hands down the best mineral foundation brush; really creates a flawless face. The animal hair bristles pick up so much more product than taklon or nylon bristles, which is thrifty. I thought the brush was a little scratchy when I first started using it because I was used to synthetic brushes, but now it's soft and fluffy. I'm seriously considering buying a second.
Makes my lashes dark, curly and defined. No clumps. This is largely thanks to the flat, curved comb with many short spikes. I can wear this without any other make up and look put together. I love fibre mascaras like this because I don't get smudges on my under-eye areas late in the day, and it's so easy to wash it off at night. Depending on how many coats you use, you can get a fairly natural look or high impact lashes. However, use too many coats and your lashes will look spidery rather than soft and touchable. The packaging's a bit garish but I suppose that's the fun part. The mascara comes in a hot pink metal tube with black font and a black lid.
Concealers -Models Prefer - Anti-Wrinkle Concealer
babooner 4/25/2013 11:45:00 AM
Upon first application, this concealer has a slightly thick consistency but blends well for medium-heavy coverage. It feels cool and moisturising and would best suit people with dry or normal under-eye skin. The packaging isn't great; it takes a while to get the hang of how much to twist for the right amount of product, and the brush applicator isn't great, but I just dab it onto my skin and blend with a concealer brush. On the plus side, I haven't had any issues with leakage, drying out, or messiness. Can't comment on its wrinkle-fighting abilities as this doesn't apply to me. The colour selection is very limited and caters to light- to medium-skin tones. Undertones seem pretty neutral -- neither warm nor cool. I wouldn't purchase again because the darker shade is still a little too pale for me.
Concealers -Revlon - ColorStay Blemish Concealer with Soft Flex
babooner 4/25/2013 11:32:00 AM
I quite like this concealer. It provides good coverage with a matte finish, blends well, and doe foot applicators are so delightfully squishy. The 0.5% salicylic acid is gentle enough that I can use this concealer on unblemished areas of skin without drying or irritation. However, I'm not sure if I'd rely purely on this product to dry out blemishes -- perhaps use a nightly spot treatment too. The packaging is probably not the most hygienic, but I'm not fussed considering I use it on clean skin anyway.
This liquid concealer is layerable, spreads easily and the shades do adapt to your skin tone. However, the coverage is light and the lasting power not great. I use this primarily as an undereye concealer because it feels pleasantly moisturising and doesn't accentuate any dry skin. I don't recommend using it for dark spots on your face etc. because although you look fab leaving the house, the concealer fades pretty quickly.
Absolutely love this brush; I have two. Very convenient size, super soft, NEVER sheds despite once-a-week washing. I use it with pressed powders for a more natural finish than I would get with a sponge. Also, despite storing it in a large handbag filled with heavy items, I haven't had a problem with the aluminium case denting as some other reviewers have mentioned.
Makeup Brushes -Ecotools - Bamboo Foundation Brush
babooner 8/4/2012 11:06:00 PM
Soft brush and doesn't absorb foundation. However, I've had two brushes and both have shed a little each time I wash them (once a week as I'm very acne prone and paranoid about bacteria) and eventually they thin out enough that I just throw them out. Buy if you want a decent product for a cheap price, but if you have money to spend, invest in a pricier, more durable brush.
Very disappointed in this product. Firstly, the colours are very nice and blend well for a natural look. However, the foundation feels wet on your skin for a long time, even after powdering. It's a very thin feeling foundation. The glass packing is very cute though the lack of pump is inconvenient. Light to medium coverage; if you have discolouration you will need to use a concealer. Transfers easily regardless of setting powder, and poor lasting powder: after about four hours it's gone. It disappears quicker if you blot your skin with a tissue, etc. I DO NOT recommend for oily skin.
Powder -Estee Lauder - Double Wear Stay-in-Place Powder Makeup
babooner 6/12/2011 3:17:00 AM
Very good powder for oily skin. Full coverage, lasts hours, good selection of shades, there's a lot of product so it's worth the price. The drawbacks: the sponge is stored directly on top of the powder which isn't the most hygienic, and if you want to replace the sponge it's hard to find one flat enough so that it will fit into the compact comfortably. I suggest investing in a portable powder brush which will also provide a finer, more natural finish than using a sponge.
Great foundation! There's a wide range of colours, it seriously lasts all day without getting cakey and it doesn't transfer on to clothing. My only gripe is the packaging -- I'd prefer a pump, since tipping it out is a little messy and wasteful.
Foundations -Napoleon Perdis - China Doll Foundation
babooner 10/5/2009 7:19:00 AM
This foundation is very matte, which is great is you have oily skin. This does mean that it can be somewhat hard to spread (it's creamy-textured); just use a little primer first and spread the foundation quickly! It's also a buildable product for adjustable coverage, a little goes a long way and too much can result in a cakey look. The tube packaging is good because you don't waste any product. However, the colour range is very limited and the closest shade to my skin tone was too orange.
Mascara -Almay - intense i-color volumizing mascara - purple amethyst
babooner 10/5/2009 7:13:00 AM
I'd heard good things about Almay mascaras and have to say I was disappointed in this. I do like the colour -- a very subtle dark purple, though this is not for people who want something loud and bright. It slicks on nicely too. The brush could be better; the bristles are so tiny and widely spaced, it basically encourages clumps and uneven product distribution. If you practise applying this mascara, though, it's possible to get the hang of it and get decent defined lashes. You just might want to have a bottle of eye make up remover and some cotton swabs handy.
Powder -Napoleon Perdis - NP Set Pasarella Powder Foundation
babooner 10/5/2009 7:03:00 AM
I have a very oily T-zone and this is one of the best powders I've tried. It keeps me shine free for several hours, which is quite impressive. I'd say the coverage is medium to full. One compact lasts quite a while, and the texture is quite pleasant and not powdery (which I assume is thanks to the shea butter). I was very happy with the colour, I'm quite olive/tanned and have a hard time matching make up; I use Set 5 (I'd describe it as medium-tan with warm/olive undertones) which blends nicely and looks natural. At AUD$45 it's not as expensive as some powders but then again not as cheap as some others, however I think this is pretty great value for money! Quality-wise, it's definitely up there. However, I have to say I'm underwhelmed by the packaging; it's not sleek at all and the lid gets wobbly after a while banging around in my handbag. Also, be aware that it lacks SPF.