Eyeliner -Bare Escentuals - Buxom Lashliner in Suede
baileybabe7486 11/8/2010 6:25:00 PM
This is total HG for me. The color is dark dark brown, but not black. It doesn't pull red on me at all. It applies/spreads/blends with ease because it is a very creamy texture. The downside to eye products that are creamy is that sometimes they smudge and fade. This one stays put, and stays as rich and vibrant as the first time I put it on. It literally does not budge until you force it to with eye-makeup remover.
I have never spent this much on a foundation before, but it is literally worth ever penny. I was previously using MUFE HD, which is nearly as expensive, and a good foundation, but nothing compares to this. I'm roughly NW20, cool toned, light but not fair. I wear BE fairly light, and MUFE HD 115 and I wear the fairest shade in this - Blush Ivory. The texture of this foundation is unlike any other. It's not a cream, mousse, or gel. It's almost like Benefit's Erase Paste but creamier (maybe more whipped?), thicker, more blendable and less tacky. You literally need only the tiniest bit to get nice medium coverage of the entire face. It can become full coverage very easily. This covers everything, I hardly need to use concealer anywhere at all but under my eyes. It is remarkably smoothing and with a light hand and a little practice doesn't go anywhere near cake-town. For me, this is HG, as in the search is over. It will last FOREVER. As for the jar packaging, I never touch my makeup or my face without washing my hands first, and you can always scoop some out with a utensil instead of sticking your finger in. There's really no other way they could have packaged it - it would clog a pump in no time.
Eye Primer -NARS - Pro-Prime Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base
baileybabe7486 6/26/2010 11:57:00 PM
This product has already been well reviewed and described. It's a creamy white gel texture. Blends into the lid effortlessly, no sticky effect afterward. Completely colorless once applied. It kept my shadow in perfect condition through a 10 hour day. My colors stayed vibrant, stayed put, and did not crease. When I checked my makeup at the end of the day my eyeshadow looked as though I had just finished applying it. This stuff is the real deal. Now if only I could find a face primer to do the same!
This is HG status for me. It's my go to for a daytime mascara, BE Buxom in the blue noir is my go to for a nighttime mascara. The brush is small, by today's (Diorshow, Lashblast etc) standards, but full. The first thing I notice on application, and the best thing about this mascara, is LENGTH. I put it on and my lashes immediately lengthen. I have to work a bit harder for fullness, but it can be achieved. The formula is really nice too. It's soft, pliable, and yes glossy. I don't get any flaking or fall out, no crunchy lashes. This is an enhanced, natural, open eyed look, which for day, is perfect for me.
This is the closest I've ever come to an HG mascara, and I've tried EVERYTHING. I have this in Blue Noir. The brush is wonderful. It separates the lashes (which creates fullness) and there's no clumping. This curls my lashes beautifully all on its own, making them appear longer and my eyes more open. It doesn't flake, it holds the curl, it doesn't smudge and my lashes don't feel brittle. So in terms of brush and formula, I'm hooked. The color of blue noir is really great. It's not that 80's electric blue, nor is it that dark navy that looks more like faded black. It's a saturated, dark cobalt. On the lashes for the most part it gives the appearance of black, but up close it's a rich blue black that makes my blue eyes bluer. Love this.
Primer/ Corrector -L'Oreal - Studio Secrets Magic Perfecting Base
baileybabe7486 3/3/2010 12:58:00 PM
Really love this product. Prior to this I have tried and dismissed tons of primers, including the beloved SB photofinish, and was using Lancome La'base, Sephora Brand smoothing primer and the Sephora wrinkle filler in various combinations. I'm not wild about the packaging, I don't like digging my fingers down into the little jar, but then again, the consistency is thicker than the primers that come in pump tops, so I see the necessity of the jar packaging. The color is a milky white pink. Texture wise, it's a lot like Sephora wrinkle filler. It's kind of a whipped mousse silicone texture. Not at all liquidy. It doesn't take much at all to cover my face, so I'm happy with the amount of product for the cost. Here's what it actually does for me. It immediately reduces the appearance of lines on my forehead and between my eyebrows, it smooths out my skin's texture and helps conceal dry skin patches, and it even takes out the redness of a pimple or around my nose by several shades. My makeup goes on smoother, lasts maybe a little longer. Overall very pleased with this, it's the best I've found yet.
Primer/ Corrector -L'Oreal - Studio Secrets Anti-Dull Primer
baileybabe7486 3/3/2010 12:52:00 PM
I really wanted to like this, especially since the magic perfecting base is HG for me, but alas, this is not up to snuff. The pluses of this product are the packaging (nice pump dispenser, sleek look) and the consistency is nice enough, like a light moisturizer. That's where it ends. I bought it in the light shade, which is a glowy cool medium pink. It does nothing in the way of priming my skin. It doesn't smooth anything out, fill anything in, cover anything up. It may have a slight moisturizing effect but nothing to write home about. As for the color, and the anti-dull business - it's no good there either. It's sheer and blends out very sheer, and has shimmer, which makes any dry patches stand out like crazy. It doesn't illuminate anything, it's too dark of a pink to do that, at least for me. It just sort of gives me a hint of a muddy pink to my complexion, it really almost dulls me. Maybe darker complexions will have better luck with this? I'm NW20, MUFE HD 117.
I have been using this 2x a day for almost a month now. Before bed, as the last product I put on my face, and in the morning before my mascara. It's a gel like product, very cooling sensation each time I apply. It does cause the lashes to clump depending on how much you put on, but at night I don't care and in the morning an application of mascara separates my lashes just fine, so that's not a problem for me. I saw results within the first few days, a subtle curling of the lashes, a hint of length at the tips. I don't see any increased fullness or new lashes, just an enhancing of what I already have. A month later the results are better than the ones I got in the first week, but still subtle. My lashes appear almost naturally curled at the tips, longer than they've ever been but it's a natural look, not a falsie look. I will say my lashes also seem stronger, more conditioned, I didn't lose many before but I don't lose any now. I like the results very much, but it's not a replacement for wearing falsies. Oh and as an aside, my blue eyes are as blue as ever :)
This is perfection. I have nearly every shade in this line because they are so nice for drugstore, really a high end product in a low end brand. As I've said in my reviews for other colors, the packaging is beautiful and the top clicks when it's on tight. The texture is creamy, and the coverage is full - these are not sheer. Some of these have a very fine silver shimmer that you can see in the tube but not on the lip, makes them appear a bit sheerer/glossier. This one is a matte cream, no shimmer, but still a touch of gloss in the finish to keep it from being a matte opaque dry look. The color is the best part. A cool mauve pink with a touch of nude. Pinker/less brown than Blush, similar finish to the soft and rosy nude colors.
Lipstick -Revlon - ColorBurst Lipstick in Blush 035 [DISCONTINUED]
baileybabe7486 1/22/2010 5:04:00 PM
This is a slightly browned, cool/neutral blush pink. Can look almost mauve in the tube. It's definitely not a nude lippie for me, NW20, but a nice pink with a touch of brown MLBB. Packaging on these is lovely, these have full creamy coverage. No shimmer, not matte either, sort of a subdued glossy cream finish. Very nice.
Lipstick -Revlon - Colorburst Lipstick in Rosy Nude
baileybabe7486 1/22/2010 5:01:00 PM
I bought this because I read it was a NARS Dolce Vita dupe, and that is one of my HG's, but at $23 a pop, it's a habit that's hard to maintain. In the tube, Rosy Nude is nearly indistinguishable from DV colorwise. Swatched, Dolce Vita is a hair sheerer and a breath pinker than Rosy Nude. Rosy Nude in contrast is pretty full coverage, and just a touch rosier than Dolce Vita. Both colors are pinky brown mauve. Not too cool, but definitely not warm. I'm a NW20, cool toned for life, and these are not too warm for me. So neutral, or even just a touch cool. Not a direct dupe, but gorgeous all the same.
Makeup Brushes -Sephora - Professionnel Platinum Air Brush #55
baileybabe7486 1/17/2010 8:14:00 PM
Ok Ok, so I broke down and bought this. It's everything the reviews tout it to be. At first I thought, it's too soft, too pliable, it's not going to pick up my foundation and even if it does, it's not going to spread on my face. Well, I was wrong. I squirt my foundation on the back of my hand and then dip the brush in it, then apply to my face in circular motions, adding more coverage where necessary. This is the absolutely closest I've ever come to an airbrushed finish, and I've tried everything. It's definitely a keeper, which makes me feel much better about dropping nearly $40 on a brush.
I have this in the white/translucent shade, and also in the fair/light shade. The texture of both is divine. Creamy sheer medium coverage, not at all chalky, applies well with sponge and brush. LOVED the finish, like a satin glow. There is more shimmer in the white/translucent shade, and hardly any shimmer at all in the fair/light shade. As others have said, shimmery powder over shimmery foundation is probably not a good look. So I used the fair/light shade all over, because it added very little shimmer, the sheer neutral tone was great for finishing my makeup, and the finish was lovely. Then, I used the white/translucent shade (and just a touch) to set the tiny amount of LORAC luminizer I like to dab down the bridge of my nose and along my cheekbones. It was the perfect finishing touch. Luminous but not sparkly. It will last forever this way too. Probably wouldn't use it all over my face, because that would be too much shimmer, and it can have a whitish cast if overapplied. Very pleased with both of these.
Very pleased with this. I'm NW20, and MUFE HD 115, though I was originally matched as 117. I got this in 003 Shell. Colorwise, this is almost directly in between 115 and 117. It's a touch yellower than 115, and a touch more neutral/less yellow than 117. The texture/consistency is pretty much exactly like MUFE HD, as is the packaging and dispenser, so that's all great. Dispenses just enough product, not too much. So when I started to apply it to my face I thought it was going to be too yellow for me, but it blended very nicely and I had no problems with the color. Two pumps gave me sheer medium coverage, with a very nice soft focus effect and yes some shimmer, but really, the shimmer was soooo fine it was more like a subtle glow. The only time I thought the shimmer was too much was when I swatched it on the back of my hand and held it directly under a light. I will probably wear it by itself in the summer or when my skin has calmed down a bit, but right now, it just wasn't enough coverage. So I mixed it with my MUFE HD 115 and applied that (after washing the other off and over my HG primer) and it was perfection. Perfect coverage, not too matte, not too much shimmer, soft focus almost airbrushed finish. I know I know, we buy foundations hoping they will be good enough on their own, but if my $14 foundation makes my $40 dollar foundation go farther, and I'm happy with the look I'm getting, then I'm good. ***Update*** I woke up late this morning and had to get something on my face before I walked out the door. I grabbed this, and applied with my SK blending sponge. It's a good and bad thing. I realize all over again how even though it looks a touch too yellow for me, it goes on very neutrally and the color match is perfect. Additionally, the finish on its own is so nice. Soft focus, airbrushed finish. Without the blemishes on my chin, I'd be pleased as punch. It covers minor imperfections, hides the pores on my nose and evens out skin tones. It doesn't do a whole lot for my pimples though, more products are required. The bad part is that I got outside into direct sunlight and saw the shimmer. Don't get me wrong, the shimmer is subtle and fine and nice, it's just that I don't put any shimmer, whatsoever, on my nose or chin etc. So, wearing this alone is probably not an option for me, but I still love it mixed with my MUFE HD, and will try mixing with a moisturizer or tinted moisturizer in the summertime. To be fair, the shimmer is only a problem in direct sunlight. Indoors, I'm fine.
Makeup Brushes -Flirt - Feather Dust-her (aka Skunk Brush)
baileybabe7486 1/5/2010 6:56:00 PM
Yeesh, I thought this was horrible. I have the 187 and my beloved SK skunk and both are reputable. This one was flimsy and cheap, couldn't hardly pick up product at all, doesn't deliver like the SK or the MAC. Which, for the price, I guess is to be expected. Except this doesn't really deliver at all :(