This is lovely. Really good coverage, but still natural, sheer and blendable. It gives a bit of a dewy finish but not too much shine. I've tried a couple of the others in the range, but think I'll go back to this one, once I've finished the serum version.
Liquid -Bourjois - Healthy Mix Serum Gel Foundation
beautifulthings 5/15/2013 3:30:00 PM
I bought this out of sheer curiosity and reading the reviews on here. I've used the healthy mix foundation and think I might prefer that more. This one is much sheerer and could on the wrong type of skin bring out the shine, so I do need to take care to powder my T zone. Still, it's very natural and translucent and great for creating a natural and effortless look. The staying power is another thing, though and I've found it to be quite poor, but other than that, it's not a bad product, and I would repurchase.
Sunscreen -Peter Thomas Roth - Ultra Lite Oil-Free Sunblock SPF 30
beautifulthings 5/15/2013 3:25:00 PM
It's not bad overall and bought it because it was recommended on Lisa Eldridge's site, however, l have an oily T zone and sadly this tends to make me quite oily. It's probably much better on a drier skin, but I'll be using it on my neck for now but leaving it off my face.
Cleansers -Boots - No 7 Beautiful Skin- Melting Gel Cleanser Normal/Dry
beautifulthings 5/15/2013 3:21:00 PM
I bought this trying to economise after using Shu Uemura's incredible cleansing oil - the green one - and hoping that this would be similar but cheaper It's not and although I'm glad I tried it, I've got almost a full bottle left which will only get used in an emergency now. Unlike most oil cleansers, the instructions say to apply to a damp face, which as far as I can see defeats the purpose of it being an oil as it immediately turns milky. I've tried applying it dry, but really, I hate the smell and the texture is just like glue (as is the colour). Just a really unpleasant cleansing experience for me. I'd rather use a proper cleansing oil rather than this gel stuff.
Blush -Bobbi Brown - Pot Rouge for Lips and Cheeks - Powder Pink
beautifulthings 4/18/2013 5:48:00 PM
I so badly wanted to love this product especially as I'd seen Lisa Eldridge doing a gorgeous no make up make up look, featuring this product. Granted, the colour is a good neutral pinky colour (though the name is misleading as it's nowhere near what I'd call a powder pink), but frankly the staying power is just abismal. It was gone by mid morning and I'm not the sort of girl to carry a whole make up bag for touch ups so I want my make up to last the duration. I'm still persisting with it, determined to make it work, though I have to put some powder on top otherwise it'll barely last until I get into work. I won't be buying it again as I'm sure I can find a similar colour in a range that has better staying power.
Oh, this is perfection! Gorgeous colour, texture and effect. It goes on very sheer and can easily be layered without risking overdoing it. It's practically fool proof. My only objection is that the packaging is a bit on the small side especially if using a blusher brush, and seems more suited to an eyeshadow brush. The other downer is that being Laura Mercier, the price is rather high. All in all, though a great product and definitely a keeper. x
Love it. However, I don't like the tube as it's impossible to get the applicator to the bottom and scrape it clean when the product runs low, and for this reason would prefer it if it came in a pot. It does do a great job at priming the lids and ensuring that eye shadow stays put. Definitely staying in my make up bag.
Be really careful with this one: it's bright and it's strong and you can end up with clown cheeks. However, if you go carefully and delicately it can be quite natural and glowy. I use it if I'm doing a flicky eyeliner, to give a little lift to my face, but it does need a conservative hand.
Mascara -Christian Dior - Diorshow Iconic Extreme (Waterproof)
beautifulthings 10/9/2012 5:44:00 PM
After a bad experience with a YSL mascara, I decided to try this one. It's actually quite good and ticks all the boxes for me, the main one being that it doesn't smudge. It is slightly clumpy but not too bad.
I have the mattifying version of this, and have found like others here that it can smudge make up if smoothed on. It does need patting gently, but even still, I don't find it that great over make up and prefer to smooth a tiny amount over my T zone before putting make up on and that way it seems to work much better and does stop me becoming as oily during the day. I can't decide if I'd buy it again though, but it's quite nice to have while it lasts.
I have chocolate shimmer and denim ink. It seems to me that the quality depends on the formula of the colour; chocolate shimmer goes on beautifully. It's smooth, creamy and a lovely colour. I would definitely recommend it. The denim ink, on the other hand seems to be a drier formula and does not go on so easily and has a tendency to flake while I'm using it. I find if I go slowly and draw in small segments I can get a straight line, but the blue particularly drags. I'd be interested to try the other colours, such as caviar, and see how well they apply. Both of them seem to last well during the day and I've not had any problems with smudging, but then I only use it over the top lid.