As others have said, the tiny-ness of the case is a bit shocking when it arrives! I got mine for AUD$25, which I thought was fantastic. I used it after putting some creamy concealer on blemishes and buffing it in with a brush, then using a rolling motion with a sponge (not the little flat one from the compact - it's no good!) it is creamier than a traditional powder and within 1/2 hour had settled into a flawless looking base - I am a PPP, so light was the perfect shade. Dita eat your heart out! I took a lippie off due to the lack of decent sponge. I'm thinking of cutting my sponge down so it sit under the compact in the little velvet pouch they supply, in case I want to take it out. The gold compact is far too cute to stay at home. I could smell the 'violet' smell too, but I didn't find it overpowering.
I was wary of buying this product as I have fairly oily skin and was concerned after reading other reviews that it might make my skin worse. Studio Tech has turned out to be one of my HG foundations! I found that it doesn't accentuate flakes and doesn't "melt" like some others. (It still might get shiny, but you can blot it off instead of it turning into a cakey mess!). I apply it with a Lancome foundation brush at first and then use the MAC Stippling Brush to blend it in. If I want more coverage, use the foundation brush by itself. I have found that I have been incorrectly matched for some of my earlier foundations from MAC and it tended to put me off a bit. I have a few NW20 foundations that are too pink, but when I bought Studio Tech, I was given NC20, which was much better. NC20 is nearly an exact match for my skin and you can't obviously tell I'm wearing makeup. I would recommend Studio Tech to people with any skin type (although it might be too drying for those with really dry skin). I use it with some creme blush on the cheeks and a dusting of Blot powder.
Lip Gloss -Maybelline - Shine Seduction [DISCONTINUED]
bridiemarie 11/22/2007 9:46:00 PM
I really like this lip gloss - I have it in 130 (a subtle pink colour) it is cheap (around AUD$10) and has sturdy packaging. I especially like the twist operation at the base which pushes a small amount of gloss up - meaning you don't end up with a messy gloss wand like some others. The colour is shiny, but not glittery and stays on for a decent amount of time (it doesn't hold up through eating or drinking, but you don't really expect glosses to) it also didn't dry out my lips like some glosses. I recently chucked out a Clinique gloss that was nearing the end of its life. This one has replaced it at about half the price and is just as good.
I bought this recently after trying a sample and not being able to stop sniffing the little sample card! Coco Mlle is my signature scent. I loved Chance Eau Fraiche as it reminded me of a "greener" version of Mlle. Those that like the floral aspects of the original Chance may not like the Eau Fraiche version, because it is a lot more masculine. Upon first spray, it smells a bit like aftershave, but then warms into a classic warm floral, more like the original Chance. I love the packaging of this and would definately re-purchase. (Hopefully they bring out the twist and spray for this!)
I really love this product. It is the only thing that covers my under-eye circles without drying out my skin and leaving me with a "dead" look that others (particularly more matte ones) can. My only complaint was that the brush does not fit inside the little container, although it could become easily lost if it was that small!
I bought this foundation as I remembered trying it on years ago. It is not as matte as I had remembered, and since the demise of my HG Teint Idole (NOT ultra!!) I have struggled to find something that stayed as matte as that. This is not a bad foundation and blends really easily. I apply it with a foundation brush, which makes it look smoother, but it tends to sit on top of the skin which is my only criticism. (That and the bottle does not have a pump - it is just a plain bottle.) As it is only available at Mecca Cosmetica, it is more expensive than most department store brands.